The annual outing to Core Bike Show came around quickly this year, but we made sure that our guys had the chance to take a look at new innovations, products and brands. We’re always aiming to improve our range of Road and MTB product in store, so Core Bike show is the perfect chance to check we’re not missing anything!
Meg’s round-up of what’s hot for 2018:
With their recent announcement supporting Atherton racing for 2018, plus Danny MacAskill already part of the Endura MTB clan, Scottish based cycling brand Endura have clicked up another gear. Among the 2018 range is the new MT500 Onsie, a fully waterproof, durable and stylish mountain bike one-piece. As always the staple road and mtb ranges from Endura stay consistent with some feature/colour updates including the new high-vis blue Pro SL Primaloft Gilet and some more mango in the Singletrack range.
Exposure had some new lighting gadgets for those who like to go hands free; the Diablo Sync, a handlebar mounted remote or App controlled light. Using Bluetooth connectivity you can switch through modes and brightness with ease without taking your hand off the handlebar. Great for those riding technical trails with little time to be adjusting brightness, and for those commuting, allowing the cyclists full attention on the road or trail ahead.
GIRO have updated the classic Chamber and added the new Riddance MTB shoe offering more protection, greater cushioning, the option of clipped in or flat, and Vibram technology across the range. These shoes were a favourite across the World Enduro series and sure to be a set winner for 2018. Within the road range, Giro’s Empire E70 Knit features their new engineered Xnetic™ Knit upper, which offers unparalleled comfort and breathability , plus a cool pin-striped addition to the Empire ACC Reflective range, great for visibility on the road in dark/dull weather.
The Colnago V1-r, the Italian aero all-rounder has been upgraded for 2018. The new unsurprisingly named V2-r boosts stiffness and increases tyre clearance. There are more visible updates elsewhere, with the V2-r now having an integrated seatpost clamp, the internal cable routing now runs through the front of the toptube, in a design influenced by the Colnago Concept aero bike, launched last year. On top of that, both the front and rear brakes are now direct mount units offering greater braking power.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That seems to be Hope Technology‘s take on 2018. Year after year they never fail to disappoint with quality, performance and aesthetics, plus some cool anodised colours, all engineered in the UK. With their recent announcement to be partnering up with Atherton Racing for 2018, this just underlines how reliable the product is and that they’re number one choice for the Pros. Hubs, cranks, brakes, pedals and bottom brackets have never looked sexier!
The Fabric room at core was full of sleek, shiny, innovative cycling bling. One bit of kit which really caught our eye was the CO2/Lever Kit as part of Fabric’s new range of tools and accessories to sit alongside the saddles and bar tape the company is better known for. Pair this little kit with an inner tube and you’re pretty much set up for any puncture fixing shenanigans that may crop up. You have two tyre levers, two gas cartridges with a foam sleeve and an inflator head, which all fit nicely together and incorporate straps to fasten it to the frame.