The Core Bike Show returned this weekend gone after a two year COVID-related hiatus in its spiritual home of Whittlebury Hall.
Whilst most new kit had been launched in the shorter days of the winter of ’21/’22, there were still a few hot tickets at Core Bike Show. In many cases, it was the perfect chance to see familiar faces to talk shop for the first time since 2019.
Hope HB.916 ‘Tuscan Sun’
Hope’s HB.916 is not a kept secret at all, but Hope had a few custom painted options on show at Core Bike. This one, which Pete has dubbed ‘Tuscan Sun’, has flick paint reminiscent of TVRs of old. The high-pivot is scheduled to be the replacement for Hope’s first foray into frame building, the HB.160.
Silverfish will bring in the Andorran outfit’s three offerings for 2022 and beyond. With an engineering partnership with a battery and motor company, the three things have been developed together, rather than bolting third party power unit to a bike. At a glance, you’d be hard-pushed to tell the difference between this and a regular mountain bike.
The display unit has GPS, accelerometer, a SIM card with 4G connectivity, bike and leg power outputs, plus a heap of other modes and gizmos.
Rockstop are a Lake District-based outfit whose specialty is in medical applications, but that tech is now lending itself well to producing bike products to help survive the rocky nature of Lakes riding.
Rim inserts, chainstay and downtube protectors are all made from recycled material too.
At just 570g for the size medium, Dainese’s Linea 01 takes the biscuit for being the lightest full face on the market, stealing that crown from the Specialized Gambit.
Featuring MIPS, 22 front and 8 rear vents, polycarbonate shell and dual density EPS liner and a Fidlock strap, it’s not short on tech despite its low weight. Yours for £249.95.
Halo Carbon Fibre Gravel wheels
The Halo wheel range grows with these very subtle carbon fibre gravel wheels with logos so subtle, they’re almost invisible to the human eye. If you fancy building a stealth gravel machine, then these might well be the wheels for you.
Ride Concepts Tallac
Ride Concepts have made a name for themselves in the MTB shoe world with some high-profile sponsorships, but that’s been backed up with them becoming a firm favourite here at Wideopenmag.
Silverfish had the new Tallac shoe on display, and our Pete has a set to test, so keep your eyes peeled for a review in the very near future. BOA closure, proprietary Rubber Kinetics sole, Cordura upper and some D3O tech completes a stacked feature list.
MRP Ceramic coatings
Harder wearing and no heavier than a standard finish, MRP’s new ceramic coated shock springs and lower legs are for the rider that wants to fit and forget, as well as enjoying the fact that they don’t have to be too precious about leaning their bike up against rocks etc.
NS Bikes eBike Prototype
Sam Reynolds’ prototype NS Bikes eBike was on show in the Hotlines room. Alloy frame, Mullet wheels, 4-bar 165mm rear travel, Shimano EP8 motor… That’s about as much info as we were given and couldn’t glean from just looking at it.
Rumour has it that there will be two spec options, the top one with the EP8 motor. This bike is built with Sam’s sponsor parts so don’t read too much into what is specced on this particular bike.
Did you know that the team that brought Arkteryx are the people behind 7Mesh? And did you know they have nothing to do with 7iDP? Jordan from Lyon Cycle was quick to tell us all about their proprietary fabric that we’re looking forward to trying out in the near future. Lots of very nice kit that’s designed and tested in Squamish, BC.
You’ll know ABUS better for their bike security products, but they’ve just launched a full line of helmets from entry-level MTB all the way up to a DH certified full face helmet with collarbone protection.
Their flagship Modrop features an in-mould polycarbonate and EPS shell and inner, Zoom Ace MTB adjustment system, is ponytail friendly, has 14 vents and the QUIN system, which detects crashes and sends information to emergency contacts. 355g for the medium, and £54.99 RRP.
Crankbrothers carbon dropper
If your bike simply isn’t bling enough, then perhaps you’d consider a Crankbrothers dropper post with a carbon fibre stanchion and Ti hardware. This Highline dropper is likely to sting the wallet.
Vinny T’s Rampage bike
One of the other cool things on the Hope stand just inside the front door was Vinny T’s Scott Gambler that took on the most recent Red Bull Rampage. We’d not seen the Marzocchi triple clamps in the flesh before which was pretty neat and the rest of the bike was specced to match, including a healthy dollop of Hope kit, naturally.
Surly Ghost Grappler
Ison had this beast, the Surly Ghost Grappler, sat centre stage in their room and rightly so. It looks like quite possible the ultimate do-it-all adventure bike. While it certainly won’t help you expel any spectres, it might well help you keep moving across some serious terrain. Is four water bottles even enough?
The Ghost Grappler comes with Gnot-Boost spacing, allowing riders to run 142mm or Boost 148mm rear hubs; stealth dropper routing, has custom dropouts for single speed or internal geared hubs; seatstay-mounted bottle bosses, plus three-pack mounts at the top and bottom of the down tube and clearance for 27.5 x 2.8” or 29 x 2.1″ tires (with or without fenders).
Beyond the products, it was great to kick the Zoom meetings to the curb and chat to all our UK industry pals face-to-face. Hopefully this is a sign of more to come.
Thanks to Core Bike for having us and putting us up. We’ll see you again next year.