BikeBiz could have dedicated the whole October issue to the world's largest bike exhibition and still only have scratched the surface. Here is part four of four in our series of show coverage:
Kool stop (Scoop, Jim Walker, Spa Cycles and AMBA)
Fans of the HS33 Magura brake, popular with the trials crowd will be pleased to learn Kool Stop has a new set of replacement pads in three compounds. A red shade of pad is best suited to wetter conditions, or the UK, while the black is best suited to dry conditions and the green is tailored specifically to trials needs. Each causes no damage to ceramic rims.
Avid Elixer brakes are also granted a new specific pad, which are rotor friendly thanks to a special sintered compound. For the freestyle crowd fond of backrail manuevres, the new Supra 2 clear pad will hit shelves shortly, too
Weldtite has a number of key new items for 2011, with the silicone bike polish being the attention-grabber on the Eurobike booth. Available as this edition hits doormats, the new polish comes in a 500ml can and offers dealers a very strong margin on each sale. Packs of 12 are available via Weldtite.
With Christmas fast approaching, the firm has also packaged a two new bike care kits – one with wet lube and one with dry, both in stock now and available to trade in boxes of ten kits. Each of these holds a puncture repair kit, tyre levers and a bike clean brush among other bits.
As of January, two new Y Torx wrenches will also come into stock – one holding T25,T30 and T40 wrenches, the other holding T10, T15 and T20 sizes.
Leaf Cycles (Seeking distribution)
Catching BikeBiz's eye by chance thanks to a tidy fillet-brazed, 'flame finished' signature BMX frame, Leaf Cycles representatives let us in on their search for a new UK partner.
The Joe Dodd signature BMX on the stand is infact a one off, until the firm finds a cheaper way to get it to market anyway, however the rest of the range is seeking a home. Criteria for a partnership is that the brand not be devalued online and that non-domestic sales are not allowed.
Covering fixies, BMX and the dirt jump market, Leaf offers complete bikes and a line of aftermarket components. BikeBIz was also told the firm has never had a single frame returned under warranty. Nine complete bikes feature in the range and these can be viewed at www.leafcycles.eu.
Troyan Gloves (Seeking distribution)
Neighbouring the Leaf stand was glove brand Troyan, hailing from France and also seeking a UK partner. Originally the brand revolved around snow sports, though is now backing BMX, mountain bike freestyle and motocross in a big way sponsoring some top athletes across Europe.
The brand is about to 'go big' in the US with the backing of a big-name ski title, though is seeking further progression in Europe. Ideally a distributor with involvement in a few extreme sports markets is sought, though enquiries about the product are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.