THINKING IT best to save any retrospective comment on the staggeringly busy month of January might have been a bad shout. It’s (or was at the time of writing )now deadline day and we’ve an entire magazine packed full of show coverage to review, if we’re to say anything useful this month.
Luckily for us, none of the regular as clockwork trade events disappoint on the new product front. So with just hours left until the ink dries on these very pages the internet… allow me to pick some of the more impressive product highlights spied throughout the past month.
Cordee (Core Bike, page 36 print mag): Not all retailers will carry stock of cycling literature, but for those who do Cordee has some great product this year – ranging from cook books tailored for atheletes that’ll sell year round, to looks at the heritage behind Italian racing bicycles. And is there a cyclist out there that wouldn’t enjoy a game of Top Trumps centered around iconic bikes past and present?
Eurobike (LBS, page 15 print mag): It may not be a physical product as yet, but we couldn’t resist breaking the news that Eurobike is this summer set to take stock of a Staffordshire-made Moda carbon fibre road frame, made with unique tooling that the distributor believes will add volumes to the fanbase of the otherwise UK-built brand.
Magura (The Bike Place, page 46 print mag): Unless you’ve spent all of 2012 abiding by a New Year’s resolution to stay off the internet, you won’t have missed the RT8 TT hydraulic rim brake launch. Well, Magura had a sample at The Bike Place show, earlier than expected. The unit won’t be available as an aftermarket unit in 2012, though, with Cervelo holding exclusivity on its P5 for one year.
Unior and Dare2B (Raleigh trade invite… to run in March issue): Such is the chaos of the January calendar, we’ve had to leave a round up of Raleigh’s show for the March issue. It was, however, well attended by the brand’s faithful and new accounts alike. Unior impressed many with the sheer scale of its tooling catalogue, as well as a new tool chest package that would do even the most enthusiastic mechanic many years of service. Dare2B also joined Raleigh’s stable.
Exteondo (Zyro Open House, page 18 print mag): New to Zyro and very keen to make an impression on our tastes when selecting cycling clothing, Exteondo hails from Spain and focuses on high-end cycling apparel. Looks good to us.
This month we’ll be at Fisher’s Expo, Madison’s iceBike* and plenty more, so we’ve got you covered if you’re finding darting around the country is all getting a bit much.