Core Bike started with six companies showing their wares at the West Brom Moathouse, got up to 12 exhibitors in 2007 and for 2012 will have a whopping 22 exhibitors, more than trebling its debut showing.
In case you missed the news amidst the fun of Eurobike, Interbike and Cycle Show, the five new exhibitors for 2012 are Bionicon, Endura, Hotlines, Mojo Suspension and finally Polaris.
Endura is one of two apparel firms joining the Core line-up. Founded in Edinburgh in 1992 by Jim McFarlane, Endura’s apparel range has won awards – including a Eurobike Design Award in 2007 – and covers the full gamet of clothing from jackets to shorts, lycra wear, gloves, leg wear, etc, and accessories like eyewear, socks, warmers and even boxers.
Simon Richardson, Endura’s sales manager for UK and International, explains why the brand has decided the time is right to join the Northamptonshire-set event: “Endura is excited to be at Core Bike for the first time. With being a Scottish brand, built on the values of riding whatever the weather, autumn/winter is always important for us. We are looking forward to showing our exciting new styles in a great environment, to our accounts at the UK premier trade-only event.”
Hotlines is probably the most familiar name among the new batch of Core exhibitors. The distributor has operated in the trade for almost 20 years and holds the likes of Lapierre, Ghost, Lynskey, Nuke Proof, Sombrio, Leatt and many more in its portfolio. Hotlines general manager Illy Anastasi says joining Core has been a key aim for the firm: “Building onto Hotlines spectacular success, with the help of the best IBDs and key accounts across the UK and Europe, it’s a great honour to finally enter the fold with the Core Bike Show.
“More and more we are finding our dealer network using Hotlines as a one-stop-shop for most of their needs and Core will further enhance our visibility as a professional distributor that offers great service and world class products. Core is the UK's top destination for the serious cycle dealer and in turn it has always been our wish to exhibit our products amongst the best in the industry.”
NEED TO KNOW
What: Core Bike 2012, a bike trade-only event pooling 22 companies from the trade, all at one location
When: Sunday January 29th to 31st 2012
Where: The swanky Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa, near Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8QH
Who: The full list of exhibitors for 2012, including the new five, runs as follows:
Don’t forget: to pre-register your ticket. Registration has opened already, so get in quick to ensure you secure your free food and to avoid the queues.