Meanwhile, show organiser Elaine Curtin confirmed to BikeBiz that Core is more popular than ever, stating that footfall was 15 per cent higher at this year’s instalment.
The bolstered figures have been helped by the three additions to the Core line-up – Citrus Lime, Jim Walker and Merida. However, gauging trade responses at the show, general consensus indicates that for shop managers and buyers in particular, the show is simply unmissible.
An incredibly busy post-show Curtin told BikeBiz: “I can say that feedback from exhibitors has been really positive and attendance was up at least 15 per cent year-on-year, with most key buyers making an appearance at the show and staying as long as they could."
First time exhibitors Merida booked two rooms at Whittlebury Hall, an indication of the brand’s confidence in the show’s ability to pull in crowds.
Merida UK managing director Tim Buxton told BikeBiz: “Our showrooms were very busy throughout the weekend and into the week. We’ve converted some visitors into Merida dealers, so the show has definitely been worthwhile as we seek to grow our UK business.”
Click here for our review of CoreBike 2009, and here for our round-up of the latest news and products from the show.