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It’s been a long time coming, but the Hope crank is ready to go in 165, 170 and 175mm lengths. Having been analysed, tested, beaten up and then analysed some more with a Finatie Element Analysis machine, the crank features a patent pending expanding splined axle/arm that expands when tightened – meaning it’ll not only not stay tight, but should ride like a single piece of metal.
Hope CNC machine the arms from forgings which gives them immense stiffness and strength. The arms also have a splined mounting for spiders and direct mount sprockets giving excellent versatility.
The cranks are compatible with the majority of bottom bracket systems via Hopes expanded range of bottom brackets.
Also joining the catalogue are spiderless rings, as well as the return of the Hope cassette in 10-speed, offering a 10 to 40 tooth range.
Standing out among the Tifosi stocks are three new cycle to work scheme friendly designs. Noticeably different in the graphics, the £650, £725 and £899 builds carry Ryde rims throughout. Like the rest of the line, all models can be custom specced at no extra charge. With strong forward orders already taken, Chicken Cyclekit is encouraging dealers to get in touch now if they’d like stock. Within the traditional catalogue, the Scalare road offer a full carbon frameset for under £1,500, as well as Campagnolo components.
Chicken also envisage Nalini having a big year in 2015, with the brand often undercutting the competition by some margin on performance garments.
Split into easy to understand segments – red (everyday entry to mid-level garments), Blue (a more Rapha-esque garment) and black – the brand has also invested in bettering its women’s catalogue. BikeBiz was also told of a near replica of Team Sky’s infamous Froome jersey soon to join Chicken’s stocks.
From 2015 all Nalini branding has become reflective and the firm has used a RainOff coating on many autumn/winter pieces. The skinsuit range has also broadened, while baggier pieces have had their cut analysed to improve saddle comfort.
Fresh off the back of a nomination for the Total Women’s Cycling Awards, its no surprise to learn that Polaris has invested in its ladies clothing, with a female designer calling the shots.
Designed around the train of thought that “ladies generally prefer to buy complete outfits”, the Vela range largely colour matches. There’s now lightweight 3⁄4 lengths, a four-way stretch short and a variety of long and short sleeve jerseys.
With an estimated 20 per cent of the Polaris business now coming from travelcase sales, there’s plenty of development here too.
Look out for the Eva plus, capable of taking a 29er or TT build with integrated post, or alternatively the Axial softcase has been designed to roll up to a third of the size when not in use, meaning it’ll slip under most hotel beds. There’s also a new folding bike case that was designed alongside Brompton in the early stages of development.
LE COQ SPORTIF
Keen to recruit cycling retailers, le coq sportif debuted at Core Bike with a line of performance wear designed around the heritage and major tours, as well as a good stock of casualwear.
Tour jerseys come in at £90, while replicas are sold for £62 each. To discuss taking on the brand, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.