Core Bike 2016 combines a wealth of bike trade distributors under one roof. It runs January 31st to February 3rd at Whittlebury Hall, Northants. Register at www.corebike.co.uk and read on for previews of what’s coming to the show…
Boutique MTB and road bike brands Intense and Time will be at Core, including some 'Edition Francaise' Time Frames, featuring a classy rendition of the French flag on the frame. New dealers are being sought for the high end frame.
There's plenty coming from Topeak, such as the Ninja Series, including the super light Ninja P pump which hides inside the seatpost to keep the lines of the bike nice and clean. Included position indicators keep track of the seat height, handily. There's also the new Joe Blow Booster for tubeless tyres among the Topeak highlights.Sticking with the brand, the Nono Torqbar is a slim and compact preset torque wrench capable of handling exact torque specifications for high end carbon fibre frames. Elsewhere, the Turn-Up Bike Holder is a nifty wall bike holder that allows the storage of one bike, but the clever bit is that it can be swung left or right to optimise storage space.
Maxxis' new Minion SS will feature as well as the complete range of MTB, road, cyclocross, hybrid, BMX and urban tyres.
Then there'll be Clif Bar's newly launched Coconut Chocolate Chip flavour, which will be available to sample along with the rest of the vast range of Bars, Bloks, Gels and Builders Bars.
Ergon's new additions to the All Mountain and Enduro specific line up of saddles, grips and backpacks will be presented, as will fi'zi:k's boa road and MTB shoes. crankbrothers has new pedals in the range like the Enduro Mallet E, first glimpsed at Eurobike. Brooks will be showcasing the new Cambium C13 plus new grips that have been developed in conjunction with Ergon.
Hope will have plenty to see at this year's Core Bike Show. The newly released Pro4 hubs and wheel sets will be featured along with a dedicated tech area to learn about the features and internal changes on these new hubs. Hope will also have staff on hand to cover hints and tips on fitting and maintenance for their extensive product range. As well as the new hubs Hope will be launching the much anticipated rear cassettes with 10-40 and 10-44 configurations in a combination of steel and aluminium sprockets. This cassette will fit onto a dedicated freehub that is available for Pro 2 EVO as well as Pro 4 hubs.
One other major launch will be the Carbon seat post that is 100 per cent manufactured by Hope in Barnoldswick. The firm will be showing the processes involved in production of this exciting new product and also giving hints of possible future products.
Hotlines will be displaying brand new product from its vast array of brands, like Lapierre, Ghost, NS Bikes, Ragley and Nukeproof.
This year the distributor will be found in the Grande Prix Suite and the Astons Suite and dealers are welcome to discuss the portfolio with sales staff there.
Bobbin's new Gingersnap range of children's bikes features balance, 12”, 16” and 20” girls models and is said to have been one of the most photographed at last summer's Eurobike. They'll be among the Cuda line-up and the all-new electric MTBs from Peugeot. Forme has new models in the range and there will also be Onza MTB, Haro and new signing Polygon.
Onto Moore Large's formidable accessory array, most of which will be at Core. There's Lake's 2016 range, including new MTB models, new products from American Classic which also sees updated graphics on all lines and Alpina's first show of 2016 models. New signing InfoCrank will be there too, as will the more familiar Knog, which will debut the new lock lines and extended ranges for the POP, Blinder Road and Blinder ARC. And there'll also be Jagwire and Sako7. Phew.
Danny 'Megaskill' Macaskill has been using EVOC bags for a while and as a trials rider, it's not uncommon for Mr Macaskill to be regularly carting his bike and kit all over the world. Hence him teaming with EVOC travel bags, featuring stable and super smooth wheels, with a super manoeuvrable design. The range celebrates his favourite EVOC travel bags; Street Macaskill, Rover Trolley 80L Macaskill and Bike Travel Bag Macaskill.
New Onza VISCO compound and EDC enduro casing tyres will be available to view at Core Bike too. The introduction of the brand's latest VISCO compound and EDC casing tyres have been created alongside Switzerland based rubber development company VISCO Labs. They took four years to develop and are designed to offer increased traction and provide a more consistent feel when on the trail. Running alongside that latest rubber compound is Onza's all-new EDC enduro tyre casing option which has been constructed to offer riders a lightweight, foldable 60TPI tyre casing which provides a high level of resistances to punctures thanks to reinforced sidewalls and a butyl inlay.
Silverfish also has Skratch Labs' newly introduced Energy Chews and Race Face's freshly launched Turbine Dropper Seatpost, which gives riders the ability to 'drop' their saddle down for increased clearance when the trail starts to descend. It is constructed using a patented hybrid system, coupling mechanical and hydraulic locking technologies to give a solid feel when in use. Find all that and more with Silverfish at the Core Bike show.
Core stalwart SiWIS will no doubt be explaining the i-BikeShop service. Pitched as a system that will make ecommerce easy, it includes easy to use admin tools, a raft of built-in features and – in short – everything you need to trade online, says SiWIS. The site works on desktop, table and mobile and features intelligent, live integrations with Seanic Retail EPOS. Find out more at Core.
There's plenty to see from Ison, including ORP – a combination dual tone, high decibel bike horn and front beacon light – all in a small, USB rechargeable, weather resistant package. It's designed to make riders more visible and audible and you have to hear them to believe them, we're informed, with a 76dB friendly sound for cyclists and pedestrians, then 96dB sound for cars and traffic. In addition, Orp's LEDs fire every time the horn is actuated, so you can be seen and heard.
MRP's new G4 and SXg are some of the new products on display this January. Meanwhile Banshee Bikes' Enduro, DH and Freeride bikes have become very popular in the UK, we're told, and for 2016 they offer comprehensive and competitive build kits along with updated geometry and new colours.
Ison is a supplier of Schwalbe to the cycle trade and representatives from Schwalbe UK will be in the Hungaroring room showing the latest that the brand has to offer – Ison carries good stock and a large selection of Schwalbe.
TSG's urban/commuter-friendly line of helmets will be on show alongside its open face range. The lightweight in-mould Status with integrated LED light and a dual-fit system and the Superlight Helmet with a special reflective finish are a couple of stand outs. TSH have also increased their MTB range and now have three helmet designs at various price levels.
Surly's newest member of their fat-tyred omni-terra family, the Wednesday, is a bike built for trail and touring duties and also handles fast and terrifying terrain. The Straggler is a disc-equipped cross/gravel/road bike and is available in 700c as well as 650b wheels sizes. Surly will also have many more of their bikes on display at Core.
Genetic's lightweight parts for road, touring, xc racing and more are reasonably priced. Find them with Ison in Hungaroring and Indianapolis.
Stay tuned for further Core Bike 2016 previews.
Core Bike 2016 will run from Sunday January 31st to Wednesday February 3rd 2016 at Whittlebury Hall.
The opening times are:
- Sunday 31st Jan 09.00 - 17.30
- Monday 1st Feb 09.00 - 17.30
- Tuesday 2nd Feb 09.00 - 17.30
- Wednesday 3rd Feb 09.00 - 14.00