Marzocchi have had a tough few years, but have now secured production for their 2013 forks and shocks and, well just look at them... For now they have cut back what they offer to concentrate on the high-end forks and shocks. Leading up their rangeis their revised 888. The RC3 damper has been tweaked slightly to offer better control and the legs are now hard anodised in their gold race coating. Aftermarket they will have a few other colours available too.
The 66 has been dropped from the range, so the 55 is now their sole offering in the burly, long-travel end of things. It too has been given the tweaked RC3 damper and gold race coating.
Royal had their 2013 range on show and pride of place went to their totally re-designed Race gear. They have come to the conclusion that most race kit is too much, too heavy and, after wind tunnel testing with Trek, too baggy. Because of this their new line sports a slightly slimmer cut, lighter weight material and more movement in the clothing. Unlike most race kit it feels like you could happily go riding all day in this kit.
aking a step towards trail riding is the Signature short and Ride jersey. The material is slightly lighter still, but still tough, and the design is slightly more subdued.
Endura are making a big expansion to their range with this new luggage. Designed by the same person who designs luggage for companies like Burton and Analog, they have come out swinging. On first inspection it seems to be tough, full of features and well thought out.
To go with the luggage is this very cool iPhone wallet. One side is a normal wallet, the other has a plastic front that protects your phone, but also lets you use it without taking it out.
We took a good look at Polygon's Collossus when we saw it in Taipei earlier this year. Here in Germany they have the top-line version, complete with Fox suspension, full Saint and Mavic DeeMax wheelset.
Polygon also had their Cozmic DX jump bike on show. Sam Reynolds and Yannick Granieri have been giving them feedback on this back and it has been changed a lot since with first saw it earlier this year.
Syntace have been studying cockpit heights recently and have seen that with bigger wheels becoming more popular, some riders need to start dropping the bar height. To do this they have introduced a negative rise bar to their Vector range. Christoph Sauser rode one of these to victory in the Cape Epic this year.
This is a another nice touch from Syntace - their Moto grips are now offered in different thicknesses to suit personal preferences.
Syntace introduced the 12x142 axle standard to the world and now they have come up with their own take on a release system - this cool little allen key tool you keep in the axle itself. They claim it's both lighter and simpler than any other system out there.