20 Bikes - Core Bike Show 2018

Jan 22, 2018
by David Arthur  



Core Bike Show is an annual gathering of some of the UK’s leading bike distributors and offers a chance for bike shops and journalists to get a first hands-on look at the latest bikes and products. While there were no major bike releases this year, there were lots of very nice bikes on display so here are some highlights.


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Atherton Racing will be flying the British flag this year

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Not only will they now be clad in Endura clothing, their Trek Session bikes will now be equipped with hubs, disc brakes, cassettes and seatposts from Hope and handlebars, stems and grips from Renthal


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Hope's HB160, which recently got a massive £2,000 price cut. Speaking to the guys on the Hope stand it sounds like the price drop has gone down well with previous customers and sales have been good since the announcement. We heard a rumour that Hope is lining up a 29er model soon, but Hope wouldn't be drawn on any exact details of future releases. It's not hard to imagine a shorter travel version being next in the pipeline. HB140 anyone?


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Bernard Kerr's custom painted desert-camo Pivot Phoenix.


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Identiti's Mettle, first launched at Core Bike a few years ago, hasn't changed for 2018, other than the new option of an MRP Ribbon fork upgrade.


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Hardcore hardtail anyone? This is the new Identiti AKA, an aluminium-framed hardtail with a 64.5-degree head angle, 475mm reach on the size large, Boost rear axle, and compatibility with 27.5" and 29" wheels, with a 140mm fork on the former and 120mm on the latter. Available in two colours with a SRAM GX build it'll cost £1,500.


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The brand new Transition Smuggler looks even better in the flesh than it did in the company's promo last week.


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The DMR Sled was unveiled this time last year, and it's been well received with strong sales according to the guys at the British company. For 2018, it's offering two builds, SRAM GX Eagle for £3,500 and it's joined by a new Shimano SLX option at £2,750. The company is working on establishing up to 10 demo centres around the UK to give potential customers the chance to sling a leg over one.


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Muc-Off is 24-years-old and to mark this anniversary it commissioned this spectacular paint job on a Yeti with matching Fox fork and RaceFace handlebars. I can't imagine the hours that Fat Creations must have put it into it. The attention to detail and quality of the finish is immense.


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Banshee Spitfire


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NukeProof Mega


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Nukeproof doesn't just make mountain bikes, the Digger is and gravel and adventure road bike with a dropper post.


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NS Bikes Snabb 160 C2


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NS Bikes Eccentric


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Niner Jet 9 RDO


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Yeti SB5


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Cannondale Jekyll


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Pivot Mach 6 Carbon


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Mondraker Fox Carbon XR with RockShox SuperDeluxe Coil shock


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Cute eh? This is Hope's Academy bike, a scheme the company runs that allows parents to rent a bike for their child and when they grow out of it, they swap it for the next size up. Naturally, it's built up with lots of Hope components with the aim to provide a lightweight build. It's a popular scheme apparently.

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Oh, how did this e-bike get in here...


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178 Comments

  • + 107
 Love that latest snabb...
  • + 90
 cant wait to see Sam shreding it !! wait
  • - 13
flag MrEtnie (Jan 22, 2018 at 4:32) (Below Threshold)
 @RedBurn: hahaha, see what you did there. Wink
  • + 42
 Never thought the NS snabb would be the best / cleanest looking bike out of the group. Nice job NS!
  • + 3
 I though it was a Canyon until I read the caption. Very similar look no?
  • + 2
 That thing is sexy!
  • + 2
 Indeed. NS certainly has style. They did show lots of decent looking bikes at Eurobike 2017.
  • + 2
 @Satanslittlehelper: Although the NS bike was so stealthy I didn't notice it the first time I scrolled through the pics!
  • + 0
 new magic marys actually look really nice, but why a nobby nick on the back? seems like a new trend? if it was up to me i'd go all maxxis but anyway that snabb looks like so much fun
  • - 11
flag GregToth (Jan 23, 2018 at 2:59) (Below Threshold)
 @RedBurn: Mate Sam Pilgrim isn't sponsored by NS anymore. he chose the extremely controversial choice of Haibike, if you don't believe me check out his YouTube channel. its a bit mad ik, when my mate told me i didn't believe him XD
  • + 9
 @GregToth: dude you re one war late
  • + 1
 @banffowen: I thought it looked like it had a Canyon Spectral rear and a Yeti SB front end.
  • + 1
 @UKiwiRider: good eye. I totally agree.
  • + 71
 Identity hardtail is awesome
  • + 4
 In alu?? It would be too stiff surely. Steel all the way.
  • + 26
 Disappointed to see it in aluminum. Steel hardtail frames are close in price and ride significantly better than aluminum. It's almost as if any manufacturer making a "hardcore hatdtail" doesn't realize this, may not actually be that hardcore about hardtails.
  • + 8
 @ilovedust: steer is real !!!
  • + 19
 @station: of course, you may crash if you don't steer...
  • + 4
 @JDFF: ya lets see some steel, especially steel full sus bikes!
  • + 21
 Some of us actually care about the weight of a hardtail. I for one, like my 25lbs aluminum hardtail, and I run tires big enough to the edge off. I don't like my hardtail weighing the same as my 160mm full suspension.
  • + 28
 @station: Aluminum is real too, it just doesn't rhyme with anything.
  • + 7
 @woofer2609: aluminum is groomin' 'em
  • + 4
 @JDFF: could agree more bro, got a steal hardtail and it is sweet.
  • + 1
 @PHeller: Besides that if it's not a custom built steel hardtail with tubing selected for your weight it's not going to be any less stiff than an aluminum bike. Especially on these AM hardtails with short chainstays, there just isn't that much tubing to flex and absorb. If they built it without a weight limit, so that 220lb guys aren't complaining it's a noodle, then it's going to ride stiff as a board for a 180lb rider. You'd feel more difference from a 0.1psi change in tire pressure than from a change to steel or aluminum in a stock production bike. Steel can be made to give a forgiving ride, but that has to be the goal, and the designer needs to know the person's weight to do it well. It's not worth the 2-3lbs in weight that you're giving up for the steel frame unless you go custom and have it actually built for your weight and riding intentions.
  • + 4
 @MancAndy: Death to bike thieves
  • + 1
 @woofer2609: my bad, should have read Steel.
  • + 1
 @PHeller: I like my xc hardtail to be 23 lbs. But on a "hardcore hardtail", I want the weight and geometry to mimic my 31 lb , slacked out 160mm "enduro" bike. So the weight of steel is a non-issue.
  • + 1
 @station: steer is real? You really enjoy turning do you? You even have a motto for it... I love passionate people.
  • + 2
 @Jo-rides: ‘in Japanese accent’
Steer is rear
  • + 34
 Hope kids bike rental sounds like an awesome idea to me. I wonder how much it runs per year. My young bloke is almost ready for a new bike after 18 months on the Hotrock 16.
  • + 13
 Love that little Hope bike. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into it. Nice to see bike companies thinking outside the box to open doors and encourage more kids to get into biking. Kudos Hope, you guys are doing a really top job in many different respects.
  • + 3
 I started reading "HOPE kids bike RENTHAL..."
Dear Pinkbike member, you failed at duty.
  • - 6
flag WAKIdesigns (Jan 22, 2018 at 2:46) (Below Threshold)
 @qreative-bicycle: teo dudes with Enve bars standing in the line to the lift: look at that peasant, he cannot afford his own bars, he rents them. What has world come to...
  • + 4
 the smallest starts at only £5 a month!
  • - 4
flag Kramz (Jan 22, 2018 at 3:36) (Below Threshold)
 As long as the chillen get their floating hydraulic disc brake rotors. Lol. They're going to quit biking when they're 7 , and there's nothing to look forward to.
  • + 10
 Just wondering, have they redesigned the brake levers so that kids can actually use them? In my experience the handlebars of kids' bikes aren't really thinner compared to "adult" bikes so they usually can just hold the grips, but can't really reach for the brake lever let alone use it effectively. With Hope being in the position now to make everything as they see fit, I'm curious whether they did something in this department.

Other than that, this program is a great way to get kids riding bikes we ourselves find of acceptable standards too.
  • + 2
 @vinay: The levers can be pulled right in super close to the bar, so a child could use it easily
  • + 13
 I was speaking to a parent about these at my local trail last week. His lad had a top spec 26" hard tail dripping in hope and said it cost £23 a month including maintenance. That sounded like a bargain to me!
  • + 0
 @ryanme: it's not that simple. My 6 year old daughter has shimano levers which are probably the smallest on the market and they don't work perfectly. We tried Elixirs and Tektros that came stock and Shimanos work best. Maybe Hope works even better but still it's not that easy as it seems with reach adjustment.
  • + 8
 @WAKIdesigns: Shimano levers are small but they dont pull in as well as hope from experience, I guess it comes down to the rider!



- you let your offspring ride avid brakes?!
  • + 2
 @ryanme: yes. And my wife too...
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: trying to kill them off?
  • + 9
 @ryanme: If I tried to kill them off I'd give them Formulas with 203mm rotors.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: probably made sense when you were typing it...
  • + 2
 I wish they would bring this scheme to the US!
  • - 1
 that bike has better components thanmine hahaha Big Grin
  • + 1
 It sure looks a lot like my daughter's early rider belter. I'm sure it must be the same bike but with disk brakes
  • + 1
 Yeah my mate told me they are early riders.

Good point about the bar diameter and how it relates to braking. Full sized adult bars and kids pushie bars are all 22.2mm. I was also very surprised to learn that when i got new grips for my son's pushie. I was telling the guys in the shop that adult grips won't fit because the pushie has smaller diameter bars... but it hasn't.

Santa Cruz Juliana bikes have a smaller diameter isn't that so? Anyone know what it is?
  • + 1
 @tineira: and @jaame: yes,i'm quite sure it's an early rider frame. Their 20" bikes come with disc brakes alright.
Early rider are also working with Hopetech to create their custom bikes that you can see on their blog, so it's natural that this is also done the other way round.
I love my daughter's belter, the weight is first class!
  • + 1
 @jaame: I changed the grips for roadie bar tape to reduce grip diameter.
  • + 1
 @jaame: Pretty mental, isn't it? We're seeing change of dimensions all over the place often for "improvements" many of us probably won't even sense. And then they can't even get something essential like handlebar diameter right. Of course many components are built around the current size but then again many kids can easily do without. Remotes, computer mounts, lights, bell... Much of these they don't really need on their mountainbike. The brake is essential though. I think it doesn't need to be such a huge modification, especially with brakes with a split clamp. Just position a small insert on one side and put on a different other clamp (or matchmaker if that's what you're using). The ghetto solution obviously is to just put a piece of old tube underneath (don't act as if you don't know what that is anymore). A versatile and not even too hard solution would be to slide some kind of lock-on type sleeve over the handlebar before you put the (smaller) grips on. Requirement of course is that the brakes have sufficient reach adjustment or they offer a different brake lever.

It really isn't too hard. The point is us older riders are vocal on the internet where the manufacturers are looking whilst the kids are just riding their bikes as well as it goes. So if we stand up for them too maybe the manufacturers take note and release a smaller diameter handlebar. And hopefully first get together to decide on which diameter it is going to be!
  • + 2
 @vinay: I would endorse 18.99mm
  • + 1
 @jaame: Excellent idea, I'll take that. Tonight I'll take the handlebars from her bike, tomorrow I'll take it to the workshop, clamp it in a lathe and spin it down to 18.99mm. If I machine an equal amount from the brake clamp it should fit just fine.

See, there is no point discussing standards for that long. Heck, I'm off to the garage right now. No, say no more. I've got this...
  • + 2
 @jaame: hear hear. And proprietary esi racers edge grips! Quite frankly I’d love to see some super light rims abd tyres for kids bikes. I have no effing clue why an adult can source a 29” tyre which is lighter than my daughters 20” one. 200g rim on 20 spokes and 300g tyre. i mean I know why, companies outs their heads into their butts because of US of A lawsuit bullsht. Same fkng reason why Shimano puts Encyclopedia Brittanica sized instructions into every fricking box with their products. Who knows how many thousands of hectares of forests go to fkng safety instructions every year, while it could just state: give it to your mechanic. All other usage at your own risk and it may void warranty. But they do it so that no fkng idiot gets hurt in the process. Idiots are meant to get hurt by their stupidity, this is the only we get smarter. Same here for kids. Oh my kid crashed and handlebar broke! Accidents and owners responsibility don’t exist, only fat lawyer wallet does.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: that's very funny because we foreigners always joke that natural selection will kill off all the shite drivers that populate Taiwan... but it doesn't!
  • + 0
 @jaame: you see, there's nothing to worry about. So give those kids those fkng light components calculated for the sht they can give to their bikes just like it happens with our adult bikes. Sht that doesn't need to support his fat dad in case he wants to end up on #holdmybeer
  • + 1
 @vinay: i bought my three year old a woom 3 for that exact reason. The brakes are designed so my kid can actually use them. The whole bike was very well thought out and made the transition from the strider a cakewalk
  • + 18
 Nice job MRP getting some OEM action
  • + 14
 I think the water bottle placement on the Cannondale is technically illegal.
  • + 1
 Why?
  • + 4
 you mean the bottom out bottle?
  • + 9
 Doc: So tell me what happened?
Rider: I was just reaching down to grab my bottle and then hit a bump on the trail...
Doc: don't worry, you still have one working hand.
  • + 12
 I don't see the problem. With compression or even sag the room will only increase here and there's good clearance already. Those fabric cageless bottles are great by the way.
  • + 7
 @unclesomebody: I can't see the problem anyway. In almost all full suspension bikes the bottle cage is close to some moving part. This does not seem anyhow more dangerous then others.
  • + 3
 It's brilliant! You won't even spill your coffee.
  • + 8
 Clearly they designed the bike around the bottle, so the bike might suck but man it's a great bottle holder.
  • + 3
 The bike actually rips don't know if you've had the chance to ride one but I got mine late last season and rode everything from sun peaks bike park and Jack the Ripper and phd in pemby to a local xc race and put down the second fastest lap time. @teschenbrenner:
  • + 10
 Always been a Hope fan but they are killing it recently, price drop and refund on the HB160, the Hope kids scheme. Just waiting for my lad to grow out of his so I can get on board
  • + 2
 I can't wait to get on board too, but my son is only 20 months and no point renting a balance bike so will have to wait til he's big enough for the first pedal one. I can see them being all being out of stock when word gets around
  • + 11
 The day is coming when ebikes and normal bikes will look the same. And that camo yeti is simultaneously eye-wateringly garish and barely visible in that shot. Audacious.
  • + 7
 Congratulations muc-off you’ve ruined a yeti!
  • + 5
 @NoahWeimann: Because they had it customized to their tastes to match their marketing goals? Pretty sure they do not care.

It is badass paint work regardless.
  • + 9
 well where's my e-Downhill bike....I hate pedaling downhill.....well, according to the industry insiders........also if it came with an e-headset.......steering is such a pain in the a $ $ too..........I don't understand why they just don't ride my bike for me and save me the trouble........please take some good pics.....I wanna look cool.......
  • + 0
 @punknichole Say the guy who take the lift to carry his dh bike at the top of the hill.
  • + 1
 hidden profile.....what are you afraid of cupcake....?
  • + 1
 @opignonlibre: hidden profile.....what are you afraid of cupcake....?
  • + 11
 HOPE bike is sooo gorgeous..
  • + 7
 waiting for the 29" version be like Drool
  • + 4
 @RedBurn: Agreed. I could see that being my next bike, despite the horst link. What was that poll about form vs. function?
  • + 9
 That Muc-Off bike is so ugly it's embarrassing. I'd be pissed if I was Yeti.
  • + 1
 Piss Ed because muc-off somehow made a worse paint job? Maybe they just found the new graphic designer for Yeti Bikes!
  • + 3
 Really?!? I think it looks great, not the colours I'd have picked but for the brand it's amazing. I think Ali @FatCreations pretty much has the Midas touch when it comes to bikes. What did you think of the Bernard Kerr Pivot?
  • + 1
 I thought it looked fine. A nice baby blue with orange branding. This looks absolutely nothing like it. Pink lightning bolts are usually a very bad idea and this is no exception. Yes it's the brand color scheme, but that's no excuse for a horrid paint job. It's unpleasantly visually jarring.
  • + 7
 The hope academy bikes is a really awesome idea! Good quality bikes that actually fit throughout a kid's growth without having to buy like 10 different bikes. Also that pivot is mad nice.
  • + 7
 Anyone else dislike the shape of the rocker link on the smuggler? or is that just me.
  • + 1
 Not just you. It's hideous. Still not as bad as that industrial piece of scrap metal that's trying to be the rocker link on Niners...
  • + 11
 It's just you
  • + 6
 @webskier I had to scroll back up to see what you were talking about and I certainly don't see it...... now the Jekyll I see, but not the Smuggler.
  • + 6
 ♪ and then you go and spoil it all by doing something stupid, like include a motorbike ♫
  • + 6
 when you're realizing the Hope's Academy bike has better brakes then your own bike...... Cute eh
  • + 6
 I want that Hope bike so much. Anybody need my kids to work on their farm all summer?
  • + 6
 Oh, how did this e-bike get in here...
  • + 7
 Funny thing. I ran into an e-bike rider at the end of my ride on Saturday. While my wife and I had the 'just finished a good workout' look, this nice fellow didn't look like he had even broken a sweat. But the LEDs on the down tube sure were fancy.
  • - 27
flag clarky78 (Jan 22, 2018 at 4:03) (Below Threshold)
 @Poulsbojohnny: If there were LEDs on the downtube, you refer to a Levo. And if there were fancy LEDs on the downtube then I assume he hadn't ridden anywhere yet! I met a bloke on a Levo who showed me graciously around a new zone and that dude had sweat coming out of everywhere and his bike was soaked in it.. So quit with the Ebitching already.
  • + 29
 I ran into an e-bike rider. He was riding the bike without the seat on. He seemed really happy.
  • + 8
 Shouldn't that have been over at pEnkbike.com?
  • - 7
flag Hoob93 (Jan 22, 2018 at 11:32) (Below Threshold)
 @Poulsbojohnny: maybe he's also way fitter than you? E bikes aren't only used by unfit people. Also what's the big deal with going for a ride and not getting completely tired out? Isn't that what we're aiming for by improving our fitness?
  • + 8
 @Hoob93: I believe the machine you're looking for is a motorcycle, which is actually a good invention. What is not useful is inventions for people to pretend to be mountain bikers in order to take advantage of trails that are restricted to human power only.
  • + 0
 @casman86: ye those sneaky motorbikers will do anything to destroy our trails, now they're disguising themselves as mountain bikers. I don't understand what the big deal is the wheel doesn't spin on an e bike like it does on a motorbike. I've had a few trails ruined by motorbikes I don't think an e bike can leave a two foot rut.
  • + 2
 Had to do it, didn’t ya? Had to throw the damn E-Bike pic in there right? Ok, there’s my obligatory e-Bike comment. Anyway, I really love that Hope bike, and that Banshee looks like it’d make a great EC trail bike. I always did like the look of the spitfire. It’s not as modern as the other ones but I like it.
  • + 6
 but where is my carbon smuggler ???
  • + 4
 I thought the new Orange T7 and new build kits for the Five and Alpine were there too. Instead PB reports an e-bike but doesn't go in any depth. As long as you have enough material to start another pointless rant in the comment section this article is going to generate clicks...
  • + 4
 @vinay:
They probably didn’t see the point in pictures of the “new” orange as it looks the same as all it’s predecessors since the beginning of time. ????
  • + 3
 @Adamknowles: I see. Does the carbon Smuggler differ more from the aluminium Smuggler than the titanium T7 differs from the steel P7?
  • + 2
 @vinay: I mean, neither the Five or the Alpine have changed in nearly two decades. I don't think we need another spotlight on those filing cabinets.
  • + 2
 @sherbet: they have changed quite a bit ...
  • - 1
 @sherbet: ...and the "looks like a session" reference was coined because other manufacturers radically change their frame designs every model year. And VW haven't changed the Golf since 1985. And Coca-Cola is still the same as it was in 1945.
  • + 2
 @vinay: Orange weren't at this show, they were at another show (Bike Place) a couple of weeks ago
  • + 1
 @davidarthur: Thanks, clear. Mixed it up, sorry!
  • + 4
 all pure bike art something about the nuke not sure what .just looks so right
  • + 5
 I actually don't mind the cream colour on the smuggler tup
  • + 3
 What's up with Kerr's seat position....
  • + 1
 Helps with stoppies, gets the weight forward.
  • + 1
 I'm literally only scrolling through the comments to see if someone mentions it. Looks super wonky.
  • + 1
 The Nukeproof Digger: "Ohhh a dropper post... please add a straight far handlebar for better stearing... ooohhhh look! Its a Mountainbike !!! "
  • + 3
 Did anybody tell the designers at Banshee that 2006 is over?
  • + 2
 Hmmm, what can I complain about, oh yeah, I like the Eccentric but the cables are fubar!
  • + 2
 Yeah,I've got one and shrink wrapped everything together under the top tube.
Looks a hell of a lot cleaner that that cluster f*k.Have they no pride?
  • + 3
 What about an alloy Hope?
  • + 2
 Considering how good Fat Creations are, i cannot get over what an abomination that Yeti is. its utterly disgusting.
  • + 1
 It's the companies logo/background. No, most wouldn't ride it. However, it's a promotional piece.
  • + 1
 @bman33: I know, Fat Creations are only a few miles from my house. its a marmite bike, love or hate. He does amazing work, but that is just horrific, totally hides the lines of the bike.
  • + 3
 That snabb. Damn what a beauty.
  • + 0
 Not one of these showroom bikes with Enve wheels... that used to be on many showroom bikes I recall seeing the last few years. Marketing dept. budget cuts?
  • + 1
 Is it just me or has the Atherton Session different Hope Brake discs as the regular ones available?
  • + 1
 No one noticed those mistaken brake levers on Identiti bikes? Right for front, left for rear on both FS and HT. Why?
  • + 1
 This is a UK show and that's how they do it in the UK. Not sure why; just how it is. Note that all the bikes are set up left-hand rear.
  • + 2
 banshee paint looks like from 90's...
  • + 6
 They have paint schemes to meet everyones tastes. Blacked out. Simpler Raw. Or bright flo.
  • + 1
 and...whats wrong with the 90's?
  • + 3
 Raw aluminum frame is nice, but I agree the blue decals look like crap. All the RAW frames should have black decals. And yes, the stealth black ones are sweet.
  • + 2
 Somehow agree.... but I just broke the rear wheel (26/142) of my Rune, used an old one (26/135) while waiting for the new wheel (27.5/150) to arrive... all with dropout changes. Feels pretty 2018 for me.
  • + 1
 90's is coming back man.
  • + 1
 I came here to be safe. Now I've seen this drop bar rig and can no longer deny that I am bikecurious.
  • + 1
 Does anyone know why the Kashima coating is different colors? Specifically looking at the shock/fork on the Cannondale
  • + 1
 Yeah that’s weird considering the Hope bike kashima matches almost perfectly
  • + 2
 What do you get when Pink bike merges with E bikes?
Pee Bike.
  • + 0
 some great new bikes there and i think the yeti muck off bikes is the best, but what the hell is a wanna be motorbike doing there man quick blow it up
  • + 2
 Hey Pinkbike, Fuck your fucking E-bike!
  • + 3
 Now that’s a session.
  • + 1
 We've arrived to boring! Sea Otter might as well be a flea market this year!
  • + 1
 YT has a bike called the Play and its a carbon slope bike i would love to hear more if any knows about it.
  • + 1
 I'll take that Pivot Ebike for $400, please, alex...
  • + 1
 New year, another bike show, new bike, and new standard
  • + 1
 the ebike remineded me of an over fed carp..
  • + 1
 Always had a thing for Yeti bikes :o
  • + 1
 I really can't snub that snabb! it's really good looking!
  • + 1
 "Oh, how did this e-bike get in here..."

LOL
  • + 1
 Ebikes and suvs are the cream of the crop
  • + 1
 Where's the new Capra 275/29?
  • + 1
 That muc off bike just looks like it's covered with pink electrical tape
  • + 1
 Horrible
  • + 1
 That Pivot shuttle looks fun and I'd try it.
  • + 1
 PRO core
  • - 1
 Anyone else thinking the Banshee Spitfire's colour scheme looks a bit like a budget super mega chainstore bike?!
  • + 1
 E bikes ftw
  • - 1
 Pivot sells motorcycles now?
  • - 2
 Niner? Wasn't that the brand that filed bankruptcy to f*ck over their creditors? Let them rest in peace!
  • - 1
 I'm really glad there was an E bike photo in there...
  • + 0
 Pokin' the bear....
  • - 2
 wish i was there.
  • - 2
 Is that Hope bike a VPP setup, or just a look-a-like?
  • + 4
 Neither. Horst link.
  • + 1
 @jzPV: Really? Geez I never would have guessed that. This is why I'm not an engineer I guess, amongst many other reasons. To my untrained eye it looks just like a Hightower's rear suspension setup or something you'd see on an Intense.
  • + 1
 @yupstate: VPP never has a pivot in the chainstay. That DMR above for example is a VPP, but others like the Banshee are short link 4 bars or parallel links like DW-link or whatever people call them and the Yeti in that list above is also some kind of short link but not comparable due to the linear movement of the lower suspension pivot (switch infinity).
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