24 Bikes and Frames From the Taipei Cycle Show

Mar 3, 2016
by Mike Kazimer  
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Taipei Show 2016
SRAM had this YT Capra on display equipped with their new Roam 60 carbon wheels.


Taipei Show 2016
DaBomb's booth was a riot of lights and colors, but it was the rear cassette on their Dynamite 275 that stood out. A 48 tooth aluminum cog had been installed, an aftermarket add-on from Relic Components. In the stand the Shimano derailleur didn't seem to have any trouble moving the chain into the easiest gear, but it would take an actual test ride to really assess the shifting. When the ring is available it should retail for around $85 USD.


Taipei Show 2016
This aluminum Intense was fully decked out in components from Box Components.


Taipei Show 2016
Taiwan is still a hotbed for aluminum manufacturing, and companies both large and small have booths at the show to demonstrate their capabilities, like this 150mm frame from Alu-Mate.


Taipei Show 2016
Genio's GF7-1 downhill frame has 204mm of rear travel, a 63.5 degree head angle, and either a 440 or 450mm chainstay length depending on the wheel position.


Taipei Show 2016
Hmm, that font looks vaguely familiar...


Taipei Show 2016
Rather than using a pivot on the seat- or chainstays, this XC bike from Trigon relies on the flex from the flattened chainstays in order to allow the rear wheel to go through its travel unimpeded.


Taipei Show 2016
Astro's latest full carbon frame uses a dual-link suspension layout for its 140mm of travel.


Taipei Show 2016
Dartmoor's 170mm Wish Enduro. (My inner mechanic cringes whenever I see a brake line routed on the outside of a fork leg.)


Taipei Show 2016
Itek's substantial looking 27.5+ bike.


Taipei Show 2016
This Kellys Noid 90 was hard to miss with its extra bright paint job.


Taipei Show 2016
One of this year's color choices for the Santa Cruz Nomad: emerald green and yellow.


Taipei Show 2016
Ghost's FR AMR 7.


Taipei Show 2016
Loic Bruni may have since switched teams, but there's no denying that he rode Lapierre's DH Team to a victory at World Champs.


Taipei Show 2016
The polar opposite of the DH Team, the XR 929 is a cross-country race weapon.


Taipei Show 2016
Polygon's Collosus DH9.


Taipei Show 2016
This belt driven, gearbox equipped Nicolai stopped more than one passer-by in their tracks.


Taipei Show 2016
Another XC rocket, KTM's Scarp.


Taipei Show 2016
X Fusion had their elusive Revel inverted fork installed on a Commencal Meta AM.


Taipei Show 2016
Fairly Bikes isn't a household name in the bike world due to the fact that they mainly build bikes for other companies, but this Di2 equipped bike was more than photo-worthy.


Taipei Show 2016
Felt's 140mm Decree.


Taipei Show 2016
Another year, another history lesson in the MacMahone booth. When's the last time you saw a RockShox Totem out on the trail?


Taipei Show 2016 Pivot
Pivot's Phoenix Carbon DH.


Taipei Show 2016
Corsair had a prototype of their latest project, the Ambush, on display. Intended to be a playful all-mountain bike, the Ambush will have 150mm of travel, 430mm chainstays, and a 66-degree head angle with a 150mm fork (a 160mm fork will slacken it out by approximately half a degree).



188 Comments

  • + 410
 That ITEK looks like a sission
  • + 65
 WE HAVE A WINNER
  • - 24
flag MTB-Colada (Mar 2, 2016 at 23:50) (Below Threshold)
 So does the Felt.
  • + 15
 I sission dat
  • + 12
 I know trek felt bro.
  • + 4
 the Genio looks promising. and if corsair does make that frame PLEASE...water bottle cage INSIDE the triangle !
  • + 42
 Personally Im digging on the Nicolai.
  • + 3
 POTY for me.
  • + 14
 We all digg that Nicolai! Wink
  • + 5
 I'll take Nicolai for $100, Alex.
  • - 12
flag half-baked-productions (Mar 3, 2016 at 6:08) (Below Threshold)
 They all look like a session
  • + 25
 with my TDL helmet, my five-then shoes and my Itek... i´m ready to road!!
  • + 16
 just dont forget you pro go
  • + 8
 that's funny - when I first scrolled by I thought that bike was a "TREK" - had to go back after seeing the #1 comment to figure out which one was the "iTEK"
  • + 3
 @viatch Please be a joke
  • + 0
 ^ your mom found it funny so i guess it is
  • + 2
 Water bottle on a DH bike @viatch??
  • + 3
 I see they've incorporated their patented "full throater" suspension design and "splint pivot" axle linkage...
  • - 1
 @bman33 if you know how to read a sentence, i clearly meant that for the corsair. American failed education system FTL
  • + 5
 Ahh, I did miss read it. Myou apologies. Bet you you feel really good being a c**t about it though. I strive for perfection in my life to be just like you. No mistakes
  • + 2
 I'm betting that Itek script is close enough to gain them some unwanted attention from Trek.
  • + 1
 @davemud that was my thought exactly.
  • + 113
 Anyone else think the "Itek" logo looks a little too much like the Trek logo???
  • + 22
 first thought Trek
  • + 39
 shoulda been called R-TEK
  • + 8
 I think that is the idea
  • + 11
 If it was an “ISPEC” a sue would be on his trails by now…
  • + 18
 The X-Race logo looks just like Race Face, too.
  • + 2
 if Trek accually make a copyrights of the font they are using and claimed it.
and if the "TEK" on ITEK has 99% simmilarity with TREK font....
you know the rest...
nothing happen.. lol.. move on..
  • + 0
 The bike also has almost the same geometry as a Fuel.
  • + 2
 Wow. I was thinking, "I didn't see an 'Itek,' but I did see a Trek." Scrolled back up and found out the Trek was an Itek.
  • - 1
 I was way too confused by the lack of DRCV Fox or Trek mount Rockshox rear shock.
  • + 1
 They could put the Totem on it and call it a T Rex.
  • + 2
 I'm really digging the cobra on the headtube of the X-Race bike. It's like they threw it on last second to add some badass flair. Excellent.
  • + 94
 I like the fact, that they don't give a f*ck while taking the picture of the Genio's GF7-1 even if it's got a sign "don't take photos" on it ^^
  • + 10
 Lol, yeah. I think that 'no photos' sign is even more tragic than some of those catalogue bike designs. If you don't want photos getting out, maybe don't put it on display at a major industry tradeshow! :p
  • + 5
 Even more confusing is that Genio actually put a photo of that frame in their own website.
  • + 2
 I was searching the comments for someone who noticed that!
  • + 68
 I'll tell you when was the last time you saw a rockshox totem on the trail it was flying past you off a man sized jump while you were taking instagram pictures with your enduro boyfriends thats when
  • + 5
 well played, sir.
  • + 1
 So this is in favor of the totem???
  • + 1
 You bet your ass it is
  • + 51
 Sorry but "Da Bomb" sounds like a bike for someone who wears white sunglasses
  • - 3
 i actually like the graphics a lot. but the best looking winner...the nicolai or the Pivot...can't decide
  • + 5
 @velociraptor-clintthrust white classes are so radical, perfect with my fluo baggy
  • + 2
 I had one back in the day, it was solid and heavy!
  • + 2
 White Arnette's from Bali
  • + 2
 Yeah, they've been around for ages. As evidenced by the Monster T in that picture! I remember them having a frame I wanted back in the day, but don't remember which model.
  • + 1
 now i wonder what i may have said to get the downvotes...sometime i don't get the how the average pinkbiker brain works ?_?
  • + 38
 This astro frame looks so great
  • + 11
 And they should name it Astro Demo Dune 8XR.
  • + 3
 I know it isnt even the paint job the frame shape is just great!
  • + 3
 I want to ride this, this summer ...
  • + 6
 Is it possible to buy the astro frame directly? Or they are selling them to bike "manufacturers" only?
  • + 2
 Will we see a KHS looking suspiciously like it before long?
  • + 1
 The KHS bikes certainly have a resemblance to Astro
  • + 3
 My guess is that Astro is the company that owns the factory where Mondraker carbon fiber bikes are produced. Or owned by the company who produces Mondraker carbon bikes. They had a carbon DH prototype before mondraker had a carbon bike, that looked like it could have been a Mondraker prototype.
  • + 6
 KHS Bikes are Astro Bikes.

This one looks pretty polished though. Asymmetrical front triangle to clear the shock??
  • + 2
 Is khs actually Astro or do khs utilise Astro frames? Khs vigorously deny using Taiwanese catalogue bikes.
  • + 1
 As far as i know, Astro can make small changes on the frame, required by the "manufacturer" that contacted them to buy the frame. Different manufacturers have different opinions about the kinematics, so 2 identical frames with different logos on them can have different amount of travel and different suspension behavior. Don't know why KHS denies buying from Astro, as there are too many KHS models looking exactly the same, but with other badges on them...
Hope this one becomes available...
  • + 1
 Not only KHS, as far as I know two domestic brands frames had been produced by Astro. Alutech from Germany also get their frames manufactured by Astro. CMIIW.
  • + 1
 @Startgas nail on the head mate, dont think its any secret that most of the smaller brands use large factories in Taiwan to manufacture their frames. Astro are huge, they build for a lot of companies, and their catalog is like lucky dip of reputable brands frames
  • + 2
 I'm going to buy 500 of them and sell them as the all new Specialdaker Demfoxy 140.
Genio´s downhillbike could also go as the Yproof Tupulse.
  • + 1
 Any one know who makes the yt?
  • + 2
 A manufacturer from Taiwan. LOL
  • + 36
 ALU-MATE... pretty good, thanks for asking?
  • + 12
 Allumette...
  • + 25
 I still love my totem.
  • + 2
 Same, I ride mine constantly!
  • + 2
 buddy of mine rides a totem, still kills it!
  • + 5
 I've been through three frames and my Totem is still getting up for work every day.
  • + 22
 Watch out, 26 inches is coming back!!!
In the form of a 156 tooth cog Frown
  • + 17
 The Ghost looks mint. I'm always a sucker for a YT capra too!
  • + 3
 yep, also KTM and Astro caught my attention. Those shapes...
  • + 14
 Nicolai. Wow. I would like to know more about that.
  • - 5
flag MaxDeutsch (Mar 2, 2016 at 23:55) (Below Threshold)
 It is pure sex. Imagine if you could afford that with enve m90s that would be so prime.
  • - 7
flag MaxDeutsch (Mar 3, 2016 at 0:17) (Below Threshold)
 they put highrollers on it though. that thing needs like 2.5 minions
  • + 3
 Gearboxes are the future. I wish Pinkbike would put out more coverage on the companies that use them. EVERYONE: check out Nicolai, Cavalerie, Musings, Alu-Tech and Zerode's gearbox bikes. Better yet, buy one and support the companies who are actually pushing bikes to the (true) next level. Not just more speeds and mildly refined parts.
  • + 9
 I can't wait to try that new Corsair Ambush. It looks like an awesome bike!
  • + 2
 They went slightly Banshee on that frame. Wonder how those tight links will drain and dry?
  • + 1
 If it's anything like there past frames, bearings will be shot in 3 months and warranty will be non-existent. I have owned 2 corsair bikes, there past DH frame and their endure frame, sold the DH frame rather quickly and the enduro frame kept breaking pivot bolts
  • + 6
 "da bomb"-not only is the company name stupid, but notice the iron cross logo- especially the one near the headtube. do you see the pattern of the black lines coming out of the iron cross?
  • + 1
 Yep. I didn't see it at first, but now that you mention it, there it is. Riding that bike around might get your a-- kicked.
  • + 2
 might be popular at various rallies or klan gatherings.
  • + 1
 The iron cross doesn't necessarily correlate with Nazi Germany. It's just the most infamous version for obvious reasons, but theirs had a swastika on it. Symbols have always been adopted and altered. This one is no exception. Not to say the name isn't ridiculous. Always has been.
  • + 1
 Thanks for the history lesson. The swastika is also as old as time, but I think you overlooked the swastika behind the iron cross- like I mentioned when I addressed the pattern of the black lines behind the iron cross near the head tube. It goes in the opposite direction of the nazi swastika, and it gets cut off as the design tops out on the top tube, but it's there.
  • + 1
 Did anyone notice the triangular shape of many of the frames? Illuminati confirmed! Shapes are shapes, it's an iron cross, with some iron crosses behind it.
  • + 5
 And also, can you guys review one of them GHOST slammers, hammers, spammers, something like that. I don't know how they ride but they LOOK freaken sweet. Though I don't really want to buy a bike at REI. (EXCEPT, you would get the 10% back...? hmmmm)
  • + 7
 That Astro frame looks awesome, the single sided seattubes are growing on me a lot.
  • + 4
 MacMahone - what is going on with the front wheel spoke tension (someone forget to tension the spokes before putting bike on display?

Loic Bruni Lapierre's DH Team - what is going on with the front brake hose? (someone forget to cut to length and attach hose to the Rockshox fork mount)

messy setups considering its the premier global bike show Frown
  • + 4
 MacMahone actually has a broken spoke.
  • + 6
 why are drive-side pics the norm? rather see a clear picture of linkage layout than another derailleur/crank.

and be nice cause I like my totem...
  • + 2
 This guy right here. But I think I have the answer, people don't give a shit about suspension desing and innovation, they want their bike to look better than the next one. Apart from maybe the Corsair and the Pivot, all of those bikes have basically the same suspension or a copycat desing of an already existing layout. People just want to show off and that makes me sad.
  • + 8
 The ktm is surprisingly one of the better looking bikes out of this lot
  • + 4
 That KTM is beautiful. It can take 2 waterbottle cages inside the main triangle also - WIN!
  • + 6
 I stopped reading at lapierre, on the bike it has schwalbe sponsors yet the tires are maxxis.. ?
  • + 6
 That Corsair looks mint... I've always wanted one of their bikes...
  • + 5
 Genio's GF7-1 reminds me to a YT Tues, especially the form of the downtube.
  • + 2
 Yup, it's definitely a Nukeproof Tues.
  • + 3
 Where do rocks and dirt end up going in that corsair rear end when the weight is off the wheel?? We'll just call this model "the grinder"
  • + 4
 That Commencal Meta AM looks so hot! Clean design, almost like a hardtail, but actually a fully. Very nicely done
  • + 5
 Ohhwwww that Commencal, stick a fork in that delicious slice.
  • + 1
 They always have the sickest paint jobs and graphics.
  • + 3
 I still have a soft spot for the Totem. That being said, my new Lyrik is coming in the mail tomorrow and I am a fan of the modern offerings. ????
  • + 1
 Apparently emojis don't work on PB, but those question marks were supposed to be a "smiley". Wink
  • + 4
 I'm not an XC kinda guy... But that KTM though...
  • + 4
 That Genio DH frame is one to look out for.
  • + 3
 the sticker "no photo" ...
  • + 3
 ...actually says "Add your Logo".
  • + 2
 That Alu-mate looks like that new Airdrop Edit.... or is that the otherway around, they have the same rocker arm for crying out loud.
  • + 1
 So much s*it in here, Kellys mimics Nukeproof, with susension and design, Tajwan products... And this prison-tatto style cobra on 'X-Race'. Watching this made my day. Bike industry (mostly in Asia): where are You going?
  • + 3
 Im wondering what I must sound like, scrolling through those pictures... Oaaahh! Wow! Mehh... SICK, eeeh
  • + 2
 Sooo Santa Cruz has to paint their bikes like a Yeti now? Did the SB6 hurt their sales that much?
  • + 3
 Genio frame says no pictures u pink bike thugs
  • + 3
 I need a bike with a Cobra on it
  • + 3
 X-Fusion Revel.."elusive"..you got that right!...when????
Want!!!...
  • + 1
 Yeah, I was about to ask the exact same thing. I am drooling for one. Hopefully it is nowhere near the price of an RS1.
  • + 3
 I hate to say it but I think that Ghost is the best looking of the bunch.
  • + 3
 That Noid 90 is ultra sickl!!
  • + 1
 airborne toxin..DH version
  • + 1
 I don't know who was in charge of putting that Intense together, but that makes no sense? Long stem, red solid seat post, Box components with Shimano crankset?
  • + 2
 How did they do the photo of Genio's GF7-1 downhill frame??? It is said "no photo" on stand!)))
  • + 3
 I'm not a XC kind of guy... but that KTM though...
  • + 2
 Kellys Noid 90, isn't that an Airborne Toxin frame??
Smell some good ol recycle.
  • + 4
 Fairly sure the Airborne wasnt a new frame design either...
  • + 2
 It's the old Commencal from two generations back.
  • + 5
 Funny how you say recycle. It's surprising how many companies just pick a frame from a Taiwanese catalogue and have their own graphics put on it.
  • + 2
 I went to their website. am I the only one who can't believe there's only 1.5° HA difference between Eraser and Swag?
www.kellysbike.com/de/bikes-2016/mtb/fully/enduro/eraser-90#.VtgHEvkrL4Y
www.kellysbike.com/de/bikes-2016/mtb/fully/enduro/swag-30#.VtgHEvkrL4Y
  • + 2
 .... And the entire rear suspension kinematics?
  • + 1
 I also went to the website and the Kellys swag is pretty much the same as the khs sixfifty 7500. Looks like they are just a catalog brand that picks and chooses and changes geo a little.
  • + 1
 Astro engineering
  • + 2
 Corsair's prototype Ambush, try not to get dirt or mud anywhere near the swing pivots
  • + 4
 Can be used to crack walnuts etc. whilst out on the trail
  • + 4
 Erm... Corsair Konig? Bombproof linkage. Cam Zink has won both Rampage and Joyride on previous versions of that design, so I think it's pretty good myself.
  • + 7
 Walnuts? Pffff...crab and lobster. @Jaame is correct though the Konig Linkage has some results and years on it.
  • + 8
 We have a 2007 original Konig (with earlier linkage) in the office. It's the bosses bike. We're in Wales and it gets a pasting with our abrasive soils. Original bearings just get serviced once or twice a year. No issues on the linkage, ever.
  • + 7
 I've got one also. I've changed the bearings once in five years. Last time I took it apart the bearings were stiff but I just put it back together and you can't tell when it's got a swingarm on it. Very nice bikes. They would benefit hugely from some better colours and cleaner graphics though.
  • + 6
 It's going to be awesome. The linkage works incredibly well. It sheds mud fast too. No problems with it at all on my Imperium no matter what the weather.
  • + 5
 I own the original 2008 Konig aswell, and this linkage design and almost fool/bomb-proof and easy to maintain. Love the Konig, my favorite frame, and handles amazing. The ambush looks promising.
  • + 2
 they must have a few lorryloads of silicon shine parked outside the trade hall
  • + 1
 Intense showing off an Aluminum free ride bike. instead of another plastic enduro bike. Sweet! thanks. BTW bike looks wicked with no grafix.
  • + 3
 I thought 24" is coming back.
  • + 3
 The Nicolai is very nice indeed.
  • + 2
 that XR929 looks like a scene from Alien
  • + 1
 The way this frame is open on the NDS looks pretty sweet.


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  • + 2
 That trigon bike terrifies me
  • + 2
 That ITEK uses trek's old logo font lol. Had me really confused.
  • + 2
 that astro look so tempting for me
  • + 2
 What is that astro bike and how can i get it...?
  • + 3
 Just buy 100 frames and put your own stickers on each.
  • + 2
 2017 KHS, along with half a dozen other companies. Suspension always gets good reviews on the alu versions...
  • + 0
 They still work for mondraker ? because it was the case some years ago, and the frames still look very similar this year
  • + 1
 OPUS bikes are also Astro frames.
  • + 2
 Mondraker stopped using Astro for their frames - they started making them themselves.
As for ASTRO - can't really understand them. Why don't they start selling to the end user as well, not only to bike companies? They have the name ASTRO, they've got nice paintjob....
  • + 0
 Ahah theys said "no picture" for the genio red frame and we get one.

We do what the chenese people do when they come to the eurobike.

Picture approved.
  • + 1
 Commencal Meta AM is tidy as heck. Also find there's a certain charm in the way asian folks blatantly rip off stuff.
  • + 2
 Would love a gearbox belt drive
  • + 1
 I misinterpreted the, "24 bikes" as the bike company 24 bicycles. That Astro frame is really nice looking!
  • + 1
 i bet that trek breaks every 4th or 5th ride, just like my remedy. rides like a dream, breaks like chalk.
  • + 2
 I just saw a Yeti Cruz
  • + 1
 a 48t cassette, no that's a chainring put it on your crank and ride fast
  • + 1
 Rockshox forks have the worst cable routing method ever.
  • + 0
 The Box Components frame is the same design as the new Diamondback we saw a few days ago.
  • + 1
 That felt decree looking fine
  • + 1
 Pretty cool. The Totem doe.
  • + 1
 That kellys noid 90 looks like an airborne toxin frame
  • + 1
 Last time I saw a totem was yesterday. Cause I'm still rockin it!
  • + 1
 Will the YT Capra stay on top all year?
  • + 1
 That Genio is remind me with Coluer's prototype DH bike.
  • + 1
 Anyone else notice the small "no photo" sign in the Genio frame picture?
  • + 1
 The Astros frame looks sick wonder how they ride?
  • + 1
 that mega rims on the commencal Big Grin too much dont ya think ?
  • - 3
 Am I the only one who isn't bothered by the front brake being run round the outside of the lower fork leg?
I'm not even sure I know how mine are run but I don't like to when they're on the inside because I always think they're going to catch the trend of the tire.
  • + 3
 @mikekazimer is right. That shows lack of attention to detail - something that shouldn't be ignored when displaying at a trade show.

The length of some of the cables and hoses is also bonkers. I know these things are sometimes done in a rush but cut those cables damnit!
  • + 2
 Ohhhh yahhhh bike porn
  • + 1
 That Cobra on the X-Race looks so Walmart.
  • + 0
 That Genio frame looks a little heavy...
  • + 0
 Some perfect bikes and frames and some shity bikes and frames
  • + 0
 That Felt is missing a pivot...
  • + 0
 xrace稳过m9 我会乱说?
  • + 1
 Cooool
  • + 0
 Pretty nice bikes
Wish I could afford them ????????
  • - 2
 No fatbikes? :o
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