5 Bikes from the Burgtec House Show

Feb 1, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
With pros, distros, dealers and staff all in one place, there was a glut of nice bikes floating about at the Burgtec House Show. Yes, you've probably seen most of these before but there are a few unique details for eagle-eyes to spot.

Santa Cruz's "Christopher Walken Who?" Chameleon

Fresh out of the karaoke warehouse, this is one of the first of the new Chameleons to touch down in the UK. There was no camouflaging the swoopy copper-coloured frame and blue anodised details on this bike and it drew a lot of attention over the event.


Plenty of clearance here, even the Brits were impressed.
The Chameleon goes carbon for the first time and, as you'd expect from Santa Cruz, it's really smartly done.

Hope Pro 4 hubs come as standard on the SE and SE+ models.


More info here.

Warehouse Will's Evil Insurgent

16-year-old Will Eaton is the Warehouse Manager at Burgtec and his Evil Insurgent was freshly coated in Macclesfield mud.


Will’s been riding some scary lines lately.
Jackson Pollock-esque mud patina.


Burgtec's Santa Cruz V10 29 Show Bike

Burgtec had specced a custom build on this V1029er with all their plushest parts, including the dh bar the Syndicate are currently testing.


30mm rise, 800mm wide and only available to the Syndicate at the moment.
Ergon's downhill specific SMD2 saddle is designed to help riders steer with their legs. It may sound gimmicky but we were big fans when we tested it back in 2016.


Dave Barton's Orange Stage 5 Rainbow

An Orange frame covered in anodised Hope bits and mud, is there a more British bike than this?

More of the finest mud patina.

A Burgetc stem with a front plate specifically designed to fit GoPros.

The Canadian has decided that all UK riders have a minimum of two anodized colours on their bikes.
Stickers are also acceptable.



A game of 'hit the coffee cup' broke out mid-way through shooting.

Josh Lewis' Jib Machine


Loosedog's bike is covered in 50to01 stickers. A new one gets put on for every scratch.


A sneak peak at the next Fabric and 50to01 collab grip.

Josh isn't sure what these scratched in numbers mean but we're all sure they're very important

A prototype Industry 9 freecoaster.



The new Fabric and 50to01 saddle taking shape The boys wanted to design something with loads of padding and no sharp edges.


Bonus: Raleigh Shop Bike

Super slack and super low, it's just a pity Raleigh didn't get the memo about shorter fork offsets.





57 Comments

  • + 125
 16yr old warehouse manager and a seriously sick bike. Life turning out ok so far..!
  • + 67
 I want to know who he murdered and/or blackmailed to get there. When I was 16 I couldn't even manage my bedroom.
  • + 10
 @BenPea: Yeah who's kid IS he?! I want that gig!
  • + 9
 I have a friend who is 20 and has been running bars for 2 or 3 years now, and by run I mean arrange shifts for all the stuff, orders from suppliers etc... On the other hand I'm pretty proud that I've dug some mean trails when I was at that age, we all can't be good at everything Smile
  • + 68
 Child labour laws in the UK need to be brought in line with the EU. Oh, wait...
  • + 1
 Big money!
  • + 0
 That Raleigh like most give me erectile malfunction.
  • + 4
 Breaking News!!! 15 year old wunderkind genius completes his masters degree with honours, then decides to shun all accepted norms to become the new Warehouse Manager at Burgtec.
  • + 1
 Popped spoke in the rear too with the classic wrap-around-a-neighbor-and-say-"f*ck it".
  • + 57
 Poor orange getting bullied and getting snowballed in the playground
"your mum's a filing cabinet"
Brings back all kinds of nasty memories Smile
  • + 1
 Yeah, but judging by the pictures/videos of the Orange factory, I reckon he could beat the ever living piss out of any one who crossed him.
  • + 8
 That Orange bike isn't British. Take a look at that front ring, it has all it's teeth. Wink
  • + 4
 @rrolly: Hey, we all got all our teeth, it's just the alignment we struggle with.
  • + 2
 @Fix-the-Spade: Lol, right. I got you mixed up with Canadian hockey players. . .
  • + 51
 16 and already a warehouse manager and already owns an evil insurgent.... Kids these days....
  • + 28
 with a set of enve's on as well haha! How much do they pay warehouse managers at burgtec? Sign me up Razz
  • + 8
 warehouse manager with nobody else in the warehouse Wink
  • + 5
 @jack-sprogis: I heard that that Will is a right twat....
  • + 15
 Not one snowball hit the coffee, impressive.
  • + 1
 they should stick to mtn biking lol
  • + 9
 That Orange is so ugly it makes me want to try it. Surely you wouldn't make a bike that ugly without it performing great.Example-Polygon Square one
  • + 3
 I used to give my riding buddies on Oranges relentless shit for riding dumb pivot filing cabinet looking bikes, rather than smooth multilink grippy loveliness. Then when I decided I wanted to go 29 I bought a five29. Orange really know what they are doing. Geometry is so spot on, and while the suspension doesn't feel as smooth as a VPP, the feedback is awesome. you can feel every little detail under the wheel, but in a good way. Pedal bob is dealt with shock-side, and not really an issue these days.
  • + 9
 2019 the year 'Play' bikes make a come back
  • + 13
 Here's hoping for a new Blur 4X.
  • + 8
 Designed especially for crap 180's and bunnyhop barspins.
  • - 1
 @seraph: You mean a 5010? But really though.
  • + 2
 @DirtCrab: No, a 26" Blur 4X with 110mm of rear wheel travel, a tapered head tube, and ISCG05 tabs.
  • + 5
 Is it just me, or do the bike with dirt on them look so much sexier than the clean and polished bikes!
  • + 5
 Gawd that's an ugly bike. And the Raleigh shop bike isn't much of a looker either.
  • + 5
 Harsh, the Evil isn't that bad looking.
  • + 4
 That Orange bike is hideous and I am not talking about the orange-colored one.
  • + 0
 Those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
  • + 4
 Man, don't spill coffee on that beautiful . . . wait, what is that thing? Carry on.
  • + 5
 Stem go pro mount to fit my light on, yes ,want it
  • + 2
 Burgtec - Top bunch of guys to deal with, bomb proof products and no bullshit! Rock on lads!!
  • + 3
 i9 freecoaster?
Gimme gimme gimme got
  • + 2
 Will's been riding some scary lines lately... lol
  • + 1
 real question, how do they get the bikes to stay upright? photoshop out the stand?
  • + 1
 Oh ffs pump up those tyres on the Raleigh.
  • + 1
 I think someone other than Will should perhaps do a stock take ????
  • + 1
 I BET that Reverb locks to SHIT on that Jib machine...too fcking bad!
  • + 2
 Raleigh the best !
  • + 1
 Like that disk wheel?
  • + 1
 That Evil Insurgent Drool love the yogurt frame with the red Lyrik!!!
  • + 2
 Good year tires ?
  • + 1
 Sick orange.
  • + 1
 EVIL!
  • - 1
 Anodised hope bits? ????????????????????????
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