5 Bikes From the House Show 2020

Jan 27, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
Intense Tracer

UK distributor, Saddleback, were on-site and this is the personal bike of Oli Hunter who is the Brand Manager for Push suspension at UK distro Saddleback.

It’s a fully pimped out custom Intense Tracer with parts from Enve, Chris King and, of course, Push, all of which fall under the Saddleback wheelhouse.

Olly is a Push employee so there's no doubt this shock will be tuned to perfection

He also has the Push ACS3 conversion kit in his fork to give it coil performance

Saddleback have taken on the Intense UK direct sales operation and now have 20 people working on the brand

Olly's bike has definitely seen the most use of any in this round up.

Evil Insurgent LB Park Bike

Anyone who remembers the Evil Undead will be eager for the brand to bring back another downhill bike but this will have to do, for now, the Insurgent Wreckoning LB. It's a respec of the standard Wreckoning but with a park rat rider in mind. We're talking a boosted fork, a chunky coil in the rear and a 7-speed drivetrain. It's similar to the build Aggy had at Rampage, and should be a super plush with a Push coil shock and a Boxxer World Cup providing the damping.

A Push ElevenSix brings coil capability to the Evil bike.

A Chromag cockpit completes the bike's freeride credentials.

7 speeds is all you need when a lift is going to take you to the top.

Orange P7

It wouldn’t be a UK trade show without at least one hardcore steel hardtail. This P7 is made from Reynolds 525 steel and has recently been redesigned around plus size wheels, which should make for a chatter-free ride.

The marque of a brand who know how to make a UK-centric bike

Plus tyres may have fallen out of vogue but you still see tyres like this 2.6" WTB Trail Boss to take the edge of a hardtail's ride.

Quality British tubing for this bike.

A matching saddle finishes off this clean ride.

Forbidden Druid

Former Pinkbike staffer Olly Forster is now Forbidden’s Global Marketing and UK Sales guy and will be helping out this brand that has big ambitions. Their high pivot bike caught our attention enough this year to pick up a nomination for Bike of the Year and we've heard they plan on releasing complete bikes later this year.

[You wouldn't notice the Forbidden graphics from side-on but they're an example of subtle brilliance when you're in the saddle.

This chainring is a slight update to the bike and is apparently super-reliable.

Where the magic happens. A super clean linkage doesn't give much away on the Forbidden.

It would be rude not to at Burgtec's House show

[Apparently one standard chain will snake around this linkage for all sizes but XL, where a few extra links have to be added.

We spotted this new Burgtec pedal on Olly's bike, no doubt more details will follow shortly.

Evil Chamois Hagar

Evil are calling this the ‘mountain biker’s gravel bike’ and it’s easy to see why. Slacker and lower than most gravel bikes and with a dropper and super-wide drop bars as standard, this is a wild-looking drop-bar bike.

Evil have taken a different approach to most gravel bikes, instead of slackening off a road bike to make it suitable for some single track action, they've modified mountain bike consensus to make a thrill-seeking adventure bike. The headline figure is a 66.67° head angle, that is comfortably the slackest on the market, but this is combined with a 50mm stem and a BikeYoke dropper to keep mountain bikers happy.

Don't think this is just a rigid mountain bike with some drops though, there are 7 different water bottle mounts here that offer a carrying capacity of more than 5 litres of fluid basically it can do all the adventuring you want without sacrificing the fun bits.

Yo dawg, I heard you like water bottle mounts.

The Hagar runs 700c wheels, as opposed to 650b like some gravel bikes, this gives a greater range of tyre choices such as the WTB Ventures fitted here.

GRX is Shimano's new gravel spcific drivetrain

Here's the clearance you get with a 50mm tyre, any wider and Evil reckon you should be riding a mountain bike.

Extra-wide drop bars are flared at the bottom to give further width for a mountain bike feel.[


  • 62 1
 Nice bikes - all of them, but I'll take the Druid. Wonder what completes are gonna sell for..?
  • 4 0
 Curious how the Druid would ride with a Push. Anyone running one?
  • 8 3
 @shredddr: l ordered an 11-6 for my Druid Dec 2 during Push’s sale. Unfortunately it’s been delayed and I still do not have it, despite having paid for it almost 2 months ago.

A correction to the write up...a few extra links of chain are required for the large Druid frame as well, not just the XL, as the article states.
  • 29 0
 Still looking for the Grim Donut
  • 1 1
 I'm curious about the completes too. I'm sure that they won't be budget friendly, but getting things in line with other premium companies like Ibis would make the Druid more attractive. Right now the frames aren't that different, but a complete bike ends up being a good bit more expensive.
  • 3 0
 @shredddr: I have one on mine, rode with the stock air can for a month before the Push. It rips.
  • 2 0
 My local shop is building them up at pricing that isn't very different than other decent brands. It all depends how crazy you want to go with a frame up build.
  • 4 1
 @shredddr: local shop owner here does. says it's the best thing he's ever been on hands down. Beaufort Cycles is the shop name, Cumberland BC.
  • 3 2
  • 5 3
 The Druid graphics looks like it took 2 minutes to make on adobe illustrator with basic circles, polygon, and arrow tools.
  • 12 1
 @blackthorne: But they convey ancient pagan celestial truths
  • 4 0
 @blackthorne: While I don't think the graphics are the best in the world; this argument is kinda silly since a lot of really great designs can be copied in minutes. (Nike logo, IBM logo, etc etc)
  • 1 0
 UK trade show, any ghosts of Sick Bicycles lingering about?!
  • 1 0
 @puttsey: I wonder how Adidas came up with their logo. It looks like it took them a second and a half with a piece of chalk on a blackboard.
  • 39 3
 That Orange hardtail is stunning!
  • 35 2
 They call that color bloody stool.
  • 4 0
 Agreed, simply beautiful.
  • 3 8
flag Beez177 (Jan 28, 2020 at 8:42) (Below Threshold)
 @yupstate: downvote for visual reference.
  • 3 1
 On the thumbnail I thought sick bikes were back lol
  • 3 2
 red + yellow = orange
  • 2 1
 Best welds I've seen on an Orange!
  • 2 0
 @yupstate: Thanks to your comment, I'm gonna think that every time I see that color from now on......
  • 1 2
 Its red
  • 19 1
 Chamois Hagar, how do I know if it's love????
  • 9 0
 100% best name for a bike! Some kind of alien. . .
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: I wish my Capra had bottle bosses on the top tube like that
  • 2 1
 I'll bet Sammy would approve.
  • 1 1
 @rrolly: "Chamois Hugger?" Like the "Face Hugger" from the alien series? -I think you might be onto something.
  • 4 0
 @anonymouswhale: As In I can't drive 55.
  • 3 1
 But how well will it fit into the back of my Van Halen?
  • 1 0
 @jaame: those aren't for a bottle cage
  • 1 0
 @lyfcycles: Perhaps not, but it looks like the same spacing.
  • 15 0
 ...any wider and Evil reckon you should be riding a mountain bike...
You should be riding a MTB anyway, not?
  • 7 0
 I think it’s important to remember that it’s still supposed to be a road bike, for doing road bike stuff. Long distance riding, at speed, on relatively smooth ground, which isn’t very much fun on a mountain bike.

I do think it’s good to talk about it here- Maybe MTB manufacturers will get the message that if a road bike can have good geo, there’s no excuse to be producing MTBs with shitty geo in the 2020s.
  • 2 0
 @alreadyupsidedown: To be fair, long distance riding at speed on smooth ground isn't very fun on 50mm tires and heavy group as well
  • 1 0
 @puttsey: ride one and tell us about it
  • 1 0

I don’t know. In my experience, 45mm + tires don’t feel any slower than the 32c cross tires that we considered to be ‘fat’ 10 years ago. And there’s no argument about which is more comfortable. Seeing as comfort reduces your fatigue and helps you ride harder/longer... I don’t see a downside for distance riding.

Weight doesn’t matter anywhere near as much as aerodynamics and pedalling ability. Reviews of the Evil confirm it to maintain a classic road ‘power position’ with the saddle raised, so its certainly no slouch on that front.
  • 12 0
 Its an Insurgent LB, not an Insurgent Wreckoning LB.. The Insurgent LB is 27.5 and the Wreckoning LB is 29.
  • 13 0
 Druid complete bikes? You have my attention
  • 5 0
 A complete bike option and getting some XL frames in production will make me a poorer but happier person.
  • 1 1
 @big-red: they sold through their first run of XL's in a week or so. next run is in production.
  • 3 0
 @jamesbrant: I thought that was the L's and that they hadn't done a production run of XL yet. It's still not even an option on their website (sold out or not). It's just noted in the geometry info. That's okay with me though. Not looking to buy just quite yet.
  • 9 3
 Would be nice to see an aluminum version of the Druid, and more bikes in general made of metal. I am looking forward to buying something with a decent spec made from metal, that has 29" wheels and weighs less than 14kg. I get that carbon is more design friendly, but I would be more than willing to "deal" with some welds and less svelt-ness.
  • 10 0
 buy a Sentinel or a Smuggler and forget about the extra weight!
  • 10 4
 You can build a sweet Commencal meta that comes out to about 30lbs (14kg). Honestlythough, i think the mtb market should stray away from the "heavy is bad" ideology. Heavy is fun! Wink
  • 10 1
 @Shafferd912: Less heavy is more fun when climbing, though. All depends on where and what you ride I guess.
  • 5 0
 @ssteve: Yes. It is more fun. I have a 32lb bike, and I dont mind climbing it though!
  • 5 2
 Knolly Fugitive LT my friend... www.knollybikes.com/fugitivelt
  • 2 0
 @Germanmike: Ripmo AF. Save money and weight.
  • 1 0
 @Shafferd912: Can you? My GFs 2020 Meta TR 29 is 36lbs no dropper. Granted, its the lowest spec build, but cutting 6lbs off that? Where?!
  • 1 1
 @Shafferd912: Totally agree though. Weight doesn't matter as much as mtbers have been conditioned to think it does. 6lbs is never the difference between going for another run and not.
  • 1 0
 @cole-inman: Weird. My 2018 Meta AM 27 is 32lbs. It was the top spec for that year though.
  • 1 2
 @cole-inman: Yeah. unless you are doing like, WC XC racing, a few extra lbs isnt that big of a deal.
  • 1 0
 Lots of cool alu alternatives, but none with a high split pivot and druid geometry
  • 10 1
 I've said it before and I'll say it again, the Forbidden Duid is the best looking bike out there
  • 6 0
 When are Evil going to learn not to keep leaning their bikes on radiators?

That gravel bike has melted particularly badly.
  • 6 0
 that gravel bike has a slacker HA than my MTB...
  • 6 1
 I look forward to seeing that Intense on Cambriabike in 6 months for half off.
  • 2 0
 Regarding the Druid: “ This chainring is a slight update to the bike and is apparently super-reliable.” Does this mean people are having problems with chains falling off idlers on early models?
  • 6 1
 No. I have an early model idler and I have not dropped my chain even once. Don't forget - there is an E*13 chain guide over top of the idler pulley.

From Owen Pemberton in an MTBR thread: "...the changes to the idler pulley were to help the Shimano chain mesh correctly with the pulley teeth. On the earlier version there was some interference with the shaped inner surfaces of the Shimano chain."
  • 3 0
 "The marque of a brand who know how to make a UK-centric bike". Yep, that Orange logo is pretty much what a Brexiter sees when they look at a map of Europe.
  • 5 1
 New “Gravel” bike specific brakes?!?
Ho Lee Sh!t.
  • 6 1
 The calipers are probably just 105/Ultegra, but the lever is different which makes sense... on road groupsets you don't have the most braking power on the hoods, but the hoods offer more control offroad...so they changed the pivot point of the lever.
  • 8 0
 @jzPV: Exactly, they just brand the callipers for consistency.

The revised lever geometry has got to be the stand-out feature of GRX in my opinion. Up until this point, other brands have just continued to produce road levers without thinking of how you use them in technical riding. I have a bike with Apex 1/ TRP Spyre brakes- They are plenty powerful, but I can only get 60% of that power when I brake from the hoods.

I personally feel the whole ‘gravel’ marketing trend is pretty wanky, but it’s bringing a lot of features to roadies that should have been there all along. It’s also nice to see a trend in drop bar bikes that actually caters to how recreational cyclists actually use their bikes. Focusing on fun and exploration is a much more positive vibe than what road cycling has been for the last 20 years.
  • 2 1
 @jzPV: Fair enough, but how viable is a drop bar on a bike with a 66° HTA and a (long) dropper? This bike seems more like a "because it sounds cool" thing than something with tangible benefits.
  • 1 0
 @alreadyupsidedown: yeah but they should have left servo wave to burn in hell. The lack of that makes me like my 105 brakes on my road bike.

@Ttimer: I don't know... I do know that drop bars are fun and a necessity when you travel long distances. I'd like to try one. About time people startet experimenting with drop bar geometry. Some other adventure gravel bikes are also getting longer top tubes and shorter stems. It's nice to have a spectrum of "comfortable road bike" to "fast gravel racer" to "singletrack capable travel bike"...
  • 1 0
 @jzPV: The pivot point was only relocated for the Di2 levers. The mechanical versions have the same pivot point as their road levers.

You can see the difference between the two in this article: ridinggravel.com/reviews-2/shimano-grx-di2-components-getting-rolling
  • 1 0
I do agree the geometry may be overkill in terms of what the bike can handle. It’s not the drop bars that worry me- but the 2” tire limit, and lack of suspension.

Let’s say, theoretically, that this geometry allows you to plow through rough terrain with twice the confidence. How many rocks can you hit before you blow a tire or damage your rims?

Maybe we’re missing the point- Perhaps this geometry is more about making high speed downhills on rough roads /washboard feel safer and less sketchy, and not an attempt to turn it into a mountain bike?

I would certainly like to test the bike and find out.
  • 1 0
 @alreadyupsidedown: Not to mention the spindly-thin seat stays at the dropouts....
  • 1 0
 @jzPV: I disagree that the hoods offer more control offroad. Many folks ride on the hoods now as drop bar positioning has been skewing in favour of the hoods ever since STI came out. A higher bar position that allows the rider to use the drops provides a more secure grip, more force on the brakes, and more body suspension.
  • 4 0
 "and evil reckons" you missed a chance at something there
  • 3 0
 Where the heck is the Grim Donut!
  • 3 0
 Yeah loving the Orange... That Evil looks hideous tho
  • 2 0
 I just realized i haven't seen enve wheels in a while. They used to be everywhere.
  • 1 0
 Check the pinkbike front page. Rapha are bringing out mtb wear for anyone thinking of buying a chamois Hagar.
  • 2 0
 Insurgent looks the dream
  • 1 0
 Oli is a simple dude. Olly ever wanted is to have his name spelled correctly.
  • 2 0
 Evil Cha-Moise
  • 1 0
 "It's a respec of the standard Wreckoning"

  • 1 0
 Longer slacker gravel bike. Didn't see that coming.
  • 4 3
 Not sure why slack matters on a gravel bike. There’s no suspension lol
  • 2 1
 Since Evil is based in Washington, I can see where this geometry comes from. We have about a million miles of logging roads here and many of them have seriously steep grades where that slack geometry and dropper would work quite well.
  • 2 1
 Not sure who’s negging me. I just literally don’t get what slack does without suspension. Is it beneficial because it’s bringing the front wheel forward more relative to the bars? With suspension you’re helping the fork to soak up the impacts more directly @NWBasser:
  • 1 0
 @ejopdahl: No neg rep from me. That's not my thing. With the wheel being more forward, you'd have greater stability on steeper slopes and at higher speeds regardless of suspension. It's more about stability than responding to impacts.
  • 1 0
 @ejopdahl: slack head angles are usually used to create stability in the steering, not better bump absorption from the front fork.
  • 1 0
 Thanks. @NWBasser:
  • 1 0
 @stumpymidget knows things
  • 1 0
 Evil Bring another dh bike and call it The Fuego
  • 1 0
 That Tracer looked super sexy!
  • 1 0
 Hate the name but I love the chamois hagar

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