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CORE Bike 2015 - Randoms

Jan 27, 2015
by Paul Aston  
CORE Bike is a trade-only show that kicks off the year in the UK, based at the Formula-One themed Whittlebury Hall, close to the infamous Silverstone Circuit. The old manor house provides a cozy, family feel compared to the halogen halls synonymous with most shows. Most of the products here have already been seen, but there were a couple of newbies floating around.


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Bright orange seems to be the color of the moment at CORE bike. This Banshee Prime shows off their latest colourway.


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After many years barely venturing from black, Endura have gone wild with fluro orange, and yellow to their MT products range.


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These MT500 shorts use a 'cat tongue' like material, which grips in one direction and slides the other. A patch on the bibs and the shorts grip each other and keep them up where they should be.

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Polaris have added more female clothes to their existing ranges. The Siren long-sleeve top for £39.99 and the short-sleeve Medusa at £34.99. Both arrive around March time in Purple/Grape or Turquoise/Duck Egg.

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There was a spectacular afternoon tea exhibit, I mostly ate the decoration.


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The first Evil The Following on British shores, a last minute addition to the Silverfish booth after it arrived on Friday


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The most photographed bike ever? Palmer was hanging around the show, and the rumors are that he's now tee-total and getting back in shape for some riding and racing.


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Renthal found their identity was slipping away after they released the black Fatbar Carbon; they realized when riders whiz by, they look like every other bar on the market. Like the alloy bar, the gold color keeps the brand image true and the bars more visible.


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These clear plastic demonstration units from FOX have been seen before, but peering into the internals still boggles my mind. FOX have some new products being launched within the next few months, but they couldn't confirm that we will see a consumer version of this prototype RAD coil shock.


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Crank Brothers have added black to the Mallet DH Race pedal after only being available in red. They also have some new multi-tools that are different to the norm; they aim to give you more useful, workshop standard tools in a portable package, rather than being super light but difficult to handle.


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EVOC have a couple of new bags. The Stage 12L on the left is designed around using a neck brace, the shoulder straps are wider apart to make room for a brace. The Trail Builder pack has loops and pockets for all your tools, including chainsaws and mattocks. The main feature being softer, deeper padding for you back to cushion you from the extra weight from your weaponry.


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The updated version of the EVOC bike bag; the removable third wheel means you can just roll it around the airport, the easiest bag becomes even easier.


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DMR have joined the spider-less chainring bandwagon with this new Blade ring. The 26t ring only weighs 29grams, there are options up to 36t in two tooth increments. Fits any SRAM interface and works with 10 or 11 speed chains. Price is TBD. The Axe cranks are already available featuring a 30mm axle, with a 35mm axle option coming in 2016. 165mm, 170mm and 175mm lengths. For £249.99 you get the crank, b.b, spider and Praxis 34t ring, it weighs in at 890grams.

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Even after the re-launch of the V12, DMR aren't slouching and have just released these new entry level V6 pedals. The nylon-fibre body, shares the shape of the V12, running on a Dual DU bush system around a cro-mo axle. There are eight colors and weigh in at 327 grams. Unbelievable value at £17.99.

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Rob told me this was their take on the new fat bike phenomenon


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e*thirteen have reinvented their guides across the range. The first new feature is the co-moulded, rubber areas anywhere the chain can contact, making it super quiet. Solvent resistant plastic means that it won't go hard and brittle after you expose it to cleaners, sprays and oils over time. The main feature is the quick release, metal clip on the front of the top guide, this means you can flip open the outer side of the guide allowing you to remove chain and cranks, without having to unbolt the and reset the device every time. We weren't allowed to photograph this in action as its still in prototyping stage.


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Another new product is the coagulating Tubeless Tyre Plasma, which uses Oxyplateletes to seal holes up to 4mm. The sealant is non-corrosive to tire casing and organic, gluten free and hopefully vegan. e*thirteen have also created these tubeless valves, attempting to eliminate any tubeless valve woes. The valves have an inner an outer seal, with different rubber profiles to suit rim types, on the bottom of the valve there is an allen key hole to tighten them down in to the rim.


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After some delays in production the NS Snabb T1's and T2's have arrived. I have just received one to test so look out for the review, but more importantly expect an interview with the owner Szymon, turns out he's a legendary Polish, best-selling popstar from the 80's.


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Spank had this 2015 sample of their Spike pedal on show. Striving to perfect the pedal, they have added silicone sealed bearings, a slightly refined pin system and engraved instead of printed graphics.


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I thought I had spotted a new, wide rim on the Spank stand, but turns out the Stiffy Evo 40 rim (34.3mm ID) was actually their first ever around 16 years ago. Were they ahead of the game?


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The SDG saddle in the foreground is one of their best-sellers, they also have the 'Nomad specific' colorway at the back.


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This hoody effect, rasta jersey from One is definitely original.


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Swedish brand POC were another brand not holding back on the fluro orange.


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Craig Evans' new race bike, poor guy hasn't seen it yet but it's already putting the runs in at the shows. Hope say they like to pimp out their bikes to the extreme, purely because they enjoy doing so.


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Over the years we have seen various versions of prototype cassettes and adaptors from Hope. After posing the question, and plenty of deliberation between two of their honchos suggests that this latest version, will be in production sometime during 2015.


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10 speeds between 10 and 40 teeth. The lower 7 sprockets are machined from one piece of billet, the top 3 are separate and a 20% spread is offered between each gear. The cassette sits on a slightly shorter free-hub body than standard to allow the smaller 10t cog to fit.


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This huge custom work-stand base is cut out of a £400 chunk of aluminum.

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Its not all fun and games at PB, serious wrestling between staff members, Karl the Canadian Bear Vs The Midlands Midget in this round. Not sure where Karl's hand is going?



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101 Comments
  • 138 13
 This rasta jersey is the ugliest jersey I've seen in my life
  • 12 2
 Not a big fan of the bright colored clothing either. I could understand for arid areas but to my experience, anything not full black is usually totally ruined after a single mud riding day. On the other hand, those DMR pedals seem to be great value for the price.
  • 29 3
 am i the only one that thinks that hope ruins the looks of their rigs by putting their stickers all over the bike?

less is more when it comes to graphics on bikes, metinks.
  • 14 6
 It s ok if you smoke weed
  • 16 2
 Drug rug.
  • 4 1
 I agree with the less is more idea, but tbh you cant really ruin that v10.. still a very sexy rig
  • 7 0
 I have a firm policy that if i am getting no money or discounts then I do not advertise their product with stickers.....there for all my bikes, motos, and cars have stickers removed and replaced with my local shops, vendors, distibutors, and services.....support local!!!!! Oh and I agree less is more...especially with Hope as they need NO stickers.....works of art IMHO!
  • 1 0
 THe Kona Plaid one from a few years ago was pretty horrendous too.
  • 4 4
 i like it, neg prop away
  • 49 2
 The e-thirteen guide that just opens up so you can get to your chain? THANK YOU
  • 13 0
 better not have those shit jockey wheels that cost 14 quid to replace this time. ....
  • 5 1
 E.13 guides have been able to be opened up for chain access for some time now.
  • 9 3
 so e13 finally improve the top guide now that most people have stopped using chain guides
  • 6 0
 Most pro enduro and DH racers are still using at least a top guide.
  • 6 0
 why do you think most people have stopped using chain guides? Every bike at the venues i ride has them fitted
  • 5 2
 with the clutch type rear mechs it made chain guides obsolete for most bikes up to about 150mm travel, I still use the top guide of my lg1 on my dh bike as the longer travel can still cause the chain to fall off even with a clutch mech,
  • 6 7
 1 by drive trains with narrow/wide chain rings used in conjunction with clutch rear derailleurs have reduced the need for chain guides, thank god.
  • 10 6
 Love chain guides. Love everything about them. I hate the look of bikes without them. They look like frankenbikes, whether or not the drivetrain works without a guide. Every single ring bike I will ever own will be running at least a top guide.
  • 2 2
 thanks for the info Mark3. Smile
  • 19 2
 Where can I get a go fox yourself sticker haha!?
  • 1 1
 like those monkey bike as well .. that's perfect with fox sticker
  • 16 2
 Oompa Loompas have taken over the mountain bike fashion industry
  • 21 2
 Oompa Loompa Doompadee Doo
I've Got a Perfect Color For You
Oompa Loompa Doompadah Dee
If You Are Wise You'll ENDURO Like Me.
What Do You Get When You Barrel Down Steeps?
Eating As Much As An Downhill Bike Eats...
  • 2 1
 Best comment, +1 internet to you
  • 15 8
 Is anybody else absolutely bored shitless of seeing Palmers bloody 2nd place achieving Intense M1?? I've never in my life know of any athlete of any sport in the world to get so much credibility for not actually winning a world championship. I've been bored with it since the 1990s and I'm even more bored of it now.
  • 3 4
 America! F yeah!
  • 1 1
 Bit if it was Nico's Sunn!
  • 3 0
 Whatever bike Nico "won" the world championship on deserves much more coverage than a 2nd place achieving one. I hope this never happens in our sport again it's just wrong. Nico deserved all the credit that day, he was my hero back then not bloody Palmer.
  • 8 0
 I will stick with Stan's for now and let others experiment with sealants, but those e13 valve stems look interesting! How sad is it to be excited about valve stems?
  • 8 0
 congratulations, you're a MTBer
  • 1 0
 its not sad.. pretty much up until now, if you wanted to get quality valves for ghetto tubeless that didnt cost an arm and a leg you had to go through 949 racing (miata parts vendor). they are awesome, but i am glad to see a bike company finally making some that are worth while.
  • 2 1
 I have zero understanding of what the big deal is regarding tubeless valve stems. I've always gotten mine from used, presta valved inner tubes, and I've never had any problems with them. I just make sure they're the ones with removable cores, which are becoming more common, nowadays. You're welcome. And, for ghetto tubeless I simply use the valve that's on the tube. Why wouldn't you do that...?
  • 2 0
 Im currently running schraders cut out of an old tube and popped through the rim hole. Tyres have been pumped up for 6 months no trouble.
  • 1 1
 because then you have to butcher a tube. that is why tombasic. also, i am not talking presta, i am talking schrader.
  • 1 0
 Surely an old tube can be got for free tho?
  • 1 0
 Hey Jumpman2334, the real issue is the ridiculous prices people want to charge for for tubeless valves. $10 for one valve, or $4 for a 20" tube? And, I just looked up 949 racing. O.k., those valves actually look quite nice, and at $4.25 each are a valid choice. Thanks for bringing those to our attention. Another option is that Continental makes 20" schrader-valved innertubes that have a full threaded stem, meaning they are similar in nature to presta valves and not rubber coated like the typical schrader valve.
  • 10 3
 Am I the only one who scrolled from The Following to the Intense and thought, I bet he could have put down a much faster run on the trail bike?
  • 3 1
 My thoughts too. Man, how far we've come.
  • 8 1
 Well yeah, considering the M1 is like 15 years old. Its not surprising really.
  • 1 0
 I had the same though. It's amazing to see how far things have come and how quickly.
  • 4 0
 I realize it wouldn't be surprising. It's just the first thought that came to mind, how far bikes have come in 15 years, the trail bikes of today are so capable.
  • 3 0
 Indeed. But then you scroll down to the V-10....
  • 1 0
 15 years? Palmer rode that m1 19 years ago at the 96 worlds. The bike might be dated but that paint job is still cool today as it was back then. TLD need to paint some worlds bikes again
  • 3 0
 bloody hell. 19 years. how time flies. Frown
  • 5 0
 I know there'll be a lot of flak on the bright orange kit, but in some areas, like where I ride, there's also hunting in the area and it's a lot nicer to wear a jersey that stands out than having an orange construction vest over the top!
  • 7 0
 Fox Rampages are looking nasty. Hoping that the 100% helmet is going to look better.
  • 7 0
 I love it when my bars are more visible and in keeping with the brand image
  • 6 2
 Yesss those CB are so brilliant.
And I would mob on that rasta yersey are you joking? I race xc on my 420 munchies kit from State Bicycles. Nothing better to piss off the blokes that take themselves waaaay too serious than looking like a clown, a faster clown.
  • 2 1
 way to go dude - you are the true MTB'er!
  • 7 1
 Wide rims are nothing new.
  • 4 0
 Just something old that should never have gone away.
  • 1 0
 same with spiderless DMR cranks
  • 2 1
 I dont care what the Palms does as long as he doesnt wear Enduro PJ,s and keeps a bit of his attitude. Mountain biking needs some spice.
The Hope stuff is sweet! That said why make a terribly expensive cassette!? Just stamp ten cogs and put in spacers.
  • 1 0
 Well those valve stems, for some reason I feel like I'll dream about those from now on! The hope cassette has me excited too, might switch my Hope hubs on my XC and throw it on, as I'm a big fan of 10t cog, but not a big fan of 11speed. Looks definitely promising!
  • 2 0
 Hope cassette 10-42: finally! I hope (no joke here) that extra gear range compared to my one up system won't be outrageously expensive.
  • 1 0
 10-40, not 42 from the captions... I was excited like you, then went wah wah waaaaaahh.

(I've looked into the math a bit: the difference between 40 & 42 is about 1 gear-in, 40 & 36, is about 3. The 10t might make it worth it though, as the difference between it and an 11 is a whopping 7.7. That would allow you to drop a chainring & lose only about 2 gear-in on the high end. But it's not XX1 www.bikecalc.com/gear_inches)
  • 2 0
 More numbers: an 11-42 has a 56.5 spread, in gear-in. an 10-40 has a 63.2 spread. But a 10-42 has a 64.2.

So it's better, & maybe even good enough, but the real question, is how much you'll pay, vs how much changing to 11 speed costs. It needs a special freehub, Won't likely be compatible with anybody else's hubs(at least at first) & is from Hope, so I think price will be a big factor.
  • 5 0
 Ah mortals and their endless "Is a dinner plate cog big enough to get my 12kg trail bike up that hill or do I need a frisbee size cog instead?" debate.
  • 2 0
 It's endless because it's so important Wink
Ho they corrected it, 10-40. Alright it's not much less and maybe it helps shifting quality overall?
  • 3 1
 Also went through the numbers and really I wouldn't see the point of buying this cassette + special free hub. There's almost no difference between having a 30t front and 10-40 out back and 32t front and 11-42.
The old 9-36 proto they had shown some 3 years ago was way more interesting. MAKE 10-42 please!
  • 1 0
 @SintraFreeride lol a 12 Kg... my "trail" bike weighs 15. But it's kinda got a 170mm fork, & no carbon hotness. so i needs the frisbee!

@EnduroManiac It does illustrate how important that 10t is to range though... it certainly beats a 11-42 for range, but it's got to do it at a price that won't make me want to buy SRAM instead. Which might get cheaper this year, we're about due for X91 finally...
  • 1 0
 30/10:3
32/11:2.9090...

30/40:0.75
32/42:0.7619....
Yes there is a small difference, but too small for me to change my cassette and freehub body.
  • 1 0
 almost 8 gear-in is nothing to sneeze at. the problem is, what it would let me do is run a 28t(thinking about this for a 29er) without losing top end, but I don't have any cranks that can use a 28t. so I have to add that cost in, but I could survive a 30t with a 42. especially if it had a 10t at the lower end.

So just hopping on pricepoint as an example, I could buy a SRAM 11sp drivetrain for $561(provided a cheaper X9 level 11 speed doesn't come out this year.) Conversely, figure ~$200 for new cranks, that leaves $361 for this option... except it doesn't, because if it costs the same as 11 speed SRAM, then I'd buy that instead, & so would a lot of people. So it needs to come in considerably cheaper than $361... but I'd guess it'll be well over $200 with the new driver.

That's with me having a Hope hub already, too: If you don't, there's really no way this could be cheaper than 11sp SRAM right now, much less if they release a cheaper group this year. That, in fact, is one change I would make to this if I were Hope: make it fit XD drivers. You already make those, so it reduces tooling & stock costs, & you gain compatibility with every other hub that takes that driver. I'd have bought a XD driver & a 10sp cassette to fit it, if such a thing existed, as soon as it came out.
  • 1 0
 @groghunter: 15kg that's a dream for me! My "trail" bike weighs 18.5kg and I run a 32x34 setup Wink
I'll be going to a 30T (currently on a 32T) this year for the off season (when the lifts open then it's back to DH cassette) but that should be enough for me.
@EnduroManiac I do agree that their 9-36 proto was WAY more interesting!
  • 1 0
 Not 100% sure, but my impression for the reason why Canfield stopped providing theirs was that 9t is just a little too small to keep reliable, due to chain wrap, at least at our kind of torque & wheelsize. Remember that Capreo was designed for 20" wheels & non-enthusiast use.

@KillingtonVT Can you comment on why Canfield stopped offering the capreo hubs?
  • 4 0
 Sweet picture of Mika Hakkinnen behind the buffet!!
  • 2 0
 Would love to buy some of the new DMR pedals but then I realise my V12's from 1999 are still going strong and I don't actually need any new ones
  • 3 0
 That Hope work-stand base is pretty cool
  • 5 3
 Palmer didn't look very tea total when i saw him going back upto his room with a bottle of jd in hand! Haha
  • 19 0
 He's trying to get into his traditional racing form.
  • 5 0
 loose is fast
  • 1 1
 just tell palmer to lose the stupid cap he is always wearing these days. haha
  • 3 0
 I didn't know that the word SWAG was already mainstream in Palmer's times
  • 2 0
 not sure if it had the same meaning though... lets hope not, i really dont want to think of palmer as a "swagger"
  • 2 0
 but he was.. sort of
  • 3 0
 Palmer is the GENESIS of SWAG
  • 2 0
 Hope, can you please do a 10 speed cassette with a full 10-42 tooth hearing range? Is the spread too large for 10 speeds?
  • 3 0
 35 mm axle on cranks in 2016?
NEED MORRRRRRRE STIFFNESS!
  • 1 0
 Already knew about Szymon and his previous antics, the Sam Pilgrim Legend grips genuinely tell quite an interesting story!
  • 2 0
 Finally, a Mallet DH in black. WTF took so long?!
  • 2 0
 At last, some colors. Black, flat black, matte black… so boring!
  • 1 0
 Hope. Just make frames already! Renthal. Just make Kashima coloured bars and i will buy them.
  • 3 0
 Race Face already does kashima colored bars.
  • 1 0
 Well there you go...you learn something new every day....
  • 1 0
 And SDG do 'kashima' colored seats to go with your golden monster bike
(And raceface do the 'kashima' gold crankset too Wink )
  • 1 1
 "serious wrestling between staff members, Karl the Canadian Bear Vs The Midlands Midget in this round."

That sentence + the photo gave me a good laugh.
  • 1 0
 i wouldnt have thought theyd be very happy that you'd eaten the picture frames! :/
  • 1 0
 The things I would do to get that old school American bike
  • 1 0
 new Evoc backpacks look actually great!! Poc clothing is not that fun...
  • 2 2
 That Hope workstand's corners look dangerous. Wouldn't find me anywhere near it without steel toed boots.
  • 1 0
 I'll take the buffet and move on.
  • 1 0
 White socks! Seriously? Com'on PB!
  • 1 1
 why do hope does not make a whole cassette instead of those option parts the price is ridiculous anyway
  • 1 0
 i want that Hope cog cluster
  • 1 0
 Does it come in black
  • 1 0
 15mm long dmr cranks eh?
  • 1 0
 Hope stuff is beautiful.
  • 1 1
 @mentalhead i think your attitude is uglier. 420 blaze it f*ggots
  • 3 5
 It honestly just seems like right now brands are releasing things purely to fuck with people.
  • 6 6
 Like all this flouro crap, so 3 yeas ago...well, at least giro figured it out, hiring x levis 'commuter line' edesigner. Acre/mission, kitsbow,..I want similiar look but in poly/elastalene etc..Merino makes it too $$$ so far. I'm riding subdued colorway, 4way stretch golf shorts.
Aside from aforementioned comps. , most mtb gear is hideous, supercross clown stuff!
  • 5 6
 fucking orange urgghk







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