Day 1 Randoms - Core Bike 2019

Jan 28, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
Separated by just a few fairways and greens from the home of British Formula 1, Silverstone, Core Bike Show offers the British bike industry its first chance to come out of hibernation and show off what it has been working on all winter. Here are some of the best bits we saw on the first day of the 2019 show.

SDG


SDG came over to the UK from sunny California with plenty to talk about. Their new Radar saddle features a cut out in the rear (to help prevent tyre buzz) and some more flex on the sides to help with pedalling efficiency. It's a 230 gram saddle aimed at trail and enduro riders.


We also got a look at a prototype that could become a Bel Air 3.0. It has a decent scoop at the rear to help support riders on steep pitches and more of a handle underneath for heavier bikes. Keep an eye out for a finalised version later this year.


Finally we were shown the 170mm version of the Tellis dropper post that Mike Levy reviewed earlier this year. Aside from the extra travel, the post also gets an upgrade to Trelleborg seals.


Syncros


This sweet paint job by Fat Creations definitely caught our eye.



#Styler


Chromag


The Chromag Scarab isn't new but it's great to see options for younger riders emerging such as the Radar.

Price: £84.99

Cannondale


Cannondale brought along a replica of Max Nerurkar's (3Dumb) Habit, to celebrate the launch of the Sessions team.


SixSixOne


SixSixOne's Reset full face helmet now gets a MIPS upgrade. It's still great value for a full face that's not just been popped out of an open mould and probably one of the cheapest MIPS full face helmets on the market.

Price: £115

Tyreinvader


Throwing its hat into the anti-puncture ring comes Tyre Invader. A similar solution to Huck Norris and other, it uses closed cell foam to absorb impacts on rims and prevent tyres from splitting. It's a neatly designed product with cut marks for different wheelsizes and options to suit everything from gravel bikes up to plus bikes.

Tyreinvader 40 (1.5-2.1" tyres, 20-30mm external rim width) - 53 grams, £38
Tyreinvader 50 (2.1-2.4" tyres, 25-35mm external rim width) - 68 grams, £47
Tyreinvader 55 (2.2-2.6" tyres, 30-40mm external rim width) - 80 grams, £56
Tyreinvader 60 (2.5-3.2"tyres, 35-50mm external rim width) - 92 grams, £65

Check back tomorrow for more randoms from Towcester.




70 Comments

  • + 49
 Man if that 3Dumb custom sticker theme becomes a stock colorway option I think Cannondale is gonna have a big year
  • + 14
 Just buy some stickers from banana industries and a habit? Big Grin
  • + 5
 I was like that’s a sick color for a Jeffs... or it’s a canondale...
  • + 21
 I think Cannondale made a really good choice in picking up a bunch of the 50:01 boys. No one seems to have more fun on bikes and that's a market that isn't always marketed to as much as one might expect. Cannondale wasn't exactly well-positioned to take up this mantle, but the 50:01 guys are also one of the realest seeming set of riders out there so I think they'll pull a lot of people on board. Their IG posts with crew members from other companies (e.g. Loose Dog Lewis who's still on SC) and them just shredding around on BMX bikes just gives the feel that they really like riding.
  • + 5
 If you want to sell something between 2008 and 2014 make it look like the 80s. Between 2015 and 2024 make it look like the 90s. It will get worse before it gets better. Better dig out your bernies and German jackets soon.
  • + 6
 @browner: all my jackets are german, but mostly immigrants
  • + 36
 Love the last picture. Totally Professional LOL. Good to see some people still got a sense of humour.
  • + 1
 Epic marketing rght there
  • + 1
 @jrocksdh: The mannequin is selling Specialized XC bikes?
  • + 3
 @iamamodel: ah, i figured it was an undercover UCI drone lookn for doping
  • + 18
 Can we have a vid of Pinkbike staff pronouncing Towcester?
  • + 7
 I was told it was "toaster" but I think someone might be having me on
  • + 2
 @jamessmurthwaite: used to work along the road and lunch there most days... you are pretty safe with "toaster" although Tōfeceaster is apparently the etymology and screws with my head!
  • + 1
 @jamessmurthwaite: Yup, Toaster. Mmm, toast...
  • + 1
 made me chuckle. i can remember someone struggling with Loughborough
  • + 2
 @poppagee: LooguhBurrooguh if I recall...
  • + 7
 @pimpin-gimp: Logger Buggah? The Canadian lumberjack adaptation of Brokeback Mountain?
  • + 2
 You bunch of simpletons, it's obviously pronounced Toó-ché-chester-er-sher-shir-iré.
  • + 1
 Tiny Tim has spoken!
  • + 1
 @BenPea:
Loughborough is pronounced Luff-burrah or Luff-brah
Leicester is Less-ter, Worcester is Wuss-ter and so on. And the English have the cheek to say Welsh/Welsh place names are unpronounceable, when Welsh is in fact phonetic, the exact opposite of English which is almost random in how things get pronounced. Big Grin
Here's nine ways to pronounce 'ough'. "A rough, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman emerged from a slough to walk through the streets of Scarborough, coughing and hiccoughing."
  • + 1
 @imajez: I used to live near Slough, si I'm au fait with all that, but that sentence will come in handy to puzzle my froggie chums. Ta.
  • + 13
 In some neighborhoods, that last image is what they call 'an open invitation'.
  • + 0
 With a jimmy hat dispensor so convenient you might as well call it *Kum and Go.
*convenient store chain in the U.S
  • + 7
 I misread the title and now i'm wondering that cove bike is doing these days?!
  • + 4
 Me too! I had two shockers. They were such awesome bikes!
  • + 1
 good question. My 20 yr old G-spot was ahead of its time, with concentric BB pivot, plush fully active suspension, slack head angle short stem and wide rims.
  • + 1
 Back to just being an LBS I think.
  • + 2
 @DDoc: not slack HA... I had the very first one and it was 69.5.
  • + 0
 @DDoc: I still have one from 2002. Currently in bits as a bearing finally has play in it.
I've struggled to find a better new bike because it was so very advanced. Most new bikes are almost as good. Rarely better. I use Strava to time me riding [correctly setup] test bikes on familiar trails. Strava is also also quite revealing in that 'feels faster' usually means slower times.
  • + 7
 Let's see the new hope hb130
  • + 2
 They need to announced the bleeding thing first.
  • + 0
 I love how Hope are acting like it's such a big reveal when everyone already knows
  • + 2
 @JoeRSB: everybody knows what?
  • + 2
 @jaame: You know....
  • + 1
 @bigtim: Now I do!
  • + 6
 So if Leicester is pronounced "Lester", then is Towcester pronounced "Toaster"? Serious question.
  • + 4
 Yes. And Bicester is pronounced Bister. I can begin to understand why the yanks simplified things.
  • + 6
 All of the ~cester places in England are pronounced ~ster.

...except Cirencester, because the English language loves to f*ck with rules
  • + 1
 Yeah but don't forget, Tottenham is pronounced Tott-en-uhm, not as far off as the rest.
  • + 1
 @ROOTminus1: not just the English; we can't leave the Scots off the hook either with places ending in ~burgh.
  • + 3
 661 helmet looks tidy! Any recommendations on full face helmets for a cone head like myself?
  • + 21
 A parking cone should do the job
  • + 1
 'Looks tidy' - are you Welsh?
  • + 2
 Are these tire inserts going to drop in price now that we've hit market saturation... hahahaha almost made it, bike parts don't get cheaper
  • + 3
 Yeah but this one prevents tires from splitting. So pony up the big bucks or keep dealing with split tires. As for me I'll continue to add to my pile of tires that have been violently split down the middle due to not having this product. Frown
  • + 4
 I'm waiting for front and rear specific tyre inserts. Until they came out it's just a waste of money
  • + 1
 Well... the prices listed above for the different sizes (40, 50, 55 and 60 mm width) are for a pair of Tyreinvaders
  • + 3
 661.... That color way is freaking sick!
  • + 2
 That prototype saddle is cranked in several places on both rails, id have brought a better show piece.
  • + 1
 Looks fully broken in the pics! WTF?
  • + 2
 Is it me, or is the alu habit frame, nicer than the carbon one? Hmm
  • + 2
 Its not just you. My mate's just built up a carbon one and it's nowhere near as pretty as the alu. I feel the same about the new Nomad too. It looks way slicker in alu tubes.
  • + 1
 "it's great to see options for younger riders emerging such as the Radar........Price: £84.99"
  • + 1
 SDG doing good stuff but my ass needs them wide...
  • + 1
 Radars are old. Have them on my sons bike for over a year
  • + 1
 Any sign of the hope 6 pot brakes? Been waiting for those for ages.
  • + 1
 Is it me or does Habit = Stumpjumper?
  • + 3
 Uhh, nah. The Habit is nicer IMO.
  • + 1
 Read up on Suspension designs to find out that there are basically less than 10 different bikes. Then continue reading to learn that a habit having an identical layout to a stumpy doesn’t really mean much
  • + 1
 @kleinblake: the rivalry between the two makes it weird if you're still living in the 90s and 2000s like me.
  • + 1
 Show us the wheels on that Syncros-scott!
  • - 1
 "SDG saddle cutout helps reduce tyre buzz?!?!"
Is "Tyre buzz" slang for numb penis or do people actually complain about tyre buzz?
  • + 1
 Tyre Buzz - when suspension bottoms out (or nearly) and the tire rubs on the back of the seat.

They have cut a tire sized notch in an attempt to give more clearance.
  • + 1
 @tkrug: Thanks! Not sure why I got down voted on this. I'd never heard of the term.
  • + 1
 Cannonyon jeffhabit looking good
  • + 0
 Looks like the 50:1 crew is still running Santa Cruz wheels on the Habits...
  • + 0
 Look it's Mr. Bean taking a wizz. Drop it like it's hot!
  • - 3
 I hope Cannondale took all the canyon decals off of the spectral, first.

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