Interbike 2010 - Big Hitters In The Elka Booth!

Sep 26, 2010
by Mike Levy  
Elka Suspension may have had a small booth at this year's Interbike, but their presence was larger than life. Not only did the Canadian suspension experts debut their new fork cartridge at the show, but they also were showing off a number of the newest and most sought after downhill bikes, all equipped with the Elka Stage 5 damper.

Inside you'll find FOUR videos that will cover:

The 2011 Canadian made Cove Shocker
The curvy '11 Foes Hydro downhill bike
Turner's much anticipated DHR
Steve Romaniuk talks about his Mongoose Boot'r

Read on...
Chaz from Cove talks about the lighter and slacker 2011 Shocker

Views: 16,237    Faves: 35    Comments: 26

Elka goodness turns the level of Canadiana in this photo up to 11. The made in B.C. Cove Shocker gets a geometry tweak that brings it more in line with other current race bikes, with a 64 degree head angle and a 1.5" head tube that will let you tweak it further using different headset cups. While this latest revision of the Shocker is lighter than previous models, I'm willing to bet that it still retains the burly and trouble free ride that has made it a top privateer choice.

Brent Foes gives you a tour of the new Hydro DH bike

Views: 7,566    Faves: 12    Comments: 4

The always informative Dave Turner on his new DHR and Elka Suspension

Views: 6,474    Faves: 9    Comments: 3

Dave has been using an Elka damper throughout the prototyping process of his new DHR and this has allowed Elka to come up with a tune that best suits the dw-link equipped race bike. Good to see some can-am know how coming together on the new Turner.

Canadian homeslice Steve Romaniuk tells us about his Elka equipped Mongoose Boot'r. Get'r done at Rampage!

Views: 12,261    Faves: 14    Comments: 11

I can pretty much guarantee that Steve's Boot'r sees more time off the ground in a single day than your machine does all month. I tested the Boot'r a few years back and was blown away by how well the bike pedaled and tracked. In fact, I'd still list it as one of my favorite big bikes of all time. That's right... and the complete bike retails for less than many boutique bare frames. The '11 Boot'r gets updated with more current geometry numbers, including a slacker head angle. Hear me now, this will be one of the sleeper hits of next season.

Visit the Elka website for more information.

Did you miss the new Elka Suspension fork cartridge? Check it out here!

Stay tuned for more Interbike coverage!


  • 2 2
 Man I love Cove, my 2007 Shocker is awesome but may have to trade in for the new one. Listening to Chaz talk on the vid... It obviously makes you very relaxed just talking about it! Hmmm wonder if his personal one is GREEN and he does'nt make a HASH of riding it........;P
  • 1 2
 Lol, crazy conspiracies! Razz
  • 3 0
 Steve knows whats up, he's my idol. Always loved his style and attitude to the sport. Giver' Steve!
  • 1 0
 hmmmm...reminds me a little bit of a weaker CR1 engineering internal setup...
  • 2 1
 whats that white bike hanging over steve's right shoulder?
  • 1 2
 looks like the new gaint glory frame
  • 3 1
 It's a One Ghost Industries Musashi.
  • 2 1
 looks like a bloody elka festival
  • 5 3
 stoned much....
  • 2 3
 if not stoned, certainly fried.
  • 1 1
 How do you guys think Romo will do at Rampage..he's always been a shreader for sure...but it has been awhile..
  • 1 1
 Debatable..: there's more competition now,from newer riders. But he has a lot of experience In this type of stuff.
  • 2 1
 i think he'll do ok as the bike he rides is super dialed and he has got awesome style and bike control but i also think the results will be very close.
  • 1 1
 Maybe...I suppose we will have to wait to see
  • 3 0
 It's not like he quit shredding...he just quit being so visible. Call it growing up a bit and taking his "career" more seriously, as that's what it is. I remember these same questions popping up when Berrecloth shaved his head, started wearing jerseys instead of sleeveless T's... He prob wouldn't still be in the game at all if he didn't evolve. And if you ask me, Romo has a bit more stake in the game with his tour biz, etc. And he's actually out there pushing product, not just flaunting a bad attitude and being an ass in general...heh heh..
  • 1 0
 i completely agree,the romo just shreds the trails he's had a huge influence on my riding.and i love how he's helping to push the mongoose product along with elka etc.
  • 1 0
 Ive watched Romo for years on videos..he's been one of my fav freeriders to looking foward to seeing the "romaniak" again shread that mtn October 1st.
  • 1 1
 very happy for elka ,i dont know if they gana go air and yes forks would be fun
  • 1 1
 Forks would be great! And I'm thinking not overpriced?
  • 4 3
 That guy from Cove looks homeless. That Foes is pretty cool.
  • 3 1
 Baked. Theres a subtle difference.
  • 2 1
 hahahaha so stoned hahaha
  • 1 1
 idk what U guys are smoking but he is not stoned...he is just naturally that way...
  • 1 1
 do elka shocks fit trek sessions? ive heard the shock body hits the downtube????
  • 1 0
 WP needs to start making bike suspension
  • 2 0
 The Cove dude is awesome
  • 1 0
 does steves bike have flat tires? lol
  • 1 0
 haha, i noticed that too...
  • 2 1
 verry sweet :X !
  • 2 1
 thats Really Sick !
  • 1 1
 someone needs to spike the inverted fork punch bowl?!?!?!?!?!?!
  • 3 4
 Im hating the forks on the bootr
  • 2 2
 Seriously? Thats like my dream fork, hand build in Wisconsin to perfection.
  • 7 1
 I hope Elka decides to start producing forks
  • 2 1
 Im not saying there bad I just dont like the look of emm
  • 1 1
 I rode Romo's bike around Silver Star a couple weeks back and the fork is the best feeling i have ever felt. He said it is out of the box with no work or maintenance since Feb. Same oil, seals, everything. Felt mint.
  • 1 1
 Elka's producing fork cartridges in the future and that's basically as close to a fork as they need to get.
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  • 30 2
 Steve could have at least pumped up his tyres :L
  • 17 1
 probably to prevent theft, might not STOP them, but it will slow the thief down maybe?
  • 6 2
 tehbadger, Correct, it is so people couldn't ride away with his bike.
  • 9 1
 Yay e-cookies for me Big Grin
how many thefts have there been at i-bike this year so far?
  • 4 1
 YES! stund season 3 so pumped
  • 2 1
 i wonder if manitou are happy about him running an elka rear shock
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 those shocks seems to be exciting ? what about a fork ?
  • 4 2
 any one thought of taking off the pedals
  • 3 2
 Steve isn't sponsored by manitou, he chose it as it gives what he wants.
  • 1 0
 that turner with the elka is pretty much my dream bike. Rode a demo one at crankworx, was so nice just felt like it floated over everything, even with the wrong weight spring.
  • 1 1
 i think his tyres are flat, because he says hes "just flown in" so he amybe never had time to pump the tyres?
  • 3 6
 plus props if you think that foes looks like utter SHIT
  • 1 0
 it does for sure
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