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Final Randoms from Core Bike 2022

Mar 22, 2022
by Ed Spratt  


As Core Bike wraps up for another year we took one last trip through the maze of hallways to spot some more new tech at this year's event.



Magura

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Magura had its new CT brakes on display which are designed for what it calls 'light mtb' and feature a whole new lever designed and are designed to be paired with either a two or four-piston caliper. The new lever designed ditches the flip-flop aspect of Magura's normal mtb brakes and instead has dedicated left and right had options. Each lever can be paired with either the brand two-piston MT4 calipers or the four-piston MT5. The MT5 models cost around €170 and the MT4 option is €130.

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Made just for the show Magura had a truly custom Privateer 161 featuring a whole host of top-level parts and a custom paint job from Fat Creations

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Terevail tires

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Launched at the end of last year the Teravail Warwick is the brand's latest trail tire designed around everything from general riding duties to enduro racing. The tire is claimed to prioritise holding speed with good levels of grip in loose, rocky, and steep terrain.



Arundel

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Arundel was displaying its range of bottle cages including a very fancy $80 carbon fiber option that weighs just 28 grams. For a more affordable price, there is a Nylon reinforced plastic version costing $26 and weighing 48 grams.



Exposure Lights

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Exposure didn't have any new products at Core this year but its range of mountain bike lights have recently received a few small updates with improved software and a new gunmetal grey colour option. The update to the software should improve the internal systems that automatically adjust the brightness of the light depending on how fast you are riding.

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Hope

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Alongside its new high pivot enduro bike Hope also revealed that as an option for buyers they can choose to adjust the colour of their bars to either the chameleon or gloss black options instead of the normal raw carbon. Hope said that this will currently only be an option for people buying the HB 916 but it could be launched to everyone in the future.



Effeto Mariposa

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Effetto Mariposa had its range of environmentally friendly products on display including its olive-based tire sealant and the new range of sunflower seed chain lube and pine oil Degreaser.



Ergon

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While there wasn't a lot new with Ergon at this year's show the brand did have its new hip pack on display that features an exclusively developed ratchet mechanism allowing the bag to be pulled closer to the body with just one hand, even while riding. The pack offers the ability to instal a 1.5l water reservoir and has 3l of storage space.

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Topeak
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Topeak had a few cool new products including this Tubihead valve that's designed specifically to aid with the inflation of stubborn tubeless tyres. Previously this was only available on certain Topeak pumps but now you can buy an upgrade kit that should allow you to use the Tubihead on any Topeak pump. The kit sells for £31.99.

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Next up, Topeak was showing off its new hand pump that allows you to pump up your tires with a digital gauge but then with a twist of the bottom of the pump it switches to a high volume mode to add air into forks and shocks.

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Finally a useful product for eMTB owners is the Prepstand eUP Pro, this is a new workstand that includes an assist mode to help lift heavier eMTBs to a good height to work on. The stand uses a pressurised cartridge to help lift bikes that weigh up to a max weight of 35 kg / 77.1 lb. The assist does come at a very high cost with a sizeable £799.99 price tag.

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Ride Concepts

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Released at the start of this month Ride Concepts had its completely overhauled range of shoes on display including the new Tallac and Flume shoes. The updated collection sees a few new additions and some additions to existing models with D3O material in the top-level options and all shoes using either the Max Grip, High Grip or Clip Grip outsoles.

You can read more here.

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The Hellion is now available for flats and clips for this year.

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The Vice is now available as a Caroline Buchanan's signature model.




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90 Comments
  • 43 4
 Privateer 161 with 2 piston brakes?
  • 5 3
 Exactly what I thought
  • 9 4
 Front has 4 piston's
  • 11 1
 Before having prejudice on 2 piston brakes:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikA5Tmid4g8
  • 10 2
 bUt BEtTeR ModUlAtIOn
  • 12 26
flag hamncheez (Mar 22, 2022 at 8:10) (Below Threshold)
 @dick-pound: magura are no formula.

Is it bad that I don't care and have 0 desire to try Magura brakes? TRP Quadiems (for mineral oil fans) or Sram Codes (for everyone else) are just so dang reliable I don't see the point of anything else.
  • 14 2
 @hamncheez: Just installed Magura MT7 HC3 and they are the best performing and feeling brakes I've ever ridden. 5 year warranty. They seem pretty competitive imo
  • 1 1
 Those CT brake masters weren't new, were they? I thought they were designed for commuter and trekking bikes specifically with a larger diameter master and a larger reservoir. So a bit less brake force and less likelihood for air that gets trapped in the reservoir to migrate back into the system. Light mtb to me seems like getting out in the dirt and having a bit of fun, but nothing too extreme. Doesn't quite seem to match with what the Privateer 161 is made for.
  • 7 5
 @hamncheez: I guess you haven't tried Magura eh? They were the first to come out with MTB disk brakes, so they know a thing or two about it...lol. Been riding them for years and don't see me changing any time soon...so dang good!
  • 27 1
 @hamncheez: >Hayes Dominion enters the chat
  • 2 0
 @therealmancub: Ya I've heard great things about those, but they are not widely available, at least compared to Sram or TRP, are more expensive, and i haven't heard anything about their long term durability/reliability. My old Hayes from a decade ago were freaking durable tho.
  • 6 0
 @hamncheez: I've been riding them for a year now with absolutely zero issue. I love how they feel. I recently hopped on a friends bike with Code RSC and realized how much I really really love my Hayes Dominion brakes.
  • 2 2
 @therealmancub: I wanted to like these but there are no spare parts for them and my set the lever cracked when installing, not good
  • 2 4
 @dick-pound: Formula Cura brakes were the worst brakes I have ever owned, going as far as being one of the worst bicycle products I've ever purchased. Lever can't adjust close to the bar, no modulation AND faded instantly.
  • 1 0
 Maybe they wanted us to focus on the calipers and that's why they didn't bother to take any drive side photos.
  • 2 0
 @OnTheRivet: Can I venture a guess they came OEM on a Specialized bike from a few years ago?
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: I had to warranty my Code RSC’s 2 times each lever due to sticky mc. Love the brakes but they do have issues
  • 30 2
 “Finally a useful product for emtb owners…” the bar has been set LOW.
  • 27 2
 Hum... a dropper stand to work on e-bikes... it's cheaper to dig a hole in the ground to be at the right height.
  • 5 2
 @danstonQ: kashima bike rack is also for eMTB owners... its their money, who cares what they spend it on. If I was MTB company I would milk them too
  • 10 1
 @valrock: Titanium bolt kit for eMTB. Will save you 10 grams. I am selling it for $850. It is a must have to bring the weight down and will make a huge difference in performance Smile
  • 1 0
 @rcrocha: I got tItANiuM bolts from eBay for 15 CAD, works and look great. I am pretty sure I am faster as well Big Grin
  • 2 1
 @danstonQ: you can also get a monthly gym membership for like two years at that price, then you can just lift your ebike
  • 18 0
 Pine oil degreaser? That'll spruce the bike up!

TAXI!
  • 9 0
 No info on Topeak's site about the new hand pump that can switch to a high volume mode for suspension. Would be interested to know the price. Would be handy thing to have on trips or in the truck, intead of having to bring two pumps with me.
  • 2 0
 Seconding for price curiosity, I am skeptical as I recall the claims made about their digital shuttle gauge being capable of checking fork/shock pressure but optimistic as this at least threads onto the valve rather than using the quicker and weaker design seen on the shuttle.
Also stoked to see them sell the pump head as a standalone product, it looks like a great design although I may have a bit of bias just being able to see those internals through the pump head.
  • 18 0
 Shouldn’t it be high pressure for shocks and high volume for tires?
  • 1 1
 I and my friend both purchased Topeak digital tire gauges, they both read way off (between 10-15psi) with zero ability to calibrate. Doubt I would trust anything pressure gauge related from them.
  • 2 0
 I wonder how accurate the gauge can be, if you're using it to measure 20 PSI in your tires and 200 PSI in your shock.
  • 3 0
 @Upduro: my thoughts exactly. But the article has clearly been posted in a hurry. There are multiple typos in there.
  • 1 0
 High pressure for shocks and high volume for tires is great but so is having one tool that you can used to check, top off and tune. As for differences in reading, of course it is ideal to have gauges that match each other, but it's worth noting that consistency is king. With tire pressure and shock pressure the actual value matters very little, what does matter is that the tool measures the same value both for a given pressure and for an adjustment every time that it is used. This is the very same reason why it is recommended that you're checking pressure at the same temperature and elevation or adjusting for those variables. All that said I would want to know how they handle claims regarding larger discrepancies as one gauge may have been dropped during shipping or at a store and quality escapes do happen.
  • 11 3
 Why would I buy some off-brand tire if it costs the same as a Maxxis?
  • 11 2
 You won’t know until you let go of your bias and try it
  • 5 0
 Topeak head looks very cool. Guess I have been doing it wrong all these years but just pulling the pump head off and quickly shoving the core into the stem.
  • 1 0
 I actually snagged one almost a year ago, so surprised it's aftermarket availability is 'news,' but it's pretty decent. I can generally set a tubeless tire without doing the quick core shove maneuver...saves a little time, saves some pumping, but it's also just more of a hassle to use than a regular pump head for normal tire inflating duties, because it wants to slip way down the valve stem. It's a decent product.
  • 3 1
 Why would you try to quickly shove the core back in? Seems like a hassle. Once the tire bead is seated, you can deflate and reinflate the tire. I usually inflate my valve core in place so I have no experience with what you're going through, but the image of someone trying to pop a plug into a stem against a fast flow of air and sealant seems comical to me.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: It is comical and it's only necessary for crappy tire/rim combos where the bead won't actually lock into place.
  • 2 1
 @barp: I have stopped bothering with those. The spare wheels of my spare bike are in that category. Three layers of tape, coke bottle pressure vessel and a lot of swearing. They have tubes now.
  • 2 0
 I always take the valve core out because 1. it increases my chance of seating it, and 2. I only inject sealant once soapy water confirms my bead is seated, spoke holes/rim tape, valve, rim/tire repairs are all airtight. If one of these is leaky it is messy to take the tire off with sealant sloshing around.
  • 2 0
 @iamamodel: I'm not saying you shouldn't take the core out, just that you don't necessarily have to be quick to put it back in. If the tire is seated, it is seated. Even if the tire deflates completely when you remove the pump head, you can still put the valve core back in afterwards and inflate the tire. It won't suddenly leak.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: Agreed, but I think the reason people put the core back in quickly is merely to save having to pump the tire up from 0 psi.
  • 1 0
 @iamamodel: Ah ok, guess it depends on how you're wired. Back when I started mountainbiking, I got tubes with this Presta valve. It could happen that when I removed the valve cap, the valve core would come along (as the silly design has the valve cap thread onto the valve core instead of onto the stem). That scared me a few times (and made me move on to Schrader valves) and it could also be annoying to retrieve the valve core if it actually flew away. So I guess that made me prefer to put in a few pump strokes rather than go through the stress of inserting a valve core against the flow. But yeah of course for those wired differently, this could be an interesting product. Seems like it will only inflate Presta valves though (judging by how snug it fits around the Presta stem in the picture) but for those who only use that it is fine.
  • 6 0
 That Ride concepts Boa Flat Upper looks good on their new tooling.
  • 5 1
 The combination of a tire pump and shock pump in a single unit with a digital gauge seems like a great product.
  • 2 0
 Ever since ride concepts hired Paul Bass to be their marketing guru, I've supported them. It's nice to have a company like this to take over from 5-10 after they joined the darkside.
  • 4 0
 Ride Concepts make wide shoes please!
  • 1 0
 Yes Please! This. ^^^^^^^
  • 1 0
 THIS YES THIS!!! I have found the Vice mids are ok for my hobbit feet, but more room would be better.
  • 5 0
 Wide Concepts?
  • 1 1
 Have a set of Magura's from 2006. I think I've bleed them at every other pad change otherwise no maintenance. Brilliant things. Not that TRP Sram, Shimano Hope etc are bad - just good to have choices. Sunflower oil is okay. Peanut oil smells better but makes me want to stop for lunch sooner. Good to see some plant oil being commercially marketed. Lubing a chain is really pretty low tech. There's not much heat generated and the oil can be refreshed regularly. So no need for high tech that makes no difference in performance.
  • 3 0
 Those red RC shoes are dope.
  • 4 1
 Not enough frisbee-golf compatible hip pack content.
  • 2 0
 It does make sense to have an expensive assisted stand for your expensive assisted bike.
  • 1 0
 Good to see Magura finally listening to years of complaints about its Carbotecture/plastic levers... NOT
  • 15 15
 ebike people cant even lift now yikes... unless it's for shops in areas with lifting restrictions this is stupid
  • 14 4
 Or, you know, people with injuries, or just small riders. A lot of people would have a hard time holding a 34lb bike at eye level with one hand while they fiddle with the mechanism on the stand.
  • 28 6
 The guy with the ebike he can't lift buys the $800 estand to do the repairs he doesn't know how to do.
  • 2 0
 @Glenngineer: Hey I know that guy! Wink
  • 12 0
 There are some stupid heavy & awkward e-bikes out there even with batteries removed. When you are working in a shop, having to lift them and hold with one hand while you clamp get's annoying. I could see this being nice for shops that work on a lot of them.
  • 10 5
 Notwithstanding injuries small riders or weak riders shouldn’t buy a bike that is too heavy for them to pick up.
  • 5 5
 @kingbike2: isn't this the EXACT reason most people are on board with other folks riding e-bikes? If you need an e-bike for a disability then its ok. If you have a disability that requires an e-bike, maybe you also need a stand to lift your bike since you have a disability. Pink Bike commenters suck.
  • 3 1
 @Genewich: I am not a big person and I can manage my friends 45 lb freeride bike on a stand pretty fine lol
  • 1 1
 @Genewich: I guess for injuries it makes sense tho
  • 5 0
 @Spencermon: my comment did not reference people with disabilities or ebikes.

From a practical point point of view a bike you can pick up is just more practical.
  • 4 3
 @Treytonreed: I'm happy for you, but neither my wife or kid can get their bikes to comfortable drivetrain servicing level on my stand at home. Maybe I should do like @kingbike2 suggests and lock up their bikes until they put in some time at the gym, or restrict them to 8k XC hardtails, road bikes, or some 26er rigid bikes from 1998.
  • 2 1
 @kingbike2: So we shouldn't have dirt bikes or street bikes with leverage lifts for service then. Got it.
  • 2 0
 Lifting and trying to simultaneously clamp an 80 lb ebike in a stand isn't too fun
  • 3 0
 @kingbike2: It's more a complaint aimed at the general pinkbike population than you directly, but if we only did what was practical, mountain bikes wouldn't even exist.
  • 2 0
 Try telling that to a 65 year old mechanic who has been hoisting bikes every day for 30 years… this is way cheaper than workers comp, or the Park Tools version
  • 1 1
 @Genewich: your wife and kid service their own bikes? Livin the dream haha
  • 2 0
 Milk duds,
  • 1 0
 Danzig approves
  • 3 2
 Am i the only one who's been wanting a Boa flat pedal shoe forever
  • 2 1
 Crank Brothers has been making them now for over a year.
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wheels: Personally I am done with any Boa or buckles on the outside of shoes that will get smashed with rocks. My old Giro shoes and Shimano's came unclipped often when pushing up against rocks and other rigid side trail debri. I know ION isn't doing a flat pedal version of their Rascal yet with a Boa, but their Boa design is by far the best I have seen and used for the clipped in version. Absolutely love the ION Rascal Boa shoe.
  • 2 1
 @merlin33: I've never ridden BOA on flat or clipless shoes, but I have a brand new pair of the CB stamp's in BOA, so I am hoping they work out well. The shoes themselves are quite nice. Perhaps the speed lace lace system would have been the better bet, but the nice thing about CB is they offer all the shoes in clip/flat, and then in traditional lace, speed lace, AND BOA. Something for everyone. Did I mention the shoes are also really nice? =)
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wheels: right on. I hope they work out well.
  • 1 0
 Waiting for the dropper bars to hit the scene.
  • 1 0
 Totally do-able! Swap the spring for a locking mechanism, and you could convert a hideous suspension stem into a dropper stem. Oh God, what have I done..... *gulp*
  • 1 0
 Those hope bars, have to be the ugliest set of bars I’ve seen
  • 1 1
 Just what we need, Downcountry tires!
  • 1 1
 Oh look, the "Do you even lift, bro?" E-MTB bike stand.
  • 4 5
 Why would you clamp bike by its dropper, why not go the extra mile and just clamp the fork stantion?
  • 1 4
 26 dolla for a bottle cage.
  • 5 3
 Here we have it again. Just like in a previous article: "nylon reinforced plastic". Now what is the plastic if you're going to reinforce it with nylon? Isn't it just glass reinforced nylon again?
  • 2 0
 @vinay: plastic can be nylon based
  • 1 0
 @vinay: many organuc polymer chains can form plastics
  • 1 0
 I've been using Arundel products for at least 15 years. Everything they make is top-notch and the owner is an awesome dude. I like supporting awesome humans that make good stuff.
  • 2 1
 @pen9-wy: Yes, nylon is a plastic (a thermoplastic). The article says it is nylon reinforced plastic. So that implies there is another plastic which works as the matrix and it is being reinforced by nylon. If so, what is the plastic that works as the matrix and how does nylon contribute? A common composite is where nylon is the matrix and it is being reinforced by glass fiber. Where the glass fiber helps to limit crack growth. But then you'd call it glass fiber reinforced nylon.







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