is a distribution giant in the UK that supplies bike shops nationwide with Shimano, Park Tool, Saracen, DT Swiss, as well as a huge range of other brands. Their tradeshow, iceBike*, heads into its fifth year of showcasing the products that they distribute, and 2016 is the first that the show opens its doors to the public. Unfortunately, due to a mass of interest, Saturday is fully booked, but tickets are still available for Sunday's show.K-Edge
K-Edge continue to machine every GPS, camera or phone mount you could ever need. A new hinged clamp is now featured across the entire range of handlebar mounts instead of slide-on fitting; this means no more messing with your grips and controls for installation. I started testing a K-Edge mount last year and broke the plastic insert/recess for my Garmin in a small crash on the second outing. Disappointed and forgotten, the mount has sat in my toolbox ever since. After today's visit, I was informed that they're designed to break to save your device and K-Edge will send one out free of charge in this case, I knew I should have sent them an email... Garmin
Want to keep track of your rides, but don't want to look like your sat at an office desk with a giant bar mounted monitor glaring into your eyes? The compact Edge 20 and 25 will collect all of the basic data points you need for a 16548th Strava ranking around Cannock Chase and still connect with your sensors and monitors. Combine one of these with a K-Edge (see above
) stem cap mount to keep things neat and compact.Lazer
Lazer had a few new items on show, the first being a chinguard for the modular Revolution helmet
. The Belgian brand say it's the only two piece helmet to meet the downhill safety standards.
The second new product was these magnetic glasses, promising to solve problems like hotspots on your ears and the awkward shoving though the vents on the back of your helmet on a climb. The Magneto glasses have interchangeable arms between a conventional, over the ear type and shorter stubs with magnets. The opposing magnets can be clipped onto any helmet strap, and if you want to take them off they fit into magnetised recesses on the back of this Z1 road helmet. Similar recesses will be found on the 2017 Ultrax
. Pearl Izumi
Pearl Izumi have started to branch out from their road and XC heritage with a small range of, dare I say it, enduro
/trail clothing and shoes for both sexes.Wheels Manufacturing Inc.
Heading into their 28th year in business, Wheels Manufacturing Inc. from Colorado produce almost every mech hanger and bottom bracket size 'standard' in existence.Mechanix
Mechanix gloves winning the best display competition by a country-mile. Their range of gloves covers you for all of your tradesmans needs, plus for those in the know,
certain models are great for riding in tooShimano
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot is the current UCI cross country World Champion. Her 2016 Shimano Di2 equipped Liv Obsess is stunning.
Shimano have a whole new range of shoes for 2016. The Vibram soled AM7 (below, right
) could be a great option for flat-pedal riders looking for something other than 5:10s. More importantly, SPD compatible sandals are still in the product line.