London Bike Show - More Randoms

Feb 15, 2015
by Paul Aston  
London Bike Show - Cotic 650b
  It has begun. Whether you like it or not, the 'Mid-Fat' 650b+ snowball has started rolling. Or the 27.5" snowball dependant upon your on preference.

London Bike Show - Cotic 650b
   Sheffield brand Cotic had this standard Solaris 29" steel frame on show, but built with a WTB wheel and tyre. 2.8" tyres on 27.5" rims should fit in to most 29er frames

London Bike Show - Foot out flat out
  Foot out, flat out. The ambulance was well positioned for the multiple crashes that happened here. A long straight, excited people on bikes and then a 180 degree hairpin on painted concrete wasn't the best recipe.

London Bike Show - TSG Advance Carbon
If you want to stand out from the crowd on the shuttle truck this TSG Advance Carbon is a bit different. The venting system uses channels built in to the EPS liner and 14 intake/exhaust ports for when you get up to running temperature. Magnetically fixed cheek pads can be popped out in the event of a crash to easily remove the helmet, and offer a more sturdy fit than you might think. The visor has no central height adjuster, but where the main visor bolts on there's a slot for positioning the peak where you like. Carbon finish with yellow or silver detail. £279.99

London Bike Show - Rose Uncle Jimbo
Rose Bikes seem to be increasing their presence in the UK. Rose offer one of the most extensive, online custom build bike services. Choose your bike from their standard builds, then you can pretty much swap out any component to your hearts content. This 160mm, Uncle Jimbo would come in just under the £3000 mark ($4600 USD approx), and we currently have one on test.

London Bike Show - Not sure what this guy was up to
  Not sure what this guy was up to?

London Bike Show - All Torq
  This guy is all Torq. Ben Price is a full-time employee for the Shrewsbury-based company and also races XC and Enduro for their teams. Torq produce a huge range of energy gels, bars, and powders for all aspects of competition. Many of the products are vegan friendly and they are sending us some of their cruelty-free products to check out.

London Bike Show - Fat skis on a fat bike.
   Fat skis on a fat bike. If I moved to a ski resort this would justify my underlying desire to have a fat bike

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The DMR Pumptrack Challenge was also happening, with Brendan, Olly Wilkins and Tom Dowie all putting the laps in

London Bike Show - Cotic 650b
  There was an underlying animal theme at the show, the Velo Moose Bar had plenty of German beer and bands playing every day, including Palmer and co.

London Bike Show - Empire MX6-EVO
Bolton-based Empire cycles had their MX-6 EVO on display. They are a unique firm who built the first ever fully cast downhill bike, the AP1. This 150mm hand built frame is constructed from varying methods

Empire Bikes MX6 EVO
The head tube is machined from a chunk of billet then welded to the custom extruded tubes, the seat tower and swingarm are cast alloy. Available in four sizes, black or white frames, then a choice of graphics in six colours. For the Large size, geometry basics are a 66.5 degree head angle, 1170mm wheelbase, 435mm chainstay and a 430mm Reach. Frames start at £1199 and full builds are available

London Bike Show - Empire VX8 DH
  Their VX8 downhill bike was brand new for the show. The previous AP1 downhill bike was only available in one size, but the VX8 now comes in a Short and Long version. There's 202mm of travel from the 'idler enabled' high single pivot, which offers a linear to rising-rate for 'exceptional feel and response'. The seat tower and swingarm are shared from with the MX6-EVO. The frame without shock weights 4.6kgs and the dropouts are 135mm or 142mm only. Empire say the frame offers unbeatable stiffness and a ride unlike anything else on the market

London Bike Show - Empire VX8 DH
Along with the Orange 322, the VX8 is one of only two downhill bikes built entirely in the UK. Geometry basics are a 63 degree head angle, 444mm chainstay, a 1246mm wheelbase and 435mm Reach for the Long frame. £1399 for a frame with a Vivid Coil, and £1599 with the Cane Creek pictured here, full builds are available

London Bike Show - Biggest chain ring award
   And the biggest chain ring award goes to...

London Bike Show - Sarma Fat Bike
  This Sarma Shaman Fat Bike is pretty legitimate as it's designed in a place that actually justifies fat bikes; Irktusk in Siberia

London Bike Show - Sarma Fat Bike
The £5000 price tag gets you a carbon frame, forks and rims and fatty that weighs in at 23.6lbs

London Bike Show - Jeanius
  Some of the finishing touches on this commuter bike were jeanius...

London Bike Show - Pink bike
  Captions please...

London Bike Show - Ludo May at the Verbier chalet
  The Swiss resort of Verbier bought a whole chalet over to London. Canyon Factory Enduro Team rider Ludo May honed his skills in the area and is one of the nicest guys on the circuit.

London Bike Show - Schwalbe s new tyre levers
  Schwalbe had these new tyre levers with a difference. There is a traditional lever on one side and a clip on the other. Clip the lever on to the rim bead and it will hold the tyre in place, preventing it from popping out when your manhandling the bead somewhere else. Schwalbe say this is especially useful for installing the Procore system when trying to keep everything on one place.

London Bike Show - Rest Recovery
  Much needed rest and recovery after two full days of wheel-size chat.

All images courtesy of Aldridge Photographics

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  • 37 5
 Good to see empire getting Some exposure. Full handbuild in gb! Looks industrial indistructable
  • 3 34
flag scott-townes (Feb 15, 2015 at 14:40) (Below Threshold)
 You're talking about the 60 tooth chain ring? Yeah that is impressive.
  • 3 2
 Heavy as sin though, casting has to be heavy to achieve the needed strength, most companies also speccing forged headsets too, but love the look of it!
  • 10 0
 that white "empire" actually looks like something a stormtrooper would ride.
  • 3 0
 If a storm trooper is riding one, could re-create the chase through the woods scene with the jedi's on one of these....

(And yes, the end of that straight on the electric bike test track was a bit mental.... that polished concrete had marginally more grip than ice. I hit it at over 20 mph on a sit up and beg commuter bike and accidentally got it into a full 2 wheel moto drift. I'm pretty sure I pulled it off with style, except for the absolute of 'Ohhhhh shiiiiiit' on my face.)
  • 2 1
 ctd07, I picked this bike up and it didn't feel noticeably heavier than any other bike of the same category.
  • 1 0
 Castings don't have to be heavy, especially aluminum which is most likely made in a hot chamber machine. This means that they can squash the shit out of it to achieve the same strength as a forged and machined piece in pretty much a single step... Casting steel is another matter entirely. The weight we are seeing is probably form the lack of the huge engineering departments other bigger companies have and that ''moto'' inspired frame design.
  • 1 0
 The difference between casting and forging is about grain structure, with forging you can obtain pre-stressed grain structures giving higher strength and less flex, casting, even if you Squash the shit out of it'!? Doesn't achieve a stronger grain structure, hence why more material is required to achieve similar strength, casting is a great process, but not for high strength, low weight applications, hence why no other company is doing it!!! The frame is over 600g heavier than other frames in its category, not a noticeable weight by lifting a bike up, but a significantly higher figure on paper
  • 26 0
 The pink road bike is Canyon celebrating the little Colombian badass who won the Giro d'Italia last year. Nairo Quintana raced down the side of a mountain in a snowstorm that was so bad many thought it was neutralized.
  • 1 0
 Thanks to remain Nairo. He's amazing.
  • 21 1
 This has got to be the weirdest bike show.
  • 11 0
 You're apparently not aware of the recumbant bike show:
  • 19 1
 I'll take the rose, that is all.
  • 10 8
 And the blond milf with her guitar on stage
  • 5 0
 @RedBurn what? chunky, pale, weird hair and not attractive at all. agree on the Rose though that looks sick
  • 1 0
 and it's not even a milf, and it looks like she has bat wings growing out of her head, but its just the wall behind her lol
  • 1 3
 yes, minus the yellow dmaxes....
  • 19 8
 Empire vx8 looks sick!!
  • 4 1
 I knew you'd say that Big Grin
  • 5 2
 I dunno, looks like a simple high single pivot to me. Enjoy your brake jack and pedal kick.
  • 20 2
 Really!?!? Tbh they are the most ugly bikes in existence IMO.
  • 2 2
 It's marmite , people love em or hate em and that's what I like, if you destickered many frames you may struggle to tell what it is. You would always be able to tell what thi is and that's what I like, plus it looks mint in the flesh
  • 1 1
 Reminds me of the K2 Animal/Beast. Without the Smartshock.
  • 1 0
 How does the square tubing go for rock dings, etc? Looks pretty harsh.
  • 1 0
 They are , decent thickness. You won't ding it in a rock strike
  • 11 3
 And the ugliest bike ever award goes to...
  • 22 7
 Drumroll please!................ Empire VX8
  • 7 0
 The redalp wins! Or loses, depending how you look at it. I want a refund on the tacos I just puked up from looking at that picture!
  • 9 0
 I think it would look a lot nicer in denim.
  • 7 2
 I didn't realize there was a market for ugly out dated single pivot bikes..Seriously. who is going to buy this .
  • 3 2
 Some people are still so stoked on that stuff, I don't understand. So bad.
  • 2 1
 I'd love an Empire!! Simple fun riding, not needing to spend loads on bearings from mud and grit (lots here), predictable suspension which actually makes the wheel move away from impact. it's actually gorgeous too! If I could ever afford a bike I'd have one.
  • 8 2
 Are half of those photos badly out of focus or do I need to get my eyes checked?
  • 8 2
 "I'll take it in the pink"
  • 1 2
 Ride a pink Canyon
  • 4 8
flag poundsand (Feb 15, 2015 at 16:35) (Below Threshold)
 2 in the pink 1 in the stink
  • 1 1
 Its a pink bike
  • 5 0
 No "Cruelty free products"? I guess that leaves out any bike that I try to ride uphill.
  • 5 1
 When is Procore going to actually be for sale? I'm happy they seem to be testing it thoroughly before selling it, but is it ever going to be put on the market?
  • 2 1
 It is on the market
  • 1 0
 It was supposed to be on sale in January but they've delayed it until April. I too want to buy it badly!
  • 1 0
 i like the mx6 evo but i much prefer the ap1 to the look of the new vx8.....granted it is only available in one size but luckily it fits me. Im guessing this is lighter but it kinda doesnt look sturdy enough for dh. Im sure its plenty good an all just not sure on the styling but could be better seing it for real.
  • 4 0
 I'd like to see what this VX8 is capable of !!
  • 3 1
 All this mid fat bike talk makes me think we need to go repent for our sins. Not because we believe in catholic god, but because we've got some serious problems.
  • 5 2
 one of those bikes is pretty ugly
  • 2 0
 Picked up that fat bike and it was amazingly light compared to what I expected!
  • 1 0
 Helium in the tires maybe !!! How to litterally f*ck potential buyers
  • 1 0
 That's the first time I've been tempted by a fat-bike, and not because it has a carbon frame, but the low weight could make a big difference when ploughing through snow drifts !
  • 2 0
 There are enough teeth for Jared Graves on that chainring I think. Or maybe not
  • 1 0
 Hey guys check out some of my oics from sunday at bike show
  • 2 0
 ooooh that rose is lovely
  • 2 0
 Apparently Rose's geometry isn't working... For the story, Vink had signed with them in 2012 he did one or two races and it was enough to notice that the geometry sucked. So in the middle of the season he switched to a Trek session with the "Rose paint" to still show the sponsorship with the make... After he took a Cove before entering Scott.... maybe now Rose bikes are working, who knows....
  • 1 0
 Similar look/design to the Alutech Fanes though, which is highly thought of in European mags from what I gather.
  • 2 1
 And everyone missed the top bikes wheels. Guess what kids, your 650b bike now sucks.
  • 2 0
 Can anybody tell me how those Empires are standing up?!
  • 3 0
 oldest trick in the book. someone balanced it with their hand and pulled away real quick while it still balances there by itself, take a quick shot, then grab it again. so easy and you have plenty of time before it starts to fall. try it. bmx plus did this for years and nobody figured it out.
  • 3 1
 empire sure knows the quickest way to trash a DB.
  • 3 0
 the cotic looks badass
  • 1 0
 Im thinking my next bike, better option than a full fat I think for trailing!!??
  • 1 0
 for trail riding yes. for snow riding no. it's really pretty, though. the sarma looks like beasty, too.
  • 1 0
 Agreed, not so good on snow as a fatter tyre will ride over better. Then yes, that beast Sarma will be the tool. But at the same time, the Cotic will be better in snow that my normal machines running 2.2-2.4 as long as the snows not too deep!
  • 2 0
 I didn't know lahar started making commuter bikes....
  • 1 0
 I like how ROSE bikes positions their logo on the downtube so it looks like someone misspelled cool: KOOL
  • 1 1
 2015 WHAT?
  • 3 5
 It s incredible how just looking at a FatBike makes you wanna have one. Damn
  • 3 4
 God I wish someone sold those Empire bike Stateside!
  • 1 0
 All three that will get sold will make somebody well prosperous
  • 2 3
 Caption: "Riding this bike will not confirm nor excuse your sexuality
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