The Core Bike trade show is the first major UK industry get together of the year allowing retailers, distributors and manufacturers - many of which coming from all over the world, the opportunity to meet up and talk shop. It also serves as the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with all the latest products. Located near the world famous Silverstone race track, the Core Bike show is anything but your run of the mill trade show, lacking both the huge halls and bedazzling booths and instead, makes use of smaller rooms interconnected by a maze of corridors. These corridors have become the thing of legend within the UK bike industry, having the uncanny ability to get you lost and running in circles, not to mention the striking parallels they conjure up to that lovely hotel based movie, The Shining. Thankfully we made it out alive and here's a roundup of the random radness that we saw...Hope TechnologyIdentiti Mettle Prototype
Identiti, like many small bike brands, have in the past relied on 'catalogue bikes' to populate their range. 2016 marks a significant change of direction for the brand who have been busy designing and developing their own bike over the past 2-years with a scheduled release date for this summer. Michael Bonney, the driving force behind Orange Bikes during the Minnaar and Peaty years, is an industry heavyweight and wealth of knowledge when it comes to mountain bike manufacturing. Michael is heading up the project management and communications side of things while accomplished rider, racer and Identiti employee, Pat Campbell-Jenner, is heading up the development and testing side.
Designing a bike from the ground up doesn't happen overnight and existing within an industry that evolves at a rate of knots, future proofing a bike in the development stage is crucial. Right now Identiti is aiming for production bikes to roll out this summer with the possibility of two models in the range. Both bikes will feature 650B wheels, with one being a 160mm enduro smasher and the other, a 140mm travel trail ripper, but this is yet to be confirmed. They do however have more concrete plans for the Mettle, which will be available in three complete builds including two SRAM options and one full Shimano build.Sunrace MX3 10-speed Cassette
There was certainly a growing theme amongst manufacturers offering their own cassette designs, but of all the cassettes on show, the MX3 from Sunrace could be a real game changer. Offering riders with an existing 10-speed drivetrain the ability to upgrade to a either 11-42t or 11-40t ratio 10-speed cassette that mounts directly to a standard freehub body. But what really separates this cassette from the crowd, is the price. Coming in at £59.99 and £69.99 (UK Pounds Sterling) respectively, the MX3 is cheaper than most of the gear extender sprockets out there right now. DMR's Alpine Division AXE Cranks
Renowned around the world for their dirt jump products, DMR's Alpine Division range continues to go from strength to strength. The AXE cranks have been out for a few months now and are packed with more than just great looks...X-Fusion's Revel-X USD Forks
Morgaw Trian Enduro Saddle
X-Fusion's head turning Revel-X USD enduro and trail forks feature a patented keyway system, which restricts twisting of the stanchions - a common problem which plagues this design's application in mountain bikes. X-Fusion's Roughcut HLR damper system handles the rough stuff giving riders a wide range of adjustment from high and low-speed compression and rebound damping.
SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES:
• 20mm pinch bolt axle
• Available in 27.5 and 29 inch configurations (and they will take a 26" wheel)
• The Roughcut HLR Damper is a fully bled bladder and cartridge based damper which features high and low speed, independently adjustable compression and rebound damping adjustment
• Nvolve wiper seals reducing seal drag and increasing durability
• Claimed weight: 4.5 Lbs
• Travel: 27.5" Travel - up to 160mm / 29" Travel - up to 140mm
• 34mm Stanchions
• Spring: Dual-Spring Air System
• Damper: Roughcut HLR
• Adjustments: High and Low Speed Comp., Rebound, Air Pressure.
• Steerer: Tapered only
• Colors: Gold or Ano-Black
• Offset: 46mm or 51mm.
• Max Rotor Size: 203mm
The brand Morgaw might be a new one to most of you and no, it has nothing to do with Middle Earth or Hobbits. Based in Slovakia, Morgaw's saddles are designed around a unified, self-supported platform that uses elastomer shock absorbers. These are designed to absorb the impacts and stresses created between the rider and bicycle while riding - they are not, however, intended to be a suspension substitute.HT Components Pedals
From making pedals for other brands for years to creating their own brand and putting them on some of the fastest bikes in the world, HT Components have come a long way in a short amount of time.Nukeproof Mega Custom BuildHalo Wheels Go Wide
Halo's range of affordable feature packed wheels continues into 2016 with the release of their 35mm wide rim. Designed for the all-mountain rider and optimised for 2.25 - 2.8" tyres, these 35mm wide tubeless-ready alloy rims have a 30mm internal measurement, which will increase tyre volume to increasing comfort and grip on challenging terrain. Aside from their spec, the other exciting element about the new Halo Vapour 35mm is the price, with complete fronts coming in at £119 and rear at £180 (UK Pounds Sterling) or $183.58 and $275.38 (USD) respectively.E-Thirteen Components TRS Cassette
E-Thirteen's transmission components range is increasing all the time. Their stunning black anodised TRS cassette joins their existing crank, bottom bracket and chain guide ranges. All they need now is a derailleur, a chain and a shifter and they'd have the whole bundle...