The London Bicycle Show
is the largest cycling expo in the UK and runs this weekend from March 29 through the 31st. The venue announces the beginning of the cycling season, so all the big players are on hand, as well as a sizable contingent of both new and established smaller builders, many of whom are on the vanguard of new-school mountain bike geometry and design. Orange spans the space between the two extremes, and had one of the biggest collections of mountain bikes at the show, as most stands were dominated by road and gravel bikes. We'll start there.
The new Alpine 6 and Five are different, even if they look the same.
Ribble HT 650 TI
Ribble have a history of making UK designed road bikes, but have not released a mountain bike until now. As you can see below, their new Titanium hardtail has lots of intricate detailing on the frame.
Ribble adorned their new bike in some top spec components, including a Hope carbon bar.
New Cotic Flare 27.5
Cotic was not at the show, but their new 27.5" Flare was on display at the Hunt wheels stand. It's a mix between their 29" bikes and the enduro-focused Rocket.
Calibre's Sentry is one of the most affordable performance level enduro/all-mountain bikes available. They sell direct to customers.
This UK based company had a large stall at the show - bigger than some of the world's leading brands - and their collection of long and slack bikes also stood out from the crowd. The Sesh has one of the nicest paint jobs of the whole show.
Announced at Core Bike earlier this year, Hope brought their 29" 130mm custom carbon bike. It was covered in their own products, including the new Fortus wheels.