Randoms - NEC Cycle Show 2019

Sep 12, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

Ride Concepts' Sliders - These are designed for pre and post-ride antics before you put your proper riding shoes on. They aren’t just a throwaway product, though, and come fitted with RC’s softest 4.0 DST compound sole. The big question is: Socks or no socks?

There are men’s, women’s, and children’s options available, and they cost $60USD.





Hope XC Stems - Hope had a new XC stem on display in the NEC that comes with 0° rise in 70 and 90mm lengths. Like most Hope products, they are machined from 2014 T6 aluminium and with the usual rainbow of anodized colors available. The claimed weight is 124-grams for a 70mm stem with a titanium bolt upgrade kit.




Retro Bikes’ Classics Collection - They had a collection of some special bikes on display at the NEC. Here are a couple of highlights, including Fast Eddie’s Alpine Star T-Bike Prototype. This is a full-suspension prototype from 1993-1994 that preceded the Apline Stars T44. Built by Bill Stevenson in Olympia, Washington, this was based on the T-bike, hence the small size.



The Carbolite prototype was built in the mid-90s, and there are thought to be less than five of these ever made. Not much is known about them, but they are rumoured to have been built by the same F1 company that sponsored Olympian mountain biker, Deb Murrell.





Atherton Bikes downhill prototype 8.0 - In what feels like the world's longest game of Spot the Difference, Atherton Bikes had another prototype on display at the Renthal stand. This one was number 8 and was being used by Rachel before she snapped her achilles in Les Gets, France. She's up at Hardline this weekend but certainly won't be needing this as she'll be taking a turn in the commentary booth alongside Rob Warner.





Shotgun Saddles - Hoping to be the first step in turning little nippers into full-time rippers, the Shotgun Saddle mounts on your toptube so you can take your kids along for a ride. There's even a micro-set of handlebars for them to grip onto. It's available now for £199.99.





Kinesis Ebike - Kinesis have launched their first-ever mountain bike with a frame that’s designed to be the British hardtail lover’s ebike. The Rise uses a Fazua all-in-one motor and battery that all sits in the downtube for more of a traditional mountain bike look, and it can even be totally removed and replaced with a cover if you want a more traditional mountain bike ride.


The geometry is designed to ape the classic British hardtail, with a slack head angle and a long reach. It rolls on 29" wheels with 2.6" tyres that should give some cushion when you're heading through the chunder at full chat. The weight is a claimed 18.85kg with battery and motor installed, and 16kg without. It's available to preorder now for £3,500.


Kinesis also had their first foray into mountain bike wheel building on display with the Sector 9i set. These carbon wheels are made with Innegra, a fiber derived from polypropylene that apparently helps keep the wheels more compliant but also impact resistant.


They are available in 29" only for now, and the rims have a 29mm internal width, 35mm external width, and are 25mm deep. They weigh 1,700g for the full 29er wheelset and 428g for the rim. Prices are: £1100 (wheelset), £450 (rim only). More info here.




Calibre Line 10 Update - Calibre have updated their popular Line 10 hardtail with a longe/slacker geometry upgrade, bolt-through axles, and 2.6” tyres. The bike now costs £850 with the GoOutdoors discount card.




Mondraker's Longer Travel Options - Mondraker had a couple of longer travel offerings on display for riders who want a bit more to play with than the standard bikes. At one end of the scale, you have the Mondraker Super Foxy RR that takes the 160mm front/150mm rear and grows it to a 170mm front and 160mm rear.



At the other end of the scale is Mondraker's new down-country offering, the F-Podium DC RR. This takes their cross-country race bike and swaps out the 100mm fork for one with 120mm. It's aimed at hitting choppier, more technical terrain than a thoroughbred racer.


57 Comments

  • 54 1
 Sam Hill could still win wearing those sandals
  • 80 1
 Signature version called Samdals?
  • 3 11
flag ReformedRoadie (Sep 13, 2019 at 4:50) (Below Threshold)
 So instead of worrying about your foot staying on the pedal, you worry about you foot staying in the sandal...brilliant.
At least you have a 50% chance of not getting your shins gouged.
  • 22 3
 Is it just me or do Mondraker bikes just look so dang sweet?
  • 2 0
 And they ride amazingly. Love my Foxy.
  • 1 0
 Yes, but the super in superfoxy stands for supa boost
  • 11 0
 MacRide has better mounting for the kid seat IMO. I think I am going to order some or those mini-bars though. And put some "fake" shifters on there, so my daughter will hopefully leave mine alone.
  • 3 0
 Absolutely. I’m not sure which is the best feature of the Macride, that it doesn’t touch your frame at all or that it literally takes less than 20 seconds to install or remove....

Actually the best feature is the smiles it puts on my boys faces and the stories they tell me about the things they see while we’re out riding.
  • 2 0
 @riderseventy7: I concur. its by far the best child seat option out there!
  • 2 0
 Love the Mac ride. Was looking at the shotgun bars as well. My 3 yr old started riding his own bike this year and is now a proper ripperSmile . Just got my 1 1/2 year old on the Mac ride the other day and he loved it.
  • 4 0
 My $0.02 after having used both... the shotgun is, for some reason, my son’s favorite to ride on. He just seems more comfortable on it which makes a big difference if we’re going far. It is a bit more of a pain to get on and off of the bike but it’s worth it. And yeah, awesome stories and observations the whole ride. You don’t get that riding with anyone else.
  • 2 0
 @riderseventy7: takes a similar length of time to remove the Shotgun tbf.

Minor plus for the Shotgun is that it doesn’t need a different headset spacer installed. The saddle seems proper comfy too!
  • 2 0
 I've got the Kids Ride Shotgun setup, and here's why: my wife's cruiser doesn't have a "normal" headset like our MTBs, so I can't fit the little adapter spacer that MacRide needs. We wanted to be able to move it between the bikes, so we got the Shotgun kit.

Both are super awesome though. My 3 year old freaking loves it and riding with me has him pumped to come home and get on his strider bike and rip around. Plus, having him up front with me beats the hell out of pulling him along behind the bike where we can't talk about what we're seeing and doing.
  • 1 0
 @scottishmark: I did notice that the Mac Ride does mae the steering stiffer (or I am putting to much tension on the headset spacer clamp).
  • 4 0
 Great idea on the fake shifters @pbmo, and mac-ride is a great product, it wouldn't fit my bike and that's why we created the shotgun seat. But whatever gets kids off screens and onto trails right is awesome. Also @scottishmark you are correct, pricing is £120 or US$150. Cheers, Dan
  • 1 0
 @kidsrideshotgun: It is cool that you innovated another solution. I can only fit it on one of my bikes, which is luckily the hardtail.
  • 1 0
 @pbmo: Thanks mate! Enjoy the trails. Cheers, Dan
  • 1 0
 @kidsrideshotgun: picked up my Shotgun (now 25mm compatible) bars this morning - they look bloody awesome!
  • 10 0
 That downcountry bike is a winner.
  • 3 0
 Aesthetically I don't love that ebike (head tube area in particular) but I do like the concept. You could use it as a normal mountain bike for short rides (or where ebikes are prohibited) but could really extend the enjoyment of longer rides.

There is a national forest about 3.5 hour drive away. If I am going to drive for 7 hours (even if over two days), I want to get 7 hours of riding in. I've gone twice and got 2.5 and 3.5 hours of riding in. I didn't have much left in the tank after the 3.5 ride.
  • 5 0
 That kids seat on the stumpy is making me nervous, it's like the scene from casino with Joe pesci and the vice.
  • 6 0
 When clipless version of those sliders will be available?
  • 4 0
 Would it be weird if I had those micro handles on my bike?...no kids seat....just the micro handles...
  • 4 0
 Not if you chop off 80% of your bars and just ride everywhere deathgrip on the micros.
  • 2 0
 @tobiusmaximum: Soooo.... early 90's standard handlebars then?
  • 2 0
 @bigtim: wasn’t just me then! Brake levers all the way to the bulge? Lol
  • 3 0
 We all know that Eddie Masters needs a full sponsorship for those sandals. He could use them for an EWS round (and probably would!)
  • 4 0
 WHERE DO I GET THOSE FLIP FLOPS!?!?! TAKE MY MONEY!!!!
  • 10 0
 Get yourself down to the flip flop shop.
  • 7 0
 60 BUCKS FRIGGIN BARGAIN !
  • 1 0
 @Luis-Sc: Yeah but i NEED these. I actually think my local shop carries ride concepts. Don't care for the shoes but I need the flippy floppies!!!
  • 1 0
 @friendlyfoe: But why so badly? Mine have a bottle opener in the sole, but they are falling apart after 10 years now.
PS: Since I am sitting here with my foot in a cast after having torn the ligaments slipping off a pedal, I recommend to everybody to think twice before they go with any shoe on their flat pedal and then downhill. I could be a make or brake moment :-(
  • 1 0
 @mtb-journal: I use flat 510s........ What do you mean about think twice !? Also, heal up quickly, buddy ...........
  • 1 0
 @Luis-Sc: I meant to not step with some silly shoe or a flipflop on a flat pedal and go down your local DH course (such as me). I wore a 510 clipless shoe (with the hole for the plate and stiffer sole) on a Sam Hill Nuke Proof :-(
Close match, but not close enough ;-)
Have fun!
  • 2 0
 "Kinesis have launched their first-ever mountain bike with a frame that’s designed to be the British hardtail lover’s ebike."

You forgot the Maxlight!
  • 2 0
 God I love that downcountry F-Podium. I cant wait to demo one! It may take half a year's salary to get one but I'm still very interested...haha
  • 1 0
 It is very, very good!
  • 2 0
 The shotgun saddle would be perfect if you run across a couple of bear cubs, ditch your bike, and have to double up on your buddies bike the rest of the way.
  • 3 0
 Socks or no socks? Are you Leave or Remain?
  • 1 0
 No matter how cool, retro, nostalgic, whatever...I cannot go back to rim brakes by choice. Too many near death experiences to go back.
  • 1 0
 Users just remind me of old people walking to the pool. Not sure how they became popular. Get yourself a real pair of flip flops instead
  • 2 1
 Sliders are aptly named. When you try to bunny hop in these, your feet slide off and so do your shins.
  • 1 0
 If you're sitting on a shotgun saddle you better hope your dad isn't Remy Metailler! Full send!
  • 2 0
 Those sandals are perfect for riding steep rocky gnar.
  • 2 0
 That Mondraker looks super foxy
  • 1 0
 No sign of the hope 6 pot brakes we saw a while back or have they given up on them?
  • 2 0
 I'm waiting for the SPD sandal model because hey why not?
  • 1 0
 They've had one out for quite a while now.
  • 1 0
 You can probably find them cheap (shimano), I got mine from the discount bin for $50 CDN. I didn't put in the cleat but it is a nice stiff Teva style sandle
  • 1 0
 Shotgun pricing is wrong - it’s £120

kidsrideshotgun.com/products/shotgun-kids-mtb-seat
  • 1 0
 Hope XC stem with 0 rise? So thats not an xc stem...
  • 1 0
 "Hoping" we see a stem from Wolf Tooth soon!
  • 1 0
 Those Mondraker bikes are beautiful Drool
  • 1 0
 Will those sandals contribute to more shinbleed?
  • 1 1
 NEC right after Eurobike. Isn't that redundant?
  • 1 0
 $60USD Sandals? Psh.

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