The Riva Bike Festival takes place every spring along the shore of Italy's Lake Garda, a setting that offers absolutely stunning views in every direction. Cycling fanatics descend on the town from all over Europe, filling the streets with a blast of colors that Mother Nature never dreamed of. There's an XC marathon, an eliminator, and an enduro race over the course of the weekend, but for many of the 30,000+ visitors, it's the exhibition that's the big draw, offering consumers a chance to ogle and drool over the latest mountain bike technology.
There's no shortage of incredible views in Riva del Garda.
The streets around town fill with cars and bikes as the population swells for the weekend.
The crowds began to arrive on Friday, filling every inch of available space between booths.
Nope, this brake lever isn't from Japan - it's the latest from Germany's Trickstuff for their Cleg brakes, and is scheduled to be available sometime in July or August. The new lever sees the master cylinder oriented almost parallel to the bars as opposed to the more vertical configuration currently used.
Another view of the lever body, which has a cutout between the reservoir and the lower portion that houses the piston.
SRAM had a larger-than-life version of their Motion Control damper on hand to illustrate what actually goes on in a fork when the blue compression dial is turned.
Who remembers this shoe? Shimano is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their SPD system, and had a display containing shoes from the early days all the way to the present.
It's hard to go wrong with a black paint job, and Canyon's Lux CF is no exception. It's a pure XC bike, but there's something about it that makes me want to install proper tires, a dropper, wide bars and a short stem and take it out for a rip.
A sure sign that end times are near.
The carbon Devinci Spartan at the DVO booth looked race ready with a Diamond up front and a Jade coil shock in the rear.
Danny MacAskill's Santa Cruz Bronson was sitting in the Magura booth, the same bike that garnered mainstream attention thanks to his film, 'The Ridge,' which has racked up nearly 39 million views so far.
Radon had a fleet of their Swoop 210 downhill bikes available for demo on the extremely rocky trails that surround Garda.
Propped up against the fi'z:ik booth, but sporting an Ergon saddle, this Transition Patrol's build kit was attracting plenty of admiring stares, with a BOS Kirk shock and a Deville fork.
Scott's line of mountain bike apparel isn't readily available in the United States, but they have a large presence in Europe, offering everything from shorts and jackets to helmets and packs.
Now junior can have a Voltage just like mom or dad.
Anyone up for some foosball, courtesy of Continental?
EVOC's new Bike Travel Bag Pro is claimed to be the lightest on the market, with a clean layout and enough room to accommodate everything from 29ers to DH bikes.
The timeline of what came first, Schwalbe's ProCore or DeanEASY's version is a little hazy, but there's no disputing that DeanEASY was the first to have a dual chamber tire system available for consumers. Installation of the system requires drilling out the rim slightly, and then gluing in the red valve. Once it's in place, the Presta valve is used to inflate the inner chamber, and the Schrader valve is used for the outer tire.
The inner tubular is currently only available for rims that have an internal width of 21-24mm, but DeanEASY is planning to have a system available that will work with rims up to 30mm wide.
That's one way to gain shock clearance.
Bike parks are opening back up around the Northern Hemisphere, which means DH season is officially here, and Intense's new M16 could be a good option for those lift served laps.
Danny MacAskill and his Drop and Roll tour impressed onlookers with a trials exhibition.
Handmade in France, Caminade's One4All is constructed entirely of steel, and can either be set up with 27.5" wheels and 135mm of travel, or 26" wheels and 155mm of travel.
The expression on the face of the bystander to the right probably says it best.
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