2013 Vancouver Bike Show

Mar 3, 2013 at 23:21
by Ian Hylands  
The Vancouver Bicycle Show was packed this year with both exhibitors and attendees. The Pinkbike booth was right near the entrance to the show.
  The Vancouver Bicycle Show was packed this year, with both exhibitors and attendees. As well as all the usual tourism agencies and people with new and improved everything to try to sell you there were a few clothing companies, bike companies, and bike shops in attendance. This is a show that seems to be getting better every year. The Pinkbike booth was right near the entrance to the bike zone....

Pinkbike has a whole bunch of new shirts for 2013...
  A few of the new Pinkbike shirts for 2013, not just for guys...

Sombrio was at the event with their rig and pumptrack definitely a popular spot for the kids.
  Sombrio was at the event with their rig and pumptrack, definitely a popular spot for the kids.

Nutcase helmets was back with a colorful array of ways to keep your head safe.
  Nutcase helmets was back with a colorful array of ways to keep your head safe.

Giant Bikes at the show...
  Giant Bikes at the show...

Darren Butler from Endless biking was on hand explaining their various programs.
  Darren Butler from Endless biking was on hand explaining their various programs.

Probably one of my favorite booths at the show was this one full of vintage bikes owned by The Vancouver Wheelmen Vintage Bicycle Club.
  Probably one of my favorite booths at the show was this one full of vintage bikes owned by The Vancouver Wheelmen Vintage Bicycle Club.

Sasquatch
  Sasquatch

As usual Pinkbike was raffling off a bike
  This Ghost bike from MEC went to one lucky attendee that stopped by the Pinkbike booth.

and giving away tattoos...
  After signing up to win a bike, Pinkbike staffers were on hand to ink you up...

There were a bunch of shops with some nice looking bikes on display. Different Bikes even had a Niner Jet 9 on the floor
  There were a bunch of shops with some nice looking bikes on display. Different Bikes even had a Niner Jet 9 on the floor

Rocky Mountain Bicycles are pretty much of staple of everything MTB in Vancouver.
  Rocky Mountain Bicycles was showing off all their latest toys

While Velocity Cycles had a few Intense Models among other things.
  ...and Velocity Cycles had a few Intense Models among other things. I also saw bikes from Devinci, Ellsworth, Marin and a few others at the show.

It s nice seeing quality kids bikes and it seems like Kranked is stepping into the game with this sick little 20 bike. Pretty awesome spec from companies like Deity Avid Shimano Bombshell White Bros. and MRP.
  It's nice seeing quality kid's bikes and it seems like Kranked is stepping into the game with this sick little 20" bike. Pretty awesome spec from companies like Deity, Avid, Shimano, Bombshell, White Bros. and MRP.

Ride the Cariboo. There is a whole world of riding in BC s Cariboo and Chilcotin regions and it s definitely worth checking out
  Ride the Cariboo. There is a whole world of riding in BC's Cariboo and Chilcotin regions, and it's definitely worth checking out!

Red Bull was promoting this years Divide and Conquer event.
  Red Bull was promoting this year's Divide and Conquer event.

Ken Maude and Thomas Vanderham were at the show. Ken was supporting his shop Lynn Valley Bikes while Thomas was signing posters and talking to fans.
  Ken Maude and Thomas Vanderham were at the show. Ken was supporting his shop Lynn Valley Bikes, while Thomas was signing posters and talking to fans.

Trials Stars were at the event again with their Demo. Jeff Anderson sidehopping about 50 for the crowd.
  Trials Stars were at the event again this year with their demo, definitely a crowd favorite. Jeff Anderson sidehopping about 50" for the crowd.

Reece Wallace recently torn a bunch of stuff in his knee. He stopped by the Pinkbike booth to hang out for a bit an rest...
  Reece Wallace recently tore a bunch of stuff in his knee. He stopped by the Pinkbike booth to hang out for a bit and rest his knee...

This year the show seemed to be all about the kids. Little kids.
  This year the show seemed to be all about the kids. Little kids, and lots of them...

Jr Women s World DH Champ Holly Feniak was on hand at the Kranked Kids Zone giving out guidance and helping kids get a feel for riding bridges and skinnies.
  Jr. Women's World DH Champ Holly Feniak was on hand at the Kranked Kids Zone giving out guidance and helping kids get a feel for riding bridges and skinnies.

Sombrio had a little pumptrack fastest lap contest and gave away a GoPro Hero 3. Lots of kids in attendance.
  Sombrio had a fastest lap contest on their pumptrack and gave away a GoPro Hero 2. Lots of kids in attendance.

Jackson Goldstone was on fire tearing up the track. Not good enough to beat the big guys but definitely close.
  Jackson Goldstone was on fire, tearing up the track. Not good enough to beat the big guys, but definitely close.

Landseer Enga showing off the new Kranked 20 bike
  Landseer Enga, showing off the new Kranked 20" bike

Remy Metailler absolutely killed it on the pumptrack putting down the fastest time of the day to win the GoPro Hero 2
  Remy Metailler absolutely killed it on the pumptrack, putting down the fastest time of the day to win the GoPro Hero 2

The Vancouver Bike Show was a success on all accounts, see ya in 2014.


88 Comments

  • 56 1
 Why can't Toronto pull there s**t together. I would love to attend a show like this.
  • 14 0
 I would love to see such show in Montreal or Quebec too.
  • 56 0
 Noone wants to see a million road bikes at the Toronto show
  • 7 0
 The riding community has to push for change!
  • 2 0
 They use to
  • 9 0
 With the exception of the bmx comp the Toronto show sucked, way too much road and heavy on Dbags.
  • 12 1
 Agreed too many shops didn't even bother going, I hear the cost to bring a shop there has gotten too high, someone needs to hit the organizers over the head and find a better venue or some sponsors to make the show more affordable for people and shops. I only went to film my buddy at the BMX Metro Jam and still had to pay the stupid $13 entrance fee.

It was pretty lame. Tons of over-branded road bikes, lots of 29er stuff, I'm happy to see fatbikes still kicking the door in, but overall it's starting to feel like the fall clearout show with a higher ceiling and carpets.
  • 7 0
 it really was a waste of time to go down to this. much better in years past.
  • 3 0
 If they changed the show that there was more to see and do I would be happy. Like more manufacturers and test area for said manufacturers. Love the pump track idea at the vancouver show.

You the people of pinkbike, would you go to a show like this? Little less retailers but more latest and greatest bikes?
  • 5 0
 the fact of the matter is that no matter how much the small downhill community wants to see downhill gear/bikes at the toronto show again, it's just not practical for retailers. it's not just the show that's stopped focusing on downhill, most shops in and around the city have stopped carrying downhill bikes altogether because the market doesn't flourish anymore. whereas 7 or 8 years ago you'd see people hitting the local xc trails and dirt jumps on 8 and 9 inch downhill race bikes. as much as i like the idea of more variety at the bike show, the market has to move with what sells, i.e road bikes(always a market for that) and 29ers. one final point is that downhill for the most part is done by a very small demographic, whereas road biking is something that people from all ages and walks of life do. hate to be a Debbie Downer but the baby boomers are the ones with the moolah so the bike show will try to appeal to them the most
  • 3 0
 Funny how Toronto had a show almost identical to this... Just Toronto's had more retailers and stuff for sale.
  • 4 0
 Frenchy!!!!!!! .2 seconds.... shouldn't have won!
  • 1 0
 I hate to disagree compaqnc6340 but have you ever been to a hill before? Fairly large demographic, my shop sells just as many downhill bikes as high end road bikes, but at the same degree sells as many hardtail mountain bikes as the average road bike.

It's wasn't the lack of downhill bikes at all even, It was the lack of shops period, about 5 major shops pulled out and virtually the only shop to make it for BMX was 3ride, which is sad because the Bike Zone has virtually the same selection of BMX, but I heard it all show long, the cost of floor space, travel and damages is too high when you factor them onto the mentality that everybody already wants a huge discount, it ends up almost costing money to be there, and once it becomes a struggle, it becomes about the money, and the show loses it's fun.

That's why the BMX does so well there, look at the turnout, it's all about the sport.
  • 6 0
 while you make a valid point, "hills" are not a demographic....the truth of the matter is there are only a handful of lift-access downhill parks in ontario, and i'm all for building your own trails and shredding, but there's a huge amount of people who don't. furthermore your shop doesn't represent the whole bike shop community, as someone who also works at a shop, and i've been to many shops as well, many just don't have that market anymore. i wasn't trying to imply that ontario has flat out abandoned downhill, it's just sort of calmed down, the rush of people buying downhill bikes to just ride around has surely gone down. back on topic however i have to agree with you, not many good shops were at the bike show this year (including mine) for the exact reason you pointed out. it's not worth our while(or most other shops, for that matter) to pay that amount of money to go to bike show, get rid of some old stock for rock bottom prices, and be hassled by dreadfully cheap people who will chisel away until they get the best, most greedy deal they possibly can. the toronto bike show has become somewhat of a flea market, saturated by small vendors just trying to make a quick buck. what we need is a happy medium between good manufacturer showcases, and fair, well-regarded and reputable dealers.not to mention fairly even coverage of all aspects of biking
  • 2 0
 The attendance may be up or down next year but don't count on 6 of us coming next year...so glad I have a great LBS.
  • 1 0
 Okay, I can agree with you there.
  • 5 0
 Yeah the toronto show was a big disappointment this year. I wrote the following email to the organizer
"Hi there
I've been to the International bike show for many years in a row now, and would have to say that this year's was the worst.
Were was the dirt 4x track?
Where were the mountain bikes?
Where was Ryan Leech?
Where was Cycle Solutions?
Where was the trials club?
There was no room for me to watch the bmx jam, it was too full. You need more bleachers.
I went looking for five different things(not including the ones listed above) that would have been there in years gone by, and found none of them.
Between parking and admission, the price has gone WAY up. What is going on??"
  • 2 0
 sombrio was handing out cards for a discount on shoes when you buy online i lost mine does anyone know the code that was on the card?
  • 1 0
 B-Rock106 they just had a bike show in Toronto last weekend .. i went
  • 2 1
 We had a sale day at the shop and a few people agreed it was better than driving an hour to go to the bike show...
  • 1 0
 Yeah, BikeZone didn't go either, same with a few. We had a sale, and same result.
  • 1 0
 it was only $25 to get in on the mtb race at the bike show - it was a lot of fun and yeah maybe not a dream course but still, it includes your admission, a gate start and lots of fun practice with your friends. I know it wasn't dirt but they were able to make a better track in the setup time that they had. Smitty puts on a fun demo event every year, it's a blast - not to mention cash prizes for pro and other prizes for am??!?! Who cares about buying sh*t, really.. I go for a rip on the bike in march, some jokes and entertainment at the Metro Jam.
  • 1 0
 I think that's the point though, those who came had a blast, and I remember years ago the first course was what people wanted to see, I remember not being able to get a seat for it, basically what Metro Jam is now.

Point being the show used to tend to the needs and wills of those wanting a show, saw some new products, and conveniently could negotiate a fair deal on a bike should they feel the need to start off the season on the right foot, or since the winter season was soon over, could generally good a good selection of anything they may have missed getting the prior riding season.

Now this year for example was basically the 2013 spring cleaning clearout sale, with an extension to the room with the most people in it, the metro jam. I'm glad to see flatland has gotten as busy as they were this year, though still a bit more quite than last years.

The show needs to get back into the hands of being the show, for showing, not selling, while selling is important, it happens when people are happy and motivated and generally when the cycling community gets its stoke on and pushes one another to get into it.

I wouldn't mind trying other aspects of cycling if they would "show" something to me at the show.

So instead we'll watch the show disappear little by little until somebody steps up.
  • 4 0
 ^ That's a lot of Canadians...
  • 1 0
 I say Ottawa. Central hub of South Eastern Canada.
  • 15 3
 Ladies want a rasta shirt. Not just stereotypical "pretty in pink" cursive! K thnx.
  • 2 0
 my wife was just saying this same thing yesterday when looking for a new trail saddle.
  • 3 0
 amen. I have two daughters and the girl's "options" of pink, mauve and light blue are lame.
  • 2 0
 This was our other new Ladies shirt - www.pinkbike.com/shop/viewproductdetail/?productid=515
  • 1 0
 Nice, good variety @Brule. And it's almost Rasta colored!
  • 7 1
 Yeah, and I wanted the women's pink and green colorway, ended up going for Rasta instead. No one is ever happy with available color choices...
  • 2 0
 "shrink it and pink it"
  • 3 0
 Rasta, it's timeless really
  • 1 2
 Check out www.dirtygirldesignscanada.com
I have some awesome women's.. And men's shirts ... More on our Facebook site that are not yet on my websiteSmile
  • 6 1
 This show completely crushes the Toronto show...TO was a Roadie Lycra convention. Good thing the TO show was close to the distillery district...Tank house!!!
  • 3 0
 Toronto Bike show could take a lesson from the Vancouver show...it used to be this good. Now its a "roadie" event with minimal vendors, Minimal bike brands, minimal happiness. Back in the day, it was huge and in the Direct Energy Center....that was when it was awesome...
  • 1 0
 The T.O show has turned into more of a big Boxing Day sale thing. Obviously people go looking to get a great deals, but I think that there needs to be a lot more activities and events. For example, I know that a promoter from where the trail ends was interested in screening the movie at the last bike show.
  • 3 0
 I was at this show and was disappointed at how small it was and the lack of major companies.
Norco was not there,cannon dale,GT, specialized, hardly any manufacturer booths. Mostly some stores and and such. Very little good gear either.
I was in the market for new mtb shoes, none... My buddy want dh armour none their as well.
It was tiny. The part of the show I had the most fun was getting the fake tattoo from the super cute pinkbike girlsSmile
  • 1 0
 Yeah, I was looking forward to seeing Norco and Transition there, but I look forward to next year!
  • 6 0
 Nice Pics like always ;-)
  • 2 2
 I wish I'd been brought up like that…
  • 7 1
 The Red Bull Truck looks like the sort of thing Shaun Palmer would drive
  • 2 0
 So awesome to see all the support kids get these days who choose to pursue the sport in whatever kind of riding they want to do. As a kid in the 90's that support was non existent unless you proved to have pro skills in either XC or DH by the time you were 13 or so. Now, 15+ years later with how much riding has changed a kid that's around 7 to 10 can have mom and dad get them a VERY capable bike so they can develop their skills without worrying about the bike breaking like we did later on as teens trying to cut or teeth and make it in early 4x and DS/DH.
  • 1 0
 Where is more info on the kids Kranked bike??? can't seem to find much other than the frame only? Krenked site is a bit loose on info.

Cheers.
  • 1 0
 Loose indeed! The site has been updated with some more info and will continue to be updated. Sorry we haven't had the time to get it all together, putting on the Kranked Kids Zone was a major undertaking for us! Krankedbikes.com - the loosest bike site out there!
  • 2 0
 Man Ian.....I couldn't be there for the show but once again your pics are amazing and put me there! So thanks for the great coverage. Awesome to see the companies bring the goods for the kids as well. I've got two of my own and I like seein them into the sport. Great shots bro
  • 2 0
 The photos don't make justice to what this show really is.

I don't get it, BC is huge in the mountain bike industry, not only for the net of trails that we have but also for the amount of company that produce bikes, components, and gear for this sport that we all love. However the show is depressing.

This is just an Outdoor show selling you x amounts of destinations and activities for your next holidays, and because they don't have enough interest they fit the bike world right into it.

Despite all thank you so much to all the participants, without them we wouldn't have anything at all, and thank you to Brett Tippie who always find a way to crack a joke wherever he is Big Grin

Best of luck for next year guys.
  • 4 0
 I need me one of those portable pumptracks! And a Kranked kids bike to ride on it!
  • 4 3
 It was a fun event to attend, I was only there for the morning. To be honest though, I found the guy that was trying to push the electric motors very pushy with his product, not to mention kind of a douche. X fusion was very helpful and informative though, had some good deals on rotors and rims as well.
  • 1 1
 Anybody that actually knows who your calling a douche would be livid, or laugh. Criticism towards some one who is trying to progress riding is shrewd. Not to mention doing it for the kids. I get a kick out of peps that have to have there two cents posting Pinkbike comments putting others down. You sir are the douche bag, or enema take your pick!
  • 2 0
 I more than understand the bigger picture, but I wasn't bashing the entire event, as I said above it was fun. It was a chance to chat with some fellow riders, and take a bit of time to get to know part of the spine of the mountain bike community. Before I continue, you (Faith Desmond, or LF13) should get use to public opinion, you're going to be getting positive and negative feed back in any event, and at the end of the day, an event can be used for advertising/marketing with a tad bit of fun Razz . I suppose "kind of a douche" doesn't explain a lot when you're discussing feedback on performance or his manner. I also admit I do have a bad habit of generalizing, but I like getting to the point. I don't mind aggressive sales people, but when the representative for Epik bikes start feeding bull shit "oh yeah, I bought these for my kids, they use them all time, instead of going 3 kilometers we can all go 20 km." Maybe he did, he still didn't have the right tone. Also when you give your opinion, can't remember the quote exactly, but he basically stated that his company was the best out there for his product. It may be, but I don't give a rats ass about opinions when it comes to spending money. To sum this up, he was not the best sales guy.
  • 4 0
 Win the bike pah! I want to win the goodies under it!
  • 8 3
 Where was DVO ..?? :O
  • 2 0
 DVO was down here in So-Cal! Probably hanging out at their favorite test spot doing "working" on their products on the trails!
  • 4 1
 ***hero 2*** he already had a hero 2
  • 7 0
 and he was against the kids for the gopro...should have done it for the show and let the kids show off their skills to win the prize.
  • 2 1
 ya and he already had a go pro 3 but he still needs a go pro 2! the timing was also kinda a fluke as they just pressed the stop watch as u passed a pump and I came second by .2 seconds and pressing that watch just a hair to early or late makes a huge difderence in a race like that! it was fun though
  • 4 0
 video?
  • 1 0
 I would like to go to a big show like this, but for some reason they are always held when I have midterms to study for or assignments to work on
  • 2 0
 Whats up with the spokes on that yellow kids' bike? I've never seen that before.
  • 2 0
 Twisted spokes, hard on the fingers.
  • 3 0
 My girl Holly holdin it down
  • 1 1
 That Jackson kid was awseome. He would rip around the track then hop off a roller trying to do 180's or some spin variations. The kids be starting young, and he's a ripper.
  • 3 0
 At first i thought pinkbike used him again to get us to click on the article but then he did show up at the bottom of the page.
  • 2 0
 And still this year the UK hasnt done anything
  • 6 3
 Norbs got robbed
  • 2 0
 That pumptrack is crazy to ride.
  • 1 0
 Looks awesome! I'd like to attend this one day
  • 6 1
 It's kinda overrated tbh, definitely not as good as all the other shows..
  • 1 0
 @mtnbyker - what other shows?
  • 4 1
 I was thinking along the lines of Interbike and Eurobike, etc, look to be. I am just saying beeboo shouldn't make the trip out to van for the bike show, as it is kinda small and still just getting started. Come out here for the riding instead!
  • 3 0
 That's kinda like comparing Disneyland to the state fair...lol...
  • 3 0
 Yeah exactly, but beeboo said he wants to attend, and seeing as he lives in Ontario I think there are better ways to spend the cash, unless he is coming out for the riding here.
  • 2 0
 I'm planning to move to BC in the near future. All i have is the Toronto Bike Show (always the same weekend as this one) and it has pretty much gone down the drain. Hardly anything DH, it's all roadie stuff and just shops getting rid of old inventory
  • 1 0
 Would like to have seen a video of Jackson goldstone on the pump track
  • 1 0
 well...this shows up the london bike show once again...
  • 1 0
 wishing to be there next time
  • 1 0
 Anyone know if Knolly Bikes was at the show?
  • 3 0
 they were not.
  • 1 0
 nope, only Rockey Mountain, Opus, Giant, marin, ellsworth, miele, evox, and stromer were there. - Yes, I had a little help from the pamphlet.
  • 1 0
 Calgary should have a bike show.
  • 1 0
 It is really to bad that Jackson Goldstone didn't win at the pumptrack...
  • 1 1
 That Red Bull truck is nasty. And that little girl in the pink helmet riding the ladder bridge has terrible form.
  • 1 0
 wishiing i was there
  • 1 0
 So fun
  • 1 0
 Where was Mr. Tippie??
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