Day 2 Randoms - Core Bike 2024

Feb 20, 2024 at 9:14
by Ed Spratt  


We are back with more fresh tech from the 2024 Core Bike just a short trip from the home of British Formula 1, Silverstone. You can check out the latest tech from day one here, or keep on scrolling for some more of the goods we spotted.



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It wasn't just the Yeti prototype DH bike on show at this year's Core. There was also the Norco ridden by Lucas Cruz at the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup.

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It will be interesting to see how Greg Minnaar gets on with this bike after a long time with Santa Cruz and its V10.

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The Norco looks like a proper prototype compared to some of the more refined test bikes out there.

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Kids Ride Shotgun was displaying its two tow rope options. New for this year is a tow rope that can be worn around the waist, making it easy to store when it's not needed. It is still made from the same construction as the previous design and continues to have a load rating of 500lb / 225kg. The new design will cost more than the original as it will retail for £55

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The old design will continue to be sold alongside the new wearable design for £33.

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Cane Creek didn't have any new products on show but they were offering a look at a new range of colours through the Chroma Studio Line. Currently, there is a choice between blue, red, gold and silver instead of the standard black options.

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Topeak has some new under-saddle storage options with the Elementa Gearbag offering a zipped storage compartment and a detachable tool kit. The tool kit features a ratchet tool and 10 bits. It uses rail wing straps that allow the bag to stay attached to the saddle while accessing every part of the bag's storage. The Elementa Gearbag is priced at £46.99.

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There is also the smaller Burrito Pack Slim offering a compact roll bag to store inner tubes and essential tools. This pack will cost £27.99.

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Topeak also has some updates for its e-bike tune-up station. The workstand features a small storage compartment at the bottom allowing you to store your e-bike charger and other accessories. There is built-in cable routing so you can keep your charger inside the compartment while still charging your bike. There are five-litres of capacity in the compartment. The Tune-Up station costs £89.99.

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Alongside the Tune-Up station you can also get the upgrade set which adds a tool tray and an extra stabiliser for the workstand.
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The upgrade set will be sold at £49.99.

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Lightweight and portable torque wrenches seem to be a theme of Core this year as Topeak was displaying its E-Torqbar. This tool features LED indicators showing the level of torque and has a range of 1-10Nm.

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The whole toolset rolls up into a pretty portable package. It has a cost of £134.99.

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The Topeak stand also had some very lightweight bottle cages with the £24.99 Feza Cage V1 weighing just 18 grams.

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If you want to save a further 2.5 grams you can opt for the Feza Cage MT16 which weighs 15.5 grams with a higher price tag of £69.99.

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Santa Cruz were showing off a very custom V10 at its booth.

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If you've been at Santa Cruz as long as Steve Peat unique custom paintjobs are well deserved.

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Gusset were displaying some new colour options for its S2 bars. The brand will now be offering a silver option for its standard bars as well as a gunmetal grey option as a Matt Jones signature bar.

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There are also a few new colours for the S2 lock-on grips.

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Available from April this year Gusset is launching its new TS stem. The stem was designed using CAD and 3D printing technology and uses a small piece of overlapping material on the faceplate is claimed to increase stiffness. At launch, the stem will be sold in a 32mm length with compatibility for 35mm bars. The weight is claimed at 136 grams and it will cost £69.99.


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68 Comments
  • 83 0
 Tow rope is great for the majority of us approaching 50 with kids; tow him for the next few years and then when he's in his teens, he can tow me.
  • 4 0
 you should check Trax...

traxbike.com/es
  • 2 2
 I'm 52 with a 12 year old and this comment hits truer than that cronk we just rode through probably came out of a bear.
  • 1 0
 Round the waist storage is a great idea, wish I had that when I was towing the kids.
  • 32 0
 the tow rope....for the bike park when there is no shuttle but someone in the group brought an e-bike. Also, I would pay for the Stella fork decals, super cool
  • 13 0
 Hit up Fanatik Bike Co.! The graphic designer there is awesome and can likely whip something up for you.
  • 19 26
flag puukkopedro (Feb 20, 2024 at 11:17) (Below Threshold)
 super un-cool beer I bet Peaty has upped his beer game from his Stella days. Sheffield produces some cracking local brews.
  • 11 1
 @puukkopedro: hey man all beer is sacred!
  • 8 0
 @motdrawde: some beer is more sacred than others.
  • 8 2
 @puukkopedro: ah the days before the craft ale explosion. Stella was the go-to beer in the 2000's (despite having the nickname 'wifebeater'). Some of those craft beers taste like over-hopped dishwasher to me.
  • 1 0
 @egb81: some beer is sacred, some is sacrilege.
  • 22 2
 I really like that Norco, I love how it is truly a Horst like bike too, just flipped upside down haha.
  • 3 21
flag mammal (Feb 20, 2024 at 10:33) (Below Threshold)
 Not really. If you're referring to the position of the CS/SS pivot, it's more of a concentric axle pivot (Split/ABP).
  • 10 2
 @mammal: The rear pivot is clearly in front of the axle, and it's placement creates a long link, virtual pivot, which is a Horst link,
  • 7 3
 @AddisonEverett: That's a very good point, my bad. However, I believe the pivot needs to be below the axle to be a Horst (which is how Rocky side-stepped that patent), so I guess it's actually neither.
  • 5 0
 @mammal: Haha, you may be right about that, still functions in practically the same way! I just think it's neat that it is the "same" system, but upside-down
  • 2 0
 @mammal: The patent for the four bar linkage (better known as the Horst Link) as a bicycle suspension platform is only applicable in the US and not Canada, Europe, or other countries. I think it's about to expire, anyway.
  • 3 0
 @suspended-flesh: My comment about the horst patent was about Rocky's smooth link vs. the Specialized Horst patent, which I had thought was already expired in North America (hence the explosion of horst bikes in NA).
  • 1 1
 I think if you take a closer look at other articles on the bike you might see another link hidden between the seatstay and shock. Not sure if that makes it a dual link or not?
  • 1 0
 @AddisonEverett: Yeah you are right. The main pivot is on the seat-stay and the rear pivot is on the chain-stay. It's an upside-down Horst link!
  • 1 0
 @SonofBovril: it's a good question, that extra linkage doesn't seem to affect the wheel path, or the IC locations, but it does affect the leverage ratio through out the suspension, and it's movement is directly connected to the lower link though a bar. The principle platform is definitely a Horst link though, flipped upside down.
  • 1 0
 @Skooks: This is the layout of the Druid V2, and indeed how they describe it
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 @suspended-flesh: Bruv, it's been expired for over a decade already. Expired in 2012. patents.google.com/patent/US5899480A/en
  • 3 0
 @handynzl: So has my brain, apparently.
  • 2 0
 @Skooks: Horst link is pivot on chainstay so it lengthens when it goes through travel affecting the axle path away from the path of a single pivot.
A “Faux” bar is having it on the seat stay like what Kona has used for years.
Same axle path as a single pivot but uncoupling the suspension from the brake forces.
Horst - more efficient.
Faux bar - more poppy.
Total 90’s discussion on suspension layout.
  • 2 0
 @Skooks: but then again you’re correct w/ the layout of the additional pulley!
I stand corrected (something never typed on Pinkbike….!)
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: it expired quite a few years ago.
  • 1 0
 @mammal: looking at the suspension on this bike and the Norco Range, I think they are actually pretty similar to the the rocky mountain systems, rather than the other Norcos with the more traditional layout. The instant center looks like it starts near the idler and moves towards the front of the bike through the suspension travel, like how Rockies Ic starts near the bb and moves towards the front of the bike. Other Norcos like the sight and the shore have IC that starts near the front of the bike and moves closer to the bb or idler through out the travel. It's interesting because both Norco systems use Co rotating links, but due to the orientation the have the opposite movement for the IC
  • 1 0
 @AddisonEverett: Huh. FYI - Rocky's smooth link suspension that I was referencing was circa 2012-2014 designs, and had the chain stay pivot in a different position than they do currently.
  • 10 0
 The Santa Cruz logo on the downtube looks so spot on
  • 4 0
 Yeah that stuck out to me too. It appears to be the Friz Quadrata font that Anti Hero Skateboards (and Black Flag) used
  • 3 0
 ...I guess I should've added like Stella uses, too.
  • 2 0
 They should have removed the "CRUZ" given the red/white color scheme.
  • 1 0
 @Snowytrail: I live in the Santa Cruz area, and it's pretty common for people to just say 'Santa' with a Latin accent when Refering to Santa Cruz. Now I want to see a Modelo themed Santa Cruz with the Cruz omitted.
  • 2 5
 @Glory831Guy: Really?! I never heard that in the 80s. Times change, I guess. I cringe where I hear transplants pronounce Los Gatos like they are a cholo when we all know it's Las Gattis Smile
  • 8 0
 Does the V10 come with a white vest?
  • 15 0
 Along with a skinhead, staffy and a packet of Lambert and butlers.
  • 3 0
 A couple of pints of “do as you’re told”.
  • 1 0
 @Tomsharp78: she was a thing of beauty
  • 8 0
 Love the Linton Travel Tavern vibes from this hotel
  • 4 0
 Man. Topeak literally goes... hey what's blackburn doing over there. Let's do that.
  • 3 0
 I like the idea of the torque wrench, but Murphy’s law dictates that that one time I really need it, the battery will be flat.
  • 2 1
 Tow rope: take two innertubes, tie them together, save yourself 33 quid, get the same kinetic benefit

Expensive tow rope: make two innertube loops and join with paracord, save 55 quid and get the same kinetic benefit and also save space

You are welcomeSmile
  • 4 0
 Ok Cane Creek...let's get a Fonta Flora Imperial IPA logo on something...
  • 1 0
 Is it safe to use that tow rope on say a 100# kid, but looped at the front of the seat of the towing bike even with the saddle high?
Always been afraid it would lead to a frame failure.
  • 5 0
 1000% safe, mate. My friend with an ebike has towed me like that, and I'm 185.
  • 9 6
 The Stella decals are super well done but the beer is so painfully mid. It's just Miller Lite with faunceh branding.
  • 1 2
 you are correct....I'm beginning to think it's just the USA that actually get's beer these days...and also...what's with the 3.5% AC? what are we toddlers?
  • 1 0
 Not really
  • 2 0
 Indeed. If they'd done a piss on a stock red v10 the result would have been similar.
  • 2 0
 Its anhauser/inbev so more like budweiser in a clean t-shirt.
  • 11 8
 Stella artois=wife beater
  • 7 0
 More info, please. Are you saying it's the Coors Light of Belgium?
  • 4 0
 @suspended-flesh: I don't know,i never tasted Coors Light.Here in Belgium Stella and Jupiler are the most commom brands for pils beers.And wife beater is how the english guys call Stella Artois.I'm a Duvel drinker.
  • 3 0
 Hahaha...true, that's the other name of that beer. Funny thing is that I drink Stella when I feel posh. Usually I'm a Tennent's fan.
  • 3 0
 Scroll down for the story behind Stella's reputation: www.cbc.ca/radio/undertheinfluence/world-s-oldest-brands-1.3524048
  • 3 2
 @NoskillNotalent: In the US Stella has a pretty good reputation even though its brewed by Budweiser, I believe. When heard Wife-Beater I thought of Kid Rock swilling garbage beer and I didn't have that impression of Stella. Like Bitelio said it's got a posh image.
  • 3 2
 It's the worst Belgian beer by a mile.
  • 2 0
 @MisterChow: Interesting. Damn supermarkets. I guess Peaty is trying to keep the working-class hooligan thing going. Oi Oi
  • 2 0
 STELLAAAAAAAAAAAAA -Marlon Brando
  • 2 0
 Anyone else think the Topeak E-bike storage container looked a lot like an oil drain pan.....Would work good for my YZ
  • 1 0
 Hey look! that Norco prototype looks like it might have enough seatpost insertion for a dropper post and it already has a bottle cage mount!
  • 2 1
 Dang, i haven't had a Stella in ages
  • 1 0
 Norco rear looks seriously beefy.
  • 1 0
 What's up with those sintered/3D printed/etc. locks?
  • 1 0
 Always looking for a new noboard rope.
  • 1 0
 That venue looks awful!
  • 1 0
 Towtally...







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