Fisher Expo highlights: SRAM, DZR, Pure, Eastway, Look and Met

Earlier this week we headed to St Albans for the Fisher Expo, the annual show hosted by Fisher Outdoors for its dealers to show them the latest products coming this season, here are the highlights of what you can expect to see in your local bike shop this year.

Eastway is Fisher Outdoor’s new road and cyclo-cross brand, all designed in-house by guys who used to race at the legendary (for Londoners) Eastway cycle circuit in East London. The venue was sadly bulldozed to make way for the Olympics, a tragic loss for London cyclists. Anyway, the new brand is named after the circuit and is predominantly a road focused company.

But this carbon cyclo-cross bike, the Eastway CX 1.0, fitted with disc brakes caught our eye, and is one we reckon will be of interest to those mountain bikers looking to expand their collection of bikes in the direction of something with skinny tyres, but not take the full roadie plunge. It’ll cost about £2,000 and we think it’ll be a hit.

Pure is a new range of eco-friendly lubricants, cleaners and degreasers from Weldtite. They’re made from 100% non-petrochemical ingredients and even the packaging, bottles and labels, can be recycled. So you can happily clean and lube your bike without fear that the excess being washing down the drain or through the soil is going to contaminate water sources.

This grease had the canny smell of a hair gel (or so we’re told, we’re not regular users of such men’s products). One to not get mixed up in the morning rush then!

DZR shoes we first saw at Eurobike last year. They’re a California-based company offering the mountain biker a casual styled shoe that works on the bike.

They’re all SPD compatiable, and boast some properly unique features, chief among them is a spoon shaped metal sole insert that keeps the front of the shoe stiff, for stomping on the pedals, while the middle section is less stiff, so you can actually walk around in them rather than clip-clopping like you do in typical mountain bike shoes.

Here’s the latest pump from Airace, the Turbo MTB CO2. Quite cleverly, it comprises a nicely designed regular mini-pump, and connected at the business end is an optional CO2 canister. So when you puncture you have the choice, if you’re in a race and in a rush you can use the gas, while on a slower social trail ride you can just use good old fashioned elbow grease. It’ll cost £29.99

New Met Terra helmet.

SRAM’s Quarq mountain bike power meter cranks will now be available, and for those who take their training seriously and want to use power as a training aid, you now can. SRAM purchased the company Quarq earlier this year, and initially launched with a range of road products.

GXP and BB30 bottom bracket options will be available, and we’ve been quoted a weight of 814g for the former. 2×10 options will include 39/26 and 42/28. It’s good to see them taking mountain biking seriously and catering for those racers and riders who want to take their training to the next level.

1×10 is increasingly becoming more of a realistic option for trail riders, and this SRAM XO 1×10-ready chainset looks the best out there. Pair with a suitable chain device and you’re ready to go.

Look’s stunning 986 and at the back the 920 full-susser. Both use the same integrated A-Stem so you can slam the handlebars as low as cross-country racers typically prefer.

The frame is crafted beautifully in carbon fibre, and on the 920 the seat stays are designed to flex a little, removing the need for an additional pivot and thereby saving some weight.

SRAM has a cool way of showing just how many stems, handlebars and seatposts it offers. Truly something for everyone.

Here’s the full gallery of photos

 

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