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Cycle 2008

London’s Cycle Show is at Earl’s Court from 10-12 October. Thursday was trade day, so we took a lightning dash around the aisles to see what’s what. Here’s the by-no-means comprehensive results – there’re big bits of show we haven’t got to yet, but if you’re thinking of paying a visit this may whet your appetite…

BH bikes are new to the UK

Charge has this super-shiny chrom Duster 8

Condor is mostly about road bikes, but this team spec ‘crosser is pretty tidy

Exposure Lights won an industry award – cheesy photos all round!

Hope has lopped the front off its Vision One and added an external battery pack and headstrap to make a high-power headtorch – just the job for adventure races

Hope has also got one of its CNC milling machines on its stand so you can see exactly how all those aluminium bits get made

We might be about MTBs here, but you can’t beat a faired recumbent for catching attention

Or, come to that, an unfaired super-low carbon fibre one…

Famous motorbike brand KTM now has a decent-looking range of bikes

Custom graphics from Magura, with World Champs stripes on forks…

…and Marta SL reservoir caps. There’ll be 150 of these brakes available worldwide

London-style fixie style comes to Moulton. It’s a bit of a cheat, though – there’s a Schlumpf two-speed box hidden in the cranks…

Also freshly arrived in the UK are Pivot’s DW-Link bikes

An end to domestic bike-theft misery with Protect-a-Cycle’s heavy-duty store

New Ti-only brand Qoroz seen in the metal for the first time

It’s been a while since Raleigh’s had a convincing high-end bike, but the new aluminium and carbon fibre M-Trax models look good


Satmap is launching its outdoor-specific, OS-map displaying handheld GPS (and associated online route planning software) into the bike market

29er microbrand Singular has a couple of new models, including the very pretty titanium Peregrine

And while we’re doing big wheels, here’s Titus’s steel/carbon fibre Exogrid Fireline, which will take much bigger tyres than this…

Univega is making a return to the UK with an extensive range of bikes

Van Nicholas’s UK-themed Mamtor. Shouldn’t that be two words?

This slightly manic-looking chap is John from Vertebrate Publishing, proudly showing off the company’s latest book – a guide to all of the UK’s trail centres

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