Another roundup of some of the most interesting products on display at Core Bike Show earlier this week.
A bumper load of photos for you this time, with a new rear shock, 17lb rigid singlespeed, new forks and lots of new wheels and a bit more besides.
Hotlines (importers of Lapierre and Nukeproof) are now looking after Ratio. This is their stunning new 29er carbon fibre hardtail with their own design rigid fork. Weight is a reported 17lb!
Their own handlebar looks a nice bit of kit too.
Cane Creek’s Double Barrel rear shock is a mighty impressive bit of kit. It’s now hitting the shops. Available in air or coil configurations.
Here’s how the internals look. We’ll have a full story on this shock soon, not that it is available.
Talking of Cane Creek, they’ve got these very nice headset spacers. Machined from aluminium, they ‘interlock’ to keep them secure in place.
New Marzocchi Corsa 29’r 29er is in the pipeline, but not quite near production. This is a prototype sample flown over for the show, but it gives a clear indication of the direction the new 29in fork is taking.
The WTB Moto AMS TCS 29in tyre for is designed wet to dry wintery trail conditions. A Dual DNA tyre compound is employed with a 60TPI casing and USE Aramid bead. Weight is 840g.
WTB have revamped their wheel line for 2012. This is the Frequency i23 Team, it costs £44.99 and comes in 26in and 29in guises.
Formula is no longer just a disc brake manufacturer. They’re expanding their horizons with the introduction of a range of wheels, 26in and 29in, and a suspension fork.
The Thirty3 forks, available in black or white (pictured), will cost £699. There’s a 9mm QR option weighing 1443g or a 15mm bolt-thru at 1521g.
Interested in tubular tyres following our feature a while back? Formula’s top-end Volo XC Hyperlight wheelset uses an all-carbon tubular rim laced to the same hubs used throughout the rest of the range. Weight? That’s just 1134g! They’ll cost you dearly however, £2098 for the pair.
The Volo XC Superlight comes in 26in and 29in, and weighs 1344g and 1437 respectively. The 29in wheelset costs £948 the pair and there’s 9mm and 15mm front axle options.
We’re impressed with Formula’s own design hubs, with straight pull spokes.
Many 29er converts are calling out for tougher, stiffer and stronger wheelsets that can withstand punishment, and these new SunRingle Charger Pro’s might be the solution. Costing £499.99, a 28mm rim uses Stan’s No Tubes BST Technology with alloy nipples and double butted straight pull spokes, with 24 laced front and rear. A 26in version is also available.
Looking for a new handlebar? Not sure what colour to get? RaceFace have a nice selection of colours in their Atlas range.
I’m doing a grouptest of wide handlebars and short stems soon, and this Gravity Light stem and carbon bar from FSA looks like a good candidate. The stem sizes from 45mm to 90mm and has a low stack height of 40mm. The carbon riser bar is offered in 710mm and 800mm widths, with the former having a 9° back sweep, 4° up sweep and 15° setback.
This Gravity Light OS carbon bar has a 740mm width, 10° back sweep and 4° up sweep. Weight is just 240g which seems right on the money to us.
French brand Lapierre have been offering this fine looking aluminium 29er for some time. The Pro Race 529 uses a Supreme 6 hydroformed frame with a short tapered headtube, and this Shimano XT, RockShox RC Gold, SRAM Elixir equipped bike costs £1,449.99.
Lynskey’s titanium 29er offering, the Ridgeline 29.