Cycle Show 2010 – stuff we liked.
Partridgisms aside though, our trip to the Cycle Show yesterday has been marred by this morning’s news that the Hotlines show in Brick Lane was burgled last night.
Thieving scumbags made off with amongst other high-end 2011 bikes, the only Lapierre DH Team in the country and the second generation prototype of the Nuke Proof Scalp – be vigilant and contact us if you see either.
The Scalp really was a thing of beauty – this looks like being one of the most important DH bikes in a while. World Cup geometry, a 40lb full build (more weight is scheduled for the chopping board before production) and a price-tag of around £1500 for the frame say it all really.
Also hanging out in trendy Brick Lane was the new Nuke Proof Mega. Scheduled for arrival in shops end of February/early March alongside the Scalp, it offers long-legged alpine geometry and all-round trail-thrashing potential for just under a grand for the frame. Value.
Back at the show itself in Earl’s Court there was the usual glut of new stuff glistening under halogen spots. After experiencing the aggressively air-conditioned ‘we don’t understand what you’re saying’ -ness of Vegas, it was pretty cool to be back at the Cycle and just saying hello to everyone again.
Specialized’s new Evo range looked the business alongside Sam Hill’s Worlds bike and the new production Demo 8. Also making waves was the Upgrade stand with some ultra-pretty new DMR products alongside their new brand, Pivot. I know first-hand how good their bikes are and can’t wait to get a leg over their Phoenix DH bike.
Road legends ‘Super’ Mario Cipollini and Eddie Merckx were in attendance too and signing autographs to long lines of star-struck Lycra types. We just went to the bar with Rob Warner and Martyn Ashton…
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