More from Core: New Fizik Volta saddle, Ergon, Guy Martin's Rourke bike, Brooks spanner, Nalini shoes, Endura clothing… a glowing pump and lots more!
Core Bike 2014 had plenty to show us. here's another slice of shiny stuff from the halls.
We're still trawling through all the pics we took at the trade shows last week. It takes us a while. Anyway, there was plenty of cool stuff to keep us interested. Here's another big slice from the Core 2014 show.
Hope had Guy Martin's record breaking 112mph speed bike on their stand, as they'd sorted out the wheels and the braking. The bike was built by Rourke and features a step-up transmission to get to the kind of speeds Guy was attempting. That bar at the front is to tow the bike up to a speed it can actually be pedalled at (about 60mph) before releasing using a brake lever on the handlebars.
It's wearing some very large footprint Continental Contact tyres which helped the bike float on the sand during the record-breaking run, and it's nice to see it's still a bit sandy after its exploits.
Selle San Marco showed us this Aspide Superleggera saddle, which weighs in at a guaranteed 109g or less. They're handmade, so they vary a touch depending on how much glue the guy slaps on; the show saddle was 105.4g.
That's very light, especially for a saddle with proper padding (they use the same material as Nike use in the soles of their lightweight running shoes) and a leather cover. It's not just a carbon shell.
The Aspide has a full-length central channel, and there's a bridge in the shell towards the nose to stop the forces of sitting pushing the two sides apart. If you must have light, then this is light and good looking. Cheap it ain't, though: £250 a pop.
Here's a fine thing. The Brooks adjustable spanner is designed as a travel companion, for when you wouldn't normally take an adjustable spanner but might need one. Touring, Auduax and the like, then. It'll do up to 20mm – although 15mm is probably the most you'll need.
It does away with the usual grub screw mechanism by using two toothed racks. Set the size you want and slip the metal sheath over the top and it's set. Brooks wanted to use a leather one, but it wasn't stiff enough to do the job. The tool will cost £30 and comes with a tyre lever at the end of the long half.
Fizik's new saddle is the Volta, which they're calling "a modern take on a classic design" or words to that effect. It looks a bit like the illegitimate offspring of an Arione and a Concor, with a long rear section and scooped sides that cover the rails. It's available in R1 (braided carbon rails) and R3 (K:ium rails) versions.
The Volta uses Fizik's Mobius rail concept which sets the attachment points for the rails at the very tip and rear of the saddle. This is especially important at the rear, they say, where the standard rail ends right underneath the sit bones, meaning the saddle can't flex there.
Canadian brand Axiom had some nice bits and bobs to show us. One of the nice things was this solidly built Annihilateair track pump which is an all-alloy construction with a big gauge on the base, a long hose with lock-on head for presta and schraeder and "deluxe lockdown grips" for comfy pumping. £95 to you, squire.
Also at the Axiom stand was the Streamliner Road DLX rack, a road-bike friendly rear carrier that attaches via your quick release and your brake bolt so any old road bike will do. it's fairly light at a claimed 510g too, a good option for fast touring. It costs £30.
These Rainrunner mudguards from Axiom have a reflective strip along either side for improved visibility after dark. What's more, they come with a fitting kit that allows you to fit them to a bike with no mounts. Assuming they'll go under the brakes...
These little alloy plates go through your quick release and clamp in place giving you a threaded boss to attach the guard too. It makes getting your wheel out a bit more of a faff but at least your backside will be nice and dry. The Rainrunners cost £37.
If you've got a Bianchi you'll want a pair of these Bianchi shoes. They're made by Nalini and based on their Kraken road model, and they'll be available with composite or carbon soles.
Challenge make some quality clincher tyres, using the same high-thread-count carcass that they use for their tubulars. And they make some interesting sizes too: this is the Paris-Roubaix which weighs in at 27mm and a claimed 260g weight. One for the Pavé.
If even 27mm is too narrow for you then how about the 30mm Strada Bianca? Sort of somewhere between a road race tyre and a gravel grinder, which I guess neatly defines the Strade Bianche. It's 360g a wheel, and both tyres retail at £48 each. Not cheap, but they are handmade.
Endura's FS260 Jetstream long-sleeved jersey has been going great guns for the Scottish manufacturer, adding a bit of wind resistance to their popular top. It's now available in women's sizing too, and they're making a short-sleeved version as well to take the sting out of the wind on those not-quite-long-enough-for-sleeves days. It'll retail for £62.99.
Also new from Endura is this Infinity bib short, which has minimal seams, a thing we're seeing more and more of. Just three bits of cloth make up these bibs, and they feature ColdBlack© technology to keep you cooler in the sun. They'll come in this natty presentation box with a wash bag and a tub of chammy cream, and cost you £139.99.
Also: Luminite socks. With reflective thread, and in neon colours. Wear one pink and one yellow and pretend it's 1985 all over again. £19.99 a pair.
Lastly from Endura, we liked this urban long sleeve shirt that's made from a wicking material and has reflective thread woven in for extra visibility after dark. It'll cost £44.99.
Ergon have been working hard on their saddle range. They now have a road saddle, the SR3, and a cyclocross saddle, the SRX3. The road saddle is available in three different widths to match your sit bones (the SRX3 is single width) and both come in three builds with cromoly, titanium or carbon rails.
They're an interesting shape, fairly flat with a kick at the rear to push against, and both feature a recessed central section for, you know, that. Also the rails are attached to the saddle as far forward and backward as possible to allow the shell to flex.
Prices range from £66.99 for the cromoly 'cross seat to £164.99 for the carbon road.
Also from Ergon is the excellent TP1 cleat adjustment thing. You can use it to set up your cleats so they're symmetrical, make minute adjustments (you can use the whole shoe as leverage rather than just the cleat, making small adjustments simpler) and easily set up new cleats exactly like the old ones. You even get a guide to pedal ergonomics thrown in for your £19.99, and it's available for SPD, SPD-SL, Look Kéo and Speedplay.
Whisky are a parts and accessories brand from the same stable as Salsa and All City, and they're advocates of the bolt-through hub for road disc bikes. Hence this: the Whisky No.9 road disc fork, show here on Whittlebury Hall's delightful carpet.
It uses the 15mm axle standard and a post mount disc mount, both of which have alloy inserts although the main structure of the fork is carbon. Whisky also do a No.7 fork that's still disc-compatible but uses a standard QR dropout instead.
Back to Fizik who have also extended their Versus range (the ones with the channel) into Versus X (the ones with the bigger channel) to cater for the perineally challenged. The Aliante, Antares and Arione will all be available as Versus X saddles, with either carbon or K:ium rails
Also fairly new for Fizik is the Cyrano bar and stem system. Like the saddles you can choose from Snake (deep drop, long reach) through Chameleon, to Bull (shallow drop, short reach) depending on your personal physiology.
The bars are available in 00 (carbon, 175g), R1 (carbon, 205g) and R3 (alloy, 245g) builds and the R1 stem comes in lengths from 70mm to 130mm and in 7° and 20° angles.
Here's fun. If you know the Hornit bike horn you'll know it's very loud and urban warrior-y, good for mixing it with traffic. The Mini Hornit is designed for kids but the kids can go fish, because I want one. It'll do Dukes of Hazzard and elephant noises and spaceships and such. And it has a light built in. Perfect for the towpath...
Bib shorts are great, but they're decidedly less great if nature calls and you can't just hunker down and defecate on the nearest New Forest village green. Sorry, back to the point. This set of bibs is called the E-Motion, it's from Polaris and is possibly the worst use of the word 'motion' in cycling gear right nomenclature now, because the bibs are specifically designed to offer ladies easier comfort breaks. As well as being comfy to ride in, of course.
Zips either side of the bibs undo the bottom bit so you don't have to get completely undressed each time you need a wizz. They're a women-specific fit with a 3D gel pad, and RRP is £49.99.
Also new from Polaris is this EVA Pod Plus, a new bike box that'll easily swallow a 29er or an ISP road bike. Polaris had a 64cm road frame inside, with the seatpost still in, so you should be fine unless you ride a Pedersen or something. It's nicely made with a separate wheel compartment, and retails for £324.99.
Lastly from Polaris, more kids' stuff including this lil' yellow jersey that'll be in the shops for £20. Polaris now have a really good range of children's gear in a good spread of sizes. So well done them.
Topeak had some nice things that glow. The first nice thing that glows is this Aero Wedge iGlow, which has translucent piping lit by a red LED in the lid. Given that a seatpack is often competing with a light for space it's a nice idea, although it's not bright enough to completely replace a rear light. RRP is £36.99.
Another thing that glows is the Mini Rocket iGlow pump. You can attach it to the rear of your seatstay and use it like a rear light, then pump your tyre up with it too if you get a flat. It'll also go on the back of your seatpost if you're running enough of it. It's rated to 160psi (assuming you have arms like Robert Förstermann's legs) and will cost you £24.99.
Lastly from Topeak, the Roadie Rack will fit to any bike with a brake bridge at the rear. It attaches to the brake bolt, and two velcro straps fix it to the seatstays; the rack stays are adjustable so you can get it level. It's designed to carry up to 15lbs and it's compatible with the RX system of trunk backs, which clip into the rack. It's not designed to carry panniers. It weighs 450g and will set you back £49.99.
Biologic already make a range of cases for phones, but they're revising them a bit to make them sturdier and easier to mount. This one is for the iPhone 5S.
The mount is now a threaded clamp affair: twist the wheel and those four tabs locate in notches in the side of the case and should stop it bouncing down the road when you hit a pothole.