The 2017 Cycle Show opens its doors to the public this Friday with top bikes and kit for you delectation and some of cycling's biggest stars will be there too with Vincenzo Nibali will be opening the Show on Sunday September 24, and Eddy Merckx will be in attendance too. The undoubted stars though will be the cool new bikes and products on display, so to whet your appetite here’s a taste of what you can expect to see.
We don’t want to give it all away though, you’ll need to visit the show to see it all yourself. And if you are planning to go well you can enjoy a discount on us. Just use the code ROADCC when you pay for your tickets online and enjoy a 10% discount. Every little helps.
Reap Bikes launch UK-made tri bike
There have been a few successful, and a few failed, attempts at UK-made carbon fibre bicycles over the years, and another company hoping to make a good go of it is Reap Bikes. It has developed this triathlon bike (we say tri because it falls foul of all UCI time trial rules) that has a bit of the new Cervelo P5X about it. But no disc brakes on this one.
The company boldly tells us: “We believe in challenging the status-quo of bike manufacturer in the search for ultimate speed. We set out, purely, to produce the fastest bike possible, utilising leading minds in bicycle aerodynamics, design and performance biomechanics. We have produced a bike that has tested faster than the leading Triathlon bike on the market.”
It adds: “Our bike has been 100% Designed, Developed and Manufactured in the UK and will be exclusively available for pre-order at the NEC Cycle Show, with pricing to be confirmed on our social media within the next week. We will also have our UK-made road bike on show as well which will be launched early next year.”
As well as that, there'll also be a road bike unveiled at the show as well. Can't wait to see what that one looks like. Will it have wings?
Shand Cycles to launch new Tam adventure bike
Shand Cycles has become popular with adventure cyclists and for the Cycle Show the Scottish company has lined up the first showing of its all-new Tam. Unfortunately, we don’t have any pictures to show you, so you really will have to head to the show to see it for yourself.
The only pic we do have is this one, of sponsored rider Lee Craigie riding a prototype around Peru following the Tour Divide ride she took part in. Doesn't give much away though does it?
Shand’s Russell tells us the new bike aimed more at longer distance expedition riding, so expect a very tough bike packed full of versatility. It’s designed around 700c wheels with a Rohloff Speedhub and belt drive, but if that’s too controversial for your tastes a conventional derailleur version will be available.
Elephant Bikes recycle old Royal Mail bikes
UK charity Elephant Bikes restores British postal bikes and makes them as good as new again. As you probably know, the Royal Mail phased out bicycles a few years ago so the charity set about rescuing the bikes from their journey to the landfill and with a bit of spit and polish they are given a second lease of life.
There’s a healthy number of British brands at the Cycle Show, and Whyte will be showing its Wessex. It’s a carbon fibre endurance bike with wide tubeless tyres and disc brakes, with space for mudguards, and it’s a combination we really liked when we reviewed it. You can see it at the Cycle Show.
Genesis to show new 2018 range including Fugio 650b road bike
Liked the look of the new Genesis Bikes we showed you the other day? They’ll all be on display at the Cycle Show, including the all-new Fugio 650b adventure road bike.
There’ll be the updated Equilibrium Disc, the all-new Volare Disc, Datum, Tour de Fer, Zero and Zero Disc. Lots to look forward to then.
Look at this lightweight Look 785 Huez RS road bike
French brand Look will have its super light 730g 785 Huez RS road bike for you to ogle over. While some brands are chasing aerodynamics or stiffness, Look has gone all out to make the lightest bike it can. As well as the low weight for the frame, the fork comes in at just 280g.
See the Kinesis Tripster AT and all-new Aithein Evo bikes
Liked the sound of the new Tripster AT adventure bike from Kinesis Bikes in our recent review? Head to the Cycle Show and you can see it for yourself, plus a few other interesting highlights from the new 2018 range.
Including this, the all-new Aithein Evo aluminium road race bike. Almost forgot about that one, didn’t we? We spotted it at Eurobike out the back of a car park… and it’ll take pride of place on the British company’s stand, the first time it’s been seen anywhere in the UK, that we know of anyway.
New GPS computers from Garmin and Xplova
The Cycle Show will be the first UK showing of the brand new Garmin Edge 1030, the company’s flagship GPS computer receiving a host of new features, including a bigger screen and longer battery life. You can read all the nitty gritty on the new Edge 1030 here.
Not to be outdone, Xplova will be unveiling its brand new X5Evo, a GPS computer with a video camera integrated into the front panel. Record distance and speed and other data metrics and auto upload to Strava, full compatibility with ANT+ and Bluetooth sensors, and full turn-by-turn navigation and mapping facilities.
Ekoi jersey that lets you tan without burning
A bit late for this summer perhaps, but if you’re planning any cycling trips abroad, you might want to check out Ekoi’s interesting new Solair jersey. It’s designed to block out harmful rays but let the good ones in, so you still get a tan without burning. Hmm…
Lumos hemet with integrated lights
The Lumos launched via a Kickstarter campaign a couple of years ago, and the company will be showing its novel helmet that packs front and rear integrated LED lights for extra road visibility at the show. The company says the triangular shape of the back lights makes it easier for other road users to gauge their distance to you.
There are a few tricks up its sleeve. It can provide turn signals, has an automatic brake light, wireless remote control, has a rechargeable battery and is weatherproof.
Chia Charge energy bars
Yorkshire-based Chia Charge will be showing its range of homemade flapjacks that are designed to be moist and easy to eat and ideal for long distance rides. The key ingredient, Chia seeds which the company says offers good nutritional value and packs flavour into the bar.
Remove the chain lube hassle with the Flaer Via auto lube system
If you want an easy way to lube your chain on the move, the Flaer Via is an automatic chain lubing system. You can read our review here and see it at the show.
If you’re into mountain biking, you might be interested in the new Revo Terra, a version designed for mountain bikes. It uses a specially developed lube that claims to “reduce the build-up of dirt in your transmission making it significantly cleaner, smoother, quieter and more efficient.”
Limar Ultralight Lux 200g helmet launching
Want to see one of the lightest helmets in the world? Limar will be launching its new Ultralight Lux, which at 200g isn’t quite as light as the even lighter Ultralight+, but this is the version worn by Astana at the Tour and Vuelta this year.
Giro's new knitted shoes
Yes, you read that right, Giro has developed knitted shoes and you can see them for the first time anywhere at the Cycle Show. They’re called the Xnetic Knit and are said to offer sock-like comfort thanks to a supple and breathable upper. An internal thermoplastic polyurethane skeleton provides the necessary structure that the knitted material can’t provide. A DWR treatment protects them from road spray and mud.
Check out Team Sky’s new Kask Valegro helmet
The new Kask Valegro helmet as worn by Team Sky this season will be available for inspection at the show. It’s more ventilated than the aero Protone, thanks to a 36 vents, and is lighter with a claimed weight of 180g, making it one of the lightest helmets you can currently lay your hands on.
New Miche Graff gravel wheelset to launch at the Cycle Show
Miche will unveil its brand new Graff gravel-specific wheelset at the show. It features a 25mm deep aluminium clincher rim with an asymmetric design to boost strength whilst keeping the weight low. The hubs are forged and CNC machined and roll on EZO bearings and use Shimano’s Centre Lock disc rotor mounting standard, and full compatibility with the various axle standards in play at the moment.
The wheels are designed to be run with between 28 and 42mm tyres and will cost £399.
Starley goes stainless
Starley will present its brand new Stainless Steel frame, hand built in the UK. We don’t know much more than that at this stage, so we’ll definitely be making a beeline for the company’s stand at the show. And so should you.
Tifosi to show new range of bikes
British bike brand Tifosi will be unleashing a new range of bikes, all completely updated for the new season with a greater choice of paint finishes, specification and more disc brake versions as well.
Centre stage will be the Cavazzo gravel and adventure bike, a bike which the company is keen to demonstrate, with the above image, is highly versatile and can be thrown into any sort of riding with a few equipment changes.
See the new Van Nicholas Yukon Disc and Skeiron Disc
Dutch titanium specialists are stalwarts of the Cycle Show and this year they’ll be showing the brand new Skeiron Disc, a new performance focused disc-equipped bike packed with smart details. And launched just last month is the Yukon Disc, an endurance bike with space for up to 35mm tyres and fittings for racks and mudguards (of which the company is working on its own) that has all the right credentials for being an ideal UK four season bike.
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David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.