A few days ago we published a gallery of quick photos from the London Bike Show that was held last week. The show itself was HUGE, and so we didn’t get a chance to talk to every brand and company that was represented, but we did get to talk to most of them that are important to the adventure cyclist thankfully!
We love the folks, and kit, that come from this UK company. They had a tipi, bivi, and full range of bikes and luggage on display. Slightly difficult being right next to the bike jumping course because of the crazy loud music from there, but a great display nevertheless. We still love the Camino Ti, but the added Aluminium model brings the entry price point much lower down the price scale. It really would be hard to go wrong with Alpkit bikes and kit.
We had a great, although quick, discussion with the Boardman marketing exec about how to appeal to more female cyclists. Our readership is 80% male, and the Boardman folks reflected roughly the same split. Bizarre given that there are fewer genres of cycling that would appear to be undertaken by a larger than normal female contingent!
Not much there from Brother, very very sadly, but we did see this amazing Kepler Stealth Disc for a quite amazing price!
Again, perhaps a fair bit focused on the Strava KOM/QOM hunters out there, but they did have this Inflite AL SLX on their stand.
Same UK distributor as Cannondale, and seemingly more focused on adventure with the GT brand as they had a number of Grade’s on show with varying levels of kit. Have to say, they look quite purposeful, with very nice paint schemes this year and very smooth lines…
We’d begun to think that the Focus Paralane was just a rumour! But no, they actually had one on the stand at the show, and have promised to ‘work something out’ and get us one sent over as soon as possible for a test!
If you want durability then you can’t go very wrong with Hope… I am told there will be a range of adventure focused components released over the coming year..
One of the most impressive stands at the show, Kona brought everything but the kitchen sink I think, and we’re glad they did. Much adventure goodness on show…
Great chatting to the Orange guys. It’s clear that they are aware of the burgeoning market for adventure focused bikes, so expect some more from them in the near future. The two bikes they had on show looked pretty gorgeous to us…
Probably the highlight of our time at the show. Shand were sharing their stand with Rohloff and had a couple of bikes fitted with Rohloff hubs in fact. The bikes, a Stooshie and Stoater, fitted with a Rohloff hub and belt drive, looked deliciously clean lined, and with the vivid paint schemes on show made for a very tempting package indeed. We’re hoping to get some time with an example soon.
Did you go to the show? Let us know if you saw anything that caught your eye!