Clearly the London Bike Show has benefited from the autumn Cycle Show upping sticks and moving to the NEC, leaving it as the only show in the capital. ExCel's not exactly central, but it's still clearly in the realms of "just popping in" for London dwellers. The Cycle Show isn't any more, and you need a seriously big and impressive show to make a day trip to the NEC feel worthwhile.
But enough rambling, here's some bikes and stuff. I was mainly there to chat, so this isn't exactly an exhaustive selection, more of a handful of random things that caught my eye:
|There's now also a 29in version of the Titus El Guapo all-mountain bike. Big wheeled long travel is still a bit controversial, this one looks worth a go though.|
|Whyte's getting in on the 29er act too -- here's the 29C, with UK-friendly tyre clearance. £1999 as pictured.|
|And Intense, they've got one too. The swoop is strong here.|
|Trek devoted its stand space to the Project One custom bike programme -- choose paint patterns, colours, bar tape, tyres, other stuff. 56 million combinations, apparently.|
|CNC trinketry from Hope -- super-thin flat pedals will be on sale soon.|
|Hope's targetting trail runners and adventure racers with this headtorch incarnation of its compact R4 light.|