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Scottish Bike Show Part 1

Having previously been to Eurobike I was a bit sceptical of what a bike show at the SECC would offer. Needless to say my scepticism was unfounded as it turns out it was a braw wee affair. It truly has something for all types of cyclists and although nothing like the massive scale of Eurobike it has it’s fair share of interesting new bits and pieces to offer. I will concentrate on the new gravity bikes and gear.

First off, Intrepid Apparel. I first took notice of this new UK brand at their launch at the Champery Worlds last year. This was followed by busy winter getting rave reviews by the cycling press for their products. Built for riders, by riders, seems to be the motto they live by with designer Jason Corbett a fellow gravity enthusiast. Their products are well thought out and made with neat wee touches like lift-pass pocket in the arms. The soft-shell jacket looks the business and the DH top (in black or white) and shorts (black or green) are a rare departure from some of the moto garb that looks like peacock roadkill! Look for a real life test in the future. In the meantime check out www.intrepidapparel.co.uk for more info.

New Intrepid apparel

Next up, a wee bit o’ bling from NYC based Morpheus Cycles. This is their Loki frame and it is built for freeride and general larking around. The linkage tuned rear suspension provides 116mm to 125mm travel depending on settings and at 7.8lbs for frame and air shock should give a nice chuckable feel. Big news for the Downhill riders out there is the development of a DH frame. Apparently the prototypes are due for testing soon and it will feature many new (patented) features. The frame is different from the earlier concept frame that is lurking around tha’ interweb and the two Toms at Roots Cycles (Morpheus importers) were keeping tight lipped. It’ll be interesting to see what comes out.

Morpheus

One of the Distributors showing off their new wares was nrg4. Whilst you may not recognise the name it is worth getting to know their products. As importer of MSC Bikes (think David Vasquez a couple of years back) they were showing off the new an ultra sweet carbon-fibre Blast full-sus (120mm travel). This has many neat features such as Carboflex seatstays that eliminate the need for a rear dropout pivot and also the rather tidy rear brake caliper mount.

MSG Blast

A rather tidy brake caliper mount

If 120mm isn’t enough between your legs (!) MSC also do a 240mm DH bike called the F5. One interesting touch was the headtube gusset on their Il Capo hardtail. Nice!

Something a bit different

Also imported by nrg4 was this rather cool (literally?) body armour from a company called Sixz. With genuine d30 (shock absorbing type stuff that goes hard on impact) pads that can be removed for washing this upper body suit looks a winner. Maybe I should do a future review of the stuff as god knows I crash enough!

New Sixz body armour

Lastly for today, spotted on the Trek/Alpine Bikes stand was Matt Parkinson- a previous Descent-world Factory Racing Rider (back in 2003 if I remember correctly)! Now working for Trek he was showing off the new Slash 9 bike that looks just the bee’s knees for Gravity Enduro and Megavalanche type races. If you want to try one out check out the Demo Day at Glentress next weekend (21st and 22nd April).

The very nice new Trek Slash 9

That’s it for today, I will get another report up soon, and if you are reading this on Saturday and are at a loose end tomorrow you could do a lot worse than getting yourself down to the SECC!

Over and out,
Ian “Big Mac” McIntosh

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