The Cycle Show has become a great place to see lots of new bikes, mainly from British brands, and we've pulled together some highlights from the 2019 show with new bikes from Kinesis, Whyte, Ribble, Shand and many more.
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Kinesis has launched version three of its popular Tripster ATR. It retains the geometry but has a revamped titanium tubeset with a host of subtle details that makes it a very pretty thing to look at.
The head tube has a new profile, the top tube is flattened at this junction before going to a square profile at the seat tube.
The seat stays now straighter and flatter, to increase compliance, and are spread over the seat tube to increase the weld area.
The original Tripster ATR launched before disc brakes became standard, so the new bike gets brand new dropouts designed around 12mm thru-axles and flat-mount callipers. Tyre clearance is 700x45mm and 650x2.1” which Kinesis feels is more than enough for the intended riding this bike is designed for.
Kinesis has finally developed a fork specifically for the frame, with the new Range all-carbon fork with 12mm thru-axles and internal routing.
Another subtle update is the Kinesis logo on the downtube, previously it used to say Tripster. The frame and fork costs £2,200.
If the Tripster ATR is too rich for you, this aluminium Tripster AT costs £2,200 for the complete bike. It’s built around a SRAM Apex 1 groupset with Crosslight wheels and Schwalbe G-One tyres.
Scottish brand Shand has launched the Leveret aimed at commuting cyclists. It’s the company’s first stock bike - most of its bikes are frame only and custom builds - built around a brand new steel frame and a carbon fork. It’s the result of listening to feedback from their customers and building a bike they hope will appeal to existing, and new, customers.
This Shimano Alfine and Gates CDX equipped model will be limited to 100 bikes, with an optional accessory pack including mudguards and racks. The frame and rim logos are reflective for obvious reasons. It'll cost £1,895 and is expected to be available in February 2020.
We’ve previously tested the Whyte Glencoe, an aluminium framed 650b bike with geometry comprising a long top tube and short stem/wide handlebar that greatly impressed when we reviewed it. That bike has now formed the basis for this new Winchelsea, a £3,299 e-bike built around a Fazua motor to provide assistance when you need it most.
Winning award for best display is Ribble Cycles with its brand new cyclocross race bike. It’s the CX SL and it features a full carbon frame and fork with disc brakes and wide tyre clearance.
It may be designed for racing first and foremost, but it has mudguard eyelets so it’s versatile if you want to switch to slick tyres and add ‘guards for weekday commuting.
But if you really want versatile, the CGR is the bike for you. It does gravel/adventure/road/commute and thus are very popular, and come in a wide range of choices from frame materials to wheel sizes. Here are a few examples.
You can have a titanium one...
A carbon fibre one....
Even one with a motor...
This Ribble Adventure Ti looks like a lot of fun!
Here's something a little more traditional, the Endurance 725 which as the name indicates, is made from Reynolds 725 tubing and finished with some traditional looking touches like the Brooks saddle and matching bar tape. I'd ride that.
Not one. Not two. Not three, but four new bikes from Condor Cycles. The Fratello is a touring bike and it represents the Londo-based company’s best-selling model - it’s the rim brake version that sells the most. It’s been offered with disc brakes for a while but it has now been updated to all the current disc brake standards and features brand new thru-axle dropouts.
It’s a Columbus Spirit tubeset with the option of internal electronic routing, using a neat removable guide on the down tube. There’s also a brand new carbon fork with internal routing for a dynamo light. There’s increased tyre clearance, so up to 32mm wide tyres will fit, and that’s with mudguards.
The Barrachi is a carbon fibre model endurance bike that sits below the range-topping Leggero race bike. It’s a handmade Italian carbon frame and is designed around disc brakes and space for up to 30mm tyres. The frameset costs £2,700.
Way back in 2010 the Super Acciaio was one of the first of a new generation steel race bikes, developed with top racer Dan Craven, and helped spawn a whole generation of high-performance steel road bikes designed to keep pace with carbon race bikes.
It’s available with disc brakes and the Columbus Spirit HSS tubeset has a lovely new polka dot paint job, new CNC machined dropouts and full internal routing for electronic groupsets.
It won’t have escaped your attention that gravel is big right now. The Bivio Gravel, first launched in 2017, enters its second generation with a host of changes. It’s a Columbus steel frame with a new carbon fork and space for up to 42mm tyres, with compatibility with fashionable 650b wheels. There’s also a new thru-axle dropout, the same as on the Fratello, and modular internal and external cable routing.
Halifax-based Orange Bikes are showing the RX9 RS road bike. It’s an aluminium frame with a carbon fork and comes with Shimano’s latest GRX 1x11 gravel groupset. The bike has clearance for 700x42 or 650x47 tyres, so it's really much more than just a pure road bike, and it takes mudguards
Then there is the new X9 Pro, the company’s gravel and adventure bike. It’s built around a custom-butted 6061 aluminium frame with Fox AX 40mm suspension fork and clearance for up to 40mm tyres.
Do gravel bikes need suspension or is it a step too far?
We’ve tested a few road bikes from British titanium specialists J.LAverack over the years, and always been impressed with the performance and the appearance. They’ve now added a gravel bike to their range called, quite appropriately, the GRIT. It costs £2,500 for the frameset and complete builds from £4,320.
There was a lot of Shimano GRX, the company's new gravel and adventure groupset, on bikes at the show. Aside from the choice of 1x or 2x and increased range, the brake lever hoods are the biggest departure from the norm.
J.Laverack was also showing a new head tube with the cable routing passing right through the front of the tube. It looks very clean and we’ve not seen anything quite like this before. It's also compatible with dynamo routing, as you can see in the picture.
Which leads us to this. It has developed its own seatpost with an integrated dynamo powered rear light. The light affixes to the carbon post and the cable is internally routed, dropping down the seat tube and along the down tube. It avoids drilling a hole in the frame which it was doing previously.
There’s no shortage of wheel brands at the moment, but Sector stands out due to its use of Textreme Innegra in its latest wheels. Innegra is a spread tow carbon fibre we’ve seen used in bike frames before (Felt and Orro) but to our knowledge, this is the first time it’s been used in a wheel.
Sector wheels are developed by the same people responsible for Kinesis and DMR Bikes and have been doing Sector wheels for a couple of years. This brand new wheel came about after working closely with Paul Lew, and it recently launched a mountain bike wheel using this latest tech, and has added this gravel wheelset to its expanding range.
The finish on the rims is the actual carbon, it’s not as I initially thought a graphic wrap over the top of the carbon. What do you think of it? It’s different.
This Innegra material is claimed to provide an enhanced ride feel due to increased compliance and impact resistance. It’ll be available as a wheelset in 700c size for £1,100. We’ll have a much closer look at these wheels soon and definitely plan to get a ride on them to see how they perform.
The iconic Brompton is best known for commuting, dashing from train station to the office, but its new Explore range is intended to show the capability of the iconic small-wheeled folding bike for exploring further afield.
It has launched this special edition model costing £1,525 and there are brand new bags for carrying the sort of luggage you’ll need on a small-wheeled adventure.
Just a reminder of how compact a folded Brompton is.
This Race Vox is the newest model from Swift, a company first launched in 2008 and based in South Africa. It’s now based in Portugal following an ownership change a couple of years ago and has a focused range of four bikes with the Race Vox a new performance model.
Interesting details to note include the concave down tube to minimise drag around the water bottle, and full internal cable routing at the front with their own handlebar and stem. Internal routing with electronic wires is much easier than mechanical gear cables, but the company says it’s even offering internal routing right down to 105 level with gear cables, using a different handlebar and stem.
The fastest bike on show? It has to be the Tour de France winning Pinarello Dogma F12 belonging to Egan Bernal right? It’s definitely the most yellow bike on display.
It’s a Dogma F12 equipped with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and Dura-Ace carbon wheels (the Lightweight wheels were only used on mountain stages) and the partner sponsors have pulled out the stops with yellow components, including the bar tape and saddle.
Not to be outdone, Cannondale’s funky SuperX is tagged the “Boss of ‘Cross” and with a paint job like this, who are we to argue? It costs £2,999 with a SRAM Force 1 groupset.
Digital splatter somebody called it. Nice.
The Bad Boy is still kicking about in Cannondale's range, a super fun looking commuting bike with the distinctive Lefty rigid fork for getting all the comments off random people.
Hope has a lovely new RX aluminium crankset for gravel and adventure bikes. It weighs just 510g thanks to a clever CNC bonded design - the two halves of the crank arm are CNC machined then glued together basically. It'll be compatible with 1x and 2x chainrings. More info over at off.road.cc here.
Trends at the Cycle Show? Gravel bikes and disc brakes. This Pinarello Grevil+ is quite the bike, big on price (£9,500) and stealth of appearance. Are you digging it?
Rim brakes ain't dead
There were obviously lots of disc brakes on display, but we spotted some rim brakes so it's not all over just yet.
Here's one from Ribble.
And one from Swift.
We’ll have more highlights from the Cycle Show soon…
David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. 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, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.