The 2016 London Bike Show returns to ExCeL London on 11-14th February and to provide a little taste of what you can expect to see if you do decide to attend, here are six standout bikes that will be on display from Cannondale, Cervelo, Giant, Boardman, Pure Fix and Mango Bikes.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. The four-day event will be hosting hundreds of interesting bicycle brands, from bike manufacturers to clothing firms. There’ll be other stuff to do besides ogling the shiniest new bikes, such as an indoor test track to try a new bike out on, a street velodrome, a pump track race and world class mountain bikers competing in the Air to the Throne freestyle competition.
The brand new Cervélo C5
The London Bike Show will be the first opportunity to check out the brand new Cervélo C5, the Canadian company’s new endurace disc road bike.
The new bike is packed with modern details. There are disc brakes, thru-axles, flat mount disc tabs, hidden mudguard mounts, and space for up to 32mm tyres. It looks from those details to fall somewhere between an endurance bike like the Cannondale Synapse and a gravel bike like the Jamis Renegade.
You can read more about the new bike here and you can see the bike on the TriUK stand.
Boardman Elite Air 9.9 with SRAM eTap
We’ve just reviewed the Boardman Elite Air 9.2, and loved it, and at the London Bike Show you’ll be able to see the range-topping Air 9.9 model, fitted with the brand new SRAM eTap wireless groupset.
The updated Elite Air features a front brake integrated into the fork, and the rear is hidden away under the chainstays, and new AST (Aero Surface Trip) Technology comprises carefully placed strips on the frame that is said to reduce drag by as much as 6 watts.
It’s not all super expensive bling bikes that nobody can afford at the London Bike Show. Let’s bring things back down to earth. The Synapse, introduced a couple of years ago and developed to provide a comfortable ride that smooths out rough roads, is available at a wide range of prices. This Shimano 105 model is a good example of just how good a bike you can get for a grand and a half, with a full carbon fibre frame and fork with 25mm Schwalbe tyres.
Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2
Born from a similar endurance mould to the Synapse, the Giant Defy is a really good looking bike. The carbon fibre Defy models are only available with disc brakes, and they complement the sort of riding - long distance rides, sportives, club runs - really well. It’s a bit more expensive than the Synapse but you do get an upgrade Ultegra groupset and 30mm aero aluminium wheels.
More info on the Defy Advanced Pro 2 here
Pure Fix Cycles Glow Bike
You might never have heard of this company before, but Pure Fix, started in the US six years ago, specialises in singlespeed and fixed wheel urban bikes with a focus on affordability and customisation. Its novel Glove Bike series, which will debut at the London Bike Show, features solar-activated glow-in-the-dark paint on the frame and wheels, to ensure you stand out on the dark city streets.
Mango Bikes will be bringing its brand new Point AR, a disc-equipped gravel bike, to the London Bike Show. It’ll have the full range of bikes on display, with models priced from £550 up to £750. The new bike expands the riding capability of its original Point R, with space for wider tyres so you can explore gravel and dirt tracks, and disc brakes for extra control in all weather.
Read our first ride of the Point AR here
For more information on the London Bike Show 2016 head to the website here http://thelondonbikeshow.co.uk/
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.