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Cinderella cycling shoes, Tadej's tiny handwriting, a very mini mini pump, tyre lever 2-in-1 + more: The coolest stuff I could find at a bike show

Funky saddles, flashy hubs and fresh kicks! Here's a round-up of all the newest, coolest and quirkiest stuff on show at the Corebike show, a bona fide UK bike industry tradition

Bike shows are an excellent place for getting hands-on with new tech and products previously only seen in mysterious press releases. Here are my personal highlights from the recent Corebike show which showcases over 250 cycling brands. Not all of it is new, but a lot of it is shiny!

Tadej Pogacar has tiny handwriting

2023 DMT KRSL Shoes Pogacar edition yellow tour de france

I've long been a fan of DMT shoes, and Tadej Pogacar clearly is too. For the last few years or so the DMT KRSL has been Pogacar's shoe of choice, and this particular set is of course yellow to commemorate his 2021 Tour De France Victory. They're also signed in tiny tiny handwriting!

> Best road cycling shoes 2023 — get faster with light, stiff shoes

2023 DMT KR0 unwrapped one piece upper

Perhaps more interesting is what the shoes look like unwrapped. The knit construction is a seamless one-piece upper clearly demonstrated by this unstitched KR0 shoe. DMT says that they do this to reduce pressure points and hence improve rider comfort.

This mucky bike didn't even get washed!

Not everything at the show was spotless. Challenge tyres brought along Cameron Mason's Trinity Racing Crux complete with mud and scuffs. Yes, I do now want a pink seatpost and luminous green custom paint... and while we're here, you can check out loads of other cool bikes from the show below.

> CORE! Seven cool bikes from Colnago, Specialized, Orro and more

Challenge was also keen to show off its latest Criterium RS TLR tyres. These are open tubulars and handmade in Italy, and I currently have the 27mm version in for review with my full verdict dropping soon.

Size doesn't matter (apparently)

2023 Schwalbe SOS pump and bike soap

Schwalbe is confident that size doesn't matter with the launch of its new very tiny pump, the SOS mini, which is just 12.9cm long. It's Schrader and Presta compatible, has an RRP of £34.99 and comes with a frame holder, presumably so you don't lose it in the bottom of a jersey pocket...

Schwalbe also showed off 34mm wide Pro One tyres and frame soap (in a tin) as it aims to make bike washing more eco-friendly. It will ship with a horsehair brush, is good for a claimed 100 washes and is made of natural ingredients. (Schwalbe was keen to point out that no horses were harmed in the process). 

Furthering its green credentials, Schwalbe once again promised to be bringing its tyre recycling program to the UK: "I can't give an exact date but it's definitely going to happen", a Schwalbe representative told us. 

Did I miss this Giro shoe colourway?

2023 Giro Empire SLX blue at Corebike

The Giro Empire SLX is by no means a new shoe; in fact, we reviewed it all the way back in 2015. It is still a firm favourite with pro and amateur racers alike though, and somehow this "Harbour blue Ano" slipped past without me noticing. So here it is, in case it slipped by your eagle eyes too!

Cinderella, you shall go to the ball

2023 Supacaz Kazza carbon shoes corebike

Yet more shoes! I've seen plenty of pics of these Supacaz shoes but never got my hands on them in the flesh. These are the Kazze Carbon Road, they retail for $420 and are certainly very bling. The super shiny finish should also prove to be pretty wipeable.

Silver components are seriously on trend

2023 Ritchey silver classic handlebar

Since the Zipp Service Course range of silver components were released back in 2020, silver bars, stems and seat posts are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. It's easy to see why when handlebars such as these Ritchey Classic bars look this good.

> Review: Zipp Service Course Seatpost 2020

They're surprisingly inexpensive too, with these Classic Evo Curve bars with 2 degrees of flare and a choice of widths between 38cm and 44cm priced at £46.99. Now I just need to buy another bike to put them on... #N+1

How can chain lube look this good!?

2023 Peatys chain lube corebike

> Best bike chain lubes 2023— keep your drivetrain happy so it lasts longer

Peaty's win the prize for best-looking chain lube, which is a prize I didn't think I'd be giving out! Top work by the branding team on that one, we'll be getting some in to test to see if it works as well as it looks... 

3D-printing is here to stay

2023 Selle San Marco 3D printed saddle

Who isn't bringing out a 3D-printed saddle these days, Selle San Marco is the latest to join the bandwagon with what must be the most open weave 3we've seen yet. (Can I call it a weave if it's not woven?)

Bling saddles

2023 SDG components saddles

Speaking of saddles, SDG components have some seriously out-there designs. You may not have heard of SDG components if you're a hardcore roadie but, they're well-known in mountain bike circles and have now branched out into gravel with their Bel-Air V3 and Radar saddles. Check them out if you fancy pimping out your gravel bike

Genuinely new bars

2023 Easton ALX handlebars

These Easton bars are genuinely new and were only released a few weeks ago. The new EC90 ALX bars offer 10 degrees of flare, no internal cable routing and are impressively lightweight, 205g in a size 42cm. 

Available in sizes up to 46cm, Easton says that they combine the durability and shape of the Allroad AX line with the low weight and performance of the road focussed SLX components. Is this the ultimate gravel handlebar? We'll endeavour to find out...

Hope Pro 5 hubs - An icon's baby brother

2023 Hope Pro 5 hubs

> The Pro 5 is Hope's next evolution hub

The Hope Pro 4 was many a wheel builder's go-to hub, and a replacement was a long time coming. So what's new? Well, you can read the full press release here, but the short of it is six pawls and springs instead of four, a 54T ratchet replacing the 44T, many more points of engagement, claimed better sealing whilst not increasing drag and larger bearings for increased load capabilities, stiffness and durability... sounds good to us! 

And of course, they're still available in many many colours

The most expensive wheels I could find

2023 Princeton carbonworks alta tactic hubs

Princeton Carbonworks has made a name for itself impressively quickly, with its radical carbon wheels taking the fight to brands with decades of experience. At Corebike I got to spin the Blur/Mach TS combo and they are seriously noisy! Check out our Instagram reel for proof. 

2023 Princeton carbonworks alta 3532 rim bed

Also on show was the new Alta 3532 wheelset. These can weigh as little as 1,094g!!! Partly responsible for this is the solid rim bed construction (which can be thinner due to lack of holes) and eradicates the need for rim tape (yet more weight-saving). This particular set had in-house Tactic hubs. These are seriously good-looking with an almost industrial finish and a contrasting gold freehub body.

I hate washing bikes, but...

2023 GTechniq bike cleaning products

Caring for your bike is important, but washing it can be a faff. GTechniq is most well known for its car care products but has recently launched a whole host of bike cleaning products designed to make your life easier and your bike prettier.

> GTechniq Bike protection

Ok, but can't I just use fairy liquid? Well, apparently this is where I've been going wrong! GTechniq explained that Fairy liquid is designed for breaking down grease, i.e not road grime, and that its products are painstakingly developed specifically for bikes. The ceramic coating should also make future cleaning easier and prevent some of that pesky dirt from sticking. I excused myself before we played spot the difference between microfibre cloths, but I'm seriously looking forwards trying some out some of this bottled science. 

Suvi's favourite jersey

2023 Suvi with assos jersey

> Review: ​Assos Dyora RS Summer SS Jersey

When I finally found Suvi in what was a maze of stalls, she'd found herself her favourite jersey of the show. This is the Assos Dyora RS Jersey S9 Targa, a second skin race fit jersey with a price tag nearly as big as its name - £165. 

One Lezyne to go, please

2023 Lezyne digital floor travel drive pump Corebikeshow

> Best bike pumps 2023 — find the right pressure and inflate your tyres with ease

Travelling with a bike is ever more common, but there is never too much space in the bike bag for anything more than the necessities. Lezyne's £120 travel floor pump is for those travel days, as it packs a punch but takes a lot less space than a full-size floor pump. It impressed us with its quality feel and compact size.

SKS Infinity Universal rear rack

2023 SKS MKI rear rack Corebikeshow

As a response to the resurrection of pannier racks, SKS has brought out this Infinity Universal rear rack that you can quickly attach to any alloy bike, and carry 12kg of cargo on it. The eagle-eyed might notice it has an MKI attachment plate on it which means you can throw on any of the MKI click-bags or baskets. It's not exactly fun, but it is very practical!

Fix your bike with a tyre lever...

2023 Wera tools tyre lever tool corebikeshow

This is a pretty neat and lightweight two-in-one set of tyre levers that makes sure you will have basic hex bits with you at all times (as long as you remember to pack the tyre levers). 

The Wera tool claims to be capable of up to 10Nm of torque and there are seven hex heads included: 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 and a TX25 head. We gave it a quick go and it certainly works, happy days!

Some profanity...

2023 Grant's All-city gravel bike corebikeshow custom topcap

A ridiculously high proportion of the people who work in the bike industry are cyclists themselves, all looking for ways to make their own pride and joys a little bit different. This custom top cap is certainly unique! To check out the road.cc team's bikes see our staff bikes section. 

Which of these products is your favourite? Let us know in the comments section below...

Jamie has been riding bikes since a tender age but really caught the bug for racing and reviewing whilst studying towards a master's in Mechanical engineering at Swansea University. Having graduated, he decided he really quite liked working with bikes and is now a full-time addition to the road.cc team. When not writing about tech news or working on the Youtube channel, you can still find him racing local crits trying to cling on to his cat 2 licence...and missing every break going...

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wtjs | 1 year ago
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Schwalbe also showed off ... frame soap (in a tin) as it aims to make bike washing more eco-friendly

Oh dear! It appears yet again that I am failing to keep up with other cyclists, but my tale of woe may be useful data for some of you. Last night there was a sudden chain derailment and it wouldn't go back on. It transpired that somehow it had escaped the upper flange that keeps the chain correctly on the jockey wheels. I had some rubber gloves and managed to cobble it up to get home in the dark. Today I removed the link and the chain and excavated the incredible black gunk from the jockeys and the chainrings, and the worst of it from the chain. Somehow it had lifted off the chain- I've never let it get this bad before. While I'm waiting to install the new chainrings and cassette, I just allowed it to undergo destruction testing. The chain was far worse that the 0.1 mm/ per link elongation shown by the 'change it now' on the Rohloff tool, and despite all the gunk it was all working silently and well until it came off. It's working well now, but even I am going to give up soon. Sora 9-speed is very tolerant!

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hawkinspeter replied to wtjs | 1 year ago
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Schwalbe also showed off ... frame soap (in a tin) as it aims to make bike washing more eco-friendly

Oh dear! It appears yet again that I am failing to keep up with other cyclists, but my tale of woe may be useful data for some of you. Last night there was a sudden chain derailment and it wouldn't go back on. It transpired that somehow it had escaped the upper flange that keeps the chain correctly on the jockey wheels. I had some rubber gloves and managed to cobble it up to get home in the dark. Today I removed the link and the chain and excavated the incredible black gunk from the jockeys and the chainrings, and the worst of it from the chain. Somehow it had lifted off the chain- I've never let it get this bad before. While I'm waiting to install the new chainrings and cassette, I just allowed it to undergo destruction testing. The chain was far worse that the 0.1 mm/ per link elongation shown by the 'change it now' on the Rohloff tool, and despite all the gunk it was all working silently and well until it came off. It's working well now, but even I am going to give up soon. Sora 9-speed is very tolerant!

I'm horrified!

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ktache replied to wtjs | 1 year ago
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I now wipe the build up of gunk from the jockies, and the chainrings when I wipe down the chain. And the chainrings. The jockies act as a reservoir of filth. It took me a shamefully long time to realise this.

I gave some of that Silca flash wet lube a go. To try and get a little more life out of the Good Bike's drivetrain. Got a week and a half in before I broke the Ti frame. The chain was incredibly clean. And shifting perfectly. You are required to wipe it after every ride mind. First couple of rides are a bit grubby, but then it gets cleaner. And as I say still lubed. Don't have the micro dropper bottle though, so probably put on too much first application.

They suggest a microfibre cloth, and that adds a bit more of a faff, and they work very well, but I'll prewipe with an old clean t shirt to need to wash them less.

Giving the strategy a go on the Getting to Work bike with it's finish line cross country wet. See how long it lasts before squeeking.

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IanGlasgow | 1 year ago
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The Schwalbe SOS Mini at 129mm long is shorter (but fatter and heavier) than my Topeak Ninja P which is an amazingly tiny pump - it fits inside a conventional round seatpost!
Unfortunately the Ninja P is a terrible pump only fit for the direst emergency.

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hawkinspeter replied to IanGlasgow | 1 year ago
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IanGlasgow wrote:

The Schwalbe SOS Mini at 129mm long is shorter (but fatter and heavier) than my Topeak Ninja P which is an amazingly tiny pump - it fits inside a conventional round seatpost!
Unfortunately the Ninja P is a terrible pump only fit for the direst emergency.

EBay has some tiny mini pumps from China - less than 10cm long: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/203850625734

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IanGlasgow replied to hawkinspeter | 1 year ago
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And at 58g they're lighter than my Topeak (62g).
A Chinese mini-pump from eBay, what could possibly go wrong?
Wonder if they're cheaper on Wish?

 

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hawkinspeter replied to IanGlasgow | 1 year ago
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IanGlasgow wrote:

And at 58g they're lighter than my Topeak (62g).
A Chinese mini-pump from eBay, what could possibly go wrong?
Wonder if they're cheaper on Wish?

My curiosity got the better of me and I've ordered one to see if it works. I'm not sure why as I've not used my iPump Twist yet (25.6g): https://www.ipump.jp/product/ipump-twist/

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wtjs replied to hawkinspeter | 1 year ago
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My curiosity got the better of me and I've ordered one to see if it works

I'm afraid we'll all have to face up to the fact that HP has finally flipped- tipped over the edge by all those years of extreme crank-fear where you have come to believe that your next hard push will be your last. So, if you see someone walking along the flat you'll know it's him- either nurturing his cranks or so tortured by indecision as to which hyper-light pump to try first that he didn't bring any of them.

Actually, I hadn't heard of the iPump and this small perfectly formed ultra-tech is very tempting- it's just that I'm better at resisting temptation.

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hawkinspeter replied to wtjs | 1 year ago
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wtjs wrote:

My curiosity got the better of me and I've ordered one to see if it works

I'm afraid we'll all have to face up to the fact that HP has finally flipped- tipped over the edge by all those years of extreme crank-fear where you have come to believe that your next hard push will be your last. So, if you see someone walking along the flat you'll know it's him- either nurturing his cranks or so tortured by indecision as to which hyper-light pump to try first that he didn't bring any of them.

Actually, I hadn't heard of the iPump and this small perfectly formed ultra-tech is very tempting- it's just that I'm better at resisting temptation.

I may have a problem with tiny bike tools

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ejocs | 1 year ago
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irradicates the need for rim tape

Thanks to road.cc, I learned that irradicate is a word. Unfortunately, it doesn't mean what road.cc thinks it means.

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quiff replied to ejocs | 1 year ago
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Thanks for that incite.

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ejocs replied to quiff | 1 year ago
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Your welcome. I hope it doesn't lead to gorilla warfare.

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quiff | 1 year ago
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road.cc wrote:

Ritchey Classic Evo Curve bars - 2 degrees of flair 

Easton EC90 ALX bars offer 10 degrees of flair

You can't measure flair guys.  

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ejocs replied to quiff | 1 year ago
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quiff wrote:
road.cc wrote:

Ritchey Classic Evo Curve bars - 2 degrees of flair 

Easton EC90 ALX bars offer 10 degrees of flair

You can't measure flair guys.  

Sure you can--it's just measured in pieces, not degrees.

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mark1a replied to ejocs | 1 year ago
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I need to talk to you about the new coversheets on your TPS reports...

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Jack Sexty replied to ejocs | 1 year ago
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Spellin erors irradicated, apologees. 

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