IceBike 2016 pt2 | Tech stuff
February 26th, 2016
Cool and interesting Tech we spotted at IceBike 2016
Icebike is the trade and consumer bike show by distributor Madison – who have a huge selection of brands including Shimano, Saracen and Continental. Here is some of the coolest and most interesting tech stuff we spotted at Icebike 2016…
Pro handlebars and stems
The range of Pro bars and stems make some fine kit – including the Atherton range of kit. Great stuff, although other racers have been asking for a non-Atherton branded 800mm bar, so Pro now have the Tharsis 9.8. This £70 bar weighs 330grams, is 800mm wide and has a 20mm rise.
Helpfully it also has cut marks, which are clear and easy to use.
To go along side the Tharsis 9.8 is the all new Tharsis Carbon Trail.
It’s 800mm and has the same dimensions as the alloy bar. It’s available in regular and Di2 compatible – with cable ports integrated for an ultra clean finish. It weighs an impressive 214grams and costs £129.99.
You can store the cable juntion inside the bar, or stem – provided the stem is 65mm or longer. The whole Pro system is very neat, and uses a cool locking collar on the base of the stem to preload headset bearings – much like the old locknut headsets worked.
One of the bikes that drew the most amount of attention at Icebike 2016 was the Genesis bikes Tarn frame.
Made from double butted cromoly, it takes both 27.5+ and 29in wheels. Head angle is 68degrees with a 120mm fork, and the chain stays are a nice long 445mm.
Price on this build is £1899.
One of the World Cup team riders’ Saracen Myst Team DH bikes was on the Saracen stand, absolutely covered in mud – which drew quite a crowd.
Something about a dirty bike just looks right – nice to see a well used race rig!
Finish Line lubes
Finish Line have always made excellent lubes and greases – and the fact so many products in the range have remained the same says a lot about how good the stuff is. The wet lube in particular is one of the best lubes for British riders – it’s just so good in shit conditions. Finish Line also make a really good bike detailer (polish), which can also be used to make carpet slippier than ice, should you fancy pranking a mate…
Thule are the undisputed kings of the roof rack for bicycles, and have some major improvements for 2016.
The ThruRide 565 will be a really popular rack as it works with the bolt through axle on a suspension fork – making for an ultra sturdy set up with no movement.
The ProRide 598 (below) has far bigger wheel straps, and sits in a way that makes the bike easy to load. They are compatible with 27.5+ bikes, and also make longer straps for fat bikes – should you fancy getting a hernia lifting one on to the roof of your motor. The clamp is vastly improved too – there is a hook that makes putting the bike on the rack easier as it can not fall out, and also it dramatically improves security as bikes can’t be wrenched from the rack. The jaws are wider too, and have a soft rubber clamping surface to suit odd tube shapes and carbon fibre tubing. Also at the Thule stand was the best coffee you’ll get at any trade show – served by Roberto Dell’Aquila, who’s one of the worlds best baristas.
If you need coffee at Icebike – you know where to go!
Matte cleaning spray
Owners of swanky matte finish bikes can now buff up their bikes without messing up the matte finish. This spray from White Lightening looks like it should be just the ticket for keeping a pain in the ass matte bike looking good. £9.99. Simples.
DT Swiss have a lot of great wheels, but are making some ultra high end carbon fibre wheelsets for 2016. The XMC 1200 Spline wheels were the ones creating all the fuss though. This £1700 wheel set has a 30mm rim with a 24mm internal size; weighs just 1410grams a pair and come ready for tubeless. We’ll be testing a pair of these soon – so keep an eye out on the site.
They were also showing off their suspension range, which is going big for 2016 with full dealer support, servicing and spares. We’ll be taking an in depth look at their stuff soon!
Gamut racing had a whole bunch of cool stuff on display, including the Podium pedals that we have on test right now. We really like Gamut stuff – it’s neat and well thought out. The Trail XR bash guard is a great idea if you ride technical trails; or have a bike with a low BB. The bash guard allows you to slide over ricks and logs, and weighs virtually nothing. It also looks invisible once on, thanks to the Gamut clear polycarbonate construction.
Gamut also showed off Shimano compatible chainrings – which will please anyone using M9000 cranks as you are otherwise limited in choice of chainrings.
Anything here that takes your fancy?
Let us know in the comments below!