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Gallery: The best new kit from the Rouleur Classic show

Peter Stuart
5 Nov 2018

Cervelo, Campagnolo and Specialized were all showing off new kit on show at the Rouleur Classic over the weekend

Dozens of cycling brands gathered over the weekend for the Rouleur Classic show at Victoria House in London, showcasing new kit from the top-end of the market.

First to hit our radar was the impressive custom painting of the Bespoke Boutique, showcasing some custom bike painting by FatCreations and some kit design by Artful Kicks.

The Bespoke Boutique was a striking exhibition of new kit, but our attention was drawn more to a nearby showcase of historic kit. Mike Sweatman, creator of Disraeli Gears, used the show to display his vast collection of iconic and famous derailleurs – rarely seen outside of the collection's home in Edinburgh.

We profiled Sweatman back in 2014, and his collection continues to span the great days of SunTour, stylish Simplex friction-shift derailleurs and ancient trail-blazing original designs for the derailleur from the early 20th Century.

 

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Bikes of beauty

Cervelo's new S5, with brand new stem-handlebar assembly was a key attraction at the show. An interesting shift for the brand has seen the S5 go disc-brake only.

Specialized showcased the brand new UCI-rule decimating triathlon Shiv, alongside a Specialized Allez Sprint custom painted by Romance clothing and artist Felipe Pantone.

Home accessories

Perhaps the most intriguing of exhibits on show was the kit intended for the home and not the bike. One such exhibit was the VeloHawk bike storage unit – an electronically locked carbon fibre storage unit intended for expensive bikes in underground parking blocks.

Similarly geared toward wealthy consumers was the Fuoropista indoor smart bike, which costs an eye-watering €14,000.

Head to toes

Fizik showcased their usual range of handsomely coloured shoes, similarly colourful to Giro's shoe range. Fizik also showed off the brand new Arione 00 Versus Evo, with a central carbon channel.

The most innovative helmets on show came from brand new brand Hexo, which has developed an app to 3D scan a rider's skull. From there, the brand prints 3D-prints custom helmet out of hexagonal cells, which it claims outperforms EPS in every scenario.

A variety of other brands – Le Col, Campagnolo and Colnago to name a few – had impressive kit on show, so please peruse our gallery to see the full selection.

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London: 18th and 19th May 2019  
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