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Gallery: Core Bike 2019 best bits

Joe Robinson
30 Jan 2019

Some of the best tech and kit from Core Bike 2019. Photos: Rob Milton

Cyclist's recent trip to Core Bike produced more than just the gallery of new bikes for us to feast our eyes upon. There was also a whole host of kit, components and accessories on show that we managed to capture too.  

For those who are unaware, Core Bike is one of the UK's biggest trade shows giving the opportunity to over 250 brands to showcase 1,000s of products to bike retailers and the cycling media alike. 

Chief among the products on show was a clear market drive towards riding off-road. It seems with every week a brand most known for its work in road cycling starts to dabble in the world of gravel and adventure. For example, Catlike which now produces a peaked helmet for those off-road rambles.

It was also quite clear that brands are becoming more fluid with colour choices as we saw a much wider use of blues, greens and fluorescent pink in not just jerseys and helmets but also on bikes and components. 

With the new Neo Bike Smart, Tacx seems to be taking on Wattbike at its own game. It's taken the technology from the standard Neo Smart and transformed into a set-up much more similar to your bike.

With the same 1% accuracy as the smart trainer, just now with a set-up that doesn't involve fitting your own bike to a turbo. There is also the option of fitting your own saddle and handlebars for a more familiar feeling, too.

The Blackburn Big Switch contains three torx bits, five allen key bits, a flathead screwdriver, a chain breaker and a Presta valve core tool. All neatly packaged in a wrap that fits in the palm of my hand and will slot comfortably into any jersey pocket.

The closest thing you'll get to a toolbox while out riding at the weekend.

We spotted a pair of Fizik's brand new entry-level Tempo Powerstrap R5 shoes just this time with a carbon sole. 

Expect this to be of slightly higher price due to the carbon sole although expect a lighter, more rigid shoe that produces a more even and efficient power transfer.

We still struggle to understand how Abus, a company known best for home security systems and padlocks, wandered into the world of road cycling helmet production.

We dig it, nonetheless, especially as Abus has decided to take a rather colourful approach to its Airbreaker helmet with the option of pink, light blue and fluro yellow.

Over-sized jockey wheels look really good on the right bike, we think. Make the bike look meaner and much faster. Yes, they cost a lot of money - over £1,000 in some cases - but we still think they look good.

My favourite product was this little light from Knog called 'Knog Plus'. It comes as both front and rear, is wearable thanks to a sliding clip, can affix to the bike with a rubber attachment, recharges via USB directly from the light and packs a solid 20 lumens.

A smart piece of kit that could get you out of a lot of trouble.

A digital micro-floor pump from Lezyne that we reckon is just about small enough to fit in a back pocket when riding. 

Perfect for those untimely punctures when miles from home.

Another day, another set of sunglasses from Oakley. This time they are called the Sutro. They pay homage to Oakley's original eyeshades from way back in the 1980s.

They continue the tradition of big is beautiful and will also come in the ever-popular Prizm lens.

Here, there, everywhere. We saw Campagnolo Super Record and Record on almost every bike on show proving that the world has truly embraced that extra gear, or at least the industry has.

We look forward to the launch of 12 speed EPS which we hope will happen very soon.

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