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London Cycle Show -
London, UK, October 5-8, 2006
Part 3 - Oct 5-8: The bikes from Little Britain
By Ben Atkins
Condor is Londons best loved bike shop and have been producing frames since 1948. A great many of their frames are built up as fixies, either for the track or for getting around town - something that 'courier chic' has led to a great increase of.
Most of their frames get new paint and colour schemes for 2007, the most striking of which is their new-look top of the line carbon fibre Baracchi. It now comes with striking chequered pattern carbon and the seat and down tubes are decorated with silver grey graphics, which, when viewed up close can be identified as the profiles of all of the Etapes du Tour. No prizes for guessing to whom this frame is being marketed!
A new name in British bikes is Pinnacle. They presented a variety of frames at different levels, the most striking of which was the carbon and aluminium Aeos.
British design and Taiwanese manufacture are presented once again by Kenesis. Finally, after two years of development, they present a full carbon road frame. The one on display at the show though was still a prototype and was not fully built up. The frame will be in full production for 2007.
Kenesis also presented a new top of the line mountainbike frame - the Maxlight XC120. The frame is manufactured from hydroformed Kinesium and is designed for long travel forks of between 100 and 130 mm. It comes in a variety of colours including a very attractive Mocha.
Cy Turner has expanded his range considerably for 2007. He has finally given in to pressure and produced a single speed frame - the Simple. Also new in the MTB range is a freeride frame, the B Fe (pronounced beefy). Both are built with the same long-travel fork geometry as the existing Soul and Soda frames, both made from Reynolds 853 - the B Fe features some pretty sturdy gusseting.
Cy was also presenting his new urban road frame - the Roadrat. This frame was develped because Cy was fed up with having to ride his mountainbike in town and wanted to develop something faster that would still be a familiar ride. What he created was a frame for 700c wheels, but with mounainbike geometry. It can take disc or cantilever brakes, drop or flat bars, and can be built as either single or multiple gears - it can even be a fixie.
Sigmas most striking new frame is the Kronos 2, a new version of their time trial frame. The full carbon frame now features an aero seat post and is lighter and stiffer than their existing frame. They also presented new colour schemes for their team issue Nemesis. It is now available in Sigma Sport team colours - to match your Sigma team kit! - as ridden by former British Champ Matt Stevens in the British Premier Calendar.
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Images by Gerry McManus/www.gerrymcmanus.co.uk