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The Cycle Show NEC Birmingham

By BMXTalk Roving Reporter Jake

Words & Images by Jake Elkin

At first glance, it seemed that the only BMX bits at the Cycle Show were the bikes from GT, Identiti, and some kids street bikes from Rooster. However, looking around the whole show, there are a few other bits and pieces as well as plenty of crossover bits from the MTB world.

 

GT had their 2017 pro and expert bikes on display, with an alloy frame, mostly GT branded components, a Box saddle, Tektro brakes as found on a large proportion of bikes in this price range and Tioga Power Block tyres. List price is given as £479.99 – £499.99. they also had some street bikes and 16″ options.

 

The bike on display from Identiti was the more high end Krisis frame, decked out with Renthal bars, Halo rims, Gussett chain set and the HT pedals as ridden by the BMX Talk race team, all in the fluro yellow that lets you know it’s an Identiti.

Hidden in the Coyote stand (amongst a solid tyre offering that isn’t yet in BMX sizes) is a range from Skyway, featuring mag wheels, brake blocks and grips, which will give a great look to that retro build you’ve got your eye on, with having to fork out for NOS parts to keep it genuine.

 

There were helmtets on show from TSG, Giro, Bell and Bluegrass, though there didn’t apear to be much in the line of body armour.

the main products for cross over from MTB are grips and pedals, with clip and flats to be seen by HT components, and DMR Bikes, and clip only options from Time and Look, which interestingly have different cages you can select (and buy) separately from the pedal body, allowing either the bare pedal body, or the extra support to be added as you wish to which ever level of pedal you select

there were various grips about the place from brands such as Hope, BMR Bikes and Ergon, probably the most interesting is Imprint Grips. The imprint product comes as what looks like a smooth rubber grip, but after two minutes in hot water, it can be moulded to your own hand shape to create a grip tailored to your hand. Imprint have also passed us a pair for review.

A few other probably less obvious cross overs were kid’s mountain bike clothes from ShredXS, A hydraulic replacement for V Brakes from Magura, and 4iiii power meters which seem to work in the same way as the Stages power meter, with a small part attached to the left crank arm. It’s not currently offered on any BMX components, but they will fit the device to any crank you supply for a price of $399 should you need to know what wattage you’re delivering on the gate.

 

so while the BMX specifics are as always slim, there’s plenty to see, particularly if you top up your fitness on the road or mountain bikes.

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