More of what you can expect to see at Whittlebury Hall in a few days time...

CORE BIKE GUIDE: Hope, Hotlines, Upgrade, Ison, Extra

Core Bike kicks off on Sunday. Here’s some of what you can expect to see at the trade-only show:

The latest from the British manufacturer includes the Hope Tech Enduro, built with the Pro 2 EVO hubs in either straight pull or standard spokes. Available in 26, 27.5 and 29-inches, the wheels’ strength is down to triple cavity construction, which also keeps the weight low. Tubeless compatible, the complete wheel weights start at 911g for a front and 1,020g for a rear. The wheels are of course machine built and hand finished in Barnoldswick. And that’s just a fraction of the Hope offering, head to their stand to see the rest of it.

Need to know
Venue: Whittlebury Hall, Northants

Opening times:
Sunday 25th Jan 09.00 – 17.00
Monday 26th Jan 09.00 – 17.00
Tuesday 27th Jan 09.00 – 17.00
Wednesday 28th Jan 09.00 – 13.00
Designated Press day: Tuesday (dealers also welcome)

For general enquiries please contact the Max Bikes PR team on 0044 7891 951 055 or email

There is more to read on Core Bike 2015 here on

Lapierre’s new aero road bike, the Aircode, has been built for competition, tested and approved by Team’s test riders. Dealers will have chance to see the Aircode Ultimate Red at the show, a model that graces the custom build feature offered by Lapierre Ultimate programme.

Leatt’s burgeoning helmet range will be represented with the DBX 5.0, sporting 360 Turbine Technology to protect the head and brain, placing a visco-elastic material formed into an energy displacing button between the head and EPS liner. Show attendees will also be able to see the new top of the line Gaerne road shoe, the G.STILO (£349.99) and Lynskey’s revamped 2015 titanium frames, now using a tapered head tube on the popular Sport level frames.

Upgrade Bikes
The all MTB ultimate Axe crank has the strength for the biggest DH hits combined with the weight of a race-ready enduro crank. Using Hollowform arms and a 30mm axle it combines stiffness and that aforementioned strength without incurring a weight penalty (at 890g for the arms, BB, ring and hardware). RRP is £249.99.

Joining the Axe at Core Bike is the Stage1 Seat, aimed at the all-mountain and aggressive trail markets. It also uses the RiderSaver system so tubes can be attached. Retailing at £49.99, the lower profile shape allows for easy weight shifting and the blunt nose provides more climbing space for riders. 

Visiting the Upgrade stand also affords you the chance to check out the Zone 27.5 and 26 wheelsets. Wide, light, tough and tubeless ready, the rims are built with double butted spokes and onto the classic lightweight DMR hubs. The Zone wheel is aimed at the rider who wants a wheelset to last all season long and survive the dings and flat landings that riding hard and at speed brings. RRP is £349.99. For more details you know where to go.

There are new brand signings for Ison at Core, including Siberian fat bike maker Sarma, which prides itself on accessibility and advanced carbon fibre components. Also at Whittlebury will be HT Pedals, now producing pedals under its own name and featuring a new proprietary cleat system – HT has released the new HT-X1 dipless pedal that offers float with adjustable tension. The range includes alloy and composite road and MTB pedals.

Apidura’s ultralight rackless packing systems unencumber the touring rider by neatly distributing packing systems to optimise handling. The brand’s handlebar, top tube, frame mounted and rear saddle bags will be at Core. Gloworms’s New Zealand designed light, featuring Intelligent Mode Tech, will appear alongside Duck Smart’s cleaning line-up and Cinq5’s innovating product line-up. Look out for Banshee Bikes, MRP, Whisky Parts Co, Mucky Nutz and All-City too.

Extra UK
Ergon has some stylish packs joining its range in 2015 designed for enduro and all-MTB riding. Two packs – the BE1 Enduro and the larger BE2 Enduro – are being added to the line. The BE1 is Ergon’s first completely focused race pack for the gravity obsessed, developed with DH legend Fabien Barel.

Crankbrothers’ Mallet DH Race pedals hit the DH and gravity enduro market and are now available in black. The open design means they’re not too shabby at shedding mud and four-sided entry allows for clipping in by pushing forward or pulling backwards on the pedal.

Onto bikes and the Skylon, new for Time in 2015, offers 30 per cent more rigidity than the previous ZXRS model. It is available with new Aktiv vibration-damping technology to neutralise vibrations from the road for a smoother ride.

And then there’s Clif Bar, with its full range of flavours in Clif Bars, Builders Protein Bars, Shot Bloks and Shot Gels, with samples a plenty.

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