Last weekend, the first Tweedlove Mega Demo kicked off in fine form. With over 20 brands, 65 exhibitors, and hundreds of demo bikes released to the bike mad public, the hills were ringing with the sound of squealing brakes and excited chatter. With all the big brands in attendance, we had a quick stomp around the pits to see if we could sniff out anything new.

With over 22 bike brands demoing bikes, you could ride all the bikes on your hot list – on proper trails.

New Five Ten Impact Pro shoe.

The king is back, the latest new Five Ten Impact Pro looks awesome.

In spring 2018, Five Ten will be dropping a new shoe, the new Five Ten Impact Pro. The shoe has a new PU Upper that has improved weatherproofing and a closed cell foam. Inside is a foil toe protector with 3mm of Poron foam which gives a little protection. The classic dotted tread continues but the threads are a little deeper, with added cutouts to make the shoe more aggressive and climb easier. There will be three colours available, black with gold, navy and camo. The shoe will retail for £130 and will be available in early January 2018.

Nothing new with Intense

We popped into the Intense pits and found nothing interesting at all…. hang on.

While lurking around the pits, we were impressed with the F1-esque team areas. The Intense UK team were certainly one of the most professional, with team mechanic Nathan’s tool collection the envy of the pits. As we walked in we were told there wasn’t anything new to see…but….

Unreleased Whyte S-150 steals another podium

Everyone was interested in the Whyte that you still cannot buy.

While the new Whyte S-150 is still yet to be officially released, it has been stealing podiums hand-over-fist. The lime green missile was the talk of the show, leaving interested onlookers with many unanswered questions. What does the S stand for? What is special about that fork? You’ll just have to wait a little longer as we are sworn to secrecy. We are currently putting in some serious trail miles on an S-150 and will have a full review dropping with the launch.

76 Designs Piggy

The Piggy is a neat solution to those who like to carry a bottle and have space in their frame.

If you have been kept awake at night by the dream of integrating your tool pouch with your bottle cage, new company 76 Projects have you covered. Their new The Piggy on-bike storage solution incorporates an adjustable strap storage solution firmly mounted to an extended bottle cage. Retailing for £27.50, the 72 g storage strap has enough capacity to carry a 29er tube, levers, mid-size multi-tool and CO2 inflator. We like that you can use your own bottle cage, and an optional pouch is available if you want to keep your kit super organised. Some suspension designs will exclude its use, but it’s a tidy bit of kit if it fits.

The radical NICOLAI G16-EBOXX 2 makes its first UK apperance

The Nicolai Ion G16 EBOXX, part bike, part batmobile.

If Batman were to take up E-MTBing we are 100% confident Bruce Wayne would be spotted at the NICOLAI factory. The radical Bosch powered G16-EBOXX frame is PACECAST, which essentially takes metal frame building to the next level, part bike, part spaceframe. The result is visible in the complete integration of the battery into the striking-looking downtube. The radicalness continues with the GEOLUTION geometry, featuring a notably steep 77º seat angle and adjustable (currently set at 470 mm) chainstays. To keep the bike stable on descents, they’ve gone for a slack 63.5º head angle, short 45 mm stem and long frame (662 mm top tube in a size L). It certainly felt like an animal around the race village.

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Words & Photos: Trev Worsey