Cycle 2007, which took place at Earls Court, London, over the weekend, was packed full of the latest bikes and kit.
There was a healthy number of visitors, with the aisles packed as punters checked out the goodies on offer from the likes of Trek, Specialized, Scott, Pinarello, Colnago and many more. Most manufacturers had used the opportunity to show off their 2008 product ranges.
The show’s new home at Earls Court certainly seems to have been a good move from the previous docklands location of ExCeL. Although visitor numbers have yet to be confirmed, we’d definitely say they were up on previous years judging by the scrum on the most popular stands
New for this year were various test tracks, where you could try out some of the latest models seen at the event, and an extended retail area.
We’ve rounded up a selection of things that caught the most attention from show goers…
The show’s new home of Earls Court was a hit with the public
Condor had a large stand at the show, and celebrated its 60th birthday at the event. This Rapha Condor team car nearly created as much interest as the bikes.
Many companies had at least one cyclo-cross bike at the show. This one from Pinarello, the CX, features an all-carbon frame and is beautifully finished.
Raleigh are launching an extensive new range of road bikes in January 2008, and this was their first public airing. Prices start at £220 and go up to £1,499 for the AIRLite Carbon Race. The AIRLite X cyclo-cross bike (in the foreground) is £649.
Kids’ ‘trainer’ bikes seem to have taken off, with at least three stands carrying various incarnations. This one is from Early Rider.
Scott’s recently revamped road range now includes five Addict models, including the base Addict R4 shown here. Even the R4 (£2,239) features an integrated seat tube found on the top models, the Addict R1 and Ltd. All are available now.
The Focus stand was packed with people when we paid a visit. The brand’s mix of value and quality is as popular as ever. Here’s the Izalco Extreme Campa, £2,799 including Campagnolo Record groupset.
No show would be complete without some star team bikes. Here’s Tom Boonen’s Specialized team issue road bike decked out in Tour de France Points jersey-winning green.
… And here’s Alberto Contador’s Discovery Channel team issue Trek Madone.
Cordoned off from the great unwashed, Colnago’s special edition Ferrari liveried machine pulled in a lot of stares.
Cube’s stand was absolutely packed with models from the German manufacturer, this one is the road range-topping Litening HPC, available with SRAM Force or Campagnolo Record groupset.
Cycle 2007 official website: www.cycleshow.co.uk.