Highlights of the i-Ride show, including Orro bikes, Birzman tools and Northwave shoes
With brands including De Rosa and Argon 18 as well as 3T and Fulcrum, there was a nice range of shiny new kit on display
Orro has been steadily expanding its range of bikes, with the latest being the Terra C gravel bike. It has a layer of Innegra built into key areas of the frame. Similar to Kevlar, this helps dissipate low level vibration from uneven surfaces.
There are three models in the Terra range. The £1799 model comes with Shimano 105 and TRP mechanical disc brakes, while the top spec model has Ultegra Hydro. There’s also an Adventure version with flared bars and high volume tyres. As with an increasing number of gravel bikes, you can fit 650b wheels and there are also rack and guard mounts. The alloy Terra continues, but gets a nice new translucent red finish.
Also new from Orro is an aero road bike. Disc only, there was a 3D printed prototype on display, which Orro plans to use for aero testing with the University of Southampton.
Orro’s Signature series is also expanding, with in-house painting to reduce customer waiting times and seven mechanics now working on bike builds. Dealers can bring customers to the Signature Atelier area for model and spec selection and bike fitting.
Argon 18 had some of the first retail machines we’ve seen using the new FSA K-Force WE electronic groupset, while De Rosa had some new colour options and a reduction in price to £4249 for the Protos frameset.
Get into kit and there were new 2018 summer shoes from Northwave, while its winter boots now come with full Goretex liners. You can couple these up with De Feet’s increased sock range, including some for Cadence.
We also saw Birzman’s huge range of workshop and rider tools.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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