Cycling Weekly took a trip to the Cycle 08 show in Earls Court, London, on Saturday to see what’s causing the most interest among the crowds of bike lovers eager to check out the latest kit.
This year’s Cycle show is much bigger than last year, taking up more floor space in the impressive Earls Court venue. Major manufacturers and small companies alike are out in force, showing off their 2009 products.
Having spoken to staff manning the trade stands, they’ve been a little caught out with the massive interest in commuting bikes and leisure riding products this year. Interest is still high in the top end products, but there were definitely more families treading the familiar blue carpet of Earls Court in comparison to previous years.
Here we present a selection of products that drew the crowds and that weren’t covered in Ben Wilson’s comprehensive reports from the show on Thursday (see index below). Part two of Saturday’s report is here.
Cycle 08 comes to Earls Court, London
David Millar’s Felt team-issue Garmin-Chipotle road bike caused a stir
Millar’s Felt was on Garmin’s stand, so included one of their latest GPS systems
Pro-Lite had a pair of fully-fledged kids’ road bikes on show that had many a parent asking where they could get one from. A limited number will be available next year complete with Pro-Light’s trademark black and white paint job
Mark Cavendish’s Giant team bike was much admired
Tom Boonen’s S-Works Roubaix graced the Specialized stand
Just in case you didn’t know whose bike it is
Paul Manning’s Team GB carbon track bike – the man himself was at the show on Friday, complete with his Olympic gold medal
Everyone wanted to have a go on Shimano’s new electronic Dura-Ace system
Clothing manufacturer Foska was showing its latest line-up of jersey designs – and this one of Homer Simpson seemed to be the most popular with men of a certain age
MORE FROM CYCLE 2008
Show report part one: Vande Velde’s Felt DA, Sastre’s Cervelo, Pinarello Prince 2009
Show report part two: Assos, Seven and Fondriest
Show report part three: Cav’s Giant, Zipp and Backstedt, Shimano
Show report part four: Sidi shoes
Show report part five: Mavic, Raleigh and Bont
Show report part six: Campagnolo 11-speed groupsets
Show report: Focus time trial bike
Show report: Cervelo P4 frameset