This week has been the Core Bike Show at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire. Core Bike has been going for years now and it’s a chance to meet up with some of the UK’s biggest distributors and see what their brands have to offer for the new season.
Here are a few of the things that caught our eye this week, from Steel bikes to aero helmets, and tubular tape to Primaloft gilets. Oh, and a clothing line that might just be the most expensive in cycling.
Merckx special edition frames
As a rider Eddy Merckx won just about all of the races, and certainly all those that mattered. So picking a couple to commemorate with special edition framesets is a Herculean task, or a Merckxian task which might be a more appropriate name.
Anyhow, the people at Merckx bikes have managed to narrow down the choices to two: the 1975 Liege-Bastogne-Liege win, his fifth and final taken in the rainbow jersey and Paris-Roubaix 1970, a win taken by more than six minutes in notoriously apocalyptic weather.
And because these frames are commemorating big time wins by a proper bike rider, they’re made in the only true material for ‘proper’ bikes: steel. Both come with similarly classic paint jobs, with the Molteni orange Liege ’75 being a particular favourite of ours. The frames will have an RRP of £1,699 each, and there are full build options on both.