The 2014 London Bike Show saw some of the biggest and best brands in cycling assemble at the Excel Centre to show off what’s new for the year ahead.
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Saffron, Seven, Suplest and Rourke, we stopped by the Cannondale, Continental, USE and Sugoi stands.
Cannondale had two eye-catching bikes to show us: a limited edition replica of the green SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod that Peter Sagan rode on the final stage of the 2013 Tour de France and a Slice time trial bike dressed as a cheetah.
Continental, meanwhile, have a new three-strong line-up of Grand Sport tyres, designed to offer performance and affordability, while USE have added a new super-light seatpost and a 24mm-deep carbon clincher wheelset to their range.
And Sugoi gaves us a hands-on test of the forthcoming Zap jacket, which uses an innovative fabric to boost low light visibility. All that and more in the gallery below.
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Cannondale have launched a replica of the green SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod that Peter Sagan rode on the final stage of the Tour de France to celebrate the Slovak sensation's points classification victory.
Just 100 of the limited edition bikes have been made and only a handful remain unsold. We wheeled away the bike on display on Cannondale's stand for a closer inspection.
The spec includes limited edition Peter Sagan signature Kenda Service Course tyres on Vision Metron 55 wheels.
SRAM's top-of-the-range Red groupset is colour-matched to the green frame.
The bike is equipped with Cannondale's super-light SiSl2 crankset and Spidering chainrings. Cannondale supply the machine with both standard 53-39 and compact 50-34 chainrings.
Other extras that you get as part of the £7,999.99 price tag include this green jersey and a Cannondale Pro Cycling team bike bag made by Scicon.
Sagan's replica bike wasn't the most eye-catching machine on Cannondale's stand, however. That honour went to this one-off Cannondale Slice time trial bike.
Cannondale's UK distributor, Cycling Sports Group, teamed up with a local firm, Wicked Coatings, to produce this striking cheetah finish. Imagine turning up to your local club ten with this!
The CAAD10 remains a popular model in Cannondale's range and it's now available in this anodized black finish for £749.99 with the same full carbon tapered fork as the SuperSix Evo.
While the aluminium tube profiles remain unchanged, the CAAD10, which is often considered the benchmark for lightweight aluminium race frames, is now compatible with both mechanical and electronic groupsets.
Continental used the London Bike Show to launch the three-strong Grand Sport range of tyres. The Light, Race and Extra tyres are designed for competition, sportive and heavy duty use respectively.
All three tyres use Conti's 'PureGrip' compound, which sits just below the German firm's flagship 'BlackChilli' compound, and have a 180 TPI casing with a 'NyTech' puncture-resistant breaker. The Grand Sport Extra features a double NyTech breaker and has a three-ply sidewall, which Conti say makes it an option for long, hard training miles or spring and autumn sportives.
Here's the essential info on the new rubber, which will be available from the spring.
USE have a new lightweight seatpost on the way. It's a carbon fibre post with a two-bolt clamp. The West Sussex-based firm have stripped out as much material from the clamp as possible to save weight, while the post itself uses their highest grade of carbon fibre. It's expected to land in the UK next month, available in three sizes (27.2mm, 31.6mm and 31.9mm) and two lengths. Final weight and price are to be confirmed.
USE have also expanded their carbon clincher range with the addition of the 24mm-deep Nano Tech 2.4. The wheelset weighs a claimed 1,435g and will cost approximately £1,275 when they arrive in the shops in the next few weeks.
The rim uses a 'Nano Tech Surface' coating which is meant to shed water and mud. Otherwise, the rim is 23.5mm wide, which follows today's trend for a wider rim, said to improve handling and increase the contact patch of the tyre.
Finally, Sugoi gave us a sneak peek of the new Zap jacket. It uses an innovative fabric which is effectively embedded with crushed glass. Shine a light at it - or, in this case, our camera flash - and it transforms a 'normal' looking jacket into something seriously reflective.
Here's Sugoi's man on the stand modeling the jacket for us. Because the reflective material is part of the fabric, rather than an additional material stuck on top, it shouldn't compromise breathability, he told us. It'll cost £99.99 and will be available in September.