Photos: Kat Georgudis
Core Bike Show sits in racers’ country. Just a few miles down the road from sleepy Silverstone village (and its eponymous race track) sits Whittlebury Hall, home to one of the UK’s biggest mtb trade shows.
In conference rooms with names such as Mangy Cours, Spa Francochamps and Hungaroring, we searched for racers of a different kind. No less specialised than the Formula One cars that are built in these parts, downhill bikes are becoming rare beasts at industry events.
When more people watch downhill than ever, you would expect a few show pieces to be around but the show was unfortunately lacking for gravity steeds. Here are the slim pickings we found among the carbon road bike wheels and women in white dressing gowns.:
The Athertons’ new Trek Session
Renthal were displaying the Trek Factory Racing Session for 2018 at their stand. This is Gee’s bike that was running 27.5 wheels and scratched (despite never being ridden) due to a courier fuck up.
Racing red remains the colour of choice but Hope and Renthal components now decorate the frame for a strongly British package.