Cycling Weekly took a trip to the London Bike Show on Thursday, January 12, to see the shiny new bikes, products and accessories that were on view.
The annual show takes place at the ExCeL exhibition centre and is part of the wider Outdoor Show featuring a broad range of pursuits.
Once again, there was a trend towards all-black bikes – particularly the upper-end of the road bike market. Several manufacturers now have bikes either nudging or exceeding the £10,000 mark.
Most expensive production bike in the show – that we spotted at least – was Specialized’s McLaren Venge equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace electric Di2 goupset at a cost of £12,000.
Pinarello was showing off a replica of Mark Cavendish’s Dogma 2 Team Sky bike, complete with PRO finishing kit and Di2. With the frameset retailing for £3,950 on its own, a full build can’t be much short of the McLaren Venge’s pricetag.
There was also a trend towards road, hybrid and cyclo-cross bikes equipped with disc brakes, although with compact/lightweight drop-bar specific hydraulic disc brakes still yet to see the light of day, most were equipped with cable stoppers.
Folding bikes were also well represented, with ever more sophisticated yet easy to operate folding mechanisms in evidence.
Elsewhere there was the usual eye-watering array of new kit – some of which could be purchased at the show at special ‘show prices’.
The London Bike Show runs from Thursday January 12 to Sunday January 15. Tickets are available via the London Bike Show website.
We’ve put together a photo gallery of the bikes and kit that caught our eye.
A replica of Mark Cavendish’s understated Team Sky Pinarello Dogma 2. Frame only: £3,950…
… Also available in white
Bianchi Oltre Record EPS – one of the few bikes at the show with Campagnolo’s new electric shifting system
Campagnolo Record EPS rear mech
Sigma Sport Specialized S-Works 2012 team bike
Trek Speed Concept 9.5, £5,000
Wilier Twin Foil TT bike £9,399
Trek RadioShack Nissan team frame
Soma Double Cross frame
Specialized S-Works McLaren Venge, £12,000 with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
Peugeot road bike
Pacific iF Mode folding bike: one of the neatest and quickest folding mechanisms we’ve seen
Zixtro iPhone handlebar mount and protective cover
Genesis was showing off a whole range of bikes equipped with disc brakes. Here’s the CdF
Cervelo S5 Team, frameset £2,999.99
We were expecting to see more bikes with Shimano’s Ultegra electric groupset
A very small part of Lezyne’s range of tasty tools
Planet X Stealth – frameset retails for £499 with complete builds from £1099
Rock’s not dead – Planet X are stocking the now-Italian Rock Racing brand and are running the Rock Racing UK team in 2012
Rose Xeon RS-3100, £2,283 for complete bike
Full London Bike Show 2012 photo gallery