Six bikes you need to see at the London Bike Show
Alejandro Valverde's custom Canyon and five more innovative bikes that you don't need to be a world champion to ride!
The London Bike Show & Triathlon Show returns to ExCel London from March 29th-31st. As well as all the latest bike, kit and accessory innovations available to check out and buy, there will be a huge array of experts and athletes throughout each day, offering visitors a variety of demonstrations, talks and special insight into everything from improving their own fitness to sharing inspiring stories of what it takes to compete at the highest level, while cycling heroes Helen Wyman, Katie Archibald, Sean Kelly and Sean Yates are all confirmed to appear on stage and meet fans.
With features like the test track and kids test track, where visitors of all ages can test ride the latest bikes, and a mini pump track for those up for showing off their riding skills, the London Bike Show and Triathlon Show offers an amazing day out for cycling and triathlon fans with plenty to see and do.
But for us, nothing beats checking out new bikes, and no new bike has us salivating more than world champion Alejandro Valverde's Canyon Ultimate CF SLX. It will be on display at the London Bike Show & Triathlon Show for the first time in the UK, and we hope they brought some towels to wipe up our drool.
Elsewhere there are some stunning new bikes that the likes of us can actually ride, and we can't wait to take a look at the following five…
Cannondale SYSTEMSIX HI-MOD RED ETAP AXS
Cannondale created the SystemSix with the goal to be the most efficient UCI-legal road bike in the world. The unique fully integrated design contributes to the creation of a bike built for speed, with looks to catch the eye, if your fellow riders can even see more than a blur. Featuring SRAM’s mind boggling new Red eTap AXS wireless groupset, Cannondale claims that the SystemSix is the world’s fastest road bike.
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The latest version of the popular S3 provides a desirable blend of stiffness and compliance, combining exceptional power transfer with precise handling, helping to maximise the advantages of the aerodynamic design which underpins this bike as a firm favourite with riders. With full internal cable routing, a new integrated bar and stem and frame shapes which work together to reduce drag on you and the bike, so you go faster.
Focus IZALCO MAX DISC 9.9 ROAD BIKE 2019
Fully integrated everything is a common theme amongst road bikes at the moment - and one which is most likely here to stay. A potent amalgamation of aerodynamic design with an integrated fork, handlebar and stem and low weight and efficient power transfer thanks to Focus’ MAX Carbon Technology, this is a build for those pursuing their limits on two wheels. Equally skilled in seeing you soar to summits and sail down descents, this bike offers all you need for a reliable and precise, not to mention fast, ride. The Focus Izalco Max Disc won the 2019 Design and Innovation Award which recognises the most innovative advancements in technology in cycling.
Orange R9 Factory
Better known for their mountain bikes, Orange have recently decided to return to their roots and create some great quality road bikes. This proudly ‘British built’ bike brand’s top of the range R9 Factory bike is the product of years of mountain bike expertise used to create a super strong yet super light road bike frame, built for distance, designed to climb and, in their own words to ‘descend like a missile’.
Ribble ENDURANCE SLe - SRAM eTAP DISC
The ultimate stealth e-road bike, super cool looks, and a hidden ‘stealth’ electric power assist system offering assistance when you need it. The Endurance SLe's long range and lightweight build means that you can climb and ride faster and further, reducing fatigue and opening the world up around you. At under 11kg for a complete bike, this is the world’s lightest e-road bike.
Tickets are available now, and as a Cycling Plus reader you can get in for £11, saving £5 off the normal advanced booking price (£16 for adults) and £9 off the on the door cost (£20 on-site). Simply go to the link below, and if it hasn't been filled in for you use the code CP11