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ExpoCycle 2007 Report Part 2

September 21, 2007 (Montreal, QC) – The annual Canadian bicycle industry trade show, Expocycle, wrapped up last week in Montreal. Here is the second part in our coverage of some of the many new items presented at the show.

Cycles Lambert
Canada’s biggest cycling parts distributor, Cycles Lambert, had a completely new booth at this year’s show. With new ownership, the Quebec-based company is rebranding itself and adding many new lines to its portfolio.

Some of the biggest news out of Lambert at the show was the addition of the Zipp Speed Weaponry line. This includes the full lineup of Zipp wheels and components, as well as the new, lower-priced Flashpoint wheels, which will be offered in an 80mm deep dish version in 2008.

Other new lines include the Jango modular bike line from Topeak, Race Face, Abus Locks, Alienation and Gussett. The Race Face deal was a major step for the BC-based mountain bike company, which was showing off a prototype carbon MTB XC racing crank weighing just 750 grams complete.

Lambert also had the full SRAM Red group on display. That’s the latest road offering from Chicago-based SRAM, which is designed to be among the best drivetrains available.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Sigma Sport pulled the wraps off its new Karma LED light system. The $170 light is bright enough for trail or road use and will run for 11 hours on a low power setting.

While the whole line received some new graphics and colours, the Fusion 2 is Cycles Marinoni’s latest bike offering. It’s a carbon bike with steel lugs, allowing each bike to easily be customized for riders of any size.

New for this year from Campy is the Centaur Ultra Torque crankset, which weighs in at 707 grams with the bottom bracket. The company has also redesigned all of its front derailleurs to allow them to work with either a standard or compact cranksets. The Record group gets a completely new front derailleur. On the clothing side, Campy has updated the full line with new materials and designs.

Schwalbe Tires
There were a number of new offerings from Schwalbe. The Furious Fred is a new racing-only tire that weighs just 295 grams. The $76 tire is available in 2″ or 2.25″ sizes. The popular Racing Ralph has a slightly changed design with better side control knobs and it’s also available in a 29″ size now. For those who like tubulars, the Racing Ralph CX tire, as well as the Ultremo are now available in tubular designs. Schwalbe also has a new 49-gram tube that will retail for $18.

BH Bikes
This Spanish brand is gaining steam in Canada through its distribution with True North Custom Cycles out of B.C. The company had much of its lineup on display in Montreal ranging from a $1,200 aluminum offering with a Shimano 105 group up to an $8,000-$10,000 full carbon race bike available with Campy Record, Shimano Dura-Ace or SRAM Red. BH also has one of the most aerodynamic time trial bikes on the market. The $7,000 bike comes with a full Dura-Ace build.

True North is also the exclusive Canadian distributor for Reynolds, which has pulled the wraps off its new carbon disk rear wheel and a 66mm carbon front hoop.

Two new mountain bikes from KHS should make big waves in the coming year. The Lucky 7 is a 7″ travel freeride bike. It has a Vanilla R shock, a Marzocchi 66 Fork, Hayes Stroker Brakes and just a $2,500 price tag. The Flagstaff is KHS’ first full suspension 29″ bike. It will have a retail price of $2,100.

Having Cedric Gracia back in the fold at Commencal is already paying dividends. The Furious is Commencal’s new slopestyle/stunt/freeride bike designed by Gracia. It has 7″ of travel and a Marzocchi 66 fork. The Furious will retail for $3,700.

Box International
This Quebec-based company had some unique offerings for those looking to transport their bikes. They offer bike cases ranging from a $100 sack up to a $500 hard shell. They also have a number of wheel bags and parts cases available, as well as a $35 Bike Tub, which is a nylon bag that your bike sits in to protect the living room floor, car interior or anywhere else you don’t dirty bike tires to be sitting.

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