The 2022 Cycle Show has given us the opportunity to check out the latest releases from some of cycling’s biggest brands, as well as a few of the more unique builders out there.
It’s also one of the first big cycling shows to go ahead in the UK in a long time and, as a result it’s the first time we’ve feasted our eyes on some of the latest bikes and products launched.
The Cycle Show is the UK’s biggest cycling showcase, taking place at London’s Alexandra Palace. It remains open to the public today (Saturday 23 April) and closes on Sunday 24 April.
Keep reading to see our pick of the highlights and visit the Cycle Show website for more information.
Vitus KAS bike for Sean Kelly
Vitus has created this rather special version of its Vitesse Evo bike for Sean Kelly, painted up with Kas logos, the rider’s team sponsor in the 1980s.
The bike has Kelly’s major wins listed on the top tube, including his points classification wins at the Tour de France.
The Prime wheels have the brand’s logo in gold and text that reads ‘Kas edition’.
3T Exploro Ultra
The 3T Exploro Ultra launched in April this year and 3T has this Crankbrothers version on display.
If that seems a bit close to mountain bike territory, the bike is also fitted with 3T’s Torno aerodynamic, carbon fibre crankset.
Atherton Bikes AM.150
Atherton has a number of its bikes on display at the Cycle Show including the AM.150, its enduro and all-mountain bike with 150mm of travel.
The bike is made using a combination of 3D-printed titanium lugs and carbon fibre tubes.
The lugs are made from Grade 23 titanium and are printed on a substrate plate, according to Atherton.
The carbon fibre tubes are made on mandrels using a process called ‘roll-wrap’ which gives the tubes the appearance of being a stack of rings.
These components are glued together before Atherton sends the frame off for painting.
You can read our in-depth feature on how Atherton Bike makes its 3D-printed frames.
Mathieu van der Poel’s yellow Canyon Aeroad CFR
Last year Mathieu van der Poel stormed to victory on stage two of the Tour de France, taking the yellow jersey in the process. To celebrate his time in the maillot jaune, he received a yellow Canyon Aeroad CFR.
The bike is one of several pro machines on display at Canyon’s stand at the Cycle Show.
Van der Poel’s bike includes a dedication on the down tube to his grandfather, Raymond Poulidor, who died in November 2019.
Poulidor completed the Tour de France 14 times for the Mercier team, finishing on the podium eight times without winning it overall.
Canyon’s 3D-printed bike
As well as having pro bikes on display, Canyon also has a special project at the BikeRadar Jaw Droppers display.
Made in collaboration with BIKE magazine, a German publication, and Cradle to Cradle NGO, the bike is a prototype to show Canyon’s “ambition to build a sustainable mountain bike.”
The bike uses aluminium as it is a recyclable material, but it is also 3D-printed, which opens the possibility of creating these skeleton-like shapes and reduces the amount of material required to build a complete bike.
Handpainted LIOS Exactor
Also at the BikeRadar Jaw Droppers display, LIOS has a custom-painted version of its Exactor road bike.
The bike has been hand-painted by multi-media artist Jan Erika and if you look closely you see the paintbrush strokes and the impasto effect.
The bike is equipped with SRAM Red eTap AXS groupset, LIOS carbon wheels and a Selle Italia saddle.
Stages Dash 200
Earlier this month Stages released the Stages Dash 200 bike computer, said to be the world’s most “data rich” bike computer, displaying up to 14 data fields on one screen.
Saddleback, Stages’ UK distributor, has the Dash 200 on display in its two sizes. The smaller has a 2.2in screen and the larger has a 2.7in screen.
While the bike computer market may be dominated by the Garmin Edge and Wahoo Elemnt models, Dan Duguid, Saddleback’s brand manager for Stages, expects the Dash 200 to gain a foothold amongst the competition. He says the Dash 200 has outsold the previous Stages Dash M50 since launching.
ENVE Custom Road
Saddleback also distributes ENVE to the UK and had an ENVE Custom Road on display, made for Andy Wigmore, Saddleback’s CEO.
The bike is built to Wigmore’s size and Saddleback explained that ENVE can build one of these custom bikes per day.
We expect to see three more bikes – road, gravel and endurance models – from ENVE in the coming year.
While the Custom Road is made in America, these new frames will reportedly be made in Asia, but that’s all we know for now.
Stance Components singlespeed cog
This lovely purple-anodized singlespeed cog from Stance Components immediately caught our eye fitted to a bike on the Scwhalbe stand.
Featuring a wide base and a tall torque-friendly tooth profile, these cogs shouldn’t cut into the freehub body of a wheelset.
Other manufacturers offer cogs of a similar design (Endless Bikes is probably the best-known), but this one is considerably more affordable than those at just £34.99 a pop.
New Fizik Vento Ferox Carbon shoes
We’ve already covered Fizik’s new Vento Ferox Carbon shoes in a news story, but we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to ogle at that lovely lilac colourway.
Victor Campanaerts’ BMC Timemachine
This is the BMC Timemachine Victor Campanaerts rode to victory on stage 15 of the 2021 Giro d’Italia.
The breakaway specialist is well-known for watt-saving customisations, making his time out in front of the peloton a bit easier.
To that effect, this bike has CeramicSpeed oversized pulley wheels on the rear derailleur, Hunt 60 Limitless Aero Disc wheels and narrow handlebars with the hoods turned inwards, in recognisable Campanaert style.
It also has a large 54-tooth front chainring, although this isn’t the largest Campanaerts has been known to run, choosing a 58-tooth chainring at times in the past.
Reilly is launching the Fusion at this year’s Cycle Show. The bike is made from titanium but, with an aerodynamic profile, has a frame shape that bears more resemblance to the latest carbon fibre bikes.
In order to achieve the aerodynamic shaping, Reilly uses a process called investment casting to make the bottom bracket shell, head tube, seat tube cluster and dropouts. These parts are then combined with titanium tubing to create the complete frameset.
Chris King wheelsets
Renowned for its hubs, Chris King has launched a new range of wheelsets, with its own carbon rims.