Haibike started life in Germany in 1995 and set out to make top quality, high performance road bikes and mountain bikes, but it’s been in the electrically assisted sector where they’ve really made a name for themselves. Haibike are one of the pioneers of eMTBs and were the first company to use the Bosch system in 2010. The two brands also collaborated on the first ever eMTB race at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. All the bikes are assembled in Germany and every niche is covered - MTB hardtail, MTB full sus, 700c bikes, 24” kids bikes, DH bikes, Fat bikes and they go from £1750 to a might-need-to-sell-a-kidney £13,000.
Yorkshire based Orange Mountain Bikes have been making MTBs since 1988 and they’ve been ridden by some of the best in the business including Greg Minaar and Steve Peat - both to downhill world champ success - and most recently by FMX legend Mike Metzger. Last time we saw Orange at the NEC was probably back at Bike 99. The Orange design team have clearly been uber busy working on new bikes for 2017 including the 29er short travel Segment and the 27.5 enduro monster Alpine6 with boost, both of which you’ll be able to see at the Cycle Show along with the full range from Halifax’s finest.
If your love of bikes started with the boom in the UK mountain biking scene in the 1990's, then you'll recall that virtually every pro bike had a Crud Catcher attached back then. And because it was good enough for Peaty, Jason, Rob, Will and co, it was generally the first thing most of us shelled out a tenner for and attached to our new Rockhoppers and Lava Domes too. The mastermind behind this plastic phenomenon was Pete Tomkins and he's still making innovative products with the help of son Jamie who rode for Team MBUK back in the day.
2Pure are at the Cycle Show with Merckx bikes, the eponymous brand of the world's greatest-ever bike rider. Despite just recently marking his 70th year, Eddy is still very much involved in the development and testing of the bikes. Difficult to imagine a better man for the job. The range was expanded significantly last year and includes the new Strasbourg 71 gravel bike which won a Design & Innovation award at this year Tapei Cycle show.
It’s difficult not to like what Shand Cycles do – a small independent British company hand-building steel bikes (like the classic all-rounder Stoater pictured in Rohloff spec) at their Livingston premises. Shand’s frame-building pedigree dates back to 2003, and they’ve also recently turned their hand to designing some very nice, carbon framed MTBs.