London Bike Show 2019

Six must-see MTBs at this month’s London Bike Show

Some two-wheeled highlights of the huge show at London's ExCeL centre

The London Bike Show returns to ExCeL London from 29 to 31 March, with over 300 of the biggest brands due to showcase their latest bikes, kit and accessories. There’ll be tons of gleaming new machines on show – here are six that are making a buzz and MTB fans should make a beeline for.

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1 Calibre’s new hard-hitter

One highlight to look out for is Calibre’s new enduro bike. The Sheffield-based brand have already made a name for themselves producing super-capable, competitively-priced bikes, and now they’re taking on the high-performance market too. The London Bike Show will be your first chance to see this mystery machine in the flesh.

We've ridden Calibre's new bike and you can expect a review in the April issue of MBUK (on sale 21st March) Photo: Steve Behr
We’ve ridden Calibre’s new bike and you can expect a review – and uncensored photos! – in the April issue of MBUK (on sale 21 March). The London Bike Show will be your first chance to see it up close. Photo: Steve Behr

2 The Athertons’ debut DH bike

The fastest family in mountain biking have launched their own bike brand, and they’ll be bringing the first fruits of their labour along to the ExCeL centre. Expect titanium-lugged carbon fibre construction, race-honed geometry and a throng of drooling MTBers eager to check it out. Rachel, Gee and Dan will all be speaking on stage too.

Atherton Bikes DH bike
We’ll have more on the Athertons and their new bike brand in the May issue of the mag (on sale 29 April), but you can check it out for yourself at the show. Photo: Moonhead Media

3 Marin’s radical-looking Mount Vision

After a mixed response to their first bike using the ‘R3ACT – 2 Play’ suspension system (the Wolf Ridge),  Marin have refined the design and re-envisioned the Mount Vision as a 650b-wheeled, 150mm-travel enduro machine, which they say “embodies the true spirit of mountain bikes”.

Marin Mount Vision
The Mount Vision name has been used by Marin for two decades, but this latest iteration looks very different to its predecessors, with an unusual telescoping-swingarm suspension design

4 GT’s 29in-wheeled Fury downhill bike

The bike that took an enduro racer to the top of the World Cup downhill podium in 2018. Was the Fury 29er the secret to Martin Maes’ success? See it in the flesh and decide for yourself.

GT Fury Carbon Team 29
GT’s Fury 29 is one of the latest big-wheeled bikes to hit the DH scene, and it’s already got podium-topping pedigree

5 Sick Bicycles’ super-slack Deathwish

These anti-establishment upstarts have been ruffling feathers with their provocative social media posts and extreme ideas on geometry. What will they cook up next? Find out at the show.

Sick Bicycles Deathwish
‘Well sendy’ is how Sick describe their slacked-out Deathwish 29er

6 Vitus’s E-Sommet VR e-bike

Pedal-assist bikes are the biggest thing in mountain biking right now, with the technology only getting better and more affordable. There are going to be tonnes of them at this year’s show, but few as burly as this one. Vitus’s E-Sommet pairs its electric motor with enduro-ready geometry and hardcore kit, including a RockShox Lyrik fork and SRAM’s super-powerful Guide RE stoppers. Sample it for yourself in the show’s e-bike test arena.

Vitus E-Sommet VR
Not tried an e-MTB yet? Whatever your thoughts on them, they’re tons of fun – especially when you’ve got 170mm of bounce at your disposal!

There’s more to the London Bike Show than just bikes and gear, including guest speakers – from Olympians to Dirty Sanchez star turned triathlete and vegan chef Matt Pritchard – a pump track, kids’ area and e-bike test arena, plus Extreme Bike Battle stunt displays. Click here for more info and tickets.

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