Rocky Mountain Bicycle Festival 2010

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Tomac Bikes had some very neat bikes on display, and I was especially enamored with their brand new full suspension 29er named the Diplomat, which has a nice 120mm of travel.

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Their bikes range from aluminum (Vanish 160, Snyper 140, Supermatic 120, etc.) to carbon (Type X, Carbide SL) models. I have been riding lot’s of All Mountain bikes lately, so their Vanish 160 looked very interesting.

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A few interesting vendors that I found intriguing were Ay Up Lighting Systems and Club Ride Apparel. I really liked the Ay Up twin lights, with their independently adjustable beams, and the nifty Gecko helmet mounting system. The individual lights can be adjusted up or down depending on desired focal point. You could set one pointing more forward on the trail, and the other directly in front. Popping the lights on and off was a breeze with the Velcro Gecko mounts.

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Andy of Ay Up showed how the systems worked, and went through the various light kits, the Ay Up Ultra Lite, V Twin Sports, V4 Adventure and the V8 Explorer. I really liked the V4 Adventure pod, as I think that would be the perfect night time riding system for single track usage. The lights are very popular with endurance racers, and an entire slew of outdoor sport users (rock climbing, skiing, hiking, etc.).

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Mike at Club Ride Apparel had some very interesting bike clothing, it’s functional and has enough fashion to allow you to wear it in a normal environment (won’t look like a geek). The jerseys are pretty cool looking with a sort of bowling and western flair combined together in a nifty package.

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • todd says:

    Actually, imho it really sucked compared to Denver last year. The many free beer tasters where not there ! Even several of the vendors admitted that the organizer screwed up. It was about 1/2 the size, nice though they only charged 1/2 the price.
    If it is in Leadville again next year I will not waste my time as probably even more vendors will not also.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I tried to downplay the issue, but it was not the same show as was in Denver last year. I hope they move the venue back that way, I had to make a 2+ hour drive just for a half day on Friday (at least I rode Raspberry Gulch in the afternoon). It was a productive trip for me since I got to speak with a few vendors that I will be working with for some reviewing and testing in the near future.

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