SF Bike Expo 2014 – show highlights and photos

New products from ABUS, Gamut, Grit, Suture, e*thirteen and more.

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The 7th Annual SF Bike Expo was this past weekend and I was there checking things out for both Mtbr and RoadBikeReview (sponsors of the SF Bike Expo). The show is a bit leaner than in years past, with the entire show now encompassing one hall room. Even so, attendance was surprisingly strong when I first arrived (shortly after noon) but all the bargain hunters also came early. The velo swap portion of the show now dominates the majority of the exhibit space, but there were also a few brands on display showing their bikes, parts and accessories. Highlighted here are some new products from some familiar and some not so familiar manufacturers. Be sure to click through the photo gallery below for more shots of the bike swap portion of the show.

ABUS - Ultra locks

ABUS - Ultra locks ABUS - Ultra key

ABUS Ultra 410 locks

German brand ABUS was on hand and Colin showed us their new Ultra 410 u-type locks with a 12mm round shackle that are available with or without a cable. The Ultra 410 uses a high end key cylinder and the 6 key wafer is designed to not rip your jeans when it’s in your pocket. Shown here are the ABUS Ultra 410 Mini in 7″ ($39.99) and 5.5″ ($34.99) sizes and the Ultra 410 Mini + Cobra Cable combo ($42.99). The Ultra series will be available starting in mid-December. Another brand new ABUS lock that is forth coming is the Futura model that is a little wider and taller than existing ABUS models. The Futura will come in grey or red (shown in the photo gallery below).

For more information: www.abus.com

Gamut - Cillos stem

Gamut USA Cillos stem

Gamut USA is a company that is local to the SF-SJ Bay Area and they were showing their new Cillos forged and CNC’d stem. The Cillos shown is a 50mm stem in slate grey (it will also be available in matte black) with 40mm and 60mm sizes becoming available this December. Weight is about 147-150 grams and has a 31.8″ clamp diameter and fits 1 1/8″ steerers. Nate from Gamut tells us, “The Cillos has a zero rise and is designed to be plenty stiff for the gnarly stuff, but it is also lightweight. It is named after one of the neighborhood streets in San Jose where the two founding brothers of Gamut grew up.” MSRP of the Cillos is $109.95.

For more information: gamutusa.com

Grit - bottle biter

Grit Bottle Biter and Night Shift bike light

The Grit Bottle Biter is a hunk of metal that clamps to the underside of your bike saddle and helps you enjoy your favorite post ride bottled beverage. It is available in 4 colors (black, silver, red, gold) and retails for $24.00.

Grit - bike lights Grit - bike lights

The Grit Night Shift is available as a bike light holder only ($18.00) or it can ordered with a 36 lumen light for $24.00. The light holder also serves as a way to attach the light to your bike. Future versions will have options for a 135 lumen and a 900 lumen light.

For more information or to order direct: www.gritsantacruz.com

Dirt Rag - Mo and Gary

Dirt Rag Bicycle Times

Like Mtbr and RoadBikeReview, Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times are long time sponsors of the SF Bike Expo. I stopped to shoot the bike biz breeze with our friends and occasional riding buddies Maurice Tierney (Dirt Rag founder, Mountain Bike Hall of Famer, Pinball Wizard) and Gary Boulanger (Editor of Dirt Rag/Bicycle Times, Founder of Cycles Gaansari, Moto Guzzi owner).

Continue to page 2 for more show highlights and full photo gallery ยป

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • NWmtnBiker says:

    The TiGR lock has been tested multiple times. The smaller one can be cut through pretty quickly, the bigger takes longer. Good for low crime areas. Super light and easy to carry on the top tube.

  • Mike says:

    The big weakness I see when checking out the TiGr lock are the pop rivets holding the locking mech on. It would take just a moment to drill just one out with a stepped bit, bend it open and off you go.

  • Tahoebeau says:

    Wow, that bicycle fab pocket rocket looks like one terrible ride. Really, a URT suspension design on something other than a wallgoose? What is bicycle fab going to come out with next? Maybe some elastomer shocks? How about bringing the flex stem back or maybe bio pace? There is a very good reason the URT design went away for serious mtb’s and left only for department store bikes. Had a bike with the URT back in the 90′s and it was hands down the worst bike I ever owned/rode. If there is no suspension to the pedals then it is not really full suspension is it, more like faux suspension. Just get a hard tail with a cane creek thud buster and you will get the same suspension action but with way better performance and less maintenance.

    • BRAWR says:

      If you go to their website and read about it it explains how they make the URT design work. The BB only moves .5″ through the entire travel of the rear end. The pivot is so close to the BB. I have a an old school URT that is just for old time sake and it is horrible, but fun to ride on occasionally.

      • Tahoebeau says:

        What they said on their website applies to old URT bikes like the Klein mantra, but I had a trek y11, and the bb was located much closer to the pivot like on bike fabs URT. That, plus only 1.75″ travel meant the BB probably didn’t move more than 1/2″ and that suspension design garbage. Also, take a look at a wallgoose bike that uses the URT. They have their BB’s very close to the pivot so it’s not like bike fab reinvented the URT or something, it’s a sh*te design no matter what. But regardless of how far the BB is from the pivot, if it is solidly fixed to the rear swing arm then there is no suspension to the pedals. Since the bb is connected directly to the rear axle it is not isolated from the rear axle’s movement and therefore it is not suspended from the rear axle. Plus, hippie tech, seriously? Hippies and technology don’t go together, which this bike proves.

  • Robert Park says:

    You didn’t get a picture of the red Suture saddle with the spider web pattern. You must of come by after my g/f bought it for me. :)

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