Even the harsh light of the Laguna Seca sunshine couldn’t keep us from pointing our camera at these beautiful bikes. To be sure, this is only a scratching of the surface, a quick taste of the eye candy on display, so be sure to check back as we add more to the top of this post as the show continues.
Justin Leov’s Canyon Strive EWS Racer
Justin Leov made the move from Trek to Canyon in 2016, but was sidelined for most of the season with glandular fever. To add injury to insult, a case of pneumonia took him out at the Enduro World Series stop in Tasmania earlier this month. Leov is known to occasionally run a coil, but the Strive on display at the Canyon booth was air-sprung. Justin runs grip tape on his brake levers.
Connor Fearon’s Kona Operator
Kona has Connuh’s 2016 World Champs bike is on display. The orange glow from Kona’s tent canopy really brings out the sparkle in the paint. Here’s Connor’s ripping ‘In the Know’ edit.
Richie Rude’s EWS Race Bike
This is not your typical SB5. Fresh off the recent EWS stop in Tasmania, Mr. Rude’s ride is hopped up with beefy suspension in the form of a Fox 36 fork and X2 shock.
Mossy Transition Patrol
You’ve heard of RealTree, but have you heard of RealMoss? Us neither. But that’s kinda what this looks like. The irony is that with a paint job this well-done, most onlookers probably won’t even notice it camouflaged into its natural Pacific Northwest habitat.
Retro-Styled S-Works Epic Hardtail
This retro-inspired replica has us wondering where we left our toe clips and hoping that chrome rims make a strong comeback.
Clean Commencal Meta AM V4.2
Commencal’s Meta proves that finely crafted aluminum can be just as beautiful as carbon. And that Kashima Coat and brushed aluminum go together like peas in a pod.
Shinola’s Copper-Plated Bixby
Detroit-based Shinola has produced a handful of these copper-plated Bixbys primarily as show items for its retail spaces, but a few have been sold. The $6,000 price tag is understandable given that the frame and all the parts–right down to the nooks and crannies on the racks–have to be polished to a mirror finish before they can be plated.
Devinci is celebrating its 30th year in the bike business with a neo-retro project dubbed “YYZ.” This custom-painted version takes the cake, with period-appropriate badges and matchy-matchy components from SRAM, RockShox and Chromag.
Troy Lee Designs’ Evil Wreckoning
This Wreckoning is subtly matched. We might not have noticed it if not for the loud TLD/Truvativ colab handlebars.
The personal bike of Breadwinner’s marketing man, this XL frame makes its 29er hoops look like 26-inch wheels. Check out our March issue for a print review of a Goodwater set up with plus-size rubber.
Orange’s 160-millimeter-travel, 27.5-wheeled Alpine6 is destined to be an aesthetically polarizing bike given its industrial character. But it’s hard to argue with the beauty of matching the U.K.-made frame to orange U.K.-made components from Hope.
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