Gallery: Tales from the 2014 Taipei International Cycle Show

A Gritty Glimpse of Taiwan's Endless Fascination (Not to Mention Zombie Metal and Breastfeeding)

Words and Shitty iPhone Photos by Brice Minnigh

The Taipei International Cycle Show is about much more than handshakes and the ceremonious exchange of business cards. If you’re open to it, this trade show in the world’s bike-manufacturing capital can be about heavy metal, breastfeeding and some of the most fascinating factories on the planet.

The following gallery will hopefully give you a glimpse of what the inimitable island country of Taiwan is all about, while also showing you a bunch of promising new products for 2014. Apologies in advance for some of the shitty iPhone photos by @bricemag. He took them with Instagrams in mind…but, at the end of the day, every photographer knows that the best camera is the one you have with you….

Brian Lopes is living proof that the skinsuit will never die.

Brian Lopes is living proof that the skinsuit will never die.

Rob Zombie live in Taipei, Taiwan? Yep. In the flesh. Pun intended.

Rob Zombie live in Taipei, Taiwan? Yep. In the flesh. Pun intended.

Even derailleur parts get polished to shiny perfection at the SRAM factory in Shenkang, Taiwan.

Even derailleur parts get polished to shiny perfection at the SRAM factory in Shenkang, Taiwan.

HT Corp will soon be coming out with its first clipless pedal—the DH-specific X1. Kyle Strait and Cam Zink will race on this pedal at this year's Sea Otter Classic, while Aaron Gwin will make its World Cup DH debut this year in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

HT Corp will soon be coming out with its first clipless pedal—the DH-specific X1. Kyle Strait and Cam Zink will race on this pedal at this year’s Sea Otter Classic, while Aaron Gwin will make its World Cup DH debut this year in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Photo by Kevict Yen.

This is where the game-changing RockShox Pike first comes to life in the SRAM factory in Shenkang, Taiwan. The rest of this fork's travel will be entirely up to you.

This is where the game-changing RockShox Pike first comes to life in the SRAM factory in Shenkang, Taiwan. The rest of this fork’s travel will be entirely up to you.

WTB's new all-mountain/enduro tire, the Breakout 2.5—which will come in the 27.5-inch size—threatens to storm the Enduro World Series like Clint Eastwood escaping from Alcatraz. Go ahead punk. Make its day....

WTB’s new all-mountain/enduro tire, the Breakout 2.5—which will come in the 27.5-inch size—threatens to storm the Enduro World Series like Clint Eastwood escaping from Alcatraz. Go ahead punk. Make its day….

WTB's new 2.25-inch, all-purpose Trail Boss boasts tread spacing that is just about tight enough to usher in Mark Weir's comeback from a gnarly pelvic fracture. We have no doubt that Weir's gonna show that tree who the REAL Trail Boss is....

WTB’s new 2.25-inch, all-purpose Trail Boss boasts tread spacing that is just about tight enough to usher in Mark Weir’s comeback from a gnarly pelvic fracture. We have no doubt that Weir’s gonna show that tree who the REAL Trail Boss is….

These new Truvativ bars are so wide they have Stevie Smith written all over them...literally. All of the signature Stevie Smith bars are made at the SRAM factory in Dali, Taiwan.

These new Truvativ bars are so wide they have Stevie Smith written all over them…literally. All of the signature Stevie Smith bars are made at the SRAM factory in Dali, Taiwan.

Novatec's new carbon Factor wheels are currently being put through the ringer by the likes of Kyle Strait. Do you think you push wheels to their limit more than 'Lyle'? Photo by Kevict Yen.

Novatec’s new carbon Factor wheels are currently being put through the ringer by the likes of Kyle Strait. Do you think you push wheels to their limit more than ‘Lyle’? Photo by Kevict Yen.

Every factory worth its salt has a breastfeeding room. This goes without question...doesn't it?

Every factory worth its salt has a breastfeeding room. This goes without question…doesn’t it?

KS is entering the 35-millimeter-clamp market with a sick-looking pair of lightweight carbon bars. They're so light they decided to name them the "Ether."

KS is entering the 35-millimeter-clamp market with a sick-looking pair of lightweight carbon bars. They’re so light they decided to name them the “Ether.”

We got our first rides on the new Onza Ibex tire during our Bible of Bike Tests boot camp in Sedona, Arizona, and every single one of our testers was blown away by its performance.

We got our first rides on the new Onza Ibex tire during our Bible of Bike Tests boot camp in Sedona, Arizona, and every single one of our testers was blown away by its performance.

Most of the world's high-end saddles are made by Taiwanese companies, and this new Smanie trail seat is no exception.

Most of the world’s high-end saddles are made by Taiwanese companies, and this new Smanie trail seat is no exception.

We have no idea whether or not you take your gears for granted. Either way, here is a before/after look at the chunks of metal that are transformed into shiny new cassettes at the SRAM factory in Shenkang, Taiwan. And yes, @bricemag realizes this is a crappy iPhone image. But every true photographer knows that the best camera is the one you have with you....

We have no idea whether or not you take your gears for granted. Either way, here is a before/after look at the chunks of metal that are transformed into shiny new cassettes at the SRAM factory in Shenkang, Taiwan. And yes, @bricemag realizes this is a crappy iPhone image. But every true photographer knows that the best camera is the one you have with you….

WTB's new High Tail saddle was developed with Pivot's 650b DH bike, and features an indentation at the back to provide greater tire clearance on those drops that make you purse your lips and trumpet like a giant African Elephant upon landing.

WTB’s new High Tail saddle was developed with Pivot’s 650b DH bike, and features an indentation at the back to provide greater tire clearance on those drops that make you purse your lips and trumpet like a giant African Elephant upon landing.

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