Crouching Tiger, Hidden Taipei Cycle Show

A Brief Look Beyond the Drab Vagaries of the OEM Market

Words by Brice Minnigh
Photos by Anthony Smith

Bike magazine has spent two days trawling the floors of the Taipei International Cycle Show in search of beauty, grace and an intelligible definition of feng shui. Here is another glimpse (minus an intelligible definition of feng shui).

We were elated when we saw our booth from afar. Unfortunately, when we got closer, we realized there were in fact no magazines—just a motley assortment of half-fingered gloves, multi-colored cable housings and V-brake pads. We were Blinded by Science.

"What was that? What did you say? I can't hear you over the erhu…"

The Kind Shock employees are preparing for a road bike tour of Taiwan's spectacular East Coast. We thought they could use some inspiration.

Whether it's hubs or politics, engagement is key—especially for Cross-Straits relations. These components are made in China.

We thought we found Steve Boehmke's missing rim and tire, but then we realized we were at the Duro booth.

These stems are more Funn when they're mounted to your DH fork, helping to harness the gnarness.

Square pegs and a round hole—imagine how stiff that is…

Dear Mountain Bike Industry: Your bars are too narrow. Love, Boobar.