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 By Colin Dennis

Contact: Moore Large

One of the most important aspects to this year’s Moore Large trade show - Geared, was the news of their UK distribution collaboration with the mountain biking element of Californian clothing brand, O’Neal, and Polygon bikes. Both brands were well represented at the show, and the range of Polygon mountain bikes were noticeably impressive in specification and price.

At £1700 the Rock Shox and Shimano XT/SLX equipped Polygon Siskiu D8 XC bike certainly stood out as a potentially great value for money ride.

Continuing with bike brands on display, you can’t argue with Moore Larges’ commitment to kids when it comes to getting covered in mud.

Cuda’s Performance kid’s bikes looked the business, and it’s great to see that kids can be encouraged to get astride 24” road and cyclocross bikes at such a tender age. You can never start ‘em off too young!

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Going back up the age ladder, the Derbyshire designed and assembled Moda range of bikes will soon be offering a high degree of customisation for individuals. Customers can have Moda road, cross, mountain, track, Tri, and commute models specced to individual choice of groupsets (including Campagnolo) wheelset options, and lightweight components and finishing kits.

The gorgeous looking Moda Finale aero road bike weighs in at 15.4 lbs/6.98kg and at a very reasonable ticket price of £3899 is just a taste of either factory or dream build options available for discerning Moda customers.

The vast range of Bobbin Bikes on display included the some very stylish, and very in demand, University of Cambridge City bikes. Finished off with suitable leather saddles and bar grips, these bikes are sure to be a hit, better get in quick though!

Forme Bikes had two, all-new Hooklow adventure models on display. The new Hooklow 1 caught my eye early on and sports a slick looking SRAM Rival 1 x 11 groupset and a set of disc brakes front and rear. At a very tempting £1200 price tag, we can’t wait to throw a leg over and test one.

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Onza have always had a tribal following and their latest classy Payoff and Jackpot frames look to ensure that dedicated followers of super-tough Onza hardtail bikes are never disappointed.

Over on the Sigma stand, Steve Palmer, who acts as the Moore Large brand manager for Sigma, and happens to be the in-house Oracle for Infocrank Power Meters, took time out to explain the workings of both the Sigma Rox 10 GPS enabled bike computer, and the impressive Compact M30 Power Meter crankset prior to us getting our grubby mitts on them for review.

It’s been a long time since I had been back to Sinfin Lane, and Moore Large seem to be as synonymous to Derby as Rolls Royce, if you’re in the cycle trade, that is. Big thanks to everyone at Geared 2016 for making the trip up north so worthwhile.