A common dilemma for teams and companies at events is determining the best method for displaying bikes. Some programs use single bike stands like the Ultimate Rakk while many others use a pipe strung from two a-frames. There are some stock a-frame designs and some programs have created elaborate a-frames in order to cut down the weight being transported in the trailer while retaining the strength necessary to hold a bundle of downhill bikes. These a-frames work well for stashing a number of bikes but they tend to slam together a bit. Plus they aren’t ideal when trying to display a bike to those who are walking by the booth.
So, what are they doing in Europe? We took a cruise through the display area at this year’s Eurobike Outdoor Demo and found that many are using the same methods for storing and displaying their bikes. There were some standouts:
Cannondale: their trailer opens on the side and at the back. The walls fold down at an angle and each contains a number of wheel holders that can place the bike up on the wall or down low allowing people to ogle over them as they walk by.