Taking a look back to the 2009 Interbike Show shows how far we have come and how some produced were ahead of their time.
The Ibis Mojo SLX is the same carbon frame as the original--out the door for under $3000.
The Maxxis Aspen is a high-volume, fast-rolling cross-country tire with a minimal center tread and
aggressive cornering tread.
Camelbak has a line of his and her's jerseys with a hydration pack built into the rear of the garment, as well as guides for the drink tube and nozzle. Sleeveless and tank versions are available.
Ellsworth goes carbon this year with the "Enlightenment" 29er hardtail.
The Enlightenment's CNC-machined aluminum dropouts look great and could make way for interchangeable single-speed types.
Brent Foes is always on the inventors top five. His chainguide mount interlocks with the bottom bracket. The system allows a secure mount without welds, using the bottom bracket's threaded cup to fix it in place.
The new internal Fox FIT fork cartridge has the red rebound knob on the bottom of the fork leg because...
...The high and low-speed compression features (and lockout blow-off) have been moved
to the top. The rubber bladder (squeezing it in the pic) insures that the damping fluid is not compromised by air bubbles.
Garmin announced the 705 GPS-enabled cycling supercomputer.
Meet the ONE BIKE--a prototype of the bicycle that will be used for road, track and mountain bike competition in 2012. The UCI (world governing body for cycle racing) has decreed that there will be a ONE BIKE technical rule for all forms of cycle racing in 2012 for all UCI and future Olympic events. The ONE BIKE ruling is intended to remove the technological advantages of the present bicycle that have "corrupted the human-against-human contest which is the essence of the sport." It was also stated the Eddy Merckx actually cheated in his hour record attempt by "using ultra lightweight tubing and materials that were not available to the rank-and-file professionals of that time" and thus, will be stripped of his record. The ONE BIKE has not been certified for UCI and Olympic BMX competition at this time, although a smaller, more robust version has been reviewed by UCI officials.
Stanley Song, the inventor and developer of Cannondale's Simon computerized Lefty, points at the Simon's accelerometer, the primary sensor that is used to monitor the strut's electronically controlled damping system.
John Hauer is a pro downhiller and also a suspension guru at X-Fusion. He walked us around their impressive 2010 shock and fork lineup, which is positioned to fit in between the trailbike and downhill offerings of RockShox and Fox.
Kaylee Gibb is an Executive Producer of Life Cycle Films/ Their first video (working title by the same name) was filmed and directed by her husband, Ryan Gibb and is in the final production stages. I watched the teaser and was simply blown away. All the meat and potatoes are there: impressive riding, lots of tricks and air time--but the cinematography and background music is staged with breathtaking creativity that is rare to the genre. It's a must-see: www.lifecyclefilms.com
SRAM displayed the Trek Fuel that Lance Armstrong used to win the Leadville 100.
MRP showcased their Super G chain guide and White Brothers downhill fork on the Lenz 29er downhill bike. The Lenz is a ground-up design that pushes 29er technology into a corner of the sport that was once the sole territory of 26-inch wheels.
Lezyne (pronounced: Lay Zine), expanded their lineup of tools and inflation devices to include a premium floor pump. Before you yawn, we must state the sordid fact that only one out of five floor pumps that pass through MBA withstand more than a few months of hard use before giving up the ghost. We have high hopes for Lezyne.
Team Luna Chix went on the march with some buffed out trophy boys--a turnabout for the Interbike Expo vendors and UCI race promoters, who traditionally employ trophy girls for attention grabbers.
Who would have guessed that a famous German brake maker would produce a World Championship and World Cup dominating suspension fork? Meet the three-pound Durin SL 100--arguably the world's fastest cross-country fork.
Nite Rider's newest LED lamp technology mates four LED sources on one substrate plate. This array can be focused more effectively by Nite Rider's spot and flood reflectors than a typical cluster of premanufactured LED bulbs. The result is more useable light than even their most powerful HID system--with much longer battery burn times.
$4000 for sunglasses? Oakley's C-6 eye protection is machined from a block of carbon fiber and hand-assembled and finished in the USA. Only 50 will be made each year. We wonder if they offer a clunker rebate for your old Oakleys?
Pearl Izumi's female clothing line is pretty spectacular this season. "Wearable" and "fashionable" have finally been mated for women who ride off road.
Specialized had a no-touch Epic Carbon S-Works on display in the foyer--the scale read 19.6 pounds--and it had pedals.
Avid now offers Shimano CenterLock compatible brake rotors.
SRAM's oversized mockup of their one-piece CNC machined XX ten-cog cassette was quite impressive. The World Championship jersey reminds us that the XX has been successful from its debut this season.
There may be those among us who prefer to walk. The Stepper allows you to walk
and ride a bicycle, but it probably doesn't go anywhere fast.
The Sock Guy has socks embroidered with every logo and theme imaginable--except yours, perhaps. Contact www.thescockguy.com and he will make it happen.
Topeak's one-person tent has endcaps inflated with bicycle tubes instead of rigid poles. You enter from the side.
Mavic CrossMax Ultimate wheelset is not available just yet, but has been raced successfully since the Olympics. Its tubular carbon fiber spokes are as big as a finger and bonded into the hub and rim. The cassette body is titanium and the rims are double-machined aluminum UST types.