Another Interbike is in the books and we take one quick look back at the things that caught our eye before the doors closed. But calling this our last posting from the 2013 Interbike Show is a bit misleading. We saw so many impressive products that we will be pulling them from our photo files and presenting them to you, right here, over the next few months. Stay tuned so you don't miss a single episode.
You know what's kinda embarrassing? When our own Sidi shoes look dirtier than the Cross-County World-Championship-winning shoes of Nino Schurter. Sidi had them on display under a locked glass case. We wonder if we would ride faster if we could slip these on?
Foes was showing this prototype cross-country race bike. The guys got the weight down to around 23 pounds using an aluminum frame and suspension components that actually work (compared to ornamental suspension components used to save weight but ruin the ride quality). The designs allows for a shock that is as long as the ones on some gravity bikes. And yes, those are 27.5 inch wheels.
Jamis asked, "What would you do with a five year head start?" The company wants riders to remember who got the jump on the 27.5-wheel revolution. Their $3800 Dakar XCT 650 Race is an example of what that advantage has given them. That's a carbon fiber frame and 5.1 inches of rear wheel travel. You also get a nice parts mix like the RockShox Sektor fork, WTB wheels and Avid brakes.
The Lazer Ultrax has a new Autofit System that eliminates the need for Lazer's Rollsys (the dial that was on top of the helmet to snug the inner headband). Now, just put the helmet on and the headband adjusts to your head. The other neat feature is a reflector built into the helmet that can be replaced with an LED flasher. The hot ticket for 24-hour racers and night riders who want to drive their slower buddies nuts.
In case you've been on a 12-month mountain biking trip to the Himalayas, Giant wanted to be sure you knew they have adopted the 27.5-wheel size in a big way. Their 26ers are gone and the 29er wheels will only come on select models. Why the major switch? Giant builds a great argument for their decision that you should take the time to check out. Even if you don't plan to switch, this is an interesting study. Click here.
Not a lot of application for mountain biking (we'd wear them on the pumptrack), but the Nutcase display is always so much fun to check out.
We remember when Club Ride was a 10x10 booth with a few employees and some hand-sewn jerseys. The little company isn't so little anymore as they have defined, maybe for the first time, what a "mountain biker" should look like. Nothing borrowed from the roadie past. This stuff is signature dirty casual.
The styling of the DRZ Terra Forest line caught our attention but it was the features that held our attention. The photo below shows what is going on inside this very stylish, SPD Compatable trail riding shoe. So new that they are not on the company's website yet. Yes, we requested a sample for a Field Test once they get the production shoes in stock (Mountain Bike Action does not review prototypes or pre-production products because we always want to test the same product you end up buying).
DZR says their little trick is that white layer, which is a fiberglass-filled nylon shank. It is supposed to add pedaling stiffness yet be plenty comfortable enough for kicking around or hike-a-bikes.
Shred (Shred Optics to be exact) started out in Italy making products for snow sports. They are branching out into mountain biking with glasses, goggles and products like this hydration pack/back guard. The pliable blue panel has impact absorbing qualities that were impressive. Dropping a weighted ball on the pad resulted in zero bounce. That's what you want from protection. A material that absorbs impact. Welcome to mountain biking and the U.S., guys.
OnePointSeven Atlas Brace Technologies
Got a dirty bike? OnePointSeven has a solution. Literally. We are having so much fun using these different products, which do everything from blast the grime off to detail your bike to a better-than-new look. Ryan Egusquiza (dude, I hope we are spelling that right) has been a Mountain Bike Action photo rider for years, and now the guy is spreading the word about Atlas Braces.
Every year you see something so out of left field that you just stop in your tracks. The Scurra, a bike out of Austria, seems to fly in the face of simplicity and tradition. It will be interesting to see if it can fly down the trail. We don't think that anyone at Specialized, Trek or Giant is losing sleep over this. Now for the shocker. The company explains this is their enduro bike (bet you were thinking downhill). It was surprisingly light (our non-calibrated arms are guessing around 30 pounds) but we are not giving up our Fox Float or RockShox Revelation forks anytime soon.
The fork was hard to push into its travel and then it rebounded like a rocket ship at blast off. A company rep said their test riders like it that way. They do, do they? Sorry for not being more excited, but we have found from our experience that "simple" is way better at getting the job done. The Scurra takes the opposite approach.
Here is another new company, RSD Bikes out of Canada, but these guys take the simple-is-better approach. Their Super 29er seems to make more sense for most riders than a fat bike, and, of course, you can slap on conventional 29er wheels too. It offered a low standover height and a chromoly frame that looks so simple after wading through a sea of wide-profile carbon-fiber-framed bikes. This bike is so new that it is not on their website yet.
Talk about being a kid in a candy store. While Wheels Manufacturing doesn't offer wheels (go figure), they offer tons of trinkets like titanium hardware, a PF30 bottom bracket
, bottom bracket adapters and the best selection of derailleur hangers in the business.
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Interbike Video: Find Out Why Nino Schurter Wears Sidi Shoes
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