This is a totally impossible mission. Just one of our cameras shot 273 photos during the first day of Interbike (John Ker is still out in the wilds and we'll bet his camera is well past 1500 images). How do you edit 272 photos down to a number of photos so we can get to bed before 12 and be ready for another day of Interbike cruising? Well, here is a start of products for you to check out. Keep checking back for more bikes and products to be posted.
Troy Lee Designs showed this "Drone" version of their A1 helmet
. The Drone only comes in flat colors and doesn't include a helmet bag. It hits the bike shops at the more affordable price of $139 compared to $165 and $185 for the A1 helmets with more intricate graphics.
The Gore Alp X short and jersey
are what you have come to expect from Gore...functional garments loaded with features. The jersey is designed to be worn with or a hydration pack. It has stretch material in the shoulders to compensate for hydration pack tugging. Look close and you'll see scrub guards in the shoulders where the jersey would wear out due to hydration straps. Even the ventilation panels are positioned so they stay out of the way of pack straps. There are two side pockets so if your hydration pack blocks the rear pockets, you still have an option. The shorts are a lightweight, slim-cut outer shell with WindStopper material on the inseam and up the back to resist water.
You may have seen coverage of the Magura eLECT system
from our Eurobike coverage, but we had to show it again because it is a really cool concept. The eLECT module senses the riding situation, second by second, foot by foot and switches between locked-out and open damping. A 3D-acceleration sensor feels any changes to the inclination or impacts and immediately reacts. Magura test riders who rode a course using a manual lockout, applied it 16 times. Using eLECT on the same course, the fork changed damping about five times more often. Anything that eliminates the need for rider input of damping adjustments is a good thing. Less fooling with dials, more riding. The system will add about $500 to the fork and will retrofit in many Magura forks.
The new chest protector from 7 Intelligent Design Protection
is designed to work with popular neck braces by re-positioning panels on the back and front of the pad. Very customizable.
This is one soft knee pad from 7 Intelligent Design Protection
that allows the user to custom tune the protection they are looking for. By slipping in the different layers, you can go from minimal to maximum protection. Even with all the layers installed, the guard was flexible and comfortable. A high-tech approach to knee protection.
has come out with a line of booties just in time for all your winter riding fun. They offer two lighter version, but these are the booties that will work best for mountain bikers. Up next is the FSA Mega Tooth Chainrings
. They have longer teeth for 11-speed drivetrains that don't use a chainguide. Check out the slight curve to the teeth. FSA is hoping you will never drop a chain again. Comes in 27-38 teeth in odd and even sizes.
After dropping out of the glove business for a few years, Lizard Skins
is back with a line of three models in a ton of colors. The Monitor 1.0, 2.0 or 3.0 all offer unique features.The 2.0 had a hook-and-loop closure and a fit and feel way tighter and lighter than we were expecting. We still ride a 3-year-old pair of Lizard Skin gloves. These should take it to a new level.
Just a quick comparison of the FSA Afterburner brake
assembly (left) and the K-Force brake assembly. FSA want to break into the brake business by offering a lot of tool-free adjustments. You can adjust lever reach and pad contact on either model.
Okay, we like cutaways. This one show how simply complicated the internals of a FSA K-Force
brake perch is.
This photo doesn't do the new Ergon GE1 grips justice
. There is a lot going on here. The grips are intended for aggressive trail riding and are shaped with subtle-but-noticeable grooves for your thumb and fingers. The grips offer more grip as your pull back on them. Yes, that doesn't make a lot of sense. You really need to wrap your hands around them to understand. They are very unique.
The $200 Giro Cipher
is claimed to weigh 2.5 pounds (sorry, we didn't have a scale with us). The helmet has a fiberglass shell with EPS liner, custom injected gaskets around goggle port and neck roll, vinyl Nitrile-lined chinbar and of course, a breakaway Integrated P.O.V. camera mount (sorry, GoPro not included).
Okay, this is not new, but it is a great trick if you ride a hardtail that is pounding your back. The Koobi saddles
have a customizable cushion system (those little yellow pillows you see under the hood) that add a bunch of cushion to your hard-riding hardtail. The saddle doesn't bounce as your pedal (that would drive us nuts). It simply takes the harsh bite out of the a stiff hardtail. Can't afford a dual-suspension bike? This is your alternative.
That's all folks. Time to hit the blackjack table. Just kidding. Signing off to get some ZZZZ's and be well rested for another day of Interbike. Tune us in again real soon.