The Interbike Dirt Demo coverage is below. These links will take you to all the additional Mountain Bike Action 2013 Interbike web coverage. Just click on the story name:
Interbike Product Parade, Day One
Interbike Day Two.
Interbike 2013: A Last Look Back On The Show
Interbike Video: FSA Get In The Brake Game
Interbike Video: Leatt Neck Brace Gets Major Redesign
Interbike Video: Inside The All-New SRAM XO Hub
Interbike Video: Find Out Why Nino Schurter Wears Sidi Shoes
Interbike Video: Check our the new Smith Optics Forefront Helmet
Interbike Video: Take a five minute walk through Interbike.
Win A Felt Nine FRD From The Phoenix Patriot Foundation
'Riding For Reading" delivers books at Interbike.
Moab Trails Alliance Hits $2000 Jackpot At Interbike Vegas Show Thanks To Lizard Skins
Interbike Celebrities Seen In The Halls
NICA Announces At Interbike That Georgia Comes Into The Fold
Interbike Rocks To Strung Out
Blast From The Past: Interbike 2009!
The 2013 Interbike
Dirt Demo is an outdoor trade show where bike shop employees can demo bikes and products. Held over two days at the Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike
Park outside Boulder City, Nevada, before the party moves indoors to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, the Dirt Demo gives us the time to ride bikes we normally don't get to clip into.
Canada's Devinci Bikes
made sure everyone knew they were at the Demo by having a plane fly their banner over the Demo area all morning.
Forefront helmet is a total departure in mountain bike helmets and uses a lot of technology that Smith has developed for their ski helmets. They were offering demo rides, but since the helmet is still pre-production, we opted not to ride it until we can get our heads in a true production version that you can purchase.
The tubular core structure used in the Forefront allows the helmet to use less polystyrene for a more compact helmet that still exceeds the helmet standards. The core is claimed to breath better (and it also allows more vents because of its strength).
The Merlin XLM 29 was the weirdest bike we saw at Dirt Demo. Why? Merlin no longer sells their bikes through bike shops so a show for bike shop employees seems like the last place you'd see a Merlin. We saw this bike in the back of the SRAM team semi and stole it for a quick lap. The made-in-Arizona-USA bikes are only available from Competitive Cyclist. If you want to try something fun, click here
and build your own XLM 29 from their menu of parts. Every change you make to the parts spec also changes the price and weight of the bike. It is pretty cool to play with it. You don't have to buy it. Just try it.
The Dirt Demo is a totally international affair. Eurobike might be the biggest bicycle (and electric bike) show in the world, but when it comes to mountain bikes, you've got to be here. Walking through the Dirt Demo area or on the trails, you will hear about 100 languages.
, out of Eugene, Oregon, knows that not everyone wants to spend $2000 on a wheelset. The new 29-inch or 27.5-inch Rage XR are their answer at a retail of $649. That's $250 less than their Rage with the White Industries hub and the hubs are really the only difference. The hub comes from a company that Rolf Prima has supplied their road hubs and company reps claim testing has shown these hubs to be trouble free. The rims are licensed from Stans. Not bad for a company that has only made mountain bike wheels for three years. Very impressive.
The Auron fork from SR Suntour
is their new fork for the aggressive trail rider. The fork will have three damper choices that include a remote lockout, a low-speed only adjustment and a low and high option. All have external rebound adjustment. A travel limiter for long climbs uses a push button actuation. The travel 6.3-inch travel fork can be reduced 1.5 inches or anywhere in between.
We got to Dirt Demo just after sunrise before it was officially open. Looking at the Intense Cycles
' demo fleet, we figured they were well prepared for the day. Wrong. An hour later, there was not a single bike left on their rack. An Intense bike is something that even shop employees (who get deep discounts from the brands they sell) wish they had in their own garage. To ride one is to understand.
We are heavy on the Fat Bike coverage at Dirt Demo because we don't get to ride them very often. In our testing area, these types of bikes don't work well. But put them on snow or sand and they will leave all other mountain bikes in the a white cloud or sand blasted. The Dirt Demo falls into the sand category. This collection is from Surly Bikes
Talk about a bike that looks fast just sitting there. The Jamis Nemesis 650
, only available with an aluminum frame, is now offered in this carbon fiber version. Job one is cross-country racing, but those wheels and a carbon frame make it a reasonable choice for a high-performance trailbike. This is the top-of-the-line $6000 Team version with the best of everything for a 17-inch bike that will weigh 19 pounds. Don't worry, the Pro model with Fox fork and Shimano drivetrain will go for $2900. The alloy Nemesis will still be available.
GoPro, you better watch your back. The Nitro Circus Live Rollei USA cam
is a cool looking little cam that comes with so many mounts that you will never run out of ideas for creative action videos. The folks at Rollei promised a review sample. We cant wait to get it on our bikes.
It seems like a lot of the Fat Bike innovation is coming out of Alaska from companies like Fatback Bikes.
This bike was simply a blast to ride. It steers pretty much like a normal mountain bike and floats over the sandy trail surface. If we lived where it snowed, there is no question. We would have a Fat Bike in our collection. Why use an indoor trainer when you've got a Fat Bike?
The Surly Instigator 2.0
is a totally new Instigator (that replaces what used to be a kind of jump bike/hucker). Surly calls this bike a 26+ because it runs their 26-inch Rabbit Hole rims that are a giant 50-millimeters wide. When you slap on 2.75-inch Dirt Wizard tires the overall wheel diameter is maybe a bit bigger than 27.5 inches. The ride feels like Fat Bike Lite. The tires give amazing traction and bite and float on the sandy surface, but don't totally kill pedaling performance. The bike steers with a light touch. We are unable to obtain a test bike from Surly so this was our brief chance to take a spin. We are glad we did. A totally fun bike that gives new meaning to 26-inch wheels. Oh yes, the 10 feet of rear brake hose? We have no idea.
was showing off this carbon-fibered fatty that actually tipped the scale at a mere 21 pounds! Remember when that was an impossible weight for a cross-country race bike with 26-inch wheels?
We had issues with Easton
Wheels' preload adjusters on the last set of wheels we tested. Easton listened to our feedback (and rider feedback) and abandoned the preload adjusters altogether. This lock nut tightens to a preset torque setting and an internal there is now a sleeve that fits between the two load bearings. The fix looks like a good one. Want to hear the best news? The new system will retrofit the preload adjusters and Easton will give them to riders for no charge.
Look for Easton to offer a $750 Vice XLT
wheelset than uses the same popular rim of the Raven ($950) and a less expensive hub. The Vice XLT utilizes a 21-milimeter (internal) welded alloy rim that's UST tubeless and rolls on 24 double-butted. Straight-gauge spokes laced 3-cross (front and rear). At the heart of the Vice XLT you'll find our new X4 hubset. These hubs roll on sealed cartridge bearings, are available in a variety of axle configurations and the rear hub is compatible with SRAM's XD cassette body.
These new Easton lock-on grips caught our eye because they use a internal frame for clamping to the bar. Why? Bar end clamps can damage carbon fiber bars. This system spreads the locking force. The grip folds over the hardware for a smooth feel and a demo set Easton had on display shows a material that has a soft feels but appears to last way longer than conventional grips. We will be testing these.
Hate to admit it, but the SRAM
Semi is way cleaner than the Mountain Bike Action lunch room.
This is their job. What do you do for a living?
The Giant 27.5-inchers
were all on the trail by mid morning. Since we get the opportunity to ride Giant bikes often, we opted to let shop employees get in line first. The line never ended.
is the biggest "small" company in mountain biking. There was no way they could keep up with rider demand. This photo was taken before the Dirt Demo officially opened. Riders who missed the chance to ride the Pivot of their choice on Monday, got back early on Tuesday.
Specialized made it easy for riders.
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