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by James Huang
September 22, 2016
Photography by James Huang
TECH NEWS BROUGHT TO YOU BY BIKEEXCHANGE
With the OutDoor Demo now behind us, Interbike now heads indoors for the main event: three full days at the Mandalay Bay convention center packed with the latest and greatest bikes and gear for the coming season (and maybe some not-so-latest-and-greatest, too).
US technical editor James Huang will be roaming the halls and updating this photo gallery in virtual real time with regular updates throughout the day — meaning that when he sees it, you’ll see it right afterward.
US editor-in-chief Neal Rogers is also on hand with additional reporting, and interviewer extraordinaire Dave Everett will once again be posting live videos to the Cyclingtips Facebook page.
Just as a reminder, feel free to leave any special requests for our crew in the comments below, and we’ll do our best to fulfill them. In the meantime, it’s time for us to don some comfy shoes and venture out into the halls with cameras and notebooks in hand.
Lezyne’s updated Super GPS computer features turn-by-turn navigation, automatic tracking alerts, both ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone alerts, and much, much more – all for the bargain basement price of just US$150.
Skratch Labs adds three new recovery drinks to its mix of exercise and hydration nutrition products.
Seasucker showed off this stunning CNC-machined aluminum bike rack called the Komodo. The four vacuum cups (not to be confused with everyday suction cups) are spaced tightly together so as to fit on short rear decklids like what is often used on convertibles. The cups are mounted on ball joints and the arms individually pivot for a perfect fit. Retail price is a whopping US$1,395.
If you don’t feel like tossing the front wheel into the trunk, you can opt for Seasucker’s slick accessory mount instead.
US$1,395 is obviously an enormous amount of money to spend for a single bike rack, but the construction is unusually high-end, and it looks fantastic. Seasucker offers the Komodo in multiple anodized color options, too.
The front end of the Seasucker Komodo rack uses interchangeable inserts for use with different axle standards.
While it isn’t recommended that you mount its racks sideways like this, it’s nevertheless a good demonstration for how Seasucker racks work.
Lake takes a different approach to a lightweight climbing shoe, using a single Boa cable reel instead of Velcro straps or laces. The Clarino microfiber synthetic is lighter than Lake’s usual kangaroo leather, too. Claimed weight is just 181g for a size 44 shoe, and Lake will offer both standard and wide widths.
Lake builds the CX 301 with a dual-layer, hollow carbon fiber sole. The outer layer is made of stiffer carbon fibers for efficiency, but the inner layer acts as a carbon fiber lasting board, made of more pliable fibers that give a bit under pressure for what Lake says is for better all-day comfort.
Rolf Prima bills its Hyalite aluminum clincher as a gravel/adventure wheel, but its low weight (just 1,520g, claimed), generous 22mm internal width, and tubeless compatibility potentially make it a good choice for wider road tires, too.
Rolf Prima actually rolls its own rims in-house, and laces them to custom US-made hubs from White Industries.
Hallelujah! Rolf Prima is one of the latest companies to ditch poorly functioning external-cam skewers in favor of internal-cam ones that generate more clamp force.
Maxxis is diving deeper into the high-end road market with the new Relix 25mm-wide tubular. Claimed weight is 300g.
The Maxxis Rouler-TR is a tougher 28mm-wide tubeless-ready road tire with bead-to-bead casing reinforcement and a dual-compound tread. Claimed weight is 360g.
Maxxis aims the Re-Fuse at rough roads or even dirt and gravel, depending on the conditions. The file tread design is offered in several 700c and 650b sizes.
The Maxxis Rambler (left) and the new Ravager (right) are purpose-built for dirt and gravel, with 40mm-wide tubeless-ready casings, Silk Shield reinforcement, and your choice of a fast-rolling or grippier tread design.
After several years of prototypes, the tubular version of Maxxis’s Raze cyclocross tire is finally available to consumers.
Powertap’s answer to “connected” indoor trainers like the Wahoo KICKR is the new Hammer, built with a hefty 20-pound flywheel, a built-in power meter, computer-adjusted resistance (up to 2000 watts), and both quick-release and thru-axle compatibility.
Fabric is continuing to build its range of pumps, which now includes this rather upscale-looking floor model.
Fabric’s new floor pump uses a real wooden base and a huge gauge for easy visibility.
Tioga’s Spyder series of saddles looks decidedly odd with their web-like open structure. The dual density makes for remarkable support, though, with seemingly just the right amount of give. A silicone rubber cover keeps the top from being too slippery. With carbon rails, the claimed weight is a paltry 120g.
The Tioga Spyder Stratum was the first in the company’s Spyder series, and it’s still a very viable (and extremely light) option.
The Tioga Undercover Stratum uses the same dual-density “Spyder” shell, but with a molded foam layer over the top for extra comfort.
Schwalbe’s cyclocross tire range recalls the spirit of the old Onza Porcupines.
FSA has partnered with Power2Max to produce a line of own-brand power meters with independent left/right data, an automatic zero offset, and a claimed battery life of 300-400 hours. Road versions will be offered with either solid-forged aluminum or hollow carbon fiber arms.
Kryptonite is expanding outside of bicycle security with a new line of front and rear lights.
Norco has new junior-sized Valence road bikes available for up-and-coming roadies.
The Ottolock is really only meant for medium-duty security. Although the steel and Kevlar strap seems remarkably resistant to cutting, the three-tumbler combination lock would likely be the weak link. Even so, it could be a good option for quick stops, especially the shorter 18-inch version that easily fits in a jersey pocket.
The Ottolock relies on a multilayer strip made of steel and Kevlar for security. It seems quite impervious to conventional bolt cutters.
RockyMounts showed off the new SingleRail platform-style hitch rack, complete with fat bike-friendly folding cradles, easy one-handed arm operation, and an optional add-on kit for a third bike.
The RockyMounts MonoRail prototype used 3D-printed parts, but production racks will use molded components.
The RockyMounts Monorail Swing is perhaps the only platform-style rack on the market with a swing-away base design for easier access to the back of the vehicle. Retail price is US$529.
RockyMounts has pulled a surprise move with a full line of bicycle locks. The Compton supposedly uses the thickest steel shackle on the market for ultimate security.
Need to lighten up? The RockyMounts Carlito appears big and burly, but is actually super light with a 13mm-diameter aluminum core hidden away inside the tough looking exterior.
This popular blue brand was covered at Eurobike, but here it is again with more detail. Park Tool’s new Euro-style repair stand features articulating legs, a neat two-stage clamp with independent height and rotation adjustments, and a neat clamp that easily accommodates both quick-release and thru-axle bikes.
The three-position pivot on the Park Tool Euro-style repair stand works for 12, 15, and 20mm thru-axles. Quick-release dropouts fit, too, with the included insert.
Park Tool’s disc rotor gauge uses a sausage-shaped feeler to get around the problem of vent holes and slots in the brake track.
The Park Tool CM-25 chain cleaner is made of cast aluminum for the ultimate in shop-grade durability.
Sure, you can just buy Loctite from your local hardware store, but Park Tool’s range of threadlocks and press-fit adhesives will match the rest of the tools on your workbench.
Zevlin makes custom handlebar tapes with surprisingly low minimums: just ten sets, with modest initial setup fees, too.
Rotor is diving into the gravel market with this one-piece dual chainring for its 3D range of crankarms. The 46/30-tooth combination wouldn’t otherwise be easy to mount on a standard 110mm spider. Retail price will be US$165/€150 when it becomes available in November. Additional sizes are planned for the future, too.
Upstart helmet company Lumos showed off this fully lit helmet, complete with front and rear LED lights as well as left and right turn indicators.
Total output (including side markers) is a modest 80 lumens, so the Lumos is definitely more of a “be seen” type of product. Even so, it looks very interesting, and it’s somewhat reasonably priced at US$160-170. Claimed run time is 7 hours on flashing mode, with a magnetic charge port built into the back.
Cycloc’s new UK-made Endo wall mount hangs bikes from either wheel, with a hollow hinge big enough for a U-lock. A matching pad down below keeps the other wheel from scuffing the wall. Retail price is US$70.
Cycloc also showed off the UK-made Hero, which secures the bike against the wall via a pedal hook and dual wheel shelves. Retail price is US$70.
Orbea previewed a new gravel bike called the Terra. Further information won’t be available for a few months, but it looks to be well in keeping with the competition. Starting price will be US$3,000.
Orbea’s new Terra gravel bike will accommodate mechanical and electronic transmissions, as well as single- and dual-chainring drivetrains. An inner chain guide will bolt into the base of the seat tube, too.
Orbea is actually considering offering this paint job to the public, but it won’t be cheap. Each one is truly unique, with every strip of masking tape laid by hand in random orientations. Provided the cost is fairly reasonable, I think the take rate could be quite high.
Official tire clearance on the new Orbea Terra is pegged at 40mm.
Orbea’s flagship Orca road racer has undergone a complete overhaul for 2017, complete with a rather slick-looking disc version.
The Orbea Orca seat cluster is admirably clean, with a hidden seatpost binder and exceptionally thin and flexible seatstays.
Bolt-on 12mm thru-axles are used front and rear for a clean appearance.
Garmin’s latest firmware update for the Edge 520, 820, and 1000 computers now includes integrated controls for Bontrager wireless-enabled front and rear lights. Depending on which Edge is used, the system will even automatically control the lights based on ambient lighting conditions.
Ever wondered what those mystery buttons on top of Shimano Di2 levers did? Wonder no more, as you can use them to control a few different functions on the most recent Garmin Edge computers.
Knog absolutely smashed the funding goals for its neat Oi handlebar bell. The original target was just US$20,000, but the final total was well over US$1M.
Bont’s new Riot shoes are very reasonably priced at US$179 for the road version and US$199 for the MTB one, yet offer features similar to the company’s top-end offerings. The sole uses carbon composite instead of true carbon fiber to save costs, but is still incredibly stiff, and the entire shoe is heat moldable for a customized fit. Shoes are slated to arrive in shops around November.
Bont has introduced a new gravel-oriented version of the flagship Vaypor S. The Vaypor G uses the same sole and upper, but with a generous tread for security while on foot. Retail price is US$459.
The tread of the new Bont Vaypor G is generous, but the shoe is really only meant for occasionally ambling about. There’s essentially no flex in the sole whatsoever.
Bont certainly isn’t afraid of adding some color to its footwear range.
The Bont Zero+ gets a makeover this year, with a more competition-oriented last borrowed from the Vaypor S. The cover and dimpled surface are intended to reduce aerodynamic drag. Retail price is US$439.
Underneath the Bont Zero+ cover is a single-dial Boa IP1 cable system.
Saddle company Astute has only been around for three years, but it’s already built quite an extraordinarily generous range of saddles, all of which are fully made in Italy. The chief designer was supposedly a veteran of Selle Italia.
Astute offers a wide selection of shapes and sizes, including men’s and women’s models in both cutout and non-cutout variants for seemingly every discipline.
Astute saddles range in price from US$179 to US$499. Top-end version use carbon rails, a double carbon fiber/nylon shell, and triple-density memory foam padding.