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by James Huang
September 21, 2017
Photography by James Huang
Interbike is traditionally the final stop of the annual bicycle trade show global circuit, and the largest in North America. This year’s event marks the last time the show will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, moving further west in 2018 to the more riding-friendly locale of Reno, Nevada, near Lake Tahoe.
Although most of the major new product releases have already happened, Interbike still has plenty to offer, particularly from smaller brands that usually get lost in the shuffle of bigger-name launches earlier in the season. Interbike also provides a more intimate look at what’s happening in cycling in the United States — and before you discount the show as strictly a regional event, bear in mind that many market shifts that have recently gone global started on American soil.
Just as we did for the Eurobike trade show last month, we’ll be posting the most interesting bikes, products, clothing, and accessories straight from the convention hall floor, almost in real-time; you see them when we see them. This page will be updated throughout the day, so check back regularly for the latest additions, and feel free to leave specific requests in the comments section below.
Update: Be sure to also check out our additional Interbike coverage, including day two.
Boyd Cycling has transitioned all of its standard rim-brake road wheelsets to the new 85 hubset, which features larger axles and bearings for improved durability, a faster-engaging 5.6-degree six-pawl freehub mechanism, and tool-free disassembly. Claimed weights are 95g for the front and 250g for the rear – slightly heavier than the hubs they replaced, but supposedly longer-lasting and with better performance overall.
The tool-free disassembly should help with regular maintenance, but is also carries with it some added benefits. For one, removing the freehub body and axle makes for a narrow form factor that should work great for travel bikes.
The tool-free freehub body removal makes for easy cassette swaps, too. Boyd Cycling will offer replacements for US$50 each.
At US$900, the Boyd Cycling Altamont Ceramic Coated aluminum clincher wheelset looks to be a good value, sporting a tough sidewall coating for longer wear and better braking performance than bare aluminum, a generous 20mm internal width, and tubeless compatibility.
Boyd Cycling now has a full range of accessories for tubeless tires, including its own sealant (which smells like bubblegum), rim tape, a sealant injector, and a handy valve core tool.
Boyd Cycling also showed off its new US$60 double wheel bag, featuring hidden backpack straps for easy portaging.
Clif Bar has new whey protein bars in a variety of flavors.
Energy gels are usually consumed during a workout or race, but Clif Bar intends for this oatmeal-based recipe to be used beforehand as a meal replacement for those with sensitive stomachs.
Cobb Cycling is best known for its time trial and triathlon saddles, but now has a full range of more traditional-looking models for the road, too. This One Fifty One model is arguably the most versatile high-performance model, built with carbon fiber rails, a carbon fiber shell, very dense foam padding, and a genuine leather cover. Claimed weight is 120g and retail price is US$350.
The new 228g Cobb San Remo and Merica models are identical in form and function, differing only in graphics. Retail price is US$200.
Cobb Cycling has a rich history in triathlon, and one of the concepts the company embraces is shorter crankarms. According to Cobb, there’s no degradation in performance (assuming the gearing is adjusted to suit), but the decreased range of motion is supposedly easier on weary joints and more aerodynamic given the reduced frontal area. Already offered in an aluminum version, the new carbon fiber arms are offered in 145-170mm lengths.
Cobb Cycling has also partnered with BBinfinit. Instead of using two separate cups, BBinfinit houses both bearings in a one-piece aluminum sleeve, which supposedly reduces friction and helps keep creaking at bay.
Efficient Velo Tools (more commonly known as EVT) designed and builds some of the burliest shop tools available. None of it is cheap, but generally speaking, it’s often better to pay more for something once, than to buy lesser versions more often.
EVT’s handy spoke nipple inserter makes it easier for wheel builders to work with deep-section rims. You simply insert the tapered tip into the nipple, feed it into the rim, and then spin the knurled handle while the cupped end rests in your palm. I must have one.
RXBar prides itself on a simple ingredient list – so much so that it puts the base list right on the front of each box.
Sidi has a new budget road shoe called the Alba Carbon. The upper is made of a more conventional synthetic leather than what Sidi uses on its upper-end shoes, and the sole is a carbon-reinforced nylon piece. Retail price is US$200.
The carbon-reinforced nylon sole is likely heavier and more flexible than an equivalent carbon fiber part, but it’s also much less expensive. For those that are after the legendary Sidi fit and feel, but can’t stomach the price of upper-end models, the new Alba Carbon looks to be a reasonable choice.
Genuine Innovations showed off its latest AirChuck+ CO2 inflator design, which uses the same sping-loaded, push-to-inflate operation as the current AirChuck, but with a new rubber-coated body for better grip and a bit of protection from freezing fingers.
This handy demo was meant to showcase how Slime tire sealant (center) adheres better to the inside of a tire than either Stan’s NoTubes sealant (left) or Orange Seal (right).
The Alchemy Atlas all-road bike isn’t new, but this particular sample showcases brilliantly the appeal of a painted-to-match complete setup.
Black and red may be played out in the road world in the eyes of many, but that doesn’t mean this is any less pretty.
The painted-to-match concept looks even more striking in mountain bike form.
Enduro Bearings continues to expand and refine its range of creak-killing TorqTite thread-together bottom brackets for press-fit frames.
The newest SRAM-specific bottom brackets from Enduro Bearings now use asymmetric cups and dedicated left- and right-hand bearings to suit that company’s stepped crankset spindle design.
Enduro Bearings will supply its flagship XD-15 bearings to White Industries, Stan’s NoTubes, Rolf Prima, and Industry Nine. The optional hub upgrades should not only reduce friction, but also greatly improve long-term durability. Enduro is so confident of the XD-15 materials’ toughness that it is even planning to offer a lifetime warranty on hub bearings, which up until now has been wholly unheard of.
Hope recently debuted flat-mount versions of its RX4 hydraulic disc brake calipers for road levers. According to Hope, the one-piece machined aluminum design is stiffer than stock offerings, there’s more pad clearance on tap than what is currently offered by the three major road groupset manufacturers, and they’re also offered in six anodized colors. Retail price is £95 per caliper, including two sets of pads.
Hope is also currently testing a hollow machined aluminum road crankset, which is being tested this weekend at the grueling Three Peaks event in the UK.
Hope machined each crankarm in a C-shaped cross-section, then bonds on a structural cap afterward.
Inno showed off development samples of its new Tire Hold rack for 2″ square receiver hitches. The design is almost identical in concept to what 1upUSA has offered for years, but in an admittedly more refined form.
Inno’s Tire Hold rear rack holds the bikes by the wheels using two ratching U-shaped cradles. Each bike can be easily shifted left-to-right (with no tools required) to reduce bike-to-bike interference.
A handy release lever is positioned right at the end of the main mast to tilt the unit up and down.
Each arm is adjustable for different wheel sizes, again with no tools required.
Inno will offer the new Tire Hold rack in 1-, 2-, and 4-bike versions when it eventually goes on sale in May. Retail price will range from US$299-499 depending on version.
Inno’s cargo boxes are unique given their burly injection molded construction. The lower tray is thicker and stiffer than what’s typically out there for smoother opening and closing action, as well as improved long-term durability.
Lazer’s handy helmet lock isn’t new, but it’s still pretty cool. The tiny three-digit combination lock turns any compatible Lazer helmet into a low-security lock for quick in-and-out coffee stops.
Parlee’s most popular models are the modular monocoque Altum and Chebacco, but the handmade Z-Zero range still sells in the triple digits annually – even when frameset prices are upwards of US$8,000.
It’s details like this that at least help show where some of that money goes. This blind thru-axle dropout is wonderfully slick in appearance, as well as molded by hand and built with machined titanium inserts. Each tube on Parlee’s full-custom frames are made individually, too.
Pearl Izumi’s new PI Dry garments use a proprietary treatment that supposedly retains its water-shedding capabilities for over 100 machine washings. Currently, PI Dry is offered in warmers, tights, and 3/4 tights, but the company is also working on jerseys and jackets as well.
Pearl Izumi’s top-end PI Black range of road clothing is basically the commercial version of what the company was producing custom for the BMC team. The fits are highly compressive and aggressive, and the textured fabrics are designed to reduce aerodynamic drag.
Pearl Izumi bills these as lace-up shoes for hardcore trail riders using flat pedals, but their casual styling should make them a hit for commuting, too.
The outsole is made with two types of Vibram rubber: one for better grip on spiked pedals, and a harder compound at the front and rear ends for durability.
Speedplay’s SZYR pedal isn’t new, but a more recent offering is the sizing system that allows for variable stack heights and spindle lengths depending on the rider’s biomechanical needs.
Smith Optics previewed its new Network helmet, which features a more open and airy design than what the company currently offers, a standard MIPS low-friction liner, and Koroyd energy-absorbing inserts along each side.
Smith Optics says the new Network helmet won’t be available until March 2018, but based on what I can tell on this early test sample, it looks like it’ll be quite well ventilated.
Smith Optics says the Koroyd inserts are better at absorbing impact energy than standard EPS foam. The honeycomb material doesn’t allow as much air to flow through, however, so it’s reserved for areas of high impact probability.
A small gap in between the outer bridge and the Koroyd insert makes for a handy dock for stashing eyewear. Retail price on the new Smith Optics Network will be US$160.
The optional visor brim adds extra protection against sun glare and rain, too.
Smith Optics is getting very bold with its graphics.
Since Smith Optics makes both helmets and eyewear, why not make them match, right?
Watteam’s Powerbeat crankarm-based power meter features a DIY installation and nearly unbeatable pricing. A new single-sided model comes in at just US$259, while the dual-sided version is US$399. Watteam will even sell a two-pack of dual-sided meters for a comparatively paltry US$699.
Watteam says the Powerbeat power meter is easy to install and calibrate at home. However, notably absent from the company’s web site are any accuracy claims.
Vancouver-based company Land Yachtz showed off a collection of heat moldable saddles for a customized fit. Although packed with technology, the full-grain leather covers lend a pleasantly classic look.
Land Yachtz builds its saddles with a carbon fiber skeleton and bonded carbon fiber rails. Under the sit bones are two heat moldable inserts and a built-in heating element. Simply attach the included power cord to the front of the saddle (the contact point is in gold under the nose), wait five minutes for the heating element to warm up, and then sit on the saddle for a custom fit. Retail price is US$299, and claimed weight is 215-245g, depending on model. The official launch is set for March or April of 2018.
Land Yachtz is offering both a flatter and wider shape (pictured here), and a longer and narrower version. Different widths will be available, too.
GeoOrbital’s unusual-looking front wheel turns any bike into an e-bike. The rim rotates around the tri-armed center section, and both the battery and motor are entirely housed on the central body.
Focus’s “freestyle” paint jobs offer far more lively finishes than what’s normally offered.
Coros previewed its new Omni smart helmet, which incorporates two rows of LEDs along the rear edge, a pair of bone conduction headphones, and even a microphone for hands-free calling. The company plans to launch it on Indiegogo around early-to-mid October.
The bone conduction speakers built into the straps of the Coros Omni helmet send audio waves directly into your inner ear without blocking ambient sounds.
The built-in microphone is situated behind the browpad where it’s sheltered from the wind.
Oakley clearly isn’t messing around with recently launched range of road helmets. According to Oakley, there will be three high-level pro teams using the new lids for the 2018 season.
Korean company Hauteworks debuted its new Rayo rear light, which uses three LEDs (each with a specific focus patterns) and an array of on-board sensors to help boost rider safety.
Built-in accelerometers allow the Rayo to act as a brake light, and multiple units will also supposedly communicate with each other automatically for syncronized blinking on group rides for improved visibility. Target retail price is US$64 when it launches on Kickstarter in November.
Sena showed off its latest smart helmet, called the R1. Integrated into the EPS foam liner are stereo speakers, a Bluetooth wireless receiver and transmitter, a front-facing video camera, and a noice-canceling microphone.
The dual speakers promise the ability to hear your favorite music without drowning out your surroundings – and without forcing everyone around you to listen to your music, too.
The new Crosspoint gloves from Showers Pass are built with three layers: a knit outer layer for a soft feel and good flexibility; a waterproof, breathable membrane in the middle for weather protection; and a Coolmax interior to wick away sweat. Silicone rubber appliques on the palm and fingers promise a secure grip, too. Retail price will be around US$45 when they arrive in stores next month.
TiGr uses a secret titanium alloy for its novel bicycle lock designs. The new Mini+ model (at right) weighs just 450g, but is supposedly very secure.
Vintage Electric makes some of the most striking e-bikes on the market.
The slick custom battery case is highlighted as a styling element instead of being hidden away.
Yakima has a new add-on called the Backswing that adds easy hatch access to any hitch-mounted rack (provided you’re ok with about 30cm of extra length). Total allowable weight (including both the additional rack and mounted bicycles) is 110kg (250lb), and retail price will be US$300 when it becomes available around March or April.
Yamaha already makes e-bike motors and batteries, but now the company is getting into complete bicycles.