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by James Huang
September 23, 2017
Photography by James Huang
Sunrise Friday morning brings not only the final leg of this year’s Interbike trade show, but the last day the event will spend in Las Vegas, Nevada after a two-decade run. While the overall tone has been somewhat subdued here with the smaller footprint and lower turnout — opinions are mixed about the move to Reno, Nevada for 2018, too — it’s also been an unexpected bright spot for some.
With most of the bigger brand names opting to stay home, smaller outfits have been able to enjoy more of the spotlight that might otherwise have been obscured in more typical years — and as a result, we’ve been able to spend more time checking out items that might otherwise have gone unnoticed before. After all, while fancy bikes, frames, wheels, and groupsets might garner most of the attention, but it’s often the smaller items that can have big impacts on our rides.
So as the final Interbike in Las Vegas draws to a close, and with it, the final day of the 2017 trade show season, kick back and enjoy the rest of our live tech coverage from the halls of the Mandalay Bay convention center. And just in case you need reminding, be sure to check back periodically as we’ll be updating this page throughout the day with fresh images and information, and leave your requests in the comments section below.
Rolf Prima has been playing with limited-edition colors for a few years now, and this matte silver Hyalite is one of the latest examples. It’s distinctly classy, and arguably something the company should consider offering as a standard option.
Fidlock is the latest company to have a go at the cageless water bottle. This design uses a pair of strong magnets like some others, but in this case, they’re used primarily to pull the bottle into the mechanically locking sockets. I brought two bottles and mounts back with me from Interbike, so look for a review soon.
I’ve never had very good luck with cageless bottle designs in the past, but this one from Fidlock actually seems quite promising. If the mushroom-and-socket interface looks at all similar, it’s because Fidlock is also the company behind the magnetic buckles used in many cycling helmets, and the mechanisms are nearly identical. Retail price is US$35 per bottle-and-mount set.
Donn Kellogg – the man behind the rebirth of the Clement tire label – has ended his licensing agreement with Clement trademark holder Pirelli. All of the tires he developed (including the outstanding range of gravel treads) will stay the same, but they’ll now be sold under the Donnelly brand.
3T will soon release two new 11-speed cassettes aimed at single-chainring road use, both with a 9-32T spread for a more generous total range than what’s normally offered in the segment. The OverDrive version prioritizes more even gaps between each gear, while the Bailout favors tighter ratios at the high- and mid-range, with the 32T cog added on for when you desperately need it.
The way 3T’s new cassettes install is quite unusual, too. The innermost section threads on to a standard SRAM XD driver body, and the rest of the cassette attaches with six small bolts.
3T has added a new value-minded complete build for its Exploro aero gravel machine, featuring a more economical blend of carbon fiber and a smart mix of components for heading off the beaten path.
The drivetrain uses a mix of SRAM Apex 1 and Rival 1 components.
Fulcrum Red Power 27.5 mountain bike wheels are wrapped with WTB Byway semi-treaded Road Plus tires.
Masi showed off this gorgeous Gran Criterium Classico throwback machine.
The drivetrain uses modern derailleurs and a modern cassette, but a retro-styled three-arm aluminum crankset.
Yep, single-pivot caliper brakes and full-length housing with chromed top tube clamps.
The genuine Cinelli aluminum handlebar is wrapped with cloth tape. Note the gum rubber hoods and non-aero routing on the brake levers, too.
If the look of modern bikes offends you, Masi clearly has a solution for you here.
Tanwall tires wrap around polished aluminum rims.
Masi says it recreated the lugs from the original Gran Criterium for the new Classico. Retail price for the complete bike is US$2,720.
Indeed, down tube shifters – and non-indexed ones at that.
Masi’s new CXGRc gravel machine looks well thought-out, with a burly carbon fiber frame and heaps of tire clearance.
Standard issue on the Masi CXGRc are fat 40mm-wide Kenda Flintridge Sport tires.
The Praxis Alba forged aluminum crankset is supplied in 1x form. The cover for the unused front derailleur mount is particularly well done.
SRAM Rival 1 levers are mounted to flared aluminum handlebars.
The S-bend Masi AVD carbon fork is said to absorb vibration better than more conventional setups.
Time announced at Interbike a new family of clipless road pedals called XPRO, which uses the same iClic engagement mechanism as the current Xpresso but in a sleeker package.
Underneath the cosmetic lower cover is the same carbon fiber leaf spring as before. Naturally, Time says the lower cover improves the pedal’s aerodynamic performance.
Stack height on the new Time XPRO pedals remains enviably low.
Time says the new XPRO pedal has a larger contact surface than the Xpresso, but it’s unclear if it’s any wider, too.
As compared to the current Xpresso pedal body shown here, Time’s new XPRO is certainly more rounded and refined-looking.
RockyMounts was among many companies at Interbike showcasing single-bike receiver hitch racks. The Monorail Solo costs US$280.
Integrated into the RockyMounts Monorail Solo is a handy tilt mechanism and an integrated cable lock.
Garmin’s latest Vector 3 pedals finally ditch the transmitter pods for a far cleaner look than before.
K-Edge is machining its own adapters for Niterider front-facing lights that allow them to be attached to the underside of the company’s combination mounts.
Also new from K-Edge are these machined aluminum thumbscrews for quick installation and removal of anything that uses a GoPro mounting interface.
Yep, even the inside of the thumbscrew is laser-etched.
Kenda has updated many of its road tires with a suppler puncture-resistant belt and new reflective logos.
Kryptonite has a new line of USB-rechargeable front and rear LED safety flashers in a range of brightness levels. The Avenue R-45 (top) delivers up to 45 lumens of claimed output with a 90-minute run time at US$29, while the US$US$35 Avenue F-100 COB (bottom) can run for up to 135 minutes in daytime flashing mode with a claimed output of 100 lumens.
Not interested in shuttling your buddies to the trailhead? Yakima has a new one-bike receiver hitch carrier called the SingleSpeed. When not in use, the tire tray folds back on itself for a more compact form.
Yakima has updated its Dr. Tray receiver hitch rear rack with new tire loops that accommodate a wider range of sizes, and a new easier-to-operate tilt release lever.
As before, quick-release clamps allow for tool-free adjustment of the trays to minimize bike-to-bike interference.
Skratch Labs has released a new range of energy bars, offered in three flavors: almond chocolate chip, pistachio cherry, and ginger miso. This particular bar was my lunch on Thursday.
Innovation in inner tubes? That’s just what Tubolito is claiming here with its ultralight inner tubes made of a proprietary polymer. The company says the material is twice as puncture-resistant as standard butyl at just one-third the weight. The super compact form makes it an ideal choice for spare tubes and bikepacking, but they’re also very expensive at roughly €30 apiece.
Nite Ize’s new Radiant 50 (right) and Radiant 125 (left) LED lights are offered in both front and rear variants, and both at extremely attractive price points. The USB-rechargeable Radiant 125 is rated at 125 lumens and costs just US$30, and while the 50-lumen Radiant 50 (25 lumens for the rear-facing version) uses standard AAA batteries, they’re included with the US$15 asking price.
The new Radiant 750 headlight from Nite Ize boasts a 750-lumen claimed output, an onboard USB-rechargeable battery, included handlebar and helmet mounts, and – best of all – a very reasonable US$60 asking price.
Filling another gap in Schwalbe’s current gravel/mixed-surface range is the 700x32c X-One Speed, which uses the microdot center tread of the G-One Speed along with a progressively taller shoulder tread for good cornering grip on slippery ground.
Schwalbe’s new G-One Bite (shown in the 700x40c size here) is aimed as mixed-surface riders that might place a higher priority on traction across looser terrain.
Phil Wood showed off an experimental 13-speed drivetrain built with a mish-mash of different parts.
The custom-made cable pull adapter lets the rear derailleur move across a wider range than usual.
Phil Wood built its 13-speed rear end using a custom extra-long freehub body and an array of expander cogs from OneUp Components. Interestingly, though, the 11-50T spread offers less total range than a stock SRAM Eagle 10-50T 12-speed cassette.
To make room for the extra cogs, Phil Wood made a special extra-long freehub body, resulting in a 150mm-wide rear hub.
The experimental drivetrain currently doesn’t index, but Phil Wood is considering machinging its own indexing ratchet for use inside a Gevenalle shifter.