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by James Huang
September 22, 2017
Photography by James Huang
With the opening day of the 2017 Interbike trade show in the rearview mirror, there are now just two days left in the show’s long-running adopted home of Las Vegas, Nevada. We covered quite a bit of ground yesterday already, and with this year’s event feeling notably smaller than before, one might wonder how much is left — but alas, there’s certainly more to be found.
While Interbike may seem more intimate than in years past, the upside is an increase in the number of lesser-known brands that don’t usually get to spend much time in the spotlight. What sort of gems will we find on day two? Check here throughout the day for our regular updates, and as before, make sure to leave your requests in the comments section below.
We may be leaving Las Vegas, but we’re not gone just yet, and there’s still plenty of interesting bike bits to show off.
Maxxis’s versatile Re-Fuse is now offered in a 700x40c size with tan sidewalls.
Need a little more grip for your gravel bike? The 40mm-wide Maxxis Rambler looks like a good option with its tightly packed center tread and more open shoulders. The tan sidewalls add a bit of style, too.
For riders in cold climates who can’t manage to keep their hands warm, Bar Mitts are a godsend. The thick neoprene shell is remarkably effective at retaining warmth – so much so that you almost don’t need to wear gloves even when it’s freezing outside.
Bar Mitts has a new Dual Position road model that allows easy access to both the hoods and drops. Retail price is US$70.
Bar Mitts showed off a entirely different offshoot at this year’s show called the TailGater Tire Table. Weighing in at just 6kg, this nifty accessory turns almost any tire into a camp table. Retail price is US$140.
SeaSucker’s Komodo single-bike rack isn’t new, but it’s still incredibly striking. Each rack uses four vacuum cups for a very secure hold, and the frame is CNC-machined from aluminum billet. The head is compatible with both quick-release and 12mm thru-axle forks. Retail price is a whopping US$1,395, and the company says it has a hard time keeping them in stock.
The Komodo folds up to a comparatively tiny size for easy storage. When it isn’t needed, you can just collapse the frame and toss the whole thing in the back of the car.
SeaSucker also showed off a new team-style rack that will hold up to nine bikes (four in race-ready style) and five wheels. Retail cost would be approximately US$6,000 were it available to the public, but at least for now, it’s only available to World Tour teams. SeaSucker also supplied the racks to the UCI for use during the world championships.
The construction of SeaSucker’s new team-style rack is quite impressive, and the multitude of vacuum cups should make for a very secure hold. The clever design means it will also fit on almost any roof and can be easily transferred between different vehicles, which helps offset the cost over time.
Bikes on the side are held by the crankarm with custom quick-release clamps.
The wheel holders can be placed wherever they’re needed, and mechanics are free to choose front and rear setups as needed.
Kuat is moving beyond receiver hitch racks with the new Highline. Offered in both two-bike and three-bike versions, the Highline features handy quick-release arm adjusters, and ratcheting straps for the top tubes and seat tubes. Retail price will be US$220 for the two-bike version and US$250 for the three-bike edition.
The pivot bodies are made of fiber-reinforced plastic, but much of the rest of the Kuat Highline is made of tubular aluminum. It also comes fully assembled out of the box for easy installation.
Making adjustments on the new Kuat Highline couldn’t be much easier: just depress the lever, move everything where you want it to go, and then let go.
Kuat has a new pivoting add-on for receiver hitch racks called the, ahem, Pivot. This $298 accessory adds about 25cm of length to your setup, but allow for full access to the back of your truck or van.
Kuat’s locking mechanism for the Pivot feels rock-solid.
The KHS Grit 440 gravel bike looks to be an incredible value, featuring a carbon frame and fork, Road Plus 650b wheels, and a smart Shimano/FSA build kit – all for just US$2,700.
Tire clearance at either end is very generous on the KHS Grit 440, easily accommodating 650b x 47 WTB Byway semi-treaded tires.
The dropped chainstay allows the rear wheel to be pulled in a bit tighter for snappier handling.
KHS builds the Grit 440 frame with a threaded bottom bracket shell, but uses FSA’s 30mm-diameter BB386Evo spindle with oversized cups.
Accessory mounts are situated on the top tube.
KHS’s product manager has even done a good job with the gearing spec.
Flat-mount brakes and 12mm-diameter thru-axles are used front and rear. Note the fender mounts, too.
The cassette isn’t from Shimano, but the aluminum carrier and red anodized spacers are a rarity at this price point.
The Bluemels fender set from SKS features a plastic/aluminum sandwich construction and reflective sides for extra nighttime visibility. Retail price for the set is US$43.
Saddle rail-mounted splash guards are nothing new, but SKS’s S-Guard version looks decidedly more refined than many other options. Retail price is US$10.
SKS was also showcasing this clever Monkey Link interface for attaching lights to bike with internal wiring. Instead of resorting to cobbled-together clamps and add-ons, the Monkey Link setup incorporates a magnetic mount and the electrical contacts together for a much cleaner look.
The Monkey Link design includes both front and rear lights, as well as fenders with lights built-in. As e-bikes become more popular, expect to see more blended accessories like this.
Brian Davis of Fix-It Sticks is at it again, now with a chain breaker, 15mm open-ended wrench, and tire lever attachments that integrate with his original modular multi-tools.
A new storage clip houses two Fix-It Sticks (with four bits attached), plus four additional bits.
Fix-It Sticks’ new commuter kit (with the 15mm open-ended wrench attachment) and mountain bike kit (with the chain breaker) are packaged inside this handy nylon pouch. In case you need additional tools, they’re all available separately, too.
Swagman’s Sitkka receiver-hitch rear rack offers similar features to what you’ll find from bigger brands like Thule, Yakima, and others, but with a bargain-basement price of just US$320.
The two-tone wheel cradles and straps lend a modern look to the Swagman Sitkka rear rack, and the cradles will accept everything from traditional road bikes to fat bikes with 5″-wide tires.
SwissStop’s latest disc-brake compound is the RS, said to blend the quiet performance of its standard organic pads with the improved all-weather performance and durability of its E (Endurance) compound. The backing plate is steel, but it’s been thinned down to just 1.6mm to help save a smidgeon of weight.
Van Dessel Sports has brought back its loveable Country Road Bob in a single complete bike at US$1,500. The aluminum frame and carbon fork can accept both Road Plus and gravel-friendly 700c wheelsets (the Road Plus setup is stock), and the TRP Hylex hydraulic disc brakes, singlespeed drivetrain, and tubeless wheels should make for a relatively lightweight and fun package.
Featured out back on the Van Dessel Sports Country Road Bob are flat-mount disc brakes, a 142x12mm thru-axle, and fender mounts.
The bottom bracket-based eccentric won’t require chain adjustments after fixing a flat rear tire.
The WTB Byway tires and Frequency i23 tubeless-compatible aluminum hoops should make for a relatively light and durable setup.
Van Dessel Sports may have had new bikes on display, but this mini-fridge was cleverly hidden away in one of the stands. Very clever.
Joining the standard Whiskey Tango Foxtrot from Van Dessel Sports is a new higher-end 853 LTD version, built with straight Reynolds 853 tubes instead of the standard version’s curved double top tube setup. Along with the standard carbon fork (instead of the standard WTF’s chromoly version), the weight savings is supposedly around 2.2kg.
The Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is the most versatile bike in Van Dessel Sports’ range, as demonstrated by the split seatstay (for belt drives) and both rack and fender mounts.
A short machined segment provides extra chainring and tire clearance without having to resort to an ultra-long rear end.
The pseudo-raw finish is quite fetching, too.
All Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 853 LTD bikes will come with a nifty bar-mounted accessory bag, too.
Van Dessel Sports’ Full Tilt Boogie carbon ‘cross racer gets a new carbon fork and rear dropouts, both of which are now compatible with the Mavic SpeedRelease thru-axle system.
Pioneer announced new power meter versions for Shimano’s new Ultegra R8000 crankset, in both single-sided and double-sided versions. Retail price for the dual-sided variant is US$1250 (including the crankset); the single-side option is US$560.
Pioneer is one of just a handful of companies that will accept consumer crankarms for a power meter retrofit. Once the order is placed, Pioneer sends this box out to the customer with a return shipping label, it arrives back at the factory in California, and is shipped back out within usually within two days.
Pioneer’s latest “Extended Sensor Network” now uses two video cameras to digitally characterize your pedal stroke and power output.
4iiii Innovations debuted its new Podiiiium power meter at this year’s Interbike show, featuring a lower-profile form factor (just 7mm-thick) that will supposedly work on virtually any crankarm with a flat back – aluminum or carbon. The new power meter will also have a built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery instead of the coin cell used on the current Precision model.
4iiii Innovations will offer the new Podiiiium power meter in both single-sided and dual-sided configurations. The company will also offer right-only setups for current left-only Precision owners that want to upgrade.
Interestingly, the two threaded fittings next to the charge port are not for a waterproof cap. According to 4iiii Innovations, the unit is inherently waterproof already, and the threads will be used for some sort of future accessory.
Lezyne debuted its new Direct X-Lock accessory mount, which attaches to virtually any four-bolt stem and can be mounted in any number of configurations depending on your preferences. If the design seems familiar, that’s because it’s licensed from F3 FormMount, which launched on Kickstarter in 2015.
Lezyne has a broad collection of mounts available for the Direct X-Mount for its own range of computers, GoPro cameras (or anything else that uses that mounting interface), lights, and more. Prices range from US$30-50.
Yep, Lezyne is now in the bell business. Each of the three available models is built with a brass dome and hammer, and an extruded aluminum mount offered in either black or silver. A simple o-ring is used to attach it to bars or stems, and they’re very reasonably priced at just US$13.
Lezyne’s new Laser Drive rear light features ultra-bright LEDs (churning out up to 250 lumens, claimed) and two downward-pointing laser lines that create a virtual bike lane around you. Retail price will be US$60 when it’s released in a few weeks.
Lezyne continues to expand its family of LED headlights with the new Infinite Light Power Pack – an external battery that will plug into compatible lights to boost run times by 100% or more, depending on the model.
Genuine Innovations had a station set up where, for a US$5 donation, people could build their own custom AirFlate+ CO2 inflator chuck. All proceeds will be donated to the company’s local United Way.
ioMounts universal accessory mounts use a magnetic plate for a surprisingly secure hold on everything from smartphones to video cameras.
Thule’s latest rooftop bike carrier is the UpRide, which features a new foolproof mounting system that should make it far easier to load bikes on to taller vehicles like SUVs. The clever X-shaped interface will work on tires up to 3″-wide (or 5″ with an optional fat bike kit). Retail price will be US$220 when it’s released in March.
Not worried about getting your buddy’s bike to the trailhead, too? Thule’s new T1 single-bike carrier should fit the bill.
The simplified tilt mechanism on the Thule T1 has a handle at the end, but the release lever back near the pivot point. It also only folds up when there isn’t a bike loaded; it can’t be tilted down.
The Wilier Triestina booth at Interbike was just so, so Italian.
Wolf Tooth’s aluminum-bodied chain whip is just the thing for riders looking to lighten up their tool kits.
The matching ultralight wrench features a magnetic socket with interchangeable inserts for cassettes, crankarm self-extracting caps, and more.
Wolf Tooth has an incredibly wide range of direct-mount chainrings on tap, in both round and oval shapes.
Are dropper seatposts coming to the road en masse? Wolf Tooth thinks they will, and the company already has a prototype remote lever to suit.
Shimano’s road shifters and mountain bike derailleurs don’t always play well together, but Wolf Tooth has a number of adapters to make the combination work. If you’re thinking of a crazy transmission idea, Wolf Tooth probably has a solution for you.
Wolf Tooth Components’ B-RAD accessory system uses standard water bottle bosses to create an entire family of mounts for everything from extra bottles, tubes, tools, and more.
Wolf Tooth’s B-RAD family has grown considerably since it was first launched earlier this year.
Xpedo swears that its Thrust power meter pedals will finally start shipping before the end of the year.