More goodies from Interbike

Innovations for heel, toe and and hamburger

Crankbrothers polishes mountain bike pedals
As well as their new wheels and headsets, crankbrothers was showing an updated mallet pedal that's lighter than the previous design.

At 460g/pair, the old magnesium-bodied mallet m pedals were the lightest big-platform clipless pedals. The new mallet (3) pedals weigh just 440g and have aluminium rather than magnesium bodies. Crankbrothers has saved weight right across the mallet line by replacing the old forged bodies with a new extruded aluminium design, and shedding the old, heavy, steep grip plates in favour of set screws. The mallet (3) pedals use titanium engagement wings to achieve their low weight.

Also new from crankbrothers are shoe shields, stainless steel plates that sit between your cleat and sole to prevent the pedal wings digging a groove in your shoes.

Tool up for your barbecue
Park Tool
introduced almost 30 new professional and home workshop tools at Interbike. Highlights included barbeque tools and an improved pizza cutter and, less whimsically, a digital scale, long-headed hex wrenches, a 3-way spanner for internal spoke nipples and a workshop version of the bottom bracket cradle workstand.

Park also has a new range of portable pumps, including a pocket-sized micro pump, a mini-pump and a full-length frame fit pump that can be adjusted to fit road bike frames between 47cm and 62cm.

That's good for retailers who therefore don't have to stock a range of sizes, but also good for owners of multiple bikes who might, for example, carry a pump under the top tube of one bike and along the seat tube of another, or who might just want one pump to fit both compact and traditional frame layouts in their size.

Lake grabs your heel
The latest version of Lake's CX series of road shoes moves the Boa closure to the back of your heel to really grab your foot and pull it into place. The CX 330C for road and MX330C for mountain biking use carbon fibre soles and soft but tough kangaroo leather.

Lake's managing director Lee Katz demonstrated the effectiveness of the new closure position by putting this writer into a pair of size 44 shoes - a size bigger than I'm used to - and inviting me to crank down the closure.

The effect is startling. A shoe that I'd expected to be able to just slip off, was solidly attached to my heel.

Now, I admit that's hardly a scientific test, but it's enough to convince me Lake might be on to something here. Running the Boa string round the heel certainly makes sense on paper. Clamping your heel in place has been the holy grail of cycling shoe manufacturers for years, and Katz believes that it's a place where a few precious watts can be saved that are otherwise lost to heel lift.

© BikeRadar 2007

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