Interbike 2017: latest news and show highlights

The latest tech from this year's show

North America’s largest bicycle industry trade show has wrapped up for another year. Interbike 2017 marked the end of an era, as Interbike moves to Reno, Nevada in 2018. Many of the big brands opted to skip this year's show in order to hold their own product launches, but there were still plenty of new and interesting items on display. Here's a look at the new gear and tech that caught our eye. 

The weird and wonderful from Interbike 2017

Vegas got weird this year
Vegas got weird this year
This year marked the final time North America's largest bicycle industry tradeshow met in Sin City. The show moves north to the Nevada city of Reno for 2018 and beyond.

Rather than going out with a bang or with a whimper, the Las Vegas expo ended... on a weird note.

From drop bar to TT bar and back, meet the Trifold handlebar

Morf Technology's Trifold bars turn normal road bars into aero bars
Morf Technology's Trifold bars turn normal road bars into aero bars

Have you ever wished for an easier way to transition from your time trial bike's base bar to the aero bars? Or have you even wanted a more aero position on your standard drop bars? Or have you longed for a quicker way to get back to the brake levers? Morf Technology claims to have solved all those issues and more with its unique Trifold bars.

Are 1x13 drivetrains the future?

Engineering experiment or the future?
Engineering experiment or the future?

Component maker Phil Wood has been playing around with 13-speed drivetrains for several years. At Interbike 2014, the company showed off a fat bike with a 1x13 drivetrain. For this year’s tradeshow, Phil Wood used a gravel bike with a 13-speed set-up to showcase its drivetrain hacks.

Single-ring drivetrains coming to the pro peloton 

Aqua Blue Sport to compete on 3T Strada disc bike with 1x drivetrain
Aqua Blue Sport to compete on 3T Strada disc bike with 1x drivetrain

Single-ring road bikes will be raced in the pro peloton in 2018. Irish pro road team Aqua Blue Sport will compete on the 3T Strada, an aero disc-brake road bike notable for its absence of a front derailleur. 

Pocket-sized inflators goes from flat to full in less than a minute

The Fumpa and MiniFumpa
The Fumpa and MiniFumpa

Fumpa is an Australian start-up hopes that tire inflation will soon become another chore humans delegate to robots.

This Pardus tucks its suspension inside the frame

This Pardus tucks the rear shock inside the frame
This Pardus tucks the rear shock inside the frame

It's not an e-bike, it's a new full-suspension design. The huge downtube on this prototype Pardus holds a shock, not a battery. 

The rear suspension is a single pivot setup and the rear shock is activated by a scissor link tucked inside the frame. This arrangement should keep things clean but also is likely to be a pain once overhauling is necessary. 

New affordable 4iiii power meter 

The new Precision Podiiiium features both a slimmer pod on the left crank (down to a claimed 7.5mm from 8.2mm) and a hidden pod on the drivetrain arm
The new Precision Podiiiium features both a slimmer pod on the left crank (down to a claimed 7.5mm from 8.2mm) and a hidden pod on the drivetrain arm
Canadian brand 4iiii launched a new set of power meters at Interbike with the Precision Podiiiium. The crank-mounted meters start at $399 for single-sided Shimano Ultegra, and feature a USB-rechargeable battery instead of a coin-cell battery, plus indicator LEDs and ANT+/Bluetooth transmission.

Urban Arrow's Family and Tender cargo bikes

Urban Arrow's cargo bikes could replace your daily driver
Urban Arrow's cargo bikes could replace your daily driver
What would it take to get Americans out of their cars and SUVs and onto a bike? That's the big question a lot of cities and towns would love to figure out. Maybe an easy-to-pedal, upright riding, huge storage capacity machine is the answer? Something like Urban Arrow's Family or Tender models could be a very good start. 

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