With the big brands launching their latest and greatest at individual events this summer, and the rest of the industry using Eurobike in late August as a springboard, poor old Interbike in mid-September loses a bit of shine. But there were still more than 1,000 brands at the American tradeshow with stories to tell.
Some brands had new products — Pioneer launched a left-crank power meter — while others talked about new pricing — Stages, the innovators of the left-crank power meter, dropped prices across the board.
BikeRadar had four editors roaming the halls of Interbike in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here are the products that caught our attention.
Dave Rome – Australian Editor
Enve Carbon road hubs
Dropping an impressive 60g from the already feathery DT Swiss 180 hubs, these use Enve's one-piece moulding concept for a structure that's stronger than the spokes they're laced to. Internally, CeramicSpeed bearings meet DT Swiss' star ratchet mechanism for proven durability and speed. Sure they're expensive, but nothing with the Enve brand comes cheap. For more on these and the latest from ENVE check out this article.
Boyd Cycling tubeless valve nut
Yep, it's just a valve nut. And it has me geeking out.
Anyone who's ever had a leaky tubeless setup due to a loose valve, or worse, not been able to fix a flat due to a stuck valve will know how ingenious this is. I like tools, but I like it even more when they're no longer required.
Josh Patterson – Technical Editor
Industry Nine MatchStix
Without a doubt, the coolest accessory I saw at this year’s show was Industry Nine’s MatchStix, a thru-axle multi-tool with up to 10 functions. The bits live inside the axle and the handle doubles as a chain tool. Industry Nine plans to produce MatchStix for Fox and RockShox forks in 100 and 110mm versions. There will also be MatchStix rear axles for RockShox and Syntace X12 standards in 142x12, 148x12, 150x12, 157x12mm versions.
Moots Mountaineer YBB+ prototype
It seems like every company is experimenting with 27.5+ bikes this year. Some ideas will pan out while many others will likely fizzle. One niche where I think 27.5+ will excel is in off-road touring applications AKA bikepacking. The combination of traction and floatation in a manageable wheel size will make this a winner.
Moots was showing off a 27.5+ YBB softtail with custom Porcelain Rocket frame bags that I instantly fell in love with — it just looked like the perfect tool for a long weekend in the woods.
Ben Delaney – US Editor
Vittoria Corsa Speed Cotton Road Tubeless
Could this be the best of both worlds? The new Vittoria Corsa Speed promises the flat protection of road tubeless with the soft, supple ride of a cotton casing. For now, the tyre is only offered in a 22mm, time-trial-only edition, which Vittoria claims to be the fastest tyre in the world, based on third-party testing done by Wheel Energy in Finland. What I’m most excited about is what could come. How about a nice, fat 26mm cotton tubeless casing, Vittoria?
Similar to the Corsa Speed, the coolest thing about the Unbeaten Path crossover bike is the future it points towards. Is the future ’cross bikes with 2.25in MTB tyres? Well, no. But bike makers are getting increasingly playful with drop-bar bikes, thanks in large part to the versatility in tyre widths (or wheel sizes) that road disc brakes allow. Why have four different 700c bikes — road race, cyclocross, adventure/gravel, endurance road — when you can have one that does them all with the swap of some tyres and maybe wheels? For the record, the U.P. is a whole lot of fun to ride with these 2.25in treads on buffed-out mountain bike trails, accelerating like a whip and grabbing traction like a jeep.
James Huang – Technical Editor
UVEX Variotronic sunglasses
Standard photochromic sunglasses handle changing weather conditions well but not sudden shifts in lighting due to tree cover and tunnels. UVEX's Variotronic sunglasses instead use an embedded LCD film that instantly changes darkness with the push of a button. The electronics are barely noticeable, the rechargeable battery supposedly lasts up to 50 hours, and there's even an auto mode. Total transmission range is comparatively narrow at just 16-64 percent but for certain areas, this could be just what you've been looking for.
e-thirteen TRS cassette
As good as modern 1x11 mountain bike drivetrains are, they still can't match 2x setups for total range -– until now. E-thirteen's new 9-44T TRS cassette boasts a huge 489 percent spread that's nearly equivalent to a two-chainring XTR setup. It also fits on the existing SRAM XD driver body for easy compatibility, it's quite light at 320g, and – relatively speaking – it isn't outrageously expensive.