BikeRadar’s US team has been in Las Vegas this week for Interbike’s final year in Sin City. While wandering the aisles of North America’s tradeshow, we have been dreaming about getting out and riding bikes instead of just looking at them. We hope this weekend holds some great riding for you!
Without further ado, here is this week’s best new gear we have in for test at our BikeRadar US offices.
Silca Tattico Bluetooth mini-pump
The Silca Tattico BluetoothJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
Silca has developed a Bluetooth-enabled version of its Tattico mini-pump. When used in conjunction with the iGauge app, the Tattico Bluetooth sends air pressure data to your smartphone while you fix your flat (iPhone or Andriod.)
The accompanying app lets you find your perfect pressure (Note the option for suspension — a sign of things to come?)Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
The Tattico Bluetooth has a max pressure of 120psi. Silca claims the accuracy of the pump is within +/-2%.
The Panaracer PanDura looks a bit like a Dart for the 21st centuryJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
The new PanDura is Panaracer’s take on a reinforced tire suitable for enduro racing.
This new tire is tubeless compatible and uses a 60 tpi casing and a triple compound for improved grip. Flat protection comes in the form of Panaracer’s Anti-Flat Plus casing, which uses extra material under the tread and along the bead to prevent punctures and pinch flats.
The LifeProof AQ9 speaker is ready for your next post-ride shower sing-alongJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
Do you like to sing in the shower after a long ride? Or maybe you want the ability to bring the party with you on your next bikepacking trip. Either way, the LifeProof AQ9 portable speaker is up to the task.
This rugged Bluetooth speaker is sealed against dirt, dust and snow and can be submerged down to one meter for up to 30 minutes.
The AQ9 has a built-in carabineer to allow you to strap it to anything and a 16-hour run time for endurance partying.
Mavic’s new tubeless system features tires that go on without levers and mount without an air compressorBen Delaney / Immediate Media
Mavic turned up late to the road tubeless party, but the French brand showed up with some seemingly impressive tech. By producing both the wheels and the tires (okay, Hutchinson actually makes the tires, but Mavic controls the details), the brand is able to completely control the rim/tire interface and thereby remove much of the typical hassle and frustration of road tubeless.
Consider: we were able to mount and install the tire with our hands — without a tire lever — and inflate with a Lezyne mini pump. Seriously.
Mavic makes a variety of wheels with this technology. This set of centerlock Ksyrium Pro Disc wheels weighs 1,620g.
For now, Mavic has 25mm and 28mm Yksion Pro UST tires. More options are in the worksBen Delaney / Immediate Media
Syncros Matchbox Coupe Cage HP2.0 Integrated Bottle Cage
The Syncros Matchbox Coupe Cage HP2.0 Integrated Bottle Cage does triple dutyBen Delaney / Immediate Media
Scott’s house brand Syncros has a variety of bottle cages with integrated mini pumps and/or multi tools. The Matchbox Coupe Cage is designed for roadies, with a high-pressure mini pump that has a extendable hose to prevent stressing the valve stem.
The included multi tool sits hidden behind the water bottle and has 10 common tools.
ENVE’s Aero Road Bar has three components of aero designBen Delaney / Immediate Media
You know what’s substantially faster than aero bars? An aero rider.
ENVE’s aero bar features a 2.5cm sweep out on the drops, making the hoods’ width and thus a rider’s arms substantially narrower.
The aero road bar also has a flattened top profile like other aero bars, plus internal cable routing.
What is new is the facilitation of Shimano‘s DI2 routing, so not only can all wires and brake cables tuck neatly inside the bar, but the Di2 junction box can be positioned at the end of either side of the bar, for easy charging and adjustment of the system.
But unlike other aero road bars, this ENVE model features hood sections that are narrower than the drops, to keep the rider’s arms more aeroBen Delaney / Immediate Media
The bars are also compatible with clip-on extensions, should you want to use the setup for time trials or triathlons.
The bar comes in 40-46cm widths, measured center to center at the drops.
The reach is 77mm and the drop is 127mm on the compact bar.
Our size 42cm sample weighs 264g.
Like many aero road bars, the thin, flat top is faster than a round bar, and the cables and/or wires are routed internallyBen Delaney / Immediate Media
The shoes also come with black uppers, but the soles for all the models have an iridescent popBen Delaney / Immediate Media
Pearl’s latest version of the top-end P.R.O. Leader features electroplating on the sole. While the reflective flash is just for fun, the design does highlight Pearl’s unique construction method that eliminates the lasting board and instead wraps the upper directly down around the carbon sole.
Dual Boa IP1 reels have been slightly repositioned just off center, and the shoes comes with tunable insoles with shims for both arch and varus canting.
It also comes in all black (save the electroplated finishing piece).