September 26, 2007 (Las Vegas, Nevada) – Interbike 2007 began today and we’re back in Vegas once again in search of the latest trends and tech to hit the bike biz. Going green seems to be a trend this year with many companies emphasizing the need to reduce their carbon footprint. For example a small group of Specialized employees, led by founder and President Mike Sinyard, rode from Morgan Hill, CA to Vegas, a 600-mile trek, in five days! Here’s a look at some of the latest gear for 2008!
Magura’s hot new Cross Country fork for 2008 is the Durin. The Durin comes in either 80mm at 3.1lbs or 100mm travel at 3.25lbs and is available in white or black. Both forks utilize 32mm stanction tubes and Magura’s Dual-Arch Design (DAD). The Durin also features Dynamic lockout, which keeps the fork from being over active, and a remote handlebar lever to make on the fly adjustment a breeze.
Jagwire has two new items highlighting its lineup for 2008. The Triathlon Shifter Mounts are gold-coloured mounts for Shimano Dura-Ace bar end shifters. They’re about half the weight of the Shimano mounts and they’ll retail for $60 including a shift kit. Also new is a lineup of lightweight cross-country brake pads for XTR, XT and SRAM Juicy brakes.
Knog’s latest line of “Dog Bags” are sure to turn heads this coming season. The Art bags will be available in limited edition runs of 100 world wide. But don’t fret, every two months the art will change ensuring there are plenty of bags to go around and that each design will remain prety rare. Bags will be available as Handle bars mount, panniers, or as a back pack, all with quick mount system to ensure easy attachment to the bike. Prices will retail for about $150.
Crank Bro’s spun their magic on their latest set of wheels, the XC -Cobalt and the All-Mountain Iodine. The goal was to design an innovative new wheel that would be very stiff. The blue anodized Cobalt is sub-1,500 grams while the copper coloured Iodine is sub 1,600g. Both wheels make use of 28 unique spokes, and in-house designed hubs that will be available sometime in January 2008 for about $1000/ set.
Known for its funky ergonomic handlebar grips, Ergon now has a lineup of backpacks with unique swiveling shoulder straps. They range from $150 to $200.
Although Cannondale doesn’t have a booth at the show (they were showing at the Outdoor Demo), the company has its Righty prototype mountain bike in a glass display case in the SRAM booth. The bike has a single right-sided front fork, as well as a single swingarm on the right side. To accomondate this design, both brake calipers are mounted on the drive side of the bike.
For the trailbuilders out there, Dakine has released it’s new Builder Pack. The $150 pack has pockets for branch cutters, hammers and spikes, a shovel and even a place for a chainsaw. That’s in addition to the ample space for food, clothes or whatever else you need.
Blue Competition Cycles
Georgia-based Blue is offering a new RC8 road bike, a full carbon bike that is a step up from last year’s RC7 with a new fork and other minor changes. It will be available with a full SRAM Red group for $5,800 US or Dura-Ace for $5,100 US (Canadian pricing is yet to be decided). Also new is the T16 Time Trial bike, an update of last year’s T14 frame with a narrower head tube down to a 1″ design. Canadian importer Paul Gonzalez at Rolling Thunder also expects the new TR250 Track bike to be a popular choice. It has updated dropouts on the rear stays and the fork, as well as a new head tube design.
The first of three SRAM booth parties took place on Day 1 and a Canadian bike shop owner was a big winner. All SRAM Dealers were invited to put their name in to draw and win a new Kuota KOM bike with a full SRAM Red group and ZIPP 404 wheels. Bruce Roberts, of Hub Cycle in Nova Scotia, was the lucky winner today.