September 28, 2007 (Las Vegas, Nevada) – The massive halls of the Sands Convention Centre were still bustling with bike-in-the-blood throngs. Many cycling stars were on hand as well including Canada’s own Geoff Kabush (Maxxis) who was signing autographs at the Lazer Helmet booth. Here’s another sampling of some of the many hot cycling products for 2008 to whet your appetite for the upcoming season.
SID celebrates its 10th birthday with a complete makeover. The new, in blue, SID World Cup comes in both 80 and 100mm travel and weighs in at 1,425 grams. Its superlight Integrated Design features dual air spring, carbon power bulges (the black bits in the photo), BlackBox Motion Control, Ti Spring Tube, and is Pushloc and Poploc compatible. There will also be a non-carbon Team and Race model available. The Team will feature BlackBox Motion Control while the Race will have standard Motion Control. Both weigh in at 1,440 grams.
Sugoi has a number of hot items hitting the streets this coming spring, both technical and fashionable. The Helium highlights the technical category with a stunning weight of under 3 oz. The jacket is not something you would wear every day but is perfect for commutes on days that rain looks likely. For a jacket that can roll up to the size of an apple its impresive that it offers protection from the elements, a full zipper up front and pocket zipper out back, and reflecive strips for night safety.
Kinetic by Kurt
Kinetic gets a complete makeover for 2008. New logos, new colours and new displays will be hitting a store near you. The “Rock and Roll” is the only trainer that delivers natural side-to-side motion forcing a rider to use core muscles to maintain proper balance while riding. Kinetic, unlike other trainers, also makes use of thermodynamically neutral liquid silicon to ensure a consistent, measurable workload at all temperatures. Kinetic trainers come with a lifetime warranty.
Garmin is glowing with pride and colour for 2008 with the introduction of their new Edge 705. The 705 features full colour 2.2″ TFT display with mapping capabilities. The unit also has a microSD card slot that allows users to save workout data such as routes, courses, and saved rides. Users can also add optional cards for detailed street or topo, turn-by-turn navigation. The 705 also has ANT+sport wireless technology for wireless transfer of speed/cadence, heart rate and optional power data. The full 705 bundle will retail for about $650US.
Park Tool is releasing 27 new tools for 2008, the most ever in their history. Highlighting the line are three new bike pumps. Although the company had floor pumps in the past, the new products (which range from $16-$20US) mark Park’s first foray into bike-mounted pumps. Also new is a tube-cutter clamp that can accommodate the aero-style tubes and seat posts. From it’s post-work line, Park has updated it’s pizza cutter and added a barbeque set. Also, Park has added a $60US digital scale made to fit its bike stands.
Rotor Bike Components
From the company that brought you Q-Rings, Rotor has introduced the S1 stem, which weighs in at just 99 grams for a 90mm version. The $150 US stem has unique headless bolts and a 31.8mm clamp.
With an increased market for cruiser and commuter bikes, Electra now has 152 bikes in its lineup. The Amsterdam line has been increased from 9 to 22 bikes ranging starting at around $500 US. New from the beach cruiser line is a punk-themed bike featuring Electra’s new faux-gas tank frame design.
Among the new offerings from Blackburn are a completely new wireless computer range called the Neuro. It has the same look and buttons as the Delphi line, but with a powerful digital wireless system and some impressive new training features. They range in price from $125 to $225US. Also updated are the X4 and X8 lights, as well as the company’s floor pump line. Blackburn will also be offering a $40US, 30gram carbon fibre water bottle cage with a lifetime warranty.
Australian company Skins has been introduced to the North American market. The company makes high-tech compression tights, shorts, shirts and leg/arm sleeves that are said to improve performance and recovery by improving circulation in the body. The tights and shirts each sell for around $100, but the company says it has scientific research showing massive benefits, including more oxygen in the body because of the increased circulation.