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Interbike 2013 Report – Part 1

by Paul Newitt and Mike Sarnecki

September 21, 2013 (Las Vegas, Nevada) – Interbike 2013 saw the cycling world from around the globe gather at the new venue in Las Vegas, the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre, to see what’s hot for 2014. Hundreds of companies and thousands of products were on display and Pedal was on site to showcase some highlights of what’s coming soon to a bike shop near you…

Rudy Project
Rudy’s new Agon offers more colours than a Mardi Gras parade and features bigger lenses and a larger brow bridge for added protection from the sun and other nasties Mother Nature may throw your way. Anti-fogging is controlled through optimally placed Vent Controllers and comfort is maintained through a soft, and replaceable ergo IV nosepiece and adjustable, ultralight temple arms. The Agon sports some high tech materials in its build, including carbon, aluminum, magnesium, and titanium. The Agon is also designed to fit perfectly with any helmet.

Thule’s new Round Trip Elite is one of three new travel cases that combines ease of use, protection and security. The other two are the Round Trip Pro and Round Trip Sport models. Both the Elite and Pro model include an innovative, integrated work-stand that not only allows you to help with bike assembly and disassembly, it actually stabilizes the bike in the travel case. The Elite model also comes with two wheel bags with integrated internal pockets to store tools and parts. The hard shelled Elite has rear wheels to allow for easy transport of your bike.

Argon 18
Argon 18’s Di2-compatible Gallium Pro has been completely redesigned using a new 7050HM carbon formulation that brings the frame weight down to 790g while the stiffness has been increased by 15% in key areas including the head tube. The updated AFS geometry offers balanced dimension in all frame sizes for optimal positioning and the new reversible carbon ASP-6500 seat post offers multiple saddle positioning. The proprietary 3D headtube system adds handlebar position flexibility while preserving front-end stiffness. The Gallium Pro model that was on display at Interbike with the Mad Fiber Carbon wheels weighs in well below the UCI legal limit.

It’s been a long time coming but it appears the Garmin Vector pedal-based power meter is ready to ride. On display at this year’s Interbike the Vector is the first pedal-based power meter that measures left/right balance and other power metrics via ANT+ wireless communication. The easy-to-install Vector measures cadence, total power, and independent left and right leg power. A balanced pedal power stroke optimizes power output and the Vector is designed to help identify strengths and weaknesses so you can fine tune your training for optimum results. The unit transfers data wirelessly to compatible Edge cycling computers, Forefunner, and multisport watches or any other ANT+ enabled head units. The entire system links up with Garmin Connect for the ultimate in self coaching, data analysis, and route planning.

With product offerings in MTB for a number of years Sweden’s POC  introduces the new Octal and Octal Aero helmets for road cyclists that embrace the company’s unique approach to safety and performance. The Octal offers innovative ventilation utilizing fewer but larger vents while providing a larger open surface area at the front, allowing more air to flow through the helmet. The design offers a fully wrapped uni-body shell for improved protection and resistance in a lightweight package – sub 200 grams for a size medium. Available in three high-visibility colours, helium white, zink orange, and garminum blue, reflective patches enhance visibility while the Eye Garage keeps sunglasses securely stowed in position when not in use. The Octal Aero offers the same features but with even more aerodynamic performance for use in time trials and races where low drag is crucial, without sacrificing safety or comfort. www.pocsports.com

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