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Interbike 2016 Part 2 – Marin, Louis Garneau, Stages Cycling, Park Tool

by Paul Newitt

September 28, 2016 (Las Vegas, NV) – Here’s our next installment of 2017 products direct from the show floor of Interbike, North America’s biggest cycling trade show, being held Sept. 21-23 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre in Las Vegas.

Marin's new Hawk Trail  ©  Paul Newitt

Marin’s new Hawk Trail is grabbing a lot of attention and features a Series 3 6061 butted and hydroformed aluminum frame with 120mm travel MultiTrac suspension technology and 27.5” wheels. The MultiTrac system provides similar kinematics to their proven IsoTrac suspension technology, but in a more economical package.

Trail geometry, which consists of a low BB, slack head angle, and longer reach ensure impressive technical trail taming. The front end is handled by a RockShox Recon Silver RL 27.5”, 120mm Travel with compression and rebound adjustment, alloy tapered steerer, 100x15mm thru-axle, and 42mm offset.

Other features on the Hawk Trail Include closed 9-12 convertible thru-axle dropouts, (allowing for future wheel upgrades), Shimano Deore Shadow and BR-M315 hydraulic disc brakes, Marin components, and Schwalbe Hans Dampf, 27.5”x2.35” tires.

This impressive all-mountain package is also sub-$2,000 at retail.

Garneau women's Course LGneer bib shorts  ©  LGS

Louis Garneau

Once again Garneau was in full support of Team Canada at this year’s Rio Olympic Games with team members sporting the latest fabric tech in the form of Course LGneer skin suits and race bibs.

The Course LGneer Race bib and skin suit, available this fall, is the result of extensive development work between Louis Garneau Sports and the aerodynamic expertise of Alphamantis Technologies. The kits feature three zones of compression, with various thicknesses, to improve blood flow in the lower quads region, the mid-thigh and around the hips. Other highlights include Garneau’s 5Motion chamois, providing enhanced freedom of movement, close-to-seamless one piece construction and laser-finished hems for superior aerodynamics.

The Course LGneer Bib features Kite Mesh, for reduced weight and optimized moisture control ultra comfy suspenders, Aero single-layer laser cut bottom, and a “Nature Calls” front panel for easy pit stops.

The Course LGneer Skin Suit ups the ante with CB M-2, (*Coldback UV reflective technology for cooling) Gareau’s most advanced aerodynamic fabric, Grid 70 Air, Garneau’s lightest woven mesh, and CB Mondo RF, a micro-filament known for its softness and comfort.  Other features include; a full length zip, aero-optimized sleeves, two floating rear pockets and protective sweat proof pocket.

Both the Course LGneer Skin Suit and Bib come in Men’s and Women’s versions in sizes from S to XXL.

Stages Cycling introduces their new Dash and Link ecosystems  ©  Paul Newitt
Stages Cycling
Stages Cycling is launching a complete power training package with the introduction of their Dash and Link ecosystems with unrivaled customization that enables riders of all levels of experience to maximize their performance and meet their goals, with a simple and intuitive interface.

Dash is a power-training-optimized GPS head unit that integrates seamlessly with their new Link system and features robust Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity with Stages Power metres and third party devices. It introduces the ability to offer guided workouts and coaching with specific provisions to manage critical training metrics across all devices. Stages says that Dash has best-in-class battery life with a 24-30 hour charge and comes with a unique handlebar mount. Also unique is its ability to allow custom field selection along with custom sizing of that field on the screen.

Stages new Link is a hub of cloud-based coaching, education, training analysis and equipment management tools, which were developed in collaboration with the analytics experts at Today’s Plan based in Australia. It offers custom training plans and daily workouts to benefit rider performance and goals. Link also helps you quickly set up your Dash unit while keeping tabs on your Stages Power meter, and is compatible with third party devices as well.

Park Tool's new TS-4 Professional Truing Stand  ©  Paul Newitt
Park Tool
Park Tool goes big in 2017 with their new TS-4 Professional Truing Stand designed to accurately gauge any size wheel, with or without the tire mounted. The TS-4 mirrors many of features found on their renowned TS 2.2 truing stand but with modifications to accommodate today’s wide variety of hubs, wheel sizes and tire combinations,

The TS-4 features simultaneously moving uprights to keep the wheel centered in the stand and accommodates axle widths from 75mm to 215mm.

A direct action caliper arm adjusts to work with wheel sizes from 16″ to 29″ and the stand accommodates tire widths up to 5″ with or without the brake rotor mounted.

Other features include built in thru-axle adaptors, removable and replaceable nylon-caliper tips to protect painted or anodized rims, and a chrome plated/powder coated heavy gauge steel construction for durability.

Interbike 2016 part 1 here.
Interbike 2016 part 3 here.

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