01 October 2007

Interbike 2008

Alright. Everybody's back from Interbike and while there was apparently some neat stuff (I wasn't able to make it due to other commitments). Lots of carbon fiber (especially as frames, wheels, and cranks evolve), some silly-light road bikes, and new 'hot' colors. I haven't picked up on anything groundbreaking., though, so here are a few highlights:

The guys at our local shop were all abuzz about a 2.75lb carbon hardtail mountain bike with no rider weight limit. Why? Its built using a truss structure, with 'tubes' made of relatively small strings of carbon. Calfee has also done something similar for the road (see BikeMagic post). It certainly is striking, but at $7k for the frame, we'll wait for someone to figure out mass production...

cyclingnews.com
bikemagic.com
www.singletrackworld.com

Apparently, the bike industry is sick of the hassles associated with flying with their bikes. After having my flight case damaged (and paying handsomely for the privilege) on my most recent trip, I can sympathize. There have been more than a few mentions of folding or disassemble-able bikes.
www.singletrackworld.com

Chris King are making a buzz with some high-flange road/touring/'cross hubs and a 1.5in headset. They're still resisting the integrated thing, but at least Hope are filling that gap, not that I've seen many of them stateside.

cyclingnews.com
singletrackworld.com


Maverick are also attracting some attention with a 4.5lb, 165mm (6.5in) travel version of their DUC fork, this time with freakishly large 36mm stantions. If it's anything like the 6in DUC32, it'll work well, but be better suited to folks willing to dive into the internals to get it working really well. Fun if you like to experiment. The Durance frame (which is what at least two of us at bikefix are riding) is up to 140mm travel, and the 4in travel Matic was pictured in a fetching chocolate color...

singletrackworld.com

In more carbon-forked news, Pace were on hand with their recently purchased line of forks (formerly Pace), which have some of the nicest dampers we've used. Now if they can get the quality control under, erm, control, they'll have a winner.

Finally, Pivot are a new brand headed by former Titus guy Chris Cocalis. They've released two bikes using the same DW*Link suspension platform as Ibis and Iron Horse, in 4in and 5in travel versions. Some neat features include an integrated front derailleur mount and integrated BB cups. Priced within US$5 of the Ibis Mojo, with some nice looking build kits, it could be a nice ride, especially if they've gone for a bit more small bump sensitivity on the 5in model.
No word on weight, but the 4in model could be a nice little racer.

bikemagic.com
Mountain Bike Action

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