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Sometimes to understand what something is, you have to see what it isn’t. This year Interbike is lacking the depth of weird inventions and pneumatic blonde booth babes that it has in the past. Is this a sign of the recession hitting entrepreneurial trailblazers, financial imperatives serving to separate the wheat from the chaff, or is it just that now every hopeful, desperate mastermind has focused their talents on e-bikes?
Okay, so we’re at Interbike, the bike industry’s once a year chance (in the US, at least) to get together in one place, kick tires, take notes, tell lies, and see who has the worst new graphics. As with any trade show worth its salt, Interbike takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada and Vegas is therefore going to be the backdrop for this short, informative guide for how not to be a total chump at Interbike.
Interbike is more than bikes and gear. It’s an experience: a mutant, sleep-deprived, mind-bending experience. Sorta like Las Vegas itself. We could slaughter a lot of nouns and verbs here in an attempt to summarize that experience, but we’d never do it justice…here’s a tour through some of the classic Vegas experiences–machine guns, porn super stores and all.
Interbike–that annual tradition of trudging from one tradeshow booth to another–is always preceded by On Dirt Demo, two days of actually riding bikes in the Nevada desert. Here are some of the things that caught our eye on our second day in the sun.
There are actually 11 Stumpjumper FSR bikes and three frame-only options to choose from, ranging in price from $2,900 to $9,500. The back-in-black model here—the Expert Carbon EVO 29er—is the angry, pissed off member of the sprawling Stumpjumper family. Here are our first impressions, straight from the dirt, here at Interbike 2013.
The Yeti SB66c has been called a “quiver-killer”. Of course, that’s been said of a lot of bikes, but is there another ultra-light, six pound all mountain bike that has been raced to a World Cup DH podium? Nope. The Yeti SB66c is a rare bike, no doubt about it–light and efficient enough to tackle all-day climbs, yet capable of smoothing the ugliest lines on technical descents.
Wet, brutal…the rain hit the ground hard in Hafjell on Sunday and so did a hell of a lot of good riders. Here’s a snapshot of the carnage, the sorrow and the glory in yesterday’s round of World Cup DH racing. Here, in short, are the Hafjell highlights.
Just when you thought trials riding was impressive, but not terribly relevant to actually getting out and riding trails, Chris Akrigg comes out with this video that shows just how much better your daily ride could be if you had half of the man’s skills. A very cool video.
Martyn Ashton, international mountain bike trials legend, suffered a life-changing injured during a trials demo on September 1st. Here’s the update on Ashton’s status and current plans for the future.