For the last few years the trend at Interbike has been fewer vendors and/or smaller spaces inside the Sands Convention Center, and more exhibitors with a bigger presence showing up to offer demo bikes and brave the winds of the Bootleg Canyon Trails here in Boulder City, Nevada.
After Day One of the two-day Outdoor Demo, we have yet to see what kind of turnout the halls of Interbike will see this year, but so far the trend of companies going big at Outdoor Demo is showing no sign of letting up.
Hundreds of retailers and media and hangers-on came out to Bootleg to demo the latest and greatest, fish for swag and do their best to stay cool.
Stay tuned for a photo-barrage wrap-up of all the On Dirt Demo action. We’ve already spotted some pretty slick looking new bikes from Yeti, Kona, Trek, Fisher, Specialized, Norco and many, many more.
Until then, a quick teaser.
School Picture Day: Bike's very own Greg "Chopper" Randolph was holding it down schlepping booth duty at his day job with Smith.
And by holding it down, we mean it literally—just check out the boxes of demo Pivlock v90s duct-taped to the table.
Cheap thrills: roadies riding clown bikes. All in a day at the demo
Speaking of non-traditional wheel sizes, 650B, aka "tweener" wheels, seems to be a reality this year at the demo. Both Jamis and Haro were busy sending inquisitive retailers out on these beasts all day long. (After riding both bikes today, this report: everything you know about 26, plus 29, divide by 2)
And more cheap thrills: Kuat's "Check out our racks" spokesmodel.... Seriously, check out their racks. Super nice aluminum construction with never-before-seen features like a built-in repair stand on a two-bike hitch rack. Very cool, more to come....
A less-impressive/more-impressive rack—Rad Ross Schnell with some fresh ink after winning the Singlespeed World Championships last weekend in Durango. Shitya!
Peanut Gallery: Fox Racing Shox' crack shock-pump squad was on hand to help countless test-riders dial in their suspension en route to the singletrack.
Don't be a "B".... The Fox crew was keeping a tally of "A" riders and "B" riders. "A" riders were those who, after having tires shredded by Bootleg's inhospitable death-coral substrate/landscape, were kindly walking their bikes back to the expo. Group B were the ridrers shredding tire and rim on the blast back down. D'oh!
Porter's new signature slopestyle bike: The Haro Porter.