After two full days of desert winds and scorching heat, we bring you a highlight reel of new bikes and gear from Bootleg Canyon. Stay tuned for much, much more from inside the halls of Interbike all the rest of this week. Find the latest reports here:
Sabrina Jonnier rode the new Rocky Flatline to six podiums this year. Now, completely updated and revised over previous years’ Flatline Freeride models, this World Cup model will be available to the masses for 2010.
DT Swiss’s new Tricon tubeless wheels weigh 1,550 grams a set, use straight-pull Aerolite spokes, two-piece hubs, and a unique concave rim profile that reduces weight and increases stiffness compared to other rims. Cost is $1,350.
DT Swiss’s new Star Ratchet upgrade gears offer twice-as-fast engagement with 36 engagement points, up fron 18. If you have DT swiss star-ratchet drive hubs, this is a no-brainer: instant upgrade.
Chris King, not one to rush anythign to market before it's ready, is offering "InSet" headsets for integrated headtube/headset bikes for the 2010 season. The new units come in a bevy of beautiful shades and configurations. This set shown here is coming stock on bikes like the Santa Cruz Blur LTc—which uses a press-in lower 1.5-inch cup and an integrated upper 1.125 cup.
Good loving don't come cheap, and if Chris King is going to guarantee its bearings will work for a lifetime-plus or riding, you'd better make sure your bike's headtube is up to Chris King's exacting specs. Pictures here are reamers and facers for both 1.5-inch and 1.125-inch integrated-headset headtubes.
WTB's new redesigned Weriwolf tread is the most complicated mold the company's vendor has ever produced. An added row of knobs eliminates the "drift" sensation of the old tread, thanks to an added row of knobs and "ziggurat" shaped outer knobs that give gradually and then grip solidly. Beta-tester Mark Weir went through seven different rubber durometers before settling on a 50/60 blend that rolls fast and corners hard.
WTB’s new TCS (Tubelss Compatible System) bead works with any UST rim or tubeless kit. It differs from UST tires in that it has a thinner casing, but the company says its “Inner Peace” nylon liner makes for a plenty-strong setup.
Ibis’s longer-travel, stiffer heavy-duty Mojo: the "HD." This one's not yet ready for public consumption, but look for it as a later-in-the-season release.
The paintjob is red white and blue, but this is the V-10 Steve Peat rode to finally collect the rainbow stripes.
Behold: The carbon FTM from Titus. The frame will retail for $2,695.
Even though the frame is new, Titus kept the FTM’s proven Horst-link suspension
Commencal’s carbon Super 4. To make their bikes more competitively priced, Commencal’s U.S. distributor BTI will offer custom component packages that could save up to 25 percent off the current complete bike prices.
Keeping the water flowing at Bootleg was critical. Enter Camelbak, with it's idiot-proof Flow Meter.
GT unveiled its new Sensor trail bike this summer. This is the just-released 29-inch version
Steve Peat is a bar-game master. He’s pretty good at riding bikes, too. He competed against dealers at On Dirt Demo (and against an onlooking Brian Lopes) for the chance to win a signature Peaty D3 helmet..
After throwing some darts, shaking some hands, kissing some babies and signing some boobs, we caught up with Peaty for a quick word on what the future holds.
Steve Peat’s TLD Dart Challenge, and a few words on his plans for the future from Bike Magazine on Vimeo.
The highly anticipated Santa Cruz Tall Boy 29er.
Tomac is using a redesigned linkage on its new bikes. Tecate sold separately.
Foes has updated its 6-inch FXR to add a tapered headtube, 150-millimeter rear-axle spacing and an extra brace—and this to a bike that wasn't lacking any in the stiffness department. Throw in the yin to that yang—a buttery smooth XTD Air shock with the frame's 2:1 leverage ratio, and you've got yourself a trail bike that'll swallow just about anythign you throw at it.
150-millimeter spacing is now standard on Foes FXRs.Jamis was on hand to demo its new SixFifty B2 'tweener-wheel trail bike, which dishes out 120 millimeters of travel and sports a wheel size smack dab between 26 and 29 inches
Ellsworth’s new Glimpse is the company’s lowest-cost model—though with a retail price of about $3,400, it’s still a premium product. The bike’s frame tubes are manufactured in Ellsworth’s Washington factory, but shipped to Asia for shaping and bike assembly.
Ellsworth wheels will now come on many of the company’s complete bikes.
The Glimpse still features some pretty nice parts, including this Ellsworth seat post collar.
Canfield's new appropriately named Crampon pedal sports a seriously thin profile.
Cannondale’s Doug Dalton, signing off from On Dirt Demo from Bike Magazine on Vimeo.