The Taipei Cycle show wrapped this past Saturday, with brands displaying a host of products that hint at trends to come, either at next month’s Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, or later this year.
The perusing continued on the second day of Outdoor Demo, with still more products to be seen and more gadgets to be photographed. Fresh shoes, redesigned brakes and of course, innovative electronics were all part of the fun in the south Nevada desert.
For the better part of a week, Interbike is a hustle of bodies moving about, taking quick glances at the latest gadgets of the cycling world and exchanging business cards, and the majority of this happens under great, giant florescent bulbs and artificially cooled air. But for the first two days of the week, the convention attendees head south to Boulder City for the Outdoor Demo. This is what I stumbled upon, during our perusing on first day of the demo days:
After years of collaboration researching and validating new technologies to further reduce impact energy, Giro will be introducing new helmets equipped with MIPS in three categories: road, mountain and urban.
When someone mentions the company Uvex, my thoughts go immediately to the late '80s to early '90s when their neon ski goggles dominated the slopes. Clearly Uvex has been off my radar for the past 20 years, but my outdated vision of their products totally changed when I laid my hands on the Uvex Sportstyle 202 Race glasses.
Troy Lee Designs partners with Arron Gwin to create their lightest weight, most athletic fit, limited edition TLD Sprint race kit. The all new Sprint race wear for 2014 has been completely redesigned from the ground up and is our lightest, most athletic race fit kit we have ever designed.
NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems unveils the 2015 bicycle light line showcasing new products, slight boosts in lumen outputs and decreases in pricing of popular lights.
It’s a roller bag. No, it’s a backpack. Wait, it’s both. Kind of sounds like one of those infomercials promising a can opener that can double as a rocket launcher—too good to be true. But in this case, Thule is on target with their claim: the Thule Crossover 38L Carry-On doubles capably as both a mini-rolling bag and a backpack. In short, this is one versatile bit of luggage.
Mavic's 2014 clothing line has been trail-tested by the world's best enduro racers and is designed to withstand the rigors of high-alpine, technical riding.
Dakine has stepped up its game in the rain jacket department with the Caliber. It fills the void in the lineup for a technical feature-laden waterproof shell. While previous Dakine rain jackets have been solid, they were still not my first choice for big high-country adventure rides where the likelihood of getting pummeled by weather for days was a given; those duties were typically handled by the likes of Patagonia, Arcteryx or Helly Hansen. With the Caliber, however, Dakine has a legit alternative.
I went through a phase where I avoided packs altogether, stuffing my pockets with spares or going unprepared because packs were uncomfortable and shifted around while riding. Then I got a Raptor 10.
After spending a half-dozen rides in the newly released women’s New Road apparel, I’m starting to think the marketing minds behind Giro should have called it New Mountain–or perhaps a more neutral New Ride–because the pieces seems to be just as comfortable on singletrack as on asphalt, if not more so.
We take one more walk around the pits at Laguna Seca to highlight this year's most promising gear.