REI and Ghost, a German mountain-bike brand, are partnering to bring Ghost brand bicycles to the United States. Ghost’s 2015 line will be available exclusively through REI and REI.com starting in January 2015.
There was more gear in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to fill, well, one of the largest convention centers in Las Vegas, and as we wandered around, looking at new products, talking to start-ups and simply geeking out, we just had to ask the vice presidents and marketing directors to give us quick 1- to 2-minute explanations on what's new for 2015.
Try a carbon, 1x11 hardtail that weighs just shy of 19 pounds. Or if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, how about a 160-millimeter, 4-bar, all-mountain machine that looks like it’s ready to take on a multi-stage enduro race? Still not convinced, how about a 110-millimeter 29er that looks like it’ll give Trek, Specialized and Yeti a run for their money.
Giant Bicycles has really stepped up its game this year in the longer-travel department, launching a completely redesigned 6-inch-travel Reign that was built around 27.5-inch wheels. The company spent the better part of two years making sure the new Reign meets the needs of its fastest enduro racers, and after spending hundreds of hours of trail time on it, we think it's a bike you should know about.
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:
The Specialized Demo 8 has been an eye-turner since the original with its distinctive twin seat stays and spider web shock enclosure. The bike has gone through several redesigns since then, but none as transformative as what you see here.
Where do we start? How about this: the Edge 1000 promises to be the most fully-functioned cyclocomputer on the market. That's a bold claim, but consider this: the Edge 1000 does all the typical high-end GPS and performance tricks–plus it communicates with your smart phone, lets you compete (during the ride) with other riders' performances on specific segments and that's just for starters...
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.
Do we feel bad about pummeling the bike voted "Best Mountain Bike" at this year's North American Handmade Bicycle Show? Hell no. Not when the winner, Breadwinner Cycle's Bad Otis, is 25 pounds of brawling fun. And, yes, that's a six-inch travel Pike up front.
A hardtail is a hardtail is a hardtail, right? Nope. Sure, they all lack rear suspension, but that's where the similarity often ends. Transition's TransAM 29er is a good example--a steel-framed wagon wheeler that's less interested in winning races and entirely obsessed with making short work of technical terrain. Vive la difference.
How do you make a saddle more comfortable? Conventional wisdom suggests that you increase the padding. Tioga is bucking conventional wisdom altogether and ditching the padding entirely with their new Spyder Stratum saddle, which they contend is far more comfortable and supportive than traditional saddles. Here's the story.
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.
A lot of bikes claim to be versatile and many of them do a good job of handling a wide range of trails, but a few select bikes twist the knob to 11, so to speak. The Trigger is intriguing in that it has the potential to bridge the gap between cross-country race whip and all-purpose trail bike. On paper, those two categories may seem similar, but on the trail, they are like tuna fish and vanilla ice cream.
Santa Cruz's Juliana Bicycles brand is launching its new Roubion 6-inch-travel all-mountain bike this week in the region that serves as the bike’s namesake.
For my money, there’s no greater upgrade than a fresh set of rubber. Good tires boost traction, reduce rolling resistance and improve braking performance. Well, they might not do all three, but chances are you’ll get at least two on that list and that’s still a hell of a lot bang for your buck.
I hate Press Fit bottom brackets. But….here’s the rub: it's fair to say that the Press Fit bottom bracket will soon be the only bottom bracket in the future. Accordingly, I’m on a mission to find the best of this breed. Today's candidate? Chris King's Press Fit 24 model.