Interbike 2014: Gear roundup day 1

Checking out the new goods at the Outdoor Demo

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:

Marin Rift Zone 9
Upon first glance, the Rift Zone looks like a very clean bike. Its lines are straight, the colors are sharp and the design conceals the bigger 29-inch wheels well. But upon a closer glance, it seams to be missing an important pivot. The rear one, to be exact. The 110-millimeter travel bike utilizes the flex of the carbon – engineered to only move a maximum of 20 millimeters – to eliminate the need for a rear pivot. Designing a bike without a rear pivot keeps the price down, as well as the weight.

The completely redesigned Marin Rift Zone achieves its 110 millimeters of travel using a pivot-less rear end. The 29er trail bike  comes in 5 models–2 carbon and 3 alloy–ranging in price from $2,200 to $6,600. Pictured is the Marin Rift Zone 9, which sports a SRAM XO build.
The 29er trail bike comes in 5 models–2 carbon and 3 alloy–ranging in price from $2,200 to $6,600. Pictured is the Marin Rift Zone 9, which sports a SRAM XO build.
The carbon seatstays flex a maximum of 20-millimeters, allowing the bike to achieves its full 110-millimeters of travel.
The rear triangle has been designed so that the flex happens in the desired area, the middle of the seatstay.

Marzocchi 053 shock
The top-tier shocks from Marzocchi have received a new facelift with the extra-hard ‘Espresso’ coating, including the all-new 053 shock. At 300 grams, it might possibly be the lightest piggyback shock on the market. And it only costs $339.

The new Marzocchi 053 shock tips the scales at just 300 grams. It sports an extra­-hard ‘Espresso’ coating on the main tube and has three ride settings: Up, Ride and Downhill (URD). Cost: $339. At 300 grams, it might possibly be the lightest piggyback shock on the market?
The new Marzocchi 053 shock tips the scales at just 300 grams. It sports the extra­-hard ‘Espresso’ coating on the main tube and has three ride settings: Up, Ride and Downhill (URD).

Continental Tires Kaiser
Continental Tires has added two new downhill-oriented tires to their lineup: the Kaiser and the Baron. Weighing only 950 grams, both tires are intended for the downhill racer and only come in a 2.4-inch width. They will be available in 26-, 27.5- and 29-inch sizes.

Continental Tires has added two new downhill-oriented tires to their lineup: the Kaiser, center, and the Baron. Weighing only 950 grams, both tires are intended for the downhill racer or aggressive enduro rider and only come in a 2.4-inch width.
The Kaiser may only come in a 2.4-inch width, but at 950 grams, it’s definitely a solid choice for enduro.

Camelbak Kudu
And speaking of enduro, Camelbak is launching the Kudu, which is an enduro-oriented pack. It comes in two sizes, the 12 and 18, and sports several stage-racing features, including sleeves that can carry a half-shell or full-face helmet. Price: $200.

Camelback has released the Kudu, a new pack which has been designed with enduro in mind.  It will be offered in two size: the 12 (pictured) and 18. Price: $200.
Camelbak is bringing back some of their original colors (upper right), but for those of you that are a little wary, don’t worry, the Kudu available in five different color schemes.
The Camelback Kudu includes an impact protector for the back, a tool pouch, an integrated rain fly and sleeves that can carry a half-shell or full-face helmet.
The Kudu includes an impact protector for the back (which is becoming mandatory in some enduro races), a tool pouch and an integrated rain fly.

Formula Volo AM Hyperlight wheels
New for 2015, the Formula Volo AM Hyperlight 27.5­-inch wheels are aimed at the all­-mountain/enduro rider. They feature 24­-millimeter-­wide clincher rims and Formula’s own AM hubs. Weight: 1,574 grams per pair.

New for 2015, the Formula Volo AM Hyperlight 27.5­-inch wheels are aimed at the all­-mountain/enduro rider. They feature 24­-millimeter-­wide clincher rims and Formula’s own AM hubs. Weight: 1,574 grams per pair.
Unfortunately, the tires don’t come with them.

Salsa Cycles Spearfish
A year after adopting the Split Pivot suspension linkage, the Salsa Cycles Spearfish is now available in two carbon models: the Carbon 1 (pictured here) and the higher-­priced Carbon RS­-1. It is also available in two alloy models: the Spearfish 2 and Spearfish 3, priced $3,400 and $2,800, respectively.

A year after adopting the Split Pivot suspension linkage, the Salsa Cycles Spearfish is now available in two carbon models: the Carbon 1 (pictured here) and the higher-­priced Carbon RS­-1. The Carbon 1 comes with a Shimano XT drivetrain and costs $4,900 complete.
The Carbon 1 comes with a Shimano XT drivetrain and costs $4,900 complete.
The Split Pivot system, designed by Dave Weagle, incorporates the rear pivot into the rear axle, which is said to separate acceleration forces from braking forces, while at the same time reducing weight.
The Split Pivot system, designed by Dave Weagle, incorporates the rear pivot into the rear axle, which is engineered to separate acceleration forces from braking forces, while at the same time reducing weight.

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