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Interbike 2017: Product Picks

The long-awaited updated Kenda Nevegal and Yakima's new offering

Kenda Nevegal Pro 2

After 15 years, Kenda's esteemed Nevegal tire finally got an upgrade worthy of its name. The Nevegal 2 isn't the first reworking of the leading all-around tire—that came with the Nevegal X five years ago, which ultimately sacrificed grip and control in exchange for lighter weight—but it does the best job of retaining the original intention of the Nevagal: superb traction, cornering and rolling resistance. Kenda developed the new Nevegal in its four-year-old northern Ohio tech center, where engineers worked on a new dual-layer 70/55 compound, a new casing and tread patterns, resulting in a tire that Kenda claims corners better than the original Nevegal and has improved braking traction. It also improved rolling resistance by 50 percent according to Kenda's testing. The 2.4, 27.5-inch version with Advanced Trail Casing weighs 820 grams compared with the 995-gram 27.5-inch, 2.35 model of the original Nevegal. It also comes in a 2.6-inch, 27.5 version and the same widths in 29-inch models. The 27.5, 2.4-inch-wide model will be available in about three weeks, while the others won't be on the market until early next year.

 

Yakima SingleSpeed | $260

Prefer to solo shred? Yakima is adding a single-serving hitch tray rack to its menu of rear racks, aimed at new riders who aren’t ready to commit to a duel-tray system, or those who tend to ride alone, or at least drive alone to the trailhead. The SingleSpeed uses Yakima’s StrongArm design to secure the bike at the wheels, protecting paint and carbon frames. The tray is versatile, and will fit anything from a kid’s bike to a fat bike with adaptability with disc brakes, thru-axles and Boost hubs. It includes an SKS lock to secure your precious cargo, and has an integrated tool-free dial for easy car installation and removal.

 

Yakima Universal Swing Arm Adapter | $300

Yakima kept hearing from its customers that they wanted a swing-arm-style rack, but instead of responding with an entirely new rack, it decided to make an adapter instead so that people could use an existing hitch rack. The adapter has a 250-pound capacity and attaches only to a 2-inch receiver (and only fits a 2-inch rack on the other end). It swings out far enough to accommodate the widest standard vehicle on the market—the Toyota Tundra—and is compatible with any 2-inch-receiver hitch rack on the market, regardless of brand.

 

Yakima Gatekeeper | $140-$150

Yakima has improved on its CrashPad tailgate pad with the upgraded GateKeeper, which incorporates more high-density foam for better protection. This new version holds either five or six bikes (for an additional $10), and uses a strategically placed cutout that allows a clear view for any back-up camera on the market. The GateKeeper will be available in February.