Interbike Photos: Day Three from the Aisles of Interbike, Part II
More Interbike goodies from MRP, Yakima, Empire Cycles, Axiom, Light & Motion and more…
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For riders like Adam Craig who can't be hassled with the trivialities of a front deraillur, take a look at the MRP 1.X guide. The guide keeps the chain from flopping off either side of the front chainring in a 1x9 setup without a bash guard or funky seat tube attachment. The MRP weighs less than a derailleur, coming in at 58 grams for the 32- to 36-tooth and 62 grams for the 32-to 40-tooth model.
Yakima's RACKandROLL trailers come in two sizes—one 66-inches wide and the other 78-inches wide. These trailers make it easy to carry a mess of bikes when the roof is too high (think: camper van) or too full of other toys. The trailers will retail for $2,150 and $2,300, respectively.
Yakima's popular hitch-mount rack, the HoldUp, received some insightful revisions for 2010. The arms can no longer swing all the way to the ground, which prevents them from getting ground down by the road if left open and forgotten about.
Also new in a pull-knob instead of the old through-pin, which had to be pulled completely out, and made folding the rack up a bit of a hassle. Now it only requires pulling a spring-loaded knob out slightly and folding the rack until the knob pops into place.
The FrontLoader is Yakima's new upright (doesn't require removing the front wheel) roof rack. The rack will fit any shape load-bar and most factory crossbars. The FrontLoader retails for $160 and accepts wheels from 20- to 29-inches.
Axiom's Expand Air LX hand pump has a comfortable raised t-handle to prevent finger pinching and a rebuildable (along with the rest of the pump) gauge, which can be re-calibrated as well.
The Propel Air Pro floor pump has a top-mounted gauge for readability and a trick pressure release valve (think shock-pump) in the pump's head to dial in the proper pressure after seating the bead.
The Stella 150L is a lightweight sub 200-gram lamp with a stem mounted two-cell battery pack. The 150-lumen, $230 light has a run time of roughly 4 hours.
The Light & Motion Seca 900 Ultra offers 900 daylight-emulating lumens. It retails for $700 and has a run time of 3.5 hours on it’s highest setting, but runs for considerably longer on its middle settings.
Light & Motion had added to its tiny but powerful Stella line. The dual-head Stella 300 runs uses a 150-lumen spot and a 150-lumen flood lamp for maximum trail coverage. The lights runs for 3 hours, weigh just 150 grams apiece and costs $300 for the set.
Keen has been hard at work designing spd shoes that are rugged enough for the trail or commute, and stylish enough for the office or coffee shop.
Knog is jumping into the lock game with both a mechanical and a unique—even for Knog—electric key-fob U-lock.
The Empire Cycles AP-1 doesn’t use any tubes, and that’s not talking about in the tires. The motocross-inspired I-Beam frame, displayed at the Cane Creek booth, is made from sand cast aluminum. The frame uses a single pivot design with an adjustable wheelbase via an indexed sliding rear dropout.
The ISCG05 equipped AP-1 also features its own chainguide/chain torque idler systems. The frame’s designer, Chris Williams, is no small timer either. He has worked with brands such as Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover.
American Classic's XC wheels go from 22-millimeters-wide to 26-millimeters-wide, and pick up easy tubelesss compatibility with a clearly defined "shelf" along the rim-wall/rim-bed junction, which hooks tire beads and prevents "burping" while cornering and in rock gardens. The wheels weigh 1,486 grams/set, and a 29er version hits scales at just 1,600 grams/set.
Even though American Classic's XC wheels use wider rims next year, they still shed 10 grams over last year. Doesn't hurt that they use American Classic's proprietary aluminum nipple, which has a longer head on it in order to take up forces in compression, not just tension (think: the end of the spoke pushing from behind the rim toward the rim eyelet, not just getting pulled toward the hub from the eyelet). In all the year's he's been using these alloy spoke, American Classic owner Bill Shook said he's yet to see a failure. At a sixth the weight of conventional brass spoke nipples, that's food for thought.