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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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