Another Interbike show wrapped up a couple of weeks ago, and it was entertaining and tiring, and was fun to catch up with old friends and meet a few new ones, and see all the new products coming out for the following year. The weather was cooler than normal, and we even had a good rainstorm on day 2 of the outdoor portion. Indoors was the usual monstrous mess of booths, and the craziness was increased with the addition of a lower floor of vendors, some of which were part of the health and fitness show. I compiled together a Top 5 lists of products that I found interesting and innovative from this years show:
|SRAM’s Lower 2×10 Gearing
SRAM upped the ante this year for their 2×10 drivetrain, and is offering a lower front gearing. The current 42×28 and 39×26 ratios, is being joined by a 38×24 and a uber low 36×22. The new lower gearing should have a great place on a 29er, where the larger wheels can make use of the smaller gear ratio, and for micro gear aficionados.
Visit SRAM 2×10 website
|Slipnot Bike Chains
Winter time is just around the corner, and what better product than a set of bike chains to aid in riding endeavors in snow, ice and mud. They are carefully thought out, and are easy to take on and off for variable weather patterns, and should provide increased traction when dealing with inclement conditions.
Visit Slipnot website
|Urge all M Helmet
The helmet is an interesting blend of cross country, bmx and full faced designs, and Urge is adding some very innovative and safety-related ideas to the protection market. It provides excellent rear and side coverage, and internal reinforcements, which work in a synergistic manner for maximum protection.
Visit Urge all M website
|Magura MT Brake Series
The Magura MT brakes were in development for 2 years, and they are a highly engineered marvel, which are powerful, with good modulation and an incredible feel in the lever. The top of the line MT8 is lightweight, and has full carbon levers and reservoir. All the technology has bled down to all the models, some of which have an affordable price point.
Visit Magura 2012 brakes website
|Ibis Ripley 29er
Ibis announced the full suspension 29er Ripley, which has been in development for 3 years. The big bad beast is going to use twin-eccentrics (2Xentrics) for the links, and will have 120mm of suspension, with an option for a 140mm fork. Ibis and Dave Weagle did some wild innovations on the Ripley.
Visit Ibis Ripley 29er website