Posts in the category Interbike

IB14: BH Bikes Lightens Up w/ 650g Ultralight Evo, Plus New Quartz Disc Road & Lynx 6 Trail Boss

2015 BH Ultralight Evo race road bike

When BH introduced the Ultralight in in 2011, it ushered in the BB386EVO bottom bracket and a then-insanely light frame. Building up a 10.66lb complete bike didn’t hurt, either. As the years progressed, they introduced a more affordable and only slightly heavier Ultralight RC, which carries over unchanged for 2015.

But, the top of the line is taken over by the new Ultralight Evo. It has a new carbon layup that makes it even lighter. Last year it was 750g, for 2015 it’s averaging 690g. And it has no rider weight limit and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Beyond lightening up, they tweaked the frame to make it a bit more comfortable and improve clearance around the bottom bracket for power meter equipped cranksets.


IB14: Alchemist Drops Ultralight Carbon 29er Wheels, Plus New Kuroshiro 29+ Rim


Italian brand Alchemist showed off their latest lightweight hoops, this time with a somewhat more subtle design than past offerings.

The new 29er Clincher RR is a race-ready mountain bike wheel that comes in at just 1,245g per set. That’s with properly wide rims (26mm internal), thru axle hub options and 24 spokes per wheel. Much of the weight savings comes from rims that register at just 325g each, minimizing rotational weight.

They’re laced up with Sapim CX-Ray spokes to their own carbon-and-alloy hubs…


IB14: Pioneer Adds Cycling Computer Bundles, Integrates Di2 & Auto Strava Uploads

pioneer cycling power meter now available for installation on your own crankset

Pioneer showed offer several improvements to both the system and the packaging to make them a more viable option among all manner of cyclists.

For starters, you can now add their dual-sided power meter to your existing crankset. Originally, the sold a complete Dura-Ace 9000 or Ultegra 6800 crankset with power meter preinstalled for $1,850 or $1,550 respectively. Now, you can purchase the components on their own for $1,299. They come with a return shipping box, a “birth certificate” that you fill in with your information and they complete with the full installation procedure details. You send it in, they clean and prep the cranks, install it in their California-based clean room, and return it. The process will be facilitated by your local bike shop, and Pioneer will keep them posted on progress. Return time is estimated at 7-10 business days depending on how far you are from California.

The power meter is compatible with any ANT+ cycling computer, but to display all of Pioneer’s advanced metrics, you’ll still need to buy the SGX-CA500 computer for $300. Or, you could get the new bundle…


IB14: Detroit Bikes Moves Away From Henry Ford Black, Premiers B-Type Step Through Frame

Detroit Bikes B-Type Step Through Bike (2)


Last year we featured a story about a small company called Detroit Bikes, who was manufacturing affordable commuter bikes in the United States. Available only in one size and color to keep prices affordable, the completes came equipped with a nexus 3 speed hub, front brake, rear coaster brake, and rack.

The total price for the package was $699, which included a Tig Welded 4130 frame made from US Steel. And a custom rack, chain protector, and wheels, which are all built in house.

To better accommodate smaller riders, Detroit Bikes is not expanding their product line to include a step through frame called the B-Type.  READ MORE ->

IB14: Prototype Boardman SLS Endurance Road Bike and Carbon Wheels, Plus Mercedes AMG F1 Edition Air 9.8

Boardman SLS Endurance Road Frame  (1)

Known best for TT bikes, British brand Boardman had a prototype endurance road frame on display at Interbike. It features road specific geometry, disc brakes, clearance for up to 30 mm tires, and a stunning metallic paint finish. READ MORE ->

IB14: New RaceFace Stash Vests Offer Men & Women Wearable Storage Solutions

Raceface Ripstrip

The new range of wearable storage solutions from Raceface is intended to provide riders an alternative to wearing a hydration pack. On the lighter end of the spectrum, the Rip Strip provides just enough room for the essentials. It’s intended to be worn against the skin underneath a jersey, so non riders won’t confuse it with a fanny pack. Retail is $39.99. READ MORE ->

IB14: Mio Targets Cycling with the new Velo Heart Rate Watch

Mio heart rate monitor straps wrist watch (2)

Wrist mounted heart rate monitors are nothing new for Mio, but the company is more cycling specific features into a new device to better target the two wheeled set. Called the Velo, the wrist strap uses the same continuous technology that monitors your heart rate using LED lights and an electro-optical cell that can sense the volume of blood under the skin (similar to other products like the Lifebeam helmet). That means you get your heart rate without the need for a strap across your chest.

What sets the Velo apart from their other HRMs is the new bridging capability which can read your ANT+ and BLE speed and cadence sensors. From there the Velo can connect to your phone, providing all of the necessary metrics in one place. Set for retail at $129, the Velo does not have a built in display and will be available in November.

Looking for a fitness tracker that will also keep track of your heart rate? Check out the new fuse next…


IB14: Culprit Ultregra Di2 Youth Road Bike Means You’ll Be Borrowing Parts from Junior

Culprit Junior One youth road bike with Ultegra Di2

Culprit’s Interbike collection had several of the same adult frames, just with higher end builds moving things to the upper level of componentry. They’ll also start seeing some updated frame features soon, and we’ve got a sneak peek at those at the bottom.

The big news comes on the youth front. Originally, they offered two different kid’s frames, each in two sizes and all using 7005 alloy. The S1/S2 were the base level frames with external routing and fewer features. The Junior 1 and 2 upgraded to a carbon fork with chromoly steerer and an aero seat tube. For 2015, the models will all share the same frame, differentiated only by spec. By using a new frame manufacturer, they were able to reshape the tubes and drop weight. It keeps the rear brake’s internal routing, but loses the aero seat tube in favor of a round one. All told, the frames are about 120g lighter than before!

The real head turner, though, is the addition of an Ultegra Di2 build for under $2,300…


IB14: Hands On with New Shimano TORBAL Shoe Line and Dedicated Enduro Race Pack

Shimano Torbal enduro shoes race pack sh-m200 sh-m163 sh-m089 (10)

Even though Shimano is calling their new TORBAL line enduro specific, the shoe’s designer is emphatic – it’s a mountain biking shoe. That is to say that the shoe is designed for the way many of us ride on a regular basis, not just when racing Enduro. Key to the new range is what Shimano is calling their TORBAL technology, or Torsional balance. Rather than design the shoe for walking as seems to be popular with many trail and AM shoes, the TORBAL line is designed to allow torsional flex yet staying stiff to the pedals.

TORBAL combined with varying levels of impact protection is what gets you to the point of an Enduro shoe. After 25 years of making mountain bike shoes, the SH-M200 name makes a return along with a bunch of interesting tech. The result is a shoe we can’t wait to get on the trail (or already did).

Check out the new TORBAL line in detail, plus what makes the Unzen 4 Enduro race pack unique, next….