Posts in the category Interbike

IB14: Swobo Expands Bicycle Collection – New Gravel/Adventure, Mountain & Fat Bikes

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Back in January, Swobo added step-through versions of their existing Fillmore and Novak city bikes. They followed up with the launch of an all new youth line called Farrier. Now, they’ve more than doubled the adult line with four new models covering a range of terrains.

If you’re looking for a do-it-all road bike that’s ready for gravel rides, cyclocross races and backroad adventures, the Scofflaw is the ticket. It’s built on a Reynolds 531 steel frame with tapered carbon fork and room for 700x42c tires. It comes complete as a singlespeed bike, making use of the Tange sliding dropouts, but will include extra dropouts with a derailleur mount if you wanna add gears later.

That drivetrain versatility is built into some of the other bikes, too, and all are worth a look…

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IB14: Endura Custom Fits your Chamois to your Saddle and Gets Colorful for Road and Mountain

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Have you ever wished your chamois was a bit narrower or a touch wider? If you fall into either camp, Endura is providing a solution through their new FS260-Pro SL bibshort. Developed through their collaboration with team Movistar and the gebioMized dynamic saddle pressure measurement system, the shorts are the first that we’re aware of with multiple chamois widths and leg lengths in the same size short.

Similar to choosing a saddle based on the width of your sit bones, each individual sized short will have three different width chamois based on what width saddle you are riding. The thought is that the proper width chamois will position the padding appropriately and cover the pressure points without being too wide and becoming diaper like. Endura takes the custom fit concept a step further and actually offers two leg lengths for each size as well with standard and long. Endura has found that the longer legs offer better compression properties, but they also work better for taller riders.

Manufactured from Italian Power Lycra with Coldblack technology and UPF 50+ rating to keep riders cool, the shorts use Endura’s Continuously Variable Profile 700 series pad and a 3D Mesh upper to offer a pro level fit. Any of the sizes, widths, and lengths will retail for $169.99 each.

Well known for their durable, black kit, Endura is also diving into a bit of color for both road and mountain. Check it out next…

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IB14: Michelin Sizes Up with 28mm Pro 4 Endurance Road Bike Tires

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Road tires are at an interesting state of development. Many riders are starting to trend towards wider rubber even on the road, but then the definition of road riding is evolving. Thanks to the growing popularity of “gravel” ride, races that include dirt roads, and more people taking the path less traveled, tires are often being subjected to new abuse. Already an ideal size for many gravel or dirt adventures, the 28mm tire has become a favorite since it will fit in many standard road frames and some caliper brakes adding a bit of additional capability.

In developing their new Pro 4 Endurance tire, Michelin wanted to offer a 28mm tread but also a durable tire that would keep flats at bay. To that regard the tire features a reinforcing layer that claims a 40% increase in puncture protection compared to the competition while a dual compound rubber provides long wear and excellent cornering grip.

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IB14: Azonic Brightens up the Night, Launches New Protective Gear & Stem/Bar Combos

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The Azonic and ONeal product line spans everything from protective gear, technical clothing, to cockpits, and pedals. This year they’ve updated those product lines and introduced a whole new line of lights targeted towards commuters.

First up is rechargeable headlights. It will be offered in three different versions. The smallest offering is the Light Joe, which retails for $29.99, and has an operating time of one hour at 200 Lumens (or 4 hrs at 50 Lumens). The Adam is the middle child, retails for $49.99, and has a run time of 2 hrs at 100 Lumens. The Hoss retails for $69.00 and will push 350 Lumens for 2 hrs. Charging time for these lights is between 4-5 hrs. READ MORE ->

IB14: Jeff Jones Goes Big with Jones Plus 29+ Model, New Steel Spaceframe, Headset, more

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The latest creation to come out of the Jeff Jones workshop is a 29+, but Jeff is very quick to point out that this isn’t your average bike with big tires. Jeff mentioned that the inspiration for the bike came while riding some super heavy cargo bikes in Asia that still handled well in spite of their exceptionally long wheelbase. While the Jones Plus also has a long wheel base, the fork and frame have been designed together to provide a super comfortable and stable ride that retains its quick handling.

Jeff also had the newest version of the Jones steel Spaceframe and Truss Fork on hand with 27.5+ wheels which will be an option, but he personally still prefers the larger 29+ wheels and tires. All together the new wheel options mean there are 4 different tire configurations possible with Jones frames making them even more versatile than ever before…

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IB14: Gore Bike Wear Builds the Alp-X Pro Line From Just 4 Pieces of Gear, Includes One Piece Baggy/Bib

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Always a bit of a challenge, dressing for mountain biking usually means dressing  for different weather especially if altitude is involved. Gore Bike Wear designed their new Alp-X Pro line around the needs of mountain bike stage racers though the philosophy carries over into daily riding – offering the most versatility out of the fewest pieces of clothing. To that end Gore has created a line of clothing that when combined with Gore accessories like gloves and base layers, provides the necessary protection from the elements in just four pieces.

Even though the Alp-X Pro line is designed as a system, we’re pretty sure that many of the pieces will be a hit on their own and will integrate nicely into your current clothing arsenal.

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IB14: First Rides in Zoic’s New Camo Kit – Plus 2015 Riding Gear for the Whole Family

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Zoic’s fall ’14/spring ’15 line was headlined by their new camouflage prints, with the pattern taking over a few of the shorts and simply highlighting a few panels for the tops. To complement them, other color tops, such as the orange worn here, pair with them nicely while working just as well on their own.

As they were packing up, the kind folks handed over a couple of sales samples for us to try out, so here’s a quick review along with the details on the new products. My ride was on a pleasant day, neither too sunny and hot or too gray and cool. Honestly, it was a perfect day for riding, and the clothing felt wonderful. I paired the new camo Ether shorts with an older Zoic padded base short I’ve had for a while, and they were both very comfortable for a 2.5 hour ride. The short’s material has a soft, lightly textured inner face that disappeared while riding. The length and fit was just right for XC/Trail riding, never snagging on the saddle or flapping in the breeze at speed.

The new DNA jersey is a more simplified version of the original, losing the side zip pockets. It keeps the raglan sleeves and v-neck for comfort and ease of movement, and the tech polyester wicks moisture away and stayed dry everywhere but under my Camelbak.

Check the details and lots more new riding kit for men, women and kids, below…

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IB14: Mercury Wheels Unveils 1,050g Disc Brake Carbon Tubulars & Alloy Disc Brake Clinchers

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Mercury Wheels has upped their own upper end with the new M-Zero carbon tubular wheels. For climbers that want the added power of disc brakes on the descents, the new M-Zero’s use Extralite’s disc brake hubs and Sapim CX-Ray spokes to bring the wheelset weight all the way down to 1,050g.

That means a rider weight limit of just 75kg (165lbs), so they’re only for the little guys. Roll on for closeups and specs, plus a look at their very affordable new alloy disc brake wheels…

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IB14: Fyxation Updates 3rd Ward Steel Road Frames, Adds Blackhawk Carbon Fat Bike & More

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As Fyxation branched out into bicycle frames a couple years ago, their focus was on very track oriented steel frames. You know, the ones that were really designed for fixed gear riding on the streets.

As they’ve grown, they’ve diversified a bit. There was the Quiver, a slick 1×10 city bike we tested last fall. And announced around the same was the East Side and 3rd Ward, which were essentially the same bike but with different headsets and forks. Now, the 3rd Ward becomes it’s own creature, one more suited to long rides in the country or light touring. The sliding track dropouts are exchanged for sliding road dropouts, and more mounts are spec’d throughout frame and fork to hold all manner of racks and fenders.

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