Interbike’s Outdoor Demo has long been the place to try out all the new models coming out for the following year, but it’s been a trade-only event.  If you didn’t work in the cycling industry or for a bike shop, you likely weren’t able to get in.

Now, the people from Western Spirit mountain bike tours have put together Outerbike, a four day outdoor demo that’s open to everyone…and it’s in Moab!  For $150, you get to ride 2011 road and mountain bikes from Yeti, Maverick, Santa Cruz, Rocky Mountain, Kona, Specialized, Pivot, Ibis, Turner, BH, Marin and Trek, plus demo new suspension from Fox.  Our guess is there’ll be other brands and products exhibiting by the time September rolls around.

You’ll also get lunch at the trailheads and shuttles to downhill runs, plus discounted admission to evening parties and film screenings.  During the day you’ll get to ride Bar M, Sovereign Trail and Slickrock trails and paved canyon roads to put the new bikes through their paces.  If you’re in the market for a new bike later this year or early next, this is a great way to check out bikes in real world conditions before destroying your credit score.

Proceeds will go to IMBA and the Moab Trails Alliance.


What do you think?