INTERBIKE ( Wednesday )
To the indoors we go!
The halls of the Sands Center seemed more crowded then ever. There was a marked increase in the number of exhibitors from last year populating the two floors. There were quite a few new food and supplement exhibitors. Electric assist and folding bikes were also hot items. Here are some highlights from the first day indoors.
|There were less than the usual amount of|
Pro's bikes set-up for all to ogle.
One that was there, getting a lot of attention, was Peter Sagan's C-Dale.
|BH had branded FSA cranksets on all their top-end "BB386" sized frames.|
Super beefy and super stiff.
|Broken Bones is a new frame maker that has been supplying the Wonderful Pistachio Domestic team this year.|
|The frames and bikes are all very colorful and are finally being made available for sale to the general public.|
|Here is our first real-life Contintal Tubular CX tire sighting....|
The CycloXking. Really looking forward to trying this tire out. Unfortunately they will not be ready to go for this CX season.
|Here is a new helmet from Dux Helm. Looks ordinary now but...|
|Here is the slightly-refined-for-2013 Fi'zik R1 shoe. Gone from the line-up is the 3 strap SL shoe.|
|And new colors for the popular R3.|
|L.G.'s new TT\ TRI helmet.|
|The daily drawing for GoPro Hero HD cameras always draws big crowds. Funny thing is when the M.C. asked the crowd, a lot of these fans already owned GoPros.|
|OK, back to the shoes... Here is the new Sidi Wire Vent Carbon. Weird name, common color ( more highlight yellow!? ).|
This shoe shaves a solid amount of weight off the Ergo 3's and features new cooling channels along the footbed.
|Sidi always does a new MTB shoe along with their road models. Here is the Draco MTB race shoe.|
|In reliable Sidi fashion, all the wear points on the sole are replaceable, including the cleat plate.|
|Here is the Xentis Squad carbon wheelset.|
|The rim features a zig-zag ridge below the brake track that runs all the way around.|
It was said to do "the same thing as the dimples on a Zipp".
|This is the first year a booth was advertising "custom carbon frames from China". This speaks a lot about popular prevailing opinion of china made carbon. Here is the very nice "Falco".|
|This was also the first year where a large, dedicated area of the lower floor was devoted to just electric bike test rides. Over 30 bikes were there and almost non-stop had people putting it to good use.|