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Interbike Day 3: The Final Frontier

More Stuff that Doesn't Suck from Morgan

Words by Morgan Taylor. Photos by Morgan Taylor.
September 23rd, 2012

After spending Thursday oh-so-sleep-deprived and foggy, I vowed to get a good night’s sleep before our last day at Interbike. With a good breakfast in me and the need to finish off my pre-determined route before we headed to the airport at 2pm, I attacked early, kissing many hands and shaking babies along the way. I covered a lot of ground at MyFirstInterbiketm and the conversations I had last week will contribute to some great content through the winter.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  Lil Shredder 20″ full susser, so your pre-grom can ride with the likes of Jackson and Finn. Baby shake count = 1…

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  Schwalbe’s Hans Dampf is the burliest 650B tire out there right now. This is a cutaway of the 2.35 SuperGravity, which weighs in at a hefty 1040 grams. The 2.35 with SnakeSkin sidewall (reinforced single ply) weighs a more reasonable 795 grams.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  MRP announced a couple of new guides at Eurobike. The G3 guide, on the left, has a one-piece bash and pulley wheel – the pulley can also be switched out for a slider which is also provided. The new guide swings apart to allow crank removal. On the right is the AMG, which shares the upper guide with the G3 but lacks the lower pulley/slider.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  Following my post from Day 2, Bell also has a GoPro mount on an AM helmet. Did someone say we need a helmet mount standard?

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  Aaron Gwin’s pro model, also with camera mount.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  Foes 275 looks racy. 5.5 or 6″ of travel, 67º head angle, 13.1″ BB, and a 17.1″ chainstay. Lots of 650B bikes out there this year, with widely varying numbers.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  Suction cup bike rack. Uses a strap at the top to support some weight, but still looks questionable…

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  Definitely gonna need some of these to ride Flying Circus this winter.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  The Twenty6 F1.2 stem is available in a million colours, has great detail, and will be available in both 50mm and 70mm lengths. 118 grams for the 50mm version.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  I asked Shimano if they had made any updates to the 2013 Saint kit since attending the media launch in Whistler. They said the integrated bumpstop on the prototypes wasn’t working for certain bikes (FSR bikes being the most problematic) and they have updated it to alleviate the issue.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  If you had a sharp eye, you’d have noticed the Freeza waffle rotor above. IceTech rotors already have a layer of aluminum sandwiched between the outer plates, but extending that layer toward the hub should cool down the brakes even more. Available pretty quick.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  Another look at the Freeza rotor, only in 203mm and centerlock for now. I also asked about the Saint chain guide, and Shimano said that should be coming along shortly as riders are still smashing prototypes.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  Camelbak has expanded their lumbar series. The Charge, at right, was introduced last year and holds 2 litres of water in its 10L capacity; the Volt is a new addition with 13L total capacity and 3 litres of water.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  Camelbak’s new NV back panel takes the bag further away from your back in the name of airflow. The bag also features hooks to attach your helmet by its straps rather than putting it a pocket.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  Mr. Rainbow Stripes.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  This Intense M9 colour combo caught my eye. Grey with gold bits, very classy.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  Formula has introduced 35mm stanchion forks in both 650B and 29″ flavour – but surprisingly not in 26″. The 650B 35 on the left will run 120 to 160mm of travel, while the 29er will run 100 to 140, both 15mm through axle only.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  Detail of the 35-650′s comporession adjusters.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  Also at the Formula booth was this Colnago road bike with disc brakes and OEM-Colnago-only hydraulic brifters. Seen here is a coupling on the hydraulic line to allow cable swaps without introducing air into the system – could be useful when Europeans insist on switching demo bikes’ brake levers…

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  Yakima is now making a tailgate pad. Two sizes, $89. What I’m really wondering, though, is where they got such a mint Nissan 720 box…

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  The Holdup rack has been updated slightly. Same base structure, but now with longer arms to accommodate Anthony Jones‘ new Surly Krampus and integrated locks. Also, black instead of grey. Yep.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  The Claw’s Demo from Where The Trail Ends, replete with plastic pedals.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  And his cracked helmet.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  Getting an upskirt on the Specialized P.Slope’s concentric bottom bracket pivot. More to come on this little guy.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  Wellgo had a new pedal on display, with gradations to show you that it is indeed exactly 10mm thick.

Interbike 2012 Day 3 Friday Morgan Taylor Stuff That Doesn't Suck
  This Wookiee was cruising the aisles. Not convinced it was Chewy, however. Go for MOUSEOVER.


That’s it for my roving coverage from Interbike 2012. We’ve got a few more projects in the can coming along shortly. Thanks for all your comments and questions on our posts from the week.