The Final Goodies

Interbike 2017 - Grand Finale!

Photos Zach White

Pearl Izumi

Tailoring to the more casual trail kit trends these days with the new Versa line, Pearl Izumi is still using an impressive array of high tech textiles for 2018, but in a more streamlined and subdued flavor than seen in previous years. Available in time for the first snowfall (read: now), the Quilted Hoodie is a softshell with Primaloft Gold 133-gram panels on the front and back to keep your core toasty on truly chilly days. There’s also hidden gasket cuffs under the wrists to keep the weather out, and the women’s version gets a set of thumb holes. 

A roomy, full-width and zippered back pocket offers plenty of room for extra gloves and hat, a zippered chest pocket works perfectly for a smartphone, and two snap handpockets up front are the perfect size for grabbing a couple of 12-oz cans on the way home. Reflective trim on the back, cuffs, chest and hoodie drawstrings will give you a fighting chance on the commute back from the trailhead on those short, winter days. There were two stories in the Pearl booth about whether the hood was designed to fit under a helmet, so we’ll leave it at this - there’s no way it’ll fit over one, and chances of squeezing the relatively thick softshell layer under a helmet would only be possible if there’s a lot of room to spare in your helmet’s retention system. Available in the Eclipse/Red shown, or all black, the Versa Quilted Hoodie retails for $220.

More of a traditional and packable outer piece is the Versa Barrier jacket. Made of a single layer, 4-way stretch fabric with DWR finish for water resistance, Pearl Izumi added texture to the inside surface to prevent that saran wrap effect on the arms if it’s thrown over a short-sleeve jersey. There’s the usual reflective accents, under-helmet hood, and hand pockets, but the coolest feature is hidden up the sleeves - literally. A set of Barrier Light hand mitts won’t turn into your regular riding gloves, but will buy you some time to get back to the clothes you were supposed to wear in the weather you didn’t think would happen. And, when they’re not deployed, it’s nearly impossible to notice they’re there. Available now for $140 in both Black/Smoked Pearl and Foothills Green.

Chamois choice is about as debatable and personal as things get, but another option to add to the mix is the new Versa chamois liner. More of a mesh boxer brief with solid panels where your trailhead neighbor wants them to be, the $40 undershort features a simple, thin and seamless chamois made with enough techy material to keep it from feeling like wadded panties on those sweaty days. Like most of the Versa warm-weather options, these won’t be available until Spring of 2018.


Pearl Izumi’s new Versa line offers the usual high tech fabrics we’re used to seeing from the company, but in a much more casual package.


Having cold, wet feet sucks. Northwave is offering three new winter shoe choices that look like they could keep up with the rest of your winter riding gear that should be available in the next month or so. While the Yeti shoe is a four-layered beast of an option that’s aimed more toward snow biking with its snowboard style inner lace system and gator attachment(MSRP $279), the $239 Raptor GTX looks like a more realistic trail option for near-freezing and/or wet winter rides. A fully waterproof and pedaling-friendly Climaflex collar keeps the elements out around the ankle, and the rest of the shoe is enveloped in a layer of Gore-Tex’s Pique underneath a patent leather upper with TPU reinforcement panels on every side. The natural rubber sole should make walking around off the bike in an otherwise carbon-reinforced shanked shoe relatively predictable, too. For a lighter and stiffer soled version with fancier Gore-Tex Duratherm Kelvin membrane that’s said to keep feet warm down to -15c, look to the Extreme XCM, which retails for $299.


With Northwave’s new line of Gore-Tex flavoured shoes, you’ll have to come up with another reason than having cold feet to avoid dropping in this winter.



New for 2018 from Alpinestars? E-ride e-bike knee and elbow pads. So, unplug your whip and zip down to the local shop to grab a set.


Onza and Kenda


What, no white Porcs? Onza’s details on pricing, weight and availability dates are still up in the air, but overall it sounds like the Swiss company with the recycled SoCal name is on the right track.


If it’s good enough for Gwin… A lighter kevlar beaded Aquila DHC will be available in early 2018.


Kenda’s HellKat Pro gets a folding kevlar bead option for 2018 as well.

Random Interbike gallery


Clif took one of my favorite products of theirs, and traumatized me from this sample display so badly that I’ll probably never be able to eat Sweet Potato Energy Food packs ever again.


Rumour has it that each of these collapsible helmets comes with a solar-powered headlamp and superlight, organic paper raincoat.

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Good looking too!


Want to know what an 11,000-watt electric motorcycle, er, “e-bike” looks like? Risse Racing’s Voltinator uses Tesla battery power to reach speeds up to 50mph, which simply begs the question of why they’re bothering with the pedals.


As small and limited in interesting new mountain bike goodies as Interbike was this year, I’m sure we still missed a few things. Hopefully we can catch up with the important products that may have been overlooked, but for this year’s show, that’s a wrap.

As small and limited in interesting new mountain bike goodies as Interbike was this year, I’m sure we still missed a few things. Hopefully we can catch up with the important products that may have been overlooked, but for this year’s show, that’s a wrap.

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+2 Metacomet AlanB

Those pedals are purely vestigial.


+1 Cr4w

The Electropeds seen at these shows are just incredible.  Think of the image these things are painting for the Mtb community as a whole when viewed by a non-participant.  And I mean just viewed in a magazine or on the internet.  If a less informed individual, property manager, or highly biased anti-mtb trail-user/hiker/dog walker/whatever sees these things and believes them to be the direction of the MTB industry based on the incredible amount of marketing and new Electroped product releases!?!...  It's a scary thought.  Maybe it really is the direction we are heading in?  I'm beginning to have a hard time disagreeing with that view.  We as a industry are still trying to escape the public opinion of being a highly exclusive intimidating, dangerous, extreme MountainDew sport, and now we are finally and irreparably going to find ourselves even more permanently associated with motorized recreation.


+1 Metacomet

I agree with what you're saying here. It is a scary thought, but mountain biking will soon be permanently associated with motorized recreation.



Risse Racing haven't updated their website since like 2001, except to add these e-motos of course.



Risse Racing just made the toaster-oven of the two-wheeled world. Personally, I believe it's just a really crappy e-moped.



That Clif product looks so tasty that I want to roll in it!



"which simply begs the question of why they’re bothering with the pedals"

Answer: so they can call it an e-bike.


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