Shop Window: Interbike 2015 Wrap Up Part Two

This is not everything we saw, but it’s some of what caught our eye. Enjoy.

Bern FL1 helmet

Bern helmets

Bern’s snowsports influence has been obvious in its past helmets, but the new FL1 keeps some of Bern’s style while dropping weight and increasing ventilation. Aimed first at the road market, there are plans for a mountain bike version with a visor. Even with a sub-$100 ($99) retail price, Bern isn’t skimping on the features. The FL1 comes with MIPS, a 360-degree Boa sizing system and at least three colors. We got one for review, and everyone else can get them in spring 2016.


Giro helmets

New from Giro is a universal helmet/camera mount that works on almost any helmet, or anything else that can be wrapped up with the included 0-rings. It uses a three-tab GoPro mount and sells for $20; it is available now.

Giro’s New Road line is gone but lives on split between the new Venture (non-lycra road wear) and Transfer (commuter gear). We already covered Giro’s new Chronos lycra wear, and expect more info on the mountain bike line, Truant, soon.



After a successful Kickstarter campaign, British lock maker Litelok was at Interbike to drum up interest with consumers and distributors. The Litelok is an interesting option to a u-lock or cable lock, with the promise of high-security and lightweight, versatile locking options. United States pricing wasn’t set yet, but expect it to be around $125.



Maxxis had a lot of new tires at the show, including two of particular interest to the Bicycle Times reader. The Re-Fuse, which existed already as a road-race trainer tire, is now also a tubeless-ready road tire in 700×32, 700×40 or 650×2.0.


The Rambler is an all-road tire, 120 tpi casing, tubeless casing, and EXO puncture protection borrowed from the mountain bike side of the Maxxis product family. This looks like one of the more promising all-road/gravel tires of the show. Pricing TBA.


Masi Giramondo

We threw a leg over the Masi Giramondo in love-it-or-hate-it 1960s green at Outdoor Demo (albeit for a much shorter ride than would have been preferred) to test this new model designed for road/off-road distance touring and adventure riding. Intended to be ridden long, hard and fully loaded, the chromoly rig features 3×10 Shimano Deore components, multiple mounting points, 100x40c tires, disc brakes and a spare spoke stashed under one chainstay. The shorter stock stem was appreciated once I (accidentally) found myself on twisty singletrack and the bike’s upright stability and wider tires handled sandy double-track like a champ. The Giramondo is not super light and it’s not wicked fast, but it offered a comfortable, smooth ride over multiple terrain types. At $1,089 retail, it fit in with the 2015 Interbike theme of affordable, versatile touring rigs.


Vittoria Revolution

The Vittoria Revolution tire should be one for bike touring and commuting types to check out. In sizes from 700c to 29’er, the Revolution features graphene, a one-atom thick layer of carbon that, when used in a tire, is supposed to help the tire have more grip in turns, roll faster and be more durable over time.


Shimano backpack

There is a pile of new shoes from Shimano, including the adventure shoes, but this new backpack came as a surprise. While very functional, previous Shimano bags had a very distinct look that is nothing like the rucksack-style Tokyo above. With three colors, a $160 price, and lots of features, this is an impressive look for Shimano.

Shimano bar tape

Also, check out Shimano’s new reflective bar tape. Pretty sweet, if you ask us.


Bell helmets

Bell showed a new line of commuter helmets that toed the line between modern and futuristic. On the affordable end of the market is a new road helmet, the Draft (men) and Tempo (women). Good looks and a few colors to choose from, starting at a cool $40, up to only $60 with MIPS. I honestly think it is a better looking helmet than most of the high-end road-race helmets on the market.

Bell kids' helmets

The kids don’t get left behind either, with a full-face in 70’s moto styling, the Ramble, with includes a big sheet of stickers at the $60 price point. Also new is a kid version of the excellent Stoker trail helmet, dubbed Sidetrack. It even gets a MIPS version at $60, $40 without.


Norco Search

Norco replaced the steel Search models with aluminum frames for 2016. Dubbed the Search A, there will be a Shimano 105 and a Tiagra level bike at $1,295 and $1,150, respectively.


Axiom bags

Axiom has a new waterproof roll-top pannier, the Tempest. A floating internal waterproof liner means external pockets and straps can be sewn into the outer shell without compromising waterproofness. There are small, medium and large sizes, topping out at $250.

Axiom Fuseair

Axiom adds a new pump to its already big lineup. The Fuseair uses a removable head that works with either threaded CO2 cartridges or the included mini pump. The Fuseair 120 is a higher-volume pump aimed more for mountain bikes. The Fuseair 160 is for high-pressure road tires, and both are priced at $55.

Planet Bike

Planet Bike Blaze Superflash

Planet Bike continues to refine its light and fender offerings. The new Blaze and Superflash combo includes a USB rechargeable 180 lumen headlight and the well-loved Superflash taillight for $75. The Grateful Red is a new $20 AAA battery light with a new “courtesy” flash that promises to be less shocking to riders and drivers behind you, while still attracting attention.

Planet Bike fenders

Also new are an expansion of the Cascadia ALX aluminum fender line-up. There are at least eight new sizes, including 29×65, 700×35, 700×50, 27.5×2 and 20” and 26”.

Planet Bike bottle cages

There is also a sweet carbon side release bottle cage. It is $40, but you can pick up an alloy one $10.

Louis Garneau

Louis Garneau shoes

We dig these new shoes from Louis Garneau. The Nickel is designed for 2-bolt cleats and comes in six colors, three each for men and women, making it a great entry to the casual/sporty side of the clothing market. Pricing was not provided, but these should be ready to buy in November 2015.

Louis Garneau jersey

Also new is a line up of sporty-yet-visible garments, including this jersey. The grey panels at the top and bottom are made with highly reflective material.

Check out part one of our Interbike coverage.


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