Interbike’s indoor show is truly overwhelming; getting lost and being late and forgetting to eat are par for the course, as is the feeling that you can’t possibly cover everything. Here we bring you the most interesting things our editors saw from each day of the indoor show.
Thule has long made child carriers for bikes but this year it now has YEPP of the Netherlands in its wheelhouse and the two companies are beginning to collaborate. YEPP borrowed helmet technology for this bike seat that actually looks a lot like a helmet, indeed.
Notable is the magnetic closure system that’s quick and easy to engage, but required a two-point maneuver to open–something your kiddo probably won’t be able to figure out. This particular model has adjustable foot rests, attaches to almost any rear rack and can accommodate up to 48 pounds (it weighs 6.6 pounds empty) and will sell for $220.
Primal was one of the many companies at Interbike broadly expanding the types of products it has on offer. Long a company focused on custom cycling clothing and mostly oriented toward more serious road riders (if you go even farther back you might remember Primal being known for wacky jersey designs), it seems to be trying to re-orient its brand reputation. Primal still sells tribal ink, Pink Floyd and military-themed jerseys, but has jumped into the urban cycling market with a rather ambitious collection.
“Collection” is the word for it. The clothes, part of the new “Happy Trails / HTA” line, were designed by Rok Jung. Jung took design cues from high fashion and worked to create hybrid cycling pieces that are useful and technical without being obvious. The pieces clearly won’t appeal to everyone but after inspecting them up close, I came away impressed with the details and impeccable quality of each garment.
Almost every piece is packed with features like seamless double stitching, mesh panels, reflective detailing, deep pockets and classic style. The HTA line is being described as “active casual” with several pieces that will work just fine beyond cycling. Expect to see this line grow significantly in the future.
This is the new Ritchey Ascent BreakAway. The steel Ascent has been out for a while as a commuting, touring, adventuring or whatever-ing bike, but the travel ease of the two-piece BreakAway frame is new. The Ascent has mounts for lots of cages, racks and fenders and can run up to 700×40 mm tires or 27.5×2.1 mountain tires. It takes quick release wheels, 160 mm disc rotors and will cost you $1,700 for the frameset. Leopard-print bag not included.
Tires from Schwalbe and Panaracer
Tires aren’t always the most exciting show items becasue they all start to look alike. But these G-One AllRound Schwalbes caught our eye immediately both for the tread pattern and the size: 27×2.8. Turn your 27plus bike into a commuter or gravel grinder.
Also notable, and in a similar vein, are the new G-One Speed tires that come in 29×2.35. These tires have existed for the 700c gravel set, but will now likely work on your 29plus rims. The options for bike and tire combos are literally approaching endlessness.
This one is simply a public service announcement: The excellent Panaracer Gravel King tires are now offered with tan walls. YES. (Pictured are 700x32c tires.)
The Co-Motion Cycles Siskiyou Pinion is a bike for exploring, touring and traveling. It features 650b wheels, thru axles, room for 50 mm tires, Reynolds 725 steel tubing and plenty of rack/fender mounts.
What’s new with the Siskiyou is an 18-speed Pinion gearbox with Gates Carbon Belt Drive for clean, quiet, low maintenance shifting. The shifting is accomplished by a grip-style shifter machined by Co-Motion. If you don’t want to spend $6,400 on this one, there is also a standard 2×10 available. Or, go with a Rohloff hub.