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.
If you’ve invested some hard earned cash in a new dream bike, you deserve a new dreamy lock to go with it. At $180 the Altor lock isn’t cheap, but it’s built from Grade 5 titanium and anodized in a soft blue. The patented folding design pivots on flexible joints that can adjust in any direction and it weighs just 584 grams.
The lock is assembled in the USA and comes with a bike attachment to take it with you. I think it would be cool to find someone to make a custom leather pouch for it or something.
Need new wheels? The DT Swiss PR 1400 DICUT OXiC is a new lightweight clincher all murdered out. The hubs are die cut to save weight and use a 36 tooth ratchet. The brake track is coated in ceramic oxide to be extra durable and provide even more stopping power. Yes, special brake pads are required, but they are made by Swiss Stop and you can easily find replacements (your first ones come with the wheels). The PR 1400s come prepped to go tubeless, and those rims are 18 mm wide. The set weighs 1,435 grams and rings the cash register at $1,286.
Rocky Mounts launched a swing-away platform hitch rack that would be perfect on the back of your truck + truck bed camper shell. The MonoRail Swing fits a 2-inch receiver and holds bike wheel sizes from 20-29 inches. It provides clearance for fat bikes (including those with 197 mm rear spacing) and eliminates frame contact. The rack will sell for $530 (for two bikes–add a third bike tray for an extra $150) and comes with a lifetime warranty.
The mainstay Kryptolok line gets an update this year with double locking shackles for even more security. The squared-off shackle ends prevent the lock from twisting, even if one end of the “U” is cut. Plus the protrude all the way through the body, so it can’t fill up with snow or ice. Yes Floridians, that happens.
Kryptonite has a folding lock of its own too. The Keeper line is available with either 6 mm links or 8 mm links, and is wrapped in a soft canvas cover to prevent scratches. Unlike some folding locks, the Keeper can pivot in any direction, making it easier to reach around awkward bike racks. They both come with a carrying case that attaches to the bike and will retail for $57 or $67.
Kryptonite has been keeping your bike safe for years, but now it’s branching out to keeping riders safe with its new light lineup. The range covers small, be-seen lights to powerful 250 lumen headlights. The naming convention is wonderfully simple: “F” for front, “R” for rear, and a number for the corresponding lumen count. The small Boulevard lights pack an F-14 with an R-3 for $30, the Avenue chip-on-board series (above) has a F-35 and a R-20 for $35 and the Alley headlamp (below) pumps out 275 lumens for just $35.
Shimano makes a ton of high performance road and mountain bike shoes, but there are a lot of riders out there (we’re picturing you, Bicycle Times readers) who don’t need or want the stiffest, flashiest SPD shoe on the market. The latest kicks from Shimano’s growing apparel lineup are perfect for commuting, touring, sportif riding or just cruising around town.
The sleek R4 shoe has a soft, synthetic leather upper with full laces for a timeless look and mates to a nylon sole with a two-bolt SPD cleat. It rates a 5 on Shimano’s 1-12 stiffness scale, so you can actually walk around in it.
Another cool option for touring or commuting is the SH-MT3, which is in the “mountain touring” line, but looks pretty much just like any other lace-up shoe. If you ride SPDs on your commuter or around-town bike, these would be a perfect choice to go with it.
Finally the RT5 is designed for road riding, but has a 2-bolt SPD cleat instead of a traditional 3-bolt road cleat. The extra tread means you won’t have to walk like a duck in it either, plus it too measures a 5 on the stiffness scale. I don’t know about you but I hardly ever ride road shoes with 3-hole cleats any more, so this type of road shoe is perfect for me.
There aren’t many Made-In-USA wheels these days, but Rolf Prima is now building almost all its rims in its Eugene, Oregon, factory and pairing them with California-built White Industries hubs. The new Hyalite wheels feature the brand’s trademark paired-spoke design with 20 spokes front and rear. It comes in all the usual axle and freehub styles, and prices start at $899.
Rolf Prima also offers this really cool “ballistic armor coating” on select wheel models that let’s you choose from various colors for the rims and hubs. Add in some colored decals and you can really dial in a look to match your frame.
The 2017 line of commuter backpacks from Osprey is evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, but we have to give special shoutout to this Radial model and its integrated “kickstand” that keeps it upright when you set it down. If you’re used to working out of a backpack with a computer, you know how annoying the floppy bag is.
The American-made lights from Light & Motion are finding new homes on e-bikes, where the new Nip and Tuck models are designed to wire directly into the battery. Since they have minimal draw they don’t dramatically affect battery life, and keeping them on all the day definitely improves visibility.
One of the coolest things I saw isn’t even new but it seems like a solution many folks have been looking for. The Rohbox is designed specifically to allow SRAM road shifters to operate a Rohloff hub. If you’ve seen the less-than-elegant ways Rohloff hubs have been fitted to drop-bar bikes over the years, you can appreciate how nice this is. Like the hub itself, the Rohbox ain’t cheap ($243) but if you’re putting together your dream build, this is the ticket.
Envisioned as a “gateway drug” to the wonderful world of internal geared hubs, Link Bicycles is a new brand that brings Gates Carbon belt drive to the masses. Starting at $900 for a singlespeed, the line includes cyclocross, road and mixte models with various drivetrain setups: Go 2×1 with a Schlumpf crankset that you shift with your heel. Build a 1×8 with a Shimano Alfine hub. And if you can’t decide on how many gears you need, spec a Nuvinci 360 continuously variable transmission hub.
This ‘cross bike can fit up to a 45 mm tire and has the usual rack and fender mounts, but no derailleur hanger. The eccentric bottom bracket is used to tension the belt for trouble-free wheel removal. The production version will also have three-pack eyelets on the downtube and both fork legs.
Topeak’s tent is unique in that it uses no poles, one side secures to your bike’s handlebars using a fork mount staked to the ground and the other his held up by the front wheel (27.5 0r 29er) and then it’s all tethered down by straps to make a long, light and comfy one person tent. Retail price is $260. Also, Topeak’s vast collection of bike camping pack’s stand out feature is that they don’t rely on racks so you can outfit pretty much any bike.