Interbike Outdoor Demo Day 1
Bikes of the Outdoor Demo.Carbon, Carbon Everywhere! Look, Cervello,
Giant, Schwinn, Raleigh, Diamond Back, Calfee, Canondale, Serotta, Masi, Scott
USA Plasma and Ransum, Shimano, Topolino, Zipp, End of Road Rash? Formula disc
brakes, Adistar XC Pro Hill Climb, and the Desert Dust Off Bash.
Interbike's Outdoor Demo is the opportunity for bike shop owners/buyers and
techs to test ride the new offerings of the bike manufacturers. Located in
Bootleg Canyon; named after the bootleggers who smuggled "hooch" to the workers
of the Hoover Dam during the prohibition era.
Areas have been set aside for Road, a BMX track, Downhill, and Mountain Bike
trails to test the latest equipment that will help buyers make decide on what
bike and accessory lines they will be bringing home and will end up in your
local bike shop.
During this last week I've taken almost a 1000 pictures so that our readers
might follow me on my adventure through the Outdoor Demo and the indoor show at
the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. A series of pictorials and the
galleries hopefully will be a bit like being there for those who could not.
Interbike is as much a cultural experience as it is a bike show with
international and national suppliers, distributors, and pro team owners meet to
look at the latest crop and designs of everything bike and meet up, renew
friendships, sign new sponsors, and see what new technology has made the grade
from the drawing board to the market. The Outdoor Demo is an integral part of
The day is a perfect 72 degrees and cloudless sky to take a bike ride and
test a few of the bikes on display. The photo above is early in the day, later
the hill will be a constant flow of riders and bikes dodging each other as the
shop owners and techies test the latest rides.
Look bikes is the first booth on the road up to the hill with a stable of
fine mounts ready for a ride. Featured prominently was the
Look 496 Triathalon.
Detail Look 496
Set up with Easton Aero Force Bars
seat post and
The Cervello booth was next in line featuring the Carbon P3. Details
here with Vision aero bars.
Sporting the new Zipp Carbon 808 wheels.
introduces the new for 2005 Dura-Ace Scandium WH-7801-SL Wheel Set:
A 24mm aero profile rim, wider flange to maximize lateral rigidity, a 3mm offset
rim increases rigidity and balances the wheel by ensuring right and left spoke
tensions are near equal.
Aero spokes: 16 front, 20 rear butted & bladed to reduce wind resistance.
All this and the set of wheels only adds 1520 grams to the total weight of the
bike. Clincher and tubular compatible, 10 speed only, aluminum axles, and rim
wear indicator add to the features.
Raleigh: A few grand old marques are on hand this year among them
Diamond Back and Raleigh.
Raleigh Team with a full carbon
frame using C6 Advanced Carbon Engineering, Shimano Dura Ace and Mavic
Ksyrium SL with a suggested retail of $4350 impresses with a clean and
impeccably finished design.
More impressive is the Raleigh Prestige, new for this year with a full carbon
frame, Easton C-90 fork, Shimano Ultegra 10 speed, Mavic Aksium wheels and a
suggested retail price of $2500.00. The Prestige is among a class of bikes I
will be looking for throughout the show: bikes within the $2000 to $2500 range
that fulfill the need of young and new racers who haven't the advantage of
unlimited funds to race on. The goal is to find the best among the new offerings
with race worthy equipment in that financial sweet spot.
Diamond Back: Introduces the Podium series this year with the DBR
(Diamond Back Racing) Podium 5 with a compact geometry monocoque full carbon
frame and fork, FSA SLK Carbon MegaExo Cranks and integrated headset, Shimano
Ultegra 10 speed gruppo, Mavic Aksium Wheel set, Michelin tires in that sweet
spot price range of $2500.00. A sweet sexy, black and silver paint and trim sets
off this full carbon racer.
Giant was next up, featuring
FSA cranks on the TCR Trinity 1 and 2. Both bikes improved with more aero
equipment of 2006 starting at $3500.00. Giant boasts use of military-grade T-800
carbon fiber and proprietary nano-resins and lug-less construction. I say nano
nano! at this price point Giant has a winner.
you ever had anyone tell you to,"Go pound dirt."
Flybar might be just the tool to do it with. About all the
Flybar has in common with a bike is the handlebar, but if leaving the ground
is your cup of tea, Flybar accommodates you with a new twist on the pogo stick
with way more power. These adept young Mtn Bikers were able to get serious air
and then do full flips off the Flybar at the top. Flybar is among many new
products that show up at Interbike looking to be added to the local bike shop
Titanium and carbon
"Fierte", also available in
Steel and Carbon. Details:
here. Well known and respected frame maker. Serotta is famous for attention
to detail and fitting the bike to the rider.
Fierte Ti/Carbon MSRP $1725 (frame), Fierte Steel/Carbon MSRP $1025.00 (frame).
Serotta makes a hit with the corporate press this month and is
featured in the latest issue of Inc. magazine.
Schwinn another grand old marque showed its new line of Fastbacks in
electric colors: Fastback LTD in electric green is equipped with Shimano Dura
Ace, FSA, Aluminum, Carbon rear stays and Fork priced at $3799 with Mavic
Ksyrium Wheels. Fastback Pro in
tangerine, Carbon/aluminum frame/carbon fork; is equipped with Shimano
Ultegra 10 speed, Mavic Aksium wheels, race ready at $1999.00. Fastback
CX $1099. with Tiagra in Blue.
Schwinn has a full carbon model in the final stages of design and testing
which will be released in the next few months. The bikes were a popular stop at
the demo, and got their fair share of attention from shop owners.
Calfee, one of the first carbon bike makers and the first to explore the
strength and lightness of carbon featured its superlight
Dragonfly . The one pictured below with a custom paint job and outfitted
Topolino wheels one of the more interesting wheels in production today with
carbon spokes. Calfee also displayed its
Bamboo Carbon frame, and yes it isn't a demo the frame is available in the
Orbea offerred its Jelly Belly pro team
BMX racer in brilliant orange and white; while
Fuji lined up its full carbon
Team Pro model (used by the Subway pro team) in black and white.
the Masi booth
David Barrientos of Tsunami cycles of Austin, Texas was impressed by the
Full carbon Masi
3VC. After a test ride deemed the Masi a "great ride."
Price points on the Masi 3VC with varying Shimano Gruppos:
Dura Ace: $5500.
Cannondale booth, not surprisingly was a constant mob of bike dealers
testing the new seven bike Rush lineup targeted at the endurance race race
market. Price points on the line run from $1700 to $5500 which range from
Scalpel and the Prophet. Boasting four inches of front and rear end travel and
single-pivot designs. The Rush 1000 falls in the middle of the line with the
Lefty Dial Lockout's 110 mm fork, a fox RP3 shock, a mix of Sram and Shimano
drivetrain and Mavic CrossLand UST wheels. Weighing in at 26 lbs with a
suggested retail of $2600.
End of Road Rash
a new company introduces two new lines of cycling clothing: The "Crash Series"
of cycling shorts with a panels of a new patented material, Invista which bonds
leather to lycra to avoid road rash in the most common areas in a fall. The new
material is machine washable, breathable and has the same characteristics of
Lycra shorts with the added benefit of protecting your legs and ass when the
ride meets the asphalt.
This may be the new standard of shorts in the industry. It is an idea so simple
and effective, you have to ask yourself, "Why didn't I think of that?"
"Euro Series" boasts a sharply tailored, color coordinated line of jerseys,
jackets and vests equally at home on training rides and at the office. The
women's line, I predict will be very popular with the women and the men
who watch them.
Domino was founded in Boulder Colorado by a team of competitive road and mtn.
bike pros. The booth was doing a brisk business in the Mtn Bike shorts which
featured the Invista protective panels.
Merlin Bikes, titanium
Moots Voodoo in lime green.
Time Carbon, dramatic in red and black, details:
Bars, bottom bracket with
FSA Carbon Cranks.
Formula Brake of Prato, Italy a manufacturer of wheels and disc brakes for
performance motorcycles entered the market for bikes in 1993 with disc brakes
for mountain and cross bikes. Young gun Greg Minaar riding for team G Cross
Honda will be a familiar name that uses Formula disc brakes. New to this well
established line is the FCS tool free stroke adjustment which gives the rider
"Feeling Control System" to adjust the pressure to the calipers as the brake pad
wears or to customize the brake to his own optimum braking position. The FCS is
available on the ORO K24 and in the lightest of the line Oro Puro (with titanium
hardware). Simply elegant in design and performance.
The Scott USA
booth proved to be popular with a waiting line for the popular bikes missing
from the display racks in short supply as they were out on the road and in the
bush being tested; this had some dealers coming back and checking the schedule
when a bike would be back to ride.
The new Plasma aero bike sporting Zipp wheels, and the much anticipated Ransum
both full carbon models were the center of interest.
Scott USA Plasma
aero seat tube.
The Ransum full carbon frame
Ransum is the leading edge of Scott's new five bike full suspension line. The
full carbon Ransum weighs in at just under 30 lbs,. It has 165 mm of front and
rear travel, dampened by a proprietary Scott USA rear shock
(the equalizer) and a
Fox 36 RC2 Fork. SRAM X.0 and Avid Juicy Carbon make up the cockpit and a
Thomson seatpost and Mavic Cross max XL wheels round out a package that will set
you back $6499.00 at the suggested retail to own the cutting edge in mountain
As with all previous Scott bikes the attention to detail and finish is the
Oakley booth featured their new casual
shoes and Sunglasses/Mp3
player with a gig of memory. If the price points on these shoes are like the
sunglasses they should come with dancing lessons as part of the package. I have
to admit that a set of sunglasses with an MP3 player is low on my list of new
products that I've just got to have; but if your a "first adopter" as they say
in the marketing business this just might ring your chimes.
Body armor by Sixonesixone, definitely something you should have if you are one
of the downhill warriors cutting the dirt slalom in competition.
Like the couple in the following photo heading off for the downhill course.
Remember a couple that goes down... hill, that is, together stays together,
through the ups and downs of the course and life.
BMC bikes booth,
SLC-01, have to love those innovative
titanium lugs and carbon.
Adistar XC Pro Hill Climb
Hard to believe its approaching 4 in the afternoon and the day has just ripped
by. Its time for a beer, but first no outdoor demo would be complete without a
race. This year is the first for the AdiStar XC Pro Hill Climb and the
riders are gathering for the start. Sponsored by Adidas with support by
Mavic, thhe race is a mass start from the exhibit area up the dirt maintenance
road to the
Television towers with three miles and 1000 feet of climbing. Andy Jacque-Mayne
of Specialized won the race in an unbelievable 13:05, Andy rode a cross bike
with a 21 tooth cog as his lowest gear. Dawes Wilson, 52 took the retailers over
34 category in a very respectable 15:43, and Yvonne Timewell of Tri Action
Sports won the womens retailers over 34 category in 18:02. J.P. Partland of
Ashphalt magazine won the media category in 17:51...hmmm well at least the top
journalist beat the over 34 women's time, by damn little though.
Desert Dust Off
It's 5pm and its time for the Outdoor Demo's
Desert Dust Off a party hosted by Interbike, Bike Magazine and
Hayes Performance. Willie Porter
guitarist and singer (sponsored by Fender) rocked the
attendees while they quenched their thirst with Fat Tire ale (recommended)
Porter solo style gave the feel of a full band. His style is innovative and
rich; exploring the guitar with sounds that delight the listener.
You can check out Willy's music at his website
here and download MP3
tracks, and checkout his tour schedule. Definitely worth a listen!
A picture might be worth a thousand words, but you won't hear a thing unless
you go to Willy's site.
Now that my thirst had been slaked, it was on the shuttle back to the Sands
convention center. When I arrived curiosity got the best of me and I decided a
quick walk around the Interbike showroom floor was in order. The peek proved
profitable as we will see in the next report. Its like the night before
Christmas in here, or maybe just my night before Christmas gift list fantasy.
Whoops! It appears that some of the participants are not ready for me to show up
unannounced... do headless mannequins blush or is it a supernatural haunting?
Under construction... to be continued...Interbike Outdoor Demo day one...