I swung by Corsair and Atomlab at Interbike and managed to check out some pretty interesting stuff. Corsair’s Revo was on display, which is their all mountain 27.5″ rig. The highlight here: a Cane Creek DBair CS; with 160mm travel front and back this rig is sure to rip up the trails.
The Imperium below is Corsair’s DH rig. With adjustable travel and some juicy bits from Cane Creek (CCDB and Angleset) allows for a ton of adjustment.
Atomlab had some cool looking gear as well. I was impressed with the new DHR SL rear hub. If you have followed the DH circuit, many people are going to a 7 speed cassette, which really is a 10spd with the last three gears removed and a spacer tossed on. Atomlab decided to make a proper 7 speed cassette body and re-spaced the hub for an improved chain line.
Some pretty pimp pedals… oh wait, funny thing, these happen to be the Pimp and Pimplite pedals. At 320 grams and 368 grams respectively, these multicolored beauties will look good on any ride.
It’s not often you have a chance to see how a shoe is made, but below is the new Kestrel, which is Five Ten’s new enduro-oriented shoe. With a hard mid sole, the three layer molded tread pattern makes for the start of something excellent. That blue bit is impact gel, which reduces shock. The uppers are designed to be durable, and the BOA lace system makes it easy to get in and out.
For all you ladies out there, companies are finally producing woman’s-specific-fit shoes! Most importantly, these are not a scaled down version of anything: they’re designed from the ground up and are properly cut to fit your feet.
Yakima is celebrating it’s 35th year this year, and they were showing off their very first roof rack, and of course their latest and greatest racks.
Their two newest budget racks were quite interesting. The FourPlay comes in at $499, carrying four bikes up to 45lbs each. Using a 2″ receiver only, it’s convertible to a two bike carrier.
The TwoTimer is built for a 1 1/4″ hitch and is available with a 2″ adapter, the same 45lb capacity, and a folding design makes this $299 rack a nice deal.
Osprey had some cool looking packs for this year. I was really impressed with the kid packs. My son can now carry his own snacks and stuff!
The Moki $50 is a scaled version of the Viper line of packs. With a few pockets to carry snacks and a 1.5L bladder, there is plenty of space for your kid’s needs. The Zealot has been improved as well, with new vented straps, the Air Scape back panel, and a larger tool pouch. MSRP: $140.
For you ladies, the Verve 9 may be just the ticket. With a 3L bladder and enough room for a day trip, this bag is not just cut with a woman’s torso in mind, but width and strap sizing as well. MSRP: $100.
Light & Motion
We have over the years well-documented the Seca line of lights from Light & Motion. But at Interbike 2014, they had some other great options on display as well.
The improved Urban and VIS series of lights may just be a perfect second light for a mountain biker.
The Urban version boasts 800 lumens and if you do get the fast charge, you have a light that charges back up in 2 hours. The Urban FC sells for $179 and is still made in the US. The VIS 360 has 250 lumens and costs $179 as well.