For desert, a little eye candy…
Pretty obvious who rode it and what it was for. Pinarello calls it the Bolide HR. Wiggins said after breaking the record he was hoping to go farther, something like 55k.
Jaguar helped with aerodynamics, specifically the shape of the fork.
We were happy to see Giordana at Interbike but really, based on the extent of its ensemble and consistent good looks, this company should be at a fashion show. Not quite haute-couture but this Italian brand could hold its own on any runway around the world. For 2016 Giordana is adding three new pieces to its collection and has a new chamois to boot.
The Lungo kit pictured above puts an emphasis on comfort and storage. The jersey has six pockets. That must be a record.
The NX-G is Giordana’s finest work. The bibs feature gradual compression. The firmest setting is just above the knee and the compression gets progressively lighter working up the thigh. It’s somehow accomplished with just one panel per leg. The leg seam has been smartly stitched on the outer thigh. The matching jersey incorporates thermal bonding to improve aerodynamics. We look forward to getting in the drops to see how well it cuts the wind. Due out in the spring so plenty of time to save the $700.00 they’ll ask for at checkout.
The appropriately named Sahara kit is all about heat and sun mitigation. Fabrics are designed to be breathable and offer UV protection.
Schwalbe is diving into the tubeless thing head first. Except for the tire second from the right, the pic above is Schwalbe’s full line up of 700c tubeless tires. The German tire maker has 7 models in its tubeless easy format.
The Pro One replaces the Ultremo ZX as the brand’s number one road tubeless. Schwalbe claims it has shaved 70 grams and cut rolling resistance by 15 percent. Three sizes: 23c, 25c and 28c. We should have a pair coming our way.
Despite the loss of company founder Steve Hed, the wheel company that bears his name continues to innovate. These carbon looking wheels caught our eye. The Ardennes Black is actually aluminum but it’s hard to tell with that black braking surface. HED says the coating used in the Turbine Braking Technology will not wear off. The + (plus) is for tubeless. They nearly have a carbon price tag at $1600 retail.
From Vallnord to Vegas. Scott sponsored mountain biker Nino Schurter’s rainbow jersey winning Spark 700. Nino one of the rare world cuppers to ride a 27.5. Tires are tubulars from Dugast, dirt in the nobs is from Andorra.