Interbike 2017: Part V

Interbike 2017: Part V

Interbike is the showroom to Santa’s Workshop. Every time I walk in the door I remind myself of that. It’s not usually much work. A corollary is that it’s not much work to get my to stop by your booth and check out some cool bikes, but the meat popsicle above is helpful. So that’s a breadstick wrapped in prosciutto, which has been given a liberal dose of truffle butter. Ah, the Italians.

The meat popsicle thingy was meant to coax us into the Wilier booth. In fact, Wilier continues to produce some of the most interesting bikes coming out of Italy. Take the new Cento10NDR. You can purchase this road bike with either disc or direct-mount brakes—no rim calipers. 

What makes the Cento10NDR so unusual is that it has been designed with real suspension. The gray insert above is a technopolymer dissipator. Movement is less than a centimeter, but it’s enough to reduce both road shock and vibration. The bike starts at $3495.

I’ve been hearing about 7Mesh, a relatively new line from folks who made kickass stuff at Arcteryx. The selection of materials, construction methods and cut make this stuff worth investigating. And for anyone interested in garments with a simple appearance and an absence of huge corporate logos, this gear is elegant. 

7Mesh also showed off some women’s bib shorts with an unusual design. By crossing the straps they were able to increase their length dramatically they are able to use the natural stretch of the material to allow a rider to pull the shorts down, drop-seat style and sit down.

I keep seeing new designs for women’s bibs and while I’m not a woman, this design makes more sense to me than anything else I’ve seen. I reserve the right to be dead wrong.

Thule showed off a new hitch rack for ebikes. Now before anyone loses their mind over eMTBs, that’s not on topic here. I’d just like to encourage everyone to examine the ramp to help load the bike and the cool folding design. The EasyFold can carry bikes up to 65 lbs. apiece. 

Okay, both my inner and outer geek is going to show here. Thule introduced three new hydration packs, called the Vital Packs. They come in 3, 6 and 8 liter designs. Above is the Vital6. 

This is the Vital3, a relatively small pack that’s perfect for a ride of up to about three hours.

Part of what I like about the Vital3 especially is the lightweight mesh used to form the back and straps. It appears to be very breathable. They use Hydrapak bladders. I can’t wait to try one.

I saw more different kids bikes at this year’s show than I have in any other year. I also saw more little groms trying them out.

I’ve complained on occasion that pannier makers should try producing panniers with actual designs, something with a bit more visual interest, if only as an alternative. Ortlieb showed of this very cool pattern.

Orange Seal has produced this shop kit of tubeless valve stems for a mix and match approach to seal up a set of wheels. From deep section rims to different grommets to seal the valve stem, it’s got plenty to get your wheels set up. Just check with your local Orange Seal dealer.

Masi showed off my favorite grocery getter. Rather than just your typical fender-equipped flat-bar bike, the Strada Vita uses 650B wheels with big (47mm) WTB Horizon tires for a cushy ride. And the deep burgundy red looks like it’s straight out of a wine glass.

Masi also gets major style points for putting the Gran Criterium back into production. They 3D-scanned the original lugs and cut tooling to produce the lugs all over again. This is as close as they can get to the original Gran Criterium. The bike is built just like the original, with Columbus SL tubing, a 1-inch head tube, non-aero brake levers, tanwall tires and a San Marco Concor saddle. This rig is Eroica-ready and is only $2720.

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  1. AD

    Hi, You say of the Wilier “You can purchase this road bike with either disc or direct-mount brakes—no rim calipers.” Aren’t direct-mount brakes rim brakes?

    1. Author

      They are rim brakes, yes, but when we say rim calipers, we are almost always referring to brakes that mount via a single bolt, because direct-mount brakes are always referred to as direct-mount. While not everyone agrees with me, my experience so far has been that direct-mount brakes are in a different class of performance than your typical rim caliper.

  2. Jeff Dieffenbach

    [This is not an ebike rant … I’m all for ebikes!]

    In the same way that the selfie isn’t the end of civilization, but the selfie-stick might be, I wonder about the ebike ramp …

    [Disclaimer: I fully get that for some people who might benefit from an ebike, the issue of loading/unloading is a real one.]

    1. Author

      I’ve done mountain bike rides that by the end of the ride I was so worn out I’d have used it with a 28-lb. bike.

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