Interbike is over for me. I am comfortably writing this post to you from my balcony sipping on an iced coffee with my feet up. Vegas has sucked the life from the masses and people are now praying for tonight to come so they can head home. This is the same for any trade show. We all love the industry, the people, the parts, the bikes, and we also love being able to say another Interbike is done and in the books. If I take one feeling away from this years show it would be the feeling of excitement. Walking around the show I noticed more smiling faces, more new bikes and parts, and more happiness than in the few years past. Although the showroom floor did seem empty compared to last year, it was still buzzing and busy. I think what really happened is the show hosts did a better job of keeping the public out. I didn’t notice nearly as many sticker grabbers, overloaded bag dudes, guys dragging girlfriends around who obviously didn’t want to be there or nearly as many giveaways. If I was a betting man, and I often am, I would say that Interbike asked exhibitors to limit giveaways in hopes to draw less of a public crowd. Just maybe?
I had a wonderful week at the Outdoor Demo, Cross Vegas and Interbike and I am very much looking forward to next year already. Thanks to everyone who let me fill them in on AGW. I hope all of you are reading this now. This post may conclude my Interbike coverage, but having taken away so many project and article ideas, it will only spawn much more to come.
Let’s start off this article with a beautiful bike. That being Tom Boonen’s Specialized S-WORKS Roubaix. Gorgeous. Tom’s bike is also loaded with the new Specialized Quarq Power Meter system. You can learn more about it here.
The NAHBS Best Cyclocross bike award winning bike was also on display today. The Moots Pyschlo X RSL is a thing of beauty.
The only thing I purchased at the show this year was a set of the new Lizard Skins 3.2mm DSP Bar Tape. 3.2mm means comfy hands.
LOOK really does craft some gorgeous rides. They really “do it right” with their crankset using two chainring size locations making them very easy to use with your custom setup. Bike manufacturers, take note.
I couldn’t not take a snap of this Rothmans Rally Porsche 911. One of these days I hope to cover some WRC events! The guys at Go Pro always have a great setup of videos and gear at every trade show. They were showing off their 3D setup and new WiFi enabled iPhone app. Finally!
Lynskey brought out one of their Sportive Ti Disc road bikes. Love the rear triangle and matching seatpost and stem.
This Voltage Cycles electric bike takes a lot of inspiration from DH bikes and choppers. I saw a few of them getting the full test treatment downstairs. At nearly $5,000 they aren’t for everyone, but they sure do move fast. If you are looking to cruise the beach in style with much less effort, give it a look. The Brooks saddle and double-crown fork are a nice touch.
Custom prosthetic arm setup for Leadville 100 complete with Fox RP23 shock! Awesome!
Retro is back in full force this year. Giro is soon launching these old school lace-up style road shoes. Act fast when they go, they’ll sell out fast. I know a few Bikes for Boobs teammates who would gladly sport these on the road!
Seeing Steve Peat’s bike in the Santa Cruz booth was a real treat. The man is a legend in DH and a super nice guy. It took me a while to get a photo without 20 people crowding around it.
If I ever felt like spending money on a new cruiser, this would be it. I love the bomber graphics and Electra makes some of the best riding cruisers you can buy.
I absolutely swear by my Swiftwick socks, but not enough to get a tattoo of their logo like this guy. Apparently, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas. I hope they gave him a lifetime supply of socks.
I’ll close this appropriately with Cinelli. This Cinelli Mash CX SS was just a hair behind the Ritte CX bike as my favorite from the show. Everything from the frame graphics to the bar tape is a perfect match. Nice work Cinelli and Mash.
The Cinelli Custom Carbon Laser Road screams look at me. Checkout those bars!
Thanks again for following my trek to Interbike this year! I hope you enjoyed the coverage more so than just if I posted a bunch of photos with no descriptions. What good does that do for the consumers of the world! I’d really be stoked if you found something you must have from the show and said you saw it here! Thanks!