100+ degree temps, wind storms and tall black socks are telling signs that the Interbike Outdoor Demo is rolling. I rolled in early this year wanting to take in both days of the ODD. Last year, one day just wasn’t enough time to ride bikes and stop to talk to everyone. With so much to share, I will get right to it and kick off this post with a few words about my ride on the Niner RIP 9 RDO.
After riding mostly hard tail bikes for the past few years, riding the RIP 9 RDO felt like I had climbed aboard a double-decker sofa. This is Niner’s 125mm trail bike that still offers great climbing ability. I have a hard time arguing that as the bike did climb exceptionally well for a 5-inch bike. The bike comes in various models/prices for your budget. The model I spent time on is their 5-Star XX1 build that retails at $6,499 MSRP.
Niner’s patented CVA Suspension provided great pedaling in every gear. Matched with the SRAM xx1 setup, this bike will be hard to beat in its category.
The Rock Shox Revelation RCT3 Solo Air fork brings 130mm of goodness and matched the Fox shock in the back really well. A 70-degree HT angle kept the bike nimble enough to get around every tight corner I hit.
Look at that rear cassette aka “pancake” will ya! It’s almost goofy to look at but works oh so well. The 142x12mm rear spacing kept the rear stable over the desert terrain, aka loose rocks everywhere. This bike really wanted to keep me on the ground, which meant I was not pushing it nearly hard enough?
The Rock Shox Reverb dropper seatpost is a must have for this bike. The Reverb allows infinite adjustments in height. Win.
Just for fun, Niner gave all their loaner bikes names. I really liked mine! The bike was a joy in the pants and I am hoping to spend more time with it soon.
I fell in love with Ellsworth Bikes many years ago when I learned they were Made in America. I don’t believe they all are today, regardless, they make a nice ride. Having previously owned an Evolve, I wanted to take a ride on the new Evolve Carbon.
Coming from my aluminum Evolve, the carbon bike snapped corners quicker and soaked up bumps a tad better. I did feel it get a little squirrely over a couple loose rock sections though.
The Evolve Carbon is their 4-inch trail bike, “meant to go fast” – Ellsworth. The ICT suspension felt very familiar to me, which was good and bad. The bike did everything well, but not great. I never felt like I was in full control of the bike. Admittedly, the guys put me on a Medium and I should have been on a Large.
This is one of those bikes I need more time with on familiar ground. My aluminum Evolve is one of the bikes I truly miss having in my stable. I am sure the Carbon version would sit better with me if I could have had a go locally.
FATBIKES FATBIKES FATBIKES. Even Specialized jumped into the FAT GAME this year. Last year, I rode a couple but decided to pass this year. I tried 5 times to get a bike from Specialized with no luck. I’d really love a chance to ride the Enduro 29, if only there was one around.
If you want something that your neighbor doesn’t have yet, head on over to Chris King and pre-order the new turquoise parts. Soon to be a hit.
A Cielo Cross Racer was spotted as well. Always gorgeous bikes.
The crew at Bell Helmets was super nice and gave me a Bell Super Helmet for an upcoming review! Look for it soon! Now, to get a GoPro for the mount…
“Because women are not small men” – OSMO Nutrition launched their women’s line of hydration products today. They said it was safe for men so I gave it a go. I hope they bring the Mango flavor to their entire lineup.
One of my favorite moto companies had some of their protection gear on display and available to try at the show. The AS Moab gear is super comfy and as always, the stuff from AS is top notch quality.
I stared in awe for a few moments before Greg from SeaSucker came by and said hello. Mounting my bike to the top of my car only using suction cups seemed risky upon first glance. After spending a few minutes with Greg pulling on the bikes with some decent force, I realized just how strong these mounts are. We have a set coming for review and we will, as always, put them to the test. They work just about anywhere on your vehicle and are easily removable for travel. The next time you travel with a bike and don’t know where you’ll mount it on your rental, look no further. More soon.
Crank Brothers was serving free mint chip ice cream. Who I am to argue that…
The Van Dessel Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is quite possibly the best named bike on the planet. It gathered plenty of attention at the show. I had to come back a few times to get a clean photo with nobody standing around it. This monster looks like it would be great for just about anything from mountain rides to commuter. Must. Have.
Strapping your iPhone to your bike isn’t for everyone. However, it is for quite a few. I love having options and we know you do as well. Element Case has been putting out some really high-end cases for the iPhone. We got our hands on the Rogue, a CNC machined case that uses real carbon fiber. No sticker wrap here. They have an assortment of mounting options from bars to your bag or belt. Look for more to come from them here on AGW soon.
I’ve had my hands on most bags in the industry, save anything from Osprey. They have an entire lineup from slimline running packs to larger commuter packs like this Radial 26. Plenty of pockets, I love the lid lock to keep your helmet in place and the Radial Modified Airspeed Backpanel looks like it will help keep your back dry. Looking forward to seeing more from Osprey inside Interbike tomorrow.
The GIRO booth had no shortage of CAMO this season. The Pneumo is looking good in green, black and sand.
Felt Bikes new FAT-E bike is set to launch next year and sports a 250-watt Bosch motor. Honestly, I’m not really sure how to feel about this combo.
Yes, because you were wondering, you can get a Buffalo Burger at the Outdoor Demo.
Did I mention there was an open pump track?
This girl was making everyone laugh with her giant POC aero helmet on the trails. I caught her several times riding FATBIKES with it as well. Proper.
Stoke factor was high on the Bootleg Canyon trails. A fun place to ride with plenty of chunk for bikes of all shapes and FATNESS.
A fairly new company out of Colorado, Borealis Bikes had an impressive 21-pound Yampa FATBIKE on display sporting SRAM xx1 components. Carbon everything including wheels. Look for carbon FATBIKE categories to show up in UCI races soon enough.
Skratch Labs brought out their food truck serving yummy treats all day. The breakfast was awesome!
For those of you wondering where all the 650B/27.5 bikes are, here you go. Focus Bikes is getting ready to launch their 160mm travel All Mountain bike, named Sam. There is a nice little video of the bike in action here.
That amount of travel, Reverb Stealth seatpost ready and a 68-degree HT angle proves this bike will rip your local trails. I still haven’t gotten onboard this whole 650B/27.5 thing, but then again it took me a while to fall in love with 29ers and now I swear by them. Hopefully, one of these will show up very soon for review here.
Focus also took their popular Raven 29r model and shrunk it down to 27.5 size. The bike has some really clean internal cable routing and spot on geo for XC style trails/racing.
Another bike I couldn’t pass up mentioning is the Focus Mare CX Disc. Look at that front fork will ya! Looks like a Bulldog. Getting my hands on the bars I was really happy with the extra large sized hoods. Finally, guys with large hands get a nice big grip. All CX riders will welcome these large hoods. Great for grabbing tons of torque and control.
Well, that’s it for the ODD. I know I missed a bunch of people but there is only so much time in the day! We will be at Interbike tomorrow and Thursday coming for you! Don’t forget, tomorrow night is Cross Vegas. See you there as well!