We’re stuffing our pockets with chain lube and promotional energy bars. Lael scored a free pair of merino wool socks and a t-shirt, and I filled my 64 oz. Klean Kanteen with New Belgium brew as they closed down the event space following the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductions. Officially, we’re riders and writers. At Interbike, we’re called “schwaggers”. I try to explain that I just wore out a pair of wool Patagonia socks and my blended bottle of T9/ProLink is about empty, but they’ve heard it all before. “They’re free. Just take one.”
There are bigger and bigger tires and new colors for this year. Lots of things are lighter and stronger and better, although nobody really needs a new bike. There is a “string-bike” at the Chinese compound, and characterful helmets. The “Taiwan Excellence” booth is excellently well-lit, but dull. A small contingency of humble Japanese exhibitors such as Dia-Compe and Nitto have been showing the same kind of high-quality parts for decades, and should never change. There are more electric bikes than you could imagine, and they populate almost half of an addition floor. I’ not opposed to e-bikes, but most of them are ugly.
Surly released the new Moloko handlebar with a similar geometry to their Open bar, but with a construction similar to the Jones Loop bar. It is made of Cro-Mo steel. Surly is also showing a 26×3.8 Knard tire, which features the all purpose moto-inspired pattern first designed for the Krampus.
Vegas is colorful, and lots of fun!
The String Bike.
Always in your hand!
Woodman headsets are of French origin, although manufacturing is now in Taiwan. They incorporate some unique design features.
The new Surly Moloko handlebar. Moloko is Ukrainian for milk.
Ride with great idea. Thanks for the advice, China.
Solar and USB rechargeable lights.
A modified Lefty suspension fork on a Mukluk.
Kashimax plastic saddles with ergonomic handle.
The Nitto RM-014 Dirt Drop handlebar is more to my liking than other off-road drop bars.
The thinnest pedal on the market ranges in thickness from 4-7mm, and features an outboard bearing. It is designed to improve ground clearance over obstacles.
—-Zooming. Another version of Lael’s new helmet.
Twin-Six t-shirts. Nice.
What Surly considers a bar with lots of hand positions.
Hand-machined pedals and stems from Bozeman, MT.
Surly 26×3.8 Knard.
Origin8 fatbike with NuVinci hub.
Fat Frank in new colors– brown with a white sidewall. This would look absurdly excellent on a 65mm Surly Marge Lite rim.
Dia-Compe Gran Compe Pro NJS track hubs.