Interbike 2016

Interbike 2016 is in the books.  While there is a definite change in the air regarding the convention.  There were still a few things to see new and exciting.   Some of the big news was surrounded by technology more than anything else.  Meaning things you have to plug in.  Electronic dropper posts and shifting seemed to be the hot topic.  Not to mention the massive collection of E-Bikes all over the show.  The latest standard in tires – 27.5+ was another huge player at the show.  Just about everybody has adopted the new tire dimensions and have made accommodations to make sure they are part of their line.  From tires to frames, the plus standard was everywhere.  Looks like the fad of fat bikes is starting to dwindle as the Plus size just makes more sense to more people.

DVO has been working on their new Garnet dropper posts for a while and are nearing bringing them to market soon.  Both internal and external versions will be part of the line up.  Assuring most everybody will be able to run the complete DVO suspension kit on their bikes.  From forks to shocks to posts!

ib2016-3The DVO external version has a clean cable attachment.  In our hands they felt lightweight for being a preproduction unit and well built.
ib2016-4 The posts air valve is located conveniently under the seat.  This should help make fine tune adjustments much easier without having to remove the post or seat to access the valve.
ib2016-5 Nothing totally new, but we totally dig the colors of the DVO brand, especially the newly released Works Brown colors.  What is new is their boost spaced forks.  We currently have a 29″ Diamond boost fork that we will have a review up soon.

ib2016-6 ib2016-7So one of our most anticipated products coming soon to the market is Shimano’s XT Di2. It’s part of the trickle down from their road and XTR Di2, only in a more attainable budget friendly price point.  If you have ever ridden any of their other Di2 products, then you will understand why we are excited.  We hope to get our hands on these for a further in-depth review and look into the XT Di2.

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Magura is has been part of the electrical game for a while also.   But in the form of their Veyron dropper post and some of their suspension products.  True wireless connectivity.  Magura also had their new Trail brakes featuring carbon levers, a 4 piston front brake and 2 piston rear brake.  Giving a high end brakeset that cuts a bit of price and weight off, making for the ultimate enduro choice for racers or aggressive riders.  A new inverted fork for e bikes was also at the show with just a little bit of information at this time.  No word if they are going to make one for the rest of us just yet.

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Camelbak has made some welcome updates to some of their packs including their flagship M.U.L.E. and all of their bladders now feature 20% more flow and increased durability.

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Sweet Protection was found at Outdoor Demo with some new helmets and knee pads of varied degrees of protection.

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E-bikes probably took up at least a quarter of the show this year.  We covered this bike before in last years gallery.  But this year its been updated with new bars, nobby tires and a killer look!!  We are HUGE fans of this ebike from Vintage Electric Bikes.

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Renovo is another brand we love to see.  It’s a totally different type of craftmanship to make a ridable wooden bike of this nature.  The workmanship is second to none and these bikes are just stunning to look at.  But they are not just for looking at, they ride awesome.  They are lightweight and very compliant on the trail.  We rode their CX and trail bikes at outdoor demo, and enjoyed every moment on the trail.

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As mentioned earlier, 27.5+  was seen everywhere.  Even in BMX bikes.  Se Racing had thier OM Duro.  Featuring 1×10 gearing for ripping the MTN up on a BMX bike, internal dropper post routing and disk brakes.

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Hyper had this killer new DH bike with an insane paint job.  No words other than awesome.

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So out for a little while now, the Giro Switchblade has the inner old school BMXer in us geeked out.  The thought of an open face helmet with great ventilation brings the kid in us who raced BMX in the old days brought into the modern world of MTB.  Complete with Mips protection.

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TRP had some new brakes that range from budget friendly all the way to world cup racing.  Clean and stylish with integrated cooling fins machined into the caliper body.

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Kali Protectives has always had innovation and protection as the forefront of their company.  They have a different approach to the way they operate and the way they design their products.  Their new helmets feature a new nanotube foam structure that can support multiple impacts.  Along with their LDL impact zones, Kali feels they have some of the safest helmets on the market.  Take a look at the last three images and see the difference.

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This helmet took one, thats right, just ONE impact from the test machine.

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The new helmet took over TEN impacts to the same location this time using Kali’s new NanoCore techology.

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Again a side by side view of each helmet.  Which would you trust?

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RockyMounts latest rack, the Split Rail can carry 2, 3 or 4 bikes.  As well as just about any tire combination your can throw at it.

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We close out our Interbike feed this year with Carl.  Carl likes long walks on the beach, fresh dog food and a good toy to end out his day.  The Cycle Dog ambassador is always one of our favorites!

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About WingNutt

Rider, Racer, Owner of MyBikeStand.com. A long history in racing and riding, from BMX and freestyle to Downhill, Dual Slalom, 4X and even some Road races spans nearly 25 years. Spent some time working in bike shops. I love to ride my bike.

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