OK, show’s over. Now we can get on with writing about the hundreds of new and exciting products we saw during three days of the indoor part of the show at the Sands Convention Centre, Las Vegas.
Contour HD and GPS
Video helmet camera company Contour has a couple of new helmet/bike cams out. The first is the new Contour HD which, as you’d expect, shoots full HD. The second new model is the Contour GPS. A built in GPS geo-tags your videos. Using Contour’s software (or when you upload them to www.contour.com) you’ll get a window beside your video showing where on earth you were when you shot it. The GPS tracks you, so you can see where on the trail, that great view was, or where you were the fastest – but also it means that other users can watch a video and go ‘Wow, let’s go there!’ and actually see where it was filmed. One for the Uber-geeks for sure, but that’s what people seem to be becoming…
Kore stems, cranks and bars.
It’s always good to see jolly nice chap Adrian from Pashley at Interbike. The stand is always busy and the UK-made brand seems to go down well over in the US, which is heartening.
Kryptonite has teamed up with Bike Revolution http://www.bikerevolution.org/ to promote its Pulse ID Tag and website system. The tamper-proof stickers go on your bike and they can be scanned by any new clever phone, which links to the website where your bike is registered. If your bike is stolen, you flag it up and anyone scanning that tag can see what the status of the bike is.
There aren’t many ways which you can make a turbo-trainer interesting, but this one from Lemond Fitness is of interest to more people than just the super fit racers warming up before a race. The bike difference is that it replaces your rear wheel by having a rear hub and cassette fitted to it. Your chain drives the unit’s cassette that then drives a fan and flywheel. The advantage? You don’t have to listen to the Vrrr, Vrrr, VRRR! of a knobbly tyre next to your tent as riders warm up at 7am before an event. That alone makes it worth it in our books.
Here’s Norco’s new Range. A 6in do-anything trail bike. It features, among other things, a one-piece rocker, huge flared headtube and a one-piece suspension rocker to keep things stiff. Oh, and a 142 Syntace style axle.