September 18, 2011
Some more unconnected sightings from the Interbike show floor. Don’t worry, we still have plenty more stuff to show you from there.
It’s always nice to see some of the recognisable characters from our sport walking the show floor, or working in booths. There’s everyone from pro racers looking to renew sponsorships or celebrity cycling fans to true old school legends like Joe Breeze, below, who brought along Breezer number 1. The first mountain bike he ever built, back in the late ’70s
Don’t scroll through just yet, this might be of interest. This is a tubeless tubular tyre from Clement. Tubs are great for cross racing, and pretty immune to pinch flats, but the inner tubes are still delicate and prone to thorn punctures. With the PDX, Clement has eliminated the inner tube. Running this with sealant should then make a pretty bombproof setup. Should be ready for next ‘cross season.
Paul Price has long been the friend of the niche rider, the singlespeeder and riders of quirky or old school brakes and frames. He’s now moving into seatposts – and has a cassette hub that uses Industry Nine internals.
Here’s Fizik’s new Kurve saddle. It takes a different approach to comfort in that there’s minimal padding, but the carbon shell of the saddle is designed to flex instead. The one piece rails also add to this flex. The little black chip (top right) is bolted in place to tension the rails and it comes in a couple of different sizes that give different rail tensions. It seems to really work. Should be out at the end of the year and we’ll try to get one to let you know how it is.
These odd looking ‘phones are meant for those of us who like to listen to music while training, or running or racing or whatever. First off, they come in several sizes and you can get your ear measured and find the right size. They also come as an ‘Ironman’ set that should fit the majority of earholes.
The coloured bit is medical-grade silicon and they’re designed to fit well in the outer ear, rather than by being jammed in your ear canal. Although they feel a little loose at first, the fit is very secure – and as you sweat, the rubber stays tacky and helps keep them in place. Because they don’t plug the ear, it’s still possible to hear traffic and conversation too. We’ll get back to you with a review of them soon.
Mountain Cycles had a booth at the show, and we’ll bring you that in due course. In the meantime, how about this 20 year old wonder?
We like Osprey’s packs and here are three new packs. The middle on, the Zealot comes in a couple of sizes and is a full clamshell freeride pack. The full-round zip gives you access to your gear without having to undo all your pads from the outside of the pack. It also has a super-neat integral tool roll.
There’s still a lot of colour around at the show. How about these pedals from Twenty6?