Interbike Part Three: More from the desert

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A fixie with gears? Yep, public pressure has persuaded Sturmey Archer to come back out with their three speed fixed wheel hub.
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Get used to the 'many clashing colours' look. It's all the rage these days.
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The Felt Compulsion - now 150mm travel with 1.5 degree slackened off the head tube for proper 'big bike' performance.
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The Felt Virtue One - 25.5lb of XC fun - with redesigned tubing, an integrated gusset and some slick graphics.
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We can't help but love that graphic that goes right over the rocker. The company that applies the decals reckons they can only do five in a day as it's so complicated. And if you wonder why Felts now look quite snazzy, it's because they've poached the graphics guy responsible for the fantastic Lapierre range.
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Another look at the Yeti ASR 5 - which we first showed you in our Eurobike coverage. A five inch XC bike? Or a light all mountain machine? Up to you.
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Salsa's new drop bar for 'cross and adventure bikes - super wide (the flat bit is 46cm) with a really short drop, it should find many fans. It's called the Woodchipper and comes in normal and oversize.
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Not a new Surly Endomorph tyre (though there is one of those) this is actually a 24in monster cruiser tyre fitted front and rear to a normal Surly 1x1. They did say they were versatile machines, didn't they?
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Spotted on most of the Intense bikes - an SLX level direct mount front derailleur. Now you have a choice.
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Now that's a pretty carbon seatstay. And it's from Titus.
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Titus has a load of new colours and this completely new X-Carbon. 4in travel and a 4.8lb frame/shock in Medium
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The full Titus X-Carbon
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The Titus FTM was introduced last year - how about this brand new Titanium one?
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Chipps says he'll fight anyone who doesn't think that this matt/polish finish isn't gorgeous. (He's suffering a bit from the desert heat, don't mind him...)
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To our knowledge (feel free to prove us wrong) this is the first flared 1 1/8th-1.5in headtube that's been done in titanium.
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Another flared tube, this time on the Carbon Ftm - still with 5in of travel.
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Internal cable routing...
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Moulded-in logos - it's the little things...
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Under down-tube rock bash plate for the carbon.
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The full FTM carbon
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The same Ibis Mojo HD that we brought you from Eurobike. It's been stripped of its Stars and Stripes decals and remains a proto, though we're off to see Lopes' World Champs bike in the show hall tomorrow to see how they differ.
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A detail that was hard to make out in our Eurobike coverage - the back end of the 160mm Ibis Mojo HD has a Maxle rear axle.
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Just for Singletrack member bent_udder - a shot of the Kona Magic Link Cadabra bike up close. The bikes at Eurobike were bolted to backings with the drive-side outwards, so it was impossible to get in close. Here you are!
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Smith Optics have some really great lens tints coming out for next year - oh, and they sponsor the current World Mr Peat Champion
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Chopper aka Greg Randolph with the new gold mirror Serpico shades.


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (15)

    crank bros wheelsets seem to be quite popular…

    I wouldn’t call that top bike’s colours clashing. Pretty subtle and classy compared to the CMYK trend which seems to have hit hard.

    Is that Sturmey Archer three speed hub really a fixed wheel hub, or three speed freewheel hub?

    Wow – I’m flattered! Cheers for going the extra mile. Great shot. 🙂

    Oh great, now I “need” all of those Titus bikes…

    Bream – yep, 3 fixed speeds. They had it on display at London Cycle Show last year iirc.

    fight anyone who doesn’t think it isn’t gorgeous?.. so that’s anyone that does think it is gorgeous?.. is that right? i’m confused

    What is going on with that magic link? madness!

    I’ve started saving for an IBIS Mojo HD already…

    Another Woop for the Mojo HD, especially as it’s got a rear Maxle. I imagine that it’s one very cool bike.

    jeezo – dust a-plenty…..drooooooooooool

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