Here’s another loosely grouped collection of things that didn’t sit easily with anything else, so let’s get on with the next random tour from Interbike.
First up is Whisky components, the cousin of Foundry Bikes – an ‘affordable’ carbon brand that comes under the Quality Bicycle Products umbrella. Foundry was one of the first companies to offer a carbon disc cyclocross bike and it has added a fork, with a difference, to the Whisky range. The difference is the 15mm thru-axle. Not as odd as it might appear; Giant’s new range of ‘cross bikes comes with thru-axle forks and it even means you can run Shimano’s new XTR tubular rims.
And then there’s Whisky’s rigid mountain bike fork. Also 15mm, it features a super-neat internal cable run. Not great if you’re running hydraulics, but it’s only as much faff as an Orange Five back end, eh?
And then there was a Delorean, complete with Back to the Future-correct number plate. A selection of silver-dressed people from the future were there to have their photo taken with it. For the life of us, though, we can’t remember what product they were promoting…
In one of those ‘We remember when he wasn’t famous’ moments, we happened upon Singletrack Magazine alumni Dan Barham at the launch of his new photo book for Mission Workshop and Acre Clothing. Dan’s now a senior photographer for Bike and in demand for
bleak moody shots of mountains and forests.
We bumped into John Muenzenmeyer, who wins the award for best name, in the queue for coffee and he showed us these neat, perforated fat bike hubs. John originally set up Nuke Proof in the 80s and sold the name in 2001. Since then he’s been tinkering with building fat bikes and these hubs.
Kryptonite always has a few new bits and pieces on its booth. As well as showing a prototype waterbottle mounted cage for carrying chain locks, it showed a couple of limited edition ‘Chocolate’ colours and a lock for those motorway stops.
Alter Cycles was formed by the original designer of the Slingshot, so you can see the influence right-off. The idea this time round though is to have an affordable, comfortable hybrid bike ($800 for a complete bike) as well as a whizz-bang carbon, alloy and titanium top-end mountain and road bike.
The down tube flexes (as does the top tube) to allow an inch or so of horizontal inchworm movement. This should soak up a lot of road buzz. Not only that, but the downtube is replaceable and you can snap in thicker or thinner ones to tune the ride. Replacements will be $75 or so and come in a variety of colours and patterns.
The Petaluma company was showing some new colours – a first for this monochrome company – as well as the obligatory fat bike hubs and a SRAM XD driver too.
Devinci bikes, from Canada, was showing its new 140mm trail bike. It has 27in wheels, comes in carbon or ally, takes a 140 or 150mm fork and Devinci pitches it as ‘the perfect trail bike’.