The Dakine booth was full of bright new colors for 2014, including a Hawaiian print chest pocket on the button up Wrench jersey ($60 USD). The Traverse glove ($30) has minimal padding on the palm, a hook and loop wrist closure, and like the rest of Dakine's glove line is touch screen compatible. The Oakridge flannel gets a color update along with an antimicrobial treatment for the polyester fabric.
Fittingly, a number of riders were using early versions of Dakine's Enduro Hip Pack at this year's Oregon Enduro Series. The pack has two waist pockets along with a larger rear compartment with mesh dividers to hold a pump, tube, tools, and any other accessories you might need. Available in green and camo color options, the hip pack retails for $50 USD.
Matt Simmonds rode this Nukeproof Pulse to a career-best fifth place finish in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, running Schwalbe Rock Razor tires front and rear for decreased rolling resistance.
Greg Minnaar's World Champion Santa Cruz V10c was on display as well, complete with the same flat tire he finished his race run with.
BMC team rider Stephen Ettinger won the US National Championships aboard this bike, a Fourstroke FS01 29. The bike's geometry is slightly more relaxed than you'd typically see on an elite XC race bike, but that obviously didn't slow Ettinger down. The build kit includes electronically activated Fox CTD suspension, a full Shimano XTR drivetrain, and a patriotic paint scheme.
Diamondback's Sortie 29 bikes gain additional stiffness for 2014 from the addition of a cross brace between the rear seatstays and by running the main Knucklebox pivot through the bike's downtube. With an XX1 drivetrain and a Crank Brothers build kit the Sortie Black retails for $6500 USD, with other complete Sortie 29 bikes starting at $2700.
The Sortie 29's seat stay bridge and new pivot mounting system help prevent undue flex as the bike goes through its 120mm of travel.
There are always a few booths at Interbike that leave us scratching our heads, and this one was no exception, since it was mainly filled with boxing gloves and accessories imported from Pakistan.
Loaded's latest components were hanging off of this Black Market Roam set up with 27.5" wheels.
The Pivot Phoenix DH bike is always an eye catcher, especially built up with a Shimano Saint gruppo and a Kashima coated Fox 40. The frame only with a Fox RC4 and an Angleset goes for $3250 USD.
ENVE had a Turner Czar 29er built up with drool-worthy components at their booth, including black on black carbon wheels, and a sleek carbon stem with titanium hardware. We'd love to see ENVE start offering their stem in a length shorter than 75mm...
This Phil Wood V10 fat bike sure gets around - it seems to appear at every trade show we cover.
Hope has launched a fat bike compatible version of their Pro Evo hub available for 170 and 190mm spacing. The Fatsno is available for $288.33 USD for the rear, and $125 for the front.
If you somehow missed it on the Pinkbike Facebook
page, here's another look at the Scurra Hard Enduro bike. A 29" front wheel, 27.5" rear wheel and a unique front linkage system makes for one bizarre looking bike. The bike gets seven inches of travel front and rear, and the designers are currently looking for distributors and funding to bring the bike into production.