Interbike 2011 - Dirt Demo Day 1 in Photos.

Sep 13, 2011
by Fraser Britton  
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Flag City. Banner must be the in vogue booth item this year. They come in all shapes and sizes and are flying all over boulder city. It looks like an airborne kayak course.
  Flag City. Banners must be the in vogue booth item this year. They come in all shapes and sizes, and are flying all over Boulder City. It looks like an airborne, inverted kayak course.

Don Julio was out and about last night judging by the looks on some attendees faces at dirt demo this morning. Like a lost dog Mr. Julio must be found by 8pm tonight.
  Don Julio was out and about last night, judging by the looks on some attendees faces at dirt demo this morning. Like a lost dog, Mr. Julio must be found by 8pm tonight.

Santa Cruz s Doug Hatfield is fresh off the trip home from World Championships wrenching for Greg Minnaar. Today he was stocking up on pumps to get suspension dialed for all the demo riders in the Santa Cruz booth. Little did most of the shop geeks know that a true legend of the sport had just dialed them in.
  Santa Cruz's Doug Hatfield is fresh off the trip home from World Championships wrenching for Josh Bryceland. Today he was stocking up on pumps to get suspension dialed for all the demo riders in the Santa Cruz booth. Little did most of the shop geeks know that a true legend of the sport had just dialed them in.

The lines to ride bikes were LONG but no one was complaining. Specialized has a massive red and white village of tents and support vehicles here. Carbon 26 full suspension downhill - take your pick and go for a shred
  The lines to ride bikes were LONG, but no one was complaining. Specialized has a massive red and white village of tents and support vehicles here. Carbon, 29, full suspension, downhill - take your pick and go for a shred!

Forget your helmet and shoes Specialized can even dial you in with that this week. Full service in Boulder City.
  Forget your helmet and shoes? Specialized can even dial you in with that this week. Full service in Boulder City.

So far this year Devinci cycles of Chicoutimi Quebec has pushed their Quebec heritage big time. Poutine at Crankworx Quebec beers at opther events and this week molten maple syrup on ice under the blazing hot sun. Just like home Merci.
  So far this year Devinci cycles of Chicoutimi Quebec has pushed their Quebec heritage big time. Poutine at Crankworx, Quebec beers at other events, and this week: molten maple syrup on ice under the blazing hot sun. Just like home! Merci.

Everyone loves Pinkbike and hooters
  Everyone loves Pinkbike (and hooters?)

  Doug Dalton, or double D, ex of Cannondale, and now a top notch consultant. He was working with SRAM today.

PInkbike s Ian Hylands goes Rock paper Scossors with SRAM s John Dawson for a new Cassette. The price of failure can be severe...
  Pinkbike's Ian Hylands goes Rock, Paper, Scissors with SRAM's John Dawson for a new Cassette. The price of failure can be severe...

Hylands lost and had to break out the pushups. Ian completed his punishment and was rewarded with a shiny new cassette.
  Hylands lost and had to break out the pushups. Ian completed his punishment, and was rewarded with a shiny new cassette.

This had to be the most annoying guy at dirt demo today. Massive speakers loaded onto the back of a little wagon and pulled behind a bike. Trying to have a meeting Ya good luck with that.
  This had to be the most annoying guy at dirt demo today. Massive speakers loaded onto the back of a little wagon and pulled behind a bike. Trying to have a meeting? Ya, good luck with that.

  It gets hot out in the desert, but Camelbak was on hand with lots of water to keep everyone hydrated.

  ...and their booth was like a little oasis in the desert.

  1 1/8, 1.5, 1.25, tapered, integrated, semi-integrated, whatever you need, Chris King has it covered with their headset line

  and available in a full rainbow of colors...

  Meanwhile there was a real rainbow in the sky as well.

  Action Wipes were everywhere at Dirt Demo, helping people stay clean after riding. They also made up these sweet promotional packages for I Ride For the Kids, a website helping children and adults deal with Cancer.

  Oakley was on hand with their mobile O-Lab, and also their big rig...

  Evan Warner, fresh off his victory at Boxxer World Championships in Champery.

  Aaron Gwin won't be here until tomorrow, but his locker is ready and waiting for him in the TWR Truck when he arrives.

  There were a couple of raindrops in the afternoon, but as the day ended it looked like the sky was about to open up. Fresh dirt in the morning?

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25 Comments

  • 10 0
 man wish i was there sooo bad those headsets look pretty sweet too in all those colors
  • 2 0
 yea, I can't wait to get them. For a long time I thought that there is nothing complicated with two ball bearings to pay so much money for a set of CK. But apparently I went through 3 sets of different 1.5- 1.125" reducer headsets one VP and 2 CCs and I think I will need a new one. They either weigh a ton, or despite of faced HT, come out of alignment causing eaither self loosening or seizing... ugh... I'm done with semi solutions
  • 2 0
 ^ I agree. I used to snap headsets ALOT. Yeah, kind of a rare thing I guess, but I still did it, ALOT. So I was reduced to buying cheap FSA pig DH headsets, which would last anywhere from a week to 6 months depending on how lucky I got...then finally I bought a CK, been running it for 2 years now on the same frame with no problems!
  • 6 0
 Where's that Overdrive 2 King headset? LOL.
  • 2 0
 That reflects worse on King than Giant though, doesn't it?

It's taken til 2012 before King can comprehensively cover tapered and integrated frames - at least 6 years behind the times! Don't forget, Giant tend to be ahead of the curve on these sorts of things (tapered/integrated headset on the 2006 Glory, tapered headtube on the 2009 XTC29).

I wouldn't be suprised if we're all rocking 1.25" steerer/stems in 5 years time.

*disclaimer* I actually think OD2 is a daft idea, and totally unnecessary. But we'd better get used to it anyway.
  • 2 0
 OD2 is 1.25 top and 1.5 bottom, it's a larger steer tube at the top, it's nothing new as far as the cups and bearings go. Chris King has had an OD2 headset since it came out, they simply had to create a new top cap/spacer combination to fit the new steertube to their existing top cups...
  • 2 0
 So will they make an integrated (flushed) headset fitting 1.5" HT and 1.125" Steerer?
  • 1 0
 Yes the Inset 4 (i4 in the photo) headset is a 1.5 headtube cup that fits a 1.125" steerer
  • 1 0
 Yes! Have you heard if they will sell combos/separate up&down sets like CC, where you can buy pretty much any combination you like for steerer/cups? For example I can't use integrated reducer bottom cup on my old frame as the dials on the crown of the fork will hit the down tube. So I need the "normal, outside" lower cup.
  • 1 0
 I'm not sure personally, and they are done with the show now, but I wouldn't be surprised if they did. They have a lot of different options and they want to make people happy.
  • 1 0
 Thx for the info Ian,

They look so great that CK could arrange with you some photoshoot with models and put all those one them, or next to them as jewelry. If they can make beer cap cover for headset top cap at niner bikes, why not make a diamond ring holder from a headset for a womans makeup desk?

Cheers!
  • 4 0
 chris king stuff looks sick as ever!
  • 1 0
 "Everyone loves Pinkbike (and hooters?)"
Don't know about you guys, but I prefer spending time at Hooters than Pinkbike... but that's just me.
  • 15 0
 If only Pinkbike and Hooters merged into an unstoppable super amazing being of awesomeness!!!!!!!!!
  • 3 0
 I think you're on to something rhys. We'll have our people call their people.
  • 2 0
 hmmm..with that include a daily H(hooters)OD, then?
  • 2 0
 That Oakley truck is an absolute beast!!
  • 2 0
 unlike owners wee willy...
  • 1 0
 hot place...hot weather.....hot stuff....couldn't be better wish i was there :-p
  • 2 1
 .....and I'm sitting in Central NY, taking 5 labs for 18 credits, working at a library....Clearly I'm doing something wrong.
  • 1 0
 You are not doing anything wrong - you are planning for your future. Then you can buy all the bike parts you want.
  • 1 0
 Picture 13 "oasis in the desert"...is that Thor sitting on the end...? wheres his hammer?
  • 1 0
 At first i thought that maple syrup was hash oil!
  • 1 2
 Mr. King, when will you do a deep cup headset in aluminum and with a compression ring as stock?

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