Zero Flats was pretty confident that its sealing system could retain air...although I doubt the tire would fare as well if the screws were removed. Zero makes a range of tubeless conversion accessories.
BH is better known for its Belgian inspired road racing bikes, With some help from Dave Weagle, they released the 150-millimeter-travel Lynx 6 alloy XT enduro machine. It looks good.
Lynx 6 details: Shimano Deore XT two-by-ten transmission, A rocker-driven single-pivot rear suspension that floats the lower shock mount on the swingarm through a seat tube tunnel (a-la Commencal). Split Pivot rear dropouts and internal; cable routing.
Shimano was showing off its M200 Torbal enduro/trail shoe. The Torbal sole is carbon reinforced nylon and molded to allow some twisting and also to be more flexible at the toe area to enhance control on the bike, as well as on the ground. A combination of a ratchet buckle and protected lacing gives the rider a custom fit. The cleat slots are moved rearward to facilitate a more gravity oriented foot position over the pedals.
My Boo bikes uses the Calfee organic joining technique to build bamboo framesets for road and mountain applications.
VP pedals had a robot constructed from pedal and other components from its product range. We still marvel at their cast-titanium Blade pedals.
The 150-millimeter Whaka from Steven's Bikes is pretty much a copycat design, at least in profile, of the most popular suspension bikes presently vying for the Euro enduro market. Gotta love that name though.
SRM developed a compact power meter that sets between the spider and the chainring of SRAM mountain bike cranksets. The wireless, blue tooth enabled system is charged using a magnetic link similar to Apple computers. The Powercontrol PC8 brain includes a number of GPS functions and an easy-to read display with large characters. SRM power meters interface with computers and smart phones for downloading and uploading data.
ION's clothing and gear stood out from the usual garish gear on display at Euro-Demo. The fabrics were breathable and comfortable and the vibe there was equally chill. The sales information included a statement that ION also uses synthetic, animal-friendly materials where leather would normally be found.
ION's knee and elbow pads are offered in hard-reinforced and soft-cup versions. The shapes, feel and fit were very comfortable. We will be reporting about them in depth later.
ION gloves are made from synthetic materials and styled to shout without offending. Colors and graphics match ION's shorts and jerseys.
Crankbrothers' shop quality Y-tool uses a number of magnetic and snap-fit latches to keep the pointy bits protected from your body, and the contents of your pack or pockets. A magnetic socket and Allen tip allow the user to one-hand either tool, or lock in the chain tool or hex bits, wich are stowed in the triangular-shaped plastic case. Bits include all the Allens and Torx sizes popularly used, a valved Co2 inflation head, two tri-wrenches, and a chain breaker. Yeah, it's cool.
Cap:o is a small Austrian bike maker that offers a modest range of stanless steel hardtails. Capo also reconfigures road racing Shimano Ultegra Di2 front and rear derailleurs to shift SRAM wide-range eleven speed cassettes. When we tried the system, the electric shifters popped through the gears perfectly. The main alteration was a different B-tension screw on the rear mech. Capo devised simple under-bar adapters for the Di2 road-bike shift buttons that look good enough to have been stock items. Who knew?
Kilo of Germany does a remake on the 1990's era AMP linkage fork with a more sophisticated damper and bonded carbon fiber lower tubes. Reportedly, the Air Force Kilo 100mm fork weighs only 1170 grams.
Fat bikes were swarming the demo area, and a number of them were carbon. One of the nicer looking fatties was the Borialis Yampa.
Bergamont's Straitline DH bike was impressive, although there may be a few issues with its proper name. The high-pivot single-pivot rear suspension is beautifully executed. Bergamont's aluminum chassis uses a concentric rear dropout pivot and a beefy forged link to drive the shock without dramatic leverage rate changes.
A look at the Bergamont's direct mount stem and heavily reinforced head tube area. The low-leverage ratio rear suspension occupies most of the room in the front section of the frame. Concentric dropout pivots and a SRAM X01 transmission.
Alpinestars showed a very lightweight and breathable full body suit, but the star of the show was its lightweight spine protector that attaches much like a form-fitting hydration pack. A shirt style spine protector was also on display.
Breaking things is always a hit at bike shows and Abus was on hand to do the honors at outdoor demo. Abus made its name selling locks to protect bikes, and now set its sights on protecting riders. The Abus head basher slams a 300-millimeter log at 20 kilometers per hour. Reportedly, the head-form weighs 25 pounds (about 11kg). Ba BOOM! That's gotta hurt! Abus had boxes of helmets on hand for the show.
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