Day One Randoms - Interbike 2014

Sep 8, 2014
by Mike Kazimer  
Storms. Interbike 2014
The Interbike Outdoor Demo takes place in Bootleg Canyon, NV, a location nearly entirely devoid of shade, and where the temperatures typically hover at a level somewhere between "I'm melting" and "I'm going to die of heat stroke." Luckily, this year the clouds and rain arrived just in time to cool things off, and to prevent exposed skin from burning and blistering in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately, the storm is supposed to blow through tonight, and the blast furnaces should be fired up again for tomorrow.


Science. Interbike 2014
Wise words from the folks at SR Suntour.


SR Suntour Aion Interbike 2014
In addition to shirts with sage advice on them, Suntour had their new Aion fork installed on a number of demo bikes. The Aion is a more affordable version of the air sprung Auron all-mountain fork that was released last year. The two forks look visually quite similar, and internally they both use the same air spring and damper cartridge, but the Aion lacks the high speed compression adjustment of the Auron. To keep the cost down, Suntour uses a solid forged upper crown, straight gauge instead of butted aluminum 34mm stanchions, and a steel version of Suntour's Q LOC 2 quick release thru-axle system. Those changes do come with a 140 gram weight penalty, but they also allow the Aion to come in at a very reasonable $550 USD.


Marin Rift Zone Interbike 2014
Marin had their full carbon 2015 Rift Zone on display. The 29" wheeled trail bike has 110mm of rear travel paired with a 120mm front fork. As shown, with a KS LEV dropper post, SRAM's X01 1x11 drivetrain and Guide brakes, and FOX suspension, the bike retails for $6600 USD.


Interbike 2014
Wait, didn't Eurobike already happen?


Sony Action Cam Interbike 2014

Sony had their Action Cam mounted to a remote control boat, with a tablet set up to receive the signal the camera was broadcasting. A smaller version of the Action Cam called the AZ1VR will be officially unveiled when the show moves inside on Wednesday.



One Industries Tech Casual series Interbike 2014
A departure from their flashy race kits, One Industries had their new Tech Casual line on display. The Tech Casual Hoodie is windproof and highly water resistant, and also has pit zips for temperature regulation, making it well suited for those late fall bike park sessions, or for tossing on after a chilly, rainy day on the trails. MSRP: $89.99. The Tech Casual Flannel ($79.99) is just that, a synthetic flannel shirt that can be work on or off the bike, or paired up with the Tech Casual Shorts ($60) if you're feeling especially grey.


Smith Overtake and Forefront Interbike 2014

Smith Optics was showing off the rainbow of color options available for their Overtake and Forefront helmets. The 250 gram Overtake is meant for XC and road usage, and features massive vents and a wind-tunnel tested shape intended to be extremely aerodynamic. Like the Forefront mountain helmet, the Overtake uses Koroyd, the honeycomb-like material that's intended to help provide additional energy absorbtion. Smith will also be offering MIPS equipped versions of both helmets, adding on another bit of technology intended to help reduce the energy that reaches the brain during a crash. The Overtake retails for $250, and the MIPS version will be $310. The Forefront is $220, and the MIPS version is $280.



Speedplay Szyr and Brass Knucles Interbike 2014
Speedplay has a brand new clipless pedal on the way called the Syzr. The pedals works with a very unique cleat whose design allows riders to choose any amount of float between 0° and 10°, and is equipped with four ceramic roller cams (two in the front and two in the back) that are meant to keep them from getting hung up in wet or muddy conditions. The pedal body itself rolls on both needle and cartridge bearings, and has a grease port on the outer portion of the spindle for quick maintenance. The two prongs that extend off of the cleat are intended to make finding and clipping into the pedal easier by acting as bumpers that help guide the front portion into position. Speedplay is expecting the pedals to be available by the end of 2014, and will be offering a 315 gram, stainless spindled option for $229, and a 275 gram, titanium spindled version for $420.

A titanium spindle is also on the way for the Brass Knuckles, Speedplay's 13.5mm thick flat pedals. The Brass Knuckles spin on two cartridge bearings and a needle bearing, and have ten star shaped pedal pins on each side for increased traction. The ti spindle will reduce the current 400 gram weight, but will of course cost more than the $175 cro-mo version.




View entire Interbike 2014 Product Gallery Here


134 Comments

  • 59 2
 Does suntour sell those shirts alone!?!?!
  • 17 0
 I'll take the extra tight ribbed version please.
  • 16 2
 cant help but think suntor should be the name for a caravan rather than a suspension manufacture
  • 7 12
flag peanutbuter (Sep 9, 2014 at 2:59) (Below Threshold)
 wats wrong with suntour
  • 5 0
 That shirt is awesome. I need one!
  • 2 0
 The RUX is a solid DH fork as long as you have the modified air spring in there. They're also some of the easiest forks to work on.
  • 5 0
 Epicon rocks too, and even the lower end stuff is as good or better than the comparable RockShox stuff, IMO.
  • 2 0
 Seriously want one of those shirts!
  • 4 0
 I have the durolux and its sick
  • 25 2
 Insert generic "I'm not paying 80 dollars for a flannel" comment here.
  • 4 3
 Its not flannelette though, its synthetic. Meaning its cool in summer, lite weight and quick drying. I have a Mountain Designs one that i swear by.
  • 11 0
 ...and stinks after wearing it for 2 hours
  • 8 0
 Try Merino wool
  • 16 3
 Still no AURON forks in the Philippines (dare I say South East Asia?) and they're already releasing the AION.

C'mon Suntour, why haven't you guys been sending those forks our way? Been waiting on those since you released them hahaha.
  • 7 20
flag Sandmanbren1 (Sep 8, 2014 at 22:17) (Below Threshold)
 Just get some fox
  • 12 0
 @Sandman ... they cost an arm and a leg. The Suntour stuff here have better price points.
  • 9 1
 and its just as good as fox
  • 15 1
 $420 pedals... I'm out, I got nothing
  • 5 0
 Is that where the line is? Because it seems like people are happily debating the virtues of $300 flat pedals.
  • 2 0
 chromag scarab, 160$, FTW
  • 4 0
 Shimano saints, £60 ($100) from your lbs. with five tens you'll still be removing pins to get the right amount of grip.
  • 1 1
 If you have to debate the virtue of something, i don't feel it is good enough to pay a premium for it...

On the other hand, bring on the sturdy axles. I'm 150lbs and super light on the pedals and I've bent the axles of pretty much every single pedal sets I've ever owned. I feel bad for 200lbs+ riders.
  • 1 0
 Race face Atlas $120 Tons of grip! nice size platform
  • 11 1
 why smith charges 60 extra bucks for MIPS is beyond me. Bell adds MIPS for only 20 bucks, granted it's Bell but still...
  • 3 1
 agreed! I'm all for spending good coin on a helmet but only if Smith can prove to me that it is actually a safer helmet than one that costs $150 (think bell super) or even $75. I've cracked a few in the last couple years and I don't need any more financial incentive to hang onto a helmet after a crash.
  • 4 0
 wut's wrong with Bell?!?
  • 3 1
 Nothing wrong really I just hate their damn horribly designed logo all huge on everything haha
  • 1 0
 Bell-Giro now owns MIPS, so they charge less and make the others charge more (licensing) just plain ole business ya know.
  • 1 0
 i spoke with a smith rep who said they can't even technically say the helmet is "safer", just that it passes the same tests and features more safety features....which don't necessarily make it safer
  • 12 1
 Dampening=foreplay?
  • 38 2
 Otherway around mate
  • 11 2
 That has got to be the most boring line of clothing I've ever seen.
  • 7 0
 No kidding. I had to go back up and look for a line of clothing in the photos after reading your comment. Didn't even see them first time through. Kind of like Anne in Arrested Development.
  • 5 0
 Her?!?
  • 2 0
 I'm just hoping we're done with fluo, it felt like the '90s all over again.
  • 6 0
 The worst thing about the good SR Suntour forks is that's the same logo that I see on the forks of 250 dollar goober bikes.
  • 2 1
 No worst thing about SR SUntour is Theis lack of support, I have been ridning a 2013 Durolux RC2 TA for little more than a year and its great and absolutely easy to service yourself, but when trying to get some support from them is hopeless they don't answer anything.
  • 3 0
 Could say the same for RockShox XC28/XC30 (formerly dart). I'd take suntour XCR over the low end RS any day; can't be beat for the price.
  • 1 0
 @limkilde really? The US support is awesome. I almost never have to wait more than an hour to get an email reply. My friends have had good luck on the phone too.
  • 1 0
 Absolutely great for you Guys, they dont deliver the same support here in Europe
  • 1 0
 the worse thing about SR suntour is i dont know what the SR stands for. what does it mean?!?!
  • 5 0
 Landed in Vegas this morning, didn't even know interbike was on! Guess I've got plans for tomorrow honey
  • 1 0
 There is one day that its open to the general public, for all the other days you have to prove that you work in the Mountain Bike/Cycling industry with a pay slip or something otherwise they won't let you in.
  • 1 0
 Make sure you grab all the cards the illegals pass out to everyone!
  • 1 0
 just sneak in through one of the many side entrances. its super easy Wink
  • 2 0
 80.00 is about average for that hoodie. We sell similar styles at Timberland for the same price points. I'm sure North Face, Columbia, Fox, and most other manufacturers in the same market have something similar for about the same.
Many companies have discount outlets. I also like campmor. Decent prices and timely shipping. I actually have become quite fond of a croft & barrow flannel over-shirt my lady got me at salvation army for about $5. Not name brand but great around the farm.
  • 5 1
 Um...speedplay has been developing those pedals for YEARS. Either produce them or not already..
  • 8 1
 Everyone is gonna keep buying Shimano anyways.
  • 3 1
 Sam264 - not me
  • 5 1
 I will Smile Until somebody comes up with something cheaper and more reliable. Who spends $230 on pedals?
  • 1 2
 Mnah, I am just angry at shimano spd system lately. I rode shimano spd for 6 years, then changed to flats for 4 years, recently I changed to crank bros and as far as I loved the float, I hated it how many times I was unable to clip out when stalling on uphill (which happens to me often). So I went back to Shimano and I just hate the feel. I will try Time but I will never go back to big S Big Grin And yes 230 is damn stupid. Times come for 80€
  • 2 0
 I paid £30 for my Shimanos and they feel great to me! I've not tried any others, but I feel no need to. The only other company I know of that makes SPDs with a platform is Crank Bros, and you couldn't pay me to run those.
  • 1 0
 Platform is overrated and I just learned it thanks to Crank Bros hahaha. Time makes reliable platform clipless pedals which have almost as much float as C-Bros. I can tolerate Shimanos ONLY with multiway clipout cleats which bare some risk of unintentional clip-out.
  • 3 0
 I never really understood the point of having platform AND clipless, unless it was so you could wear a shoe that looks like a DH shoe. I tried the Shimano platform clipless pedals for a while and couldn't stand it. The platform didn't seem to add anything to the feel, but it did make it much harder to clip out than with regular PD-780s. I've been running the 780s and 540s for years and I'm never unable to get out when I need to, uphill or downhill. Guess it's just instinct by now. I do run them pretty loose, but I don't have problems with accidental release. Crank Bros shit is trash though. Hated them from the moment I saw the Iodine spokes.
  • 1 0
 I run the Shimano trail pedals with the small platform and Five Ten Hellcats (they're the downhill type shoe with cleats) and for me the platform and large sole makes a huge difference when trying to clip back in over techy ground, makes it much easier to find the pedal IMO. I'm still using disco slippers and SPDs without platforms on my CX bike and the difference is night and day.
  • 2 0
 I had multiple sets of Frogs and Magnums back in the 90s and loved them. But times have changed. We've been hearing about these damn pedals for so long. Maybe they'll come stock on the Turner RFX?
  • 1 0
 Give the Times a chance. I found my Shimano pedals constantly gummed up to the point that I couldn't engage and when I could, they made releasing my feet dangerous. I bought the alternative cleats for them as well. I've since bought Specialized shoes though so maybe they will work better with Shimano?
  • 2 0
 I think mud issues on SPDs usually have more to do with the cleat cavity on the shoe than the pedals. My Northwaves seem to shed really well, but my old shoes sucked. Worst case I just kick the pedal once and the cleat clears.
  • 1 0
 Yeah my five tens can be a crap for that, but only when it's REALLY sticky muddy out, or snowy.
  • 1 0
 The point of a platform around a clip-in pedal is to provide minimal support in case of not being able to clip in quickly. Its secondary function is that it is easier to find the clip by getting a slight feedback through the tip of your shoe. Mallets DH Race are the best pedals out there if you can live with rebuilding them once or twice a year: great float, great platform, great low profile giving awesome pedaling feel, in the sane way as thin flat pedals are great despite being less reliable than fat ones - it is just worth it. There is a reason why majority of racers choose them.
  • 1 0
 I'm just waiting for shimano to release an SPD platform style pedal that's more similar to the CB's/new HT X1. They have to, i'm sure they notice all the DH'ers on CB's. The original shimano DX SPD M535 red black pedal was made for BMX just like the DX shoes were. The clipless pedal w/in the outer cage is spring loaded and toggles along the axle so the front portion is always sticking up above the cage, which allows gate racers (and anyone else) to step into them with your foot going in a forward motion. That's the only true advantage Shimano 646/535 have on other platform SPD pedals really.
  • 10 5
 that marin is fugly and not worthy of a 6600 price tag.
  • 1 0
 I liked the Marin...but it's still not worth $6600. There's no bike on earth worth paying $6600, actually. I wonder if a $6600 bike makes a better rider than, say, a mere $4500 bike? Hmmmm....or if the more expensive bike is just that much more enjoyable on the local xc trails?
  • 5 1
 The Marin looks good to me.
  • 2 1
 People are still complaining about high end bike costs huh? Yes, Nicer bikes are more enjoyable.
  • 1 1
 Yes but that Marin is not nice.
  • 1 0
 One industries kit is complet guff. On the vapour shorts I have, the poppers are so damn weak you need to keep stopping to pull them back up! Emails to One went unanswered as well. Poor service, poor kit. I bet Gee Atherton doesn't stand for that crap.
  • 5 1
 Those helmets are pretty ugly
  • 11 1
 Yeah I tried on a Smith helmet and whilst I dont expect a lid to make me look pretty I dont expect them to make me look like a high foreheaded alien retard.
  • 1 0
 Agreed. I didn't like the way it felt, either, not heavy, but kinda "big" somehow.
  • 1 0
 Yeah they are but anyone know why that bump part on the top for? like a super ugly impact absorber?
  • 2 0
 @paulskibum I'm finding that as I get older...I'm already a high foreheaded alien retard. Got like 6 pieces of hair up there...

Anyhow...at least the one damn Smith helmet has got some vents. Why the f$*C did the helmet manufacturers take away all our vents?!? now every enduro-wannabe bastard on their carbon bronson (me) is absolutely dying from sweat loss and heat exhaustion by the time they get to the top of their local trails. The heavy tld kit, dakine bag, knee pads and goggles make it all worse.

Where's ma fanny pack?!?!
  • 1 0
 If you're looking for a cool(temperature) helmet, the bell super is by far the coolest I've ever owned. those brow vent kill. first helmet that i don't end up with sweat dripping down my face.
  • 1 0
 I also ride a carbon bronson but I am not enduro wannabe enough - I have an old xc lid bit still sweat my arse off though my head. Which makes my hair smell funny. Bell Super was on my list of lids to try when store gets some my size in.
  • 1 0
 REI carries them, if that's any help. It's where I got a chance to try one on before ordering the color I wanted.
  • 1 0
 Are the Speedplay Syzr designed for mountain use or road use? Any comment on the durability of them? Also are they going to be offering a chromoly version?
  • 2 0
 They're designed for mountain usage, and stainless or titanium were the only spindle options that were mentioned.
  • 2 0
 It's a pity that you have ignored new RST forks because they're quite cool.
  • 3 0
 INTERBIKE ! In mtb world it's christmas every months.
  • 2 0
 Props to one ind for creating sum normal, functional, moderately priced goods-sans flo colors!
  • 2 0
 " The pedals works with a very unique cleat "

It can't be very unique. It's unique or it isn't.
  • 1 0
 What a zinger
  • 6 4
 I never wanted internal routing...........until i saw that Marin.
  • 3 1
 I thought the Marin looked pretty nice too. People like to hate on Marin...and their retail shop here in SF is absolutely horrible...but if that bike had a different brand on it...there would be lots of panties in twists.
  • 14 12
 "Didn't Eurobike already happen?" - Isn't Columbia in South America?
  • 20 5
 Yes, but Eurobike has a very high percentage of people wandering around in tight, brightly colored clothing.
  • 31 1
 Hey cbinsyd, a guy as smart as you ought to be able to spell COLOMBIA.
  • 8 5
 Mike - you Colonials are just jelaous that we still keep it real with XC/Marathon while you sold yourselves to Enduro completely
  • 9 5
 America always been doing this, Europe is superior when it comes to biking and America try to copy what and how we do. To bad for them they are always like ten years late, but it is like that when you even cant get 4 or 3g to your phone and all you can go after is an mtb magazine from 1997.
  • 2 2
 MendelMu - psssst... I was joking... are you voting for Jimmy Åkesson?
  • 3 1
 Well Im dead seroius ! Haha nah, I really dont feel like voting this time around. The leftist promising dreams and everyone knows there is no money for that. The right telling us there is no money for reforms this coming term but they keep cutting taxes. Wäää. I guess Löfven get my vote just cause he is a former union leader. It the end it does not really matter to me, neither of them care for norrland unless its about using our streams, minerals or forrest.
  • 15 0
 "Maybe you should go over to Ikea and assemble a sense of humor."
  • 3 0
 @comulonimbus hahaha. Blah, forgot I was on the interwebz. Irony does not fly well here.
  • 2 1
 I was thinking the same thing about your reply in regard to the first post and the joke in the article. Wink But internet has a diminishing effect on irony indeed.
  • 3 2
 Cumulonimbus - that was one of the best jokes I ever heard in Swedish context, you have indeed grown some sense of humour on tulip fields.
  • 4 0
 To be honest, all the credit goes to The Big Bang Theory.

But national stereotyping is always fun, maybe thats why I like Top Gear so much?
  • 3 0
 America's cycling isn't great. I'll agree with you on that. But we did create The Big Bang Theory so Cumulonimbus could crack a pretty damn funny joke. Smile
  • 1 0
 You want to make it up, get CIA on this instagram.com/p/ssEL9yg3y4 (team rumours)
  • 1 0
 Spare me this inane nationalistic jibber-jabber. There are good places to ride the world over.
  • 2 0
 What about new enduro Ibis?
  • 5 0
 Ibis is not showing at Interbike. We are busy working on some new stuff.
  • 2 0
 I hope that means you'll be offering a bigger XL?
  • 2 0
 I'll just wait by the mechanic tent and put out the vibe
  • 1 0
 a synthetic flannel shirt that can be work on or off the bike Sounds like a bit of a hassle lol.
  • 4 3
 And you thought the only good thing coming out of Colombia was coffee?
  • 11 2
 Coffee...and women...and...eeeeehhh...talcum powder
  • 9 1
 And Marcelo Gutierrez...
  • 9 0
 And the best darn Pepsi!!!! Ever!!!!
  • 10 0
 @Allier we all know you meant cocaine you sly fox
  • 7 1
 I don't use cocaine, I just like the way it smells........
  • 3 2
 Actually might pick up that hoodie!
  • 3 2
 I want that guys Colombia kit wonder if that will make me cool!
  • 7 1
 It most certainly will not.
  • 5 1
 Aw damn thought the girls would be chasing me down the trail in that rad kit Frown
  • 6 1
 Lol, I'm sure they'll be running alright.. the other way though Wink
  • 2 1
 I want to hear more about that wilson thats in the photo gallery!
  • 2 0
 RC BOATS!
  • 3 0
 With cameras, with catchy names like "AZ1VR"!
  • 1 0
 do they make rc hovercrafts?
  • 1 0
 yeah
  • 1 0
 The Brass Knuckles 2 in 1 = Awesome pedals & Awesome Knuckle Busters!
  • 2 1
 WTF is with helmet designs lately? *barf*
  • 1 0
 Actually, I was thinking helmets are finally starting to look good again. For the last 20 years, they've been looking more and more insectile. Now I can buy a road helmet that doesn't make me look like an Aliens vs Predators fanboi who thinks he's going for the hour record.
  • 1 0
 Leslie Chow's South American counterpart.
  • 6 5
 I want that Marin!
  • 1 0
 +1. I agree. My apologies in advance, my fat thumb hit +1 and my phone registered -1. :/
...stupid raccoon jazz paws.
  • 2 0
 fixed it for ya +1! i guess it should be plus 2. dangit. but yeah marin is really steppin it up recently
  • 1 0
 Who let pink MAMIL in?
  • 4 7
 when road bikers mtb...
  • 5 3
 When MTB'ers actually MTB, who cares what they wear.
  • 2 0
 When he's faster than me, he can wear whatever the hell he wants.
  • 2 0
 a PHeller...he will actually be wearing what he wants even before then. hahahaha. He's a man who doesn't care what people think.

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