GPS Gadgets, French Toast Gel, and Hope's Enduro Bike - Interbike 2018

Sep 21, 2018
by Mike Levy  
Interbike 2018
Part GPS tracking unit and part black-colored sausge links.


Sherlock is an Italian company that apparently has a thing for electronics, and especially for GPS tracking units that can be hidden. The 50-gram Bike (that's really what it's called) unit slides up into the end of the handlebar on your mountain bike or road bike (it's flexible to go around bends) and works in tandem with an app on your phone to tell you where your bike currently is. There's a GPS / GLONASS module hidden inside, as well as a SIM card that comes with two years of internet access, and a GSM / GPRS unit for cellular connection.

Battery power lasts two weeks, so it will need charging, and the idea is that you turn it on if you're leaving your bike somewhere sketchy. If some jackass cuts your lock and takes off with the bike, you open the app, track down your baby, and dish out some vigilante justice. Or just call the cops.

Bar plugs don't rate too high on the ol' excitement scale, but this little fella from Sherlock has a neat trick. The pint-sized Mate (pictured to the right) knows when you've crashed, and it sends an alert to whoever is on your list of people that care about you getting out of the bush alive. It'll track your ride, too, as well as share your live location so people can keep tabs on you. Only friends, not the government.

Sherlock isn't quite ready to sell the smart bar plug or to talk much about it, but there's likely some sort of tiny accelerometer inside of it that gets triggered over a certain G-force load. The Mate talks to an app that's available in Google and Apple flavors. When it does hit the market, expect it to go for around $40 USD, which is more reasonable than I expected.
Interbike 2018
Need some James Bond for your bike? This looks like a simple bar plug, but it's actually a GPS-enabled tracker that'll let someone at home know you've crashed during your ride.





Interbike 2018
Do you sometimes forget your power meter in the drinking fountain? Pioneer's unit won't have an issue.


Did you know that Pioneer's power meters aren't bothered by a bit of wet weather? The above display shot a constant stream of water directly at the drive-side computer all day during every day of the show, which sort of drives home how water-resistant the little red unit is.

Pioneer uses a sensor in each crankarm (for their dual setup) to give you independent numbers and a power balance comparison, and it reads the forces you're throwing down in twenty-four different spots around your pedal stroke and nearly 400 hundred times per revolution. ANT+ or Bluetooth BLE let it talk to your trainer or phone, and they have a ''force vector graph'' display that tells you how you're utilizing your power and the loss in each pedal stroke. Science.





Interbike 2018
Interbike 2018
Thanks to a tiny peristaltic pump, the AirWinder system can make sure your tires are always pumped up without you needing to do anything.


This little gadget from AirWinder is probably better suited to commuters than mountain bikers, but it's neat enough that it's worth taking a look at regardless. A peristaltic pump is hidden inside the AirWinder tube, and when activated it'll up your tires to as high as 72 PSI... Without you pumping them up at all. How does it do that trick? Peristaltic pumps depend on alternating compression and relaxation of a hose to pull air into the system, and the hose is actually the inner tube in this case.

So when you're rolling along with the AirWinder in your tire, the special tube is being compressed and then relaxed by the weight of the rider pushing down on it against the ground, and then it's relaxed as the wheel roates around. Repeat this process a bunch of times, just like when you're pedaling around, and your tires are constantly being topped up to the desired pressure. This probably doesn't make a ton of sense for the stuff that we do, but it could be a huge boon for commuter or ride-share bikes.





Interbike 2018
Interbike 2018
French toast-flavored gel for dinner? Don't mind if I do.


French toast is an excellent alternative in the absence of pancakes, and GU's newest gel flavor embraces the breakfast-at-anytime ethos that I live by. There are 100-calories per pack, and they've been made to maximize carbohydrate absorption and are also full of sodium to lessen the chance of those hamstrings locking up. Ingredients aside, GU is donating 10-percent of the french toasts gel's sale to NICA, a program develops and supports mountain biking for middle and high school students in the United States.





Interbike 2018
Interbike 2018
Gloves are just socks for your hands, aren't they?


DeFeet also does socks for your hands, with the Duraglove being made from Nylon, Polyester, and Lycra to keep your digits warm in cold-ish temps from 4c to 16c. The $19.99 USD Duraglove is made for fall weather, but it's still thin enough that you don't feel like you're wearing oven mitts on your hands, and rubber grippers on the palms and fingers should provide the required traction. They'll work with your smartphone, too, thanks to Silver Ag yarn in three of the fingertips. Sizes run from extra-small to extra-large, and there are too many colors options for me to list out.





Interbike 2018
I don't know how it performs, but Hope's HB160 sure is an attention getter.


The crew at Hope have been working on a six-piston brake designed for e-bikes, but that powerful stopper wasn't in Reno. Instead, they had a gorgeous HB160 on display that was, as you'd expect, covered in a load of Hope components. The carbon HB160 frame is made by Hope in the UK, as its aluminum rear-end that's 130mm wide and employs a 17mm diameter axle. There's also a radial rear brake mount designed to accept Hope's own calipers that sits perpendicular to the hub, allowing you to simply add or remove spacers under the caliper to adjust for whatever rotor size you want to use.


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Interbike 2018

Interbike 2018
Interbike 2018
This is way too rad looking for anodized purple to not make a big comeback.


Hope is only making 500 hundred of these things, and at £7,500 / $9,663 USD approx, they're probably going to be quite rare out on the trails.


86 Comments

  • + 54
 "OMG BABY DID YOU CRASH?"

"no hun I was just sending it sicky sideways. so many gforces! here scope it on my shredmate"

"you ASS! I thought you were hurt!!!!!"

"sorry, sherlock lied"
  • + 6
 100%
  • + 41
 GPS tracker and a base ball bat as a gift set.
  • + 45
 GPS tracker, GPS tracker, GPS tracker and a baseball bat
  • + 32
 Put a sensor in the bat also and link to a strava type app. Number hits per second, Power, number of scum bags total ect ect A KOM we can all enjoy
  • + 1
 @markg1150: Awesome, that's awesome. All scumbags need to taste a little baseball bat 'tween their gnashers...
  • + 1
 Imagine a GPS tracker other than a dynotag that actually works without a cell phone!!!
  • + 1
 I want a bat that comes with a Negan also. eenie meenie miney mo.......
  • + 3
 @markg1150: Yelling 'Strava, Strava!!!' as you unleash hell on a thieving scumbag
  • + 30
 I love purple. Kitted my Transition with purple Hope components (the ones I could afford). Purple is rad.

m.pinkbike.com/photo/14453068
  • + 4
 Your bike looks rad. I did the same thing to my wife’s bike but with Deity components. It was how I convinced her to take my “old” Enduro so I could get a new bike...
  • + 3
 In the same boat, just started putting purple everything (that i can afford) on my Yeti, i've got more purple bits on the way. jockey wheels, seat clamp, wheel decals

www.pinkbike.com/photo/16380497
  • + 5
 I can only absolutely agreeWink imgur.com/a/eK0ZEmc
  • + 3
 What's old is new again! Purple Ano FTW! I gave my brother a purple Control Tech bottle of cage in the day, he gave me a purple Paul's seat collar. I have the raddest red Moby post from 199? on my old Panasonic road bike. It came off my Caloi rigid aluminum bike with a Kenesis fork.

The matte black kraze is overrated. Gimme color on my bikes.
  • + 2
 looks super rad. I had a black Patrol also. Such an awesome bike.
  • + 2
 Did the same with my wife’s old Stumpjumper. Pimped it out ina whole bunch of ano orange, she fell in love with it, loosened up the reigns for buying the Patrol:-D @ryan83:
  • + 3
 Damn that’s pretty! @Archimonde:
  • + 2
 Nice bike! @ashkenaz100:
  • + 1
 Just the right amount of purple on your rig. Still stealthy with some rad bling accents. Shred hard!!
  • + 1
 @ashkenaz100: Well dont clean your bike with oven cleaner it takes ano. off
  • + 1
 @Archimonde: Holy hell is that yours?? How/where did you get that done??
  • + 2
 @skycripp: The design I made myself and a friend printed it out. It definitely isn't perfect, but I like it anyway. Here is the complete file if anyone wants it.

www.dropbox.com/s/0jhdnffj9vhgv8q/wrap%20template.ai?dl=1
  • + 1
 @Archimonde: It downloads as a .ai file. How can I open it? And Am I correct in understanding that this is an adhesive wrap?
  • + 1
 @skycripp: it is a Adobe illustrator file.
Yes, it is adhesive wrap.
  • + 20
 Judging by the content here and on Vital, looks like Interbike is headed for the same fate as 26" wheels?
  • + 9
 Hard to see how tradeshows like this make a lot of sense anymore. Brands get to launch stuff whenever they want to and hype the hell out of it online without having to fight for attention (or pay for expensive booths, or expensive people to staff those booths); so that pretty much means there's no need for them to deal with tradeshows to expose their stuff to the press, as they used to have to. And then there are fewer and fewer dealers, and the big ones will happily come to dealer demo days, so there goes the other major reason to staff a trade show booth. And the public - well, they're getting full exposure to the hype train online, and can demo stuff at local events.
  • + 3
 Neglected by many but still loads of fun? I'm ok with that.
  • + 1
 @g-42: They never made any sence too me, always wondered why all ways left me with really sore feet, think was heat from all the overhead lights or something?
  • + 16
 OMG, I think I saw a mountain bike during interbike coverage...??? no motor or anything...
  • + 9
 Really? Where?? Pics or it didnt happen.
  • + 13
 I think ill leave my bike alone with the GPS just to go find it and handle bike thieves on my own.What a great thing to have.
  • + 3
 new reality show
  • + 5
 @NeilsElbek: Next time, on "Let's hunt and kill bike thieves", a Hope HB160 with purple ano goes missing. But the pesky thieves weren't planning on the GPS tracker in the downtube!
  • + 2
 @NeilsElbek: I have watched a video where these guys left a bike unlocked but it was hooked to electricity so when they grabbed the bike!!!It was pretty funny!
  • + 13
 What a great invention, a device that tells your friends how much shit you eat on a regular basis Luckily all of mine already know hahah
  • + 9
 I just had my Ibis Ripley LS stolen out of my garage last week. I think I’ll be looking at the Sherlock products right after I finish this post.
BTW, if anyone sees a silver Ripley with matte emerald green Chris King bits, give me a shout.
  • + 5
 Sucks dude, sorry
  • + 2
 look at Tile, its a super small tracking device and its connected to others that use it as well.
  • + 1
 @NeilsElbek: I’ll check it out. Thanks.
  • + 1
 @NeilsElbek: But this only works if someone else using Tile is within BT range, right?
  • + 10
 Little known fact: Hope upside down and backwards is adoy.
  • + 4
 DO NOT BUY SHERLOCK!
I paid over 100euro for it AND ITS RUBBISH!
It's cheaply made, GPS doesnt work in aluminium bars, no signal, and there is no support whatsoever from Italians when my product got broken on warranty!!!

When I've moved the gps from bars into carbon frame, was slightly better, but dont expect nothing from it, after few miles gps was loosing signal and never coming back up online, even tho the battery was still at 50% level.
Would'nt pay 5e for it!!!!!
  • + 5
 I guess that Hope bike is going to be one OEM build where as a bigger rider I wouldn't have to worry about wanting to upgrade hubs...
  • + 2
 It's got a shorter 17mm axle, it's way stronger.
  • + 5
 I feel like I want to ride that French toast purple bicycle with self filling wheels. Nice
  • + 2
 Come on Pinkbike! Do you read any other MTB press, or did you speak to the people at the Hope stand?
The HB160 price was dropped £2000 to £5500 over 6 months ago.

The bike is the Dogs Bollocks! (I’ve had one since May 8-)
  • + 6
 500 hundred? I dunno, 50,000 HB160's sounds pretty common to me.
  • + 1
 Didn't get that either. Maybe just purple members only
  • + 2
 Pinkbike now talks about ebike stuff even when there's no ebike stuff to talk about. Like they just want all of their readers to go away.
  • + 3
 What's the difference between this hb160 and the one you can already buy for £5500?
  • + 4
 Nothing.
  • + 13
 £2000
  • + 0
 Nothing but I bet the spares you can only get from them won't be cheap
  • + 2
 I tried to at least consider buying an HB160. No dealers in the US, no way to order on the website. Boo.
  • + 1
 I demo'd one but couldn't justify the price. If I had that money to hand though, it would be gone in minutes. An absolute beast of a bike handles so well and that carbon look so good. Got to be the team green for me on components though
  • + 1
 Got an XL team green for sale in January ????
  • + 1
 Whaooo....that's the best Freudian slip ever! Baby, it's breakfast time, come on over... breakfast-at-anytime ethos that I love by.
  • + 2
 HB 160 is £5500 not £7500, it was but hope dropped the price and refunded the early adopters £2000
  • + 2
 I'm very surprise company can use the terminology "french" toast. to me it doesn't look like in any case.
  • + 2
 Looks like French toast in that service dish to me. Or what you might call "pain perdu", no?
  • + 1
 @FLATLlNE: thanks, you are right it sound more like "pain perdu"
  • + 1
 @farmergilles: no problem! That's what we call it in North America...French Toast Smile
  • + 2
 Is that Hope any different from the current HB160 that has been on sale for a year or so for £5,500?
  • + 6
 Nah, they are just a year behind on the pricing.
  • + 2
 Rear hub 130mmx17mm?? Wow talk about custom.
  • + 9
 Hell yeee. The whole bike was designed with nearly no compromises, as Hope made basically the whole bike except for the shifting system. It's an absolutely incredible machine.

m.pinkbike.com/news/hope-hb211-first-look-2017.html
  • - 5
flag chrismac70 (Sep 22, 2018 at 2:07) (Below Threshold)
 @mnorris122: until you need to fix something and need spare parts
  • + 6
 @chrismac70: you can get spares for their 20 year old brakes and hubs. No issue with the new posts on the bike.

Only the rear hub and brake are unique to the bike.
  • + 6
 It isn't as custom as it sounds. It's a 130mm road disc hub with the axle pulled out. Pro 4 bearings have a 17mm internal diameter and normally sit on an axle with a 12mm ID, that you then stick whatever end caps (12mm, 10mm, QR etc) you intend to use on. The HB 160 does away with the hub's internal axle and the bearings sit on the frame's thru axle, the same way most 20mm front hubs work. It's genius and easy to get spares for, since Hope road hubs aren't going away anytime soon.
  • + 1
 That Hope bike is drop dead gorgeous Drool I really like that GPS unit too. For only $40 I’ll be sure to buy a couple
  • + 1
 That french toast gel looks kinda chunky.
  • + 0
 I'm not sure I'm comfortable knowing any further details about @mikelevy's "breakfast at any time" kind of lovin'.
  • + 1
 HB 160.... A new hope
  • + 1
 Dope hope
  • - 3
 Hey Hope your bike is fugly and looks like a boat anchor
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