Say hey to Elli. Park Tool was set up at the Outdoor Demo entrance offering thirsty visitors free beer... and water too.
I don't often ride fatbikes... but when I do... Salsa's Bucksaw may drive a nail into the "I'm just having soooo much more fun riding my Faaaaht Bike" hipster horde - in a good way.
Call to prayer: Three thousand guests who snapped on their spandex kits, pounded down breakfast and then rushed to catch the bus to Outdoor Demo - eventually had to make an offering at the Sin City confessionals. The bicycling Bhagavad Gita states: all bad bicycle industry people will reincarnate, somewhere on earth, as one of these.
Reportedly, it took only five drinks to name Transition's new four-bar rear-suspension system. Meet the GiddyUp link, and the 2015 Patrol. I think we'd enduro that.
Tim Young said that Crankbrothers sold over 300 pairs of pedals to Dirt Demo guests in the first four hours of the show. He plans to sell over 1200 pairs in two days.
PB doesn't do e-mountain bikes. Felt's Bruhaul burden bike was the best use of e-power at the bike show. Felt used smaller, 24-inch wheels to double up the torque available from the Bosch motor drive so that urban delivery riders can beat trolleys to busy intersections and car-free hipsters can take their families to the movies after work. Well done.
Intense CEO Andrew Herrick said that they are assembling a serious assault on the World Cup DH circuit. The team will be announced in the near future and, if all goes as to plan, it will be headlined by top-five talent.
Vee Rubber's studded Snowshoe XL fatbike tire should get you through at least one Alaskan winter riding season - but you're gonna have to pay to play...... wait for it........ $400 a pair for the studded version and $350 a pair for the standard Snowshoes.
Lezyne Classic Chain Rod is approved for 11-speed cassettes and features screw-in chain retainers, and an integrated cog wrench: $28 USD.
Lezyne Shock Drive pump has a simple, in-line gauge and services shocks and forks up to 300 psi: $45 USD.
Lezyne Mega drive (left) and Deca Drive LED lighting systems are USB rechargeable and put out 1400 and 900 lumens, respectively. Mega: $200. Deca: $160 USD. Lezyne offers a CNC-machined aluminum mounting hardware kit for an extra $50
Vincent is modeling Lazer's Magneto eyewear that pops into magnetic latches on the helmet's retention straps.
Giant's all new Reign Advanced 1 was the most wanted demo bike in its fleet. The carbon-framed enduro/AM machine is a fresh look for Giant - a wicked one.
Surly, was the 26-inch fatbike pioneer and they recently brought in the very promising 29er Plus, mid-sized tire and rim. We compare them here.
We were told that it is basically the same as the European version, but much faster, and with the addition of double-jumps and crocodile pits.
Osprey's Moki mini hydration pack (left) is perfect for fast-paced XC trail rides, but it would also make an awesome back-to-school pack for a lucky offspring: $50 USD
The story goes that 100% got a call from Sam Hill mid-way through this year's season, searching for an eyewear sponsor. The corporate guys almost blew him off, because their core marketing was youth based. With some prodding, 100% signed Sam and one month later, the King of Flats ripped the World Cup to shreds. Well, OK then.
Vermarc handily won PB's best transport van award with Bill Ramsay's 1967 Volkswagen micro bus. The interior is also immaculate - and it is his daily driver.
On the way back to our hotel rooms, we were surprised to see this beautifully crafted scale model of the USS E-Mountain Bike in the lobby.
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