For those not in the know, SWASS is short for Sweaty Ass and it is the number one thing that ruins a show from the get go. Number two being my sore feet, but since this isn't about me, I'll move on. Not only is the show full of great bits from Giro, Bell, Dakine, Scott USA, FSA, Knolly and so many others, but if you were to walk outside and turn right on Koval you can wander over to the Vegas Resistance. Deity, Transition Bikes and Spectrum Tech Wear were three of the 5 companies at the resistance-read on to learn more.Like each year the show is almost (ok it is) overwhelmingly huge with so many booths. So big in fact that this year a group of five companies (Deity Components, Rock Garden Armor, Transition Bikes, Spectrum Tech Wear and Canfield) all set up their own show-The Vegas Resistance! The Resistance came about to offer a more personal touch and feel environment to the dealers that wanted to see the goods being shown by each company.
We took a look at the Transition
Blindside at the Outdoor Demo
and are kinda up to speed of what they've been up to so Jordan put a movie together for you to view instead:
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Brad at Spectrum Tech Wear
was sharing a room with the Transition crew and these were his wears:
You need to read this shirt and then take a good look at the graphic detail in the lower screen printing on the hoodie too
Took 4 months to draw this graphic
was situated just upstairs from the Transition and Spectrum crew. Here I found Sadie and Eric Davies playing host to a group of bike shop employees-food, bevies and good conversation were all about. The room was full of the 2008 Deity line up and I settled into the mix:
The whole line up has been undergoing a complete refinement for the past 2.5 years and the new additions are great members to the Deity family. The seats and seat posts are really user friendly, while all other parts have taken a diet and came away looking svelte and ready for action. Have a look at the whole line up, as you may find some of your next parts in there.
The walk back to the Sands Convention Center from the Vegas Resistance is a short one, but still going back into the big show is no where as personal as what I was coming from. Since I like to chat it up with folks, I figured that I should hit up my friends at Giro and Dakine next as I was in the good times vibe. Thankfully the vibe kept flowing all day.Giro Eyewear and Helmets
Kevin, Eric and Jeizel took the time out of their day to show me various parts of the new 2008 Giro Eyewear and Helmet line ups. For 2008 Giro
has introduced their own line up of Eyewear that has been in the works for a while now and it shows in the end product. You can guarantee that this eyewear gonna have a great bit in their lids as that was one of the key research points-fully integration for a great fit. The summer goggles are still in the works, but with the likes of Paul B and John C rocking the winter set ups, you can bet they are just around the corner. Heck they already have a yellow jersey under their belt from this year's tour.
The Remedy has quickly become a huge favorite in the gravity fed helmet market, so why change things? For 2008, the Remedy will see some graphic changes, so have a look at these puppies:
Paul B and John C will have signature model Flak lids in '08 too. Here is the coolest looking Xen and E2 helmets too:
Giro even has a solid line of t-shirts for sale through retails:
I bopped over to Dakine
, where I ran into the Hood River crew of Dax, Chico and Shane. Dakine makes amazing packs for all applications and is best known in the bike world for packs like the Drafter and the Nomad (personal favorite), now here is a look at what the innovative minds have thought up:The Trail Builder's Pack
-More Packs and a new Ball Cap
-Dakine gloves and jerseys were looking good too
Over at Scott USA
the big news going into 2008 has to be the new Gambler platforms. The Gambler FR and DH are replacing the Nitrous and High Octanes platforms of old. The FR versions of the Gambler will run 190mm of rear travel and shorter rear drop outs (creates shorter chain stays), while the DH sleds can be bumped up to 230mm of rear travel and are running the longer drop outs for a longer wheel base.
Look for riders like Mike Hopkins, James Doerfling and Katrina Strand to be ripping the hills on the Gamblers in 2008.
line of components are strong as hell and light to boot. The MegaExo bottom brackets combined with any of their great crank sets could take you to the podium-just ask that Sam Hill guy.
They have also been working on some wide bars for next year too. Chris Van Dyne was seen sporting some slim 800mm width ones at the end of this past race season. The new Gravity Light wheelset should be ready for 2008 too:
saddles and their I-Beam seat post systems have been making serious head way over the past few seasons and 2008 looks to be on the same mark. The new Formula FX seat and a 400mm Carbon post are feeling really light. Aaron Chase was also in the booth showing his signature seat off:
Random Bits and Folks from the show room floor
Cedric Gracia's Bell Bellistic-
Bell Moto 8 MX Helmet-
Black Market Frames-
Freeride Entertainment Booth-
Chromag Bike's New Ranger Stem-
Andrew Taylor's Lids at the Spyder Booth and their new d3o armor-
Chrome has their Milo shoes, while 5.10 had the basic on display-
ODI's Gold Grips had my hands itching for a set (these are on my wish list for 2008.)-
Cedric, Max and the Commencal Meta 4X frame-
Knolly bikes from Vancouver's North Shore was on hand to show us why they are making bikes that work and work really well-
Another great North Vancouver brand is Cove Bikes and here I saw the freerider's machine-The STD and the all new Hustler-I'm gonna leave you with one of my favorite new features to an already existing great product
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Well that's all that I have left for information on the Interbike indoor show for 2007. I hope you liked my coverage and I'll be back in the days to come with additional coverage from the New World Disorder 8 - Smack Down Premiere and a night on the town with the lovely ladies of Loeka apparel.