Randoms Round 1: New Pedals, Powermeters, and More - Interbike 2017

Sep 21, 2017
by Mike Kazimer  
Interbike 2017


Interbike may no longer be the hotbed of new bikes and components that it once was, but a wander around the maze of booths did reveal a number of new accessories and components that were worth a closer look.



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Interbike 2017
Interbike 2017
Ever wonder how those pro enduro racers get by without a pack or a water bottle? Oftentimes the answer is something like Alpinestars' Paragon bib short. The shorts hold a level 1 CE certified back protector, and also have removable hip pads for those extra-treacherous tracks. There's room to slide in a water bladder, and there's a back pocket for holding snacks or other small accessories.


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Hope are best known for their lustworthy CNC'd aluminum goodies, but they've been expanding into the world of carbon over the last few years. This cutaway shows the inside of their made-in-the-UK carbon bar. The 225 gram bar has a 20mm rise, a 7-degree upsweep, 5-degree backsweep, and a width of 780mm.


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Interbike 2017
4iiii's new Podiiiium powermeter (no, my keyboard isn't sticky - that's really the model name) is claimed to have +/- 1.5% accuracy, and is ANT and Bluetooth compatible. There are dual- and single-side options, and riders can either send in their cranks or purchase one of 4iiii's pre-built options. A single side install will be $399, and a dual-side install $749.



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Interbike 2017
Interbike 2017
Kuat were showing off a blacked-out version of their NV Base 2.0. The 2" hitch version of the rack can be expanded to hold up to 4 bikes with a total weight limit of 160 lb. It can accommodate tires up to 4.8" wide, and bikes with a wheelbase of up to 48". Don't have a hitch? There's also a new trunk mounted rack on the way.


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Sena's R1 helmet is aimed at the tech-savvy road and XC crowd, with a built-in camera (on the Pro model), Bluetooth communication system, and even an FM radio, so you can jam out to those Top 40 hits even in the middle of a heated Strava battle. Or something.


Interbike 2017
Interbike 2017
Yakima collaborated with Poler to create this camouflaged version of their SkyRise rooftop tent. The fabric has a 2000mm waterproof coating to ward off those summer storms, and has spots for hanging gear as well as tying the tent down when the wind picks up.



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HT's new Supreme pedal measures 16.6mm thick, has a 100 x 100mm aluminum platform, and is available in veritable rainbow of colors, from basic black to pink. The price? $110 USD.


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Interbike 2017
There's never any shortage of bright anodized colors at HT's booth, but it's the all-black version of their T1 clipless pedal that caught our eye.


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Along with the Supreme, HT were also showing off the composite-bodied PA-O3, which retails for $60 USD.


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Interbike 2017
Interbike 2017
Most major bike manufacturers have left Interbike in search of greener pastures, but not Pivot. They had an eye-catching version of their Mach 5.5 on display, part of a limited edition run to celebrate the company's 10th anniversary. The build kit includes a custom saddle from WTB, custom laser-etched I9 hubs laced to Reynolds carbon rims, along with a color matched fork, shock, and cranks.


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Interbike 2017
Interbike 2017
Shimano bills their U4E as an 'enduro racepack'. The straps are a little different than a traditional backpack, extending towards the middle of a rider's chest to form an X-shape in order to keep the back from shifting on rough trails. There's a pouch at the top of the bag to hold a cellphone, a stretchy mesh outer pocket that could hold a spare layer or an extra water bottle, and buckles that make it possible to carry either a full face or half shell helmet.


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Interbike 2017
It was arts and crafts time at Slime's booth, where attendees were able to assemble their own custom CO2 inflator.



80 Comments

  • + 33
 $60 for a flat nylon? No thanks. RF Chester comes in at a better price.
  • + 8
 Agreed. The Chester's are next on my list.
  • + 1
 I'm pretty happy with mine been on them for about 6 months now... I may put in some slightly longer pins on the corners tho... They're being used on a hardtail (for what it's worth) and 2013 5010 freerider ixv's
  • + 9
 or get the 260g, magnesium Xpedo Spry's at $65
  • + 11
 @bstill30: The Chesters are great, but before you commit I recommend taking a look at the OneUp composite pedals. $48 and a way bigger platform than the Chesters. Just got some myself and love em
  • + 7
 Deity Compound pedals are great for a nylon pedal. Easy to get replacement parts if you need to rebuild anything.
  • + 1
 @SCxXxMTB: Agree, I have both and like the size, grip, and support of the OneUp better. However the RF Chester fits my wife and son better and come in more colors. But if you want a black composite pedal, def. look at OneUp.
  • + 3
 I bought the Chesters but I think I should have gone with the OneUp as well. I find myself always on the outside edges of the Chesters.
  • + 1
 Just had this conversation with a friend. I went through pedals all of the time until I got the Chesters. It may be less to do with the specific pedal and more to do with the material but I went through the Crankbros flat pedal (forgot the name) in literally one month and the saint pedals in a couple months.
  • + 1
 @specializedhaybailer: same here. Seems plastic or nylon flex while aluminum or magensium bend. Just took some €10 on my summum through as much huck as I can do and seem to hold better than my expensive metal pedals
  • + 4
 If you like Chester, you could buy "Eagle Riding," nylon composite. It is exactly the same as Chester (I have both), but only $24. I suspect they were both made in the same factory.
  • + 2
 Ive used chesters on my rental fleet for years, there bomb proof, a few bent spindals but thats it. Try the anvil composites, there rad too.
  • + 2
 OneUp composite pedals are excellent pedals too.
  • + 1
 @SCxXxMTB: Yeah, I forgot about the OneUp pedals. Thanks for the reminder!
  • + 4
 Spend double and get real pedals - metal ones. DMR Vaults FTW.
  • + 1
 @old-banshee-rider: Honest question here: Doesn't that mean that you are using 100% of the platform available? Or is it that most riders just like to have some extra platform bigger than their feet?
I guess my feet are pretty small though, so I might be completely off. I wear 8.5 freeriders and find my wellgo mg1s spot on in terms of size. Can't imagine having a huge platform with pins that I'll never use.
Looking at the chesters for replacement, but thinking of the xpedo sprys or the one up but the latter seems to big.
  • + 1
 Chester is my dog's name.
  • + 1
 @ajlutz210: Found the overseas sales rep....
  • + 1
 I just got the HT's in the UK for what works out at just over 40 USD...... For once the UK has something for a decent price.
  • + 1
 about that topic...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQQj8BUszek
  • + 1
 @Deartist7: No worries. I just find that my feet hang off the edges of the pedals somewhat. These pedals are slightly narrower than my old ones and grippier. The extra grips is nice but I do find that it hurts my knees a bit as find it more difficult to find the right spot.
  • + 1
 @dudee47: these or good ol' MG1s are fantastic light pedals...until you start clipping rocks real hard and lose the pins (completely breaking the base thread from the pedal.).. Magnesium is cool but not so strong..
  • + 1
 @redrider3141: Look on amazon, no joke they look identical, can be re-built and everything just like Chesters but half the cost. I'm thinking it doesn't sound like too bad of a gamble for $25.
  • + 1
 @RideTahoe707: just checked the out on Amazon. Indeed they look identical.
  • + 1
 I'm using Superstar el-plastique and they are my favorite flat pedals, despite having tried a few expensive pedals. Grip is just good enough and allows repositioning of the foot after some bounce off. I have Spec Boomslangs and yea they have insane grip but it you do get bounced off, there's no way to put the foot where you want it to be. I will now try the One Up metal ones. They look promising aside of lack of concave. We'll see!
  • + 1
 if budget's not a problem, Vaults win.. If you are a cheapskate dont go there, you get 85-90% performance half the price, alloy, mag o nylon...
  • + 1
 @RideTahoe707: I actually just Ordered a pair, I already own Chester's on my FS and they've been great. At the price I'm curious about trying them on my HT.
  • + 1
 I just had a first spin on One Up metal pedals. Brilliant. They deliver power very nicely due to thin platform and despite lack of concave, the foot sits really nicely on them. They are grippy as hell for trail riding but still allow for moving the foot around if it gets bounce off a bit. Impressed, love from the first ride. For instance Spec Boomslangs were too grippy. They may be the ticket for flat out flat pedal DH but they suck a bit for trail riding.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Hi Waki. I have searched for some pedals in the last days. My point is that I wanted a pedal, that has bearings and no bushings, as I wanted to know, if these will have less drag and if it is noticeable.

To get some pedals with good grip and a big platform is quite easy and since the nylon ones excist also cheap.
But all of them run on bushings at least on one side. They wear out faster and can start sqeaking.

I saw that the OneUp metal version you bought fullfill every single one of my criteria. They have four sealed cartridge bearings, they have a big plattform and are serviceable. So they are still high on my list for my enduro. For my everyday City bitch I now bought some 25 euros pedals with anfular contact bearings to have a cheap try. Like these www.bike-mailorder.de/reverse-super-shape-3-d-pedal

My question to you is now, if you can confirm to feel less drag. I think I do, but I can't measure it. Another one on this level are the race face atlas. but they are also very expensive.
  • + 1
 @kamelfront: there is some additional drag for sure, but it's like with bottom brackets: square taper/isis VS Hollowtech 2/gxp. Not a single pro uses the first ones for Time trial or road champs. I can comment on drag after few weeks of using them, so come back to me. Most pedals and BBs need to break in.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: isis, gxp and the other ones all use bearings. I dont understand what you want to tell me with that.
  • + 1
 @kamelfront: I feel more drag than with fatter pedals with big bearings. Like V8. I mean when I spin them with my fingers. I am unable to experience drag while pedaling.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Ah, ok. Now I got you. My question is not if you can feel the difference between big and small bearings. Rather if you can feel the differenz between Pedals with bearings and Pedals with bushings.
  • + 1
 @kamelfront: no, but I haven't owned pedals with bushings other than clipless cbros. Couldn't tell much difference until they got fkd.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: ok. thank you! i will experience it. best hopes
  • + 1
 @Deartist7: For smaller feet, the Race Face Chester would be perfect IMHO A(and I guess the Amazon knock-offs). On the other end of size, I tried the Catalyst (Pedaling Innovations) flats, made by VP Components for a few months. While they do as advertised, I decided I needed something different for my daily all mountain use, so I ended up with Spank Spikes. Slightly heavier than Oozy trails, but slightly beefier.
  • + 8
 As someone who rides a size large bike, I scoff at your 48" max wheelbase limit. I had to buy a 1UP rack because it was one of the only ones that accommodated the wheelbase of my bike!
  • + 6
 plus, no plastic and a super sturdy base and welds. It's an excellent product.
  • + 3
 My XXL hightower fit just fine on my Kuat rack.... and that has over a 1300mm wheelbase.
  • + 2
 @neach: I just don't want to risk it. If the bike somehow manages to depart the rack I doubt Kuat will honor any sort of warranty because I was using the rack in a way that was not intended.
  • + 2
 @Lt-Scallywag: the rack will only depart if you don't know what your doing. Kuats work well.
  • + 1
 I ride an XL Nomad and it fits just fine with a 48.5" wheelbase. Plus the 1up is only rated up to a 48" wheelbase too.

Like treekilla said, if the bike comes off, it is usually user error. I don't think Kuat would say it fits a 48" wheelbase without proper testing.

As for their warranty, they will most definitely stand behind it. If the bike comes off because of a defect in the rack, they will replace whatever needs to be fixed.
  • + 1
 @ftccbass: The 1up is rated for a 54" wheelbase. I seriously doubt any company would honor a warranty if their product is being used outside of its design parameters. My problem with the Kuat is that my bike has a 50" wheelbase, which is 2" longer than their stated max. They have a maximum length for a reason.
  • + 4
 PA-O3 looks just like the 2 year old nukeproof nylon pedal. Curious about the benefits of a metal pedal after riding nylon? Does a metal body actually add grip? Seems like anything but titanium axle is usually heavier, though I suppose pins break out easier from a nylon.
  • + 5
 /superstar/deity...I bet HT make them too.
  • + 4
 Depends how the pins are mounted, I got a set of awesome nylon pedals for $16 off ebay and the pins have held up better than any metal pedal I've had as they are lock-nutted in place through the body and I guess the pedal has a bit of give to prevent them snapping off. The pedal body also seem to glance off rocks better without hooking up as much.... $16 and they have better grip and are lighter than nearly all pedals I've owned before and so far have held up to a season of aggressive trail riding and the occasional dh run.
  • + 1
 Agree, I found some nylon imrider knockoff brand on amazon that have held up amazingly well, look dope and are very light/larger platform and not to mention serviceable. For $20 a pair I figure I can get 3 pairs and afford new pedals whenever ????@ctd07:
  • + 1
 @Houligansinglespeeder: I got the superstar ones on one of their Facebook codes for about £16 I think. No complaints at all. Quite a few mates have them and the nukeproof ones (exactly the same) with no complaints at all. Light, grippy and seem to be tough too.
  • + 3
 Bib short hose coming from a bladder. Nothing like warm crotch water to share with your friends when they're out. Anybody offered me water from a hose and I don't see the backpack...ummm..no thanks.
  • + 5
 What is so limited about getting some custom decals that any graphic company could print up?
  • + 9
 Post a pic when you're done stickering up your Pivot.
  • + 6
 Custom CO2 inflator sounds awesome, and I'm not even sure why.
  • + 2
 These left-side crank power meter manufactures need to realize the new crop of bikes are boost and built for big tire clearance. There isn't room anymore for 1/3" meter box hanging off the insider of the crank arm.
  • + 1
 I wish the hydration pack companies would produce models without a buckle+strap interrupting the zipper to their main pocket. In over 15 years of riding with a hydration pack, I've never once clipped my helmet to it while riding. With how many packs have this feature, I must be the only person who doesn't stuff his helmet onto his pack. I'm fine with models with helmet storage, but I'd also love some models that are a better pack and a worse Swiss army knife, trying to have 50 mediocre features/selling points. I just want a comfy pack that holds a lot of water, has the right volume of storage, and has zippers that are easy to get in and out of. My 1999 camelbak mule is the best pack I've ever had. I still have mine, but it's beat to crap and I can't find a silid replacement.
  • + 2
 , that’s a design flaw imo. My platypus duthie qrrpack has buckles which are sewn in such a way as to not interfere with the main pocket’s zipper. It’s totally possible to do so not sure why camelback, evoc, and apparently shimano don’t.
  • + 4
 Love the look of the HT T1's. Sadly, I just didn't get along with the set I had.
  • + 1
 Same here. They are creaky and the bearings need more care than a new born.
  • + 1
 AE03s were the best platform pedals I've ever used (feel wise, etc.). But, both sets ended up with bad bearings. And, guess what...the tool to replace the bearings is $100!!!
  • + 1
 60 Dollars for nylon pedals ? No thanks. Nukeproof electron evo or horizon comp are way better and cheaper. I run them both and they are one the most grippy pedals you can run.
  • + 2
 Can someone please make a bib short for women with a pocket(s)?

- from me and other ladies who can't wear a men's small
  • + 1
 Sombrio smuggle bibs will have a women's version this year. If they don't already have one out. They will also have just a short liner with the smuggle pockets in case bibs aren't your thing!
  • + 1
 Isn’t be checking what’s in that Pro backpack Bradford’s got on there, last time he gave me something to drink from his backpack...... yeeeeeew!!!
  • + 0
 A true enduro race pack attaches around your waist, located around your lumbar. Haters and insecure people feel free to neg prop away, but in the words of Walter Sobchak "am I wrong?! Am I wrong?!"
  • + 1
 Sexy bike from Pivot appears on screen, eyes automatically flick down to check for battery pack/motor. I am tainted.
  • + 1
 Ah I love flat pedals I have a set of chromag scarabs in purple such grip!!! Paid $64 after tax on a nice sale
  • + 3
 Sexy Pivot tho
  • + 2
 Any info on 2018 XTR..........
  • + 2
 Snazzy backpack, I like it!
  • + 1
 went from chesters to oneup composite, I won't be back on my cheaters anytime soon Smile
  • + 3
 What a boring show...
  • + 2
 That shimano bag look pretty much like uswe which is awesome
  • + 2
 dat purple pedal, tho.Joker wants it back. we need BatPedal.
  • + 1
 That is the first Pivot I've seen that looks ok.
  • + 1
 Yes! More flat pedal news
  • + 0
 I wanna know how you are gonna charge 60 bucks for PC pedals. Pc pedals are 20 bucks all day long.
  • + 1
 Shimano saint pedels 60 bucks chainreaction way better
  • + 1
 I'm sorry what does the 4iiii's new Podiiiium pwoermeter actually do?
  • + 1
 Radio Sucks.
  • + 1
 pedal
  • - 3
 Hi , this is cool , I like turtles

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