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