A Full-Face Helmet From the Future, Tiny Hope Disc Brakes, and Feathery Pedals - Interbike 2017

Sep 21, 2017
by Mike Levy  
Interbike 2017

Interbike 2017


It's the year 2090, and we're living in a dystopian future where the rebellion wasn't able to quash an ordinance governing all singletrack be built to green and blue difficulty levels. The government's tactical troops, wearing Sena full-face helmets, roam the country's few remaining forests, looking for trail builders who dare to defy the law by constructing unauthorized black-level trails that include "unacceptable" obstacles like roots, rocks, and even gap jumps. The future of mountain biking looks bleak, but camps of two-wheeled rebels are ready to fight to the death for singletrack that offers even a crumb of a challenge.

That's what comes to mind when I see Sena's prototype full-face helmet that they had under protective plexiglass in their Interbike booth.


Interbike 2017
Interbike 2017


Sena offers two road helmets, both with Bluetooth built-in communication, and one with an integrated camera, but it was their yet to be named downhill lid that was getting the most attention. To be fair, this is just a mock-up of what the production version will look like, and you can expect it also to have Bluetooth capabilities. You know, so the tactical troops can talk to each other and whatnot.

So, what say you: is the Sena prototype a winner or a binner?




Interbike 2017


Xpedo's CX range includes two versions: a steel spindled CXR model that weighs a reasonable 295-grams, and the ultra-light CXR Pro that sports titanium axles and a scant 240-gram claimed weight. A lot of feathery pedals on the market employ bushings, at least on the inboard side of the body, as they save weight, save room, and save money, but both of these Xpedo models spin on three cartridge bearings per pedal that are pressed into forged aluminum bodies.

Color choices include black/gold, black, gray, red, team orange, and the blue that's pictured above.



Interbike 2017
Interbike 2017


UK brand Hope didn't have anything in their booth that we haven't already shown you, but I had to stop by to take a look at their gorgeous HB160 all-mountain bike. While there, Hope's Woody Hole pulled out these equally stunning brake calipers that are much smaller than what you see on a mountain bike. The road and gravel segment, while still much more modest than the demand for mountain bike parts, is growing, and Hope's starting making these tiny four-piston calipers for the skinny tire crew.

While chatting with Woody about Hope's road and gravel offshoots, he also mentioned that they've manufactured disc brake calipers and five-speed transmissions for classic Austin Minis many, many years ago, and even made parts for MotoGP and Formula One teams. Can you guess the Formula One team that they built some parts for?





86 Comments

  • + 369
 That helmet looks like something a E-mtber should be required to wear in order to more easily identify them.
  • + 28
 Reminds me of the forehead markings in Inglorious Bastards
  • + 20
 This makes that Bolle helmet look nice.
  • + 2
 @SalsaVerde: Yes in deed, thats too futuristic .
  • + 19
 Looks like murphy robocop.
  • - 12
flag JungleT (Sep 21, 2017 at 20:28) (Below Threshold)
 I think it’s rad ...... but what do I know.
  • + 10
 @BikeEveryDay: Reminds me of a foreskin
  • + 2
 Thumbnail image looks like it has a full visor
  • + 39
 needs some dreadlocks sticking out of it and you look like the predator...get to da choppa
  • + 3
 @funkzander: Whaaa … ”Pretty high-tech shit for some half-arsed mountain boys.”
  • + 4
 @victron: favourite movie of all time :-) you bleed...i aint got time to bleed! ... have you time to duck?
  • + 1
 Hahaha
  • + 10
 @d0wnhill-d: Not in a gay way, but can I please see your foreskin?
  • + 1
 As we learned recently they will be wearing an E-specific T-shirt which helps to spot them out too.
  • + 3
 Master Chief
  • + 4
 SO funny. Love it.

Speaking of eBikes... Did anyone catch the Transition closed note on their door earlier in the week? Can't find a pic of it, bt it was basically "we didn't have an eBike to show at Interbike so we all went riding instead."
Love it!
  • + 0
 @SalsaVerde: look at brian Lopes' lazer helmet

*throws up in mouth*
  • + 45
 Send it back to the future with a sticky note saying 'no thanks'
  • + 29
 And a bomb to destroy their portal from their side.
  • + 5
 You all don't get it, man. The future is now!
  • - 6
flag vinay (Sep 21, 2017 at 23:07) (Below Threshold)
 @richierocket: Ehm Rocketman, forget about the bomb thing, ok? You like bikes, yes? Let's ride bike, ok? Good, very nice. Thank you.
  • + 5
 @TheR: That makes no literal sense
  • + 0
 @lee-vps-savage: Figurative sense?
  • + 41
 If they sell it in army green with a gold mirrored visor I'll buy it... I reckon I'd look like a pretty cool guy who doesn't afraid of anything.
  • + 26
 Master chief bruh
  • + 19
 You would definitely doesn't afraid of anything!
  • + 26
 So many wrong choices lead to that helmets creation.
  • + 22
 That's what your mum said about you too.
  • + 16
 @scottay2hottay: possibly
  • + 20
 Heh Woody Hole
  • + 4
 Hahahahaha! I came to comment the same general theme, but thought i would look first. Last comment in the list when i checked. Too funny.
  • + 18
 Battlestar Galactica.... FINALLY!!
  • + 1
 Sorry, I meant to up rep you.
  • + 1
 @grizwald:
He would never have known had you only kept quiet. Now he's judged you and condemned you. But maybe, maybe hes found it in his heart forgive you.
  • + 11
 Is that the helmet Brian Lopes is wearing in the CA enduro?
  • + 7
 That helmet is the worst thing I have ever seen.
  • + 5
 Sena clearly doesn't know about goggles and goggle fit/interface. Good luck with that one.
  • + 3
 because throughout the history of mtb goggles, they've never changed shape
  • + 3
 Not if you have a pair of Oakley A1's. Those never change. Ever.
  • + 7
 Who won Rampage 2089?
  • + 4
 I like the idea of a tiny light weight break for dirt jumping, plus red???? Come on, I'll be so fast!!!!
  • + 15
 *Brake.
  • + 1
 @stumpymidget: fricking finally.
  • + 5
 Considering half the F1 grid is in the U.K, no.
  • + 2
 And historically speaking that's always been the case so your guess is as good as mine. We could be talking some obscure backmarker team from back in the 70's or even Williams and McLaren in their of the 80-90.
  • + 1
 Last I heard there was only a couple of F1 cars that aren't made almost entirely in the uk. Motorsports in general is huge over there with the likes of Lola, Ricardo, Avon tyres etc etc responsible for a lot for the endurance racing grids as well.
  • + 3
 The irony is that it's a team that wasn't based in Milton Keynes or in the UK at all Wink
  • + 1
 @mikelevy: Ferrari
  • + 1
 @mikelevy: Minardi
  • + 3
 @ctd07: its true. Took my car for a service and MOT last week, 40 seconds and I was done. Can't complain about that.
  • + 1
 I'd say lotus, considering less is more
  • + 2
 @jts429 - have you actually ever looked at the average e-mtb?
  • + 1
 @mikelevy: Considering that doesn't leave a of manufacturers left and as it's possibly a while back I'm thinking a team that's no more like Toyota or Minardi.
  • + 0
 @mikelevy: Or was that German reference a clue? There's not been a German team for years so I'll stab at Porsche as it's the only obvious one I can think of. There better be some sort of prize in all this Wink
  • + 3
 A team had a hope brake (tech3 v4 I believe) for the pit stop jack. I believe it was redbull.
  • + 1
 @nickkk: hahaha f1 style servicing for road cars would be epic!
  • + 1
 @mikelevy: Rial F1 or
ATS (Auto Technisches Spezialzubehör)
or Zakspeed?
  • + 2
 @Konda: When I was at Williams we used Easton grips on the pit stop jacks, I think they were actuated with a standard cable brake lever as well, probably a Tektro or something like that! Wouldn't surprise me if someone like Red Bull were using hopes, would seem a bit over the top to me though!
  • + 2
 @elliott-20: Toyota's F1 team was in Cologne, so they definitely count as German!
  • - 1
 @mikelevy: If it's current, that only leaves Torro Rosso or Sauber.
  • + 1
 What a thrilling question this has been.
  • + 1
 @jclnv:

Learned much about F1 we have...
  • + 1
 @wesu: You got it. Toyota.
  • + 3
 I was wondering what happened to the design team responsible for the Pontiac Aztek. I hope Sena is happy with their new hires.
  • + 1
 About time someone made tiny calipers for the road segment. Why they insist on using those useless canti brakes is beyond me. A 4 inch rotor would be sufficient I would think.
  • + 1
 The new flat mount stuff is fairly small and the 140mm rotors from shimano do work very well.

What is odd here is the fact those are not flat mount calipers which is the way every road and gravel bike has been trending and embraces "smaller and more streamlined". Flat mount versions of that caliper would be even smaller.
  • + 1
 @rexluthor: Looks like that caliper may be for front flat mount without the separate adapter?
  • + 4
 I want full hope cx grupo.. So nice!
  • + 1
 Sena may just have converted an old glory into reallity by upgrade a bit in the design part....
i1.adis.ws/i/washford/159842?w=637&h=403
  • + 3
 That helmet looks intentionally ugly
  • + 1
 would not be seen dead in that lid. id rather have a met parachute helmet and don my body armour over the top of my jersey
  • + 2
 I wouldn't let those pedals near my kid. Once a paedo, always a paedo.
  • + 2
 I bet Jim Carry would be WOKE enough to wear this.
  • + 1
 they supply brakes for the jacks they use in pit stops to redbull and merc or something along those lines anyway
  • + 1
 Think I'd prefer to wear the brakes on my head. Certainly less embarrassing....
  • + 2
 I'm gonna guess... Jordan.
  • + 1
 BRING BACK CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY!
  • + 1
 Arrows? Leyton House? Minardi? Ligier? Sauber?
  • + 2
 Hope brakes are the sexi
  • + 1
 YES Hope flatmount disc brakes O M G Schwing!!!
  • - 2
 Would you rather:
Have to wear that helmet every time you ride for the rest of your life?
- or -
Never be able to ride your favorite bike park, trail system, etc. again?
  • + 1
 I'd say the Elf Tyrrell

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