The Cool and the Strange- Interbike 2016

Sep 23, 2016
by Vernon Felton  
Interbike 2016

Interbike 2016


Innovative Racks and Zombie-Proof Locks

RockyMounts has always been a bit of an underdog in the rack world. This past year, however, they’ve come out swinging with a few models that can go mano a mano with the big boys. The latest version is a beefy hitch rack that, bonus, swings out of the way, taking the hassle right out of accessing your hatchback or trunk. And, yes, you can swing that sucker around when it’s pregnant with up to three bikes (the third mount is, by the way, an add-on).

The MonoRail Swing is constructed out of chromoly steel and fits bikes with tire diameters of 20 to 29 inches. The trays are wide enough to accommodate big tires—as in fat bike tires. Each tray can handle bikes with wheelbases of up to 48 inches and a weight of 60 pounds. If you add the third-bike tray, that weight limit drops down to 50 pounds, but, really, if your bike weighs 50 pounds, everyone reading this story probably feels sorry as all hell for you. It’s time to upgrade from the cast-iron frame and concrete wheels.
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RockyMounts is also debuting a new line of locks that strongly suggest that thieves go f@#k themselves. I don’t normally get all hot and bothered by locks, but these things are made out of non-corrosive 304 stainless steel and weigh about as much as Shaun Palmer’s Cadillac—and I’m a sucker for ridiculously-overbuilt locks. RockyMounts probably could have come up with a less loaded name for their top-tier model, the “Compton”, but the massive 18-millimeter shackle and base are impressive. The Compton is coated in clear rubber to prevent frame damage, but I can’t see myself attaching the thing to anything other than a pub-crawl bike. This thing merits a messenger bag or whatever people are calling man purses these days.



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POC Gets Their XC Groove On

POC made their bones with gear aimed at trail riders and gravity-oriented types. The past six or seven years have been filled with goggles, body armor, baggy clothes and extended coverage helmets, like the Trabec. While POC’s 2017 line up is still heavy on the loose-fit end of the apparel spectrum, the company is aiming to widen their reach. To wit, the company showcased a line of cross-country apparel. Consider the Octal X, which is based on POC’s Octal road helmet—light weight and breezy ventilation are the big draws here—but the Octal X also features a layer of aramid reinforcement in the EPS liner, which should improve structural integrity. Visor? Nope. Hmmm….. I think a detachable visor would have been a good move here. It’s always good to at least have the option.

Tthe Resistance Pro XC Tee also caught my eye. Despite the laid-back vibe, the jersey is loaded with technical features, including a light-yet-tear-resistant Cordura sleeves and a light breathable fabric. There are also some smart and subtle features, including a kind of gaiter beneath the hem that prevents the jersey from riding up and presenting the riders behind you with a long look at your ass crack. How very thoughtful of those Swedes. If the looser “Tee” shirt style still ain’t XC enough for you, POC is also offering a jersey (the Pro XC Zip Jersey) that has a more traditional sausage-suit vibe.


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No Shortage of the Weird
You’re nobody’s fool. You’re prepared for the tradeshow… Rollerbag? Check! Comfortable shoes? Check! Enduro-approved kneepads? Check and double check!

Interbike is always a good place to see people who make you pause and think, “I wonder if someone dropped that poor guy on his head when he was a baby?” Then again, maybe this dude thought the same thing about me when he brushed on by at just below the speed of light. Either way, he was clearly ready to get rad in the convention hall. Fly your freak flag, bro. Fly on.

I immediately called dibs on writing up Magura’s new fork, the Boltron. Why? Because it is an e-bike specific fork and I knew that including any kind of e-bike product in this post would make Mike Levy develop a twitch. Which is precisely what happened. It’s important to savor the little things in life….

Then again, there’s always a group of riders with a soft spot for inverted forks and if you didn’t tell anyone that this 150-millimeter travel fork with 40-millimeter stanchions, a crown the size of Texas and a 20-millimeter thru-axle was actually an e-bike fork, they might be kind of into it. Sure, at 2,200 grams, it isn’t a flyweight model and, yeah, there doesn’t appear to be any provision for either low or high-speed compression damping (those e-bike types probably aren’t sweating the climbs as much as the rest of us), but I dunno…the Boltron has a certain Teutonic, corn-fed charm to it.

Most importantly, Magura’s new fork is just one letter short of being called “the Voltron”. Any time someone gets that close to naming their new product after a giant robot composed of five, smaller, flying, lion robots, they earn a spot in my post. That’s just part and parcel of the trade union code. Well played, Magura. Well played.

Don’t expect to see one of these sprouting from the wall of your local bike shop—it’s an e-bike OE product for 2016.

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This is Boltron.
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This is Voltron. So very similar, flying lion-robots aside.


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Packing for the Apocalypse With Ortlieb

Ortleib has long been a manufacturer of bags that shrug off rain, snow and everything else intent on fouling whatever you deem worthy of toting around on your bike. Think dry bags for your bike. With a German sense of humor. Ortleib stuff ain’t cheap, but there’s a reason long-distance tourers the world over scrimp and save for their gear.

What was going on in the picture above kind of blew my mind. See that little bundle on the left? Well, it also happens to be the backpack on the right. Ortlieb’s mini pack is lightweight, foldable and still waterproof. Day-amn.

I also had my eye on the waterproof roller bag at right? Why? Because it’s bomber, completely waterproof and lightweight enough to be carried around as a backpack. I spend a lot of time in airports. Due to a stupid-and-unlucky streak a mile wide, I also spend a lot of time stranded in godforsaken places, shouting at the sky. This bag might be overkill for most folks, but I stumbled on this thing and immediately found myself dabbing at the line of drool on my chin.
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120 Comments

  • 206 5
 That Magura fork gives me Shivers
  • 20 4
 i see what you did there
  • 42 2
 that was a forking good joke
  • 9 1
 its only for e-bikes, currently, I'd be shocked if I could get it locally too
  • 10 3
 I'm Revel-ing at the thought of it
  • 4 8
flag skintightleather (Sep 23, 2016 at 23:07) (Below Threshold)
 as it hangs on that wall it looks Talas fu$k
  • 4 0
 I'd Revel the chance to try one.
  • 3 1
 Too much fork for me, I'd pike on running one
  • 4 0
 I'd never enter the e-bike domain.
  • 1 0
 Yikes folks
  • 2 0
 @skiwenric: I was talking to a guy from magura at the cycle show in Birmingham yesterday and he said at the moment its only for ebikes but plan to release a model for normal bikes and it will roughly retail at around 1200 euros but he said price was not definite yet ????
  • 2 0
 There is a lot of resistance to this idea. This thread has a series of both negative and positive comments. But hey at least they are trying to AMP this idea up
  • 97 10
 Dear Rack Manufacturers,
I don't have a fatbike. I probably will never have a fatbike. Can I please buy a rack without 10lbs of extra tire tray to fit a fatbike with 197mm axles and 6" wide tires? I get you are trying to limit SKUs which, in the end, will probably make your rack more price competitive. But I am not going to spend $500+ on a rack that won't hold my normal tires as securely because 1% of cyclists have fatbikes. Security aside, it just looks like shit.

Hugs,
People who ride normal bikes.
  • 11 3
 Sadly it seems almost all bike rack makers on the market have gone to S***t. They are all slightly altered versions of the same thing. Even the high end ones start falling apart after a year or so and cost WAY WAY too much for what it is. Notice very few pros are ever seen in video with these crap racks. Because they cant handle anything rougher than a paved road.

Northshore racks and Swagman racks are about all thats durable any more.
  • 3 3
 Can you recommend me a good day bike rack my bike has 197mm spacing and since you have seen so many of them, and no... I am not joking.
  • 11 0
 @Gttroy: you guys on usa Recon racks or bust!
recon-racks.com
  • 2 0
 @cthorpe: my older yakima roof rack is still rocking. sturdy as can be and quick to load.
  • 2 0
 @tigerteeuwen: See above. Also Thule's new T2 and Yakima's Dr. Tray
  • 5 0
 @Gttroy: 2nd oneup for quality, although I have to say I am not a huge fan of their ease of use vs. the Yakima/Thule tray and hook over the tire style.
  • 5 0
 @Gttroy: You forgot, made in the USA from alunimum and they stand behind their lifetime warranty (I managed to break mine). The other great rack for more than three bikes is Recon Rack. Also us made and works way better than a North Shore.
  • 2 0
 @carym: looks like they took the north shore rack and made some great improvements. build quality looks superb.
  • 1 0
 @Jokesterwild: the older stuff seemed to be better.
  • 17 0
 My bike rack is a van
  • 2 0
 @its-chris: yep, recon racks are hands down the best racks.
  • 4 0
 @Gttroy: just buy a van no rack needed
  • 2 0
 @properp: I had an old Odyssey and I would agree. Don't really understand the van stigma.
  • 1 1
 @cthorpe: Word to your mutha. NS racks!
  • 1 0
 @tigerteeuwen:
Don't piss him off. He's a 1%-er
  • 1 0
 @Gttroy: I love my Odyssey
  • 3 2
 Just buy a truck
  • 27 6
 So an 'ebike' has to have a different fork? Really? Guaranteed the average all mountain/trail rider here on Pinkbike rides and hits things faster and harder that anyone who will ride an ebike ever will. Many modern 140-150mm forks are stronger/better than a 'DH' fork from 2000. So 'ebike' specific forks? Got it...
  • 15 0
 Like this fork isn't going to get mis-appropriated and end up on the front of a few trail bikes.
  • 9 1
 @SlodownU: I bet you are totally right if it performs well at all. My point is why must it be branded an "E-bike" fork? It's just a fork
  • 18 1
 I think a good ebike fork would be a Monster T
  • 17 0
 Beefy construction and overly firm non adjustable damping, because it's going to be mounted to a bike that has a small child strapped to it's belly at all times and will be ridden by numpties who never maintain it. Sounds perfect for E-bikes to me. Magura are rumoured to be working on a proper version too, which is far more promising.
  • 19 2
 Because e-bike riders won't ride hard, but they weight twice as much as a mountain biker!
  • 2 0
 @WayneParsons: or a Shiver
  • 4 10
flag Coyotecrash (Sep 23, 2016 at 17:47) (Below Threshold)
 There was a video of Nico Vouilloz riding an e-bike while recovering from knee injury. I'm pretty sure the vast majority of Pinkbike users do not ride as hard as a 10x DH champion, even in recovery mode. I, for sure, don't.
  • 4 1
 @Coyotecrash: Ah, the exception that proves the rule.
  • 3 7
flag filsdanvers (Sep 23, 2016 at 22:02) (Below Threshold)
 Maybe you want to check the results of the shimano epic enduro race. 3 first places... E-bikes.
  • 4 0
 Its the same as a normal fork but double the price with easier to read instructions for the twats who buy ebikes and don't need them (fair enough if you have a medical condition meaning you struggle to ride a normal bike)
  • 2 0
 @filsdanvers: that's cos they were cheating
  • 2 0
 @Coyotecrash: it's a good idea but most riders don't have 6k to drop in a bike they will ride once for 6months while they recover
  • 14 0
 That compton lock is heavy as hell. I picked it up and went... well... yeah Compton sounds about right.
  • 3 0
 Do they not have cordless angle grinders in Compton? Keep your bike well visible in a place where people who might question a thief are. Not Compton. That said do they come in smaller sizes?
  • 1 1
 @choppertank3e: LOL!

Honestly... you'd be grinding on that thing for a while. It was no joke. They had a bunch of different sizes.
  • 10 0
 In Compton they wait for you, point a gun to your head saying ''give me that bike!''
  • 9 1
 The Canadian version will be called the "Surrey"
  • 3 0
 @leelau: You mean the Whalley
  • 10 0
 @leelau: sounds like your Surrey and our Surrey are worlds apart.
  • 8 1
 304 is a stupid choice. Sure it's non-corrosive, but it's not very hard. You can cut through that no problem with a hack saw. I've cut through many a 1 inch bar of that stuff with a hack saw. An angle grinder would make quick work of it. They should have picked something hardenable. That's not worth its weight.
  • 1 0
 @fartymarty: Blackpool??
  • 3 0
 @bentplate: 304 stainless workhardens when cutting and minces regular saw blades. You don't need hard steel anyway. Stainless is tough, its difficult to cut and it stays shiny. Good choice imo.
  • 4 0
 @fartymarty: yeah in our Surrey no one needs to nick your bike, they've already got a carbon nomad
  • 1 0
 In Sydney it'd be called the Mt Druitt... which is not an actual mountain (and no trails)
  • 2 0
 @leelau: if your looking for a ride in surrey and end up in blackpool,jesus your in for a skock.
  • 1 0
 Shock.......doh!!!!
  • 1 0
 @scoot34: you would have to be very pissed indeed to miss that many train stops. Not to say the changes.
  • 3 0
 @fartymarty: I live in the little village of Compton in Surrey.... We have terrible crime here. The other day someone did 35mph in the 30 limit. There was outrage.
  • 1 0
 @bigtim: and someone probably wrote a letter to complain...
  • 1 0
 @bigtim: on a serious note someone needs to do a spoof on "straight outta Compton".
  • 1 0
 @fartymarty:

Funny thing is... tons of money has been dumped in to compton. It's got way less crime. The gangs are more organized and their art artsy rich people districts. A lot of people that were living in the hood sold their houses to rich developers and gtfo.

Not like it was down there when I was a kid. LOL!

I still think Blackburns names were way better... named after prisons.
  • 13 0
 I wonder how many of the under 30 crowd knows the awesomeness of Voltron and how many of the over 30 remember the Vehicle Team Voltron
  • 2 0
 And I'll form the head! Loved me some Voltron.
  • 3 0
 @The406: There is a new Voltron in Netflix now, go check it out. You are welcome?!
  • 1 0
 Here here!
  • 3 0
 I had the yellow one... boy I'm hitting 40 soon.
  • 2 0
 Warms my heart to see both Magura and Vernon went there -- well done!
  • 15 3
 Jeez, that e-bike fork is missing one massively important design feature, it should have thru axles that automatically work loose when riding
  • 9 0
 Reading Vernon's articles is always funny. Sometimes, people look wondered at me, when there are occasional explosions of laughter. Go on, it's great to read your stuff!
  • 4 0
 That Ortleib bag with straps, wheels and a handle- brilliant. If they designed a way to attach a comfy hip-belt it'd be the perfect pack for extended world travel of the dirt-baggiest kind.
  • 1 0
 Seriously, that thing looks pretty awesome! I recently have bought a couple North Face Base Camp duffels. I love them and all, but I doubt they're as burly as the Ortleib. I do like not having the telescoping stuff and all that, just a duffel with backpack straps works for me.
  • 1 0
 Guessing it's too big for carry on size though?
  • 1 0
 I wonder if the guy (holding the bags) is regretting the flannel-in-las-vegas choice?
  • 3 0
 How many people REALLY need the Ortlieb approach to dry bag backpacks. I mean really?
I see waayyyyy to many Hipster douchebags using these in SF which makes them repulsive by association.
  • 7 3
 Magura, release a non e-bike version of the boltron, call it the voltron...i will buy...
  • 7 2
 You have that reversed... E-bike should be Voltron.
  • 8 2
 @core559:

no, the cooler name should definitely be reserved for standard mtn bike...
  • 9 0
 @ledude: You missed the joke, volt... As in electricity...

I guess there's not too many bikes you can say have a set if bolt-ons though! :-@
  • 8 2
 @ctd07: I think he got the joke, but Voltron the show > electrical puns :o
  • 2 0
 @gromer: this pinkbike - NOTHING is greater than puns. But I will allow voltron as the one exception. Because I'm old.
  • 1 0
 @cuban-b: oh, I know. But Voltron!!
  • 1 0
 Will the Boltron suffer from the same torsional rigidity problem the Shiver did? It does have all the key problem elements including two long legs held together only by a single crown, although the crown does look pretty strong. You'd think they'd go overkill with some sort of bracing.
  • 1 0
 It has an octogonal axle interface so the axle can transfer torsion between the fork lowers.
  • 2 1
 ''if your bike weighs 50 pounds, everyone reading this story probably feels sorry as all hell for you. It’s time to upgrade from the cast-iron frame and concrete wheels.''

It's called E-mtb...
  • 3 0
 Vernon, I think you're winning the Vegas posts. Don't let it go to you head tho...
  • 1 0
 Just realized that's the dude that almost took my knee out showing people that swing out rack. LOL! Also... why is no one talking about the State Simpsons Bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 9 10
 Anyone who takes issue with the lock name Compton needs to check their PC ass at the door. I'm so sick of people reading into things. I'm so sick of white guilt. When we were growing up Compton was cool. Crazy good music was coming out of those neighborhoods and the artists painted a picture that things were not safe for them there. That was 20 years ago and we still feel nostalgic about those times. Get off my lawn...
  • 9 0
 And to whom, in this case, are you referring to?
  • 6 2
 Compton was never cool. A stolen bike is never cool. The music was pretty cool.
  • 4 4
 Your telling me that Boyz in the Hood wasn't cool? Colors wasn't cool? Friday wasn't cool? There was even a stolen bike in that movie. Lol people are so uptight these days.
  • 2 0
 "This thing merits a messenger bag or whatever people are calling man purses these days"

Hilarious.
  • 2 0
 It's called a satchel. Indiana Jones had one.
  • 1 0
 @BorisBC35: it belongs in a museum
  • 1 0
 That's why I don't live in California anymore. In Florida it's called stand your ground and you have the right to protect what is yours.
  • 2 1
 "there’s always a group of riders with a soft spot for inverted forks". Well... YEAH! :s They're fvcking superior FFS! :/
  • 1 0
 Well, now I know which fork I'll be getting for the hardtail! Can't wait, oh damn I can't wait! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 that guy in the knee pads wore them everyday and the same outfit. for real!
  • 2 0
 Some gear reviewers do long term testing. So you can wear these knee pads all day? We'll find out... Keep your eyes peeled for a review six months from now. You don't want to know what these have been through...
  • 1 0
 so,..i see the clevernress in marketing a burly fork for e-bikes......
  • 1 0
 The Ortleib pack has been also been said to double as a pillow.
  • 1 0
 magura forks are just trash in general.........
  • 1 0
 Boltron, s'ok, the BIG EGO had a better name, but rubbish in use....
  • 1 0
 Mtb needs more full face dh options that are open type structures...
  • 1 0
 build your own rack.
  • 1 1
 Magura Boltron..... Like the hot chick who has a dick
  • 1 0
 WTH Voltron Big Grin
  • 1 1
 Neat, bike stuff!
  • 2 4
 Rockymounts, the same fine folks that brought you the "Tomahawk" rack, bring you the "Compton" lock. Classy...
  • 1 0
 Classy but effective, whats wrong with the creative/slightly suggestive names? I think their product names are great. Yakima made a name change with their two-timer and fourplay rack, do you specify that as "classy too" lol.
  • 2 2
 RECON RACKS!
  • 1 3
 A pickup works best
  • 6 0
 A van works best. Leave your bike in the back of your pick up at Walmart see how long it lasts.
  • 2 1
 @properp: Until they steal the whole van... It's happened 3 times on trips with friends of mine.
  • 1 0
 @onemanarmy: lojack n a 357 will solve that.
  • 1 0
 @properp: That's called murder out here in california. LOL!
  • 2 0
 @onemanarmy: the only thief that is any good is a dead thief
  • 2 0
 @properp: true.

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