The Lost Randoms - Interbike 2018

Sep 21, 2018
by Brian Park  

Lets start off with another photo of Hank the Tank. Much of our team came down with some sort of Reno-based plague over the last 2 days, and this randoms article got lost in the shuffle of airline hell and sniffles. So for real this time, the final, lost randoms of Interbike 2018.

Ritchey's Ultra Hardtail

Some bikes look better dirty, and I think Ritchey's Ultra hardtail is one of them. Designed for use with a 120mm fork and either 27.5x2.8 or 29x2.4 wheels, it looks like a fun, versatile play bike—or a great winter bike. No word on weight or availability, but MSRP will be $999 USD or €999 for the frame.

Steel tubing and clean dropouts on a Boost rear end.
Internal routing for a dropper post.

Forged and machined tapered head tube.

Interbike 2018
Interbike 2018

Stages New Cycling Computers

Stages are adding onto their computer line with the new full-color M50 ($249) and L50 ($349). As you'd expect, the computers are designed to allow for users to easily view their power output, with a speedometer style image that shows which zone a rider is in. Don't know your average watt output? The computer can store up to 90 days of riding, and can begin making those calculations on its own once it has enough data. Stages' goal is to make training with power as easy as possible, and the two computers are the next step towards removing the intimidation factor.

The computer also has GPS tracking and a mapping feature where the best road cycling routes are highlighted. Run time is said to be 18 hours for the M50 and 15 hours for the L50.

Lindarets' Narwheel Thru-Axle Wheel Mount

Designed by one of the guys behind Wolf Tooth, the Narwheel holds thru axle front wheels in your workshop, van, retail space, etc. You mount the base plate to whatever wall you want, pull out your front axle, and mount your wheel. MSRP $39.95 USD.

It has a stepped axle and wingnut that will accommodate 12x100, 15x100, and 15x110 (Boost) front hubs.
It's designed to work with tires up to 3" wide.

Photo courtesy Lindarets.
Photo courtesy Lindarets.

Interbike 2018

White Industries Prototype Micro Spline Compatible Freehub

Shimano's new XTR gruppo still hasn't hit store shelves, but White Industries are already working on a hub that will be compatible with the new 11- and 12-speed cassettes. Rather than using 24-splines, which is what Shimano new Micro Spline freehub uses, White Industries went with 12, and constructed the freehub out of titanium. That should keep the phone from ringing with Shimano's lawyers on the other end, and still allow it to be fully compatible with the new gruppo. The hub is made in California, and uses three double-toothed leaf spring-loaded pawls and has 7.5-degrees between engagement points, will retail between $332 and $352 depending on color.

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The new Micro Spline compatible freehub is retrofittable to existing White Industries hubs - the axle and freehub will sell for $180.
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White Industries' hubs are available in a range of colors and axle sizes, including Super Boost.

Thule Helium Platform Rack

Thule was showing a prototype of their new Helium Platform rack. Official numbers weren't confirmed yet, but the rack is said to be around 40lbs—not super light, but Thule is quick to claim that theirs has to pass more EU testing standards.

We asked about the similarities between the Helium Platform and the 1Up USA system (as well as the still unreleased Saris MTR), and Thule feels they're different enough to not infringe on any patents.

Full specs, pricing, and availability to be announced.

One size of arm is designed to fit almost all wheel sizes. It's a 2-bike only system.
The ratcheting mechanism that holds things together should make it simple to offset bikes as needed.

The rack folds up as you'd expect, and will fit both 1.25" and 2" receivers.

Possibly the best display of the show.

Assos Trail Kit

Assos is better known for their road apparel (I know at least one road pro who insists on an Assos chamois installed in their official sponsor's bibs), but the Swiss company is introducing a new trail-friendly collection for Spring 2019. The fits are trim, the fabrics are light, and they've replaced the waistband closure with a waistband that resembles yoga pants.

The Trail cargo shorts come in men's and women's fits and retail for $149 USD.
Super light, stretchy fabrics and a mesh material for the underarms put this firmly in the summer category.

The Trail jersey is available in short sleeve ($119 USD) or long sleeve ($149 USD) in both men's and women's options. The long sleeve version (not shown) has a more durable "Dynerope" fabric on the forearms for light protection against foliage and scrapes.


  • 123 3
 Introducing the Narwheel thru axle wheel mount: a clever way of solving a problem that nobody has.
  • 52 2
 A clever way of selling three dollars of hardware for $40.
  • 10 4
 Actually if they had both front and rear axle options, these would be useful for wheel building.
  • 16 0
 Haha has the designer never heard of a..... hook!!! Namely a rubber coated hook you can but at any hardware store for 5 bucks that does the same job as this
  • 10 0
 @ctd07: It's harder to sell 5 bucks worth of hook for 40 bucks though
  • 8 0
 Unless you live in a van and wanna keep the front wheels from bouncing around. I could definitely utilize that.
  • 1 0
 Do wheels spin freely when mounted though? Hours of fun.
  • 1 0
 I actually might pick two up some to bolt my wheels to the hard side-cases of my motorcycle. Strap the frame to the back-seat and off to play in the dirt!
  • 35 3
 "they've replaced the waistband closure with a waistband that resembles yoga pants"

The waistband resembles yoga pants?

While I am familiar with yoga pants, thanks Abby, I have only spent time looking at yoga pants while others were wearing them. Additionally, my gaze was not directed at the waistband area.

Pray tell, what are you trying to tell me about the Assos trail pants?
  • 12 0
 For someone with that username, your pant knowledge is a bit disappointing. Wink

Actually this sounds like a genius idea. Yoga pants have a wide, broad elastic waistband. I’d love to try that instead of a mess of zipper, buttons, hooks, or Velcro all bunched up when I’m crouched on the bike.
  • 7 0
 Also, way to talk about the waistband and not have a picture of it...
  • 1 0
 @trails801: Geographic Restriction. This content is not available in your location.

So, I actively want to watch an *AD*, and they're telling me: no, you're not allowed to see that. I have rarely or ever used these three letters more appropriately: WTF?
  • 3 0
 I already have a pair of shorts with this type of waistband, not for the bike though(I use them at the gym). No pressure points at all. Nothing to hang up, nothing to break. They also look like any other pair of athletic shorts. I am going to have to give these bike shorts a serious look.
  • 2 0
 Well done Assos! Finally a clothing company catering to multiple amputees...
  • 29 3
 If you thought your 1up didn’t have enough plastic crap to crack and proprietary doodads that cost a bunch to replace, Thule is for you!
  • 8 17
flag AcadianMTB (Sep 21, 2018 at 15:55) (Below Threshold)
 I had my 1up for 6 years now and never had a problem. Also what pieces of plastic are you talking about. There are none on mine.
  • 15 1
 @AcadianMTB: exactly my point. Thule ripped off 1up and made the product worse.

My 1up hasn’t aged any any noticeable way after being on my roof for 4 years. Best rack ever.
  • 2 2
 @AcadianMTB: I believe that is the point they're making
  • 11 2
 I don’t geneally have a beef with Thule, but my first thought was this is going to be 90% of the price of the 1Up rack, 90% of the utility, and last 50% as long.
  • 4 3
 @AcadianMTB: I thought Canadians understand sarcasm?
  • 6 4
 @motard5:The word enough seems to imply that the the 1up also has "plastic crap to crack and proprietary doodads that cost a bunch to replace".
  • 2 2
 @IntoTheEverflow: no 1up have absolutely no plastic at all just aluminium you missed the point.
  • 4 2
 @ybsurf: I know 1up has no plastic.
You seem to have missed my point about rpet's comment.
  • 3 5
 1up made a good design and you guys think Thule and Yakima are “ripping it off”. Yeah no shit, it’s jot patented and works better, why the hell wouldn’t they? Thule and Yakima are on Qbp and other industry deal sites, I’ll sure as hell buy one for 300ish instead of 1up. Haha
  • 10 6
 @andnyleswillriot: 300ish thule and Yakima yeah sure 1up will last 2 maybe 3 times longer than any thule and Yakima with their cheap plastic and steel that rust in one season. Typical north American consumer buy the cheapest cheap that doesn't last half the life of better made product and end up in landfill, Wal-Mart nation.
  • 4 8
flag hi-dr-nick (Sep 22, 2018 at 7:46) (Below Threshold)
 @ybsurf: North American consumer? Canada is part of North America, smart guy. That's also what everyone says about their current racks and Kuat. Guess what, my Kuat has been going strong for years and so are all of my friends thule/yakima racks. It's not as if they're coming off of aliexpress and sell for 50 bucks. Get off your high horse with your betterment issues.
  • 5 3
 @andnyleswillriot: that's why I said north American instead of American we do the same in Canada
  • 3 0
 @ybsurf: been running a Yakima Hold Up for almost a decade and it’s still going strong. It’s been through a lot too. I stripped out the threads on one of the trays, my mistake, and they sent me a new one straight away. Haven’t tried anything else but I’m happy with Yakima.
  • 1 0
 @toooldtodieyoung: I’ve never seen a Thule snap off at the receiver and fall on the road. OneUp did have great customer support though but not taking that chance
  • 3 0
 @rpet: Have to wonder about the IP around the 1Up - if any - and what their legal resources are. Thule is a 5B SEK publicly traded company so there's no way 1Up would win a battle of lawyers.

Love my 1UP 2" hitch rack btw.
  • 16 0
 I wish that Volvo 122 wagon was a new product... I'd buy one today!
  • 2 0
 Even though it's not, I still want it! Passed on a drivable example for $5000 recently... Should have just pulled to trigger to accompany my turbo wagon.
  • 1 0
 @bicyclelifestyle: Rock on! Most of my biking adventures have been supported by a Volvo. I've had 4 of them and looking for my 5th.
  • 13 0
 Thank you White Industries for trying to maintain backwards compatibility for their hubs. Even an older non Boosted one...
  • 2 1
 true, but for price of full hope hub...
  • 5 0
 White Industies might have the best customer service of all time. "Broke our hub after 15 years of use? No problem and yeah, we can replace it with a single speed hub with different spacing, no problem"
  • 11 0
 That pose the trail jersey manequin is in is the one you would have to assume to pay for it.
  • 7 0
 I cant believe it, Interbike is over and only one good thing came from this trade show! The Assegai is getting 300g lighter! actually come to think of it that is big enough news it makes this whole event worth it !!!
  • 3 1
 Its better they don't show the vast amount of Ebikes that are probably there.I thank Pinkbike for this.That Assagai getting 300g lighter is great!Cant wait.
  • 9 3
 That Ritchey is hilarious,460mm reach on an XL and internal routing for your 27.2mm seatpost.
  • 6 3
 Exactly. GtFo w that 27.2 trash. Might as well go 135 Rear spacing to match. Heinous
  • 14 0
 I've no personal interest in the bike but one only has to use one's eyes to know that's not a 27.2 post. Then using one's brain and initiative will lead one to discover that it's 30.9. Further on from there, the reach? Who cares! It's a different bike for a different market. People on here will be moaning that Bromptons don't have a 62 degree head angle next!
  • 6 0
 I was actually looking at it thinking “ I really like it, looks fast for xc, can’t wait for it to bomb to sale price”
  • 1 0
 I was looking at it and thinking hardtails arent just for winter...or is it just me?
  • 6 0
 Hopefully there will be done more mini spline compatible drivers soon
  • 5 0
 Onyx showed an adapter that will allow the DT Swiss Micro Spline driver to be used on their body. I'd guess we might see a few of these come up. Would be a smart thing for someone like Wolftooth to make for a few of the more popular hubs.
  • 1 0
 @shirk-007: I think you're mistaken. What you saw is the new hub design and that is not backwards compatible.
  • 1 0
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: was this posted about somewhere? Haven’t seen anything
  • 6 1
 Thule has 'one up' on the competition...NOT
  • 9 0
 I’m stoked to see more options for platform racks similar to oneup! And that old Volvo wagon is sick!
  • 5 0
 I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I'll keep my 1upUSA rack hands down. The ability to scale up from 1 to 3 or 2 to 4 bikes depending on the receiver size is a great feature that the Thule fails to copy. Not to mention all metal construction.
  • 3 1
 @airsteamin: all metal, all the time. where it's at!!
  • 4 0
 150x110? So it'll do my truck's wheels too? Cool.
  • 3 0
 Bought a North Shore Rack 7 years ago and will never have to buy another rack again.
  • 13 1
 But you will have to buy a new bike when it wears thru your headtube!
  • 1 0
 Just bucked up for mine. Nsr6 wanted a 1up originally but the exchange rate and the fact i can carry 2 more bikes sold it for me. Not to mention I'm supporting a local company . Thing is built like a tank.
  • 1 0
 @stevil-1: just got mine last week. So happy.
  • 5 0
 Until you see a Recon rack in person. So much better.
  • 2 0
 Recon was definitely my first choice but I couldn’t justify the price!!
  • 1 0
 As a guy from Chatel's valley, this new brand lindarets surprise me a lot... This is obviously a brand from the USA and i did not get the point of naming that lindarets. More cloudy informations at
  • 3 0
 Thule product is a disappointment. 1up will be next rack
  • 1 0
 When i was 16 ... Apart Machine Tech , A/C products ...I drooled over those white industries polished hub buuuttt. No 135 jubs ????? Sorry i ll buy a Pro4 7spd instead !
  • 2 0
 Thank Goodness there are still bikes like the Ultra being made. Do want, SS
  • 6 4
 Thule = plastic and pot metal garbage
  • 4 2
 First Assegai and now “Assos”? Really?
  • 2 0
 you got me with the Amazon. didn't care the rest.
  • 2 0
 Just going to leave this here:
  • 2 0
 @atrokz: pure awsomness! Watched that vid like a thousand times! I'd also dig a 240, or a 940/960 wagon. The 900series wouldnt need too much of tinkering with their 3l 24v engines.
  • 1 0
 @moferenc: Ive built a couple b230ft 7 and 9 wagons up. Pistons, 13mm stock forged rods and botton end. 531 marine head ported and polished. 960 TB. S60r big green injectors. Bigger turbo. Tlao chips. Made a fun amt of hp. Buddy did a build w standalone and was in the 500whp range. Walking rs4 on track and strip. Then he got bored and did a TT LQ4 build north of 1500whp running massive slicks and a ford 9". Some crazy shit out here. For me a 240 is next . the guu who built this amazon sold it and built a 240 w the same motor as well.
  • 2 0
 captain dan? is that you in the new Assos Trail Kit?
  • 2 0
 $119 USD for a short sleeve jersey? Definately a roady company.
  • 2 0
 vintage volvo wagons make my wiener move
  • 1 0
 THULE is not original ! The just Copied the one up rack with cheaper parts ! Horrible!
  • 1 0
 That wall mount is just stupid. Why remove your current axle and have it misplaced. Is anyone even going to buy it lol
  • 1 0
 That Volvo looks like the Volvo, RC ( Richard Cunningham) used to show up on the rides with his bike in the back.
  • 1 0
 Bravo Assos... Finally dropped idea in your heads.... Smile ))))
  • 1 0
 Reno plague? Shoulda worn a Jimmy!
  • 1 0
 It would be nice if Ritchey would put some side knobs on his tires.
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