VP's New Pedals
The new Aim on the left, and the gucci Harrier Altitude on the right. One costs $60 USD, the other much more.
VP usually has ton of pedals on display at Interbike, and this year was no different. There was an entirely new model in that range, though, with the reasonably priced Aim going for $60 USD a pair but being designed to take a beating. In fact, it's been used on the FMB tour this year, so it should be ready for any of your shenanigans. The platform size is quite large, measuring in at 104mm x 103mm, and the pedal's bearings are located apart as far as possible in the body for added support. The Aims weighs 415 grams for a set.
At the other end of the scale sits the Harrier Altitude, which is the gucci version of the standard Harrier and sports titanium axles and extra machining that shaves away even more unneeded material from the already slim design. The result is a 295 gram set of pedals, which is 65 grams lighter than the standard version. The platform size is still the same, however, at 120mm x 110mm, and they're just 12mm thick.. or maybe it's just 12mm thin? Either way, both versions of the Harrier offer a lot of real estate and not a lot of weight. VP doesn't have a price in mind for the Altitude, but it's a safe bet that they'll cost a good chunk more than the $120 USD of the regular model.
VP's VX Trail Race gets an updated platform and binding mechanism for more support and easier entry.
VP isn't as well known for their clipless pedals, but they do have a bunch of different models of those as well. And even though we did show you the entire VX range awhile back, we're going to make you look at the mid-weight Trail Race model again as VP has made a few changes that make sense. The most notable is a larger and flatter section at the rear of the pedal (although not as large as the Adventure model that sports the largest platform in the range
) that VP says offers more support for shoes, especially for riders who tend to slide their cleats more to the rear. There's also a new binding mechanism that sports a ramped shape to the back clasp that is said to make locating the cleat and re-entry much easier, as well as offering a touch more side-to-side float that's been added to allow for more body english without riders accidentally unclipping. Weight sits at 370 grams for the pair.
Corsair's New 160mm Bike and Atomlab's 7 Speed DHR Hub
The Revo is Corsair's new 160mm, 27.5'' wheeled ''ride everywhere'' bike. Check out that dropper seat post as well... no details as of yet besides that it goes up and down.
There are loads of 160mm travel, 27.5'' wheeled bikes to choose from out there, but if you're looking for something a bit different than what you see everywhere, Corsair's new Revo might be just the ticket. The aluminum bike uses a single pivot suspension layout combined with a clean looking linkage to deliver a relatively low leverage ratio, and the design has the heavy bits sitting pretty low in the frame. The anodized blue rocker compresses the shock, which is easy to see, but there's a nearly hidden pull-link that connects the swingarm to the rocker, and the whole things looks pretty damn clean if you ask me. The usual boxes are also checked: ISCG 05 chain guide tabs, a 12 x 142mm thru-axle, and there's an internal routing option if you want to use it. The bike's geometry leans more towards letting it hang out on the downs than cleaning big climbs, but Atomlab does aim to keep the Dutch and other abnormally tall people happy with a massive 25.7'' effective top tube length on the extra-large size. Actually, all of the sizes sport long-ish top tubes that are more suited towards 30mm stems than anything in the 70 - 90mm range.
Less gears, more width. The DHR hub fits modified seven speed cassettes.
Downhill racers have been taking apart their cassettes for years, usually turning their nine and ten speed drivetrains into a purpose built block with six or seven speeds, which is all one really needs if they're going to race their bike down a hill for a few minutes. Drop in a few spacers behind the cassette to take up that free space, and maybe some sort of spoke guard, and you're all set. Atomlab offers a cleaner solution with their new seven speed DHR hub via a shortened freehub body that is only long enough to fit, you guessed it, seven cogs. This has allowed Atomlab to widen out both the hub flanges and the hub's bearings in order to build a stronger wheel and a more reliable hub. Any ten, nine or eight speed cassette will slide onto the freehub after you've dropped off the cogs you don't need and used them as throwing stars, and there's a quick 102 point engagement clutch design. The 330 gram hub will fit both 150mm and 157mm axle spacing by way of interchangeable end caps. Price is yet to be decided on, although I'm guessing that it'll have a reasonable tag on it given Atomloab's history.
Cycle Dog Folding Bowl
Keep your dog hydrated on the trail with this folding bowl. Could also be used as a small waterproof hat.
I once wrote an article about how people should think twice about taking their dog on the trail, or at least use common sense when deciding if they should bring Fido out for a shred, and now here I am featuring a folding dog bowl from a company that exclusively sells stuff for trail dogs. Contrary to what at least 70% of commenters posted on that opinion piece, I like dogs, I even have one of my own that I'm quite fond of and might keep for a bit longer, and I even take her out on the trails every so often as a reward for not biting me or other people. The only part that I don't like is letting her slurp from my water bottle, which is why Cycle Dog's folding bowl makes a lot of sense. The fabric bowl features an FDA approved waterproof liner that holds 22oz of water, and it folds up flat enough to slip into a pocket if you're not using a backpack. Your dog won't care what colour the bowl is, but Cycle Dog offers a bunch of different patterns so you can find something you like, and it's even dishwasher-safe. The $16 USD price is worth it if it keeps me from having to swap spit with my Shiba Inu.View entire Interbike 2014 Product Gallery Here