Interbike Is Leaving Las Vegas... For Reno - News

Aug 3, 2017 at 9:41
by Vernon Felton  
Interbike 2015

Well, it’s official—Interbike is leaving Las Vegas for good. After much speculation (Will the show move to Denver in 2018? Portland?) it comes down to this: Reno, Nevada will be the new home of Interbike beginning in 2018.

Interbike officials made the announcement a couple minutes ago via a conference call to a collection of bike industry nerds.

The tradeshow organizers polled the industry last year after a particularly saggy edition of the show that had many longtime attendees poking Interbike's corpse with a stick and shooing away flies. Locations that were floated about included Denver, Salt Lake City and picturesque Anaheim by the sea. Interbike's organizers were looking for a new location that possessed the appropriate blend of geography, cultural relevancy, accommodations, date availability, costs, marketability...you get the idea.

While many attendees have been calling for a Salt Lake-ified Interbike, that city was pulled from the roster after a public lands debate erupted in Utah last fall. Interbike’s sister show, Outdoor Retailer (OR), has long held their gig at Salt Lake and while the beer is weak, the sushi is surprisingly good and the riding in nearby Park City is great. Alas, OR pulled out of Utah and since Interbike is owned by the same company, it was good bye, Salt Lake, we never knew you for all us folks with the funny black socks and the weird tan lines.

Interbike and OR bundled themselves together and sent out a request for proposals that went out to 15 cities. Eventually, five cities were considered worthy. Those five cities included, well, we know Denver was in the hunt, but since the process was confidential, we are in the dark on who else was proposing a match with Interbike. We imagine the official process probably resembled the inevitable hot tub scene in any episode of The Bachelorette. It's as good a guess as any.

And the winner is?

Cue the drum roll!
Leaving Las Vegas
What I'm confident the bidding process for the new site of Interbike must have looked like.

Oh, yeah, sorry… we already announced that in the headline and lead. Yeah, it’s totally Reno. They've got a five-year lock on Interbike--through 2022. So much for the climax. Anyway…

“I know there's been a lot of conjecture out there as to where everyone thought we might end up," said Interbike vice president, Pat Hus, "but in the end the Reno/Tahoe connection became a very clear cut winner."

Interbike's vice president went on to note that Reno possessed the most appealing mix of weather, lodging and terrain. There's undeniably good riding in Tahoe and the demo-portion of the event will be held at North Star's bike park. Chairlift and gondy passes will be provided. The Reno Sparks convention center was also said to be swank and utterly state of the art. Bonus points: it's a non-union building so no teamsters will threaten to break your leg if you attempt to set up your own tradeshow booth or bring in a potted plant to dress up the joint.

Reno
Photo by Ken Lund

WILL THIS “SAVE” INTERBIKE?
What prompted the change in venue?

Clearly, there have been plenty of people who have pointed out over the years that Las Vegas was a sort of…interesting…location for a tradeshow dedicated to promoting the benefits of cycling—a sport that’s all about health and clean living and the like. "Why are we having a tradeshow on the strip?" they'd ask. "A place that’s famous for second-hand smoke, venereal diseases and crappy all-you-can-eat buffets?”

Just as many people, perhaps even more, always shook their heads and countered, “Are you crazy? Vegas has cheap flights, a ton of hotels, decent riding out at Boulder City, great meals if you bother to look for them….just suck it up for a couple days, man…it’s a damn tradeshow not a weekend at the spa!”

In other words people were split on the merits of Vegas. What role did that play in this decision to move? Or was the move more about jump-starting a tradeshow that steadily lost key attendees and the vitality it once possessed.

Was there some intent on bringing back the excitement that used to surround Interbike? In a word, yes.

Photo by Nan Palmero
Good bye, Vegas. We'll miss you. Well, some of us will. Some of us hated your ass, so I guess it's sort of a split decision thing.
“Just moving the show to the new city wasn’t going to be enough," said Hus. "This is really us hitting the reset button. Brands want to connect direct with consumers."

Part of hitting that re-set button, apparently, includes staging a consumer bike festival at Northstar (California's largest bike park) that will open Saturday, Sept. 15 and will run till 2 o'clock on Sunday. The party will include racing, concerts, a kids rodeo, access to the chairlifts, beer and the like. Interbike is billing it as the largest bicycle demo event in the world. After 2 p.m. on Sunday, the event transition into a trade-only demo event.

Monday will be a long day of demo rides for members of the bike industry. Tuesday September 18 through Thursday September 20th will amount to the usual assembly of hung- over bike nerds shaking hands and exaggerating about the "crazy shit" they did the night before, while also exchanging business cards and staring at spoke nipples.

There was a time when Interbike was the place where companies rolled out their top-secret, latest and greatest bikes and products. The show where deals were struck, bike shops made their next-year orders. If you were serious about being in the bike business, Interbike was the one show you couldn’t afford to miss.

Those days are long gone. Major bike brands such as Trek, Specialized and Giant have abandoned the tradeshow—first deciding to present their wares to shop rats and the general public at Outdoor Demo and now not even showing up for that pre-tradeshow waltz. By the time Interbike rolls around the major brands have already flown out their top bike shop partners to some exotic locale, shown them the goods, got them a bit drunk at their catered buffet and already inked pre-season orders. Hell they’ve done that before Eurobike even hitches up its lederhosen.

Interbike 2016
My favorite picture from our Interbike coverage last year. We'd already seen the "new" bikes five months earlier, so the dog was arguably the hottest thing at the show. Who's the cutest little selective breeding abomination that can't naturally reproduce on its own? You are! Yes, you are! Yes, you are!

And if we’re talking about new product? Well, you probably already saw most of the new 2018 stuff in April of 2017 when we dumped several gigabytes worth of new products into your lap during our Sea Otter coverage. What doesn’t get leaked at Sea Otter these days gets shown off several times over on every website—like this one—by the end of each July.

So, in the face of these larger global trends—trends, to be entirely fair, that Interbike has no control over—does moving the trade show’s date and location solve the larger problems that hound it?

“We are trying to reinvigorate the show," said Hus when I posed that question to him. "We're having meaningful dialogue with key brands about reinventing the event and our hope is to bring that package together. We wanted to revitalize the show by adding new features and bringing new ideas to the event."

Will Interbike succeed in shaking things up and regaining its former glory? Only time will tell.

Good bye, Vegas. Hello, Reno.


171 Comments

  • + 61
 What was the relevance of the massive sausage party in the spa? Major bowl of dick soup.
  • + 27
 This page was sponsored by Brazzers, that is the relevance.
  • + 4
 LMAO!! sausage fest!!
  • + 10
 @indydave124:
"A place that’s famous for (...) venereal diseases "
  • + 34
 @zede: Well I guess its not only bikes that are being ridden hard and not cleaned after
  • + 4
 "We imagine the official process probably resembled the inevitable hot tub scene in any episode of The Bachelorette. It's as good a guess as any."
  • + 13
 @zede: I wonder if the Mustang Ranch Brothel will be allowed to rent a booth?
  • + 6
 Caption: "What I'm confident the bidding process for the new site of Interbike must have looked like."

In other words there was only one choice...
  • + 8
 It's a scene from The Bachelorette.
  • + 2
 @rivercitycycles: Bring back the Marzocchi girls and give the Ranch a shot at the gig. Its called synergy.
  • + 3
 Too attractive to be cyclists, now let's be honest
  • + 1
 wow thats a lotta white milk there
  • - 2
 are you that uncomfortable in your own skin?
  • + 3
 Reno must have been the one in the bikini.. I have never seen Reno look that good...
  • + 3
 @zede: I am all for catching VD at a bike show \../
  • + 1
 @lee-vps-savage: bucket list item added.
  • + 1
 @chasejj: haha no doubt!
  • + 1
 @chasejj: Definitely... this is going to synergize backward overflow. No doubt.
  • + 31
 Nice Vernon, hilarious as always.
  • + 6
 The only miracle that can save interbike is to move the show before the summer starts (Eurobike is doing it next year)
Ideally after the Taipei show overseas.
  • + 1
 Interbike is dead RIP
  • + 26
 this is a rad move. Reno has an awesome and versatile cycling scene and people will be stoked on some of the riding here! good news
  • + 5
 Absolutely agree. Nevada is actively making Carson a mtb destination. Reno has a lot of great trails, even though no amount of fat tire will ever make me enjoy riding on sand. And Tahoe is right there...

Do you ever ride Tyrolean? Have you been on bobsled near Reno recently?
  • + 2
 I bet you will regret it. So happy to see the OR leave salt lake. Every single low key spot got blown up over the years. Enjoy the new crowds with no local respect.
  • + 6
 Tahoe is right there, between trail forks and Strava these have already been problems for a decade in Reno and Tahoe. Locals only is for bad guys in 80s skate movies, not real life.
  • + 6
 @LoganKM1982: "Locals Only" is for bad guys in 80s skate movies, not real life. Brilliant line. I shall blatantly repeat it around my local only venues. And sport a green mohawk, cool tattoos and tell the kooks to go home.
  • + 0
 @daytoncrites: my preferred method is to add in a little modern era d-bro style: "You coming at me kook! Come at me grom!"

Alternatively you can go the ski movie route, if you have any pink polo shirts and white sweaters to tie around your neck.
  • + 11
 Having been to both places and spent a summer in Reno, I say it's a great move. LV sucks! It's a gigantic Disney sized Red Light district. That may be cool at times, but that's prolly it's only benefit. Reno OTOH is just down the hill from Tahoe and some pretty good riding. Never mind that it's cheaper!!!!
  • + 5
 You're so right. There is nothing good about Vegas. Riding sucks. Don't come here
  • + 0
 @nosoeawe: My comment wasn't about the riding. I know there's good riding there, but LV sucks "IMHO".

Don't take it personally. Just different strokes.
  • + 2
 @BDKR: I get that. But the attitude that "Vegas sucks" we hear so much. And as a local it just gets old. It's not my fault you don't know how to do Vegas right. If I come to your hood and I don't dig chapel hill, tobacco farms, civil war museums or whatever BS your town uses to attract tourist dollars it's not that your town sucks. It's that I didn't do it right.
  • + 2
 @nosoeawe: You know what? I'm going to back pedal a little and say that I understand what you're saying, but put in perspective, or perhaps, talk about it with more precision. Are we talking about the industry and attraction that most people think of when they talk about Vegas, or the actual denizens, where they hang out, and what they do? I'm talking about the industry and attractions.

Every where I've been and lived, and as long as you avoided the tourist and dangerous areas, the people were awesome! I've lived on three different continents and visited more so I know better than to say the people in some place sucks.

So once again, sorry if you take it personally, but I still don't like what LV has become since my first visit in '84. You are probably cool as hell but that has nothing to do with Vegas.
  • + 10
 Eurobike killed interbike. Everything is already new is out and most booking orders are already done by then. But that being said Vegas was always fun and i will likely give Reno a go riding bikes is never bad
  • + 2
 so are you saying that all the North American dealers complaining that going to Vegas is getting to be too expensive are really paying 2-3x as much money to fly to Europe?
  • - 1
 @biker245: its the same price dumdum
  • + 4
 @mollow: And Eurobike is 5x bigger.
  • + 7
 @mollow: wait a minute. so $400 to Reno and $950 to Germany is the same price? who would have thought?
  • + 3
 Reno has some great riding, both on and off road. I think it's a good move.

I tend to agree with you, Interbike has become less of a 'necessity' since most of the stuff being shown off has been leaked, or nowadays full on released, months prior. Why would bike shops squeeze pennies out of their already tight budgets to send personnel there?
  • + 9
 I believe it is actually the Sea Otter show that is killing it. Companies are releasing stuff earlier each year and that show in April is perfect to show off concepts and new things that will be hitting the market even before interbike happens.
  • - 2
 @biker245: oh so usa is North America sorry my bad
  • + 2
 @biker245: I don't think it's the cost of getting there as much as the cost of staying there. Rooms are almost certainly much more expensive in Vegas as it's a much bigger attraction
  • + 1
 @biker245:Just been losing interest in this event every year to justify
  • + 2
 @biker245: i paid 400 to get to Singapore and return lol sounds like you don't know how to book flights
  • + 5
 @drummuy04: sea otter killed the interbike star because of both the timing and accessibility for the general public. The latter being the major difference. With the move to Reno/Tahoe, they are slowly opening up to the consumer with the demo days, but you can tell they are still trying to hold onto their exclusivity roots - industry only. They know opening it up to the general public can save it, but they don't want to give up the exclusivity because the general public attending won't convince the big companies to come back. Unless they are riding their bikes of course.
  • + 1
 @Duderz7: I see you've never tried to book a hotel room around Eurobike.

There are about 150,000 rooms in Las Vegas, even if that's 85% taken up with Cocaine filled degenerate gamblers, that's still 22,500 spare rooms for bike nerds.

That's at least 17,500 rooms more than available within 50 miles of Eurobike...

I paid €150 per night last year, and that was 40km outside of the venue...
  • + 7
 I think Interbike needs to give people a reason to spend quite a bit of money in travel and accommodations cost to physically attend the event, and provide attendees with something that they can not otherwise get somewhere else. I see the future of Interbike as a combination of festival and bike-demo, with the emphasis on the bike demo; an opportunity for enthusiasts to rub elbows with one another and the brands of choice. Demo events are gaining popularity, offering a try-before-they-buy / see if the grass really is greener on the other side kind-of opportunity without shelling out $5,6...10-grand in the process. At present, consumers are reduced to a parking-lot if they want to throw a leg over some new equipment. Smaller companies who may not have the marketing budget or a World Cup team could have equal representation at a demo-based tradeshow. Even the large retailers (namely Trek, Specialized, Giant) can benefit from this for the same reason. Thus, I would put emphasis on the terrain / riding selection more than I would a stuffy conference centre. Just my 2c.
  • + 9
 Trade shows seem to serve little purpose any more other than an employee party that their company's pay for.
  • + 2
 i disagree.. many companies benefit every day from trade shows. next to gambling, it brings in more money to the local economy than you could imagine.
  • + 2
 @Reywcms: are you talking local economy or the actual industry?
  • + 0
 If trade shows are classed as a 'party' then I must have a fucked up idea of what is fun and what isn't.
  • + 3
 @whaddasquid: Maybe you try a couple weeks of laying asphalt in New Mexico in July as a job? Then tell me they aren't a party.
  • - 2
 @gdnorm: Just because laying asphalt is less fun than working a trade show that doesn't mean it's a party...
  • + 2
 @whaddasquid: one is real work. The other is a party.
  • + 0
 @gdnorm: LOL. Ok bud. Can't wait for my 'party' at Eurobike in a few weeks. Nothing beats waking up at 5am, spending 3 hours in traffic standing around in meetings all day in between handing out stickers, eating breaded pork with no veg, spending another 3 hours in traffic and then catching up with emails til 1am and repeating the next day.

Definitely my idea of a party.
  • + 9
 Good move, Reno is awesome. Great singletrack a 15 min ride from downtown.
  • + 1
 Ill be there this weekend. What is the name of this trail? Thanks my man!
  • + 4
 @motown: peavine mountain. Miles and miles of singletrack with some fun rocky trails here and there. Did an enduro up there and it was honestly beautiful up there
  • + 2
 @motown: Look up BLTS (Biggest Little Trail Stewards) for local maps. There's also the Drypond loop on the south side of town that's the local's favorite.
  • + 9
 ''We'll move it from this spot in the desert... to THAT spot.''
  • + 11
 Obviously haven't been out here as there is a HUGE difference between northern NV (high desert) and Las Vegas. High Desert is more alpine type landscape has the benefits of seeing all four seasons (everything from 0* weather to 100* weather, snow to blistering hot and everything inbetween).

Those of us that live here know that you can get a great ride in and some serious temperature drop by driving 30 minutes up to Tahoe. Yesterday (8/2/17) topped 100* in Carson City and 103* in Reno. Lake Tahoe was a very comfortable and RIDEABLE 87* for a majority of the day and was 81* at about 3:30pm when the afternoon thunderstorms started rolling in and giving some great cloud cover.

Between all the trails that Reno has, Carson has, and everything in Tahoe you are going to be hard pressed to find something that you WONT want to ride. And that is just talking about offroad type stuff. Hell I haven't been main places where I can go for a long ride, gain close to 2k' of elevation sweating my balls off, then decide to go for a quick, refreshing jump in some of the worlds most pristine water or tube down the river, all within less than an hours drive.

Will this save Interbike, that is to be seen. But it will help revitalize it for a few years if nothing else.
  • + 1
 @gregnash: it's going to be a rad party for a couple years at least.

Have you been out to Spanish Springs recently? Not my favorite trail system (Peavine & Mt Rose for the win!) it looks amazing and is so much fun to ride after the fires.
  • + 1
 @LoganKM1982: Nah I haven't ventured that far as it takes close to an hour for me to get out that way and to me seems like nothing but HOT exposed riding. Though buddy, Jonathan Lee of TrainerRoad, lives out that way and says that there is some epic trails coming about.

If I am traveling that far I would rather hit Tahoe up (north or south shore).
  • + 1
 @gregnash: yeah, I want to hit up Mr Toads Wild Ride next time I'm anywhere near Tahoe
  • + 7
 I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die
  • + 3
 Vegas is nice because its easy and cheap to fly direct to. At least from the east coast flying to Reno is miserable last time i had to go there for a convention it took 13 hours to fly each way and the flights were so expensive i was able to stay a day longer for less money.
  • + 0
 Dont know when the last time you flew out here was but there are more and more airlines that are starting to do direct or 1-stop flights here... Wife and I annually travel to NYC for her work, flights normally cost us anywhere from $250-$400 each depending on airport, airline and time of year. Conversely, we also fly annually to Denver to visit family in Steamboat Springs (3hrs north) and it can cost us anywhere from $400-$750 to get there (sometimes more if we fly with a connector to Hayden).
  • + 0
 Reno is home to offices for Amazon, Apple, and Google, not to mention manufacturing for Tesla. There are direct flights to Reno from 13 metropolitan areas/big cities now too. It's change a lot, and the progress is just speeding up.

Reno did used to be hell, to be fair
  • + 1
 It has been a few years. Sounds like its worth a trip back. GSR is a good time.
  • + 1
 @Rubiconbmx: yeah, I have family in Carson and Reno, I used to kind of not like going to visit. A lot. Now I'm there every other weekend at least, the riding is great.

Also, I found that out about the tech companies and airline in the past week.

Pretty soon once 395 opens I'm planning a road trip from Downieville, through Tahoe/Reno/Carson and down to Mammoth. The best jalapeño cheese bread in the world can be had on 395 on the way to Mammoth and there's an amazing maintained downhill trail in a small town on the way down too.

So yeah, I used to ignore Nevada for riding but things have changed.
  • + 2
 @Rubiconbmx: Yeah it has changed a lot in the last decade and A LOT in the last handful of years. Once we started getting things like TESLA, Amazon and others to bring more tech business the area really started to boom.

And @LoganKM1982 the last section of 395 opened last week!!! So now you have a straight FREEWAY shot from Reno all the way to highway 50 West without stopping.

Also just got word that there will be a Clear Creek (just along 50 behind the Costco/Target area) extension that has been initially approved for a trail system all the way up to Spooner. No more taking the old Clear Creek road to the top! Plus TAMBA just received approval for a connector from SnapDragon/Sunflower Hill to the Redhouse Flume that will bypass the damn to make things safer. Add to that the fact that we had so many satisfied riders from the CCOR Epic Ride Series and an addition of something like 250 more riders this next year (201Cool the area is really starting to boom and become more of a mtb destination.

And us Carson City local appreciate it!
  • + 1
 @gregnash: yeah, I was just on the new section of 395. When I'm in the area I'm in Jack's Valley, where my folks and sister (through marriage) live.

I can only afford one bike right now and it's a downhill bike, so if you ever see a guy on a black YT Tues with a neon green chainstay yoke, that kook is me.

It's funny because when I first started frequenting the area I had no clue how much was there. Now I honestly feel defensive of the area, like a local.
  • + 3
 Are they going to reverse their decision like they did when they announced a move to Anaheim a few years ago?
www.bicycleretailer.com/north-america/2010/09/10/interbike-moves-anaheim#.WYQeSa2ZMUE

The snow industry moved from Vegas to Denver & everyone hates the move. Nobody from Europe / Asia will come to Reno (or Denver for that matter) because they have the same thing at home (random city at the base of mountains). As crappy as Vegas is, it's cheap with plenty of hotels, flights in / out & it's the city is a spectacle.

The show was already done but this move will stick a fork in it.
  • + 2
 Hopefully this will prompt Northstar to actually start caring about the bike park and do some damn trail work. Doubt it though.
  • + 1
 Seriously, pay 65$ for a lift ticket to ride nothing but dust at bomb holes. Woodward at Boreal is opening a bike park this month and its going to be the tits. Cheaper, admittedly easier terrain, but a blast to ride without a specific park/DH bike.
  • + 2
 Denver would have been the shiz. Cheap flights, great riding all around, left-handed cigarettes and many options for accommodations too. Bummer.
  • + 2
 "left handed cigarettes" never heard that one, lol
  • + 2
 Reno has left handed cigarettes now too. Not as pretty as Denver but every other box is checked. Downieville is a couple hours drive away too...
  • - 1
 Not really any place near Denver to ride with that volume of people, unless it's on tame terrain or you drive a couple of hours to a ski resort, and the trails aren't as gnarly as Vegas to put those parts to the test.
  • + 1
 change is good, been to every Interbike Since Anaheim. Skipped last year at Vegas interbike, likely not going this year, willing to check reno.. Tahoe, Downieville.. hopefully enough cheap rental cars in town. im listening.
  • + 2
 Now holding the outdoor demo at Northstar seems reasonable. Which will hopefully boost its attendance and vendor participation.
  • + 4
 InterBike has moved in Zink's garden.
  • + 3
 Awesome news! Living in Tahoe I can attest that Reno is a no-brainer for a decision like this.
  • + 3
 I just wish they would allow general public into interbike or sell GA tickets
  • + 1
 I'm just a regular biker went to Sea otter this year with family. It was a fun. I haven't been to intebike, like you point out, they still not open up public, only for retailer/wholesaler etc, right?
  • + 2
 Interbike has had a public day for at least the last two years.
  • + 1
 What they need to spark this one up is a World Cup double header xc and DH that weekend. What a way 5o finish the season whilst getting all the big rigs the4e
  • + 3
 Ugh. That bachelorette pic looks like San Jose, Ca aka "Man Jose".
  • - 1
 Wow....... . Wow. .... I can only imagine what this will do to "Duststar" for the demo days. Great for Zink. Good for us California semi-locals. Hopefully it can also be good for the trail development and maintenance around here.

It will be interesting for sure to see how this plays out.
  • + 4
 N* in September can certainly give you an idea of how a bike will perform.
It's not much further from Reno than Boulder City is from LV, and the temps will definitely be better.
  • + 1
 Brazzers to interbikes
Brazzers: Lets ride vegas like we ride them bikes!!! Hard and rough yet buttery smooth.
  • + 1
 lol headline should just read "Interbike is Officially Dead....Luckily Freeride Isn't"
  • - 1
 At this rate, biking will be dead cause the manufacturers high pricing it out of control! I walk in bike shops and see huge inventory of high princes bikes and that new bikers are put off!
  • + 1
 This is me not caring about a show I can't go to where new models are no longer launched...
  • + 2
 Love the paragraph about the bulldog!
So true!!!????
  • + 2
 Wait... when did hucking become all about health and clean living?
  • + 1
 I always thought Vegas was good because they have great terrain. I've never been to Reno, but I assume they do too.
  • + 1
 There's a few unmaintained dh trails, a lot of single track, and when you combine the two....Enduro!!!! It's around Tahoe that's really nice, specifically IMO Saxon Creek Loop (Mr Toads Wild Ride), and Tyrolean, not to mention the Tahoe Rim trail...

Just be ready for sand.
  • + 2
 @vernonfelton in Nevada you never have to say "so much for the climax"
  • + 2
 Anyone want to bet that Northstar does no trail work before or after this?
  • + 2
 Trail-work?! Northstar?! They've set a precedent; why would they start now?!
  • + 1
 They're maintaining the "chunder", I mean otherwise what excuse would we have to service our forks every other day and buy derailleurs by the gross?
  • + 1
 Why don’t they just move Interbike a few weeks before SeaOtter? Or just 5-6 months earlier than it is now?
  • + 2
 There! You got what you wanted, you happy now?
  • + 3
 It should be in Utah .
  • + 2
 Pictures of a hot tub sausage party and a dog. Thanks.
  • + 8
 @Sshredder, any time, man. I'm a giver.
  • + 3
 the death of interbike
  • + 2
 What happens to CrossVegas?
  • + 2
 rebranded as "The Biggest Little Cross Race"
  • + 1
 World Cup XC and DH finals that weekend would add spice to the proceedings
  • + 2
 Way to kill it unions.
  • + 1
 Now if only I can get work to build a site in Reno! Damn...
  • + 2
 Interwhat?
  • + 1
 Better riding around Reno though I've heard.
  • + 1
 why they dont just give up already? how are they relevant anymore?
  • + 0
 The high prices of bikes are not realistic and not sustainable, so yeah biking will be dead!
  • + 1
 SIA had started dying when they left Vegas too. RIP Interbike.
  • + 0
 Tahoe is awesome but this is a really dumb decision.
  • + 0
 SLC would be cool. Reno is better than Las Vulva.
  • + 1
 Horrible
  • - 1
 Portland would have been cool
  • + 6
 Because they love mountain bikes in that city?
  • + 4
 @teagues: for the strip clubs
  • + 1
 @parallaxid: Every third house is one of those in Portland...
  • + 1
 @parallaxid: Get your $2 bills ready.
  • + 1
 nowhere to ride in Portland.
  • + 1
 Pig Champion died. R.I.P. so no reason to go to PDX ever again.
  • + 2
 said nobody ever
  • - 1
 Looks like it's still in Vegas this year though...
  • - 1
 Maybe I'll go now. Fuck Vegas
  • + 0
 Never heard of Reno.
  • + 2
 Johnny Cash shot someone there.
  • + 2
 @nozes: ahahah
@wallheater: I'll check this
  • + 2
 @wallheater: just to watch him die.
Harsh dude.
  • - 2
 Much better decision. Is there even single mountain bike rider in Vegas anyway?
  • + 3
 There's a lot. The trails in Boulder city, contrary to the authors "decent" description, I would say are some of the best I've ridden. You can't be a beginner or even intermediate rider and survive about half the downhill trails there, so my guess is the author doesn't ride that kind of terrain. The non - downhill trails are terrific as well. I've ridden every dh trail in whistler and I still miss the trails at bootleg canyon! Great spot!!
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 "Bonus points: it's a non-union building".... tasteless and pointless comment.
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 @driver-bob no accounting for taste, but the impact of having to rely on the labor cartels to build a booth will not be missed.
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 @twozerosix: Precisely. I'm not anti-union, but I wouldn't miss the hassle of trying to set up a booth and being cock-blocked by some guy who says I have to put down the thing I am carrying and wait an hour for him to come back so that he can pick it up and carry it a hundred yards for me. I set up plenty of Vegas Interbike booths in my time and the unions in that convention hall made it a friggin' nightmare.
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 I generally agree, but having worked a trade show for a tiny company in a union town/building, the regulations on what you can do inside your booth were ridiculous.
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 I'm union and I TOTALLY AGREE with the bonus point. Convention Teamsters make North Korea look like an open society.
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