Interbike 2012

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If a bike shop is like a candy store for adults, Interbike would be like walking in to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory – complete with bubbles, lickable wallpaper and musical interludes.

Interbike is the largest annual gathering of the bike industry in North America. It is big. And many of the products that are introduced and featured at Interbike are even bigger.

Here are some of Higher Gear’s favorites:

 

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2  9070

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 electronic shiftingThe biggest upgrades to Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 9070 groupset are shifter ergonomics, the wiring assembly and shift programmability. This new kit has the same E-tube wiring system that has been used on Ultegra Di2 for the past year. Not only is this new system marginally lighter than Dura-Ace Di2’s original wiring system, but it’s also far more functional.

The new Di2 offers instant, accurate shifts first time, every time, at the push of a button. Now it’s also 11-speed compatible, with enhanced feedback and improved ergonomics for easier access to the shift buttons from the top of the hoods. The E-tube connections make for cleaner wiring.

The 9070 rear derailleur is now more compact and lighter. It offers precise, lightning-fast shifts across an 11-speed cassette – whatever the conditions – with just the click of a button. The lithium-ion battery is now available in two versions, suitable for both external and concealed internal mounting.

 

Campagnolo Athena EPS

Campagnolo Athena 11 EPS electronic shiftingCampagnolo insists that the Athena EPS, while being its least expensive electronic grouppo, provides the exact feel and performance as its lighter, more expensive siblings.

The Athena EPS is designed to perform as well as the more expensive Record and Super Record EPS systems while achieving a lower price point by the use of less expensive materials. However, Campy didn’t cut any corners on the all-important electronic motors and control unit: Athena EPS shares the same ones with the two more expensive systems.

Initial impressions have been extremely positive. Shifting on all EPS systems provide very tactile, positive feedback through the use of their MultiDome technology—a system that mimics the same mechanical feel as their non-electronic drivetrains.

Multiple test rides refused to confuse the Athena EPS: both shifting under load while climbing, and simultaneous front and rear shifting when hammering out of the saddle performed flawlessly.

 

StageOne Power Meter

StageONE Power MeterEveryone’s been holding their breath for Boulder, CO company StageONE’s Interbike launch. They’ve introduced their own power meter. Theirs is a single-sided version that is build into a modified left crankarm. The StageONE power meter transmits data via both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart, making it compatible with smartphones and many existing head units.

Even more incredible than the low price tag – the unit comes in under $1000 – is the savings in weight. Weight Weenies are drooling over the 20g unit. We’re eagerly anticipating DC Rainmaker’s review.

With advanced technology and simple elegant design, the StageONE power meter is perfect for every cyclist. No matter your cycling passion, you’ll find the StageONE power meter to be the lightest, smallest, most technologically advanced unit available today.

 

Chris King

Chris King Rear Disc Hubs 150 GroupChris King used to deliberately eschew the new. Not anymore! This year at Interbike, Chris King was showing off their new bottom brackets, hubs and headsets. Included in their new arsenal are three press-fit bottom brackets, rear disc hubs and a disc-compatible hubs. Bottom brackets and hubs are completely user serviceable and come in a selection of ten anodized colors. Chris King is known for durability but that doesn’t stop them from offering a five-year warranty on bottom brackets and hubs and a ten-year warranty on headsets. With these new additions to their lineup, you can expect the same performance and durability you’ve always expected from Chris King.

 

Ritchey Stems

Ritchey Superlogic Carbon C260 StemGram for gram, the Ritchey Superlogic Carbon C260 is the stiffest, most advanced Ritchey stem ever. This, their first full-carbon stem, was designed to meet the needs of high-wattage European Classics specialists – most notably, André Greipel.

The Carbon C260 adds to the amazing strength-to-weight ratio of Ritchey’s C260 alloy and Carbon Matrix stems by using high modulus carbon fiber, increased boom diameter and a wider clamp. It offers the stiffness of the Pro Vibe stem at almost half the weight — only 125g.

 

Nutcase Helmets

Nutcase Helmets Interbike 2012You know we’re nuts for Nutcase Helmets! Interbike is where we can see – up close and personal – the exciting new additions to Nutcase’s lineup. We love the glow-in-the-dark and witty graphics. Fun and festive, Nutcase helmets are sure to please. Come in to Higher Gear and see for yourself that why Nutcase is “The most fun a helmet ever had!”

 

 

If you’re interested in any of these upgrades, stop in or call Higher Gear. Our experts can answer your questions and set you up with the equipment that’s right for you, your bike and your riding style.

Can’t get enough of Interbike? You can see more pictures from the event here.

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