What's Cool In Road Cycling

Interbike Parts – Part 12, 26, 183…

First stop for us should have been our first stop period, as your feet take a week long pounding on concrete that is only surpassed by the pounding of your head from the 4-5 nights you spend trying to show a bunch of other folks that you can still party like a rock star…

Stopping in to see the guys at ESOLES should have happened much sooner. But then their U2 stage show -like booth never had a slot open for us anyhoo.

Their new shoe tech and retailer easy foot fitting pods were pretty much always being used, and that counted not just for normal folks like this guy…

But there’s not really a high caliber North American Racer that isn’t in their kit, and Levi, Alberto Contador and others were also keeping us from a proper spot…

While they also make the full custom fit foot beds for all types of sports, they also brought out the newest product that makes it easier for retailers to sort you out pretty quickly buy adding tunable support for different feet.

Several wheels were on tap and one of the hottest new brands were scattered throughout the show from EDGE COMPOSITES.

Edge have a few new wheels in a couple of depths available in standard weave pattern (with a bit more weight to go with a bit more flash)…

And they have a uni finish wheel that will go well for those looking for a teeny bit less weight, or simply a better match for their uni-weave bike… (shown with Industry Nine hubs and spokes).

They key element with these wheels though is what you don’t see. Edge change wheel making by taking the time (and expense) to MOLD IN spoke holes rather than drilling things out. That means no cut fibers and it also means that their process leaves a nipple friendly surface inside the wheel. Both of these should add more strength and allow for some higher spoke tensions and a less flexible wheel.

Another round of super-wheels are also in the mix for the long standing kings of high end, Lightweight Wheels / Carbon Sports..

Long known as the best combination of weight and high stiffness, you may notice that the spokes on the wheel shown are all black. Lightweight have increased the stiffness of what are already exceptionally stiff wheels by going to an all carbon spoke.

And a closer view reveals step two in their product development (which made these step one on many folks’ wheel lust list).

That’s a carbon Clincher from Lightweight that features all of their existing build tech and keeps these deep section clinchers in the 1000 gram range.

NOTE: both the Edge Wheels and Lightweight wheels were rolling at the booth of the purveyors of pimp, Fairwheel Bikes who stock lots of the strange stuff nobody knows where to go get, like this…

And if you’re someone who would like their new and expensive wheels to travel without being pressed together in a standard travel case, you might want to try having a look at the latest from my personal favorite case company Scicon, from Albabici.

While I prefer their hard cases, this is the nicest soft case I’ve seen, as it’s exceptionally well stitched and padded, and is set to hold your frame securely, but also hold wheels separate in individual compartments on each side of the case (fully padded of course).

And this thing is also probably the smoothest rolling / handling case around…

Also Smooth were Albabici’s staff that looked far more Milano than Las Vegaso and made for as good looking a display as their products.

But we still couldn’t resist another SMP saddle shot, as the things just scream bling!

One of the sweetest saddles on show was being missed by most people, as it unfortunately sat atop one of Colnago’s better Paint schemes (not an insult, but a compliment).

Sure it was a good looking skin, and matched out the white of the new C series bike, but underneath you got a peek at Selle Bassano’s nifty little width adjustment that makes this “the right” saddle for a whole bunch more butts…

Pronet Cycling also had some great saddles on the line, but then as the Selle Italia guys, they’re expected to.

They had a bazillion things on show, but my favorite from them this year was the newly liveried SLR Gel flow XC. Just 170 grams, but this SLR feels like “padding” means padding instead of simply a thin layer of air separating skin from carbon shell.

Also from Pronet are Elite products, not only great skin care stuff and the bottle cages found on most of the pro peloton, but Elite trainers, including their newest in the “REAL” line…

The beauty is in the details with this thing, as you’re treated basically to real world roads at proper speed…

While also being provided all the proper data on screen… There’s also a full set of nerd readouts available and you can geek out on charts and graphs all you want, but for me, riding in front of this on a big screen next summer (summer is winter in Phoenix…) will be my goal.

That’s it till the next large load of large pictures… And yeah, we’re happy to bring you a huge selection of pictures at one time, and also happy to not make you click a bunch of additional times on the pictures just to artificially inflate our page view stats…

Have Fun,
Charles Manantan


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