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InterBike 08’: Round 4, Part 32…

A little past half way through the show, we spot a few things from BMC, Nokon, Zipp, Cantitoe Road, Lynskey, SRM, Tiso and stop off at Clif for a snack…

A booth that every year might get the nicest guys award for me is Lynskey Performance. Not only are they just a bunch of nice guys with a virtual ‘zero bullshit to easy conversation’ ratio (almost non existent at Interbike) they knock out some of the best Titanium on the market and continue to push things, as is the case with their newest Helix rig.

A bit better view for those that don’t recognize the most aggressive shape in metal…

Certainly cool to look at but functional as well, I’ll let the PEZ himself get you the tech in a review in the future, but imagine how you can make a sheet of paper stiffer by putting folds in it… Some of the same sort of thing holds true with shaping metal.

Lynskey of course also do a few other levels of bikes with a bit more tame shaping and paint.

And they have what’s becoming widely thought of as the widest range of semi and full custom colors and patterns in cycling…

ZIPP were also on hand with a tsunami of speed weapons…

Several of the wheels have changed inside out and the third thing I noted was that aerodynamics is further refined with the braking surface now following the profiling of the wheel rather than sitting flat…

I also noted that Zipp are producing power measuring set ups in all profiles.

And I noted that the biggest change we couldn’t look at, speak about or show, from our factory tour story, was now on full display in the form of the completely redesigned hubs.

The picture above is worth at least several hundred words and once I started noting the massive pawls and fatter axel and colors, me being a bit short on brain capacity all I could manage was “ooooh, oooooh”.

Zipp also had their new silly-light stem on the floor and while it looks pretty simple, the production engineering here is pretty deep.

100 grams at 100mm and the stiffness of things weighing a lot more, the new SLSpeed is slick, has no metal in the structure and even the Ti fasteners go about their job a little differently…

The undersung heros of Interbike are, without doubt, the energy food manufacturers… Clif Bar were one of those on hand with an addicting little gummy nugget of boost called a Clif Blok.

They handed out 30,000 bloks in the three days on the floor…

SRM were on hand with their new wireless set ups. Displaying one on a pretty mean looking rig used by Mike Creed at Rock Racing…

Available in several different crank types and BB standards.

The Powermeisters also knock a little color into the mix rather than the standard red box that’s become a main stay in training photos of the pros for several years. They’re also linking in with Garmin who use a standard pretty widely accepted at this point for data junkies using several different devices.

Another standard for Pro rig upgrades are Nokon Cables from Promologic.

And while color has been enough for several of the best test rigs here at Pez, this year we see the carbon housing is a bit more refined than in the past and should be ready to roll… Mixing these for shifting with a set of metal links for brakes might make for an ultrasweet looking set up without too much flash…

With three new group versions on the market, one of the pressing questions was “when will upgrades be available?” Leave it to Tiso to be the first guys with an aftermarket 11 speed set up For Campy.

The weight is TBD but given the substantial savings from Tiso in the past, the gram drop should be (relatively) large…

Sitting in the Cycling.TV green room (which was black), BMC had one of their new SLX01. It was sweet enough to get the once over from SRAM Kahoona Michael Zellmann and Team Type 1 boss Ed Beamon…

Easy to see that it’s a dual fuel machine, with both Carbon and alloy in play and a pretty neat manufacturing process that gives a sweet look and a lot of contact area.

But I liked BMC’s take on giving an uninterrupted ISP-like seat mast, but doing it without needing to cut the bike and also keeping a lot of the weight lower on the frame…

Another company with some slick designs was Lezyne. They had some of the most minimal air cylinder heads available.

And also had several slick pumps and flat tools, along with a bit of carbon sweetness in structuring some very sweet minitools…

Last on the block was my favorite show prototype. A new seat post from CantitoeRoad.

The post uses an bumper insert, but what I want to show some time down the road are the guts that allow for adjusted tilt and then fixes securely in place, BUT does so in a moving shock absorbing suspension bung…

It also comes from the Cantitoe guys that brought us is ultranice Effetto Mariposa Torque wrench, as well as a great carbo lube and prep and and and…

That’s it till next time –

Have Fun,
Charles Manantan


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