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Interbike ’16 #4: Park Tool, Masi Bikes, Knog, Northwave & La Classica

Park Tool, Masi Bikes latest, Knog’s Blinders and OI bell, Northwave’s latest Extreme RR shoe and a great line of Italian clothes from La Classica are all loaded up for round #4 Interbike 2016 gear.


PARK TOOL might be the most important stop I make each year at Interbike…

That might sound odd and to a lot of people, tools, stands and build / maintenance are not the most exciting stuff. But to geeks like me who build and maintain things, and to shops and manufacturers who are constantly changing standards and details as bikes advance in tech, the tools that keep up with the trends are just as critical as the latest developments themselves.

While also being among the least expensive things at the show, one of my favorites is Park’s new line of build juices…


These are (L-R) the AP-1 Adhesive primer, RC-1 Press fit retaining compound, TLR-1 medium thread lock and TLR-2 high strength thread lock.

Thread lock and press fit retaining compounds are great things, but they can also go wrong in the case you don’t properly prep the surfaces (BOTH MALE AND FEMALE). You don’t want permanently bonded parts (especially the press fit set ups), but you also want those parts to remain in place under standard use… So the AP-1 product is a very good thing.

Park’s TLR-1 and 2 are also the right stuff for bikes… No more guessing on the myriad of products available at the local hardware stores that might or might not be the appropriate strength.

Not sexy, but given the mild torque specs of some of the ultralight fasteners of today and because some press fit systems are simply not good enough, the right bonding agents are very much appreciated.

With disc brakes becoming a standard option for road bikes from gravel to aero, Park Tool has a couple of great additions.

Easily my favorite disc related addition from Park is the updated Disc dial, the DT-3I.2…


The key feature here is the longer / rounded contact point for vented disc rotors.


Rotors are a bit of a bitch to true by hand… For new builds, you can do it using your caliper for things that are mildly out of true, but you almost always have a combination of bends both internal and external and getting it right is a pain. Older gauges also had a small tip that would dip into the drilled or slotted portions of the rotor which made them useless. This is a sold tool and should set a standard for the rest of the industry to follow.

Also for discs, Park have adopted their freewheel removers and cassette tools to have a wider, through axel compatible center hole…


Taps are the last thing any mechanic wants to reach for.

With that in mind is Park’s Tap-12. 15, 20…


If you’re gonna do it, you want the right kit for the higher pucker-factor jobs. The new Tap sets are 12mmx1.0/1.5/1.75 (3 taps), 15mmx1/1.5 (2 taps), and 20mmx1.0/1.5/2.0 (3 taps).

And lastly on the disc focus (but useable elsewhere too), Park’s HXS-3 Stubby Hex’s are great for getting at disc caliper bolts that can be mounted pretty tightly inside rear triangles.


That extra room instantly relieves the stress of rubbing off the custom paint (or plain old clear coat) on a seat stay… or stripping the bold head off because your current hex head could just barely make it into the bolt at an odd angle.

Park Tool’s new CM-25 Pro chain scrubber may be the update most useable by the masses.


While it works similar to their older model chain scrubber, the new Pro version is a cast Aluminum case and handle with a removable / replaceable scrubber cartridge.


The dual sided sponge and wicking pads along with a time-tested brush set up should do a bang up job on your chain with minimal fuss and the unit feels solid in your hand versus the plastic models available.

Park’s IR-1.2 is among the more valuable tools for loads of current bikes.

Internal cables and wires can be a real pain in the ass but the updated routing kit makes quick work of this for lots of frames (though some frame makers still suck at giving cables a clear path). Magnets meant to mate with brake/shift cables, hydro lines and internal wires are opposite polarity to the small hand held guide and follow the guide right through the frame. Yeah, this doesn’t get along so well on steel bikes but Alu, Carbon, Ti, wood, bamboo…. Like a charm.

Park has a whole slew of new products every year as the industry moves along. Too much to cover here.

You can see Park Tool’s full line of new kit at: Park Tools New Stuff


MASI BIKES bring a diverse line up that runs from steel lugged old-school to new disc road and maintain very competitive price points along the way.

The standard for many years is the Gran Criterium


This is a Columbus double butted Cromo tube set with polished lugs.


Helping the Gran Criterium hold the classic styling is Ritchey’s Road Curve Classic bars, Classic stem and seat post. Campagnolo join the party with the clear metal finish on the new Potenza group’s shifters…


…And cranks


And those are Masi’s own classic hubs laced to Weinmann hoops… So yeah, Masi have their build spec shit together.

The Gran Criterium retails for $2719 and when you consider that a lot of Steel is selling at or above the $2000 price for frame alone, the value seems to be here for this build.

One of the bikes that really caught my eye is Masi’s Alare Bellissima…


MA5 comfort tubed Alloy frame with 1.5” tapered head tube. Brev. M Cockpit and Disc wheels…


Updated Elite Disc carbon fork, flat mount brakes FSA Vero 50-34 cranks and Shimano Sora levers / mechs and 11-32 cassette…

And the SRP for the Alare is… wait for it…


Masi’s Vivo packs Shimano Ultegra mechs and RS685 Hydro levers with flat mount Hydro discs onto the MC9 Caron frame.


This build is Ritchey’s EvoCurve compact drop bars and 4-Axis stem for an excellent cockpit.

Praxis excellent Zayante cranks (50/34) are paired with one of the best BB’s in the biz in their M30. Hoops are a very good combination of Stans Radler rims on centerlock hubs, wrapped in Clement’s Strada LGG 28 tires.

The Vivo is designated as Masi’s comfort road but it will also hold up to 35c knobby tires (depending on tread and rims), which is why people are racing this as a cross bike this year.

This bike, with the Ultegra / Praxis / Stans spec is listed at $3,049.

My favorite bike in the booth this year doesn’t exist…


Well, it does obviously, but it was a show special and happens to be the personal bike of one of the staff (the guy that specs the line).


This was just a trial color and build to gauge interest and I’m guessing it passed…


The frame and fork are Masi’s Evoluzione which uses the uber high end TeXtreme carbon and is BB86, direct mount brakes, internal routing (oh, and chain stays roughly the diameter of a 6 month old baby’s leg…).

The standard Dura Ace build (with a bit different parts mix) of the Evo is roughly $5979, making this another value relative to TeXtreme frames on the market.

All of these are either rolling now or will be shortly.

You can catch up on Masi at: MasiBikes.com

NORTHWAVE’S Extreme RR aims for Zero Pressure fastening with a single Speed Lace Winch dial and a big wide tongue…

The upper features reinforcements crisscrossing the top of the last material and at the ends of the reinforcements are the loops through which the cable passes. The cable runs full length from top to bottom and back up to the dial.


While I haven’t had a pair on the feet, this looks like a promising design that should not only use multiple contact points but also pull in multiple directions across the pattern of reinforcement they call their “Xframe” construction. While “zero pressure” is pretty much impossible, this design does look like it will do a very good job of spreading the load across the top of the foot.

The Extreme RR features 2 different insoles, both included in the box:

Ultralight with holes that match up with vents in the sole to keep feet feeling amazingly fresh. The reinforced structure around the entire footbed provides greater arch support and more efficient pedal strokes.

Custom designed for extremely narrow feet, it offers the same features as the Pro Regular fit footbed with the added advantage of a 2 mm lift built into the forefoot to meet the specific needs of this shape of foot.


…while being perforated well to allow for what I found to be a genuinely well ventilated sole that carries over venting from the Extreme model but addes stiffness to the structure.


The RR will be available shortly.

More from Northwave here: Northwave.com


KNOG design slick stuff…

From back several years ago when Knog basically created the mini / stretch-to-fit silicone LED lights category with the original “Frog” they’ve continued to bring excellent lights, locks and other accessories.

At Interbike, they had a slick little bell and a few new lights, the latter of which are the Blinder Mini Niner (rear) and Mini Chippy (front).


Both types come as front or rear (or sets). The niner (rear shown) named for the 9 LEDs and the Chippy is a panel LED. Both are just 18 grams and have the ability to attach to multiple size bars and seat posts with their stretch fit.

While these are pretty low lumen count lights, they have a fairly large lens for their weight and that lens size makes for being visible out to a claimed 800 meters.  They are also chargeable by plugging directly into USB ports (no cables required).

Knog also have a very slick / slim bell called the OI…


These come in small (22.2mm bars) and large (23.8-31.8mm) bar fitment and feature a floating metal band (bell) and composite striker. They have a space for cables to pass through on the underside and mounting takes all of a minute.


The bell also wraps around the bars in a particularly low profile versus virtually all other bells that stand up and out by design.

Both the lights and the OI are on sale now.

You can see these and a host of other smart products at: https://usd.knog.com.au/

LA CLASSICA Cycling Wear were tucked away in the Italian section and I may not have found them if not for a couple of people making mention of them and asking if I knew about the Northern Italian Clothes makers…


I’m happy that I took the time though as they’re making very reserved / adult looking kit and they’re doing it with excellent materials and construction.

The Pro Team Jersey is a stand out without day glo colors or overly bold pattern. In basic white, this is a UV resistant very soft and breathable material and a semi snug fit.


Full length zip with zip cover at the mid height neck…


A silicone grip at the back and sides and exceptional stitching detail.

The retail for the Jersey is @149 Euros


The RHC Skin suite is La Classica’s take on what’s becoming a popular performance kit for more than race day…


Skin suits from several brands featuring rear pockets give a bit of utility beyond Time Trial use. The RHC has a low cut collar and laser cut sleeves with light grip sections…


The legs are good compression materials with laser cut / no stitch bottoms for a low profile. Aerodynamics is an undeniable focus for a lot of clothing manufacturers as people start to realize how much body area touches the wind.  It matters folks… I’ve seen people cut 4 times the drag from their clothing versus deep section wheels.

The RHC suite retails @179 Euros.

La Classica’s chamois choices were also very good.


Not too thick, with better density than a lot of the cheaper selections they could have made…

This was the booth with arguably the best ratio of quality and detail versus overly flashy design.

Located just north of Milan, La Classica are making the product in Italy and sourcing the materials there as well.

La Classica are clothing “geeks” in the same complimentary way that bike geeks tend to make the best bicycles. They have a passion for clothing and while my pictures and the lighting do them no justice here, trust me when I tell you they’re making very very good kit.

More from La Classica at: LaClassica.com
For North American dealer inquiries: [email protected]

More from the 2016 Interbike show still to come.

Have fun

Charles Manantan
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