Interbike, the largest bike show in North America, brings the industry’s top manufacturers, retailers, industry advocates and media together. Because the majority of you won't be able to make it to Las Vegas, I bit the bullet and flew to Sin City to be there in your place. After meandering through the maze of brand new bikes, clothing, gear and accessories, I’ve come up with a list of the hottest products that will hit bike shop shelves in 2013.
XX1 From SRAM
The new SRAM XX1 is an integrated 1X drivetrain that’s comprised of a single-ring carbon crank, X-Horizon rear derailleur, XX1 cassette, XX1 trigger shifter and XX1 chain. The XX1 crank is available in 28- to 38-tooth rings with alternating thickness and profiles designed to keep the chain in place. The X-Horizon rear derailleur is designed to keep the chain tension consistent across all 11 gears with the roller bearing clutch technology eliminating the need for a chainguide. The XX1 cassette offers a whopping gear range from 10 to 42 teeth. The system is powered by the XX1 trigger shifter which is designed to deliver crisp shifting across all 11 gears while paired with the XX1 11-speed specific chain.
Crane Helmet From POC
This freeride/dirt helmet makes its debut in spring 2013. While typical in-mold helmets have a hard time standing up to the demands of the trail, POC’s Crane offers a lightweight solution: a new liner that combines both stiffness and softness. The stiffer outer portion of the liner allows for high energy impacts while a soft inner layer works to stop your head in the event of a crash. Straps molded inside the liner is a nice touch. More muted tones, such as black and lead blue, were a nice addition to the otherwise bright color options. MSRP $120
Yield Panniers from Timbuk2
My first thought upon seeing the brand-new Yield pannier from Timbuk2 was not so much bike commuting as it was bikepacking. The design features a fast clip attachment, grab handle, weatherproof ballistic nylon, a laptop pocket, and a quick-access secondary organization pocket on the lid. Also perfect for those of us who opt for two wheels over four to take us to work. Available in black and black/red. The Yield panniers will hit the shelves at specialty retailers and online at www.timbuk2.com in February 2013. MSRP $89
X Project From Pearl Izumi
Available in January 2013, X Project from Pearl Izumi is a 320-gram mountain bike shoe that features both running and pedaling technology. A carbon shank runs from the tail to the tip of the sole, helping to provide power transfer while you’re pedaling, and flexibility during off-the-bike moments. I can see these shoes excelling in cyclocross. Four-time MTB champion Brian Lopes and all-mountain, BMX superstar Ross Schnell offered their insight during the development of the X Project line. Two models are available in a women’s version. MSRP $160 - $280
Sportech Collection From Cébé
Technical sunglasses outfitter Cébé already has a strong, long-running reputation in Europe among sport enthusiasts. Now the brand has brought its full, 17-model technical line to the United States. Among the three collections, “Sportech” is most geared toward mountain bikers. Within the collection are three sunglasses: Cinetik, Wild and Eyemax. All three feature 5.8 gram frames and interchangeable lenses, with tinted, yellow and clear lenses included with each purchase. Sportech models Cinetik, Wild and Eyemax range in price from $49.99 to $69.99.
LateralX Elliptical From Octane Fitness
Now in full production, the LateralX elliptical (LX8000) from Octane Fitness, LLC offers electronically-adjusting 3D motion that creates muscle confusion for better functional exercise results. There are 10 variable lateral width settings on the LateralX, resulting in a 27% increase in caloric expenditure when one goes from lateral width 1 to lateral width 10. The machine comes with interactive heart rate programs, digital heart rate sensors, 30 levels of resistance and more. MSRP $6,999.