Interbike, the largest bicycle trade show in North America, took place from September 10 - 12 in Las Vegas. About.com caught up with a few of the brands that made a splash. What follows is the inside scoop on some of their latest products to hit independent bicycle shops in 2014.
Lapierre Spicy, Zesty AM, Zesty Trail and XR
The Dijon, French-born Lapierre brand will now offer their mountain bike lineup in North America. Beginning next year, the full-suspension Spicy, Zesty AM, Zesty Trail and XR mountain bike models will be available in independent bicycle dealers. Kirk Bausch, director of sales and marketing for Lapierre North America, is excited to see how the line is received. “North American riders will finally experience firsthand what all the hype is about,” he said in a press release about the Lapierre arrival.
Available in January 2014:
- The Spicy, featuring 27.5-inch wheels, full carbon frame and full suspension, is 10-time World Cup Downhill Champ Nico Vouilloz’s ride of choice. Offered in two models: The Spicy Team (MSRP: $8,000) and Spicy 527 (MSRP: $4,500).
- The Zesty AM comes in three carbon and two aluminum models and features 27.5-inch wheels and steeper and longer geometry than the Spicy, making it an ideal trail bike. The full lineup features the Zesty AM 927, 727, 527, 427 and 327. MSRP: $8,000 - $2,900.
- The Zesty Trail is similar to the Zesty, but comes with 29-inch wheels and cross-country characteristics. One carbon, two carbon/aluminum and two full aluminum models available. The full lineup features the Zesty Trail 929, 729, 529, 429 and 329. MSRP: $7,700 - $2,800.
- The XR is the brand’s flagship carbon race bike, featuring a light weight and internally-routed cables. The XR 929 and 729 retail at $7,700 and $5,700 respectively.
In addition to the mountain bike lineup, Lapierre has also joined forces with RockShox to create the “e.i.” shock. Short for “electronic intelligence,” the new shock is controlled by a computer. The patented suspension features a “pod” that is connected to the damper which contains a servo motor. This adjusts the rear shock’s damping from locked out to open in .01 seconds. A sensor that’s hidden in the bottom bracket verifies if the rider is pedaling, while accelerometers (on the stem cap and fork) measure each impact’s severity before the rear wheel hits a bump.
Raleigh has added two new 27.5 trail bikes to its mountain bike lineup. The men’s Tokul series is an aggressive hardtail trail bike that has a slack headtube angle and 120mm of front travel. It features a 4130 Butted Chromoly frame and Fox 32 Float CTD 130mm fork. The size medium weighs 28.7 pounds. MSRP for the Tokul 4130, Tokul 3, Tokul 2 and Tokul 1 ranges from $600 - $1,850.
The new women’s Eva 27.5 series consists of four models that have been created for a female’s fit and handling. Featuring a women’s specific saddle and individually selected handle bar widths and stem lengths on every frame size. The Eva series comes with an AL-6061 Custom Butted Aluminum frame and Rockshox 30 Gold TK 100mm fork. The size small weighs 28.9 pounds. MSRP for the Eva 7.5, 6.5, 5.5 and 4.5 ranges from $1,100 - $550.
On the opening day of Interbike 2013, the Bikes Belong brand changed its name to PeopleForBikes. At the same time, a website (www.peopleforbikes.org) launched to replace three existing sites belonging to the organization. Tim Blumenthal, president of PeopleForBikes, says a strong brand will help lead the effort of transforming bicycling in America. Projects, such as the the Community Grants Program, the Green Lane Project, and the PeopleForBikes Business Network, fell under the Bikes Belong brand and will now be part of the new PeopleForBikes.