Didn't make it out to the largest bicycling trade show in North America? You aren't alone. Luckily reading about the latest and greatest cycling products is (almost) just as fun. About.com caught up with some of the manufacturers who made a splash at the show. Find out what Yakima, Osprey and Sharkies have been working on for 2014.
Yakima’s New FullSwing, FullTilt and RidgeBack
The vehicle rack and cargo solution brand, Yakima, introduces the FullSwing, FullTilt and RidgeBack for 2014. Yakima says the FullSwing and FullTilt are part of its new line of “premium” hitch carriers. The innovative top-mounted arm, fold and mast tilt controls make bending down unnecessary. Easy-to-ratchet ZipStrips™ replace rubber straps to attach the bikes. Both carriers come pre-assembled and require minimum set up. When the mast is inserted into the hitch, the AutoPin engages automatically which means you don’t have to crawl under your vehicle. Fully padded arms protect the bikes from scratches and a curved mast prevents the bikes from coming in contact with the vehicle. Additional features include a locking system, SwingAway technology and integrated bottle opener. MSRP: $499. Available starting January 2014.
Yakima’s new RidgeBack comes in a two-, four-, or five-bike capacity and is fully assembled out of the box. Just like the FullTilt and FullSwing, the RidgeBack features new ZipStrips instead of rubber straps to attach the bike to the rack. Additional features include a lever at the top of the unit that provides easy tilt-out hatch access and a single button press to fold down the arm. Tool-free installation and folds flat to store. MSRP: $239 (two-bike); $279 (four-bike); $309 (five-bike). Available in January 2014.
Osprey Rev Series and Hydraulics LT
Osprey’s new Rev Series will become available in spring 2014. The streamlined, lightweight hydration packs, which were debuted at Interbike 2013, are ideal for both long bike rides and endurance racing. The packs have built-in features that make them easy to access while wearing. Specifically, the Biostretch™ body wrap harness and belt moves with the rider, and offers a fit that has been likened to a shirt rather than a backpack. The new Hydraulics LT Reservoir with built-in baffles comes standard in the Rev series. Additional features include a weather protective, quick access media pocket and expandable bottle harness pocket. Jeff Fox, bike marketing manager at Osprey, said that while the brand’s latest innovative category is lightweight, it is able to carry all of the essentials. “Rev is perfect for the cyclist who doesn’t want to stop. And, thanks to the series’ intentional design that keeps gear and water easily accessible, they don’t have to,” he said in a press release. Available in Cirrus Grey, Flash Green and Bolt Blue. Rev 24, 18, 12, 6, 1.5 and Solo range from $40 - $130.
Osprey has expanded its Hydraulics™ Series with a new, sleek reservoir. The Hydraulics LT Reservoir will be available in spring 2014 and will be sold both separately and as part of the new Rev series. Best-suited for fast and light activities, the Hydraulics LT comes with a detachable hose for simple separation and quick refilling, and built-in baffles to help maintain the reservoir’s shape. Additional features include a three-quarter turn cap, low profile and magnetic bite valve. Available in 1.5 liter ($28) and 2.5 liter ($30).
Sharkies Turbo Energy Chews
Created 10 years ago by a triathlete, Sharkies Inc. offers athletes a clean fuel alternative. Its certified USDA organic energy and fruit chews provide cyclists (and other athletes) with natural electrolytes and are free of GMOs (genetically modified organisms). At Interbike 2013, Sharkies introduced its new Turbo Energy Chews, available in Strawberry flavor. The extra energy boost, which is equivalent to half a shot of espresso, comes from White Tea. All Sharkies chews, including the new caffeinated chews, are vegan and free of gluten, soy, wheat, dairy, tree-nuts, eggs, peanuts, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes and artificial flavors. Made in the USA.