Interbike 2007 Report
Koobi's Interbike 2007 Report - Wednesday
Interbike 2007 Outdoor Demo
The Interbike 2007 Outdoor Demo in Bootleg Canyon was like walking
into a candy store. With all of the latest cycling innovations and
the superb bikes to look at and ride it was overwhelming. The tarmac
for the road demo was expanded for this year and there was an ample
trail network for the mountain bikers.
Due to our travel logistics we were only able to spend half of a day at the Outdoor Demo. The sheer size made it impossible to see everything in detail so we took the approach of getting an overview and then choosing the tents that were most interesting. We also saved some time to demo a couple of bikes. Next year we will be sure to have at least one full day at the Outdoor Demo.
Interbike 2007 Outdoor Demo – Random Impressions
Cannondale’s outdoor booth was one of the largest. There were hundreds of high end road and off-road bikes available to demo. Their impressive cutting edge designs showed that Cannondale is responding to the needs of cyclists at all levels.
Trek’s booth for the Outdoor Demo was moderately sized. They had a slim supply of bikes and a waiting list if you wanted to ride one.
Interbike 2007 Outdoor Demo - Gallery Highlights
Two words… “Tire Balls”. I have to say that the tire balls struck me as one of the most unexpected innovations. Basically they replace your inner tube with a series of pre-inflated balls that are nearly indestructible. Since they are a bit heavy, the ideal application is for epic off-road rides. You will never have to worry about flats again.
ControlTech’s carbon Crossbow and MonoComp combine the handlebars and the stem into a light weight solution. These systems deliver a rigid high performance ride, are extremely light and extremely expensive. If you have deep pockets and you value light weight and performance, then you may consider ControlTech’s line of carbon components.
Surly. If you have never seen the oversized tires on a Surly bicycle, you need to check out the photos in Wednesday's Gallery. The large tires allow you to run lower pressure without pinch flatting and the lower pressure gives a rigid bike a full suspension feel. This is also an ideal setup for sandy, loose, or snowy conditions. The oversized tires are also ideal for unicycles. The simplicity of these designs will appeal to the “purest” in you.
Interbike 2007 Outdoor Demo – Orbea Test Ride
The highlight of the Outdoor Demo was our test ride of the Orbea Alma hardtail and the Orbea OIZ Carbon full suspension bikes. Both of these carbon bikes were superb climbers and well behaved on the descents. We liked them so much that we did two loops and got them back just a little late.
Overall the Outdoor Demo was filled with excitement and vision for the future. Who can say where innovations like this will lead the sport of cycling.