Interbike 2013 - Day 3
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Here it is, the Dimond beam bike. It's the refined, production-worthy version of the prototype we <a href='2012_09_Ruster_Dimond_First_Review'> first showed you</a> at last year's Interbike. The bike is now finished, beautiful, and there are quite a few of them in service around the world. BUT ... there's something else to report:      <br/> <br/>    The Dimond boys are already working on something brand new. I can't tell you what, I can't tell you when. In fact, I can't tell you any details, really. But I did get an exclusive preview - a top secret, eyes-only type of deal - where I got to see everything about the new project. And I CAN tell you that what they're working on is absolutely AMAZING. Just you wait - it'll blow a lot of people away completely.
Here it is, the Dimond beam bike. It's the refined, production-worthy version of the prototype we first showed you at last year's Interbike. The bike is now finished, beautiful, and there are quite a few of them in service around the world. BUT ... there's something else to report:

The Dimond boys are already working on something brand new. I can't tell you what, I can't tell you when. In fact, I can't tell you any details, really. But I did get an exclusive preview - a top secret, eyes-only type of deal - where I got to see everything about the new project. And I CAN tell you that what they're working on is absolutely AMAZING. Just you wait - it'll blow a lot of people away completely.

Okay, so it's down to the last day of the show. We saved some special stuff for the end, so have a look through the gallery, and we'll see you back again next year in Vegas for another round of this stuff!



Dimond Beam Bike 

  • Here it is, the Dimond beam bike. It's the refined, production-worthy version of the prototype we <a href='2012_09_Ruster_Dimond_First_Review'> first showed you</a> at last year's Interbike. The bike is now finished, beautiful, and there are quite a few of them in service around the world. BUT ... there's something else to report:      <br/> <br/>    The Dimond boys are already working on something brand new. I can't tell you what, I can't tell you when. In fact, I can't tell you any details, really. But I did get an exclusive preview - a top secret, eyes-only type of deal - where I got to see everything about the new project. And I CAN tell you that what they're working on is absolutely AMAZING. Just you wait - it'll blow a lot of people away completely.
  • Lots of nude carbon, with a sparkling logo. Classy indeed. And it's hard to argue with the beauty and aerodynamics of Zipp hoops and the now-discontinued Vumachrono crank.      <br/> <br/>    The other big piece of Dimond news is this: they're already working on something brand new. I can't tell you what, I can't tell you when. In fact, I can't tell you any details, really. But I did get an exclusive preview - a top secret, eyes-only type of deal - where I got to see everything about the new project. And I CAN tell you that what they're working on is absolutely AMAZING. Just you wait - it'll blow a lot of people away completely.
  • The Dimond's head tube is a little wider than I'd like to see, and I'm surprised to see a Profile Design bar with clip-on extensions, but since the fork and stem are standard, it's easy to replace them with something a bit <a href='store.php?c=alpha'>faster</a>. And of course, I'm delighted to see the <a href='store.php?c=omega'>Omega brake</a> up front.      <br/> <br/>    The other big piece of Dimond news is this: they're already working on something brand new. I can't tell you what, I can't tell you when. In fact, I can't tell you any details, really. But I did get an exclusive preview - a top secret, eyes-only type of deal - where I got to see everything about the new project. And I CAN tell you that what they're working on is absolutely AMAZING. Just you wait - it'll blow a lot of people away completely.
  • Front angle on the Dimond beam bike.      <br/> <br/>    The other big piece of Dimond news is this: they're already working on something brand new. I can't tell you what, I can't tell you when. In fact, I can't tell you any details, really. But I did get an exclusive preview - a top secret, eyes-only type of deal - where I got to see everything about the new project. And I CAN tell you that what they're working on is absolutely AMAZING. Just you wait - it'll blow a lot of people away completely.
  • The beam is removeable, which makes it possible to change the geometry of the frame, and also make it nice and compact for travel. The finish on this bike is much refined from the original prototype we saw, and looks beautiful.      <br/> <br/>    The other big piece of Dimond news is this: they're already working on something brand new. I can't tell you what, I can't tell you when. In fact, I can't tell you any details, really. But I did get an exclusive preview - a top secret, eyes-only type of deal - where I got to see everything about the new project. And I CAN tell you that what they're working on is absolutely AMAZING. Just you wait - it'll blow a lot of people away completely.
  • The very minimal Dimona seatpost and saddle clamp. Nice!      <br/> <br/>    The other big piece of Dimond news is this: they're already working on something brand new. I can't tell you what, I can't tell you when. In fact, I can't tell you any details, really. But I did get an exclusive preview - a top secret, eyes-only type of deal - where I got to see everything about the new project. And I CAN tell you that what they're working on is absolutely AMAZING. Just you wait - it'll blow a lot of people away completely.
  • Because there's no seat tube, the Dimomd has this little protrusion coming out of the down tube which is where the front derailleur braze mount sits.      <br/> <br/>    The other big piece of Dimond news is this: they're already working on something brand new. I can't tell you what, I can't tell you when. In fact, I can't tell you any details, really. But I did get an exclusive preview - a top secret, eyes-only type of deal - where I got to see everything about the new project. And I CAN tell you that what they're working on is absolutely AMAZING. Just you wait - it'll blow a lot of people away completely.
  • A very nice, reliable VERTICAL dropout on the Dimond's rear wheel makes me very happy. I don't like horizontal dropouts nearly as much. I'd rather sacrifice that extra 2mm of wheel tuck in exchange for a much easier way to swap wheels. But maybe I'm just a poor mechanic.      <br/> <br/>    The other big piece of Dimond news is this: they're already working on something brand new. I can't tell you what, I can't tell you when. In fact, I can't tell you any details, really. But I did get an exclusive preview - a top secret, eyes-only type of deal - where I got to see everything about the new project. And I CAN tell you that what they're working on is absolutely AMAZING. Just you wait - it'll blow a lot of people away completely.
  • Another TriRig Omega tucked under the bottom bracket, right next to that gorgeous Vumachrono crank.      <br/> <br/>    The other big piece of Dimond news is this: they're already working on something brand new. I can't tell you what, I can't tell you when. In fact, I can't tell you any details, really. But I did get an exclusive preview - a top secret, eyes-only type of deal - where I got to see everything about the new project. And I CAN tell you that what they're working on is absolutely AMAZING. Just you wait - it'll blow a lot of people away completely.
  • How cool is this? Dimond created a custom kick stand for use on their show bikes. It's simply brilliant! Why hasn't anyone else done this before?      <br/> <br/>    The other big piece of Dimond news is this: they're already working on something brand new. I can't tell you what, I can't tell you when. In fact, I can't tell you any details, really. But I did get an exclusive preview - a top secret, eyes-only type of deal - where I got to see everything about the new project. And I CAN tell you that what they're working on is absolutely AMAZING. Just you wait - it'll blow a lot of people away completely.
  • The custom kick stand mounts to the bike via the quick release skewer. Awesome! I want some for my own workshop. Maybe Dimond should manufacture these things. This one was just a quick one-off prototype they threw together at the last minute for Interbike.      <br/> <br/>    The other big piece of Dimond news is this: they're already working on something brand new. I can't tell you what, I can't tell you when. In fact, I can't tell you any details, really. But I did get an exclusive preview - a top secret, eyes-only type of deal - where I got to see everything about the new project. And I CAN tell you that what they're working on is absolutely AMAZING. Just you wait - it'll blow a lot of people away completely.

Redshift Sports 

  • Redshift Sports was born out of a successful Kickstarter campaign that promised to build quick-release saddle and aerobar parts that allow your rig to make a fast metamorphosis from road bike to tri bike.   <br/> <br/>       This is the saddle clamp that slides forward AND up, to preserve the actual distance from bottom bracket to saddle rails. This is how you want it. Simply sliding forward would leave your saddle too low, assuming the rearward position was correct.
  • Redshift Sports was born out of a successful Kickstarter campaign that promised to build quick-release saddle and aerobar parts that allow your rig to make a fast metamorphosis from road bike to tri bike.   <br/> <br/>       They make it in red too!
  • Redshift Sports was born out of a successful Kickstarter campaign that promised to build quick-release saddle and aerobar parts that allow your rig to make a fast metamorphosis from road bike to tri bike.   <br/> <br/>       Perhaps even cooler than the saddle is the aerobar solution from Red Shift. These slick little babies are clip-on bars that have a quick-release function! That allows you to put them on when desired, or quickly remove them when not needed. They're REALLY cool, and the quick-release function works beautifully and safely. It's easy to get on and off, but there's no danger of accidental release.
  • Redshift Sports was born out of a successful Kickstarter campaign that promised to build quick-release saddle and aerobar parts that allow your rig to make a fast metamorphosis from road bike to tri bike.   <br/> <br/>       That channel in the middle of the aerobar clip is NOT where the extension slides in. The extension slides in from the side, and the channel is part of the locking mechanism , and prevents accidental release even if you forget to lock the quick release.
  • Redshift Sports was born out of a successful Kickstarter campaign that promised to build quick-release saddle and aerobar parts that allow your rig to make a fast metamorphosis from road bike to tri bike.   <br/> <br/>       As you can see, the hardware is pretty minimal, and leaves a very small frontal profile when the extensions are removed. Bravo!
  • Redshift Sports was born out of a successful Kickstarter campaign that promised to build quick-release saddle and aerobar parts that allow your rig to make a fast metamorphosis from road bike to tri bike.   <br/> <br/>       And the coup de grace is that these clips have stack adjustment via a simple spacer system.
  • Redshift Sports was born out of a successful Kickstarter campaign that promised to build quick-release saddle and aerobar parts that allow your rig to make a fast metamorphosis from road bike to tri bike.   <br/> <br/>       Here's the full system installed on a road bike, its intended use. But I think these clip-ons will be an excellent solution for full-on tri bikes as well! You could drop these on a base bar like the Syntace Stratos CX, and have a setup that gets pretty high marks in minimalism, adjustability, light weight, and low cost. I think they are looking at an MSRP somewhere around $200, which is a fantastic price. Even $300 would be a GREAT value for this brilliant system.
  • Redshift Sports was born out of a successful Kickstarter campaign that promised to build quick-release saddle and aerobar parts that allow your rig to make a fast metamorphosis from road bike to tri bike.   <br/> <br/>       Redshift even makes a custom BTA mount for use with their clip-ons. How awesome is that? No zip ties required!

Misc 

  • The showroom floor seems to go on forever.
  • If you ever get the chance to visit Interbike and see the floor for yourself, your vision may get to be like this by the end of the day; everything becomes a blur.
  • If you hang around the ISM booth, you'll inevitably run into the Felt bike belonging to Michellie Jones, former Ironman World Champion.
  • Michellie's DA is nice and skinny, but I'll bet you can guess what kind of change I might <a href='store.php?c=omega'>recommend</a> for the front end.
  • No doubt who owns this one.
  • If the name badge wasn't enough, this Aussie kangaroo might be another hint that this is Michellie's rig.
  • Earlier this year, Cobb released its 'Gen 2' road saddle. This is a quasi-split-nose design, but built narrow enough to be ideal for the road.
  • Brand new from Cobb is the Randee, a relatively pure split-nose design. It's very much like the Adamo, but has a slightly different shape, and a narrower front half.
  • From left to right (all Cobb saddles), the V-FLow MAX, the Randee, and the SHC. This might give you a vague idea of how the Randee would fit you if you're familiar with either of the other Cobb designs.
  • Guru's fully-motorized DFU fit bike. It's very cool, but also wicked expensive, and requires a power source and a laptop to work.
  • Guru's flagship Photon road bike, renowned for its light weight, has shed a few more grams in the new Photon HL model. HL stands for 'hyperlight.'
  • The Photon HL has a few things going for it. Beyond the light weight, it has my favorite paint scheme: nude carbon with minimal logos!
  • The XLab Torpedo bottle. We will be doing an in-depth review of this guy pretty soon.
  • The XLab Torpedo bottle. We will be doing an in-depth review of this guy pretty soon.
  • The XLab Torpedo bottle. We will be doing an in-depth review of this guy pretty soon.
  • The Madfiber tubular wheels have gotten a mild revision in the last year. They're pretty slick wheels, and weigh between 1020 and 1050 grams for the pair (the variation is due to the nature of their hand-built construction).
  • The Madfiber tubular wheels have gotten a mild revision in the last year.
  • The Madfiber tubular wheels have gotten a mild revision in the last year.
  • The Madfiber tubular wheels have gotten a mild revision in the last year.
  • The Madfiber tubular wheels have gotten a mild revision in the last year.
  • The Madfiber tubular wheels have gotten a mild revision in the last year.
  • The Madfiber tubular wheels have gotten a mild revision in the last year.
  • Speedfil's demo bike, complete with a very snazzy front brake!
  • Shimano has just launched a new fit system that is shockingly similar to <a href='retul'>Retul brake</a> in a lot of ways, from the build of their fit bike, to the wired harness, and the sensor that captures their movement. I have been told that the brains behind Shimano's new fit system is a former Retul employee.
  • Shimano has just launched a new fit system that is shockingly similar to <a href='retul'>Retul brake</a> in a lot of ways, from the build of their fit bike, to the wired harness, and the sensor that captures their movement. I have been told that the brains behind Shimano's new fit system is a former Retul employee.
  • Shimano has just launched a new fit system that is shockingly similar to <a href='retul'>Retul brake</a> in a lot of ways, from the build of their fit bike, to the wired harness, and the sensor that captures their movement. I have been told that the brains behind Shimano's new fit system is a former Retul employee.
  • Shimano has just launched a new fit system that is shockingly similar to <a href='retul'>Retul brake</a> in a lot of ways, from the build of their fit bike, to the wired harness, and the sensor that captures their movement. I have been told that the brains behind Shimano's new fit system is a former Retul employee.
  • Shimano uses a Scott Plasma 3 to show off its new Dura-Ace 9070 TT platform, which is absolutely my favorite groupset EVER.
  • Shimano uses a Scott Plasma 3 to show off its new Dura-Ace 9070 TT platform, which is absolutely my favorite groupset EVER.
  • Shimano uses a Scott Plasma 3 to show off its new Dura-Ace 9070 TT platform, which is absolutely my favorite groupset EVER.
  • Hey look - Megaman made it to Interbike!
  • Biknd makes some travel cases that look pretty darn cool. I might have to snag one of these to review.
  • The Kask Bambino now comes in multiple colors, but it's still just as simple inside. The retention mechanism is a simple velcro band. The company has told me that they won't be sending out any review units, and I'm not about to shell out $400 for a helmet that I might hate, so don't expect a review any time soon.
  • Louis Garneau has a new helmet called the P-09 (left) that looks very much like a revision of the Vortice (right).
  • Louis Garneau has a new helmet called the P-09 (left) that looks very much like a revision of the Vortice (right).
  • Louis Garneau has a new helmet called the P-09 (left) that looks very much like a revision of the Vortice (right).
  • Louis Garneau has a new helmet called the P-09 (left) that looks very much like a revision of the Vortice (right).
  • Lifeproof had this crazy-looking mud demo to show how durable their waterproof iPhone cases are.
  • Lifeproof had this crazy-looking mud demo to show how durable their waterproof iPhone cases are.
  • The Wahoo Kickr trainer has been on display for quite a while, and I still haven't gotten a unit to review ... but I am told it's coming soon. I'm absolutely foaming at the mouth to get one!

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