As Interbike 2012 draws to a close, it's easy for many attendees to run out of steam, exhibitors and journalists alike. After a full week of coverage, a lot of folks are plain tired. But we've saved some great tidbits for last, so we can go out with a bang. There was a lot of great stuff in days 1 and 2, but I truly there are some gems left in here, and I hope you get as much out of viewing the gallery as much as I did shooting it. This is it for Interbike. We're going to close the books on this one, then regroup and see you in just TWO WEEKS for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Come back then for all the coverage from the island. But for now, here's our final gallery from Interbike 2012. Enjoy!
Here's the Magura brake on the P5-Three. The good news is that the brake adds virtually no frontal area - that's a good thing. And it is reputed to stop the bike very well. The downsides are that it isn't compatible with Di2 base bar shifters, you have to get hydraulic bleeding equipment in order to use them (which can be a big pain), and I've heard mechanics complain that the hydraulic setup isn't as rosy a picture as Magura would like you to believe. But again, any time I mention any negatives about this brake, I have to remind readers that I am biased. I'm selling my own brake, the TriRig Omega, which competes with this one. So please feel free to draw your own conclusions. If you think the Magura will serve your needs, by all means go for it. The long and the short of it is, in my opinion, it's a solution looking for a problem. Cabled brakes have stood the test of time, and I truly believe the Omega is the best aerodynamic brake on the market. Keep your eye out for LAVA, Inside Tri, and ROAD magazine - they will all be reviewing the Omega in the near future, which will hopefully provide an independent perspective on the brake.