Interbike 2018: Showroom Floor, Pt. 2
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Sep 19, 2018  hits 22,860

Hexlox is a security measure. It puts a tiny magnetic nub into any of your standard hex bolts, rendering the bolt incapable of removal with a standard hex key. Very slick!
Hexlox is a security measure. It puts a tiny magnetic nub into any of your standard hex bolts, rendering the bolt incapable of removal with a standard hex key. Very slick! Tools » 

Here's the second part of our trip around the showroom floor at Interbike 2018. As mentioned in yesterday's post, this year's show was not exactly a bonanza for the gear-loving triathlete. Although there were a few small bits we were excited about, the show was ultimately something of a disappointment.

The good news is that there's a VERY tri-specific event coming up next month in Hawaii. For now, enjoy these parting shots, and we'll see you soon in Kona!



Tools 

  • Hexlox is a security measure. It puts a tiny magnetic nub into any of your standard hex bolts, rendering the bolt incapable of removal with a standard hex key. Very slick!
  • Hexlox is a security measure. It puts a tiny magnetic nub into any of your standard hex bolts, rendering the bolt incapable of removal with a standard hex key. Very slick!
  • Lezyne has a new Torque driver that appears to function much like the Silca Ti-Torque driver. It's hard to read the tiny hash marks on the tool, a problem Silca resolved quite cleverly in its newest version of the tool.
  • Lezyne has a new Torque driver that appears to function much like the Silca Ti-Torque driver. It's hard to read the tiny hash marks on the tool, a problem Silca resolved quite cleverly in its newest version of the tool.
  • ParkTool was recently in the news for defending a trademark claim on its signature blue hues. When you see their booth in person, it's easy to understand why they want to defend that claim.
  • One of my favorite things to read is 'New Tools.'
  • A battery of new multitools adds yet more options to ParkTool's already impressive lineup.

Redshift Sports 

I love the guys at Redshift. They're focused, innovative, and bring really fun solutions to market that others aren't necessarily thinking of. New for this year, a suspension mechanism integated to a standard round seatpost. Very cool, especially for the burgeoning gravel market.

  • The Shockstop seatpost adds a little more suspension onto bikes with a standard round seatpost.
  • The Shockstop seatpost adds a little more suspension onto bikes with a standard round seatpost.
  • The Shockstop Stem has been a popular product for Redshift, offering some vibration damping to the front end.
  • The one that put them on the map. Redshift's quick-release aerobars are an extremely elegant way to go from roadie to tri in a matter of seconds.
  • Redshift also makes a flippable seatpost for on-the-fly position changes, helping those customers who want to have a single 'do-it-all' bike that can easily convert from road to tri setups.
  • Redshift also makes a flippable seatpost for on-the-fly position changes, helping those customers who want to have a single 'do-it-all' bike that can easily convert from road to tri setups.

Pretty Colors 

I frequently photograph bike parts for no reason other than I like the pretty colors.

  • Rainbow spokes! I like it.
  • This airbrushed bike started life as an ordinary Specialized Shiv. Then it was very loudly appointed with images of Diana Prince herself, also known as Wonder Woman.
  • This airbrushed bike started life as an ordinary Specialized Shiv. Then it was very loudly appointed with images of Diana Prince herself, also known as Wonder Woman.
  • I cry foul! That's Captain America's shield on the top cap. Not only the wrong hero, but not even in the same comic book universe as Wonder Woman.
  • This Felt S22 is actually made of aluminum, and then painted to look something like a Calfee bamboo.
  • They call Reno the 'Biggest Little City in the World.'
  • There may come a day when the light-up booths don't capture my attention in the same way ... but that day is not here yet. I'm a sucker for LED lighting.
  • There may come a day when the light-up booths don't capture my attention in the same way ... but that day is not here yet. I'm a sucker for LED lighting.
  • Light-up jerseys! Very nice for riding at night.
  • I NEED this suit jacket.

Misc 

Various other odds and ends from Interbike.

  • A very cool-looking penny farthing bike outside the KoolStop booth.
  • LOOK's track bikes are always a lesson in cleanliness and sharp lines.
  • LOOK's track bikes are always a lesson in cleanliness and sharp lines.
  • LOOK's track bikes are always a lesson in cleanliness and sharp lines.
  • LOOK's 796 tri bike looks to be a little tricky to work on.
  • A very sharp-looking e-bike. Sharp as in pointy.
  • A very sharp-looking e-bike. Sharp as in pointy.
  • Wonder why e-bike batteries are always rectangular and clunky-looking? It's because they're usually built like this.
  • Another oversized jockey wheel ... but this time they decided to completely cop the name from CeramicSpeed. Bad form.
  • Another oversized jockey wheel ... but this time they decided to completely cop the name from CeramicSpeed. Bad form.
  • There have been a number of e-bike companies building a complete motor + battery system into a hub. Maybe it's just paranoia, but I'm always worried we will one day discover someone using mechanical doping by putting one of these inside a disc wheel.
  • Enduro always has these demo setups so you can see just how smooth their bearings roll.
  • And finally ... the 'Unintentional Irony' award goes to the graphic design department of Interbike itself. See that lovely Argon18 tri bike that is the marquis of the presentation, featured all over the Event Guide, maps, website, and more? Not only was this show decidedly NOT tri-focused ... but Argon18 didn't even attend the show.
  • And finally ... the 'Unintentional Irony' award goes to the graphic design department of Interbike itself. See that lovely Argon18 tri bike that is the marquis of the presentation, featured all over the Event Guide, maps, website, and more? Not only was this show decidedly NOT tri-focused ... but Argon18 didn't even attend the show.

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