Interbike 2012: Specialized, Stan’s NoTubes, the E-Bike Invasion and More
Specialized brought a bit of the great outdoors to Interbike to make their new S-Works Enduro Carbon feel a bit more at home during it’s stay in Vegas.
The New S-Works Demo 8 Carbon downhill bike is an amazing machine. Riders who are lucky enough to have this in their stable will surely fear that inevitable first scratch.
Alongside their newest bike offerings, Specialized showed their new Tactic helmet (left) aimed at all-mountain and trail riders and it’s women’s-specific counterpart, the Andorra. Both sell for $75.
27.5-inch (or 650b, depending on who you are talking to) bikes and components are arguably the most prevalent “theme” of the show. Stan’s NoTubes was showing their new light weight, race oriented wheelset, the ZTR Medalist. Riders will have the option between the 3.30 Ti front hub, or a Cannondale Lefty option. While the rear 3.30 Ti hub is convertible between 10x135mm or 12x142mm axle options. They weigh in at a claimed 1335 grams and will retail for $950.
WD-40 has long been the taboo, non-bicycle product which DIY home mechanics continued to use liberally. However, now mechanics can now say they use WD-40 without fear of ridicule from their peers. WD-40 Bike is a new brand altogether from WD-40 with a full line featuring: wet and dry chain lube, frame protectant, degreaser which WD-40 Bike claims is formulated to be strong without being harsh on your skin and a foaming bike wash. We have a sample of the wet and dry chain lube already, so keep a look out for our first impressions of the new line.
100% had an impressive wall of goggles in nearly every color you could dream up.
Alongside their 2013 goggle collection, 100% were showing some awesome looking casual eyewear. The Atsuta model was one of our favorites and was available in a number of color options.
The downstairs hall of Interbike was home to numerous electric bike companies. Without a single direction for this emerging market, these bikes come in all shapes and sizes. Every style from beach cruisers, to folding bikes, to downhill bikes outfitted with electric motors were being ridden around in Interbikes e-bike demo track. About 25 different e-bike companies lined the course in individual stalls as attendees sampled the different rides.
Drag racing ensues, naturally.