Interbike 2014: Dirt Demo with Ellsworth, Shimano and 9:Zero:7

As Interbike 2014 takes of, the MBA Crew spent the day cruising from booth to booth at Outdoor Demo, searching out the newest products to feed your bike geek interests. Here are some of the highlights from Bootleg Canyon, Nevada.

Following Ellsworth’s recent merger with BST Nano Carbon, the company has released their all-new 2015 Dare downhill bike. Everything about it screams beauty! While this bike is still a prototype, it’s very close to production. With a 63 degree headtube angle and a 14″ bottom bracket height, this will be quite the gravity sled, yet various rear travel options also make it a very versatile bike (see next photo.) The only changes to the production model will be a removable front derailleur mount along with graphics where the black frame details will instead be exposed carbon.
The Dare’s three bolt locations for bottom shock eyelet attachment create a system with three different travel length options, 225, 180, and 160mm. It will be available in early 2015 at $3695 for the frame. This is the last Ellsworth bike that will have its carbon frame produced overseas. All future carbon frames will be produced here in The States, in sunny San Diego, California. Ellsworth will be back to “100% Made in America.”
Two years in the making, these are the Shimano M200 Torbal shoes. Shimano recognizes that enduro racing is becoming more aggressive and therefore created an enduro shoe to handle the additional roughness and tests of durability. The Torbal – standing for Torsional Balance – utilizes a ribbed bottom plate that’s able to provide a little bit of torsional flex for a bit of controlled side-to-side movement without umclipping.
The three colors on the Torbal sole signify three different rubber densities, though not how you may think. The black rubber majority is Shimano’s standard rubber sole. The red and white rubber are made out of a more durable rubber that prevents wear in high-contact areas. Running along the sides of the cleats, an even harder rubber is used to provide a stable platform around the cleat. Geared towards the dedicated all-mountain.enduro rider, they retail for $180.
The Shimano Unzen 4L Enduro (U4E) pack strays away from the traditional idea of a hydration pack and dedicates itself more towards the enduro racers. As racers ditch the weight of a hydration reservoir and simply hydrate on the climb, a mesh pocket is feature for water bottle storage. Goggle clips on each side also hold them in place while climbing. Throw your full face helmet in its integrated holder too in order to avoid either a sweat-bucket head or the common helmet-smacking-on-knee problem while holding it on your handlebars. While there are only 200 of this limited edition yellow pack available, the standard pack will contain all the same features, but have blue accents. You can pick one of them up for $90 and credit your next enduro stage win to it.
Alaskan fat bike company 9:Zero:7 (the area code for the entire state of Alaska) has entered into the full-suspension fat bike game.
Its chainstays allow for plenty of tire clearance. Surly Lou 4.8″ tires were mounted on it and we were still able to put our thumb sideways between the tire and stay. Are they possibly allowing room for a bigger tire, such as a 5.2″? It seems like there’s always room for more tire fatness.
Now THAT’S an awesome VW bus. Plenty of room for bikes and all the gear on top, as the buddies cruise to the nearest trailhead with some timelessly classic style. Check back soon for more Interbike news!
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