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Interbike 2014: Gear, gear and gear!
on September 12, 2014
It’s the last day of Interbike! Plenty more gear coming your way!
Producing riding apparel that feels great on the trail, but doesn’t look funky off of it, Club Ride makes some quality gear. Their Crush shorts are made out of a 4-way stretching, poly-spandex blend for a slim fit that doesn’t limit range of motion. They have a DWR finish, making them water-resistant, and have RideLight reflective accents for added visibility while pedaling from the trailhead to your house.
Additional ventilation, an easy-to-use waist adjustment system and pocket with a multimedia port make these shorts pretty trick.
Outdoor Tech’s Buckshot portable speaker provides a bluetooth audio solution while riding. It can be easily strapped to any handlebar and doesn’t rotate during jaring sections. Outdoor Tech claims the 16 hours of sound output per charge is fairly focused in the direction it points and therefore doesn’t bother others on the trail. It’s available in five colors and can be found at www.outdoortech.com for $49.
Everybody’s talking about Giro’s Empire VR90, but what about the ladies? The women’s Terradura all-mountain/enduro shoes have received a color revamp. Straying away from the Dynasty Green highlighted, black shoe of 2014, they’ve now move to a clean two-toned offering. All the same features and a cost of $180.
Alpinestars is stepping up their color game for 2015. There are certainly feature upgrades amongst the line, along with new products, but we’re most excited about the new color schemes. The colors are bright and poppy, without being overdone. Shown here are there Drop 2 jersey, shorts and gloves, paired with their upgrades Alps knee guards.
The Paragon knee and elbow pads, made by Alpinestars, offer the slim profile we look for in a comfortable elbow pads. Alpinestars claims this comes without sacrificing an impact protection. We look forward to testing a pair of these out. At this point, we can confirm they are no more restricting than thermal warmers. Combating slippage, elastic cuffs and interior silicone printing are designed to keep the pad in place. They’ll be available in November and are offered in five sizes. XS-XL. The knee pads will run you $39.
WTB’s new Trailblazer 27.5 x 2.8″ tire has been the topic of many talks at the show. The height of the hefty 2.8″ tire causes the diameter of the 27.5″ tire to be nearly identical to that of a 29″ tire. This allows individuals to run these 27.5″ tires on their 29″ bike. Not ALL 29″ bikes, but many of them. WTB is calling this the “B+”. It’s also been seen on the full suspension Rocky Mountain Sherpa that all bikepackers have recently been drooling over.
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