Interbike 2012

Interbike 2012 was a great success this year.  We had ten people from five stores attending and applied all our our power to cover the event as much as possible.  From “The Lab” with new technologies not yet on the market and original concepts to the main floor of the Sands Expo with thousands of booths, tables, bikes, gear — you name it.  All of the top companies attend, of course with their best limited edition bikes tricked out with every bell and whistle you could imagine.

One of my favorite finds was the Sworks Allez that Specialized had on display.  A beautiful aluminum frame with deep dish carbon clinchers, carbon this and that, and Dura-Ace.  If marketed, it is sure to be a hot bike in demand.  Hutchinson released a tubeless cross tire that shows good promise for those still no clinchers.

In the Italy section, Pegoretti had some stellar track bikes painted with his unusual, yet flashy style.  It was built with sheriff star Campagnolo Record hubs and a Campagnolo track drivetrain. Campagnolo was in full force with EPS shifting taking the highlight along with a time trial Bora Ultra carbon crank.

One of my favorite booths was the Paul Components display.  Simple wooden tables with the most precise machined components polished to perfection.  Paul was a really cool guy to talk to, as well as his collegues.  They had their brand new road hubset on display, which uses an Industry Nine ratcheting pawl system combined with CNC machined hub shell and freehub body.  It is both 10 and 11 speed Shimano and Campy compatible.

White Industries was also in full force with their styled CNC machined components, including the popular ENO hub, which I have ran through the ringer for years without any single issue.

Meetings were scheduled with some our major brands, including Continental, Geigerrig, Ortlieb, Thule, and Optic Nerve.  Several of our normal reps were there to run through exciting new items, programs, and technology advances.  Prominent in many brands were the replacement of buckles for helmets and saddlebags with rare earth magnet clasps that worked exceedingly well and operating and keeping closed when it should.

QBP showed us all the new tech in helmets and Salsa Cycles, which uniquely had display models of all the employees bikes, so they were covered in a little road / trail use.

The hippest place in the show had to be the Chrome exhibit.  Picnic tables, on-demand bag making with sewing machines and limited edition photo styled Citizen messenger bags, fresh screen printed T-shirts, a DJ spinning tunes at 4pm every day.  The reps were great to talk to and it was nice to associate behind the people that handmade the bag you’ll use day in and day out.

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Lynskey Ti with Campagnolo Super Record EPS

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This was the anticipated build of the season.  Campagnolo Super Record EPS on a Lynskey polished titanium frame from Interbike 2011 and topped off with Campagnolo Bora Ultra CULT wheels.  Talk about a beautiful setup for adventure and thrill.  Once installed, the components actually were a bit tricky to fully understand, but step-by-step following of instructions along with a healthy amount of experience from mechanics on the build brought the perfection to light.  While there are many things in the cycling industry that I love and admire, this drive-train group lit my eyes up and had me at a loss for any other components better built or operated.

Shift it up, shift it down.  Dump the cassette, go from high to low flawlessly.  Tune individual gears with memory by the system so those favorite cogs still ride true and smooth through the life of the cassette and chain.  It reminded me of an almost cybernetic system that was the realization of the technology.  Electronic Power Shift.  Digital Tech Intelligence.  It works.  I couldn’t make it slip gears once.  Slow cadence pedaling also revealed a beautifully smooth upshift from the small chainring to the large chainring even with some torque on the pedals.

Campagnolo Super Record EPS is a thumbs-up.  That is, if you’ve got somewhere around $5k to put down on it. 😉

– SNC

Seven Cycles Axiom SL with Athena 11 Pro Build

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This was a great build that really presented the Campagnolo Athena 11 group perfectly.  A well-thought daily rider setup with alloy components, strong Mavic Ksyrium SL wheels, and 3T handlebar, stem, seatpost.  The Athena 11 set up easily and precisely.  Once installed, the shifts clicked away crisply and gave the confidence of a solid ride.  Butted titanium frame design gave the bike a presentable weight and a fit like no other.