It’s That Time for Another Round of Our Interbike Predictions and Preview
It’s impossible to comprehend that almost 12 months have elapsed since Interbike 2016, but the calendar doesn’t lie, so the editorial crew is planning our annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for the largest bicycle expo in the United States. Last year we had a blast at the dirt demo reviewing the plethora of new products at the show; this year we expect the same level of excitement. These are some of the innovations that we’re expecting to be unveiled.
e-Bikes and Components — This segment of the industry exploded with new products and innovations last year and seems to be growing exponentially. The indoor test track is sold out with more than 30 companies providing bikes for test rides. Additionally, many more e-specific components, including chains, grouppos and tires are being produced. There is some cross-pollination with MTB since some riders are testing the more durable e-components on their MTB’s.
Bosch — The market-leading manufacturer of mid-drive units has developed ABS for e-bikes. Reportedly they are planning to join their competitors with a normal sized front chain ring instead of their much smaller component.
Nitto — The Japanese manufacturer of stems, handlebars, seat posts and other products doesn’t have anything new this year. No surprise, since they seldom add to their line, but it’s always nice to see what bicycle jewelry looks like.
Lupine — The German manufacturer of premium lighting systems, with prices to match, will display Betty, a 5000 lumen headlamp. Take that you whimps.
Husqvarna — Nothing yet from the legendary bicycle and sewing machine manufacturer, but expect big things in the future as they have hired Susanne and Felix Puello, who recently “departed” from Haibike, to develop an e-bike line for them. Let’s hope the bikes aren’t 50 pound Bosch-powered “me too” models.
Superpedestrian — Now that their Copenhagen wheel, an all-in-one front e-wheel system, has finally been released, expect something new from these innovators who possess a sterling pedigree.
No Tubes — Stan Koziatek recently received his fifth patent for rim design; the sky appears to be the lower limit for “Stan’s”.
Pivot Cycles — The Tempe, AZ-based company, with its dw-link suspension, was voted best mountain bike at Interbike last year. Recently they increased the warranty on their carbon frames to 10 years. Probably nothing new this year, but we’re sure they won’t rest on their accolades too long.
People for Bikes — Last year they reported that three states, CA, UT and NC had adopted the Class 1, 2 & 3 regulations for e-bikes. They have been working assiduously for the past year and it will be interesting to see how many more states have been added.
These and other products will be the focus for BICYCLIST this year. We’re surprised that some of our favorite companies like Juiced Bikes, Pedego and Alter Cycles aren’t scheduled, but excited by the companies that are there.