Interbike 2009 – continued

by Brian Mullin on September 29, 2009


Pedro’s had a couple of very interesting tools, the trickest being the Tülio. The Tülio is ‘all in one’ QR and tool. The Tülio replaces your standard quick release, except the usual QR lever is now a detachable tool. The multi-use tool includes 8 components: 4,5,6, and 8mm hex wrenches, No. 2 flat head screwdriver, a chain tool and a pair of spoke wrenches. I played around with the Tülio, and it was quite easy to remove the tool for usage, and the best part was the QR axle stays tightened while the tool was removed. Loosening and tightening the tool lever like a normal QR was a breeze. An excellent and innovative device!
The device was a play on words, and was named for Tullio Campagnolo, the inventor of the quick release skewer, and one of the true cycling innovators.

Weight: 99g
Number of tools: 8
Compatibility: 130 and 135mm rear quick release hubs with 10mm QR axles

The Pedro’s Evolver are a rugged and tough chain tool, meant for the shop, and traveling mechanic. It uses something they call Speed Dial (can you hear me now?), which makes it easy to handle 8-11 speed chains. It also has RPG (retracting pin guide) which supports and guides the tool pin up to prevent misalignment and breakage. And I thought RPG (Role Playing Games) was what I did while playing Zelda on my Nintendo?

Weight: 375g
Number of tools: 4
Compatibility: all 1/8” and 3/32” single and multi-gear chains

Hayes Bicycle Group – Manitou, Sun-Ringle, Answer and Hayes

Manitou has released an aluminum legged version of the uber pricey carbon fiber Dorado MRD. The new affordable Dorado shares the same internals as the MRD version, so it will retain the same downhill fork characteristics. It will be available in either a 180 or 203mm travel version, with Manitou’s proprietary HexLock thru axle, 36mm stanchions and weighs 6.5 lbs.

Manitou is finally releasing their new Absolute+ damper, which will be available as a retrofit to some existing models, and will be on their 2010 models. It is sort of a combination of their TPC and old Absolute damper designs, and it has an independent slow and high speed compression circuits. The low speed damping is adjustable via the Speed Needle on top of the fork leg.

Sun Ringle has some new trick carbon rims. The SRD (Sun Ringle Racing Development) Carbon Wheels only come in a 26 inch size, and are 26mm wide, and have a very nice looking carbon matte finish, which goes well with the bright gold direct pull hubs. Weight is 1550 grams.

The new and very sweet looking Sun Ringle Chargers are available in either the Pro or Expert versions, in 26 and 29 inch sizes, and come in either black or white. The All Mountain Chargers use 28mm rims, and get the Stan’s NoTubes rim treatment (licensed from Stan’s). The hubs are Direct Pull on the Charger Pro (red only) or normal on the Expert (black only). The hubs have an option for interchangeable end caps (ala Hope), 9mm or 15mm or 20mm on the front. Weight for the Pro is 1725 grams.

The new updated Sun Ringle Black Flag are available in either the Pro or Expert versions, in 26 and 29 inch sizes, and come in either black or gold. The XCountry Black Flags were upgraded to 24mm rims, and also get the Stan’s NoTubes rim treatment. The hubs are Direct Pull on the Pro (black or gold only) or normal on the Expert (black only). Weight for the Pro is 1620 grams.


Velocity had a couple of new rims that they are releasing, foremost is the new P35 or Pacenti 35 . The ultra wide 35mm rim should work really well for fat tires, and should fit in nicely for All Mountain riding. The width will give uber stiffness, and the wide footprint will float and grab terrain like crazy. The rim came with some trick spoke hole plugs, in lieu of a rim strip. They are working on a tubeless kit for the P35, which should be available in early 2010. The rim was co-designed by Kirk Pacenti, who is also well known for his development of the 650b wheel size for mountain bike use. The colors run the full gamut of black, silver, white, red and antifreeze green.

The P35 will be available in 26 inch, 650b, and 29 inch sizes, with either 32 or 36 hole, and a 28 hole in 26 inch (black only). The colors runs the full gamut of black, silver, white, red and antifreeze green.

P35 Specs:

Outside Width: 35mm
Inside Width: 29.5mm
Depth: 22mm

29”: 595g
650b: 570g
26”: 535g

They also had some faux wooden rims, that looked pretty trick.


Garmin was showing there soon to be released Edge 500. The Edge 500 has a lot of interesting features, it has a flatter body and the graphics look improved? It is more like the Edge 305, since it doesn’t have on screen mapping capability, but it doesn’t have the 305’s Virtual Partner nor a couple of other course features, which I never used on my 305 anyway. It does have some additional features for heart rate, a power meter, and a temperature gauge!


Hope had the new eternity seatpost on display. The naming was due to the extremely long time it took to get it to market. The clamp system looks to be very nice to adjustment, and it should have the good engineering that always comes from the Hope factory.


Maxxis only had the Ardent 29×2.4 as a new tire, which yours truly was involved with as a prototype tester. The new 29×2.4 has reinforced sidewall protection, good traction, and rolls and accelerates quite nicely. The extra girth of the tires are a welcome addition, especially in the big 29er tires.

Lance’s Leadville 100 bike, totally tricked out with XX grouppo. He invested quite a bit of money with Sram last year, so looks like it was well spent? I noticed they didn’t have his Shimano pedals on the bike!


Nothing really new at Continental tires, except they changed the name of the Rubber Queen to the Trail King. Why? Who knows, the bike industry is not exactly the most politically correct group of people? I really like the tires, and much preferred the old name, Rubber Queens forever!


At the Demo Days Rotor had a small booth displaying their very trick product suite. Rotor is a Spanish company that specializes in cranksets and lightweight components for mountain and road bikes. They are best known for their elliptical chainrings.

I was very intrigued by their new 3D cranks, which are very lightweight and use some very innovative methods to tweak out as much material as possible. There is a lot of CNC work done to the cranks to take out all that material. The crank arm core is even drilled out for weight savings!

The S2 stem was very lightweight, and again had a lot of trick CNC work. All in all, the Rotor products show a lot of precise work, and are highly engineered and very innovative products.

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