Interbike 2009 – Indoor day 1

by Brian Mullin on September 24, 2009

Today was the first day indoors of the mighty Interbike, and it was as overwhelming and crowded as ever. I had a few appointments today (sort of a new thing for me), and then spent the rest of the time visiting my network of vendors that I review for. It is nice to get a face to face talk with someone. Phones, emails and instant messenger are useful, but it is amazing how much of an interpersonal creation happens with actual close proximity to a person! Trust, comfort, respect and friendship happens at an almost instantaneous pace, acceleratious maximus!

Wayne from Ashima had on display a set of their new brakes, and some colored rotors. The lightweight AiRotors brake rotor now comes in red, black, blue, yellow, and white! I got a trick set of the red ones to test out, and I must say that the colors really added to their uniqueness.

Their new brakes are very radical and innovative. The PCB or Pancake Brake has no pistons, and instead operates using a diaphragm seal. The design is very simple, lightweight, and has very thin calipers (25mm). The piston less design, gives an excellent response, simpler manufacturing, and has an equivalent area of a 20mm piston. Wayne has another brake in the works,the 4 pot APV (Ashima Power Valve System). The PCB just became a Design Award Winner at the Eurobike Show, congratulations to Ashima.

UFO Plast
UFO Plast was hidden over in their usual spot in the European Village section of Interbike. They had a couple of very interesting new releases for this year, the paramount one was their fork protector. They zip tie onto your fork, and protect the sides from rocks and crashes that always seem to zero in on your forks. They come in white and black, and are relatively light, so they would be a nice accessory to protect your fork from damage. They are made from hard plastic, and should work much better than the usual protection tape that I usually use.

They also had some nifty new body guard protection to add to their body armor collection.

There wasn’t a whole lot of new stuff being released for Ibis this year. Some new colors for the bikes and the Mojo HD was on display.

Mojo HD
The much anticipated Mojo HD is still in a prototype phase, so its still vaporware for now, but at least we can see it and touch it. “See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.”

I spoke with Scott and he said that they had kept the bike under wraps for a long time before it was allowed to be seen. Sort of a Ibis secret Skunk Works project if you will. The had just painted Brian’s bike, so it looked a bit different than some of the earlier photos I had seen.

I commented on the gearing on the bike; which was obviously meant for going downhill; and Scott said Brian was able to keep up (and kill) with everyone on a group ride on XC terrain! He also said that Brian sets his derailleur to not go to the upper cog, since getting a chain sucked up over the top of the cassette isn’t to useful for racing.

Scott showed me a couple of new pieces that are going on the Mojo HD. There was a beefier lower link, with some sweet looking CNC work to hollow out the sides, and than a steerer tube adapter to allow you to keep running a no tapered fork (HD uses a tapered headset).

New Colors
The Mojo now comes in a nice looking blue, and in white (which is the new black).

I am going to try and get a Ibis group picture this morning with the gang, and I will add a few pictures tonight, so stay tuned.

After last years cavalcade of new bikes and parts, it was a bit calmer in Titaniumville this year. Moots released a new version of the Vamoots, a new road stem and a 10 year anniversary edition of the Mooto X YBB29er.

Mooto X YBB
The limited edition Mooto X YBB 29er was created to celebrate the 10th birthday of Moots first foray into the 29er world. It has a cool looking decal package, and is decked out with a slew of white and red parts. Of course using Sram XX made it look pretty bling! Very rad looking for the usually understated Moots. Only 75 are being created, so run out to your dealer and order one!

Color Options
Moots added some colors to their stem faceplates, seat collars and cinch post saddle clamp. You can now get them in black, red, blue and gray. I am already destined to add some blue pieces to my Moots Mooto-XZ!

Vamoots RSL
Ok, this is actually a road bike, but it is a pretty sweet one anyway, and at a mere 14lbs or so. The RSL (Race Super Light) uses double butted 3/2.5 titanium tubing, 6/4 titanium seat stays and a Moots/Alpha fork (very cool looking). I saw them working on it this summer, and a lot of R&D went into this baby.

RSL Road Stem
This stem is extremely light for a titanium stem coming in at 121 grams. It was designed to compliment the Vamoots RSL. The faceplate is a double band and the steerer clamp is slightly hollowed out. Trick! They also use 6/4 titanium bolts. I wonder if 6/4 bolts are better to use then 3/2.5 bolts?

DT Swiss
DT Swiss has a bunch of new products being released this year, the most prominent is the new tubeless ready Tricon wheelset. They are also releasing some new carbon wheels, new forks with a better price point and some minor tweaks to their existing top of the line carbon fork.

Tricon Wheelset
The new Tricon wheel system has some very innovative features that were engineered into them. Foremost is that they use a multiple piece hub, which is comprised of 2 spoke flanges and a hub body. The separate spoke flanges are tightened down onto the hub body, so they are not part of the hub itself. This arrangement leaves the hub body and the bearings free of tension from spoke pull, so the bearings can spin as smoothly as possible. Usually a hub has to have a built in amount of bearing bind, since once spoke tension is applied the body is pulled outwards, thus freeing up the bearings. Otherwise the bearings would be sloppy and more apt to wear if that factor was not designed into the hub.

The spoke pattern is a combination of radial and crossed spokes, for maximum stiffness and torque transferal. The spokes use Torx nipples, and are threaded on each end, and are straight pulled. Lastly the rim, uses small spoke inserts, which are supported on two sides of the rim, think of them as a sort of rectangular spoke nuts. This arrangement allows the rim to be built lighter, and in addition it is airtight for tubeless compatibility.

The mountain version of the wheel system is the XM 1550 Tricon, and is 26mm wide. The front is available as either 100mm/15mm or 110mm/9mm, while the rear can be 135mm/10mm or 142mm/12mm. Weights are 700 grams for the front and 850 grams for the rear. It is also available in a road version RR 1450 Tricon.

DT Swiss has a couple of new and updated forks coming out. The brand new forks are made with a torsion box arch and magnesium lowers, and were made to have a more market compliant pricing structure (i.e., not so bloody expensive). The models are the XMM 100, 120 and 140, and the EXM 130 and 150. They will be available in either white or black, in either 9mm or 15mm axles.

The EXC 130 and 150 carbon forks have had the launch control and rebound lever changed, and some minor adjustments to the damping.

Carbon wheels
DT Swiss released some very sweet looking carbon wheels for mountain biking, they are the EXC 1550 and the XRC 1350, and follow in the footsteps of their older brother the XRC 1250. They are supposed to be very durable, but I would mostly be afraid of marring up such a pretty rim? They are obviously Uber expensive. I covet the EXC 1550!

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