While much of the road bike talk at Interbike revolved around aero-shaped carbon, there were a surprising number of fascinating little technology stories as well. From space-age steel to a bike that's "handmade by machines," manufacturers are experimenting with all manner of materials and constructions to set their bikes apart. Presenting a few compelling road bikes from Vegas.
Wilier Triestina Zero7 This high-end road frame tips the scales at under 800 grams—light, but hardly the lightest thing on the market—though weight isn't the entire point. Wilier has injected an elastic film between the layers of the carbons, which they claim adds vibration damping properties and increases impact resistance over other carbon fiber layups. The Zero7 also sports the new BB386 bottom bracket, developed in tandem with FSA and a couple of other companies, a new integrated design that's wider and has a huge diameter for increased stiffness and power transfer. $5,500, frame only. Also of note is Wilier's new TT bike, the Twin Foil, which incorporates a wild dual-crown fork design reminiscent of big-hit mountain bikes and bucks the trend toward the narrowest profile possible with broad tubing up front.