It's that time again! Outside's gear editors are handing out Gear of the Show awards at Interbike, the massive annual cycling industry convention. Here are our picks for the most exciting gear of 2013.
Gravel bikes are the cliché of this edition of Interbike, and yet in the hands of Niner, the 29er purists, this is arguably the most beautifully achieved adventure road bike we’ve seen.
Shimano R785 Hydraulic Road Brakes
We’ve been predicting disc brakes on road bikes for years, but with the arrival of not just one, but two hydraulic systems in the last few months, the time has finally come. SRAM launched its Red 22 Hydro units earlier this summer, and we’ve found them to be excellent. Now Shimano unveils the R785 levers, which are optimized to work with Ultegra Di2.
It’s tough to rethink and re-energize the bike helmet, which is, let’s face it, a huge, eyesore of a mushroom cloud-shaped seat belt for your head, and yet we’re thrilled about Smith’s new all-mountain lid.
E-bikes and fat bikes are once again getting a lot of buzz at this year’s Interbike show. And while the e-bikes get faster and sleeker and cooler looking and fat bikes get lighter and more tricked out, we only found one bike that embodies both trends: Felt’s concept e-fat bike.
There are quite a few cool kid- and cargo-hauling utility bikes at this year’s show. But there are a bunch of reasons why Xtracycle’s new Edgerunner is our favorite.