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Best in Show: Bike PressCamp 2013

From roadies to 29ers, we pick five of the best new bikes and trends from Bike PressCamp 2013.

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Testing the new Niner ROS9 at PressCamp.     Photo: Courtesy Niner Bikes

In Park City, Utah, I attended PressCamp 2013, the bike industry's answer to the Sundance Film Festival, where nearly three dozen cycling manufacturers presented their latest gear and wares to a scrum of journalists. This show is not a full-spectrum event like InterBike, but the breadth of gear on offer gives a good sense of trends for 2014 and beyond. And much of the talk is centered around the comfort-performance category on the road (with an eye to the budding gravel grinder market), with increasing trickle-down of technology to more affordable parts. On the trail, the story is all about 27.5 (or 650B), which most in the industry agree is set to supplant 26. Here are a few of the most compelling new bikes we saw. Check back for component and soft goods highlights from Bike PressCamp in Episode 2.

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