We’ve spent the past few days handing out Gear of the Show awards at Interbike, the massive annual cycling industry convention in Las Vegas. From a cutting-edge e-bike (yes, we’re actually excited about this one) to a crash-proof kit, here are our picks for the most exciting gear of 2015.
Specialized Diverge Carbon Di2
Inspired by the growth of gravel racing, adventure road bikes are all the talk this year at Interbike. And Specialized’s rendition is the most refined we’ve seen.
Scott RC ProTec Kit
Though it might look like any other cycling kit, this new Scott apparel is the antidote to road rash. The secret ingredient is a special fabric designed by Schoeller that employs both carbon yarns and a ceramic coating to add abrasion resistance.
With the increasing incidence of cyclist-automobile conflicts, the Fly6 gives riders a proactive way to protect themselves. In addition to warding off oncoming traffic, this 15-lumen flashing taillight houses a hi-resolution video recorder to capture everything that happens behind you.
Everyone seems to have jumped on the electric bike revolution this year at Interbike. But unlike so many brands’ efforts, which are little more than bicycles with batteries tacked on, the Stromer ST2 is a purpose-made e-bike with next-gen features.
Shimano XTR M9050 Di2
Having revolutionized road biking with electronic shifting, the Japanese manufacturer ups the innovation and wow-factor with its 11-speed Di2 mountain premier. But this is no simple Dura Ace Di2 repackaging.