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Interbike '07

Posted on 28th September, by CClinton in Industry. Comments Off

Its that time of year again, the time for Interbike where the bicycle industry presents the following year’s goodies to the bicycle retailers. With that in mind we hit Vegas to check out what’s new in tools and to see what other items may affect the race mechanic.

Shimano XT Anniversary – Can you believe that XT has been around for 25 years? Let’s hear it for mountain bike racing…check out the 2008 XT component group here.

Tool Companies – Each year more tool companies appear at the show. Some of them stick around for a while, others never really make it to US distribution. This year we visited the booths of Park Tool, Pedros, IceToolz, Unior, and Cyclus.
Unior and Cyclos are European brands from Slovenia and Germany. Both seem to be big fans of Park Tool as they copied the …


New Bike Tools for 2006

Posted on 5th October, by CClinton in Industry. Comments Off

Park Rotor Tools
One of the most common mountain bike complaints is the consistent rubbing of the rotor on the caliper. Park Tool has joined the efforts to fight rotor drag with the DT-2. Its easy to hold and does a better job of straightening rotors than a wrench and without creating bite marks. Can’t find the exact spot to straighten? Use the new DT-3 with your truing stand to pinpoint the exact spot.

Park Spoke wrenches
With new wheels come funky spokes and crazy nipples. Tired of stripping …


Interbike 2004

Posted on 5th October, by CClinton in Industry. Comments Off

Another year, another Interbike. The bike industry gathered in Vegas again this fall to show off items that will soon be hitting the shelves. As in previous years the folks at ProMechanics hit the floor looking for tools and other items designed to make your life, the life of a race mechanic, easier.

The show began with the Outdoor demo, two days of outdoor bike testing in the desert. The intention of this program is to help retail sales staff provide realistic answers to their customers based on personal experience. The negative side of this is the opportunity for ‘bad’ riders to wreck bikes at someone else’s expense. We watched a few riders attempt to jump four inch travel bikes off ten foot cliffs and noticed many high speed riders with flat tires. Its then up to the company mechanics to …


Interbike 2003

Posted on 5th October, by CClinton in Industry. Comments Off

Each year the industry gathers to show its new wares to retailers in hopes of exciting sales and getting a bigger portion of the market. Interbike has been the tradeshow of choice for the States and has brought mechanics and sales staff from all over to the city of Lost Wages, er, ah Las Vegas. This year I had the chance to hit the show floor for six hours before driving off to the next race. As is usual, I spent my time there checking out …


Interbike 2002

Posted on 5th October, by CClinton in Industry. Comments Off

Ah, Interbike…Every year people look forward to the new bicycles and components that are introduced there and the many hours spent roaming the booths. Some prefer the day before Interbike which is set aside for dealers to test out the bikes they will be selling over the next few months. Those who aren’t privy to attending the show are given hints and teasers from many of the bicycle oriented websites. What most people miss out on are the new tools.

Bikes are bikes and, though the travel …


Interbike 2001

Posted on 5th October, by CClinton in Industry. Comments Off

Each year the folks from the bicycle industry gather together in Las Vegas to show off and check out the company wares for the following year. Some of these companies debut these items prior to the show but for most this is the official presentation of new stuff. This is also a time for shop personnel, especially the mechanics to collect swag from the various vendors. This experience is knows as INTERBIKE!It has been a while since I was last able to walk the whole show …