BOULDER CITY, Nev. (VN) — “What’s new?”
I hear that all the time. Sometimes it’s an easy answer, other times not so much. At Outdoor Demo I had to do a little looking around. 2012 seems to be a year of refinement, not revolution, in the bicycle industry. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Here’s what I turned up at Monday’s Interbike kickoff.
The Inou mount is a no-tools affair. You can leave it on your bike and grab your camera whenever you like. Quick bike swaps are no sweat. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews
Cateye technically launched the Inou last year, but they are finally available for purchase (for $250). The GPS-enabled camera shoots stills and video (640x480) and maps your ride after download. It uses AAA batteries and with Inou Atlas (www.inouatlas.com) you can easily share your ride and images with others. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews
Chris King offers ceramic!
The internals of Chris King hubs are as pretty as their shells. King now offers ceramic bearings in its hubs for $140 per pair of hubs. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews
Campy riders rejoice!
Chris King now offers its R45 hubs with a Campagnolo-compatible freehub. SRAM/Shimano R45 rear hubs are $359. Campagnolo rear hubs are $399 with a lockring. Hubs weigh 102 grams for the front and 221 grams for the rear. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews
Full feature helmet
The Savant features Giro's RocLoc 5 and excellent ventilation. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews
Giro's all new Savant helmet costs $90, weighs 290 grams and comes in three sizes. Giro offers it in several colors, all with matching straps and buckles. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews
New carbon from Raleigh
The Militis is an entirely new carbon road bike from Raleigh. Three models are on offer, simply called the 1, 2 and 3. The Militis 3 pictured here weighs 14.5 pounds and will cost $6,500 as shown with SRAM Red and Mavic Xalith wheels.Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews
The 880 gram frame (365 gram fork) features BB30, a tapered fork (1.025-1.25") and is constructed using T800 carbon. The head tube and down tube are molded as one piece, as are the bb and chainstays. They are then assembled using Direct Connect where all the tubes are mitered and bonded together. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews
New road rubber from Kenda
Kenda has three all new road tires. The Kaliente Pro is $55, weighs 195 grams and features Iron Cloak, a bead-to-bead belt. The Kountach is a new 195-gram race tire selling for $65. It features a dual compound tread and an Iron Cloak belt (instead of bead-to-bead). Lastly the Kriterium Endurance is a hardcore training tire with two levels of puncture and pinch resistance. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews
The Venturi is back
Last made in 1998, the Venturi is back in the Breezer line. The steel frame uses D'Fusion hydro-formed tubeset, a custom-milled head tube with integrated headset, BB86 and some clever engineering. The entire frame is heat treated after welding and naturally features Breeze-in dropouts. The Ultegra-equipped bike will cost $2,600 and weighs approximately 17 pounds. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews
The radiused seatstays give some compliance, but also give better braking as the stopping forces are braced by the arc. They also look cool. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews
Custom head tube
JT Burke of Breezer said of the Venturi, "The only thing retro about this bike is the paint." The head tube is custom milled and 0.2 millimeters thicker on the back (for welding purposes) than it is on the front. The head tube badge is super classy. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews
A modern bottom bracket is a quick cue that you're not looking at a vintage bike. The wider bb shell allows the use of larger chainstays welded farther apart. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews