Interbike Outdoor Demo Rotor has been and continues to be the crank maker offering the shortest cranks. Its 3D+ will come as short at 150mm in 2014. Interbike Outdoor Demo Zipp has redone the Beyond Black stickers without border. Interbike Outdoor Demo New V9 188 hubs from Zipp are both torsionally and laterally stiffer than the previous Zipp hubs. All carbon-rim Zipp wheels will come with a 24-spoke rear lacing pattern and no radially laced spokes. They are all effective three-cross, meaning they only cross twice due to the taller flanges, but would cross three times if the flanges were standard height. Interbike Outdoor Demo The Interbike Outdoor Demo takes place at Bootleg Canyon in the Nevada desert, 20 miles outside Vegas. The weather is always hot or torrentially raining. This year, it was hot. Interbike Outdoor Demo Lightweight’s first frame, Urgestalt. Interbike Outdoor Demo This road frame was designed by Lightweight’s German wheel engineers and built in Asia. Every frame goes through a quality control check at both the factory and Lightweight’s HQ in Germany. Interbike Outdoor Demo The frame weighs in at 790 grams—very light but not the lightest—and costs a staggering $6,699. None of this is surprising coming from Lightweight. Interbike Outdoor Demo The new road frame was complete with prototype Meilenstein Obermayer wheels. The wheelset tips the scales at 930 grams and will cost roughly $6,000 in the States. Interbike Outdoor Demo Unlike the deeper wheels designed specifically for aero performance, these shallower rims retain the same pointy V shape Lightweight is known for. Interbike Outdoor Demo Skratch Labs promotes drinking to hydrate and eating for calories while riding, and they stayed true to that philosophy by offering burritos and other hearty fare. Interbike Outdoor Demo Helmet safety is a hot topic—how should aero, weight and ventilation be balanced with impact resistance?—and ICE provides a way to alert a person’s emergency contact in case of a hard fall. The only catch is the rider must have cell service for the device to work. Interbike Outdoor Demo The Smith Forefront helmet is built with a hard shell around this softer, more compressible material called koroyd. Interbike Outdoor Demo Instead of failing at one point and cracking, the koroyd material compresses. Interbike Outdoor Demo All-road bikes continue to gain popularity at the trade shows. A bike like this can be a perfect complement to a triathlon race bike.
The 2013 Interbike trade show kicked off Monday and Tuesday outside of Las Vegas with the Outdoor Demo.
Triathlete senior editor Aaron Hersh takes us to the Mojave Desert with this gallery.