On the first day of Interbike we saw a focus on modular products, customization, and even a return to simplicity. Take a look at what we found:
Morf Aerobars Named one of the top innovators of this year’s show, the Morf aerobars convert from aero extension to base bar with the click of two locking levers. This makes for an unparalleled aero setup when in extension mode and a safe standard control when in base mode. Morf Aerobars Almost more impressive than the dual-locking level design that safely allows the change to happen quickly is the fact that Morf has already been approved by WTC and USAT with approval from the ITU and UCI in process. Morf also makes an in-house brake lever that’s forward-facing to accommodate bar-end shifters. Morf Aerobars But wait, there’s more: Morf also sells curved extensions that turn the bars into drop road bars with the beautiful side feature of allowing riders to quickly and easily pack a bike for travel (or use them in some weird drop/aero setup…). Available in coming months as production moves forward.
$1,000-1,100; 940g; Morf-tech.com Landyachtz Custom Shorty Saddle Originally from Vancouver, Landyachtz found their way from longboard skateboards to quirky bikes to customized saddles. Boasting an innovative, but simple system to custom mold your saddle—borne of their experience in making custom ski boots—their carbon rail, carbon shell offerings use heating filaments embedded in the saddle connected to a small wall plug. In less than an hour, the saddle is heated and molded to the shape of your derriere while you ride. Their latest, shorty version is a fine choice for triathletes, available in 2018.
$299; 225g; Landyachtzbikes.com
RxBars Nutrition Though not entirely new (RXBars have been offered in Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, among others for a few years), these super simple nutritional offerings are now finally getting a proper introduction to the endurance sports world. Made of just basic foods, so boldly listed in quantities, on the label, these surprisingly tasty bars are gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. Available now in flavors like blueberry, coconut chocolate, chocolate chip, maple sea salt, and many more.
$25 (box of 12); Rxbar.com
Vision Metron 4d Flat M.A.S. Handlebar Vision showed off a brand new drop bar with a flat top that securely mounts included S-bend aerobar extensions. Boasting tons of adjustability with stacking spacers and an integrated computer mount, these come as a complete package, but any 22mm-diameter aero extension will fit in the clamps. Available in summer 2018.
$649; 733g; Visiontechusa.com Vision Trimax Carbon Stem Also on display at the busy Vision booth was the very interesting Trimax carbon stem. The CSI carbon-wrapped stem with an aluminum faceplate also comes with a carbon-molded front to shroud the faceplate in an aerodynamic cover and protect it from the wind while retaining a strong clamp. Available at the beginning of 2018 in sizes from 100mm to 130mm.
$129; Visiontechusa.com Parlee Showing off their custom program, Parlee had a beautiful version of their TTiR tri bike on display at the show’s entrance. All of their bikes include five different decal options complimentary, but they encourage creative customization. “Just when I think people have hit the ceiling for custom paint,” Parlee sales manager Tom Rodi told us as we looked at the display, “they always find a way to up it.” Available now.
$650 (starting price for custom paint), $2,000 (custom paint work as pictured); Parleecycles.com Cobb 55 IM Edition Through a new partnership with Ironman, Cobb is releasing a special edition IM version of their popular split 55 saddle bespeckled with tiny red M-dots. Available now in a saddle-only or saddle/hydration/bag combo.
$249 (saddle only), $399 (combo); Cobbcycling.com
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