Roadsigns on your back and other new/notable gear from the Interbike showroom floor.
On the second day of Interbike, we focus on the more practical side of the show—a few great upgrades and some interesting new gear:
ArroWhere Plus Waterproof Jacket Inspired by the universal roadside arrow sign, the makers of the ArroWhere Plus jacket say that drivers are far more likely to give space to riders if they see the familiar shape. Combined with a built-in USB-rechargeable light and a unique higly reflective material, they claim that cyclists can be seen up to a quarter mile away. Fun fact: ArroWhere also makes a right-facing arrow for use in Japan, Australia, India and the United Kingdom. Available now.
Osprey TrailKit No stranger to great bags, Osprey has been making great packs since 1974. This year, they’re expanding into the endurance scene with sport-specific duffels like the TrailKit. Featuring two wet/dry compartments, expandable helmet storage, and all of the organization you’d expect, Osprey’s years of experience backed by their famous warranty program make this bag ideal for triathletes. Available now in 40L (pictured), 45L, and 65L sizes.
CarboRocket Rocket Red Created by avid endurance mountain biker Brad Keyes as an effort to fuel his passion for riding, CarboRocket’s Rocket Red has become his most popular product since its recent release. Using a combination of highly touted ingredients like beet root, tart cherry, pomegranate, and carnosyn beta-alanine, Rocket Red is tart, but not overbearing. Pro tip: Keyes’ wife drinks hers with a shot of vodka and a can of soda water. Available now.
$44 (30 servings), Carborocket.com TRP TT Hydro Brakes In the great race to release a fully hydraulic disc brake system, TRP and SRAM are still neck and neck in a sprint to the tape. Both announced offerings over the last few months, but neither have had product available for sale. We got a close look at TRP’s robust system that allows for either SRAM eTap or Shimano Di2 shifters to be retrofit into the levers (also works with regular bar-end systems). Not only are the levers ergonomic (developed with clay modeling) and deceptively minimal, but their extremely universal fit should help cable-pull disc users make the leap. Available mid-October.
$200 (per lever/caliper set, rotor not included); Trpbrakes.com Pearl Izumi Elite Pursuit Tri Speedsuit Over the last few years, Pearl Izumi has been making a big investment in aerodynamic fabrics, and their new Elite Pursuit Tri Speedsuit is the latest iteration of this focus. Featuring a textured aero fabric strategically placed on modified speed sleeves, the tri suit also uses patented coldblack fabric for cooling and sun protection. Bonus for long course racers that go into the evening hours: The screaming yellow top provides low-light illumination once the sun goes down. Available in spring 2018.
$170; Pearlizumi.com Yakima BackSwing While not as flashy as some other new products, Yakima’s new BackSwing hitch add-on allows any bike rack up to 250lbs. to swing away from your car and provide full access to the trunk or bed. Available in spring 2018, the BackSwing is compatible with any two-inch hitch mount, regardless of brand.
$299; Yakima.com Tifosi Brixen Standing out among the otherwise expensive products on the showroom floor was the frameless Tifosi Brixen. An excellent choice for either riding or running, the Brixen boasted a high-quality lens—perfect for riding in the aero position—at an affordable price. Featuring highly adjustable temples and hydrophilic rubber contact points, the Brixen is available now.
$70; Tifosioptics.com Cervelo P5x Despite a surprising lack of tri bikes on the exhibition floor, Cervelo showed off their new line of colors for 2018 and a very important spec change on the P5x. Following the inevitable evolution of disc brake systems, the newest version of the P5x will come standard with SRAM’s hydraulic levers and calipers—leaving behind the 2017 cable-actuated version. While rumors of a yet-to-be-unveiled P6 flew around the show, reps said we’d still have to wait and see.
Pricing and availability to come; Cervelo.com Noosh Almond Butter Though nut butter is nothing new to the nutrition world, Noosh had a very refined single-serving offering on display at Interbike. Featuring less sugar, separation, and hardening than other similar packets, Noosh contains no dairy, peanuts, soy, gluten, or palm oil. Released a few months ago, these are a great improvement on a race-morning breakfast staple.
$19.99 (box of 20); Nooshbrands.com
Thule Vital 6L Hydration Pack In a big move to expand their product line, Thule had a huge presence in the bag category at this year’s Interbike. While their ubiquitous racks were still on display, Thule displayed an extensive line that included aggressively priced casual, duffel, travel, and hydration packs. A big standout was the six liter Vital hydration pack with plenty of storage, unique styling, and a Hydrapak reservoir. Available February 2018.