The once grand and all-encompassing Outdoor Demo at Interbike has been reduced to a very small E-Bike dominated abbreviation of what we saw five years ago. The venue that the demo switched to is better than Bootleg Canyon, but I’m reminded of way back to 1988 when west coast influence took over the reins of mountain bike design and innovation. The result of that influence moved the rear brakes on mountain bikes from the seat stays to the chainstays. Great for dry California singletrack and yet horrible for any environment that has mud. I’m not sure how relevant Interbike is or will continue to be to the plus and fat-bike market. One thing for sure…it’s very clear that the bicycle industry wants (you) and the cycling community to buy an e-bike.
The first thing fat related that I saw at the OD were these two fat e-scooters. I consider this to be an abomination. This is much worse than a U-Brake mounted on the chainstays of an MTB. Who would spend their hard earned money on something like this and why is this at a bike show? I think it’s time for e-bikes to hold their own show, but I doubt that the bike industry will agree.
KHS had a full fleet of their fat-bikes equipped with Wren Suspension Forks. Right after taking these shots a rider returned from a demo run. A KHS rep asked the rider what he thought about the bike and he replied with one word – Fun!
I would have never thought that KHS would be the flag bearer for fat-bikes, but they were the only booth at the demo that had fat-bike without pedal assist.
I got to talk to Kevin Wren from Wren Sports about a variety of subjects. Look for some great news from the Wren camp coming soon.
Kuat has redesigned the NV 2.0 and introduced the Sherpa 2.0 which are both fat/plus compatible. They’re offering a one piece longer wheel strap that eliminates the strap extensions that had issues in the past.
The Gate Carbon Belt Drive booth had this sweet looking Carver Plus bike in their booth.
WTB had a whole rack of new sub-plus tires on display. This is the trickle down effect of fat and plus bikes into the mountain bike world.
Continental was showing off their 2.6″ Der Baron and Mtn. Kings
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This was sitting on the side of one of the booths. Super Hawt!
Alta Racks had this innovative hitch rack system that carries bikes and can be configured to assist in a multitude of ways.
This was the dominant species at the 2018 Outdoor Demo at Northstar Resort. It was Interbike with an E all day long. So now we move indoors to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center for the next couple of days. Hopefully, there’ll be something to erase the memory of that fat-e-scooter from my mind and something cool for us to share with our readers.