INTERBIKE DIRTDEMO 2015

Well as I descend upon Las Vegas and make my way to the 2015 Inter bike Dirtdemo, I saw fat tire bikes, cool bikes from the past, Mountain E-Bikes, and products galore.
The weather was windy, sunny, and just enough rain to make it just right, so here are some pics of the 2015 DirtDemo.

Canopy city, now let the games began.
Canopy city, now let the games begin.

 

Welcome, but you need a pass. Don't worry we got you covered.
Welcome, but you need a pass. Don’t worry we got you covered.

FAT TIRE

Fat tire bikes seemed to be the cool thing again this year.

The Surly Fat tire brigade.
The Surly Fat tire brigade.

 

Oh please no tight shorts on a Fat tire bike.
Oh please no tight shorts on a Fat tire bike.

 

9:ZERO:7 Carbon framed Fat Tires were very cool.
9:ZERO:7 Carbon framed Fat Tires were very cool.

 

Full Carbon, 1x9
Full Carbon, 1×9

 

Carbon fork with thru axle
Carbon fork with thru axle
Belt Drive made to last
Belt Drive made to last

 

KHS Fat Tire
KHS Fat Tire

Best way to travel goes to this guy.

Now this is plain cool.
Now this is plain cool.

 

Got all your gear.
Got all your gear.

 

Now there no trail you can't get to with this setup.
Now there no trail you can’t get to with this setup.

OLD SCHOOL BIKES IN THE DEMO

Nothing like seeing an old KLEIN. These still look cool in my book.
Nothing like seeing an old KLEIN. These still look cool in my book.

 

Elastomer Manitou OG.
Elastomer Manitou OG.

 

Repack cruisers, where it all began.
Repack cruisers, where it all began.

 

The start of MTBing
The start of MTBing

 

Early suspension fork, yeah!!
Early suspension fork, yeah!!

DAINESE DEMOING THEIR GEAR

You won’t see to many safety companies doing a demo of their protection and I have to say it was great to see them out there. From what I gathered it was a hit and you can tell with most of their popular sizes checked out for most of the day.

The Dainese Crew was busy both days demoing the newest knee and elbow protection.
The Dainese Crew was busy both days demoing the newest knee and elbow protection.

 

"DO IT!" "JUST DOOO IT!"
“DO IT!” “JUST DOOO IT!”

 

The newest protection from the best.
The newest protection from the best.

MISHAPS & ODD BALLS

When at a DirtDemo you will have injury and that one guy that will reinvent the wheel.

The boo boo brothers were out having a good time, I think.
The boo boo brothers were out having a good time, I think.

 

Suck it up Buttercup.
Suck it up Buttercup.

 

I don't know which guy looks better off, the guy on the right or the guy on the left.
I don’t know which guy looks better off, the guy on the right or the guy on the left.

 

"I just know this tire size will be a way bigger hit then 29er guys."
“I just know this tire size will be a way bigger hit then 29er guys.”

 

So far this one took the overboard award.
So far this one took the overboard award.

 

With great big tires you need great big stopping power, obviously.
With great big tires you need great big stopping power, obviously.

 

Dual spring seat is the rear suspension on this baby.
Dual spring seat is the rear suspension on this baby.

 

As Doc Brown has forsaken his greatest invention of the time machine and his Flux Capacitor (due to mishaps in time) he moves on in search of another tire company to pitch his do all tire size. Good luck Doc.
As Doc Brown has forsaken his greatest invention of the time machine and his Flux Capacitor (due to mishaps in time) he moves on in search of another tire company to pitch his do all tire size.
Good luck Doc.

HARD WORKING CREWS

When at a Interbike DirtDemo there is a no harder working staff then that of the bike companies. They are constantly moving bike in and out of there tents, adjusting bikes to fit their customers and hopefully potential new customers. For two days in any weather condition they are cranking.
A quick look at the hardest working people. Thanks guys.
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LAST LOOKS

Finish Line lubes and cleaners for your bike.
Finish Line lubes and cleaners for your bike.

 

GT CARBON SENSOR 27.5
GT CARBON SENSOR 27.5

 

Cannondale bikes looking cool and fast even on a rack.
Cannondale bikes looking cool and fast even on a rack.

 

Giant's Woman LIV line.
Giant’s Woman LIV line.

 

Good crowds made it easy to see and try it all.
Good crowds made it easy to see and try it all.

 

G-Form always at the Demo.
G-Form always at the Demo.

 

Take one out for a try.
Take one out for a try.

 

Alpinestars at the demo.
Alpinestars at the demo.

 

HARO Hardtail 27.5
HARO Hardtail 27.5

 

Great product for all to see.
Great product for all to see.

 

New Deuter Hydro pack.
New Deuter Hydro pack.

 

Back protection insert new for Attack 20.
Back protection insert new for Attack 20.

Well there can be so much more, but we have Interbike to go see next. Hope you enjoyed.

Quick Survey… 29ers at your LBS?

I recently went out to four nearby Local Bike Shops (LBS) to check out the 29er scene. I was particularly interested in what manufacturers the LBS carried and if the LBS carried 29ers from those manufacturers.


Specialized FSR 29

My realization? 29ers have definitely come a long way in a short period of time. Every shop I went to had at least one 29er on their sales floor. This probably would not have been the case just a year ago. The popularity of 29ers has caught the attention of many big name manufacturers and because of this many of them have added their own 29er for their lineup.

The first shop I visited is a high end bike shop. They carry smaller bike brands like Salsa & Felt. At this shop 29ers were very commonplace and the sales people were very familiar with 29ers. They consistently recommended them for mountain biking to many of their customers. I came away pretty stoked because the 29ers were holding their own at the shop.

The next shop I visited was significantly larger. It had a ton of bikes from different manufacturers and 29ers were still well represented there. The 29ers they had were by Redline and Specialized. Only a short year ago this shop wasn’t even carrying any 29ers. Why? Because they didn’t carry Redline bikes and Specialized was still dragging its feet in coming out with their 29ers. Now Specialized got on board and added a hard tail plus a full suspension 29er to their lineup. The shop, likewise, did the same to their sales floor. Redline had a strong showing here multiple Mono 9’s, Monocogs & Monocog Flights.

The 3rd shop on my list was a Trek/Gary Fisher dealer. I knew this bike shop would be filled with 29ers but I was surprised when I walked in and only a few 29ers were on their sales floor. I inquired about this and was told that their supply couldn’t keep up with the demand for 29ers and the 29ers were flying off the floor as soon as they were built!


Moe & his KHS Solo-One

The last bike shop I visited is a little shop that I’ve been frequenting off and on for the last few months. For mountain bikes they carry Santa Cruz, KHS, Cannondale and Trek. Although half of those manufacturers carry 29ers the LBS had only one 29er on the floor, a lonesome KHS Solo-One (not kidding… a “solo” “one”). I was a little bummed that this shop didn’t have more 29ers especially from KHS who has wholeheartedly supported the 29er movement with rigid, hardtail and recently full suspension 29ers. When I inquired as to why they stocked only one 29er the owner mentioned that he had not ridden a 29er yet. Ahhh… I get it now. In my opinion you really can’t realize the benefits of the 29er unless you’ve had some seat time. His reasoning for carrying the Solo-One is that if any of his customers were interested in trying a 29er the cost would not be prohibitive to get onto one. Valid point.

So, are 29ers coming around? In my neck of the woods I would have to answer with a resounding “yes?. All of the LBS’s I visited carried at least one 29er and many of them had 29ers from different manufacturers. For some of these LBS’s the 29ers were a strong part of their bottom line. Music to my ears!

What about for you? Have you started to see more 29ers out on the trails and in your LBS?

LeBron James and Cannondale

LeBron James

Cyclingnews.com is reporting that LeBron James of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers has purchased ownership stake in Cannondale:

The Cannondale Bicycle Corporation announced this week that it had sold an undisclosed ownership stake of the corporation to King James, Inc., the wholly owned company of Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James.

What’s totally cool about this (other than melding my two favorite sports) and 29er related is that Cannondale built a custom 29er hardtail, based on their relatively new Caffeine 29er, for Lebron. I guess at 6’8″ you’re probably going to have to go custom, huh?

The article also goes on to mention that LBJ rides 20-40 miles as a supplement to his training regiment. And because he knows bikes, he decided to invest in it. Can you picture riding the trails in Cleveland and coming across the NBA superstar on his 29er? Yikes!

LBJ 29er

Here’s a picture of LBJ’s ride. Note the lefty fork, custom Cleveland Cavalier color scheme and how the 29er wheels actually look kind of small on the bike. Maybe he should cosider moving up to 36 inch wheels?

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Click here for the blurb on Cyclingnews.