Interbike to Stay in Vegas

After months of conducting studies, polling people, researching different offers from different cities and sitting around twiddling their thumbs, Interbike has sadly decided to stay in Las Vegas.

Here is the info via B.R.A.I.N.:

After two years of collecting potential host city data and retailer, manufacturer and industry partner feedback, Interbike management has announced the trade show will remain in Las Vegas, and that they are currently finalizing an agreement with the Sands Expo and Convention Center to host the industry’s show for a minimum of three more years, beginning with the 2010 show.

“The decision to keep the Interbike show in Vegas comes after years of research and communication with our retailer attendees, exhibiting manufacturers and important industry partners,” said Lance Camisasca, Interbike’s industry consultant. “The data and communication we have collected, along with industry recommendations from organizations like the National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA) and Bikes Belong, confirm our decision to keep the show in Las Vegas.”

For more info, click here.

Interbike in Anaheim?

Because their contract with Sands in Vegas runs out in 2009, Interbike is considering different venues for year 2010 and beyond. Those venues include the cities: Anaheim, Denver & Salt Lake City.

Anaheim PLEASE!!! Click here for more.

Thanks Ivan for the heads up.

“High-End Bicycle Like No Other”

We had a chance to hold this Arantix frame at Interbike. Incredibly light and strong! I think RL even stood on the frame to give it the mtnbikeriders stamp of approval. lol. They will only be producing 200 of these bikes worldwide in 2008 and it takes approx 300 hours to build one of these bad boys!

Check out the story on this 12k bike from the Salt Lake Tribune:

‘High-end’ bicycle like no other
$11,995 buys you the hand-woven Arantix

It isn’t just the $11,995 price that makes this mountain bike remarkable.
The Arantix, developed by Delta 7 Sports in Payson through a technology-transfer license with Brigham Young University, looks like it was spun by a spider on steroids and attracts long looks wherever it goes.
“It’s surprising that it rides as well as it looks. You wouldn’t think it could stand up to a [grueling] mountain bike ride. But once you get on it, all your doubts are washed away,” said Dan Weller, an expert racer who pedaled Arantix in Bountiful’s Mueller Park two months ago.
The unusual bike is believed to be the world’s first frame made from carbon fibers and Kevlar strings hand-woven into see-through lattice tubes that are billed as being lighter and stronger than any other bike on the market, said Lester Muranaka, Delta 7’s director of marketing and sales.
“As far as comparisons to other bikes, it’s going to be on the high end. I don’t believe there is a more expensive bike out there,” Muranaka said.
The frame tips the scales at 2.75 pounds, putting it into an elite class of bikes with featherweight frames. But there’s a difference. Frames under 3 pounds are typically pedaled by riders whose weight can be no more than about 150 pounds……


Footbike, Just Kick it!

A few weeks ago, Randy posted an article on featuring Footbike. We had met them at Interbike and found this thing to be pretty interesting.

So I contacted Footbike, located in Vegas to see about getting some samples to review for the sites. Keep in mind that most companies that we deal with will happily ship out an item via UPS or FedEx. But not FootBike. Moses, the big cheese of the company DROVE from Vegas to Orange County…DROVE…He must have left his house around 5-6am just to make it here in Fullerton for our meeting.

We met up at the Fullerton Loop trail head, basically this is the North OC Superior Court parking lot. As Moses was setting up the Footbikes, two guys that had just finished the Loop walked up to us and was pretty curious and started asking questions about the Footbike. I was riding one around and offered them to try it. At first they were hesitant, but after a few minutes, they were hooked.

After the two gentlemen said their good byes, Moses and I headed up the trail just to see how this thing really worked. I got on the off-road model and Moses on his racing Footbike.

This bad boy has Avid BB5 disc brakes in the front, and Avid V-brakes in the back. It also had an RST fork to soak up the bumps.

As Moses and I pushed/ran and kicked our way up the trail, he was telling me that riding the Footbike for 1/2 an hour is like riding your road bike for 1 1/2 hours…and I believed him! Oh man, riding this thing was super intense. In the 30minutes that we kicked it, I was hurting. My lungs were on fire, my legs were shaking…

The Footbike is definitely fun. It gives a whole new feel for riding on dirt. I’m looking forward to reviewing this bad boy. So stick around as we keep you all posted on the progress.

Interbike 2007: Zoic

Ha! And you thought we were all done talking about Interbike, huh? We’ve got more! We promised we would make up the lost days to you. So here you go! Zoic is another great company I ran into an Interbike. Pretty amazing and unique actually. Check this out: Zoic offers fabrics in their collections that are made of recycled bamboo/polyester for their tops, they offer 100% organic tees, and they even have recycled bamboo/cotton for their bottoms!!!
How cool is that?!? The bamboo in their fabrics offers a natural UV protectant.

Again, my amateur photos do this clothing no justice!

Their lines include some really clean cuts and soft fabrics.

They even have a line for young boys! Extra padding in the arms and knees included!

They have a great variety for both commuting and mountain biking.This skirt attaches to a removable liner. Very nice!

Really loving the eco friendly clothing. And this quote sums it up “Through choosing and wearing Zoic, we hope to inspire consumers to get more out of the environment while taking less from it.”

Love that! Stay tuned for reviews of Zoic apparel. Looking forward to putting some wear into their clothing on the streets and the dirt!!! 🙂

Interbike 2007: Is MASSIVE!

Interbike is mega huge, but from what I hear, its not the biggest tradeshow out there. Khoa took some great shots while up on the Sock Guy Booth of the floor. But these photos, as great as they are, do not give you an idea how massive this place is. But its a good start.

These are over looking the SBS/ Redline booth.