Thousands? Tens of thousands? Who knows exactly how many products we see during the three-day Interbike trade show. But some just stand out more than others. Here are 20 of our absolute favorites courtesy of RoadBikeReview editors Saris Mercanti and Jason Sumner. Let us know which ones you love (or loathe) in the comments section.
Syncros Matchbox Tailor Cage
Integration is the name of the game with the Syncros Matchbox Tailor Cage, which combines a bottle cage, bottle, hand pump, 8 bit multi-tool, and chain tool into one neat package. Cost is $50-$80 depending on model. Learn more here. http://reviews.mtbr.com/syncros-interbike-2016
The ProShift module is an aftermarket unit that uses your speed, cadence, and preferences to automatically shift gears. It’s currently available for Shimano, SRAM, and Campy electronic drivetrains. An FSA unit is also in development. More info at proshiftracing.com.
Giro Factor Techlace Shoes
Giro’s new Factor Techlace high end road shoe utilizes a single Boa dial at the top of the instep along with a pair of Techlaces over the forefoot. This new patent-pending closure system combines replaceable laces that are attached to Velcro straps. The idea is to retain the seven points of contact afforded by laces, while also giving users the ability to quickly adjust tension on the fly via straps and a Boa IP1 dial, which tightens or loosens in 1mm increments. This is the first time Giro has employed a Boa dial on any of its shoes road or mountain, which currently includes 48 total models. Price is $350. Learn more here.
Thomson Carbon Masterpiece
Consumers have been asking Thomson for a carbon version of their popular Masterpiece seatpost for years and it’s finally here. Depending on diameter, the new carbon offerings are between 10-30 grams lighter than their alloy counterparts. Learn more here.
SRAM eTap Disc Brake Gruppo
SRAM earned itself a Eurobike Gold Award for its new disc-brake equipped version of its electronic wireless eTap shifting system. Utilizing the HydroHC brake platform, SRAM Red eTap HRD offers the stop-on-a-dime control of hydraulic disc brakes with adjustability typically reserved for rim brake set-ups, where both contact point and reach can be tailored to the user. The new brakes also offer confidence-inspiring modulation and efficient heat-management. For more info please visit www.sram.com.
Typically compact cranks come with a 50/34t gearing. This is fine for most riders, but those looking for even lower ratios should consider this micro 48/32t combo from Praxis. This gearing is possible because Praxis has machined a small step in the spider and threaded the chainring bolt directly into the small chainring. Learn more here.
White Lightning Lubricant
One of the oldest names in cycling maintenance freshened up their products with new packaging and a new logo. But that alone didn’t land them on our Best Of list. It’s the simpler labeling on its line of lubricants. Forget the confusing techy terminology, and instead choose your lube based on three straight forward intended conditions options: Clean, Epic, or Wet. Learn more here.
Hope RS4 Hubs
For many years, Hope MTB and road hubs shared the same internals. For 2016, the U.K. brand has launched the new RS4 hubs, which were built specifically for road and cyclocross usage. The primary difference is they utilize a two-pawl system, which significantly reduces drag and is much quieter. More info at www.hopetech.com.
Showers Pass Hi-Vis Torch Jacket
Get caught on a dark road on the way home and this jacket could save you from becoming grill meat. Calling it the Holy Grail of reflective fabrics, Showers Pass claims this top will keep you visible day or night. The main body is made from reflective silver MapREflect fabric that lights up at night. There are also hits of neon green for improved daytime visibility, and you can install four integrated LED beacon lights to make yourself even easier to spot. The jacket is also waterproof and breathable, and has a pair of rear vents to help keep you from overheating. Just be prepared for a little sticker shock. This jacket sells for $325. For more information visit www.showerspass.com.
Enigma Custom Road Bikes
Enigma is a 10-year-old company that manufacturers custom built frames in the U.K. They’re best known for their titanium builds, but also work with steel. They offer a range of stock road, touring, and MTB frames, but can build anything. More info at www.enigmabikes.com.