Best of Interbike 2016

20 of our favorite products from trade show season

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Power meter maker Stages Cycling didn't love the other head units on the market so they made their own.

Power meter maker Stages Cycling didn’t love the other head units on the market so they made their own.

Stages Dash Head Unit

The Stages Dash cycling computer’s primary objective is to help its user effectively train with power. The GPS-equipped unit has the usual connectivity via Bluetooth and ANT+, works in landscape or portrait orientation, is packed with power-based functions and metrics, and can sync with Stages’ new cloud-based training service, Stages Link. Key features include the ability to offer guided workout coaching and specific provisions to manage training metrics across all devices. Stages Dash will be available in early 2017 at a price of $399. Learn more here.

The internally routed version of the Fall Line dropper may look cleaner, but the externally routed 27.2 prototype will ensure the smaller diameter post retains the same reliability.

The internally routed version of the Fall Line dropper may look cleaner, but the externally routed 27.2mm prototype will ensure the smaller diameter post retains the same reliability.

9Point8 27.2 Dropper Post

There are several brands who offer 27.2mm dropper posts, but most are unreliable and heavy. The problem is space. Rather than try to shrink the internals into a smaller diameter post, 9Point8 mounted them in a small external box. It’s not the most svelte, but it solves the reliability issue, and could spell the beginning of droppers on road and CX bikes. Learn more here.

We got the chance to test this helmet at launch and it's one of the best we've worn.

We got the chance to test this helmet at launch and it’s one of the best we’ve worn.

Bell Zephyr Road Helmet

Calling it the most advanced road helmet it’s ever made, longtime brain protector Bell Helmets rolled out the new Zephyr during trade show season. Ironically the new $230 lid, which replaces the outgoing Gage, is not supremely aero or ultra light. Instead, comfort and safety were the primary design drivers. Of course that means incorporating MIPS into the helmet. But instead of the typical “bolt-on” strategy, the added safety layer has been incorporated directly into the helmet’s fit system. By melding in MIPS, overall weight is reduced and the helmet takes on a smaller shape, meaning if you’re between sizes you wont have to automatically size up to wear the MIPS equipped Zephyr. Learn more here.

Swiss Stop turned 25 this year.

SwissStop turned 25 this year.

SwissStop Brakes and Rotors

SwissStop has been manufacturing disc brake pads since 2002. They currently offer brake pads for over 30 models in four different compounds. Their newest brake pad line is called ExoTHERM and is distinguishable by their large cooling fins. The pads use an organic compound that is claimed to be 3x more durable than the top competitor offering. More info at www.swissstop.com.

Less expensive and easier to use — that's a winning combination.

Less expensive and easier to use — that’s a winning combination.

PowerTap P1S Pedals

PowerTap is trying to bring power meters to the masses — and make it as hassle free as possible. Its new P1S pedals are a single-sided version of the previously released P1. Power output is calculated by measuring just one side (the left) and then doubling the value. The real beauty is how easy it is to swap between bikes, though. Simply grab an 8mm Allen wrench and you’re done in less than a minute. Price is $700 versus $1200 for the PowerTap P1, which measures left and right side output. Learn more at www.powertap.com.

Rather than resorting to specially made shoes or shimming your cleats, Speedplay’s new pedal body interface allows those with different length legs to easily shim their pedals.

Rather than resorting to specially made shoes or shimming your cleats, Speedplay’s new pedal body interface allows those with different length legs to shim their pedals.

Speedplay SZYR Pedal Shims

One leg shorter than the other? Speedplay can help. These aftermarket shims allow the SZYR body to be adjusted in 1-2mm increments to improve pedaling kinematics. Price is yet to be determined. More info at www.speedplay.com.

This just might be the ultimate home trainer set-up.

This just might be the ultimate home trainer set-up.

Wahoo KICKR Trainer

Wahoo revamped its popular KICKR Power Trainer. Enhancements include more accurate power measuring, higher gradient simulation that now goes to 20 percent, and 2000 watts max power just in case your channeling your inner Peter Sagan. The new KICKR is claimed to be 14% quieter than the previous iteration, measuring 61 decibels. Additionally, Wahoo says it has reduced specific noise frequencies, making for a quieter indoor riding experience. Propulsion by high-inertia flywheel carries over, which allows the KICKR to provide a more realistic ride feel. Wheel size compatibility runs 24-29 inches without the need for a wheel block, and the KICKR utilizes a sturdy steel construction that includes a redesigned handle for easier carrying. Claimed weight is 49 pounds. Price is $1199, which includes a cassette and Wahoo’s RPM cadence sensor. Learn more here.

Cercacor can measure oxygen saturation, respiration rate, PVI, and more.

Cercacor can measure oxygen saturation, respiration rate, and more.

Cercacor

This pocket sized device is a non-invasive hemoglobin tracker that uses light waves to track several functions through the tissues of the skin. This tech is generally used in a hospital setting, but this handheld version makes that data readily available to cyclists. Retail is $399 and includes 200 measurements. After that, it’s a buck a test. More info at www.cercacor.com.

All White Industry products are manufactured and assembled in Northern California, just a few blocks away from Lagunitas Brewery.

All White Industry products are manufactured and assembled in Northern California, just a few blocks from Lagunitas Brewery.

White Industry Cranks

If you’re into retro aesthetics with modern performance, you’ll dig the new 30mm spindle White Industry cranks. Despite the classic shape, these U.S.-made cranks are highly modular and can be retrofitted with different width spindles or gearing. More info at www.whiteind.com.

Now you just need an iPhone or iPad and you can start Zwifting.

Now you just need an iPhone or iPad and you can start Zwifting.

Zwift On-line Training

Online training and gaming platform Zwift is making it easier to use its platform with the addition of iPad and iPhone versions. The idea is to make Zwift more accessible and easier to set-up. That’s a big step forward from its debut when users needed a computer, ANT+ dongles, and permanent home set-up with large screen TV. Now the same product is available at the tap of a finger from the App Store. Learn more at zwift.com.

This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s coverage of the 2016 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.

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