Best in Show: 30 cool new bike products for 2015

Our 'Best of' picks from Interbike and Eurobike

Eurobike Interbike

Scott RC Protec Jersey and Bibs

9. Scott RC ProTec Jersey and Bibs

Say goodbye to road rash with this new jersey ($125) and bibshort ($145) combo that utilizes carbon-impregnated abrasion resistant material on the shoulders and hips for greater skin protection in case of a crash. Scott developed this proprietary fabric in partnership with Swiss fabric manufacturer Schoeller and has exclusive usage rights for two years.

9point8 ThumB Dropper Post Remote

10. 9point8 ThumB Dropper Post Remote

Though 9point8 would undoubtedly prefer you used their ThumB 3-way dropper remote with one of the company’s own adjustable posts, the cleverly designed actuator will improve any cable-pull based dropper. The versatile, $35, made-in-Canada lever can be mounted for parallel action either under- or over the bar, as well as perpendicularly next to the grip.

iant Defy Advanced SL Endurance Road Bike

11. Giant Defy Advanced SL Endurance Road Bike

Defy is not only the model name of Giant’s completely redesigned line of adventure/endurance road bikes, it aptly describes the platform’s relationship to logic (in a good way). The carbon SL is the lightest frame Giant has ever made, even lighter than the one its Giant-Shimano Pro Tour team riders are on. The fact that it’s disc brake-only, features relaxed geometrically, and rides on cushy tires are testament to the fact it—and not a race bike—is what most of us should be riding anyway (Defy Advanced SL 1 $4,950, Defy Advanced SL 0 $10,300).

Thule ThruRide Bike Carrier

12. Thule ThuRide Thru-Axle Fork Mounted Bike Carrier

Between mountain, road and ‘cross bikes, it seems there’s a new thru-axle standard popping up every week, not to mention bikes with the humble quick release many of us still know, love and own. Thule‘s new $220 ThruRide aims to accommodate not just the standards we know about, but ones that may emerge in the future with a fork-mount rack that adjusts to accommodate thru-axels from 12-20mm in diameter, as well as traditional quick releases via an optional adapter. Available in February, the ThruRide is compatible with just about anybody’s cross bars and stands as a great option for people with a quiver of bikes.

Leatt DBX Six Zero Helmet

13. Leatt DBX Six Zero Helmet

Sporting internal routing for hydration, safety features like a set of squishy, rotational injury-reducing discs, and multi-density V-Form Foam, Leatt comes out of the gate with a fully-featured, low profile and damn good looking full-face helmet. Naturally, the new lids—the $499 Carbon and $349 Composite—are fully compatible with the neck braces the company is know for.

SRAM Guide RSC Brakes

14. SRAM Guide RSC Disc Brakes

Please spare us the history lesson on Avid. We suffered through it too, though we actually have some XO Trails that work great. But sometimes you just need to leave the past behind and look forward, which is perhaps the reason these new brakes are SRAM-branded. Regardless, the Guides feature easy setup, great lever feel, and phenomenal braking power with exceptional modulation. Unlike most of the products on this list we have extensive time on the RSCs ($199 per wheel) and rank them up there with the industry’s best.

Giro Halter Bib

15. Giro Halter Bibs for Women

Women, rejoice. Giro has delivered a pair of bibs that takes all the dancing out of a nature break. No more dealing with bib-short straps and jersey removal thanks to Giro’s Halter Bibs ($150).

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