Best in Show: 30 cool new bike products for 2015

Our 'Best of' picks from Interbike and Eurobike

Eurobike Interbike

Intense Tracer 27.5 Alloy

16. Intense Tracer 275 Alloy Mountain Bike

Made in America doesn’t come cheap, if it comes at all, but don’t tell that to the folks at Intense Cycles. New for 2015 comes the Southern California-built alu version of their Tracer 275 with an MSRP a few pennies shy of $3K. And we’re not talking frame-only—that’s for a whole bike, complete with their “Foundation” build which includes a Shimano 2 x 10 SLX drivetrain and brakes, dependable X-Fusion suspension and a host of other solid parts only a snob would be embarrassed to run. intensecycles.com

Rapha Cyclocross Shoes by Giro

17. Rapha Cyclocross Shoes by Giro

For the sophisticated ‘cross officianado comes a $350 collaborative effort between the gentlemanly Rapha and designerly shoemaker Giro called simply the Cyclocross Shoe. Reminiscent of Giro’s Code mountain bike shoes, the stylish slippers feature an Easton EC 90 outsole, subtle hits of Rapha’s Super Cross color palette and ship in an eco-friendly pomme frites container so they might reek of Belgian ‘cross lore. rapha.cc

Rapha Cyclocross Shoe by Giro

Giant Stance 1

18. Giant Stance 1 Mountain Bike

Fully aware there’s a robust market for quality mountain bikes that don’t cost $10,000, Giant used show season to launch Stance—a line of budget-minded aluminum bikes that combine 120mm of travel with 27.5-inch wheels, a simple suspension platform, and an acceptable array of parts. At $1,875, we think the Stance 1 offers one of the best value-to-performance ratios on the market. giant-bicycles.com

ICEdot Crash Sensor

19. ICEdot Emergency Trigger

The ICEdot Emergency Trigger mini-transmitter device easily attaches to a helmet strap and lets others know that you’re OK…or not. Hold it down for one second and your significant other receives a text message that allows them to track your whereabouts in real time. Hold it down for three seconds or more and it sends an emergency call for help along with you exact location. Available in spring 2015. Pricing TBD. icedot.org

Yuba Flip Flop for Small Kids

20. Yuba Flip Flop Kid’s Bike

Not only is Yuba’s $160 Flip Flop the only kids cargo balance bike we know of, it’s also the only one designed to grow with your child. To do the trick, Yuba uses a one-piece main frame that’s curved downward for clearance, but can be flipped over for a taller, upward curve when the kidlet gets older, stretching out the reach and raising the seat tube height. Yuba says it will fit kids from one-to-six years old. And with that cute little rack on the back you might even be able to talk them into schlepping their own damn drink boxes. yubabikes.com

Yuba Flip Flop for Bigger Kids

Bontrager FlashCharger Pump

21. Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Pump

Seating tubeless tires can be an exercise in extreme frustration, but Bontrager’s new $120 TLR Flash Charger combines pump convenience and environmental friendliness with compressor-like results. Simply pressurize the unit’s charge chamber by pumping up to 160 psi, then flip the lever to quickly discharge the stored air, seating your tire. From there, use the Flash Charger’s standard pump functionality to top it off. bontrager.com

Panache Cyclewear

22. Panache Button Fly and Button Up shirt

Making clothes that look and feel good on and off the trail has long vexed cycling apparel makers. Panache seems to have found the sweet spot, however, with their $89 Button Fly shorts and $99 Button Up shirt which mix good styling with functional stretch and ventilation. They’re redefining baggies with affordable clothes that fit and pedal well. panachecyclewear.com

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