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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.