Best of Interbike: The coolest new bike products for 2016

Our 'Best of' picks from America's largest cycling industry trade show

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Zipp Firecrest Carbon Wheels

Zipp Firecrest Carbon Wheels

Form and function will always be important but when the price of a wheelset goes down by $500, our heads really turn. That’s the story with Zipp’s line of 2016 rim brake Firecrest carbon wheels. Everything from the 202 tubular to the 808 clincher had its price reduced (New MSRP is between $2000 and $2350 depending on model). The new wheels also now utilize Zipp’s 77/177 hubset, the same one on the wheel maker’s disc wheels. They’ve also ditched the pre-load adjustment, which is now set in the factory, and the spokes are stronger. Learn more at www.zipp.com

WickWerks 53/34 Chainrings

WickWerks 53/34 Chainrings

If WickWerks new ultra-wide chainrings work as advertised, we’re all in. Their new 53/34 combination is designed to provide the easy spinning of a compact little ring with the power of a 53-tooth big ring — and still shift well. Heretofore you had to choose, which for us usually meant sacrificing any semblance of top end sprinting speed in exchange for 50-34 compact gearing that we could comfortably spin up the many steep climbs around our test HQ Colorado. Talk about best of both worlds. Read more here and check out wickwerks.com

Stages Cycling Carbon Crank Power Meter

Stages Cycling Carbon Crank Power Meter

Carbon freaks rejoice. After making its name with alloy crank-based power meters, Stages Cycling has added a composite crank offering to its ever expanding product portfolio. The new Stages branded watts measurer is built custom for Stages and manufactured of hollow carbon fiber by Full Speed Ahead. In addition to the Stages branded meter, the Stages Power product range will include new models from Campagnolo, including Super Record, Record and Chorus, as well as FSA’s SL-K Light BB30 model. The full carbon fiber Stages Power meter and crank arm weigh145 grams and is compatible with 386EVO drive side cranks as well as SRAM Red 22, Force 22 and Rival 22 BB30 road and SRAM Mountain (168mm Q) BB30 drive side cranks. Top end models run $950 and go down from there. Read more here and check out www.stagescycling.com

POC Prototype Printed Light Vest

POC Prototype Printed Light Vest

POC wants to make us all safer. The Swedish company has partnered with Light Flex Technology to create a seriously lit-up cycling vest. The printed light technology is an independent active light as opposed to the traditional passive reflective technology used on most bike apparel. It can be incorporated into any wearable item to increase visibility, and the patented technology is light, flexible, washable, and can be integrated onto complex shapes without compromising comfort or aesthetics. Read more here and check out www.pocsports.com

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Leader III Shoe

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Leader III Shoe

Pearl Izumi has taken a good shoe and made it great. This WorldTour level piece of footwear is designed to disappear on your foot, but still transfer every last watt to the pedals. Stack height is 1.5mm lower than the previous iteration and the dual Boa closure assures a precise and comfortable fit that can easily be adjusted on the fly. The 1:1 Insole System allows for independent left and right arch and forefoot canting height options. It’s almost like getting a custom shoe, which will help soften the blow of the $320 price tag. Learn more at www.pearlizumi.com.

Panache Speed Jersey

Panache Speed Jersey

Boulder, Colorado-based Panache Cyclewear continues to pump out eye catching styles. But there’s more to the new Speed Jersey than just good looks. This competition-focused top has an aero, close-to-body fit, plus a gripper band on the sleeve to keep flap at bay. Other features include wicking main fabric for all-effort comfort, stretch side panels for improved fit, and a full zip for easy hot-day ventilation. MSRP: $135. Available March 2016. Learn more at www.panachecyclewear.com

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