FSA Electronic Group
FSA has joined the shifting giants—SRAM, Shimano and Campagnolo—with a full, electronic group set. The drop bar version was all they would reveal at Interbike, but FSA says tri shifters are in the works.
The product converts electronic groups from SRAM, Shimano or Campagnolo to automatic shifting. The ProShift head unit is programmable to change gears depending on speed and cadence. Due out this winter. $799
This air chuck has a safety lock. A threaded CO2 can be carried securely in the SKS Airbuster without full engagement. It has a handy regulator valve too. The $24.99 price tag is probably worth it, considering the amount of cartridges you’ll save.
TRP Aero Brake
A bolt on aero improvement that TRP says matches the fork shapes that accept direct mount brakes. The shroud removes so you can access the cable. Fits the widest of road rims. $199 with cable stop
Polar is calling its latest product a smart watch that is sport optimized. It runs third party apps and is compatible with Android and IOS and also contains a strapless heart rate. Serious athletes may want to wait until these features show up in the V800.
The TMI helmet? Sena delivers music, voice prompts, phone calls and records video. It even has an intercom for on-bike chats with other Sena users. Coming out this winter. $349 with camera
This touchless trainer uses magnets to create resistance. The name STAC Zero is for zero noise, zero tire wear and zero moving parts. Weighs 13 pounds. ANT+ and Bluetooth compatible. Alloy braking surfaces needed to create the magnetic field. A carbon work around is in the works. $349 with strain gauge power
Aero Bar Edge
The sensor goes under armrest pads to detect when a rider is in an aero position. The arrowhead-shaped piece records data. Strava or other ride data is overlaid with Aero Bar Edge info and the accompanying app shows the percentage of time and where the rider maintained an aero position. Consumer direct. $219 with app
Topeak Tri Backup Series
Topeak Tri Backup Series. Start with a bracket ($59.95) and add what you want: cages, tire or tube bag, CO2 or pump. $135 pictured here. Available in December at Topeak dealers.
Catlike Whisper Tri
The graphene infused carbon sole makes the Catlike Whisper Tri stiffer, lighter, and lowers the stack height. One color. In stores by early 2017. $250.00
Cage-less Bottles From Fabric
The mounting systems weigh just 3 grams. Two bottle sizes—600ml or 750ml—and tool keg. $15.99
Pioneer On Dura-Ace
Pioneer’s power meter is now available on new Dura-Ace, making it the first aftermarket power company to land on Shimano’s new, top tier 9100 cranks. Left and right readings. Available in November. $1,499
FSA Metron Hydration System
Hydration meets aerodynamics with the FSA’s newest offering. Integrated bottle, bento box and attachable computer mounts make up the Metron Hydration System. 24oz of fluid. System weighs 310 grams and costs $99.
Interbike Demo Days
DAN EMPFIELD Tue Sep 20 2016
I like to get as much work done as possible, here, Monday, on the least crowded of the 2 outdoor demo days. The show runs through Friday and a lot of the industry arrives a little later in the week. Monday is the slower of the 2 outdoor days so I have a little time to talk to the exhibitors.
I spent a half-hour with Justin Gold, founder of Justin's. I love stories like this: Outdoor enthusiast makes good. His story felt like mine. Didn't quite know the color of his rainbow. Started blending up his own nut butters, for his own use. Fifteen years, 50 angel investors, private equity, eventual buyout later he's gotten over the hump. Now Justin's is available for purchase everywhere but Justin is still at Interbike because he's still an enthusiast at heart.
I predict Slowtwitchers are going to hear about, talk about, debate, consider, noodle, sniff and think hard about Pro Shift. Simply put it makes your eTap or Di2 system an automatic transmission. It's programmable, and it doesn't require you to pick a single cadence. You can choose a cadence for ascents that is different than you cadence for level roads. Pro Shift is one of those great products that invites - requires - a discussion on the nature of cycling and performance.
Remember SuperDave on the forum? That's Dave Koesel, in the black shirt. For years you asked him questions about your Felt bikes. Now you ask him questions about your 3T products. And yes, you see OPEN in the background, because (Cervelo co-founder) Gerard Vroomen is an equity partner in 3T as well as owning the bike brand OPEN.That's Michael Folan (foreground) and Mark Martines (background) of Infinit Nutrition. We discussed the upcoming focus of this company, which is intriguing and I think pretty compelling.
You're looking at this Orbea road bike and maybe you're wondering what's special about it? Nice bike. But there's something very particular about it. Give up? It's got a wireless electronic shift system on it. With the batteries local to each component. Oh, you mean SRAM's eTap! Nope. FSA's WE system (Wireless Electronic). And yes, there will be a TT version of this.Argon 18 was here, along with an E-117. I think this company is one of the top 6 or 8 tri bike makers right now. If I was a retailer considering bike lines this one would be on my radar.
Speedplay was there with all its pedals. Speedplay had an easy time making a really great road pedal. It spent a lot of time trying to figure out MTB. But it finally cracked the code a couple of years ago with the Syzr.I think this is my new bike. This is a row of Bad Habits from Cannondale: dual suspension plus bike. I can't see why carbon is required on a bike like this. It's back to aluminum for me, baby.
Interbike Day 2
DAN EMPFIELD Wed Sep 21 2016
The indoor segment of the Interbike trade show starts this morning. I'm going to rush out a few notes before I run over to the show myself to see what's new.There was a press briefing last night and I've also had a few notes come across my desk on what companies are showing here at Interbike.
I'm eager to have my meeting with Pioneer at its Interbike booth because of what I just got in my email box. It's Pioneer's Expanded Sensor Network, with 26 sensors places about the bike that inform you of technical elements of your riding collected from different locations on the bike: seat post, bar stem, power meter. These metrics coach proper weight distribution, riding technique including ankling angle. This is going to be interesting, because this would seem to assume, as Greg Lemond assumed in his book, that there is one correct plantar angle. This is just a part of what Pioneer will be unveiling at the show.
Here's a new company, Aerobar Edge, just coming onto the market, saw them last night at the press shindig. It's a sensor that sits under an armrest, it can by synced to any workout file, telling you (or your coach) how often you're in (and out of) the aero position, and when that tends to happen. I see it as similar to a pet cam. Your coach can't be there watching you when he's gone, but he's got this device tell him (or her) if you're behaving. It would be interesting to correlate the quality of your bike position to the amount of time you're in the aero position.
BSX Insight is that Austin-based company that came out with the bloodless blood lactate analyzer. It's going to be interesting to see how that metric makes its way into our training. BSX is not sitting still on that one metric, however. It's got a new activity tracker that, to begin with, finally looks like something i might wear (the model with the leather band); but more to the point tracks hydration. How hydrated you are.
As with blood lactate, hydration is an intriguing metric but we still must ask the same question: How does this change behavior? I've now got devices now that track all kinds of biometrics but danged if I know what to do with many of them. What lags are the books that tell us what is actionable about these metrics. We're just about to publish our review of Jim Vance's new book on the use of power as a metric in running. We need more books like these.
For the first year in many (sniff, sniff) De Soto has passed the Interbike show by. But Emilio is as busy as ever and here's a rendering he sent me of the soon-to-be-released Riviera Flisuit and it's got a, well, fly. Discretely inserted. Now, yes, some of you guys don't need this and I can tell from the look on your face as you're in bellybutton-deep water what you're up to. And so can everyone else.Plus, sometimes you need to go and you're on dry land. Or in the middle of a race. Hence the Flisuit.
Interbike Day 3
DAN EMPFIELD Thu Sep 22 2016
The fitness industry has been all about biometrics for a few years now and the bike industry is catching on. You can bike with a full dashboard of metrics now. The question is, what metrics matter and, more to the point, how do or should or could or will they change your behavior?
I alluded yesterday to a set of metrics to be generated by Pioneer. Its Expanded Sensor Network are accelerometers and strain gauges that give you feedback on weight balance (left to right and front to back), pedaling action and the like.
This is still proof of concept, but here's what the output looks like (as of now). depending on whether the bars on the crank display are red or blue your torque profile and pedaling action are optimized or not. Of course, whose idea of optimized are we talking about? This is where it gets very interesting. Also, Pioneer is moving, whether it realizes it or not, from a metric display company to a metric interpretation company, i.e., by analyzing the data it's picking sides on questions of bike fit, cycling technique and whatnot. Very interesting. Something to watch.
One company that went from measuring to interpreting was Retul. It first simply made a motion capture system. Then it decided to become an interpreter of the metrics it measured. But Retul's motion capture system is very expensive - well over $10,000. GURU's new Range of Right is a $3000 system just introduced here at Interbike. GURU has been messing around with Kinect-based motion capture for a few years, and its final iteration, ready for market, borrows a lot from what Slowtwitcher David Bowden intro'd last year at Interbike.
One of the very best things I've seen at Interbike this year is Wahoo's Kickr Studio, a turnkey spin studio for retailers. The ability to make appointments, pay the charge online - really a business module in a box for retailers - relieves a local shop of all the front-facing software development for such a studio. They can even lease the Kickrs, making this a cash-friendly business where the money is earned as the payments are spent on the Kickrs.
Most Slowtwitchers are familiar with Velofix, the mobile bike shop company. There are two of these, and Beeline is the other one. I think they've got about 40 franchises up and running in the U.S. right now.
Here are a few Lazer helmets on display. The aero collection. I've got a lot I'm going to write about this company and I'm not going to wade in right now. Suffice it to say, yesterday was the first time in my memory I ever put a Lazer on my head. Its retention system is so good as to be a significant upgrade on the rest of the industry. This is very simply the best-fitting bike helmet I've ever had on my head, and I'm speaking simply of the everyday road helmets I'd choose to ride with. Maybe it's widely known how good this Belgian company's helmets really are, and I'm just the last to find out. I ought to get out more.