The Coolest New Cycling Gear at Interbike
Shimano S-Phyre RC91 of 13
The new S-Phyre collection unveiled at Interbike are Shimano's new top-of-the-line performance cycling shoes. The total weight for the RC9 road model is just 232 grams, and Shimano claims it's the company's stiffest and most efficient design to-date. The S-Phyre collection releases this October and will retail for $400.
Suomy Sfera2 of 13
Suomy, a company known for its motorcycle helmets, has released the Sfera just one year after debuting their first cycling helmet. While it looks fairly closed off at the front, the vents are much larger at the back of the helmet and are said to provide excellent ventilation and airflow. And with cool colors, an aerodynamic design and a very reasonable price point of $139, it's sure to be a hit sooner rather than later.
Cateye Power Meter3 of 13
One interesting new power meter on display at the show was this offering from Cateye, the company's first such product. The left-crank-only mounting device does look very similar to those produced by 4 iiii, who is said to be a partner. The only difference I could tell between the two was in price—roughly $20 more for Cateye units, which range from the $420 Shimano 105 option to the $620 Dura Ace version.
Topeak Bikamper Tent4 of 13
If you've been thinking about a long-distance cycling trip, the Topeak Bikamper is a fool-proof option. The tent rolls up easily, mounts just in front of the handlebars and is simple to set up. The three-season, one-person tent weighs 3.2 pounds and retails for $300.
Terry Topo5 of 13
Producing comfortable women's saddles is something Terry does well. New for 2017 is Topo, the company's first-ever women's mountain bike saddle. Like all of their products, it is designed with plenty of cushion and a cutout for pressure relief. The Topo will be priced at $99.
Reynolds Assault DB6 of 13
With more and more new road bikes equipped with disc brakes, it's taken quite a bit of work from wheel manufacturers to catch up. Reynolds' lineup at Interbike shows they're one of the few ahead of the game, with disc options for the Assault, Attack, Aero 65, Aero 46 and Strike on display. The Assault DB (pictured) retails for $1,799 and has a 41 mm rim profile.
POC Corpora Aid7 of 13
This new commuter helmet from POC is made with integrated lights that work in conjunction with an accelerometer. That means the light will automatically get brighter and blink when you slow, returning to a solid light once you're back up to speed. I was told by a marketing representative that POC hopes to use the technology in its other helmet designs and eventually add a turn signal feature.
Knogg Strongman8 of 13
While the Australian company's new Oi bike bell got a lot of the attention, this lightweight yet incredibly strong bike lock from Knogg was a pretty cool piece of gear, too. The rubber housing will keep your paint from getting scratched up, and the unique square shape provides that little bit of extra space to make locking up your bike that much easier. Retail price is $100.
Pearl Izumi BioViz9 of 13
The BioViz range from Pearl Izumi is designed to keep you visible whether you're out riding during the day or at night. While it might seem like nothing more than bright colors, Pearl Izumi has gone to great lengths to choose hues that are more visible at distance and well-placed to attract the most attention from motorists. We were pleased to see the 2017 collection tones down the neon a touch and adds a sleek vibe, while maintaining the highest standards for visibility in the industry.
Prologo Nago C3 CPC Airing10 of 13
Prologo's high-end Nago C3 with Nack rails has been updated to include the new CPC Airing concept, which is designed to provide no-slip texturing, improved airflow and an increase in shock absorption by 15 percent—all without adding any additional weight. The saddle will retail for around $360 and weighs a feathery 139 grams.
Thule Yepp11 of 13
After acquiring the leading Dutch child carrier manufacturer, Thule unveiled a series of new products at Interbike. The Yepp lineup features a few different models, each with a recommended weight and slightly different style. This one features a safety harness, feet straps, a hand grip and a safety shield so your kid won't have to eat bugs should you choose the front-mount option. The retail price will be around $250 once it's released.
Tacx Neo Smart12 of 13
This unique, direct-drive smart trainer from Tacx was among the nominees for gear of the year at Interbike. It features a highly realistic road feel and a wide, stable base for high-intensity efforts. Resistance can be applied up to 2,220 watts and the unit can be used wirelessly with all Tacx apps, mobile devices and tablets. The Neo Smart has a retail price of $1,600.