Here's our exclusive inside look at the best and worst from this year's show—the last in Las Vegas before Interbike heads to Reno-Tahoe next year.
Best: Clif Bar's Charging Station1 of 11
So this was definitely cool. In the lobby, Clif Bar set up bike tables to get a little exercise in while you work. The watts you produce while you pedal simultaneously charge all of your electronic devices. Not a bad way to save on the electric bill, right?
Worst: Mini Kid's Scoot Trike2 of 11
We were told this is meant to be a pre-balance bike before your child is ready for a balance bike. Huh? The two front wheels definitely won't help your child learn to balance, but we suppose it could still be plenty of fun. However, the oversized white banana seat is something we can't forgive.
Best: Pinarello Dogma Muc-Off3 of 11
You know what's better than a stock Pinarello Dogma? That's right—a one-of-a-kind Muc-Off Dogma in a special pink, black and grey color scheme. While you won't be able to purchase this pricey steed, you can buy a few of Muc-Off's other products to help keep your own bike looking like new.
Worst: VeloSock4 of 11
Designed as a way to keep your floor and walls clean while your bike is being stored, this is one new idea we're not quite sure about. For one thing, it isn't all that easy to get on, and once you do get it over the wheels, it just looks sort of strange. If you do have a bike that you store inside, couldn't you just get an indoor rack that keeps your bike and tires off the wall and won't require any undressing before your morning ride?
Best: Oakley Cycling5 of 11
While Oakley won't release its new cycling gear until early 2018, our preview at the show was enough to get us excited. Besides jerseys, bib shorts, backpacks and jackets, Oakley will have three different helmet options to choose from—all of which work very well with Oakley's cycling sunglasses.
The sunglass garage that places the arms on the inside of the air vents is one of the best designs we've seen, and should work well to keep your expensive shades in place when they aren't needed on steamy climbs.
Worst: Clamber Child Cargo Bike6 of 11
We're all for cargo bikes, especially for anyone living in a city and looking for a way to transport heavy groceries or a child or two without a car. However, this children's cargo bike is a little bit perplexing—what exactly is a four-year-old transporting around the city? The grocery cart style handlebar looks like it might make steering a bit tricky, too—especially if you've got a heavy load of action figures to tote around.
Best: MORF Trifold Bars7 of 11
One of the more interesting technologies we found on the showroom floor were these trifold bars from Morf Technologies. By simply unlocking it with a button, the bullhorn style handlebar converts into tri bars while you ride. It's surprisingly easy to operate on the fly, and the design allows you to use the brakes while you're in the aero position.
Worst: Crussis Kick Scooter8 of 11
Part bike and part scooter, this contraption from Crussis is unique to say the least. While we were assured that these things can move, exactly how long do you think you could push one without pedals or a motor? To top it off, this particular company offers models with front suspension and mountain bike tires. Why? We're not quite sure.
Best: Northwave Road Shoes9 of 11
Northwave's new road shoe lineup may not appear much different from others, but we found two special features worthy of note. The plate on the bottom of the shoe allows you to use either Speedplay cleats or the more traditional three-bolt Look cleats—meaning you won't have to buy a new pair of shoes if you decide to try out a new pedal system.
The second feature we liked was the dial closure. Instead of using BOA like everyone else, Northwave has created their own dial that uses a small lever to make micro on-the-bike adjustments without fear of releasing the tension all at once.
Worst: Primal Commuter Wear10 of 11
While some of Primal's new commuter clothing was pretty cool, this jacket was a little nutso. Like, where are the sleeves on this pretty thick jacket? Oh wait, there are the wrist cuffs—someone cut them off and put them on the pockets. On second thought, this thing might just be crazy enough to work, if you like your fashion on the wild side.