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Interbike 2013: Round 1
SONY DSC Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay played host to this year’s Interbike, making for a refreshing (yet cramped) change of venue. A who’s who of manufacturers were on hand and it was a pleasant surprise to see several new companies and smaller guys hitting the floor with some top line gear.



One of these newer companies were German power meter makers Power2Max.

I was actually crossing through their booth to cover a new insole company and noted some pretty clean looking spider based units compatible with a whole host of units.

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They had their current model as well as the new “S” model (shown off the crank, available in a few months).

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Both the current and new models are fairly low profile, with the new “S” being a bit more refined with a smaller battery pack and transmission unit.

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The unit is fully sealed and contains 4 strain gauges…

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Interesting features here are that these cranks automatically Zero themselves every time you stop pedaling for 2 or more seconds. They’re also building these units with very high quality base stock and in a design that will still give you +/- 2% accuracy but are not so flimsy or prone to fatigue degradation that they should need recalibration.

Another plus is that the battery in both units is simple to change for the consumer.

They’re offering a deal right now that features FSA Gossamer cranks and power unit for $899… Just 998 inclusive of very high quality Praxis Chain rings (read the PEZ review here). That’s not a lot of cash for a German manufactured and engineered, strain gauged based power crank.


You’ve seen most cycling publications covering the Fairwheel Bikes booth and for good reason.

While lots of top line manufacturers brought their best stocking examples to the show, 2013 was particularly devoid of much effort from displaying companies to push any boundaries with special editions. It’s safe to say that Fairwheel had more halo rigs in their couple of hundred square feet than the remaining several acres of booth space combined…

The most notable for me was also the bike that seemed to hide the best. A Crumpton Cycles BMX that was likely the best example of the segment at the entire show.

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This rig weighed half or less of virtually anything in its size at the show, regardless of price and is a one off fully custom carbon frame that is built to ride from front to back…

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The tube set is stout and the fork is solid business.

The back end is purpose built with a slot and adjustable rear end, just as most good racers are.

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Custom Bar stem post unit is also a solid, performance built single piece.

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And while damn light and not exactly standard, the braking is as dirt ready as a lot of other race rigs double or more the weight.

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I’m not sure that Nick plans on being in the BMX game, but then money talks. In this case you’ll have to shout some place near the volume of $11,000. Not exactly standard price, but then nothing else I’ve seen to date will put you close to this weight, price and performance level.

We’ll have other rigs from the Fairwheel booth in the next round or two of show coverage.


Opposite the Fairwheel price category we also popped in to eyewear folks Optic Nerve.

This is a full line company with a whole lot of features you’ve come to expect… Their latest shades (ready shortly), the SideSwipe are notable for a couple of reasons…

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Firstly they have a pretty neat little mechanical leans swapping tab that can slide back and release the lens (only when the glasses have the arms retracted).

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Secondly they have a nifty nose adjustment piece that is a gummy non-slip rubber…

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And lastly, this is a ground breaking price point of $109…

$109 isn’t ground breaking because they made a pair priced this low… But because this is the first pair that the company have made that’s reached a 3 digit price…

They have a slew of other frames and lenses…

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Lots of them are fairly typical performance pieces.

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The Neurotoxin is an example…

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Multiple colors, Adjustable Nose…

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A few shades of (Vent cut) lenses to swap in and out, and the lenses have reasonable clarity, hydrophobic coatings, UV blocking and tough, flexible frames… And they’re $79. Optic Nerve have a slew for less than that.

This is an independent shade maker based in Colorado that’s no place near the size of some of the majors (or their marketing spend). The result is a very attractive price point to features ratio.

I get that many of our readers are used to spending a few hundred bucks on shades and you can do that with this company too… You’ll just have a second or third pair for the price.


TexMarket are one of those places where you can spend a lot or a little…

I would bet you already own a piece of their kit, but it wears a badge other than theirs as they’re manufacturing for several top brands. Lots of things “Made in Europe” from Swiss and Italian fabrics, and with a host of features come from this producer. They’re also ready to go for your regular team kit orders and your choices are LARGE.

They had a standard Jersey as an example piece that featured a lot of “top line” details… But a lot of people stroll past as they don’t have the brain and eyeballs of a gear geek.

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Look a little closer though and you’ll see laser cut designs, knocked right into very technical fabric…

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You’ll see the super thin, body hugging bottom hem detail…

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You’ll see the hem free, gripper arm ends and open mesh panels cut to body conforming shapes…

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Heck, if super flow mesh is your thing for hot days, why hot have the entire jersey made t breath that way?

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And they’re rolling these tech pieces into small minimums and team kits that are generally only the realm of a small feature set… You could find yourself sitting for an hour just picking one of the loads of Chamois choices (lots more than this coming)…

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They roll out winter kit as well with innovative fabrics like this windproof, waterproof, breathable unit…

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That seems like an everyday set of qualities till you touch it and realize it’s stretchy and thinner than a lot of summer weight material…

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Texmarket offer so many variables relative to a lot of the custom guys that you might find it overwhelming, but they match very well with a lot of Pez readers that don’t want to pick from template designs (though you can) and a set type of fabric or cut. They’ll let you take the features of your favorite high end gear and tune it to look like you want it to look.


One of the more interesting things on the floor wasn’t a product (or is, depending on your perspective)…

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After a few decades knocking out some of the best bikes I’ve had the luck to ride, Ben Serotta was at the show and with a host of options and features…

I would guess most folks have heard that he was one of the folks unfortunate enough to have tried a relationship with Devine Cycling Group, resulting in the end (or at least a long pause) of Serotta (the brand) as we all know it…

One thing you’re certain to see in the future is more of Ben in some form or other and you’ll likely see me talking about whatever that might be.


That’s it for starters…
More to follow shortly

Have Fun,

Charles Manantan
Charles@pezcyclingnews.com





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