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Interbike 06.2: More Stuff From Lost Wages
As the bike industry emerges from the Interbike brain-fog, more tech treats percolate to the top. Here’s part 2 of our look at cool gear from Las Vegas for 06-07, with a few seat treats, shoes for you, and maybe even a bike or two!

One thing that lots of companies wanted to talk about this year was, of course, weight. Makes sense, as the big marketing engines can’t seem to get their tongues around the whole “ride quality” thing.

What’s funny is that there are those that are absolutely sold on how critical weight is, yet they seem to have an eye on the wrong scale…



We also heard plenty of talk about prices being related to the shortage of carbon fiber, yet nobody could show anything that seemed to actually go up drastically in price, which makes sense, as companies are using less material in their bikes and parts to get light, right?

Whatever the case, Colnago, through Trialtir USA, don’t seem to have suffered, as they introduce a few new bikes…



The bike most flashed was probably their Extreme power in a Tri Colore scheme that was far better done than the picture here…



What you don’t see with Colnago’s product is that the inside of the bikes might be better looking (to a geek like me) than the outside. Part of the beauty is in the internal ribbing that Colnago use, rather than butting, so that they reinforce the bike directionally rather than stiffen a whole joint…



But the bike that has raised tons of chat round the show is the new CLX.



At a price more closely associated with the cost of a Colnago fork, seat post and stem combo, Colnago have moved their design for this frame to eastern production and put this one at a price that created serious buzz…

Ever just look at someone and you know without asking, that they probably have more fun than you?

One look at Matt and Tyler from Independent Fabrications and you just get that feeling…



One look at the bikes and you would probably draw the same conclusion (that’s not chrome folks, it’s lapped and high polished Ti, AND high polished Zero G brakes from Phil Wood…).



They threw down an insane track bike, a custom old school BMXer




and a few others, then wrapped em in extremely good finish…



As they sit within 15 – 20 minutes of Parlee and Seven Cycles, It’s damn near enough to get me to try living in the cold of Boston just to close be to these types of companies, as they work to change what we expect out of Bicycles…

Selle Italia has also made a change to something that is damn near an institution!

The “Flight” saddle is a single product that has remained in high demand while literally outlasting industry standards in head sets, seat post sizes, bar shape and diameter, 8 and 9 speed shifting and others. The flight watch a zillion saddles come and go while trying to beat it’s weight and comfort…

Well, say hello to the new “Flight!



Don’t panic dash to the shop though, Selle will still sell it as the “flight classic”, adding a word to a product that should have kept it’s name (making the new saddle the “flight 2 would have suited me more…).

Selle also introduced a new version of the Teknologika.



Which uses a new buckboard type flapped rail…



Which is not at all unlike the Prototype CarbonTi Saddles we showed you last year…




Fizik have also carved out quite a space for themselves in the Butt Love game.

They of course also brought a new for 07 insane-O-carb model needed by all manufacturers to attract the flies… and it features Fizik’s very effective wing flex tech, and also sports what could be called “minimalist padding”, that is clear and barely visible, but actually has a pretty nice density to it!



It also features a new rail system that loops round the saddle, taking away the hard spots and creating a bit of a hammock.



And on the practical side, they have redesigned all their standard lowers so that you can remove the LOGO plate…



and insert their very well though tail light…



Another effort in Rump Relief came from Santini, first in the form of Ladies bibs that are designed to relieve more than just the booty. Maybe the first set of ladies bib shorts that actually have ladies in mind. The y shape goes in the front so as to split the breast, and the two straps left go down the back. NICE!



For Men than need more confidence…



…in their shorts padding

That’s actually an air bladder that sits between layers of padding and is adjustable by squeezing the little pump mechanism. Thankfully they decided to locate the pump on the riders back. Not just for fun, if this works right, it could make for an EXCELLENT comfort option, as most large manufactures keep taking more comfort out of carbon frames for the sake of stiffness and weight bragging rights…

And with Guys like Robbie McEwen tearing the ass off people, air bladders and or anything else out there that can protect you is a warranted advancement!

Take one look at the shoes of the man… (from Sidi through Veltec Sports




Note the damage from;

1. Petacchi’s head
2. Zabels arm
3. even a taste of Boonen’s backside…

Sure, Zabel is an absolute living legend (and all class) and Peta the great and Boonen are absolute Lords of the sprint and can have their way with the Queensland Quake at times, but you gotta love Mc’s ability to go from being no place in the top 25 guys with 1 k to go, only to hack claw and chainsaw his way to win after win…

As he’s darn near a Belgian as well, I bet Robbie would also like these kicks from Sidi…



That’s a nice set of winter Gore- Tex shoes (with a full wrapped inner sock in Gore-Tex) and Sidi’s insanely sweet, remote controlled, heated insoles.

And if Heated Insoles are still not plush enough, how’s about a Mercedes race roller?



Room for Motard or several bicycles and room to change in, as well as a kitchen and sleeping area…



As well as the always required Dual LCD monitors, multi disk changer and carbon dash bits…



No word yet on when we get one to test, but you can be sure we’ll make use of both the beer keg tap the bike ramp… Hopefully not in close chronological proximity.


More Later,
Charles Manantan





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