The bags are packed and Grannygear and Guitar Ted are heading out to Las Vegas, Nevada to the annual Interbike trade show and Outdoor Demo. Here’s what we are seeing as trends, and then we will also be looking for a few 29″er specific things which will be mentioned below that.
27.5″ers: Just as at Eurobike, the middle child of the wheel sizes for mountain bikes will be getting a lot of the limelight at Interbike. It would seem that at the rate of adoption of 27.5, the 26 inch wheel is going away, and fast.
Carbon Fiber Fat Bikes: Fat bikes are being introduced at an ever increasing rate these days. Specialized, Kona, Trek, Norco, and other smaller brands are jumping on the trend. We’re hearing many of these new entries entire 2014 production is already, or nearly all pre-sold to dealers. However; in an even more stunning sequence of events, carbon fat bike frames and rims in carbon for fat bikes have been announced in the last few days and we suspect these will draw a lot of attention at Interbike.
Gravel Bikes: The category of bikes deemed good for the ever increasing sport of gravel and back road riding is also catching on with bigger companies. Giant, (their Revolt bike seen above), Specialized, Niner, Raleigh, and others are proffering bikes for this niche and many will be seen at Interbike. (For more in-depth coverage on these bikes, review, and for a gravel race/ride event calendar, see our sister site, Gravel Grinder News.)
Longer Travel, Slacker Angles, Shorter Chain Stays: As far as complete 29″ers go, there is a move afoot to make 29″ers more of a longer travel option with features attendant to these types of aggressive mountain bikes both in full suspension and in the so-called “AM Hardtail” categories. Look for us to check a few of these types of bikes out at Interbike.
Components: And as always, there should be a plethora of components that catch our eyes again this year. Wheels with wider rims, tires with aggressive tread and with specific features, and the suspension forks for 2014.
Stay tuned starting Monday evening for our first Interbike report. Look also for some quick hits on Twenty Nine Inches Facebook page as well.