So Interbike has closed its doors for another year. Plenty of fresh new bike lust objects were on display as usual but what trends have been making themselves apparant in the industry?
Well, it seems to me there’s three clear trends:
- Anodising – seems to be everywhere and this time we’re told purple is ironic. Yeah right! This is a trend that’s sure to suit Dave P more than anyone else and could possibly have been invented just for him. All I’ll say is one person’s personal statement is another person’s poke in the eye! Chris King hubs in Chocolate brown look very tasty though and even Shimano are getting on the component personalisation bandwagon.
- Bolt through forks – with the new 15mm ‘lite’ options from Shimano/Fox/Marzocchi, plus Rock Shox’s Maxle Lite coming on stream I think we’re close to widespread adoption of bolt through for half decent and above bikes unless you’re a particularly obtuse XC racer. Loads of hub manufacturers are wasting no time getting compatible hubs out too, including Hope, DT Swiss, Shimano and Chris King. A good thing too if you ask me…
- Weight loss – at least for the bikes we’re likely to be riding in the next couple of years. Increasingly manfacturers are chasing the carbon dragon with weights tumbling as a result of widespread use in components as well as frames. We’ve now got carbon rims, lightweight cranks and even hubs starting to be made from the stuff and testing out what the word ‘trust’ means to the early adopters.
Next stop the Cycle Show at Earls Court on Friday which will give us a chance to see the kit in the metal. I’ll be armed with my camera so expect lots of photos to appear over the weekend.