With my first day of Interbike behind me and the still lingering high that was the superb CrossVegas CX race from last night, I decided to visit some of the great companies we carry in the shop. I went by the Jamis booth first to check out what they have coming for 2014. One of the first things I noticed is that companies are starting to be sneaky by hiding the brakes on their road bikes and Jamis is among them, hiding them behind the fork and at the chain stays (as well as Giant and Look). Jamis’s 2014 Xenith line of road bikes has taken their carbon race frame and given it a little reworking that looks really good in person. They even spec’d their top tier Xenith with Ritchey Super Logic bits which is something I really like.
For those of you wondering about the quick release on the brake for taking your rear wheel out, they put a nice little piece of genius engineering made by Shimano that integrates into the cable housing up by the head tube and acts as the quick release. Another highlight from Jamis was their hard tail carbon 650b MTB, the Nemesis. Spec’d out the way they offer it (with SRAM XX1 drive train, Ritchey, American Classic, and Rock Shox bits), it comes in around 19.75lbs. So if you are the type of person who is holding on strong to the hard tail lifestyle amongst the full squish super machines of tomorrow and are looking for a great XC race bike, this may be it.
After stopping in at Jamis, I decided to see what Santa Cruz had to offer. Santa Cruz is at the top of their game right now as a highly sought after brand and they seem to be popping out new bikes like a kid trying to make it onto the new season of Teen Mom… of bikes. They’ve been revamping existing bikes like the Heckler and acclimating them to the world of 650b as well as creating amazing bikes the the Bronson and the Solo (which you can see and test ride in the shop), so they have just about everybody’s needs covered. For those of you who still aren’t sold on 650b, they have their 29er Tallboy, which is often talked about as being one of the only full suspension 29er that doesn’t feel sluggish and actually out preformed the engineers at Santa Cruz’s expectations. The Tallboy LTC (carbon) and the LT(aluminum) are great options for all the big wheel lovers out there. Oh, they also had world champion downhill racer Greg Minnaar’s bike on display, it was super cool.
Finally I found my self in little Italy after a couple wrong turns and too much beer checking out what was new from Pinarello. Not too much has changed from 2013 to 2014 besides a couple model name changes and more color options (why would you change a product that has won the last two consecutive Tour de France’s and ten total TDF wins?) and just like everybody else, they are adding disc brakes to just about anything in sight. Pinarello is part of the Gita Sporting Goods family and so is one of my personal favorites as well, Pegoretti. I you haven’t heard of or seen any of Dario Pegoretti’s amazingly beautiful work, I suggest you check it out.
All in all, day two was great, still way too packed with people and could be considered a small nation, but, still fun. I got to meet up with Glen, our good friend at the wonderful supplier of all things bike, Hawley, and go out to a great lunch and then follow that up with turning $15 into $30 trying to win a Corvette then subsequently losing that $30… plus another $20. Now that I’m down $50, I think I’ll just go check out the Crit races and the Underbike party and call it a night because tomorrow is open to consumers which means even more people. Awesome.