Best in Show: 30 cool new bike products for 2015

Our 'Best of' picks from Interbike and Eurobike

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Scott RC ProTec Jersey and Bibs

9. Scott RC ProTec Jersey and Bibs

Say goodbye to road rash with this new jersey ($125) and bibshort ($145) combo that utilizes carbon-impregnated abrasion resistant material on the shoulders and hips for greater skin protection in case of a crash. Scott developed this proprietary fabric in partnership with Swiss fabric manufacturer Schoeller and has exclusive usage rights for two years. scott-sports.com

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10. 9point8 ThumB Dropper Post Remote

Though 9point8 would undoubtedly prefer you used their ThumB 3-way dropper remote with one of the company’s own adjustable posts, the cleverly designed actuator will improve any cable-pull based dropper. The versatile, $35, made-in-Canada lever can be mounted for parallel action either under- or over the bar, as well as perpendicularly next to the grip. 9point8.ca

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11. Giant Defy Advanced SL Endurance Road Bike

Defy is not only the model name of Giant’s completely redesigned line of adventure/endurance road bikes, it aptly describes the platform’s relationship to logic (in a good way). The carbon SL is the lightest frame Giant has ever made, even lighter than the one its Giant-Shimano Pro Tour team riders are on. The fact that it’s disc brake-only, features relaxed geometrically, and rides on cushy tires are testament to the fact it—and not a race bike—is what most of us should be riding anyway (Defy Advanced SL 1 $4,950, Defy Advanced SL 0 $10,300). giant-bicycles.com

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12. Thule ThuRide Thru-Axle Fork Mounted Bike Carrier

Between mountain, road and ‘cross bikes, it seems there’s a new thru-axle standard popping up every week, not to mention bikes with the humble quick release many of us still know, love and own. Thule‘s new $220 ThruRide aims to accommodate not just the standards we know about, but ones that may emerge in the future with a fork-mount rack that adjusts to accommodate thru-axels from 12-20mm in diameter, as well as traditional quick releases via an optional adapter. Available in February, the ThruRide is compatible with just about anybody’s cross bars and stands as a great option for people with a quiver of bikes. thule.com

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13. Leatt DBX Six Zero Helmet

Sporting internal routing for hydration, safety features like a set of squishy, rotational injury-reducing discs, and multi-density V-Form Foam, Leatt comes out of the gate with a fully-featured, low profile and damn good looking full-face helmet. Naturally, the new lids—the $499 Carbon and $349 Composite—are fully compatible with the neck braces the company is know for. leatt.com

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14. SRAM Guide RSC Disc Brakes

Please spare us the history lesson on Avid. We suffered through it too, though we actually have some XO Trails that work great. But sometimes you just need to leave the past behind and look forward, which is perhaps the reason these new brakes are SRAM-branded. Regardless, the Guides feature easy setup, great lever feel, and phenomenal braking power with exceptional modulation. Unlike most of the products on this list we have extensive time on the RSCs ($199 per wheel) and rank them up there with the industry’s best. sram.com

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15. Giro Halter Bibs for Women

Women, rejoice. Giro has delivered a pair of bibs that takes all the dancing out of a nature break. No more dealing with bib-short straps and jersey removal thanks to Giro’s Halter Bibs ($150). giro.com

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  • michellsantos says:

    vc tem desse punho verde para venda ?

  • r1Gel says:

    Re: Chrome Warm–nice “idea” but I wouldn’t want to wear it reversed after a muddy commute

  • Todd "Hoolie" McMahon says:

    I like that run down of products. As a Mt biker, I especially like the floor pump, with high PSI valve, the heated gloves, and POC lightweight knee pads. I don’t see the PROCORE system to be offering much advantage considering weight, and tire squirm problems on gnarly, narrow trails.

  • bryan says:

    I don’t forsee myself investing in the “procore” concept. It defeats several reasons why I run tubeless in the first place. The “inner core” IS a tube and adds unnecessary rotating weight, and if I were stoopid enough to spend that kind of $$$ on a tube and tire I would rather experiment with a tubular setup.

  • JimmyDee says:

    Only thing I see there that represents real innovation and “good ideas” is the flash pump.

    New designs in clothes, a kid’s bike that is not actually a bike, just a scooter with a seat, a light that makes you less visible from a distance and costs 25 times more than a conventional light, etc…

    All pretty unremarkable to my eyes and wallet.

    • Mtbr says:

      Some people are just difficult to impress.

      • layne lyons says:

        Its not about impressing one with style and looks. Its about advertising and sales,
        get to the point mtbr. The only reason you’ve got a job is because of both. Let’s see if you put that on this web page, sooo… back atcha!

    • burkeman says:

      Those “scooters” as you referred to them are the best tool out there for teaching kids how to ride a bike. Not a new idea, but for those with kids at the top of the growth charts the flip flopping for greater size range is a great innovation. I just want to slap the next person that tells me that their kid is seven but doesn’t want to take the training wheels off. Kids are balancing on these things at 2 years old and just take off as soon as they get on a pedal bike at 3-4.

  • marcel courchesne says:

    No, not difficult to impress just difficult to be taken for a ride by the industry, and just not ignorant and wont pay out of my ass for something that has no real new tech associated with it. The time has finally come for the industry to bring the prices down. mass production is based on the concept of being able to bring a product to fruition without costing a lot of labour therefore you can sell lot of good if not great quality products for a fraction of the price of manual labour and go world wide and still make loads of cash but the industry’s forget or push this part of the equation to the side about the selling at a lower prices though, and just try an srew us over time and time again. Happy shopping everyone, and make sure you still have money for rent afterwards and remember a tube is still a tube and an alu-handlebar is still a bar etcetera, and most important if you can ride instead of taking a drive it’s (one less car)

  • bob says:

    i love those bikes can i have one

  • ZenTurtle says:

    So where are the best freebies and deals at the show?
    Flat pedals with float look pretty cool
    Van Dessel CX looks HAWT!!
    The Lupine back light, maybe…

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