Best in Show: 30 cool new bike products for 2015

Our 'Best of' picks from Interbike and Eurobike

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16. Intense Tracer 275 Alloy Mountain Bike

Made in America doesn’t come cheap, if it comes at all, but don’t tell that to the folks at Intense Cycles. New for 2015 comes the Southern California-built alu version of their Tracer 275 with an MSRP a few pennies shy of $3K. And we’re not talking frame-only—that’s for a whole bike, complete with their “Foundation” build which includes a Shimano 2 x 10 SLX drivetrain and brakes, dependable X-Fusion suspension and a host of other solid parts only a snob would be embarrassed to run. intensecycles.com

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17. Rapha Cyclocross Shoes by Giro

For the sophisticated ‘cross officianado comes a $350 collaborative effort between the gentlemanly Rapha and designerly shoemaker Giro called simply the Cyclocross Shoe. Reminiscent of Giro’s Code mountain bike shoes, the stylish slippers feature an Easton EC 90 outsole, subtle hits of Rapha’s Super Cross color palette and ship in an eco-friendly pomme frites container so they might reek of Belgian ‘cross lore. rapha.cc

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18. Giant Stance 1 Mountain Bike

Fully aware there’s a robust market for quality mountain bikes that don’t cost $10,000, Giant used show season to launch Stance—a line of budget-minded aluminum bikes that combine 120mm of travel with 27.5-inch wheels, a simple suspension platform, and an acceptable array of parts. At $1,875, we think the Stance 1 offers one of the best value-to-performance ratios on the market. giant-bicycles.com

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19. ICEdot Emergency Trigger

The ICEdot Emergency Trigger mini-transmitter device easily attaches to a helmet strap and lets others know that you’re OK…or not. Hold it down for one second and your significant other receives a text message that allows them to track your whereabouts in real time. Hold it down for three seconds or more and it sends an emergency call for help along with you exact location. Available in spring 2015. Pricing TBD. icedot.org

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20. Yuba Flip Flop Kid’s Bike

Not only is Yuba’s $160 Flip Flop the only kids cargo balance bike we know of, it’s also the only one designed to grow with your child. To do the trick, Yuba uses a one-piece main frame that’s curved downward for clearance, but can be flipped over for a taller, upward curve when the kidlet gets older, stretching out the reach and raising the seat tube height. Yuba says it will fit kids from one-to-six years old. And with that cute little rack on the back you might even be able to talk them into schlepping their own damn drink boxes. yubabikes.com

Yuba Flip Flop for Bigger Kids

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21. Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Pump

Seating tubeless tires can be an exercise in extreme frustration, but Bontrager’s new $120 TLR Flash Charger combines pump convenience and environmental friendliness with compressor-like results. Simply pressurize the unit’s charge chamber by pumping up to 160 psi, then flip the lever to quickly discharge the stored air, seating your tire. From there, use the Flash Charger’s standard pump functionality to top it off. bontrager.com

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22. Panache Button Fly and Button Up shirt

Making clothes that look and feel good on and off the trail has long vexed cycling apparel makers. Panache seems to have found the sweet spot, however, with their $89 Button Fly shorts and $99 Button Up shirt which mix good styling with functional stretch and ventilation. They’re redefining baggies with affordable clothes that fit and pedal well. panachecyclewear.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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