“What’s the best thing you saw?”
It’s the No. 1 question we hear after every trade show. And here is our answer. The following — in our collective opinion — represents the newest, coolest and most interesting stuff our Mtbr crew came across throughout the course of the 2015 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. Some will be hits, others duds, but all are at least worth a look. Here in no particular order, are the coolest new bike products for 2016. Check them out, then let us know what YOU think! Also be sure to check out the Best New Road Cycling Products for 2016.
Shimano XT 2×11 Drivetrain
Seen on demo bikes at the Bootleg Canyon outdoor demo, Shimano XT is bringing 2x systems back in the spotlight. Reliable and affordable, the system offers an 11-40 or 11-42 range in the back, and is compatible with existing cassette hub bodies. Front shifting is now awesome with a much stiffer and smoother front derailleur. Braking is best of breed too with great power and improved modulation. MSRP: $1090. Read more here and check out bike.shimano.com
Push Industries ELEVENSIX Rear Shock
Push Industries ELEVENSIX rear shock is a no holds barred assault on rear shock performance. Working with each frame design and each rider’s preferences, Push develops a base tune for each shock shipped and it gives the rider an impressive amount adjustability in a fairly light coil shock. Price: $1200. Read more here and check out www.pushindustries.com.
NiteRider Sabre Light
The $30 NiteRider Sabre tail light uses a light array for incredible visibility. Side lights are added for improved lateral visibility. The light patterns are varied, including pulsing modes and maximum ‘to be seen’ modes. Learn more at www.niterider.com.
Oakley Prizm Jawbreaker
Alchemy Arktos Trail Bike
It’s unlikely most fat tire aficionados have heard of Alchemy. The Denver, Colorado-based bike builder made its name crafting custom carbon road and cyclocross steeds. But thanks to a lending hand from suspension guru Dave Earle that may soon change. Meet the new Alchemy Arktos (Greek for bear), a 27.5” 150mm trail bike with a Boost 148 rear end that has a unique suspension design that’s claimed to deliver both climbing stability and bottomless travel in one sexy carbon frame package. Read more here and check out www.alchemybicycles.com