Interbike 2013: Walkabout



I first saw the Moots Rogue YBB 27.5″ at the NAHBS in Denver earlier in the year. The YBB uses their softtail design to take the edge off backcountry terrain in lieu of a rear shock, which offers simplicity and weight savings. The full titanium bikes welds and build are the typical Moots exquisite quality and beauty, and this thing is amazing to see in person. The Rogue YBB and hardtail Rogue RSL are their 27.5″ bikes in their lineup, but if there is demand other models might be offered in that wheel size. The Rogue comes in eight sizes, and of course, you can always have a custom one created for yourself.


They have upgraded their fantastic OGIO 9.0 Endurance bag, which is one of my most prized possessions of all my apparel related gear. The 9.0 uses high-tensile strength rip-stop nylon and a tough abrasion resistance base, and has a large main compartment, two long shallow front and rear pockets, two side shoe/helmet compartments, and a bottom wet/dry compartment with a 360° airflow ventilation gusset. The outer top flap of the main compartment converts to a backpack system, which includes adjustable shoulder and sternum straps with a ventilated and padded back panel. For the revised model, they increased the size of the sunglasses compartment so that goggles can fit easier, and removed the old internal stretch helmet holder for a hideaway external mesh version, and tweaked the backpack system subtlety.

They also have a line of hydration packs that are oriented towards off-road motorcycles, but can easily be used for mountain bike activities. One of their big new releases is an entire backpack, luggage and duffel bag system called the Red Bull Signature series, which obviously has Red Bull colors and icons.


Joining the ranks of POC‘s Index series of gloves (DH, Air and Flow), is the new Index Windstopper. The lightweight glove is meant for cyclocross and fall mountain bike riding, and uses the Windstopper material to break the wind and provide warmth. Like the rest of the Index series, it’s touchscreen compatible, has silicone grip patches and uses thin enough material to provide a good tactile feel.

Over on the clothes side of things, the Trail short gets some improved fabric, that is lighter and has more stretch, and its joined with the new Trail Vent shorts, which have long thigh zippers for ventilation. To accompany the shorts is the new Trail Light jersey, which has a full zip, three rear pockets and uses lighter materials over the normal Trail version.

Not much new within the helmet realm except for the Crane Pure, which is a dirt jump helmet based on the more expensive Crane. To save money, the helmet size adjustable harness is replaced with a normal layup, and a thin in-molded shell is used that gives the helmet a lower profile shape. The Crane Pure is available in seven colors and retails for $70.

Royal Racing

Most of the changes for Royal Racing are with new color schemes, but they have added the Quantum to the glove lineup. The Quantum is a lightweight three-season glove, that uses a perforated stretch palm material, has a pre-curve bend, Lycra thumb wipes and breathable mesh back. It comes in three colors, 4-6 sizes and retails for $35.

The new Stage jersey is part of their Enduro collection, and the long-sleeved jersey has a 1/4 length zip for ventilation, uses their lightweight and breathable active moisture management T-Dot fabric, and has mesh side vents. This looks like a great jersey with a slim but loose fit, which will offer sun protection and the ability to wear light armor underneath. The Esquire is their lightweight x-country short, which comes with a removable chamois liner, and uses a 4-way stretch material, and this year they resigned the venting and switched from mesh vent ports instead of zippered ones.

Outside of color changes for most of the apparel lineup, although the Turbulence jersey gets more venting. Their Alpine jacket was a bit heavy for most activities, so they added the Stage jacket, which uses a lightweight soft shell fabric, and doesn’t have a liner or hood. They redesigned their packable weather shield Hexlite jacket, and it gets the Pertex fabric, new patterns, and a slimmer fit.

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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  • r1Gel says:

    I like the Fix It Sticks. Based on the first pic (ano orange) I thought the bits were swappable.
    Expensive though, for what it is.

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