Best in Show: 30 cool new bike products for 2015

Our 'Best of' picks from Interbike and Eurobike

Eurobike Interbike News


23. 30-Seven Heated Gloves, Socks, Baselayers and Jackets

Extend your riding season deep into winter with 30-Seven’s new array of electric heated clothing. Using the same technology found in car seat heaters, this Belgian-based company is adding warmth to gloves, socks, baselayers and jackets. Lightweight rechargeable lithium ion batteries provide up to eight hours of warmth, and a handy portable remote allows you to control up to four items at once. Pricing starts at $90 for socks. Gloves and baselayers are $160 each. Jackets run $200 and up.

Bell Super 2R

24. Bell Super 2R Helmet

Putting a removable chin bar on a half-shell helmet is nothing new. Making one that might actually provide more than tertiary protection is another story, and we’re inclined to put some faith in the company that invented the full-face helmet in the first place. Mounting via three robust ski boot-like buckles, the Bell Super 2R’s Wraparound chin bar feels robust and doesn’t look like a flimsy afterthought. Definitely enduro-able, the $200 helmet should also find a home with non-racing aggressive all-mountain riders who probably should be wearing a full-face, but often don’t. Throw in another $20 and get a MIPS slip-plane liner.


25. Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned

After toying with their on-the-fly-adjust PopLoc suspension control concept for a number of years, Scott‘s Genius LT 700 Tuned may have arrived at the Holy Grail “One Bike” we’ve all been looking for. Though the 28-pound, 170mm-travel 27.5er lives for big gnar, the handlebar-actuated triggers make tuning the Scott for less demanding terrain a snap. The Genius 700 LT Tuned is a serious contender for the trail rider who thrives just north of XC racing and south of full-on DH.


26. Schwalbe Procore Dual-Chamber Tire System

Schwalbe’s Procore Dual-Chamber Tire System consists of a high-pressure air chamber near the rim to protect against rock strikes, pinch flats and burping. It’s surrounded by a tubeless tire—Scwalbe’s or anyone else’s—that can be run at extremely low pressure for improved traction and float. On paper, it’s a pretty compelling story—and we’ve heard a number of pros testing the system are very impressed—but we’ll have to see how it works in the real world. Regardless, the thinking behind the $230 system is impressive and along the lines of what we’ve come to expect from the only company we know that exclusively makes bike tires.


27. EVOC FR Track Hydration Pack

Packs that come with spine protection are a great option for riders who find they have to choose between a back protector and a backpack. But they only work if they are in the right size—too long or too short and you could get into trouble. We love EVOC’s $170 FR Track for its availability in hard-to-find sizes that fit people from 4-feet, 11-inches and up.

2015 Look 795 Details

28. Look 795 Aerolight

French bike maker Look takes integration to new levels with its lightweight, wind cheating roadster, the 795 Aerolight. This masterpiece in stealth industrial design hides its brakes inside the fork and under the chainstay, tucks the stem into the headtube, conceals the Di2 junction box inside the frame, and has some of the slickest internal cable/wire routing we’ve ever seen. Actually, you barley see the wires and cables at all. Exact U.S. pricing is yet to be released, but expect frame and fork to run north of $5,000.

2015 Look 795


29. Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips

They’re just grips, right? Yeah sure, but they’re one of only three contact points between bike and rider, so they make a big difference. Santa Cruz‘s new $18 Palmdales are light, long, and just cushy enough for our lo-pro taste. With a tapering inner diameter and a single lock-on clamp, they’re simple and secure, while the mushroomed end feels good in the hand and finishes the bar without need for an end plug.


Photo by Jon Grinney

30. POC VDP Air Knee and Elbow Pads

These lightweight pads are less bulky and more breathable than traditional MTB body armor, making them a great choice when you’re not using a chairlift or a pick-up truck to get to the top of the trail. Pull them on for that rowdy descent, then stash them in your hydration pack for the next climb. POC knee pads $80; elbow pads $70.

Francis Cebedo, Kristen Gross, Gregg Kato, Don Palermini and Jason Sumner each contributed to this list.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2014 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.

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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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