Best of Interbike 2016

20 of our favorite products from trade show season

Interbike
No this fork is not backwards.

No this fork is not backwards.

MRP Ribbon Suspension Fork

A pair of built-in pressure relief valves are just one of the cool features on MRP’s new boost-spacing-ready Ribbon enduro/all-mountain suspension fork that comes in travel lengths from 120mm to 170mm for 27.5, 27.5+, and 29. The Ribbon also has what MRP is calling an outcast arch design, where the weight-saving lattice section of the fork’s arch faces forward, meaning less mud (and extra weight) build up on those sloppy riding days. Other highlights include a bladder free damper and new low friction seals that are claimed to reduce friction by 28% compared to MRP’s popular Stage fork. Complete details and pricing here.

BMX and metal go together like PB&J.

BMX and metal go together like PB&J.

Subrosa Slayer Push Bike

A BMX inspired push bike with Slayer graphics? Shut up and take our money.

Who says fanny packs are not cool?

Who says fanny packs are not cool?

EVOC Hip Pack Race Fanny Pack

The combination of enduro racing, frames that don’t accommodate water bottles, and a general disdain for sweaty backs have made fanny packs cool again. And one of the coolest we’ve seen is the new EVOC Hip Pack Race, which includes a bladder compartment that’s big enough to carry a rain jacket, exterior water bottle holder, and a tool pouch with various zippered pockets that are ideal for stashing keys and other small valuables. More info here.

Most women’s specific products adhere strictly to the “shrink it and pink it” philosophy, but Five Ten actually uses a different shoe form to help improve fit.

Many women’s specific products adhere to the “shrink it and pink it” philosophy, but Five Ten actually uses a different shoe form to help improve fit.

Five Ten Women’s Shoes

The new Freerider Pro may be the best flat pedal shoe that Five Ten has ever made. It uses a quick drying synthetic upper, a reinforced toe box with EVA for increased protection, and an EVA midsole to help with shock absorption on big hits. The best part, however, is that the shoe will be available in a women’s specific version, which uses a lower volume last for an improved fit. For more info, check out coverage here.

This is a baselayer with attitude.

This is a baselayer with attitude.

Dainese TrailKnit Pro Armor Tee

All by itself, the humble base layer serves a critical on-the-bike role, wicking moisture away from your skin, which depending on the weather, can help keep you cool or from getting chilled. But Dainese has taken this protective theme a step further with its TrailKnit Pro Armor Tee, adding a pair of Pro Armor shoulder pads and multi-layer crash absorb back protector. The beauty of the system is that both can be removed when not needed, leaving you with a function piece of technical clothing. More of the best new protection here.

Too grown up for 16” wheels? S&E also makes a 29” version for adults.

Too grown up for 16” wheels? S&E also makes a 29” version for adults.

S&E Retro Bikes

The quadrangle frame design first introduced by S&E in 1977 is one of the most iconic in cycling history. While frame geometry and materials have evolved significantly since then, we still love the design. And we’re not alone, which is why S&E offers a huge range of retro inspired complete bikes, including the 16” Lil Quad pictured above. For more info, visit www.sebikes.com.

Shred’s new INFINITE RAA technology offers many of the same benefits as MIPS, without adding any additional weight or volume.

Shred’s new INFINITE RAA technology offers many of the same benefits as MIPS without adding additional weight or volume.

Shred Helmet Technology

MIPS was the first entity to raise awareness surrounding the potential damage from rotational forces, but their solution has changed little over the years. At Interbike, several brands were showcasing new approaches to this challenge. One of the most interesting came from Shred, which suspends a fabric liner on a series of small joystick like discs to create a slip plane. The main advantage of this system over MIPS is that it does not add additional weight or change the fit of the helmet. For more info, check out our coverage here.

Tons of fun in a budget friendly package.

Tons of fun in a budget friendly package.

Marin Pine Mountain 1

Built on the same stout steel frame as the base Pine Mountain model, the new Marin Pine Mountain 1 goes a step further with the addition of a RockShox Recon Silver RL fork with 120mm travel and Shimano’s SLX Shadow Plus 11-speed rear derailleur. Plus-sized, tubeless ready Schwalbe 27.5+ x 2.9″ tires roll fast and grip anything and bring a different experience to trail riding. And with an MSRP of $1299, you’ll still have plenty of cash leftover for upgrades down the road. Learn more here.

The new Turner Flux is a lightweight 120mm travel 27.5” trail bike.

The new Turner Flux is a lightweight 120mm travel 27.5” trail bike.

Turner Flux

The Turner Flux is a “new era trail ripper” that is built around 27.5 wheels and features 120mm of travel front and rear. This is Turner’s third foray into carbon, but if the RFX is any indication, this bike slays. For more info, check out coverage here.

Sometimes middle of the road is the best path to take.

Sometimes middle of the road is the best path to take.

Maxxis Wide Trail Tires

The industry has been hammering us over the head with the idea that wider is better, plus sized is fun, and on and on. And while there may be some truth to that, we really like the idea of difference splitting that comes with Maxxis’ range of Wide Trail tires, which actually launched before trade show season. They measure 27.5×2.4” or 2.5” and are recommended for wheels with 35mm inner width rims. That means you can still reap the benefits of increased traction, run them on most traditional 27.5 bikes, but have less worries about slicing sidewalls, unnerving squirm, and the extra weight that comes with 2.8-3.0” plus tires. There is also more side knob support so you get quicker bite, but less premature wear. Maxxis is currently offering WT sizing/casing on Minion DHF and Minion DHR II, two of the most popular tires on the trail/enduro markets. Learn more at www.maxxis.com.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2016 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.


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