Blackburn’s Niner ROS 9 Bikepacker
Blackburn had several custom bikes in their booth that were equipped for bike-packing duty. Of the five, this Niner ROS 9 Plus caught our eye. It has a cool aqua/tan custom paint job with a custom rack to match. Shown here, the bike is equipped from stem to stern with the Blackburn Outpost top tube bag, Outpost frame bag, Outpost seat pack and dry bag, and the Outpost handle bar roll with dry bag. Bonus points for the cool surfboard holder. Bikepacking is all about options and Blackburn gives you plenty. Learn more at www.blackburndesign.com and if you see this bike in the wild, tackle the rider. This rig was stolen just after the trade show.
Foes Mixer 79er
The Foes Racing Mixer 79er shows one of the advantages the small builder has over the big guys. Being small allows them to take a new idea and run with it, creating a prototype in-house and being able to tweak it on the fly. Approached by one of his long time dealers with the idea, Brent Foes created this project bike to take advantage of a 27.5″ wheel in the back and a 29″ wheel in the front. Sure, those who have been around awhile will know that this is not the first time the “big in the front/small in the back” combination has been tried. However, now with 27.5″ wheels, Foes feels that they can combine the rollover ability of a 29er with the nimbleness of a 27.5 rear. Will it have buyers lining up with checkbooks in hand? No, and Foes realizes this. But for the few that aren’t afraid to venture off the beaten path, the Mixer provides a unique option like no other. Learn more at www.foesracing.com.
Marin Pine Mountain
While Marin Bikes may have celebrated its 30th birthday this year, it’s by no means over the hill. The company’s latest model is an ode to the past, with a decidedly modern twist. Named after one of Marin’s original models, the steel 27.5+ Pine Mountain hardtail features classically inspired lines and the tubeset is lighter and stronger, which allowed Marin to utilize thinner walls. Read more here and check out www.marinbikes.com.
Lizard Skin’s DSP Grips
Lizard Skins is a brand that is probably best known for grips and chainstay protectors. But they also make a vast array of other products, including gloves, shoe covers, bar tape (for those drop bar riders out there) and more including wrap for baseball bats. Their new DSP (DuraSoft Polymer) grips come in 30.3 and 32.2mm diameter and a wide variety of colors. The DSP material provides durability, shock absorption and grip. The feel of these grips will make you want to go gloveless (not that we recommend this). Price is $30 per pair and are available now. Learn more here and check out lizardskins.com.
Feedback Sports Omnium Rollers
Feedback Sports new Omnium rollers are actually a combination of SportCrafter’s Omnium trainer and Feedback’s own tripod know-how. That union provides a small, portable solution for your pre-race warm-up or even for your out-of-town training sessions. The trainer has a simple fork-mount and utilizes internal progressive resistance. Price is $450 and the entire unit folds up into an included carrying bag. Learn more here and check out www.feedbacksports.com.
Industry Nine Matchsticks
We love heading out for a ride without wearing a pack, which is why we dig the new Matchsticks from Industry Nine. Their new thru axles ad a bit of custom flair, help shave 30 grams, and allow you to seamlessly store several of the most commonly used tools. Price: $215. Learn more at www.industrynine.net