Knog Got Guts
Knog had a wacky (and somewhat gross) display in their booth at Interbike. Shown here is the Knog Blinder ARC 640, a 640 lumen Cree LED light that can pull double duty on pavement or on the trail. The Blinder ARC is 100% waterproof so rain and mist are no problem. This light will mount on either your bar or helmet, has 4 light modes and max run time (flash) of 15 hours and a minimum run time (high beam) of 1.7 hours. And no, it wont actually bleed if you drop it. Price: $120. More info at www.knog.com.au.
Solos Heads Up Display Glasses
The new Solos heads-up-display glasses allow you to track speed, elevation, heart rate, etc. without taking your eyes off the road or trail. There are also built-in speakers and a microphone so that you can have real-time data transfers and communication with your coach, even if he’s on the other side of the world. The Solos sync via Bluetooth with your smartphone. They’re in pre-production mode now, but the company is aiming for a spring 2016 launch. Pricing is yet to be determined. Learn more at www.solos-wearables.com.
Designed by a team of scientists in Israel, the SoftWheel was originally conceived to provide a more comfortable and controllable ride for wheel chairs. They’re now taking that technology and focusing on the bicycle. By using three shocks to create the “spokes” the SoftWheel incorporates a suspension mechanism that acts only when an impact above a certain threshold is encountered. That threshold is pre-set according to user requirements and is easily changed. We saw it in action and still didn’t quite get it.
More info at www.softwheel.technology
Xtracycle 36er with Lefty Fork
Xtracycle is an Oakland, California-based company that’s one of the originators in the cargo bike category. But rolling around the show floor at Interbike, Bryan Keener was showing off this project bike with 36″ wheels, a custom Lefty fork, and custom dual caliper front disc brakes. Looks… interesting? More info at www.xtracycle.com.
Santana Drop Fat Tandem
It would be easy to dismiss the new Santana Cycles Drop Fat as just a tandem fat bike. But it’s actually intended to tackle gravel roads and epic rides. Continental Divide, anyone? Santana built this prototypes around fat bike components, but is planning on experiment with plus size tires as well. Read more here and check out www.santanatandem.com.