The 7th Annual SF Bike Expo was this past weekend and I was there checking things out for both Mtbr and RoadBikeReview (sponsors of the SF Bike Expo). The show is a bit leaner than in years past, with the entire show now encompassing one hall room. Even so, attendance was surprisingly strong when I first arrived (shortly after noon) but all the bargain hunters also came early. The velo swap portion of the show now dominates the majority of the exhibit space, but there were also a few brands on display showing their bikes, parts and accessories. Highlighted here are some new products from some familiar and some not so familiar manufacturers. Be sure to click through the photo gallery below for more shots of the bike swap portion of the show.
ABUS Ultra 410 locks
German brand ABUS was on hand and Colin showed us their new Ultra 410 u-type locks with a 12mm round shackle that are available with or without a cable. The Ultra 410 uses a high end key cylinder and the 6 key wafer is designed to not rip your jeans when it’s in your pocket. Shown here are the ABUS Ultra 410 Mini in 7″ ($39.99) and 5.5″ ($34.99) sizes and the Ultra 410 Mini + Cobra Cable combo ($42.99). The Ultra series will be available starting in mid-December. Another brand new ABUS lock that is forth coming is the Futura model that is a little wider and taller than existing ABUS models. The Futura will come in grey or red (shown in the photo gallery below).
For more information: www.abus.com
Gamut USA Cillos stem
Gamut USA is a company that is local to the SF-SJ Bay Area and they were showing their new Cillos forged and CNC’d stem. The Cillos shown is a 50mm stem in slate grey (it will also be available in matte black) with 40mm and 60mm sizes becoming available this December. Weight is about 147-150 grams and has a 31.8″ clamp diameter and fits 1 1/8″ steerers. Nate from Gamut tells us, “The Cillos has a zero rise and is designed to be plenty stiff for the gnarly stuff, but it is also lightweight. It is named after one of the neighborhood streets in San Jose where the two founding brothers of Gamut grew up.” MSRP of the Cillos is $109.95.
For more information: gamutusa.com
Grit Bottle Biter and Night Shift bike light
The Grit Bottle Biter is a hunk of metal that clamps to the underside of your bike saddle and helps you enjoy your favorite post ride bottled beverage. It is available in 4 colors (black, silver, red, gold) and retails for $24.00.
The Grit Night Shift is available as a bike light holder only ($18.00) or it can ordered with a 36 lumen light for $24.00. The light holder also serves as a way to attach the light to your bike. Future versions will have options for a 135 lumen and a 900 lumen light.
For more information or to order direct: www.gritsantacruz.com
Dirt Rag Bicycle Times
Like Mtbr and RoadBikeReview, Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times are long time sponsors of the SF Bike Expo. I stopped to shoot the bike biz breeze with our friends and occasional riding buddies Maurice Tierney (Dirt Rag founder, Mountain Bike Hall of Famer, Pinball Wizard) and Gary Boulanger (Editor of Dirt Rag/Bicycle Times, Founder of Cycles Gaansari, Moto Guzzi owner).