29th through October 2nd, Las Vegas, Nevada hosted the
biggest bike trade show in North America. With BMX,
Road, Mountain and everything in between, it became
THE Mecca for bike enthusiasts that weekend, and one
of the only times you'd find that many outdoor enthusiasts
. . . inside. Interbike 2001 gave us riders enough eye
candy to last until we can finally get our hands on
the stuff next season. Here is a sampling of what we
over FOX, Progressive Suspension now wants a piece of
the Mountain Bike market. After Roy Turner left RockShox
and bought the rights to the Curnutt shock patents used
by the Foes racing team, he headed over to Progressive
Suspension and convinced them to develop the shock.
result? The most advanced shock on the planet. It's
design allows for 5-way adjustability, an increase in
power and pedal efficiency, complete bottoming control,
the ability to run lighter springs and get a smoother
ride, and the widest range of adjustments of any shock
on the market.
if you weren't sold yet, Santa Cruz and Intense are
now using the 5th element on all their high end downhill
bikes to replace those of FOX. I almost wish I had waited
to buy my Bullit.
a ton of new bikes to see, you'd think it would be easy
to miss the best looking bike coming out next year.
No way . . .You couldn't miss this baby!! It hung on
the wall like a fat moose head in a Yukon bar. It didn't
need a 6 foot rack when, in the words of my cousin Tyler,
"IT HAS FLAMES!!!???" "HAAAAAA!!!".
hard to go wrong with a nice paint job, but to quote
Rocky Mountain's 2002 catalog: ". . . no matter
how sweet a bike looks - when it's leaning there against
the wall, or on display in the bike shop, it is just
what it is - a hunk of flashy metal with wheels."
Rocky Mountain doesn't just build good looking bikes,
they build some of the best performing bikes on the
RM6 is replaced by a gorgeous RM7 with a triple chain
ring that will make riding uphill less of a chore. The
classic Pipeline seems to be regaining it's slot over
the Slayer's position as and all around freeride bike
with up to 6" of travel and stronger tubing along
with a redesigned seat stay yoke. Probably the most
popular seller among the freeriding community will be
the new Switch. It comes with yet ANOTHER new suspension
system by Rocky Mountain. The rear Fox Vanilla RL gives
a plush 5" of travel and can be locked out. The
Manitou Black up front can be switched on the fly between
4 and 5 inches of travel.
catch these guys till the last day, and I'm glad I did.
They were hiding out by the BMX crowd, in a small Avalanche
booth along side Brooklyn Machine Works and Canfield.
I have to say, next to the Santa Cruz VPP, this was
the coolest thing I got to ride.
the fact that the design allows for zero pedal induced
action for the rear suspension. And that it still supports
HUGE suspension. The Nicolai Nucleon DH/FR had a transmission
system that worked better than my grandma's Chrysler.
I'm going to have a hard time buying a normal drivetrain
when I get my next bike.
totally sealed transmission system allows you to change
gears whenever you want!! And FAST!!! I flew through
14 gears without any loss of power or chain movement
over chain rings. You can even shift the thing without
pedaling and completely stopped!!!!! If these guys weren't
from Germany I'd be test riding one right now. When
there USA rep told me he was late and couldn't make
the outdoor demo, I could've killed him. If you have
the opportunity, I HIGHLY recommend trying one out!!
is the real reason why I left Utah at 10:30 at night,
continued past Mesquite, Nevada and camped in the desert
about 45 minutes outside of Vegas at 3:30 in the morning.
To ride the best new technology in mountain bike frame
Santa Cruz V10 with VPP technology was one of the biggest
attractions at the outdoor demo. Even though they wouldn't
put pedals on the thing and let you ride it!!! @#$@#%
I had seen pictures and I had hopes of the actual bike
looking less complicated then what I remembered. No
luck. It still did. Though, when I sat on it, It didn't
seem to matter. It had the most amount of sag of any
bike I had sat on . . . ever. I
quickly questioned if it was ride ready, and was responded
with "It's supposed to sag like that" "4
inches of sag".
to Santa Cruz, even with 4 inches of negative travel,
the V10 still pedals without any bobbing and accelerates
faster than any downhill bike has a right to. Couple
that design with a 5th Element shock providing 10"
of rear travel and you have my new dream bike.
This one is getting to be more of a toughie. Although
Camelbaks have been more popular, many would trade in
their bladders for those of Platypus. Stating that the
bladders were taste-free, had a larger opening and the
bite valve was better. For 2002, the packs are a lot
Platypus bladders can be accessed and filled with out
removing them from the pack. They still come with a
large ziplock opening at the base of the bladder to
allow for easily adding ice cubes and cleaning. Their
bladders are still taste-free and for 2002, so will
the drinking tube. Platypus claims the new reservoirs
are twice as flexible and durable as those of previous
years. That says a lot for a bladder that was already
the best out there. The Platypus reservoirs are now
fully insulated and more ergonomic and aerodynamic than
ever before. Add the drinking tube insulator accessory
and you have an awesome pack for a few dollars less
A totally redesigned pack comes with wider shoulder
straps to ensure more comfort and strength, more pockets
on some models, a ventilation system of pads to help
keep you back cool, and a super large opening for the
bladder allows for easy filling and adding ice. Only
their smaller models up to the Razor allow for filling
of the reservoir without removing it and no word on
their plans to remove the "flavor memory"
plastic used in their packs. Camelbak took and still
retains a large majority of the market for hydration
packs. Some of the changes for 2002 are going to make
it even harder for companies like Platypus to catch