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Interbike '11 Part 1

Sat, 09/17/2011 - 8:21pm by Andy Shen
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Andy Shen

I'm far too lazy and jaded to separate these shots into categories. So here they are in sequential order. Enjoy! Schmalz in italics.

Ultegra Di2

A new mid-level gruppo was the most exciting thing about the Interbike show, also bringing down the house: oatmeal, Foreigner and sweater vests.

This is the 2nd picture I took and already I'm zoning out. I actually thought this was an electronic derailer.
Here's the actual Ultegra Di2 rear derailer, shot while I was pedaling the bike. If you could see it clearly you'd see that it's a bit bulky.
"Wow, these demo pedalers are startlingly ugly." "Speak for yourself, Mr. Mustache."
Really excited to ride this gruppo, note the precision of the wet spot on my pants.
Wiring is all new, thinner and easier to install.
These are the new "Tron Series" Pro bars.
Cav's Venge. Check out our video surveillance in the background there. Creepy.

This bike swore at us and then tweeted about its really hot girlfriend.

Branding!

I enjoy the fact that these "green jersey" stickers have all the forethought of a decal set for a 1976 Pinto model car kit.

Schmalz got all excited to see Fab's bike, only to realize this belonged to a tri guy.

Big deal—wrong bike, wrong sport, wrong year, wrong metrosexual.

I want a 29er. There'll be a 29er in the shots every now and then.
American Classic have a new super wide rim for tubeless.

And it's coated with candy!

In aluminum or...
...magnesium. Even lighter! If there's one thing from the show I wanted to steal, it was this.

Andy's life is sad.

See, wide ass rims.
Castelli's one piece speed suit, Heinrich Haussler likes it.

He especially like the advanced cleavage opportunities the new kit offers.

You think I'm showing you a chamois, but I'm really showing you on the shorts where Creed touched me.
How many road bikes can you look at? I'm scanning the background for funny looking people.
Once again, Wilier stole my fork design.
Seriously! Look here.
Daniel Benson flips me off.

It's this kind of sassy attitude that attracts all types to Mr. Benson.

Dan and Laura Weislo still in the staring contest, Jane Aubrey and Benson out.
...this guy!
Scott LeMond with a Greg shirt.
A very large man tries to break 1000 watts. He succeeded.

This guy almost destroyed everything in the booth with his pedal stroke. Seriously. Take a look at the guys just in front of him at the next booth turning their heads in shock.

Bedazzled headset! Didn't someone photoshop Sarah Palin's head on this thing?
We give Creed grief for his head size, but it's entirely warranted. Here he is not fitting into a "street" helmet.
His head is large in an unusual way, it's very long, like a ferret or weasel's cranium.
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Tubeless tires
By: the Sensei
Tue, 09/20/2011 - 3:31pm

You will not see Vittoria, Continental, Michelin, Vrdestein or any other of the bigger name tire manufactureres making a tubeless road tire any time soon. Its a political thing and has nothing to do with the relative merits of the technology. It sucks, but it is what it is.

Was there not a booth at
By: weed
Tue, 09/20/2011 - 3:24pm

Was there not a booth at InterBike for Performance Enhancers...no not Sram...more like EPO, Testostorone, Steroids etc.?

The pedals measuring power
By: Noe Biopace
Mon, 09/19/2011 - 11:35pm

The pedals measuring power were not ideal in regards to racing. They have a huge measuring device that hangs off of each crank. I can see it easily tearing off if you crash your bike.
Conti and "other makers" did NOT say they were coming out with some tubeless models when I asked them.

Vector got bought out by
By: Andy Shen
Mon, 09/19/2011 - 2:37pm

Vector got bought out by Garmin. The Garmin pedal is an Exustar Look compatible pedal, due sometime next year.

Vector...
By: Loic Neck
Mon, 09/19/2011 - 12:53pm

Whats goin on with the watt sensor within the speedplay? They're holdin out!!

Tubless
By: Charles Post
Mon, 09/19/2011 - 10:25am

Boys!
Keep your eyes peeled for some new tubless tires. I saw the IRC tires that you can patch. I've heard that conti and some other makers are cominig out with some models. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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