30 September 2006 - 16:00Interbike 06 – Part 2
Welcome to the second installment.
It was a busy day to say the least, lots of walking around, lots of things to see.
I ended up talking with Jeff Steber of Intense for quite some time about his new baby, the Spider 29. This bike has been eagerly anticipated by many, and utilizes Intense’s proven VPP (Virtual Pivot Point) technology, and gets 4.5″ of travel.
The finished product is amazing. Everything at Intense is done in house, from welding to paint, and under Jeff’s watchful eye, execution is perfect. Currently, only the medium frames are available, but there will be a large frame in a few weeks. There are many paint options too, so finding a ride that fits you style is easy.
We have been promised a bike to try out before the snow flies, so I’m anxiously awaiting it’s arrival. Expect a detailed review to come.
Now that Jeff has been bitten by the 29er bug, he plans on developing the ever popular 5.5 for use with big wheels. The long travel 29er movement is propelling forward further than anticipated.
All very good news for us.
Jeff also plans on releasing some 29er rubber in the not too distant future. Intense is definitely going to be a major player in 29er land.
And, being that Jeff is a stand up guy, he tagged the stand the Spider was on with a Bike 29 sticker, on both sides. So anyone taking a picture of the bike, will also be getting picture of the B29 logo. I have a feeling we will be selling quite a few Spiders…
Manitou jumps in with their first 29er fork, the Minute, and it has the capability to be set at 80, 100 or 125mm of travel. It should be interesting to see who else has longer travel fork up their sleeves. Chris at Niner had a big smirk on his face, as he was withholding some pretty sweet top secret info. From what little info I tried to pry out of him, I have the suspicion that there may be a long travel Rock Shox fork in the works, and possibly a Fox. He would not tell me though.
WTB has a new tire called the Weirwolf LT. It is a high volume tire, with low tread (LT) that promises to roll fast and give plenty of traction. They claim it’s a 2.55, but in actuality, it is much closer to a 2.3. When compared side by side with an Exiwolf, they are practically the same overall size.
It’s what WTB didn’t have in their booth that got me all fired up. They are working on 3 new tire designs in 29″ format. They look absolutely killer. It is my hope that they make one or maybe even all of them in super sticky rubber. I’m calling for a tire that is so sticky, that it’s only good for 30 days or so before needing to be replace. It would be the choice for our wet roots and rock.
So that’s about all I have on Interbike. There was simply way too much info to really covey, so I decided to go with what I saw were the highlights.
All my countless wasted hours flying back and forth from Europe paid off on my return to the East Coast. I got upgraded to first class, and got to sleep it off in a nice comfy seat on the way back. Upon my return, I had to go right to the shop, but not before swinging by the post office to pick up something that I will be writing a detailed report on tomorrow.
Can you guess what it is?