Subrosa introduced a ‘medium level’ lock to sit above its Grenade shaped Combat cable. The Warhead is a coiled cable solution that is supplied with two keys. BikeBiz is told a burlier ‘overnight’ solution is on the way from Subrosa, likely set for market in summer 2014.
That’s far from it from the label, which also used Interbike to show the production version and tounge-in-cheek packaging of the Magnum full bashguard sprocket. 25, 28 and 30 tooth models are soon to land in the UK.
Among other new items, you’ll find the High Life riser stem and the Battle fork, which carries invest cast dropouts and has extra hubguard clearance built in.
Scott Ditchburn’s signature frame gets and upgrade alongside many others in the line. On the ‘Thunderbeast’ you’ll find thicker chainstays and a 34mm dropout to match the signature pegs.
The Shadow Conspiracy
Also found under Seventies portfolio of 20-inch labels, Shadow are the latest brand to take on the Tripod system on their saddle and posts, with products landing in spring.
Both Drew Bezanson and Simmone Barraco have fresh signature saddles, with the latter a black and olive tie die effect print.
Shadow had a fresh line of sprockets on show too, with the Serpent perhaps the most eye-catching in both appearance and in price. The sprocket will be on sale in the US for as little as $30. There’s also a heavier duty unit coming that will measure 8mm in the centre and taper down to 6mm at the teeth.
BikeBiz was also told that the bronze finish components seen on the ‘Turn it up to 11’ bike could soon be in the UK as aftermarket components. If that does happen, expect stems, bars and sprockets, among other parts in the bronze chrome finish.
Though not surprised to see the freecoaster trend take off at Interbike, few seem to have considered hub specialist Profile Racing as a newcomer.
That was soon to change with media surrounding the stand in order to get a glimpse of the prototype, which we were told has ‘three settings’ and will land early in 2014 with UK distributors Profile Europe.
What we do know about the hub is that it will come in female and 14mm axle versions and will roll on a wide bearing area, with two placed outside of the driver.
Having abandoned 650b many years ago, Haro is now back in the frame for the new industry favourite wheel size. There’s four complete bikes spanning $600 through $1,330, each based around an aluminium frame redeveloped around the same platform as Haro’s best selling 26-inch mid range bikes.
Perhaps the highlight of Haro’s double booth was the label’s first ever carbon fibre BMX race frame, dubbed the Clutch. With a ‘Power Transfer Centre’, or massively re-enforced bottom bracket in plain English, this one is built to be quickest out of the gate. The ‘c/730 carbon’ tubing is tapered to precision to ensure all the stresses of racing are dealt with. What’s more, the largest frame size only weighs in at 2.7lbs. Expect the Clutch to retail for around $1,000.
Sticking with the new hub run down, Revenge, which is supplied in the UK via 4Down, has two new cassette hubs and a freecoaster set to ship in Spring. Each uses high-grade Japanese bearings and the cassettes will be designed to work with the S&M hubguards, including the drive side unit.
A few new bits on the fit stand, but the highlight has to be a new Mike Aitken signature frame, styled to be reminiscent of a retro Mongoose Moto Mag. With a 13.3 rear and 75.25 headtube it strikes a good balance between responsive street frame and park cruiser. Stock is expected to ship in time for Christmas.
Fit also debuted a 24mm axle, two-piece crank and a 2.4 gum-coloured ‘Traction Assist’ tyre.
Quirky products galore from Kink. Tyre inspired iPhone covers were the obvious head-turner and will be available in sizes to match the iPhone 4s and 5, selling in the US for as little as $15.
It was the Minus One sprocket that will divide opinion, however. As the name suggests, this ‘25’ tooth sprocket is missing just one tooth and that’s to assist the wheel removal that has become more difficult with slammed dropouts over the years. According to the brand, you’ll not know you’re missing a tooth when riding.
Kink also debuted a new ‘trials’ frame dubbed the Mudrunner, which has a classy headtube badge sporting tools of the trail.
Also found alongside the Fairdale bikes was Odyssey’s booth, where product debuts were given to the Socket Drive compatible version of the Million Dollar Sprocket, as well as showings of the backwards compatible Quartet and Anti-Gram hubs and hubguards. The Anti-Gram is the range topper, with reversible drivers to be both left or right hand drive compatible.
Having turned over a huge number of the pocket-money friendly and easy to fit Springfield brakes, Odyssey also revealed a one piece Quickslick bridge cable to stiffen up any BMX brake’s response. A ‘one size fits all’ three-point adjustable version will also be sold for those who fine tune their brakes.
It’s hard to keep track of all the new goods coming from Eclat, but one obvious item from Interbike was the Maverick crank. Completely weld free, the crank arms are cold forged, so should stand up to a beating. They’ll attach to a burly 24mm 48-spline axle too, so there really are no weak spots.
The cranks may be a guaranteed seller, but Eclat are also experimenting with coloured BMX tyres, showing a 2.3 tyre called the Ridgestone in blue and green.
You'll find a fuller gallery of photos from the show floor, including more from the above brands, here.