We are just back from INTERBIKE, the big annual bike show in Las Vegas, where almost every bike, gear, apparel and accessories company shows off all their cool new products for the year to come. We saw a lot of bright and shiny new toys that all you cyclists on the roads, mountains, and streets are going to want to play with. Here is a look at our favorites, both for style and performance — some that are available now in 2014 models and a few you still have to wait for until 2015.
ABOVE ROW 1: LAZER Z1. Bright and graphic is this tri-tone, top of the line high performance helmet from Lazer, their lightest ever with a more comfortable fit, better ventilation, an additional aeroshell and improved side impact protection. HANG TEN 3-SPEED CRUISER. California surf and lifestyle brand Hang Ten has entered into the bike market, appropriately with the beach cruiser. Available in both mens and womens models, from 1 to 3 speeds, these stylish bikes are made for your endless summer. PEARL IZUMI TRI FLY IV CARBON & P.R.O LEADER II. The hot colors and graphics on these triathlon and road cycling shoes from Pearl Izumi are matched only by their performance on the bike. Both are extremely lightweight, efficient in power transfer, and feature an adaptive fit system. The P.R.O. Leader II has their thinnest and most technical upper to date, and offers the precision fit of the Boa retention system.
ROW 2: SPECIALIZED FAT BOY. One of the biggest trends in mountain biking and on cruisers as well is the fat tire, and we mean fat! Twice the thickness in some cases as traditional tires, and twice the fun, these fatties are made to plow through sand, snow, or anywhere else you want to ride them, no matter the terrain or conditions. LAZER MAGNETO M1-M1S. To pair with the helmet shown above are the Magneto sunglasses that connect via magnets on the helmet tabs and feature the Magdoc system to store them on your helmet when not in use. No traditional temples, means no pressure points, making them comfortable even during long rides.
ROW 3: THE FALCO V TRIATHLON/TT BIKE. Super stealth and state of the art, this head-turning carbon fiber triathlon/time trial bike is built for one thing only… speed! Created in a facility shared with a military R&D that designs jet fighters, its aerodynamic design is inspired by F22 and F15 jets. MIO LINK HEART RATE WRISTBAND. This stylish heart rate monitor from MioLInk is chest strap free, with color coded lights to monitor EKG-accurate heart rate data. It connects to many favorite fitness apps, and syncs with GPS watches & bike computers via Bluetooth.
ROW1: WILLIER CENTO 1AIR. For performance, efficiency, comfort and aerodynamics, Willier bicycles are consistently top rated, and the fifth generation Cento1AIR represents the culmination of years of testing. Noted for their front ends, the integrated head tube and fork designs equate to excellent steerability for confident cornering and descending. DEMARCHI AUTHENTIC JERSEYS. Atala 1949, Bottechia 1951, Cinelli 1970, these authentic limited edition cycling jerseys are made from 100% merino wool and will have you riding like the greatest cyclists in history.
ROW 2: BOLLE 6TH SENSE SUNGLASSES. At racing speeds, visual clarity and a stable fit are critical. These ergonomically-shaped frames with removable side panels adjust perfectly to the racing position by extending your field of vision and offering more protection towards the top of the face. Great colors are available as well. SEASUCKER BIKE RACK. SeaSucker bike racks use incredibly strong vacuum mounts that allow you to temporarily but securely mount your bike to the roof or trunk of your car without the hassle of permanently attaching any hardware.
ROW 3: JB CLASSIC CARRERA FOLDABLE HELMET. From John Boultbee, the clothing line of Brooks England, noted bicycle saddle and accessories brand, comes this very posh and functional folding helmet by Carrera, available in an array of sophisticated colors. MASI EVOLUZIONE ULTEGRA DI2. Besides the gorgeous graphics on the 2015 model of the Evoluzione Ultegra Di2, this light and fast bicycle features the exclusive Masi MC5 and MC7 carbon fiber frame and fork, an 11-speed drivetrain and a tradition of victory thanks to the Monster Media Racing team.
LEFT COLUMN: VIRTUE PEDALIST. The velomobile could be the future of bicycle commuting, offering the protection, lighting, and turn signals of a car, but powered by a bicycle. The Pedalist by Virtue Bikes is a prototype for now, but inside this shiny black pod nests a bike that will have an optional electric motor to help pedal its rather hefty weight. While not there yet, we like where they are going! CANYON ULTIMATE CF SLX IL GIRO 2014. Created to honor Giro d’Italia winner Nairo Quintana and his pink leader’s jersey, Canyon bicycles has produced a very special edition of the Ultimate CF SLX, identical in every way to the machine Quintana rode to victory at the Giro. Available in an extremely limited edition of 21, each bike represents a unique tribute to one of the 21 stages of this legendary race. The all pink frame set is built up with Campagnolo Super Record EPS, with matching shift lever hoods and bar tape, and also features pink Continental Competition Pro LTD wheels with pink side walls. Unfortunately this edition is already sold out, so the best we can do is admire from afar.
RIGHT COLUMN: BIANCHI TIMEPIECES CELESTE. For all you Bianchi lovers and fans of their signature green in particular, Bianchi Timepieces has created three contemporary sport watches, 100m water resistant and with scratch resistant sapphire crystal. All models feature Swiss Made movement and Italian design, and are available in 38 and 43mm cases. SONY POV HD CAMCORDER. Establishing its prime position in the HD action cam arena is this cute little white splashproof camcorder, Sony’s smallest to date. Featuring SteadyShot™ image stabilization to conquer bumps and blur, the Action Cam can be controlled via phone, and up to 5 cameras can be programmed with Live-View Remote. EVOC BIKE TRAVEL BAG. Planes, trains and automobiles, this award winning bicycle transport bag can handle your Triathlon, Road or Mountian bike. Simply dismantle the handlebar, pedals and wheels and within minutes everything is stowed away and packed safely with style.