By Tom Demerly and Matt Duffin for TriSports.com
BH Bicycles of Spain showed their new aero bike apparently named the "Aero". The bike features a flip-able integrated stem design but works with other stems and has widely variable effective seat tube angle.
A noteworthy accomplishment on the BH Aero is the rear mounted brake built with a down tube that still maintains close proximity to the front wheel, a feature some designers claim improves aerodynamics.
The BH Aero featured a gossamer top tube that was incredibly thin as it joined the seat tube. Note the two bolts on the top tube for accessory integration, a common feature on new triathlon bikes.
The rear brake is nicely integrated into the seat stays. BikeRumor.com has reported this mounting also facilitates a Magura hydaulic aero brake as used by Cervelo on their P5.
The BH Aero uses standard stem mounting integrated into the top tube and was shown with a nice stem that provides a high and low position. Other stems can be installed also.
The show bike BH Aero wore a Vision aerodynamic crank and SRAM Red components. Notice the replaceable derailleur hanger and semi-vertical (not horizontal) dropouts, a nice touch on a high end time trial/triathlon bike.
In many ways Interbike is about personalities and relationships. Three key figures in multisport paused for a group shot. Left to right, Paul Thomas, long time industry sales rep and top athlete. Triathlon Hall of Famer and Slowtwitch.com founder Dan Empfield, inventor of the triathlon bike and wetsuit. Former USTS Director Mike Plant now of MPA Event Graphics.
Bikes of the stars are a big attraction at Interbike. This is Craig Alexander's Ironman winning Specialized with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, PRO cockpit, Fizik Arione saddle, X-Lab cages and Shimano Dura-Ace wheels.
Shimano showed an increased emphasis on triathlon marketing with their new Ultegra Di2 being shown on a triathlon bike, one of the first times a tri bike has been seen in the Shimano booth.
Shimano also showcased deep section aero wheels including their Dura-Ace C75 with its impressive hub. These introductions and the emphasis on them signify triathlon as a major category for Shimano.
Shimano's TR-31 triathlon shoe continues as a value leading single strap velcro tri shoe at only $130 USD MSRP.
Pearl Izumi showed continued strong shoe offerings including this new triathlon specific running shoe with stretch speed laces and a seamless interior for sockless running. Notice the generous sole rocker and heel pull tab.
Pearl Izumi's high end $350 tri cycling shoe, the Tri Fly Octane attracted onlookers with its carbon outsole, gossamer mesh upper and impressively light weight.
Camelbak emphasized their horizontal reservoir packs with new models for 2013 and showed a mid capacity Octane 20 LR pack ideal for long distance off road and adventure racing.
Want to start your own bike or component company? A quick meeting with Ningbo Sypo Industry and Shanghai DNK and you have your own bike brand! Notice some of the familiar bike models seen in these simple booths from the large Taiwanese and Chinese manufacturers that become the brands we buy.
Ron Tew of BMC bicycles epitomizes the hard working sales professionals on the floor at Interbike meeting with dealers and attending sales meetings. Tew is an ex-Cervelo man who has spearheaded the market growth of BMC bicycles around the U.S. His calm demeanor, professional attitude and exceptional product knowledge benefit any brand he represents.
The T1 Pro magnetic closure race belt attracted big crowds to their small exhibit space. Using powerful magnets the belt closes faster than a polymer Fastex style buckle. New models carry energy gels and other accessories.
Interbike is long days followed by long nights so caffeine is in great demand and abundant supply on the show floor. Here a vendor ground fresh beans for a dark roast that brought us back in the fight to cover the show.
Another new gem from the BH Bicycles booth: the new BH G6 road bike with an aero styled down tube and new Shimano Dura-Ace 11 speed mechanical with the four-arm crank.
Interbike provides insights into how manufacturing processes differentiate brands. Left: A BMC carbon fiber precision molded lug. Right: A bottom bracket union from a BH Bicycles road bike.
New cycling clothing trends: A "Bike Dress" with rear pockets, integrated bike shorts and tech fabrics. Garneau showed airy mesh hot weather shorts and jersey perfect for high summer.
The distributor of the Hello Kitty branded bike told me almost all their sales are to adult consumers.
Kristen Armstrong's SRAM equipped Felt DA from her Olympic Gold Medal individual time trial disappeared after Eurobike but was recreated for Interbike.
Kristen Armstrong's cockpit included new Zipp aero bars and base bars with a grippy surface and a custom aero bridge between the extensions. Notice the Fizik brand aerobar pads also.
Another show stopper was Zipp's new carbon fiber clincher disk wheel. Zipp claims this is actually faster than their previous tubular models.
Cervelo continued successful designs but with bold new color and graphic stories and updated component kits.
An interesting assortment of frame fittings from one of the many industrial suppliers at Interbike. Notice the internal cable fittings in the upper right hand corner.
At only $1800 MSRP Quintana Roo's Kilo with a carbon fiber frame, aero styling and a SRAM FSA component kit comes with genuine Shimano wheels and Continental tires. Nothing else came close.
The biggest growth area in soft goods is custom apparel and many custom club and team uniform vendors showed their wares at Interbike including Squadra with their professional level apparel and Headsweats with their industry leading custom embroidered hats.
By the end of the show this lad in the Triggerpoint booth must have felt like a jellyfish since he was rolling his muscles out for hours every day.
The giant GoPro video booth featured incredible action video and cool cars, bikes and motorcycles but their staff gathered for frequent "tribal chanting" on the show floor that was disruptive to media trying to work.
It wasn't all carbon fiber and airfoil shaped, molded bikes. This beautiful lugged cro-moly bike used a traditional headset. It is a 2013 model from an Italian hand crafter.
Showstopper: Richard Verney of 2XU shows a brilliant new pad design in a 2XU trisuit that integrates the design of the popular ISM Adamo saddle. It's about time. Well done 2XU!
A closer look at the game changing 2XU saddle pad made to work with ISM Adamo saddles.
2XU also showed hot new colorways for 2013 apparel that broke with traditional color stories and bring excitement into the line.
Fuelbelt showed new Ironman branded products in a fun variety of bright colors.
I always visit the friendly crew from Nantucket Hand Made Bike Baskets at Interbike. Their beautiful baskets are a reflection of how nice a group of people they are.