When walking the aisles at the Interbike trade show, it's easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest new products. But it's very possible your best option is not buying all new gear, but upgrading your current equipment. Indeed, it is often cheaper to upgrade then buy new. Take PUSH Industries, which offers custom fork or shock tuning to your exact riding style, terrain, and specifications.
Or maybe you've heard the hoopla about 1x drivetrains, but haven't jumped on board yet. Why buy a new bike when you could upgrade your drivetrain with SRAM's new Eagle set-up (just make sure it will fit your current steed).
Wheels and tires are another great place to upgrade. So why not a set of new ENVE M60 Forty plus carbon hoops or a pair of Maxxis Minion DHF in 27.5x2.80" tires. Then you can find out why some are raving about the plus size revolution. We also have upgrades for your hydration pack, SUV, pump and more.
Upgrade to a 1x system and find out why riders fall in love with the simplicity of a single front chainring.
SRAM Eagle 1x12 Drivetrain
Drivetrains are a hot topic these days. But there are plenty of riders still riding 9 (or in some cases 8) speed drivetrains and they are left to wonder what all the hype is about. With the advent of the 1x10 drivetrain, riders realized that simplifying the front of their drivetrain simplified life. One less shifter on the bar opened up better ergonomics for dropper post levers. Also, shifting and thinking about shifting became easier. But there were some sacrifices that had to be made. Whether it be at the top end or the bottom end, 1x10 didn't have the same range as 2x. But with a 1x12 setup and a huge 50-tooth rear cog, you don't have to lose gear inches any more. Read Mtbr.com's first ride review of SRAM's Eagle 1x12 drivetrain here and learn more by visiting www.sram.com.
Dropper posts have gained popularity with trail/all-mountain rider and almost all bikes in that category now come spec'd with one.
Fox Transfer Dropper Post
Dropper posts are one of the easiest ways to upgrade your bike, although you will have to pay attention to things like cable routing (especially if you are looking to go with an internal routed version). But once you use one, you will never go back. The Fox Transfer is available in two different models. The Factory version retails for $314 and has internal routing. The Transfer Performance comes in black with no Kashima coat and retails for $264 (external routing). Both come in 30.9mm and 31.6mm size and 100mm, 125mm or 150mm of travel. To learn more, visit www.ridefox.com.
PUSH Industries has been in the suspension tuning game for a long time. They now offer complete rear shocks, fork seal kits, suspension fluid, and more.
PUSH Industries Suspension Upgrade
PUSH Industries is a Colorado based company that made its name providing custom suspension tuning services. PUSH now sells its very own ELEVENSIX rear shock as one of the most sought after upgrades. PUSH also sells tools and kits to help the DIY mechanic tune and maintain their own suspension parts.
Although that may seem like a stretch for many riders, custom suspension work has been an industry standard in the motorcycle world for years. Why buy new when you can make the fork or rear shock you have work exactly to your needs and demands? To view more of the latest products and services from PUSH, visit the PUSH Industries Interbike Virtual Trade Show Booth.
ENVE M60 Forty Plus Carbon Wheels
The Forty Plus is the widest wheel in ENVE's M Series lineup. Available in 27.5 or 29, plus set-ups offer more traction and comfort. The M60 Forty Plus is optimized for tires in the 2.8" to 3.0" range. External rim width is 49mm, internal width is 40mm, and rim depth is 25mm. These wheels are available with 28 spokes and feature the boost standard axle width. Price starts at $2718. To learn more, visit www.enve.com.
Tires are one of the easiest ways to upgrade your ride. The Maxxis Minion DHF pair up perfectly with the ENVE M60 Forty Plus above.
Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5" and 2.8" Tires
The Minion has been a staple in Maxxis tire lineup for years. Now they have a new version called the Minion DHF in either 2.5" or 2.8" for 27.5. The 2.8" plus size has a 120 TPI dual ply casing, and features an aggressive knob profile for good grip in a variety of conditions. It also features Maxxis 3C Maxx Terra compound and EXO protection. These tires are tubeless ready and have a claimed weight of 980 grams. To learn more, visit www. maxxis.com.
Shimano Di2 XTR
Whether it is the world of professional road cycling or World Cup mountain bike racing, electronic shifting is the future and it will eventually trickle down to the weekend warrior. So why not upgrade to wireless now? No, it won't be cheap, but proponents swear by the slick shifting action. Sure charging batteries is no fun, but there's a cost to high tech. Speaking of cost, Di2 is not cheap, but just as Dura-Ace Di2 for road spawned Ultegra Di2, XTR Di2 has yielded XT Di2. Look for more trickle down tech in even lower cost groupsets in the future. Read Mtbr.com's long term test of Shimano's XTR Di2 here and to learn more, visit www.ridextr.com.
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The Park Tool TS-4 is a truing stand designed to have plenty of clearance for fat bike and plus bike wheels.
Park TS-4 Fatbike and Plus Wheel Truing Stand
The new Park Tool TS-4 is a professional grade wheel truing stand that is designed for fat and plus size wheels. Both of the truing guides move simultaneously to assure that the wheel stays centered. It can fit axle widths from 75mm to 215mm. The caliper arm adjusts for wheel sizes from 16" to 29+. The Park TS-4 can accommodate tire widths up to 5" with or without the brake rotor mounted. There are built in thru-axle adaptors. And best of all, like many Park Tools, the TS-4 is fabricated and calibrated in their factory in St. Paul, MN. Price is $350. To learn more, visit www.parktool.com.
Yakima SkyRise Rooftop Tent
Yakima has long been known for their roof racks and bicycle hauling solutions. For 2017, they are expanding their offerings to include innovative products such as the SkyRise, a rooftop mounted pop-up tent. The SkyRise comes in two sizes. The smaller size sleeps two adults and can be fitted to a multitude of cars and sedans. The medium size sleeps three adults and works with many SUVs, crossovers and trucks.
The SkyRise is lightweight and easy to install and the tent even features a skylight for clear night time star gazing. Of course, like any good tent, the SkyRise is waterproof and is made from durable 210D nylon. Attaching the SkyRise to your vehicle is easy, no tools required and it features universal crossbar compatibility.
The Yakima SkyRise will be available in two sizes. The small size (48"x84"x42" expanded) will sell for $999 and the medium size (56"x96"x48" expanded) will sell for $1,349. Both will be available Spring 2017. To learn more, visit explore.yakima.com.
CamelBak has released the new Crux reservoir that will retrofit to most CamelBak models and provides 20% increased water flow.
CamelBak Crux Reservoir
CamelBak has completely redesigned their product from the inside out and this includes a new reservoir. The new Quick Link system lets you easily disconnect the drink tube and remove it from your pack. There is also an auto shutoff valve to prevent leaks. The Crux has a low profile for easy pack loading and less water sloshing. CamelBak's Hydroguard antimicrobial technology inhibits the growth of bacteria in the reservoir and tube. The big bite valve seals itself after each drink and is easy to use. The leak proof on-off lever at the bike valve makes sure you don't have unwanted leaks during travel. The Crux's large access port makes it easy to clean and fill and the ergonomic handle makes one-handed filling possible. The CamelBak Crux is available in a 3 liter (100 oz.) size for $35 and is available now. To learn more, visit www. camelbak.com.
The SKS RideAir is a portable compressor tank that you can fill with your floor pump to help inflate tubeless tires.
SKS RideAir Compressor Tank
The RideAir is an air canister that can be filled by use of a standard floor pump and used to seat tubeless tires with its consistent flow of air. It can also be easily transported and used in place of CO2 systems as it is more environmentally friendly and can be refilled. The RideAir can be pumped up to 230 psi so it can inflate a 29er tire to 25psi. It sells for $70 and is available now. To see more of the latest products from SKS, visit the SKS Interbike Virtual Trade Show Booth.
This article is part of Mtbr's coverage of the 2016 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.