QBP is the largest bicycle parts distributor in the US and they hold a special event every year for their top dealers and select media. The event is held in QBPs backyard (QBP West is based out of Ogden, UT. Their main world HQ is in Bloomington, MN) at the Snowbasin lodge and resort. It was a perfect setting, as dealers get to see and ride and test the bikes and gear first hand on their naturally terrain. Mtbr was fortunate enough to be in attendance to see all the latest from QBPs own brands (like Surly, Salsa, Civia, All-City and more) as well as other featured manufacturers and partners.

Besides the big news about the new Salsa Beargrease and the Surly Krampus, other brands displaying their latest parts and accessories were: Park Tool, Pedros, Lazer Sport, Wahoo, Finish Line, White Lightning, SixSixOne, RockShox, Ridley and Foundry. Here are a few of their highlights.

Park Tool
Our old friend, Calvin from Park Tool was showing the new INF-1 from Park Tool, an air compressor shop inflator (perfect for those tubeless/UST tire installations!) I asked Calvin if he could tell me what new stuff Park will have at next month's Interbike trade show and he gave us a teaser. The hint is: "It is made for you if you have a bad back or a really heavy bike." Guesses?

Yes, Pedro's is still around! The company has undergone some changes, but they are working hard to improve and streamline operations, delivery and product features. Highlighted here is the new Pedro's Mini Pit Kit - same price, now includes tools! Tire levers, folding hex tool, toothbrush cleaner, frame brush, sponge, rag and more fit in the handy bucket for storage and space to add your favorite cleaners and lube. Retail price of the Pedro's Mini Pit Kit remains $49.99. Also, still readily available are Pedro's extensive line of cleaners and lubes.

Lazer Sport
We covered some of the new helmets from Lazer at the recent Bike PressCamp event, but they also had a couple of new colors on display at SaddleDrive as well as the new Rox MTB helmet. It is similar to the 02 but has an updated Rollsys cable and basket adjustment (like the new Oasiz). Retail price of the new Rox is $115 and the weight is 280 grams for the uni-size version (but also comes in XL). The Rox will be available in matte red, matte green, matte blue and even a new matte hi-viz yellow.

Also on display from Lazer was the new colorway of the Lopes 55 Edition Oasiz.

This is the Lazer Armor helmet in neon green and wood finish.

Wahoo Fitness

Wahoo Fitness will have two brand new products to show at Interbike. For now, here is their Blue HR Heart Rate Strap for iPhone users. The Blue HR retails for $79.99 and is available now. It is the world's first Bluetooth Smart heart rate strap made for the iPhone 4S. This heart rate strap and App combination transforms your iPhone into an all-in-one training device, great for runners, cyclists, and other fitness enthusiasts. The Wahoo Fitness Blue HR heart rate strap connects wirelessly to the iPhone 4S without the need for any adapters and delivers accurate real-time heart rate data through the free Wahoo Fitness App.

Additionally, their open API allows other popular Apps, such as Strava, RunKeeper, MapMyRide, Cyclemeter, MotionX-GPS, and 321Run to work with the Blue HR. With the Wahoo Blue HR and your favorite fitness App, you now have your heart rate data, your playlists, your phone, GPS maps and more all in one device.

Additional specs:

Additional Info:
-comfortable, elastic fabric strap to minimize chance of chaffing
-strap can be hand washed
-accurate and reliable: records data even when receiver communication is interrupted
-two-snap connection is easy and fast and includes adjustable length strap
-sends and receives signals up to 10 feet (unobstructed)
-compatible with the iPhone 4S and iPad 3
-waterproof up to 5 feet
-replaceable 3 volt CR2032 coin cell battery
-Wireless: Bluetooth Smart

-Sensor Pod: 17 grams {0.6 ounces}
-Strap: 28 grams {1.0 ounces}
-Total: 45 grams {1.6 ounces}

For more info: www.wahoofitness.com

White Lightning
White Lightning was also diplaying their wares at SaddleDrive. I have not personally used White Lightning in years, but I'm glad to see them still around. Featured here is the Chain Johnny, a cover for putting on your bike while traveling with it inside of your car. Promoted as something to allow cyclists to "Transport Bicycles with No Damage, No Mess!" The Chain Johnny uses a rip-resistant, 2-ply rubber/nylon material that is also water resistant. It opens and closes with Velcro closures. The MSRP is $19.99 and is available from your local White Lightning dealer.


SixSixOne had their Recon Wired XC helmet and their Evo Carbon Camber full face on display. The Recon Wired XC helmet sells for $100 MSRP and features:
-In-mold shell construction
-18 Intake/exhaust ports
-Extended rear profile
-Removable visor
-Interior channeling to aid ventilation
-Detox Retention Fit system
-Complies to standards: CE 1078, CPSC, and AS/NZS 20

The SixSixOne Evo Carbon Camber full face comes in white or red (with carbon), sells for $300 and features:
-3k Carbon construction for optimal strength to weight ratio - weight: 2.1 lb/975g-, +/- 25g
-Coolmax® moisture wicking removable liner
-Interior channeling links intake ports to aid ventilation
-Complies to standards: CPSC, CE: 1078, AS/NZS 2063

Also on display were a few SixSixOne guards and armor.

Finish Line

Since SaddleDrive really is a dealer event, the Finish Line booth was focusing on P.O.P. (Point of Purchase) displays for dealers to evaluate and consider for their shop.

Rock Shox
Although they weren't displaying any new 2013 products yet, I took a few shots of the latest Rock Shox forks and shocks:

Ridley XFire and Noah
Here a few shots of Ridley's XFire cyclocross bike and Noah road bike.

For more road and cross oriented coverage from SaddleDrive, check out the info on our sister site: RoadBikeReview.com We have highlights from: Whisky Parts Co (QR15 road forks built for disc brakes), All-City Road and Cross bikes, Civia townie bikes and Michelin Pro4 Comp road tires.