Interbike 2014: One Last Look at Some Bikes
Time to put Interbike 2014 to rest. Alright, past time. And to do so I will end with some of the bikes I took note of, or at least the ones I haven't shown yet.
Opus. The Canadian company delves into virtually every corner of the cycling world. If they are missing anything, maybe it is a track bike. Thing is, Opus does not do this to simply maximize their reach, to choose quantity over quality. Their bikes are impressive across the spectrum, from road to dirt, and city to country:
We live in a day and age when artistry is often forsaken in favor of technology. There is little aesthetic difference between carbon fiber bike by Company A, and the one by Company B or C. Because of that, or maybe in spite of it, I find myself looking for the small details, little touches that set one bike apart from all the others. You can always count on the bikes by Pashley to feature some element to catch your eye:
Felt's TK1, rip it around the track:
Juliana sticks to what their namesake did best - mountain bikes:
Thompson does titanium:
Best known for flash, Cipollini went in for some understated graphics and colors this year, which probably helped this RB1K stand out all the more:
Curvaceous lines of the Fondriest Pista:
The History of Fat was a cool little exhibit and history lesson by QBP. No surprise that it should be Surly heavy, but it also included the Remolino fatty shown in the first couple pics below:
Van Dessel's Full Tilt Boggie for the CX crowd, followed by their Whiskey Tango Foxtrot for the mtb'ers:
Ritchey Swiss Cross. If any bike sets the standard for cross bikes it must be this:
Litespeed for cyclocross:
The Bike Design Project showed the contest entries including the Evo, by HUGE Design + 4130 Cycle Works (click that link for more on the Project):
Finally, I don't particularly care how anyone and everyyone, particularly companies with no connection to the bicycle industry, jump on the bandwagon when they see an opportunity for profit. Their products often turn out to be junk and disappear after a few years. One that seems to go against that grain is this beach cruiser with cargo rack and surf board carrier by the company with the feet logo - Hang Ten. They could capitalize on that niche, if they play the game right. Did anyone around in the '70s not own at least one Hang Ten shirt?