It looks like we jumped the gun a bit on our Day 2 coverage. While we covered all there was to see at Outdoor Demo, we didn’t include any of the great products at this year’s Media Night. For the past two years the team at Interbike has been throwing a press-only event the night before the indoor show opens, which is where we get to sit down with a small group of companies to check out their products in a space that is just a bit quieter than the Interbike floor. Last year’s Media Night was the first, and without a doubt, the team at Interbike outdid themselves this time around.
Bolle showed off their new helmet called simply – The One. The One features an aerodynamic design accentuated with two removable Air Foils. At the rear is an intergated LED light and QR code for first responders. Inside are two interchangable liners for cold and warm weather riding. And up front is the Sunglass Garage for storing your glasses when you need them out of the way.
We also got our first good look at SRAM’s new eTAP system. We saw prototype images of eTAP for months and took our first in depth look at it last week, but tonight was the first time we were able to experience it hands-on. Look for a deeper dive soon!
Campagnolo showed off their new Android app for controlling their EPS system. The new app allows you to make on-the-fly adjustments to how shifting works. Want to add a longer pause between shifts or switch what the levers do? The new app has you covered.
Garmin had the new Varia radar system and Edge 520 out for us to see. We took a look at the Varia at Outdoor Demo on Day 1, but the unit was covered in dust. At Media Night we got to see a clean unit as well as an Edge 520. Keep an eye out for a closer look at both in the coming months.
We have been fans of K-Edge products for quite some time, and while we only got a few minutes with this new combo GoPro and computer mount, it does seem like the team has another winner on its hands.
One of our favorite products from Media Night was the new Kopin Solos smart glass display. This heads-up display integrates with a pair of sunglasses to create a real-time display of information right in front of your eyes. The system is still in prototype testing, but we walked away impressed. We are going to take a closer look at it tomorrow on the Interbike show floor.
Earlier today Pioneer announced their new Single Leg Power Meter, and they had a pair of units for us to check out.
Pioneer wasn’t the only power meter on display–rpm2 was showing off a sole-based power meter that can be used with both running and cycling shoes. Their goal is to make it as easy as possible for any athlete to get power (and other measurements) regardless of the sport they are in.
Polar had a full lineup on display. The V800 wearable and M450 cycling computer were our highlights.
Silca remains an AeroGeeks favorite. And tonight was our first chance to take a look at the HX-One hex key set. As we said in our First Look, any product that Silca crafts is as much a tool as a work of art, and the HX-One is no exception. Silca also showed off a customized Super Pista pump. While we think this may be more art than tool, we wouldn’t complain if one ended up in our garage.
Wrapping up, we checked out the newest Vision Eight compression socks from Swiftwick. We actually are taking a few pairs home with us, so if you see us at the airport, don’t be surprised to see them on our legs for the flight home.