Did anybody who attended this years Interbike show actually find any real innovation? The only things that I found that were of any significance were:
1. Acros Hydraulic shifters and derailleurs.
+ Nearly 1/2 pound lighter than XTR, more positive shift, as you push the derailleur in either direction, rather than relying on a spring, and possible to shift by hand through the entire range of gears, should you rip a hydraulic line off.
- $2000.00 pricetag
2. Shimano XT brakes.
+ Cooling fins on brake pads run cooler, more positive bleed with less chance for air in lines, sturdier hydraulic lines.
- Slight weight penalty for cooling fins and sturdier lines, and cooling fins will be one more place for mud to accumulate.
3. Suntour's new super quick, quick release for through axle forks.
+ Strong, reaspnably light, and SUPER QUICK!
- Only available for Suntour forks.
Other than these three things, most of what I found was about as exciting as a tire that comes in a slightly better looking shade of black, or a downhill frame that is now 5 grams lighter than last year's version.
Maybe next year, someone will come out with some real innovation, such as adding another cog to a cassette, addng a millimeter or two of more travel to a fork, or making innertubes in a variety of colors.
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