Earlier this month, the Interbike trade show took over the rocky singletrack of Boulder City, Nevada, as well as the recirculated air of Mandalay Bay's conference center in Las Vegas. For five days, producers of bicycles and related products proudly displayed their latest and greatest wares. We tested scores on the trail, before digging into detail on the trade show floor. Here are our six favorite accessories from the show, all of which are coming soon to (or are already at) a bike shop near you.
Lapierre XR 929 with "EI Shock" Electronic Suspension
For years, bicycle builders tried to keep mountain bike shock plush, but not bouncy, with "trail mode" and "brain" shock settings and add-ons. It was all a compromise. Now, Rockshox has designed the Electronic Intelligence (EI) Shock electronic suspension system for bike manufacturer Lapierre. The three-position rear shock is computer-controlled. Accelerometers and sensors transmit to a Servomotor that adjusts the rear shock within 0.1 seconds of the front shock's terrain report. Your control center is handlebar-mounted and looks like a cycle computer. It's a game changer, for sure. Available on Spicy, Zesty, and XR Lapierre Models. [$4,000-$8,000; lapierrebicycles.com]