Interbike 2013: Shopping list

The Klatch is an all-day endurance machine, made of Reynolds 853 but with a carbon ENVE disc fork.

The Klatch is an all-day endurance machine, made of Reynolds 853 but with a carbon ENVE disc fork.

BIBLEBURG, Colo. (MDM) — Selling shit is what Las Vegas is all about.

There are no drinking fountains, just $6 bottles of water, and the only chairs to be found sit in front of slot machines and gaming tables, or in bars and restaurants, where thunderous “music” discourages unproductive conversation while encouraging speedy consumption and departure, thus clearing a space for the next sucker … er, customer. What stays in Vegas is mostly your money.

If you’re not spending, Sin City has no use for you. Move along, move along.

My room at the Luxor was unexceptional, though I will say that unlike Mike Creed’s squat at the Excalibur it lacked burglars. It also lacked HBO (“Quit watching “Breaking Bad” and buy a ticket to Carrot Top!”) and wireless Internet (“Quit downloading porn and rent a hooker!”).

As befits a shopping-mall food court, the eats were overpriced and underwhelming, and I never got out of Starbutt’s for less than 12 smacks. (that’s the tab for a grande Americano, a fruit cup and a tip, in case you’re wondering). A short chat with Scot Nicol of Ibis Cycles added value to one of those purchases. For me, anyway. I’m never sure how the other side of a chat with me dollars up on the hoof.

But bitching about Vegas is pointless. Anyone stupid enough to bunk in a casino hotel deserves everything he gets and then some, as I learned back in 2006 while rooming at the Riviera on Bicycle Retailer‘s dime. That pushed me over the edge, and I skipped the show for the next four years.

The Cinelli Bootleg Hobo just jumped out at me on the last day of the show. If the price is right, we should all buy at least two of them.

The Cinelli Bootleg Hobo just jumped out at me on the last day of the show. If the price is right, we should all buy at least two of them.

I’ve enjoyed myself more since returning to Interbike under the aegis of the Adventure Cycling Association, mostly because I no longer have to help produce BRAIN’s Show Daily. Instead of cranking out the word count in some windowless concrete cell I get to wander the show floor, ooh-ing and ahh-ing at all the toys and asking may I play with same, please.

And with that longwinded introduction, allow me to present my top three bikes from Interbike 2013: the Co-Motion Klatch (mentioned previously); the Cinelli Bootleg Hobo; and the Chris King Cielo Tanner Goods Edition.

Of my top three, the Klatch may be the bike best suited to the type of riding I do here in Dog Country. It’s a gravel grinder — or as we oldsters might call it, a “bicycle” — with a Shimano drivetrain. The Reynolds 853 frameset is capable of running 40mm rubber, and Co-Motion’s jet-black show model was nicely spec’d; among the goodies was TRP’s dual-piston Spyre mechanical disc brake, a stopper I have yet to try but have heard nothing but good things about, if you happen to like disc brakes, which I don’t, much. Expect to pay $2,195 for frame and fork, $4,460 for a Shimano 105-equipped bike, and $4,995 for an Ultegra machine. Co-Motion is taking orders now, and lead time is six to seven weeks.

The Chris King Cielo Tanner Goods Edition is a lovely bit of bicycle. Total eye candy.

The Chris King Cielo Tanner Goods Edition is a lovely bit of bicycle. Total eye candy.

The Bootleg Hobo, meanwhile, looks like just the ticket for the adventure-cycling crowd. You’ve got to love PR copy that draws a pair of Jacks — Kerouac and London — when pitching a product. Columbus Cromor tubes, triple crankset, bar-end shifters, bosses for three bottle cages. Tubus racks, fenders, clearance for 45mm rubber, spare-spokes holder, and (gasp!) cantilever brakes! What’s not to like? Santa Fe’s Bicycle Technologies International (BTI) has ordered the Hobo in limited quantities, and I expect it will be an insanely popular piece of machinery with the go-anywhere, do-anything crowd, if only because of the price: $1,850 complete. Yeah, I don’t believe it either. But that’s what the man said. …

Finally, the Chris King Cielo Tanner Goods Edition (man, is that ever a mouthful) is a beautiful commuter-slash-bikepacker, with Tanner Goods saddlebag, handlebar bag and frame bag, the last of which doubles as a shoulder bag. The $2,895 price includes frame, fork, bags and Honjo fenders; the show bike was tricked out with Chris King headset and hubs (duh), Thomson seatpost and stem, and Paul’s Neo-Retro and Touring canti’ brakes. It’s a goddamn work of American art on wheels, is what.

Other bikes worth a look:

The Tern Eclipse S18 looks to be just the thing for the person who wants to hop a plane to someplace nifty and then explore it by bicycle.

The Tern Eclipse S18 looks to be just the thing for the person who wants to hop a plane to someplace nifty and then explore it by bicycle.

• Tern Eclipse S18

• Norco Indie Drop

• Surly Straggler

• Redline Metro Classic

• Raleigh Tamland 2

• Jamis Bosanova

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32 Responses to “Interbike 2013: Shopping list”

  1. bromasi Says:

    I have enough componets left over from days has a bike mech, that I don’t have to buy any of this overpriced stuff .$1000+hell I could buy an Assos jockstrap at that price.

  2. Larry T. Says:

    Glad YOU had the interest and energy to wade through all this stuff POG. I’m already way-tired of gravel bikes, the industry’s newest fad, just as I’m tired of ‘cross bikes, aero road bikes, endurance bikes and all the other SKU’s designed to clog up one’s garage and empty one’s wallet – all while doing little more for the rider than could be done with a standard roadracing bicycle from the Merckx era.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, Lorenzo … sorry we missed each other again. I really do exist, as any number of libel lawyers will attest.

      Yeah, it’s exasperating watching the industry perform its annual Next Big Thing Dance®. Fat bikes and gravel bikes were as ubiquitous as overpriced water and underwhelming food.

      The one thing I like about the gravel-bike craze is that it’s spreading the gospel of bigger tires. I don’t ride anything skinner than 700×28 anymore, and the garage average is 35; there are a couple 40-somethings in there, and the champ is the 29×2.3 rubber on the Jones.

      Whaddaya think of that Cinelli? It looks like a bargain for the old-school cyclo-tourist. Goes maybe 27 pounds all told, which isn’t bad.

    • Larry T. Says:

      I suppose the HOBO is just fine. If there wasn’t a CINELLI decal on it, that is. Kind of like MASI. Two names of revered Italian cycling legends now stuck onto bicycles made in China. Of course both of these legendary men are long dead, but I’ve visited with Masi’s son Alberto and a disciple of Cinelli, Serafino Tomi in Italy. This Chinese stuff seems contrived and phoney, devoid of any real connection to the genius of Cino or Faliero.
      Bianchi’s on their way there too these days, though I did see a couple of bikes with Made in Italy on them…so perhaps they still do something in Treviglio besides opening shipping containers, painting and assembly? The Italian pendulum seems to be swinging back, I saw more “100% Made in Italy” stickers on more stuff than in the last few years.
      I’ll be back in 2014 most likely – so perhaps we’ll finally meet up?

  3. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Thanks, Patrick. I nice peek of things that would have caught my eye as well. A Reynolds 853 Co-Motion with mechanical discs makes me swoon. However, the price tag knocked my retired ass out! Guess the ES and Saga will have to do. How big was the cassette on that Klatch? Mountain bike size? Don’t worry Larry, I won’t go off on gearing again.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      The price seems high, true, but you’re supporting American artisans when you buy a Co-Motion. They welds the tubes, they paints the frames, they even etches and engraves the twist-shifters on their Rohloff bikes (or they will once the new laser engraving device arrives). Plus they’re just plain darn nice folks.

      That said, I’m not a bike snob, as you know. Not with two Voodoos and two Somas in the garage. If I sold all four of ’em along with a little plasma I might be able to afford that Klatch — which, by the way, looked to have fairly standard cyclo-cross gearing. I don’t have a complete spec sheet.

      Sucker sure was pretty, though. It was the first thing I saw when I visited the Co-Motion booth, and I immediately contracted a severe case of Gadget Lust.

      The cure for that sort of ailment is an angry wife examining the Visa-card statement, in case you were wondering.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        I’m sure it’s worth the money, just out of my reach. That cure works every time.

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        Co-Motion makes lovely stuff. We were riding a Trek T-50 tandem reconfigured as a T200, but that bike had a short stoker top tube that had my better half perpetually cramped and it rode like a pickup truck on thick wall Cro-Mo. I bought the Co-Motion Primera, which was their entry level bike, and just about swooned when the box arrived in town. The paint was to die for, the construction and welds impeccable, the geometry and longer stoker cabin was excellent, and the ride was, well, comparing a buckboard F150 to a Ferrari. So like O’G, I think the Co-Mo folks definitely live up to the definition of artisans. Plus, we didn’t have to drop huge dollar on their higher end tandems to get a really nice ride.

        I’ve had a few questions over the last few years as I modified the Primera so two old coots can ride mountain roads on it, and its nice to send co-owner Dwan Shepard an email question and get a long, thoughtful personal answer back in real time. Its still run as a company that values every customer. Even an ornery old guy in the bomb factory.

  4. khal spencer Says:

    The Cinelli looks like something that Bianchi put out a few years ago. Was it the Volpe? I think the Hobo is lovely, esp. with that 38 mm downtube. I used to enjoy riding my thin tube, thinwall Univega Speciallisima but man, it felt like limp spaghetti if you rode aggressively.

    My Long Haul Trucker is set up similarly to the Hobo. Except linear pull brakes, which I prefer to cantilevers if I actually have to stop in a hurry.

    As far as “dual-cylinder Spyre mechanical disc brake”, do you mean its hydraulic or mechanical? I’m confused.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      K, Bianchi is still doing the Volpe and the Lupo, do-everything bikes that seem more or less identical save for price and spec. I left without acquiring details on ’em after being roundly ignored by the folks manning the booth; they seemed more interested in talking to themselves than to retailers or media. Same thing happened last year. Weird.

      As for the TRP Spyre, it’s a mechanical disc brake that uses dual pistons instead of the usual hammer-and-anvil setup. TRP says having both pads move eases both setup and adjustment. They’re getting lots of chatter, and I saw the brakes on more than one bike at the show.

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        Ok, gotcha on the Spyre. That sounds like a major improvement. I’m not unhappy enough with the Avid mechanical disks on the LaCruz to replace them, though (especially after last month’s Visa bill came in).

    • veloben Says:

      Kahl,

      I was just thinking the same thing. The Hobo looks just like my 2005 Bianchi Volpe. Cantis, three bottle cages, sloping top tube, 40 mm rubber and what looks like the same chain stay length. Similar fork profile as well. Volpe is still in production, but some years lack the low rider braise-ons.

  5. John Dallager Says:

    Hayzoos, OG! I thought maybe you’d passed on to the eternal ciclysta world or were somewhere in the Hatch Chile fields on your way back trying to recoup your Vegas losses…..fiscal, mental, environmental, etc.

    Did you get any good info on MTBs? Seems like the wheel size is the latest “differentiator” and marketing angle, at least for the next several years. I’d predict different wheel sizes on the same bike within the next two years……actually, as an engineer/marketeer, I could wax prolific on that myself.

    Hope Herself survived w/o YOU and recognized you after the sabbatical and soul-cleansing!

    Cheers……JD

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Naw, JD, just absorbing and excreting information, then enjoying a vigorous skull-flushing on the drive home. Lots of classical music, green chile and hot-tubbing.

      I didn’t look at any MTBs because I rarely ride mine (though that will change now that I own a Jones). But I’m still primarily a cyclo-crosser-slash-roadie with a minor in touring, so I spent most of the show looking for drop-bar bikes that could carry weight and accept fat tires.

      Wheel sizes are the big doin’s for sure. I have no idea where that’s gonna wind up. But I expect the issue will exasperate journalists, retailers, sales staff, shop mechanics and customers for the better part of quite some time. I ran across Maurice Tierney from Dirt Rag at the show, but didn’t get a chance to sample his opinion on the topic, more’s the pity.

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        What worried me about this proliferation of wheel sizes on mountainbikes is the clusterfuck it will create for the local bike shop, trying to stock rubber for three different…ahem…”standards”.

        The 29 and 27.5 both look interesting, but not interesting enough for me to ditch a perfectly good Stumpjumper that is more than enough bike for my level of trail expertise (or lack thereof, to be more honest). I suppose if I wear out the Stumpie, crash it to smithereens, or win the lottery, I might try the 27.5/650 because as a short guy at five feet six, that sounds interesting. But not that interesting.

  6. khal spencer Says:

    For anyone feeling sorry for his or her self, check out Pamela Blalock’s story about being hit from behind by a fucking pickup truck driver and send her some good words. Pam has been a regular on the tandem@hobbes list for about twenty years.

    http://blayleys.blogspot.com/2013/09/2013-has-not-been-good-year.html

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Jaysis. I’ve had my share of near-misses and accidents, but nothing like that. Horrific. Here’s hoping she achieves a complete recovery. And let’s all be careful out there.

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        If you read Pamela’s blog, it sure does sound bad.

        A buddy of mine at work had a similar crash back in 2009. He said his full Camelback saved his life, acting as a big cushion when he was hit from behind by a guy in a minivan who somehow fuzzed out and drifted off the road. Kent spent many months between ICU and the rehab hospital down in Albuquerque, having his back, shoulder, and neck put back together, but is back on his bike.

        That really freaked me out. I was trying to set up a meeting with one of the bike cops that day as part of a presentation I was doing for traffic safety at the bomb factory (ironically enough) and the officer called me from the scene saying “I think we just lost one out here”. So I jumped in a government vehicle and went out to the scene, where the police were reconstructing the mess and I mean, mess. Blood and bike parts everywhere. Helmet looked like Hell.

        Kent wasn’t carrying any ID. I finally figured out who it probably was by calling the traffic safety office and having someone post an email to the LANL bike list describing the bicycle and the partial name, which was garbled as he was not in great shape when he talked to the EMTs. We narrowed it down and finally called next of kin. Meanwhile, Kent was on a chopper being flown to Albuquerque. That was harrowing.

        I think the motorist, who is a decent enough guy, pled to Careless Driving. Fair enough, but it doesn’t really convey the catastrophe that happened that day. I don’t expect motorists to be perfect, but the present philosophy of “accidents will happen” encourages a lower level of care than, say, one would expect in any other situation where the public safety is at risk.

        Fuckin’ A, man….I can’t believe I am writing about this again. Be careful out there indeed.

  7. Larry T. Says:

    Be careful? If someone’s gonna run you down from behind, there ain’t much you can do. And yeah, I know all about rear-view mirrors. Over the years I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard “that truck ran me off the road” – the same road and same truck that passed all kinds of folks WITHOUT rearview mirrors. Do they AIM for those with the mirrors? I truly doubt that you can actually see one of these bozos veering over while they open another beer or text their drinking buddies…. in time to do anything anyway…it’s not like they just drive along in the breakdown lane or on the shoulder. I do try to minimize the time I’m out there on highways or high-speed roads and no longer ride on any of the freeways in CA that permit cyclists save a 1/4 mile stretch south of Santa Barbara now and then.
    Khal’s story should at least motivate folks to carry some ID and put the ICE # into that mobile phone in their back pocket.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Larry, you said it best a while ago. When your number is up, its up. I think about that as much when I am bombing an 8% grade as I do wondering if the idiot behind me lost his CD under the passenger seat.

      I try to keep track of what people are doing and cut my odds by, for example, not riding E-W roads at dawn and dusk (when possible) if the traffic behind me has the low angle sun directly in their eyes. But otherwise, there is just so much you can do.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        Last comment on the mirrors. Your observations and reasoning are sound. All I can say is that I feel safer with a mirror. Go figure.

    • Patrick O'Brien Says:

      Here I go being different again. Respectfully Larry, and your experience on two wheels far exceeds mine, I will not ride without a good rear view mirror on the bike. I use Third Eye mirrors, and the ES has a new one in the bar end. I don’t rely on them exclusively, and I include a look backwards when turning. But, I monitor what’s behind me as I ride, just like when driving, and did move all the way to the right when a Jeep Cherokee drifted into the rumble strip when passing me on a four lane divided highway. I saw him, and I know who the sumbitch is, drifting before he hit the strip. I don’t think he would have hit me, but it would have been close. If I could prove he did it on purpose, he would have had a visit from the local police.

      • Larry T. Says:

        Back-in-the-day I shared your ideas about mirrors..but eventually decided that a) they’re no substitute for turning your head and looking behind you and b) they change nothing – no more, no less issues with vehicles behind me, mirror or no mirror.
        Add in a whole lot of observation during 25+ years of bike tours – riders on the same roads being passed by the same traffic – while I’m behind them in the support van seeing everything. A rider WITH mirror will complain of being passed too closely while those without mirrors say nothing. Finally, I’ve NEVER heard the “this truck was going to run me down” comment from anyone not using a mirror…and in that same 25+ years of bike tours, nobody, mirror or not, has actually been run down from behind. It would be interesting to know statistically the percentage of cyclists mowed down from behind with or without mirrors. I’d make a small wager there is no big difference…which I guess I do every time I ride a bike without one?

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        I’ve listened to both sides of the mirror debate. What I find to be the weak part of the mirror argument is the high speed differential between cars and bikes on a lot of roads. So one would have to have one’s eyes glued to the mirror to know if a motorist doing 45 while you are doing 15 suddenly swerves towards you as he drops his breakfast burrito into his lap. That is a 44 feet per second overtaking difference.

        Motorists have a lot more time to interrogate the mirror and make sense of the data since the speed differential is *usually* low. I recently had time to get my motorcycle the F— out of the way of a rear end crash when one of our garbage truck drivers was speeding and inattentive; I noted he was not slowing as he caught up to me, so I downshifted and used all 1100 cc’s of that bike to get a move on. If it had not been for the fact that the guy finally hit the brakes and looked like he was saying to me “I’m sorry I was such an asshole”, I would have been on the phone calling the Dept of Public Utilities when I got home.

        Back in grad school, I was sitting at a red light on my Honda 450 and saw in my mirror a driver who was obviously not gonna be able to stop. There too, I managed to get the moto out of harm’s way. The idiot ended up sitting sideways in the middle of the intersection in this big piece of Detroit iron.

        Third story is the charm. Going out for pizza in my old VW Rabbit, again in grad school, I again was at a red light, stopped, and saw the homing missile in the mirror and told my housemate to brace, which was all we had time to do. My car was totalled (fortunately, it was just another VW that hit us) but we were OK, if shaken.

        Mirror is a useful device, but its not a magic talisman. Saved my ass a couple times, but in different situations than as a cyclist.

  8. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Hey guys, I checked my rear view mirror and saw McQuaid riding out of sight!

    • Larry T. Says:

      Thank gawd for that! I hope for pro cycling’s sake he remains out of sight…and earshot too. He’s likely got enough loot squirreled away to retire to an island somewhere along with Mr. Mars, his puppetmaster. Good riddance Hein and Pat!

    • Steve O Says:

      // “It is a huge honour to have been elected president of the UCI by my peers and I would like to thank them for the trust they have placed in me today,” a calm Cookson said in his post-election speech as McQuaid, chairing the congress, looked “It is a huge honour to have been elected president of the UCI by my peers and I would like to thank them for the trust they have placed in me today,” a calm Cookson said in his post-election speech as McQuaid, chairing the congress, looked stunned. //

      Stunned? Seriously??

      • Larry T. Says:

        Stunned? Why not? The Mad Hatter probably thought he’d bought and paid for enough delegates to get him re-elected, IF he could get over the nomination hurdle. When Cookson said “screw all that, let’s have the fu__ing vote” (not a direct quote) and Mad Hatter lost – stunned would be about right. Note to Mad Hatter: Don’t let that door hit you in the ass on your way out of the UCI office! Can you imagine the paper shredders working overtime in Aigle about now?

    • Patrick O'Brien Says:

      A stubborn and entrenched bureaucracy is harder to kill than Dracula, especially when there is a saboteur or two lurking in the ranks. Cookson’s management and leadership skills will be tested. I wish him the best, but I still wonder why only two people were interested in the job.

  9. Steve O Says:

    Get to ride any of those beauts? Throw a leg over in the showroom? Cop a feel of handlebar tape when no one was looking?

  10. john Says:

    I have limited experience with disk brakes, generally on mountain bikes (which I hardly ever ride), and they were hydraulic, not mechanical.

    But having said that, I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t love ’em. The hydraulic ones, at least, offer amazingly good control. The squealing cantilevers on my CX bike seem stone-age by comparison.

    I’m ordinarily rather indifferent about equipment, but these are something else. If I ever pop for a better dirt-road machine — not a given, at this point, largely because at my age I can’t expect to keep riding into the indefinite future — I’ll probably get disks.

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