The halls of the Sands Expo Center in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, opened its doors this week for the 2012 Interbike show! All of the latest and greatest bikes, parts and accessories from the world's biggest brands are on display (including Zipp
's impressive line of 2013 wheels), so here's a quick look at some of the things that caught our eyes. There's plenty more to see, so check back soon for more in-depth reports from Road Bike Action at Interbike 2012!
Although still a bigger play in the mountain bike world, Canadian outfit Norco Bicycles
continues to impress with some great road bikes. New for 2013 is the Tactic, a line of race bikes that replaces the brand's venerable CRR models. Look for several build options at a variety of price points including a SRAM Red-equipped model with Easton co-molded carbon/aluminum wheels.
Some frame details on the Tactic include flattened seatstays, internal cable routing, and a super clean, proprietary seatpost clamp, complete with subtle graphic details.
's purpose-built endurance race bike, the Gran Fondo GF01, will come in a few more build options than originally anticipated. Most interesting in the line is this disc brake-equipped model, which BMC bills as a do-it-all, gravel road bike and cyclocross racer. A Shimano 105 groupset includes a set of R515 disc brakes.
is based in San Diego, California, and the brand's massive display caught our attention. Virtue makes a wide range of cruisers and commuter bikes inspired by some truly stylish, old-school bikes.
Spanish helmet manufacturer, Catlike
, is still going strong into 2013. The official helmet sponsor of pro teams like Movistar and the Competitive Cyclist team, Catlike has several new color options for its popular Whisper model, as well as a few new models to make for a pretty comprehensive line.
makes just about every kind of bike product imaginable, including shoes. But that didn't stop the company from bringing in the Swiss footwear brand, Suplest, into the United States for the first time. Look for a handful of road models to start out, each with some unique looks, colors and designs.
continues to prove itself an innovator in the realm of lights and computers. Along with rolling out an all-new, GPS-equipped Stealth computer model, the Japanese brand has updated its popular Rapid series of tail lights with mounting brackets to work with Fizik's proprietary saddle brackets.
Automotive rack powerhouse, Yakima
, has turned its Whispbar line of high-end rack systems into a unique brand for 2013. With more generic automotive styling, Whispbar rack systems are targeted at higher-end vehicles looking for the cleanest aesthetics possible. What really makes Whispbar products great, however, is that they're incredibly simple to install and use.
Colorado-based Stages Cycling
produces a wide range of indoor trainers and spin bikes. Now the company has ventured into power meters aimed at those new to power training or anyone with a parts budget of less than a few thousand dollars for a crank-based model. Prices for Stages products range from $699 to $949 and for that you get a non-driveside crankarm that has a proprietary strain gauge setup already installed. Just switch out your crankarm and you're ready to go. ANT+ and Bluetooth compatible, the Stages power meter is almost entirely produced within Colorado, and the brand offers 14 models of road and mountain crankarms. Look for more information on Stages soon, and check back for more reports from Interbike 2012!