The Last Leftover of Interbike 2018
The flights have landed, the bags are unpacked, and Interbike 2018 has come to an end. But before we completely close the curtain, we have a few more new gadgets and goodies to share from our walkabouts on the convention floor.
Mission Workshop The Sans Rain Jacket | $475
It’s not cheap, but the Sans jacket boasts features worthy of the pricetag.
Before you run screaming at the pricetag, read these numbers first. The Sans jacket is claimed to weigh 5.6 ounces and to have a water column rating of 30,000 millimeters/24 hours and moisture vapor transmission rate of 30,000 grams/millimeter/24 hours. That’s right up there with the best waterproof fabrics out there, like Gore-Tex and eVent. The Toray fabric that Mission Workshop uses is a three-layer material, which has a inner tricot layer that helps wick moisture away from the skin as well as support the waterproof layer and add durability.
Additional ventilation is handled by laser-drilled vent holes under the arms, and a generous hood is made to be worn with a helmet. A waterproof, YKK-zippered chest pocket rounds out the Sans jacket.
Knight Composites Enduro Wheels | $2,200
Knight has been around for a while, just off the radar of most. It offers a fairly wide range of rim options though, from 29er trail rims to full 27+ rims.
Knight Composites has been making wheels for a number of years now, and while its Enduro wheels aren’t new, they probably aren’t very well known. Knight uses an EPS molding process to create its carbon wheels, which uses different carbon layup properties than the more standard bladder-molding process most of the industry uses. Knight claims that its carbon hoops are 30 percent more resistant to impacts, while still maintaining compliance to vertical movement to aid comfort and control. You can get a fully built 27.5- or 29-inch wheel with DT Swiss 240s or Project 321 hubs. Or, if you want to lace up your own hubs, rims are available individually as well. Knight also offers three other types of rims: a Race version only in 29, a Trail version in 27.5 or 29 or a Plus version only in 27.5.
HydraPak IsoBound Insulated Reservoir | $38
Closed-cell foam insulation keeps your water cooler for longer, and it’s dishwasher safe.
There have been insulated, dishwasher safe water bottles for a long time, but we haven’t seen a hydration bladder yet that can claim as much. These day’s the trend for hot weather riding has been toward hip packs and the aforementioned bottles, but there are still some longer rides where carrying more water is a must. The IsoBound reservoir from HydraPak only comes in a 1.5 liter volume, but it does have internal insulation and is claimed to keep your water cooler for 38 percent longer. It’s dish washer safe too, so you could stock it up with your chilled beverage of choice and not worry about the potential health problems later down the road. You can also pair it with HydraPak’s Hydrafusion insulated drinking hose ($15).
Dakine Descent Duffle | $100
A roll-out changing mat is a nice touch, as is a tarp pocket to keep your stinky shoes away from your, well, equally as smelly riding clothes.
If you think your old duffle bag you’ve been using since Little League is still up to the task of toting your riding gear, you should probably stop reading now. I don’t even use a duffle bag, and I want this bag, but then again I’m a sucker for organization and compartmentalization. The Descent bag is 70 liters with a floating divider to keep your helmet and/or dirty pads from touching the more respectable inhabitants of your bag. It also has a thick, tarp-lined side pocket to hold pedals during travel and a fold out tool/food organizer (with a built in bottle opener). There’s even a small mesh pocket on the outside to hold wet gloves, socks, or other damp items you don’t want mixing with the dry goods inside. If you’re clever, you’ll discover a large pocket on the bottom of the duffle that’s partially tarp-lined to keep your lovely riding shoes from smelling up the bag, or at least keep the mud from spreading out of control. As a cherry on the top, the duffle comes with a roll-out changing mat with plenty of real estate for one-footed-hopping- changing action.
Muc-Off No Punctures Sealant | $12 – $140
It’s pink and glows under UV light.
Muc-Off’s sealant sounds a lot like most other sealants on the market. Seals up to a quarter inch, last for six months and has a reflective UV light agent in it. Wait, what was that last part? Muc-Off made its sealant reflect UV light, so that if you have a slow puncture you can shine a black light over your tire and see any sealant working its way to the outside of the tire. That’s pretty nifty, and could potentially make finding a punch much easier in theory. The sealant is also biodegradable and is meant to be easy to wash off with water. There’s no ammonia in it either, and after spending years in shops, my nose gives a nod to Muc-Off on that front.