This week, the BMX industry descends on Las Vegas for Interbike 2013. With BMX momentum shifting toward Odyssey's Texas Toast Jam next month (the NORA Cup Awards will also move to Texas this year), many wonder what to expect from Vegas this week. Last year, Sean Burns (pictured here) and Bonedeth debuted (or re-debuted) 48-spoke wheels. Click through the rest of this gallery to see what's on tap for this year.
Not much has been said about Alienation's Tubeless Compatible System. The technology debuted last year at Interbike, but has been refined throughout the year, and is sure to make a big splash with riders if the technology is proven to work. The system is said to be available soon, and should be on display at Interbike for any non-believers to inspect.
It's been a few years since we've seen a Taj Mihelich signature bike, but Fairdale fixed that for 2014. The Taj signature Fairdale is a 26-inch complete bike that's ready for cruising and a fair share of BMX riding. "Think of it as a fun BMX bike that you can sit down on and cruise (if you are in the mood) or romp around and launch some curbs. Fairly relaxed angles will keep it fun and entertaining," Taj Mihelich said.
Fit Bike Co.
Fit Bike Co. has one of the widest ranges of complete BMX bikes to offer in the market, and that continues with the 2014 line. This year, Fit offers 24 complete bikes, with everything from 18-inch bikes to signature models from Mike Aitken, Brian Foster, Sean Macintosh, Van Homan, Tom Dugan, Ben Lewis and Justin Inman. Sean Mac's signature complete even comes with a gold chain.
This year, as the majority of street riders seem to be making the move from cassette hubs to freecoasters, more and more brands are offering their own version of freecoaster hubs, including Demolition (pictured here), Cult and Primo. Also be on the lookout for updated versions of freecoaster hubs from Ezra and éclat.
KHE debuted its Affix internal detangler system two years ago at Interbike, but seems to be finally ready to release it on complete bikes while also offering the technology to other brands. According to KHE, the system is cheaper to spec on complete bikes than an SST Oryg or Odyssey Gyro, but will other brands pick up on it? The jury remains out.
The re-emergence of Primo
Last year, Primo came out swinging with a reinvigorated team and new products, but internal struggles with the brand (former brand manager John Richard was relieved of his position in February) led some to question the future of Primo. Primo answered with new signature products for the team, new graphics, team trips and much more. Look for Primo at the Tip Plus booth if you're in Vegas.
In 2010, Rich Hirsch created Stranger BMX, manufacturing small runs of frames at S&M Bikes in the U.S. After a few years and several incarnations of the brand, Stranger is now backed by Tip Plus and appears to be entering the complete bike market according to their Instagram feed and new team, which consists of Gabe Brooks, Miles Rogoish, Aaron Brenner, Caleb Quanbeck and Eric Lichtenberger.
Perhaps the most unexpected collaboration to be unveiled at Interbike 2013 is the Cult 24-inch cruiser bike adorned in graphics and themes licensed by "The Simpsons." "This bike is made from 6061 T-6 aluminum to keep the weight down and provide a stable, responsive ride. The component rundown is dialed and with the DUFFMAN logos, it looks awesome. It's definitely a bike you can thrash on or just cruise to the bar," said Cult's Robbie Morales about the collaboration.
We've been longtime fans of Wethepeople's approach to complete bike building spec'ing, and we're expecting to be equally impressed by their 2014 line of bikes. "For 2014 we didn't hold back once again and carried on in distinctive Wethepeople style to push the complete game that little bit further. Expect some innovations, expect some never before additions and expect a stunning collection of well crafted complete bikes, parts and aftermarket frames," Wethepeople said.
BMX pros hiding out
Because of the low expectations of Las Vegas, and because of the lack of a NORA Cup Awards to tempt most riders to Vegas, we're expecting the big buzz from Interbike 2013 to be a lack of buzz. Will most pros skip Vegas in favor of Texas Toast next month? Our guess is yes. Will Ben Hucke produce an episode of "Getting Serious" at Interbike 2013? Our guess is no.