Inside you can see some of the 2014 updates from Hope, Troy Lee Designs, and Michelin. Hope has updated their Pro 2 Evo hub to have 40 points of engagement, Michelin introduces new Enduro tires and compounds, and Troy Lee Designs updates to their lineup.
Troy Lee Designs
Troy Lee Designs took their big motocross trailer to Interbike and set up shop in the paddock area. With the new layout for Interbike this year, this gave some people the ability to utilize an outdoor area to give people the ability to test bikes out during the indoor show.
With the hot temperatures, I was curious to see how these paddock exhibiltors fared and somewhat surprisingly the TLD booth was pretty comfortable. They had a huge shelter built and fans to draw the hot air out keeping this comfortable inside their tent.
Others like Seal Skinz resorted to putting people in a bin with water to keep cool. This helped keep them cool, but in this case it was mainly done to show off their water-proofing socks.
Back inside the TLD area they were showing off their new 2014 clothing and protection offerings. Cam Zink was manning the booth and was talking to visitors.
TLD - Cam Zink
Troy Lee came out with their A1 Enduro helmet last year and they’ve now added a few new color options for riders. The A1 Cyclops helmet is available in 4 new color options including the Cyclops Satin Blue, Cyclops Gloss Silver Metal Flak, Cyclops Gloss Yellow, Cyclops Matte Black
2014 TLD A1
TLD A1 Cyclops Satin Blue
Clothing is a big part of TLD and they had a variety of it on display to suit just about every rider from XC, Enduro, to DH.
The D3 also has a few new color options as well this year that they had on display.
Hope has come out with their Tech 3 line of brakes and had them on display at interbike.
Hope Calipers - 2014
The redesigned lever system retains a similar look and feel in comparison to the tech 2 but in a more refined package. The Tech 3 lever still has bite point and reach adjust in some beautiful cnc’d levers. Hope proudly makes their products in house out of the U.K.
Tech 3 Lever
The Hope Pro 2 has been a favorite hub for many riders and Hope has upped the ante this year with the Pro 2 Evo hub that now features 40 points of engagement. They make the hubs in a variety of sizes to fit most every bike including Fat Bikes now. This sets them beyond many of the popular hubs from the likes of DT Swiss, Shimano, and others who have 36 points but not quite as high as Hadley(72), Chris King, or Industry Nine (120).
Hope Pro 2 Evo - with more engagement now
Often the thorn in recommending or running Hopes for many riders was their low engagement (24points). The faster pickup is achieved through a newly designed ratchet ring inside the hub.
The freehub remains the same. Unfortuantely you can’t update a current Pro 2 to this new system but for riders lookikgn for a new hub, the Pro 2 Evo has become an even more viable option.
Michelin has been hard at work developing some new tires aimed at the Enduro riders. For 2014 they’re releasing a variety of new tires that feature new tread patters as well as technologies and compounds.
Michelin Wild Rockr 2
The Wild Rock’R 2 will be available in January 2014 and options include 26, 27.5, and 29er options. Michelin feels that this tire will fill the void in tires for Enduro / trail riders.
The tire features a reinforced sidewall and was developed underneath Fabien Barel who took the tire to the top of the Enduro World Series in a few races. The tire is a dry fast rolling tire and has a tooth shape to it. There are huge cornering knobs on this tire with lots of shouldering lugs.
26 – 990g
27.5/650b – 1050g
29 – 1150g
Michelin Wild RockR 2
The two new compounds are Gum X and Magi-X. The Magi-x is a super sticky tire and putting your finger in this tire you can really see how gummy it truly is. The Gum X is still sticky but not quite as sticky but will wear less rapidly in comparison. Fabien Barel took the win at an EWS race onboard this new tire by using a combination of a Gum X up front and a Magi-X in the rear. Nicolas Vouilloz also has been instrumental in shaping these new tires.
Wild Mud - some of the treads you see here are siped off
In April 2014 the Wild Mud will become available. The Wild Mud as the name suggests is a tire designed for muddy terrain and features a rainforce sidewall in only the Magi-x compound. They’re offering this tire in 27.5 and 29er options.
Michelin Wild Mud
27.5/650b – 990g
29er – 1050g
The blocks in the Wild Mud are designed for when things are wet and muddy. The center blocks turn and ‘spring’ to yield better traction and improved mud shedding capabilities according to Michelin.
Wild Mud - Fiskers cut the predetermined sipe heights for transforming the Wild Mud into different tire
The tread is also sipeable with predetermined cut points tapered into the tread to improve cutting speeds and optimal cuts. Siping a tire is done to give the tire a slightly different characteristic typically done for better dry or rock performance where you want a spiked tire to not squirm on rocks or want increased rolling capabilities without sacrificing the other benefits like cornering out of a mud tire.
With Enduro racing picking up these tires will be a nice choice for Enduro athletes looking for that right tire. Many riders this year had to resort to a DH casing tire to achieve their needs on the tracks where they may be overkill. Enduro riders / racers will be looking for new tires heading into 2014 to help them out and Michelin aims to deliver some options
that will keep many of them happy.