The Interbike show consists of two
days of the Outdoor Demo and three
days spent indoor at the Mandalay Bay
Convention Center. Interbike remains an
industry-centered show, so it’s unfortunate that the outdoor event is closed to
the public with only a single indoor day
allocated for the public.
Inside the convention hall there was
a generous area called The Circuit,
where Interbike attendees could take
demo rides on any bike there set up by
the same folks who put on the Electric
Bike Expo. Some 42 e-bike manufactur-
ers had bikes at the demo area, which
is a staggering number. The growth of
the e-bike market was palpable here.
Big names were present—from Haibike
to BESV to others, along with many traditional, big-name bicycle manufacturers that are now bringing their e-bikes
to the U.S.
After five days in the desert we came
back to the EBA offices flush with some
Defiant’s new fat bikes feature carbon forks and a 500-watt,
direct-drive rear hub. It was a beast, and it handily climbed steep
hills, but also just looked cool riding along the road.
Prodeco Tech was here with the highlights of their full line, like
these Outlaw 1000 trail bikes. It costs $1599 for an aluminum
frame with a beefy RockShox Boxxer fork, 1000-watt hub drive
and a 12 Ah battery for speeds up to 28 mph is really great.
Bulls showed up with their 2017
models, including this new
E-Stream EVO Carbon 27. 5+ that
we test elsewhere in this issue.