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Interbike 2006



The Fitzgerald’s crew returned this weekend from another successful trip to Interbike in Las Vegas. Tim, Tom, Jannine, and Scott did it up right this year after 5 years of practice! We all spent 2 days in Boulder City just outside of Vegas where we got to demo all the latest ’07 bike goodies. OK, the most asked question after the show is, “so, what was the best stuff you rode?” Here’s my personal short list of the gear that caught my attention:

Norco Faze and Fluid 4″ and 5″ bikes. Norco has been our shop favorite for years and they are poised to rule the 2007 model year. Additional refinements make the Fluid our #1 choice for 5″ bikes and finally we have a sweet 4″ xc bike with “Canadian geometry”! Check out how sweet the Faze is!

Compeletly redesigned Jamis 5″ and 4″ mountian bikes. These were awesome! Jamis has been long overdue for a new look and feel to their xc bikes. They fully delivered with the XAM 5″ bikes and the XCR 4″ bikes. Lighter, quicker, stiffer, and just plain more fun. Nice work!

Turner Sultan! Yes, the 29er thing is here to stay. I was very unwilling to adopt the big wheel revolution, until, now! I rode tons of 29ers and loved most of them. This was the king though. Yes it’s better for taller riders, but Jannine at 5’6″ loved them too. Drool factor is huge with this Turner. All I can say is… Get one before they’re gone! Dave B – sell the Flux and the 5-spot, this is your one bike!

SRAM and Shimano Drivetrains. I’ve been all about SRAM for a couple of years now but I must say that Shimano stepped it up huge for ’07. Nothing like a little competition to raise the bar. I’m still riding SRAM… for now…

Salsa El Mariachi. I walked away from Interbike wanting a lot of things, but I only bought one… this bike! Fully rigid, 29er, 1×9 drivetrain. It’ll be here tommorrow, come check it out! Steel is real, derailuers are for failures (I’ll drop the rear when I get strong enough), and suspension is for sallies!

Orbea Orca! Get your order in now for hands down the SICKEST new road bike since the C-40. It looks 10 times better in person if you can believe it. The top tube shaping is unreal! Yes, it rides just as sweet as it looks!

Colnago CLX and Extreme Power. If you don’t know about the Extreme Power you soon will. This is the Extreme C Colnago that has no weight or riding style restrictions. The finest Colnago yet. I got to ride one. This is the best. But wait, don’t forget about the other great news from Colnago. The carbon CLX is a taiwan version of the Cristallo. So what? Well now we can all afford Signor Colnago’s legendary ride. Start your Colnago collection before you’re 50 years old or the product manager for a ski company.

The demo days in Boulder City were complete with heat stroke, many margaritas (funny how Jannine works at Picas and is still a light weight with the margs), killer wall riding at the motel (not telling where, find it yourself), too much Fat Tire (how’d that beer get popular anyway?), carnage (Tom, Jannine, and I got to play first responder to the nastiest, most grusome bike wreck I’ve ever seen in person). On to Vegas.

Sensory overload! Here’s the clifnotes:
Condo on the strip? Yeah that’s how Fitzgerald’s does it! BMX bikes, not Escalades are the only way to roll around Vegas. Breakfast with Ernesto was classic! The comb over is in full effect and he sure does love his bikes. ’07 Campy… the only way to go. Fitzy kits in the Giordana catelogue, Nice work Ray!! New speedplay “light action”… here ya go Murph. Footbeds in Fitzgerald’s, of course. Ceramic bearings, where have YOU been? PF Changs saved the day. The Irish bar in NY, NY was very glad to see us again! I can now truly sympathize with Evil Kinevel, that fountain outside Casers is TOUGH! Ron Murray who taught me what a chainwhip is still rules the world! Check out the pump track he helped build in a city park in Stowe, VT below. Go to his shop Irie Cycles in Stowe. And finally, Interbike is a slut fest. Sure I like pretty girls, but the bike industry sunk to new lows this year, LAME. If we took all the money spent on booth whores we could have raised the budget for cycling advocacy by 20%! Think twice the next time you see an ad for bike parts that only shows some big chested nail polish model who would rather wear Carhardts than be caught on a bicycle.

Bikes Rule! And so does Fitzgerald’s!



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