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Interbike show

Las Vegas, USA, September 26-30, 2005

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Part 16: Bell, Castelli, Sportful, Blackburn and Bontrager

By Tim Maloney in Las Vegas

Bell: 'proven ever since'

Ivan's lid
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Ivan's lid

Ivan Basso and Team CSC are proudly sponsored by Bell Helmets, and with helmets now manditory in all ProTour races, all the time, this is a crucial choice for any team. CSC's choice is Bell's top of the line Sweep R, a light (292 grams) and effective In-Mold helmet with 20 vents and Bell's GPS Fit system. And Bell also equips the Credit Agricole team with the Sweep R, featuring up and coming young American Saul Raisin.

Bell's Sweep XC
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Bell Sweep XC

The Sweep XC has been upgraded for 2006, with a new Variable Position Visor (VPV) up front, which allows 15 degrees of vertical adjustment. Add the great ventilation from 20 large vents, GPS retention system and In-Mold tecchnology and Sweep XC has what it takes to conquer any mountain.

They're all there
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Hall of Famers

Bell's slogan is "Established in 1954, proven ever since" and their wall of fame on display at Interbike paid testament to legendary auto racers like dragster Don Garlits, auto racer Dan Gurney and cyclists like Thor Hushovd.

Going ballistic!
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Dirt missile

Bell's state of the art downhill and BMX helmet is named Ballistic, designed for full-face protection. With 15 vents, this '06 Ballistic also has cool new crypto-outerspace graphics.

Scorpion style

Castelli calling
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White runs hot and cold

A cold white winter ride calls for a cool white Castelli winter jacket, in this case the Carbon 5 jacket in their proprietary Resistex Stratosheer fabric.

Get the best...
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When you want the best...

Reknowned for their YPRO bib shorts, Castelli has been upgraded for 2006 with a new scallop-shaped Alchemia short panel, Vibra lycra on the long leg cuffs, fast-drying ProSecco lycra for the body, and stretch net bibs.

Teseo windvest
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Breaking wind

Castelli's Teseo windvest has WH Ripstop fabric, reflective inserts and a full front zip, perfect for the months of fall - its low weight enables you to fold and carry it without too much fuss.

Blackburn's superpump

Superpump!
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For 2006, Blackburn's Air Tower 5 CF floor pump has been upgraded to reach 100psi in a mere 10 strokes. With improved Dual Stage, Dual Stroke internals and a lightweight carbon fiber barrel and gauge face, the Air Tower 5 CF can reach a maximum pressure of 160psi.

Mach 1 on a bike

Sportful's new Mach 1 WS Race jacket
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Sportful's new Mach 1 WS Race jacket features WL Gore's Aggon 60 Windstopper, the lighest ever version of the famous fabric. With 117g sensitive Lycra and a stretch waist for easy closure, this is the perfect jacket to start with on those cool days, then fold up and put in your pocket.

Bontragers fly like the wind

Very fast, very deep Bontragers
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Pictured here on Lance Armstrongs's special 10//2 bike used on the final stage of the 2005 Tour De France, Bontrager's new Aeolus high profile carbon fibre wheels, developed with Steve Hed, may be among the fastest hoops on the planet. The feature a 65mm cross section and weigh in at a reported 1630 grams per pair.

 

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Images by Tim Maloney/Cyclingnews.com

  • Pictured here on Lance Armstrongs's special 10//2 bike used on the final stage of the 2005 Tour De France, Bontrager's new Aeolus high profile carbon fibre wheels, developed with Steve Hed, may be among the fastest hoops on the planet. The 65mm cross section and torroidal shape slice the wind and weigh in at a reported 1630 grams per pair.
  • Ivan Basso and Team CSC are proudly sponsored by Bell Helmets, and with helmets now manditory in all ProTour races, all the time, this is a crucial choice for any team. CSC's choice is Bell's top of the line Sweep R, a light (292 grams) and effective In-Mold helmet with 20 vents and Bell's GPS Fit system.
  • Bell's Sweep XC has been upgraded for 2006 with a new Variable Position Visor (VPV) up front, which allows 15 degrees of vertical adjustment. Add the great ventilation from 20 large vents, GPS retention system and In-Mold tecchnology and Sweep XC has what it takes to conquer any mountain.
  • Established in 1954, proven ever since and their wall of fame on display at Interbike paid testament to legendary auto racers like dragster Don Garlits, auto racer Dan Gurney and cyclists like Thor Hushovd.
  • Bell's state of the art downhill and BMX helmet is named Ballistic, designed for full-face protection. With 15 vents, this '06 Ballistic can also come with cool new crypto-outerspace graphics.
  • For 2006, Blackburn's Air Tower 5 CF floor pump has been upgraded to reach 100psi in a mere 10 strokes. With improved Dual Stage, Dual Stroke internals and a lightweight carbon fiber barrel and gauge face, the Air Tower 5 CF can reach a maximum pressure of 160psi.
  • Castelli calling in winter. A cold white winter ride calls for a cool white Castelli winter jacket, in this case the Carbon 5 jacket in their proprietary Resistex Stratosheer fabric.
  • Renowned for their YPRO bib shorts, Castelli has been upgraded for 2006 with a new scallop-shaped Alchemia short panel, Vibra lycra on the long leg cuffs, fast-drying ProSecco lycra for the body, and stretch net bibs.
  • Castelli's Teseo windvest has WH Ripstop fabric, reflective inserts and a full front zip.
  • Sportful's new Mach 1 WS Race jacket features WL Gore's Aggon 60 Windstopper, the lighest ever version of the famous fabric. With 117g sensitive Lycra and a stretch waist for easy closure, this is the perfect jacket to start with on those cool days, then fold up and put in your pocket.

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