Las Vegas, USA, September 26-30, 2005
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Part 10: Foot Fitting, Rocket 7, Argon 18, Carbon Sports, Speedplay
By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor in Las Vegas
The air cushion
The information is recorded
Feet are one of the most important parts of a cyclists body - the part
that is the closest to the actual power transfer to the pedals. While
many shoes are on display here in Vegas, one company new to Interbike,
Arizona-based Foot Fitting, creates super-custom insoles for top athletes.
No stranger to cycling, Foot Fitting has created custom orthotics for
Lance Armstrong, Floyd Landis and David Zabriskie. The beauty of the design
is the measurement technology. Unlike other orthotics that use a plaster
mold, Foot Fitting uses a laser and a pillow of air. The foot rests on
the air cushion in the most neutral position while the laser scans a map
of the foot into a computer.
The information is then fed into a CNC machine and the insole is cut
perfectly. Even more exciting is the fact that the technology is portable,
with the Foot Fitting crew able to come to your local bike shop, scan
your foot and turnaround a custom insole in about four days four around
US$199. The crew even found a new customer at the show last Thursday when
they wheeled the scanner over to the Hincapie booth to get a scan of George's
Rocket 7 makes shoes
The new Rocket 7
More custom foot products come from the nice folks at Rocket 7 which
will create a custom shoe that weighs only 175 grams. A host of athletes
ride their shoes including Geoff Kabush, Julian Dean and Saul Raisin.
Their shoes are used by a number of top athletes in road, MTB and multi-sport
and can also be custom color coordinated to match your team kit or bike.
Argon 18's new cyclocross
Argon 18 built a "special-show-stopper-light"
Back to bikes, Canadian company Argon 18 had an impressive display of
bicycles, including a "stupid-light" bike with all sorts of carbon goodies.
The Galliium-S3 is a monocoque frameset that uses the 6009 high modulus
carbon fiber material. The Arsenic cyclocross bike turned a few heads
offering an all-carbon frame, fork and wheelset - a rarity in the 'cross
Carbon Sports: Lightweight wheels
The new low-profile Ventoux wheels
The new Ventoux low-profile wheelset was finally on display in the U.S.
aboard a VERY light Javelin Torgiano. Combined with the new Lightweight
rear derailleur, the bike weighed a little more than ten pounds! A free
five-pound weight is included with your purchase to bring the bike to
the UCI legal limit.
Speedplay even gives a history
This 1986 Puma shoe
Old-school was a feature of the Speedplay booth, with the president of
the company showing off his personal collection of pedals from the late
1800s to more recent times. The 1984 Puma shoe and pedal was a particularly
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18's new cyclocross bike, the Arsenic, featuring a full carbon frame design
- a rarity in cross bikes.
lugs are utilized throughout the frame.
shot of the headtube cluster.
nano-tech carbon technology is utilized in Argon 18's new 'cross bike.
shot of the chainrings and crankarms.
a full carbon fork to boot.
18 built a "special-show-stopper-light" bike for the Interbike show, tipping
the scales at around 13 pounds.
nifty carbon brakes help keep the weight down, down, down.
new carbon cranks provide the pedal power.
monocoque frame by Argon 18 is made of the 6009 high-modulus carbon fiber.
Sword carbon stem.
much padding on this saddle - but plenty of carbon!
shot of the seat stays.
Sword carbon bars.
Mercury time trial bike is another carbon offering from Argon 18.
Hincapie gets his foot laser scanned by the Foot Fitting crew.
air cushion insures a truly neutral scan of the person's foot.
information is recorded into the computer which then will control the
CNC machine that carves out the insole.
Hincapie helps out his brother Rich by signing autographs for the fans.
clothes go a little retro.
there are still some new developments in materials.
worry honey, I'll smile for the camera.
new low-profile Ventoux wheels from Lightweight were used to help make
this Javelin Togiano weigh not much more than 10 pounds.
7 makes shoes for Shaq and Frodo.
new Rocket 7 shaved a few more grams off the weight and increased breathability.
Saul Raisin should be happy about that.
7's custom fitting goes right through to branding your name on the shoes.
Zabriskie, Floyd Landis, Gord Fraser, John Lieswyn and Chris Wherry were
all present at the Speedplay booth.
even gives a history lesson in regards to pedal design, dating all the
way back to the late 1800s.
1986 Puma shoe and pedal is a rare find.
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