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Las Vegas, USA, September 26-30, 2005

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Part 5

Road coverage, Day 1: Outdoor Demo

Bootleg Canyon, Boulder City, Nevada, September 26-28

By James Huang

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Interbike's Outdoor Demo not only had a wealth of high-end off-road machines ready to roll, but also a host of premium road machines available for viewing and riding. The prescribed road test course was short in length, but at least it was closed to traffic and was fully supported by the Mavic neutral support crew.

Naturally, the main objective of the companies that had set up booths was to highlight their new bikes, but if one were to look carefully enough, the Outdoor Demo also provided a good opportunity to preview 'new-for-2006' componentry with which those bikes were equipped. Many smaller companies either didn't have official booths set up or shared space in order to minimize costs, but there was plenty of boutique stuff to be seen.

Serotta is launching their first full-carbon frame for 2006
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Cervelo provided plenty of 'wow factor' with their P3 TT machine and Soloist carbon frame, always a hit among fans, particularly considering Dave Zabriskie's stint in yellow during the Tour de France aboard one of the Cervelo steeds.

Serotta made sure wish lists grew longer with their new carbon fibre number, the Meivici, making use of traditional-style lugs so it's instantly recognisable as a Serotta. It's the company's first all-carbon frame, weighing in at about 1100g, which is extremely competitive considering their 'rootsy' methods of construction.

Zipp and Race Face gave us a look at their crankset offerings for 2006, both of which made impressive viewing. Race Face has gone for additions like externally-mounted BB bearings, whereas Zipp has upped the weight stakes with a complete crankset package weighing in at 450g. Sweet but very pricey.


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