Interbike '07: A Second Look Part II

Editors Note: Here are some more tidbits I found interesting from the recent Interbike trade show, Enjoy!

I had heard rumors at the show that I had to check out the “gold plated 29″er” over in a certain distributors booth. It turned out that Voo Doo was showing this blinged out single speed 29″er with lots of gold anodized bits, but no real gold. Rats! Anyway, I noticed that this frame can also be geared for those so inclined.

If you could get past the gold bits, you would have noticed these slick sliding drop outs. Notice the set screw type tensioner. Seems like there are about as many solutions to the single speed/disc brake/tensioner conundrum as there are single speeds!

TSL 9 & DT Swiss fork

While we’re on the subject of titanium: Here’s a look at the front end of Niner’s proposed TSL 9 model. The titanium duo shown at Interbike, (one geared and one single speed) both sported these suspension corrected 26″er forks from DT Swiss. The TSL 9 is not designed for a suspension corrected 29″er fork, so Niner chose these to grace the front ends of their prototypes. Interestingly, These DT forks are sleeved with a titanium inner core wrapped over with structural carbon. Somewhat similar to what Bontrager does with their Switchblade fork. This DT Swiss fork was a result of the total overhaul of the previous Pace carbon fork, which DT Swiss aquired when it purchased Pace earlier in the year. No word on what, if any, rider weight limits would be imposed on the forks, which will also be available in a 29″er model.

'08 Scout

Here’s a look at the long awaited Origin 8 Scout which we first showed you a year ago from the Interbike show floor. (I rather liked the original design myself) The frame has been tweaked to accept today’s larger 29″er tires in the rear and still has the removeable canti studs, and the ability to run gears. It is also reported that Origin 8 plans on a complete single speed model to be released for sale sometime this coming year at a retail price of around $800.00. Stay tuned for more info on this one.

Vicious Cycles snow bike

Here’s a reminder that snow is coming soon! Vicious Cycles had this stunning snow rig parked in the back end of their booth as if it was the red headed step child. Gorgeous paint graces this fat tired utility/specialty bike in the fine Vicious Cycles style. The booth was also crammed with several other beautiful rigs and tons of folks drooling over them. Getting a chance at this shot took several minutes!

I had a chance to meet and chat with Jeff Jones at the show. He gave the demonstration of his vertically compliant and laterally stiff frame with the special fork made to withstand backwards flex that is part of the overall package available. Available? Yes! If you haven’t heard, there is no longer the need to wait for umpteen million years to get your hands on one of these 29″ers. Jeff has collaborated with Merlin to boost output capacity and make these frames available to all who might desire one without the years wait on Jeff to get to your order. Jeff says the first test run of bikes was every bit as good as anything he could do and that he was super pleased to present these for sale to the public. Interestingly, I noted that Jeff had one of his rigs set up with an Endomorph 3.7″ 26″er front tire in the back of his booth. Since the effective outer diameter of the Endomorph nearly attains that of a 29 inch tire/rim combo, it didn’t look all that weird. (You can see it in the backround of the photo above)


No Responses to “Interbike '07: A Second Look Part II”

  1. Dirt McGirt Says:

    That Voodoo is HOTT!

    BTI kicks ass!

  2. Desert9r Says:

    What size is that Vicious? (26 or 29)

    What ever size bike, what’s the deal with having a larger front tire?kenda klaw(?) 2.1 front, 1.95 rear. it donesnt make sense to me.

  3. Professed Says:

    Thanks GT

    The Vodoo looks ‘Absolutely Fabulous’!
    Well resolved multipurpose rear dropout – better than having a continuously creaky EBB..

    ‘scuse my ignorance but what fork is it running?
    any carbon in it? – i’m dreaming of a 29er Manitou carbon R7 or a DT swiss XC 29 and a DT Swiss carbon rimset…..(for xmas)

    Better order a funky Jones now so that a decade later I can have on for my 50th nd still look really cool ( or think i do ! )

  4. Cloxxki Says:

    Looks like an FRM fork on the VooDoo. It’s been around for wuite some time.

    Those fat tires are all one and the same : Surly Endomorph 26×3.7″.

  5. Guitar Ted Says:

    Cloxxki is correct. FRM fork, pretty rarely seen here in the states, but the distributor for Voo Doo, BTI, is carrying their stuff now.

    The tires are 26″ Surly Endomorphs that when mated to the Surly Large Marge rims yeild an almost 29 inch wheel diameter. It’s so close, you might as well go ahead and call them 29″ers.

    Also, the Merlin/Jones collaboration would have you onboard one of Jeff Jones designs well before your 50th birthday, Professed. Turn around time is now measured in weeks, not years. 😉

  6. Guitar Ted Says:

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the name on the Voo Doo bike is “Zaka”- “Earth Guardian”, which for a titanium bike is rather ironic, I think. 😉

  7. leven Says:

    Any word from Indy Fab? I have yet to see or hear anything from my beloved band of frame creators!

  8. MMcG Says:

    The fork on the Voodoo looks goofy in my opinion. Something about it just doesn’t look right visually to my eyes.

  9. trainwreck Says:

    that voodoo looks sweet. i just bought a dambala. the first two rides were in rocky tech singletrack of western PA. nice steel ride! i hammered the bike all weekend and it came through with shining colors.

    frm fork see here:

  10. Dirt McGirt Says:

    Desert- that’s an old BMX ploy with the fatty up front and the skinny out back. It makes you a lil faster in the straightaways. Fatty cuts a path for the skinny….

  11. Desert9r Says:

    Thanks Dirt-
    goofy reasoning, anything to make a buck right?

  12. agu Says:

    Hi MMcG

    I think the FRM fork on the Zaka has got it’s offset at the crown, thet’s why it looks strange. That frame is just begging for carbon front end, I think.

    I too ride a Dambala and I’m really happy with the sliding dropouts, especially since I’ve switched to discs. The frame’s very compliant and quite maneuverable in sketchy situations. It looks like the Zaka has the same geometry as the Dambala (thought the head angle looks a bit steep in the photo)

  13. Guitar Ted Says:

    Desert9r: We used to do the fat front/skinny rear back in the ol’ rigid days for different reasons than Dirt McGirt gives here. We used the fat front for pseudo suspension and for better traction in the turns. The skinny rear was for less rolling resistance. That’s why we did that here in the Mid West back in the early 90’s. Your mileage may vary.

  14. Professed Says:

    “We used to do the fat front/skinny rear back in the ol’ rigid days for different reasons than Dirt McGirt gives here. We used the fat front for pseudo suspension and for better traction in the turns. The skinny rear was for less rolling resistance. That’s why we did that here in the Mid West back in the early 90’s.”

    I still do the same – 2.2 on the front 1.9 on the back.
    Got the NEW Racing Ralf on back order – 2.4 on the front 2.25 on the back.

    If any of you dont do it It’s worth a try, even suspended.
    Makes a load of difference in traction and comfort in all conditions.

  15. Desert9r Says:

    I get it but I don’t get it, it would be nice to have a little cushion up front but at the same time the back is heavier, and (in my case) is the part that gets the snot beat out of it. hence the first question.

    Thanks for the answers

  16. Cloxxki Says:

    I’m expecting my sets of 2.4 and 2.25 Ralphs any day now. Check this space for my findings.
    Many will liekly be forced to keep the 2.25 as the rear, as the 2.4 is just so big, few bikes will fit it.

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