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Interbike 2018: Road gear review

All the best road gear and kit from Reno, Nevada

Interbike 2018 rolled into Reno, Nevada with a fair bit of new road, cross and gravel gear and kit to show off. Here’s some of the best new and expanded lines we found out on the showroom floor of the Sparks convention centre.

Bianchi e-road Aria

Bianchi was out in force at Interbike, and in good spirits. The big news was its Aria e-road bike. At first glance, the e-Aria is a standard bike, looking almost exactly like it’s 100% human powered version. Look a bit closer, and there’s a couple small difference, and one sizable rear hub. The hub driven e-assist allows Bianchi to keep the Aria’s looks in line with a road bike, while still giving a boost when riders need it.

Castelli – Chapter 3 and Aero kit

Castelli had David Millar’s Chapter 3 projected displayed in its booth. The former WorldTour pro’s clothing line offers a more subtle style than the usual bright road kit, while still providing performance oriented features.

For its own kit, Castelli was showing its lightweight aero road kit. There’s a whole host of features beyond the aero dots. Including very breathable layer on the bibs, longer arms, and wide gripper on the leg for comfort.

DT Swiss – road and cyclocross wheels

DT Swiss re-worked its entire road line in 2018 so for 2019, they’re filling out the line. A new aero wheel, an aero endurance wheel, a cross / gravel wheel and the higher-than-high end Mont Chasseral wheel join the line for the coming year.

Shimano road shoes

Shimano had plenty going on in their booth, including some sharp looking footware. The new SPhyre colours launched earlier this year, but the RC7 and RP9 fill out an impressive line

Abus – AirBreaker

Abus’s new light weight road AirBreaker helmet weighs a scant 180g. The helmet will only be available in Europe and Canada, at this point. It’s already been seen on the Movistar team riders and, if you’re worried about the durability of such a light helmet, mountain bike World Cup XCO winner Jolanda Neff.

Maxxis Tires – road, cx, gravel


Maxxis has been pushing steadily into the road, cyclocross and gravel market. The company is most know for its mountain bike tires, but recent efforts outside the dirt have been garnering attention. Especially for the brands experience with tubeless tires, as that becomes more standard in CX and gravel riding.

Kenda – cyclocross and gravel

Kenda has added new treads, a gumwall casing option, and a functional reflective lettering on the side of its gravel and cyclocross tires. Fall sports often end in the dark, and cross and gravel rides eventually return to the city. Reflective lettering is a little extra help to keep you seen on  your way home.

FSA – Gravel parts

FSA is embracing the adventure side of gravel, building its K-Wing AGX bars around ergonomics of the currently-oversized hydro disc levers many gravel riders are using, as well as offering full internal cable routing. The K-Force carbon fibre crankset is available in two different direct mount chainring combinations: 48/32 or 46/30. Should be enough to get you up the worst wall of a west coast logging road you can find.