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Interbike 2013 - Best in Show

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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Giant TCX Advanced 0

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Giant TCX Advanced 0 (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Fashion forward

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Fashion forward (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Devinci Wilson Carbon

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Devinci Wilson Carbon (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Devinci Wilson Carbon is Stevie Smith's weapon of choice

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Devinci Wilson Carbon is Stevie Smith's weapon of choice (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Felt IA

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Felt IA (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Giro Terraduro

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Giro Terraduro (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: This shoe is well-suited to general trail riding as it is to enduro racing

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: This shoe is well-suited to general trail riding as it is to enduro racing (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Giro's New Road women's collection

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Giro's New Road women's collection (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The RockShox PIKE

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The RockShox PIKE (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The RockShox PIKE is the most capable trail fork we've ridden this year

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The RockShox PIKE is the most capable trail fork we've ridden this year (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Santa Cruz 5010 (the bike formerly known as the Solo)

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Santa Cruz 5010 (the bike formerly known as the Solo) (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The 5010 is the fast, playful and has just enough travel to tackle tough terrain

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The 5010 is the fast, playful and has just enough travel to tackle tough terrain (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Scott Scale 700 Premium

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Scott Scale 700 Premium (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Scott's 650b (27.5in) Scale line proves that 29ers are not the only option for cross-country racing

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Scott's 650b (27.5in) Scale line proves that 29ers are not the only option for cross-country racing (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Push-button Di2 wiring with a digital gear gauge on the internal hub blends new world tech with old school cool

Push-button Di2 wiring with a digital gear gauge on the internal hub blends new world tech with old school cool (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The limited edition Shinola

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The limited edition Shinola (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Specialized Amira

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Specialized Amira (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Specialized S-Works Epic

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Specialized S-Works Epic (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Specialized S-Works Epic

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Specialized S-Works Epic (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The DeLorean

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The DeLorean (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Ryders Eyewear wants everyone to know you can see the future right in front of you

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Ryders Eyewear wants everyone to know you can see the future right in front of you (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Thule's new hardshell and softshell travel cases contain this integrated (and removable) workstand

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Thule's new hardshell and softshell travel cases contain this integrated (and removable) workstand (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Bianchi Infinito Disc will actually come with Shimano's Ultegra Di2 and hydraulic brakes

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Bianchi Infinito Disc will actually come with Shimano's Ultegra Di2 and hydraulic brakes (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Fairwheels Bikes' Cheribum by Shin-ichi Komo

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Fairwheels Bikes' Cheribum by Shin-ichi Komo (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Giant Propel Advanced SL 0

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Giant Propel Advanced SL 0 (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Giant Lust Advanced 27.5 0

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Giant Lust Advanced 27.5 0 (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Focus Izalco Max

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Focus Izalco Max (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Can't see the mount for this GoPro? That's kinda the point of this secure Bar Fly option

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Can't see the mount for this GoPro? That's kinda the point of this secure Bar Fly option (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Bianchi Infinito Disc uses Countervail vibration-damping technology

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Bianchi Infinito Disc uses Countervail vibration-damping technology (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Bianchi Infinito Disc

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Bianchi Infinito Disc (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The BMC TF01 29

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The BMC TF01 29 (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The 2014 Trail Fox packs 29in wheels into a 150mm-travel light, low and slack package without stretching the rear end

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The 2014 Trail Fox packs 29in wheels into a 150mm-travel light, low and slack package without stretching the rear end (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Borealis Yampa

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Borealis Yampa (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Not only did Borealis design a light carbon fat bike, they're introducing double-walled carbon rims as well

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Not only did Borealis design a light carbon fat bike, they're introducing double-walled carbon rims as well (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Cane Creek DBAir CS

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: Cane Creek DBAir CS (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The addition of a climbing mode makes this highly-tunable shock as capable on ascents as descents

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The addition of a climbing mode makes this highly-tunable shock as capable on ascents as descents (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Focus Izalco Max

Best in Show, Interbike 2013: The Focus Izalco Max (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)

This article originally published on BikeRadar

The bike industry crammed into a Las Vegas Convention Center this week to show off its latest and greatest, with more than 1,000 brands represented. After a few dozen miles of walking the show-floor aisles — and a few heated debates — we present to you here our picks for Best in Show for Interbike 2013.

While Interbike is largely representative of the market at large, please note that Trek and Cannondale did not exhibit this year — which was too bad for the Cannondale Synapse, which we love.

Giant TCX Advanced SL 0 - thru axles are true axles

Believe it or not, cyclo-cross season is already upon us, and the TCX Advanced SL 0 shows some very progressive thinking with thru-axles front and rear. Mountain bikers don't need an explanation of why this is cool; but for you roadies, know that a disc wheel getting knocked about can cause it to move slightly in the dropouts with a quick release, leading to a rotor pinging the caliper. Other pluses? It's carbon, light, stiff, hydraulic and just happens to match our BikeRadar colors.

Shinola Di2 Runwell - our dream city bike

Yes, there's a good back story: Shinola is a new phoenix of a company, rising from the ashes of Detroit, with frames built by Waterford and assembled into bikes in Motor City. But really, we just love how modern tech and old-school cool merge in this limited edition Shinola, which uses Di2-style paddle shifting (with a digital gear readout) on an internal 11-speed hub, plus hydraulic brakes, dynamo lights, a lovely front rack and classy black fenders.

Giant Propel Advanced SL 0 - an aero road bike we're stoked to ride

Like fat bikes but on the far other end of the spectrum, aero road bikes are the trend de jour. But frankly we're often a little wary of the category, as wind tunnel claims are often trumped by how a bike feels and handles out on the road. Those of us who have ridden the Propel love it; those who haven't are eager to get the chance. And yes, if you ask Giant, the bike is super fast in a wind tunnel - and out on the road. Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 with sprint shifters and Zipp 404s? Yes, please.

Focus Izalco Max – the holy trinity of light weight, stiffness and performance

Dressed in SRAM Red 22, THM Fibula calipers and DT Swiss carbon tubulars, the Focus Izalco Max 0.0 weighs a claimed 12.08lb/5.48kg. While an average frame weight across all sizes is 760g, the 54cm sample frame we weighed recently was a mere 720g. While some frames are billed as ‘futureproof’ with fixtures for mechanical, electrical and/or hydraulic options, the Focus Izalco Max has one frame for electric and one for mechanical, the latter with external carbon cable stops.

Specialized Amira - the women's race bike to have

Perhaps it's the carbon layup and the geometry. Perhaps it's the fat HED wheels. Or perhaps it's the simple aesthetic combination of Specialized and Lululemon. Whatever it is, the Specialized S-Works Amira is the women's race bike.

The Specialized S-Works Amira is our favourite women's race bike

Felt IA - an all-out triathlon machine

There are a few bitchin' superbikes out there these days, but many of them will have you bitching while adjusting them, as the aero-but-super-complex designs aren't exactly the easiest to work on. Granted, this is not a road bike; but as superbikes go, this one is user friendly, with extensions and pads that can be easily adjusted, and an aero brake set up that just requires removing a cover. It's astronomically expensive, but we give Felt kudos for going all in on a tri bike with zero regard paid to UCI rules. I mean really, do you care about a 3:1 ratio?

Santa Cruz 5010 - if we could take one trail bike to a desert island (and that desert island had sweet trails)...

The Blur TRC was the sweetheart of the Santa Cruz line, that is, until 650b (27.5in) wheels stole the spotlight. The TRC was reborn as the Solo, which, following a trademark dispute has been rechristened the 5010. Whatever name this bike goes by, it embodies the qualities most riders look for in a mountain bike: it’s light, agile and leaves you grinning like an idiot from ear to ear. It’s slack geometry and low-slung chassis allow the 5010 to tackle bigger lines than most 5in trail bikes.

Giant Lust Advanced 0 – designed for equal play

Giant gave the bulk of its 2014 mountain bike line a complete makeover, including its women’s line, which was redesigned around 650b (27.5in) wheels. Giant’s liv/giant development team went back to the drawing board to create a women’s-specific race bike with more appropriate geometry, a lighter carbon layup for lighter riders, and a high-end component package that’s the equal of the Anthem Advanced 27.5 0.

Specialized S-Works Epic - the perfect full-suspension cross-country race bike(s)

The Epic has always been a thoroughbred cross-country race bike. Specialized recognizes that even within the discipline of cross-country there’s enough variation between the short, punchy efforts of World Cup courses and the long grueling pace of endurance racing to warrant splitting the Epic into two distinct models for 2014. The standard S-Works Epic and the S-Works Epic World Cup share Specialized’s innovative SWAT storage system, which integrates Storage, Water, Air and Tools into the bike for your convenience.

Scott Scale 700 Premium - a breakaway from the 29er herd

Two-niners took over the hardtail market without haste, that is, until Nino Schurter showed the world that 650b (27.5in) wheels could be just as fast under the right rider. The Scott Scale 700 Premium won’t make you as fast as Nino, but it certainly won’t hold you back, either. This race-worthy hardtail is light, stiff and agile. The featherweight frame is constructed from Scott’s top of the line HMX carbon frame and the build features a full XTR groupset and a 100mm Fox 32 CTD fork.

Devinci WIlson - the top of the downhill

World Cup downhill racing is three to four minutes of impeccable technique and steely-eyed resolve. The Devinci Wilson Carbon has proven to be a supremely capable gravity sled under the likes of Stevie Smith. The Wilson has a lot going for it: it uses Dave Weagle’s Split Pivot rear suspension, has a light and stiff carbon frame and a low center of gravity. Best of all, the Wilson is still a riot when measuring your ride in the number of runs per day, rather than split seconds.

The Devinci WIlson Carbon is as fun as it is fast

BMC TF01 29 - the best long-travel 29er

BMC is one of a handful of companies swimming against the current of 650b (27.5in) bikes inundating the trail bike market. The Trail Fox has been a fixture in the Swiss company’s line for many years. It’s gone through the usual revisions to keep the platform up to date, but nothing as sweeping as what BMC has done to the bike for 2014. The TF01 29 features 150mm of rear wheel travel, a low bottom bracket and impressively short chainstays, all neatly wrapped in a full carbon fiber frame.

RockShox PIKE - RockShox takes the crown back from Fox

We’ve ridden the PIKE on a number of test bikes this season and each time it continues to impress us with its ability to feel plush, controlled and conserve its travel for the really big hits. The fact that RockShox offers this impressive trail fork in all three wheel sizes is just another reason to love it.

Cane Creek DBAir CS - best shock

Cane Creek’s Double Barrel Air is an impressive (and complicated) piece of suspension hardware. The addition of the Climb Switch, and the independent low-speed rebound and compression damping that comes along with it, make the shock more user friendly. The DBAir CS is a cut above the competition in terms of adjustability and trail performance.

Giro Terraduro - we all want this shoe

There’s no doubt that “enduro” is the most overused mountain bike marketing buzzword of 2013. And, yes, Giro’s new Terraduro shoe was designed with enduro racing in mind, but it’s also a great all-around shoe that’s not too stiff and has plenty of lugs for hike-a-bike sections. In short, the Terraduro beats “race slippers” for the type of riding most mountain bikers do.

Borealis Yampa - skinny fat for the win

One could hardly take a step in this year’s tradeshow without almost tripping over (or being run over by) a fat bike. The fat bike market is growing and as it does, more riders are asking more from their monster-trucking machines. Namely, riders want massive tires without a massive weight penalty. Borealis was not satisfied with cutting weight by introducing the carbon fiber Yampa. The company took things one step further by developing carbon fiber rims to accompany its creation. The result is this sub-22lbYampa decked out in SRAM XX1.

Best DeLorean – Ryders Eyewear

Nothing stands out more in bicycle tradeshow than a shiny stainless steel sports car with gull-wing doors and the ability to travel through time.

The employees of Ryders Eyewear traveled back through time to teach us about the future of cycling eyewear and the fashion secrets of our great-grandchildren.

It appears we cyclists are already well prepared for the future - we’ve got the Lycra, all we need is a bit of silver and gold livery along with utility belts and capes.

Click here to check out the full gallery of our Best in Show picks from Interbike

Josh Patterson, Guy Kesteven, Rob Weaver, Warren Rossiter, Robin Wilmott and Russell Burton contributed to this report.