Carbon Bikes to Mechanical Bulls. We Visit ‘Saddle Drive’ Event in Utah

The bike world descended upon Snowbasin Resort in Utah this week for the annual Saddle Drive show, an event organized by Quality Bike Products to offer a peek at what’s soon coming to market.

We were onsite at the mountain, dirtying-up bikes and scoping out new wares. Here’s an inside look at some of the two-wheel innovation and accessories that will hit trails later this year and into 2014. —Amy Oberbroeckling

Yes that is Quality Bike Products’ owner Steve Flagg taking a ride on a mechanical bull…

The new Straggler from Surly, a steel CX bike with disc brakes; photo by Tommy Everstone

Scoop! Foundry Bikes let us take a spin on its Tomahawk, a prototype carbon 27.5”-wheel model that won’t be officially announced until September

Fat carbon… new Carbon Beargrease from Salsa was a standout at the show

Snowbasin was a perfect venue for testing bikes

Surly’s new E.C.R. (Extreme Camping Rig) can take you just about anywhere; photo by Tommy Everstone

Surly brings back its Instigator as an aggressive trail riding bike

All City’s cross bike, the Macho Man Disc, was the center of attention at the brand’s party

A plush puppy tags along on a test ride; photo via The Urbane Cyclist

Ultramax helmet from Lazer will come with an integrated rear blinking light to help riders be seen at night

Jeff Frane from All City takes a break after a long day

—Amy Oberbroeckling is an assistant editor.

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Amy Oberbroeckling, an Iowa native, joined GearJunkie out of college and brought a passion for endurance sports as well as a flawless record in arm wrestling matches against famous rock climbers. Find her biking, trail running, cross-country skiing, camping, or tipping back a cold IPA.