Sea Otter Classic Coverage


iXS Trail XC helmet sheds weight, increases ventilation


iXS has a new budget-priced trail helmet and two upper body protection options that slip on below your jersey.

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Topeak Ninja bottle cage and much more


Adding to their Ninja product platform of concealed tools introduced last year, Topeak is offering updated versions of the line, plus a new tools, a floor pump, and more.

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Magura HC3 lever blade and MT Trail Sport brakes


Magura’s brakes have incredible power and modulation but their levers were a little long and dated as riders have moved on to shorter, one-finger levers. At Sea Otter, they showed us their latest lever, the HC3 which is a pretty fascinating piece of German engineering.

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Video: Specialized Build Your Dream Stumpjumper program


At the high end of the market, folks like having options with their component selections. It adds a personalized touch and optimizes the bike for the riders style and terrain.

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Jared Graves & Jill Kintner win the 2017 Sea Otter Classic Downhill


Big crowds, perfect temperatures and a fast, dry course made for a great downhill race at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. Trail bikes and 29ers were the tools of choice for the top racers with Jill Kintner and Jared Graves coming out on top.

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Spank Industries all in on shot peening


Spank has abandoned their previous polished component aesthetic and adopted shot peening, which they determined to be significantly stronger.

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Gore Rescue B MTB rain jacket as light as they come


In a nod to gram-counters, Gore’s new Rescue B Jacket uses the lightest three-layer Gore Tex material the manufacturer produces.

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New Ibis Ripley LS trail bike details


In its third generation, Ibis made room for big tires. The big new 29 x 2.6 tires will now fit giving this bike a bigger sweet spot to handle bigger, more aggressive terrain.

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CamelBak M.U.L.E. receives Low Rider treatment


The reboot of the M.U.L.E. LR 15 has CamelBak doubling down on its lumbar concept, with 100 percent of its high-end mountain bike packs now featuring the lower reservoir orientation.

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9Point8 Short Stroke dropper aimed at XC crowd


9Point8 is primed to launch a 75mm Short Stroke dropper post that will weigh just 390 grams.

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Five Ten Freerider Pro shoes and more


Five Ten has hit a few out of the park this last year so we were eager to learn more about the new Freerider Pro and District shoes. Here’s a rundown of key highlights.

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Küat Pivot swing out rack carrier


The Kuat Pivot is perfect for those #vanlifers (or any rider) who has a hitch mounted bike rack and wants easy tailgate access.

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SQlab Ergowave saddle enhances comfort


As rides get longer, our saddle communicates with us about fit problems through pain or even numbness. SQlab addresses these problems with high performance fitted saddles.

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HED Raptor and No Big Deal wheels roll out


HED Cycling has some exciting carbon wheel offerings for both fat and semi-fat tire bikes. And they’re both made in the USA.

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Teravail Kennebec and Cumberland tires debut


Capitalizing on the mid-plus trend, Minneapolis-based Teravail has launched two versatile new tires, a 27.5×2.8 and 29×2.6. Not ignoring the hardliner plus crowd, it’s also unveiling a 3.0 all-arounder.

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Fat Chance updates Yo Eddy, debuts new cross bike


To say that the cycling world was ready for Chris Chance to make a comeback would be an understatement. The reception to his Kickstarter campaign aimed at resurrecting the much-loved Fat Chance brand was exceptional and since then Chance has quickly ramped up production of the Yo Eddy.

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Sombrio shows new kit for young and old


While Sombrio technically wasn’t at Sea Otter, they sent a couple of manikins and accompanying new kit with GT Bicycles to display in the pits. Here’s what we saw.

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ODI Grips offering a slew of bright colors


Nearly 40 years young, ODI is one of the biggest grip manufacturers in the world, offering fun collaborations with iconic brands and riders in an array of colors.

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Specialized Turbo Levo eMTB with trail tool twist


Say what you will about eMTBs, but this is a pretty innovative application of ever-expanding pedal-assist technology.

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Kintner and Ropelato take Sea Otter dual slalom


Santa Cruz pro Mitch Ropelato and Norco’s Jill Kintner take wins at the Sea Otter Classic dual slalom competition.

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Osprey Trail Kit duffel designed to save time


Pack maker Osprey is previewing the Trail Kit, a new wide-mouth duffel aimed at saving you time and simplifying your life.

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Formula CTS makes fine tuning your fork a snap


Tuning your fork has never been so straightforward. With the Compression Tuning System you can fine tune your suspension quickly with accuracy.

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Oakley Crossrange Prizm Trail sunglasses


Positioned at the crossroads of fashion and performance, the new Crossrange Prizm Trail sunglasses feature the look of lifestyle eyewear with the optics, fit, and minimal weight of top shelf eye protection.

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Breadwinner Cycles Goodwater rolls out


Breadwinner Cycles was on hand at Sea Otter, showing off the new Goodwater, a bike the Portland-based custom builder calls its most versatile to date.

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Spot Bikes Mayhem 29er trail bike launched


After the success of the Rollik, Colorado’s Spot follows it up with the 130mm travel Mayhem using the same Living Link system.

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