Sea Otter Classic Coverage


Schwalbe Addix rubber compound primer


Schwalbe uses good rubber. But if there was an opportunity for improvement, durability on rocky terrain was it. Now the German tire maker says it’s addressed that and much more with its new Addix rubber compound.

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Trailcraft Cycles unveils new models for wee ones


Faced with a lack of quality options for kid-sized bikes that sport high quality components, Trailcraft Cycles set out to build the type of bike that we’d all want to ride if we could turn back the life clock and return to our youth.

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8 new pedals for XC, trail, and enduro riding


In the market for new pedals? Here are seven of our favorites from Crankbrothers, Xpedo, OneUp, Kona, Deity, and VP.

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The Canyon showroom experience


The world’s best known consumer direct bike seller was on hand at Sea Otter showing off the full breadth of its impressive product line. They really do have something for everyone.

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Five new (and cool) dropper posts


In the hunt for a new dropper post? Here are five new options from some of the best in the business.

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Terrene McFly 2.8 tire is do-it-all option


Terrene, a six-month-old, three-person startup out of Minneapolis, was on hand at Sea Otter showing off the McFly, a “rider-centric” all-around 2.8” mountain bike tire.

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Answer Protaper Alloy handlebars go to 810mm


Sure other companies make a bar wider than 800mm, but do they make an 810mm bar with a 3” rise at 31.8 clamp diameter?

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G-Form shows Elite Knee and Elbow Guards, plus Padded Bib


G-Form makes body protection not body armor. The distinction is that body armor sounds (and often is) heavy, hot, and uncomfortable. Body protection doesn’t need to be any of those things. Find out why.

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Video: Pivot Phoenix bar, stem, grips


Pivot showed off their new cockpit components designed with a purpose starting with a 35mm handlebar. The bar itself is not stiffer by design but it is lighter than the previous generation.

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Elite Fly water bottle saves weight the affordable way


Looking to shave every gram possible, right down to searching for the lightest bottle available? Well you’re in luck. Elite Fly water bottles tip the scales at a mere 43 grams.

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Giro expands MTB apparel line with Havoc and Arch shorts


Giro’s new mountain bike clothing line veers away from their casual look, but still has cool and casual look.

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Lauf Grit delivers 30mm of speed-enhancing suspension


The Lauf fork is arguably the most unconventional cycling fork on the market, but it certainly has its fans who appreciate the low weight and ride enhancing suspension.

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Orange Mountain Bikes making way to USA


Offering a wide range of bikes, from modern geometry hardtails to full-on downhill sleds, there is a new player in the U.S. market. Orange Mountain Bikes is coming to America.

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Focus Jam trail bike a departure from usual XC focus


Germany’s Focus is better known in the U.S. for their support of cyclocross and XC racing, but the brand is now also gunning to capture a piece of the ever-expanding trail bike market.

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Julbo Aero sunglasses with Zebra Light Red lenses and more


Eyewear company has new sunglasses and goggles with a photochromic lens tint option aimed at the mountain bike crowd.

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Cleary Bikes has impressive line-up for kids


With immense attention to detail, Cleary is creating truly child specific bikes that will fit your grom correctly and provide features that help them learn to ride and rip.

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Project 321 rear hub with variable sound


Project 321 recently launched a very ingenious rear freehub design using magnets instead of traditional pawls. The drive system uses six magnetic pawls with 216 points of engagement for an incredibly quick 1.66 degree hub engagement.

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Yakima introduces versatile Dr. Tray hitch rack


New rack compatible with wheel sizes from 26 to 29er (and 700c), and able to accommodate tire widths from 23mm road rubber to massive 5-inch fatbike tires.

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Bontrager Line Pro Carbon wheelsets


Bontrager has been quietly improving their wheel line from the hub to the rim. This year though, they went big with carbon wheels at a mind-blowing price of $1200 a pair for the All Mountain wheels and $700 a pair for the XC wheels.

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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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