Sea Otter Classic Coverage


Daily coverage from the 2014 Sea Otter Classic Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of Mtbr’s daily coverage of the 2014 Sea Otter Classic. We’ll be continually updating this page with photos and beta on all the latest in mountain bike technology.

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Hot News: RockShox launches Bluto fatbike suspension fork

Fatbike riders have been clamoring for a suspension fork and today RockShox delivered introducing Bluto RL, their first plus-sized suspension fork.

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Bike Check #1: Nine cool bikes from pre-Sea Otter rides

Sea Otter starts today and we kick off our coverage with a bike check of bikes some of our industry friends are riding this weekend. Keep a sharp eye peeled and you may see some previously unreleased new product.

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Sea Otter Classic Announces Multi-year Partnership with Subaru

The Sea Otter Classic announced today its multi-year partnership with Subaru for the annual springtime event. Subaru’s commitment to partnering with organizations that reflect its owners’ active lifestyles, love of the outdoors, and involvement in the community.

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Get a Great Deal With Sea Otter Lodging Partners

Right now, the Sea Otter Classic lodging partners are offering some great deals for those of you who book early.

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Sea Otter Register Now – 10% Off with EARLYBIRD Coupon Code

The Sea Otter Classic website is OPEN! Register for races, rides, camping and lodging + get Sea Otter gear! Right now, the Sea Otter Classic folks are offering a 10% off registration with the special coupon code: “EARLYBIRD”. The code is good for athlete registration. Lodging, expo, merchandise and festival passes are not eligible. Offer […]

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Top Five Things To Do – A Guide to the Subaru Sea Otter Classic

The Sea Otter Classic is a cycling festival like no other! It will be held April 10-13 in Monterey, CA. Here are some tips and hints on things to see and do while you are there. Stop by the Mtbr booth and say hi!

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Lezyne Deca Drive LED Light and Shock Digital Drive Floor Pump

The charming Cedric Gracia is here to show us a couple of products with his unmistakable flair. The first is an 800 lumen light for $160. The second product is a rear shock pump in digital and floor pump configuration.

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Brian Mullin’s Walkabout – Sea Otter 2013

This is a short synopsis of my wanderings during the Sea otter 2013 festival, and captures some products that I found interesting…

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Video: Feedback Sports Sprint Work Stand

360-degrees of rotation, easy to use, folds up small, works with mountain and road bikes. That’s the $230 Feedback Sports Sprint work stand in a nutshell. Check out this video to learn more.

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Primal Wear Details Helix Kit and its Give Back Program

In our on-going Sea Otter Classic video series, Primal Wear marketing director Tim Baker breaks down the highlights of the Helix jersey and bibs, and explains the company’s charitable Give Back Program.

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The All New Pivot Firebird 27.5

Chris Cocalis from Pivot gives us an inside look at the all new Firebird 27.5 platform which has similar geometry to the popular 26″ Firebird and features the exact same travel, making it a pretty easy conversion.

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Kitsbow Mountain Bike Apparel

Kitsbow is a new player in the mountain bike apparel market and redefining high-end. With a short and liner that costs $480, it deserves a second look.

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Yakima HoldUp and HoldUp +2 Hitch Bike Racks

The new Yakima HoldUp and HoldUp +2 (to carry 4 bikes total) that’s new and improved for 2013. The HoldUp is easy to install, loads in seconds and features a wheel tray strap, integrated SKS cable lock system, a knob to tilt the rack down for rear vehicle access and the integrated bottle opener.

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Video: 2014 Norco Sight Carbon 650b/27.5

Norco showed us a fascinating carbon version of their Norco Sight 650b. The Sight is a 140mm travel bike purposely designed for the 650b/27.5 wheel size.

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Magura, Uvex, Vredestein 2014 Product Highlights

Brent Winebarger shows us the Magura 29er 120mm travel fork, new Vredestein Black Panther 27.5/650b and 29er tires, and Uvex SGL 104 sunglasses and the Ultrasonic CC helmet.

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Loaded Precision X-Lite Ultra Wheels, AmXc Ti Stem and AmXc Lock-On Grips

Loaded Precision shows us the X-Lite Ultra XC wheelset that weighs under 1500g, the AmXc trail/enduro stem and the AmXc lock-on grips with its unique rubber compound that’s hydrophobic and oleophobic resistant.

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“Ride More” with Orange Seal’s Tubeless Tire Sealant

Orange Seal aims to make “faster, lighter, eco-friendly and all around better products for the cycling industry.” The tubeless system is there to help make your ride end when you want it to end, and not because of a puncture.

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Rocky Mountain Altitude 650b / 27.5 Trail Bike – A Closer Look

The Rocky Mountain Altitude is all-new for 2013, with 650b / 27.5-inch wheels, 150mm of travel, carbon fiber or aluminum frame options, and adjustable geometry. We took a closer look at it at the annual Sea Otter Classic.

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Video: Bell Super Enduro and All Mountain Helmet

We’ve used the Bell Super for a few rides now and are pleased with its performance. The integrated GoPro mount is neat as it sits low on the helmet near the front.

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Kappius Looking To Kickstart Hub Production

Innovative hub maker Kappius Components has launched an updated version of its unique road and mountain hubs. Now they’re seeking financial backing to begin manufacturing. Find out how you can help.

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Announced: Boombotix Boombot REX Bike Speakers

Mtbr got a look at Boombotix’s new Boombot REX portable bike speakers. This little package packs a punch by reaching volume levels of 90 dB@2ft, making it the loudest portable speaker in its size on the market.

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Answer Products ProTaper SL bars and seatpost, Gentleman’s bars – Sea Otter 2013

Answer is coming out with new full carbon Protaper SL 720mm handlebars (0, .5 and 1″ rise) and SL seatpost. They also had the new Gentleman’s Collection of handlebars with wild scratch resistant graphics.

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Transition Bikes & Anvl Components At Sea Otter

I met up with the guys from Transition Bikes in the media parking area at Sea Otter where they were unloading a beautiful metallic green Carbon Covert bike they’d made for one of their pros. They were also showing off their new project, Anvl Components. Right now they have a bar, stem, saddle, pedals, wheels, […]

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Grammo Introduces 650b and 29er Full Suspension Bikes At Sea Otter

Check out the new carbon 650b bikes and wheels that Grammo was showing off at Sea Otter!

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