Sea Otter Classic Coverage


Sea Otter Registration Opens November 1st

Early Bird Discount Good Through December 31, 2012 (11:59 PM Pacific time) Receive $10 off the registration fee for any mountain bike race, road bike race, or recreational ride! Compliments of Sea Otter Classic. Beginning November 1, 2012, follow these steps: Click here, then click on the name of the race or recreational ride that […]

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Al Budris Joins Sea Otter Classic as Business Development Director

Former president of Sidi America will expand partnerships for largest cycling festival in North America Montery, CA. - July 11, 2012 – Al Budris, former president of Sidi America, has joined the Sea Otter Classic as its Business Development Director. “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with everyone at the Sea Otter Classic. […]

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Crank Brothers Iodine 29 Wheels

Crank Brothers showed their new Iodine 29 Wheels at the Sea Otter Classic. They have been making the XC/Race 29er Cobalt wheels for a while now, but the Iodine 29 is their first All Mountain big hoops. The Iodine comes in two model levels, the Iodine 2 29 and the Iodine 3 29 (no 11 […]

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Kappius Hubs – 240 Points of Engagement

Video Just Added! I first saw Kappius Components tricked out and drilled carbon hubs at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) two months ago in Sacramento. I saw the hubs on a Kent Eriksen creation and they definitely caught my attention. It is easy to pass off these drilled hubs as pet project by […]

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Bontrager Tires, Saddles, Shoes and Helmets

Bontrager had a very strong presence at the Sea Otter Classic this year and they are definitely making concerted efforts to get the word out about their new tires, saddles, shoes, helmets and other parts and gear. In fact, Bontrager is currently running a contest on Mtbr right now, so check out the Bontrager Swag […]

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SeaSucker Talon and Bomber Vacuum Cup Mounted Bike Racks

I have to admit, when I first heard about the SeaSucker Bike Rack, I was pretty skeptical. The idea of using suction cups to hold your bike to your car seemed a bit dodgy. My introduction to the company and their rack came from an email I received from someone interested in having Mtbr list […]

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Shimano 2013 Saint and Zee

New video just added! Saint M820 first impressions from Santa Cruz’s Syndicate, Trek’s World Racing and Team Yeti. Find out what the top racers and their mechanics think about Shimano’s new Saint! Shimano gave a media only shindig for their Saint and ZEE gravity oriented group, before opening the tent door to the general public. […]

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Banuelos Artcycle – The Arcadian Wooden Bicycle

Every year at the Sea Otter, there are a variety of parts makers, gear creators and bike builders that walk around the expo, hoping to get coverage of their products. Sometimes it’s a guy with a mountain bike with big wheels (Chris Sugai – Niner) or a bike with super wide tires (Greg Matyas – […]

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MRP Bling Ring Direct Mount Chainring and MICRO G2 SL Chain Guide

MRP had their new Bling Ring direct mount chainrings and updated MICRO G2 SL Chain Guide on display at the Sea Otter Classic. The Bling Ring mounts to SRAM X0, X9 and Truvativ AKA Cranks (replaces the spider and mounts directly to the crank arm via a splined, three-bolt interface). You are no longer limited […]

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Dainese Rhyolite Vest and Oak Pro Guards

Italian brand Dainese had a booth at Sea Otter displaying some of their latest safety and apparel gear. We first saw the new Oak Pro guards at Interbike, they are now available for purchase at local Dainese dealers. Also on display was the new Rhyolite Vest. It is the latest generation breathable vest, characterized by […]

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BlackBurn Super Flea and Scorch Lights, Dirt Merchant Fenders

Blackburn had many of their latest parts and accessories on display like their pumps, locks, trainers, racks and bags. Featured here are two of their latest compact LED lights (great for commuting or night riding) and their Dirt Merchant mountain bike fenders. Blackburn products offer an excellent value and they hit key price points. The […]

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2012 Sea Otter Classic Speed & Flow Pumptrack Competition

It seems like Sea Otter gets better and better every year. This year I shot two new dirt jump events, the FMB dirt jump competition (Sea Otter FMB photo gallery) and the Speed & Style pump track competition. The Speed & Style event isn’t actually new to Sea Otter but it was the first time […]

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Scott 3 Rox Racing – Team Scale 29 and Spark

Adrian Montgomery from Scott Sports shows us the 2012 Scott 3 Rox Racing Team Bikes – the Scott Scale 29(hardtail) and Spark (full suspension). The Scale 29 features Fox Fork, Shimano drivetrain, Syncros components. The Scale 29 is the high-end carbon fiber race bike. The Spark also features Fox, Shimano and Syncros and like all […]

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Scott Sports Prototype – Brendan Fairclough’s New DH Rig

Ben Walker from Scott Sports shows us Brendan Fairclough’s prototype Gambler DH with completely redesigned suspension. This bike is still very much under development so there isn’t a lot of specifics that Ben can share, but you can tell from looking at it that it is nothing like the current Gambler. Look for this bike […]

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A Visit With Ellsworth At Sea Otter

I stopped by the Ellsworth booth at Sea Otter a couple of weeks ago to say hi and see what was new. Specifically, I wanted to take a look at the new Dare downhill bike. I’ve owned a few Ellsworths over the years, including a Dare, and I wanted to see what they’d done to […]

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Shimano’s New Direct-Mount Rear Derailleur Option

Quite a few bikes at Sea Otter had Shimano’s new optional D.R.D. (Direct Mount Rear Derailer), and although the system makes a lot of sense, it is confusing to understand (myself included). Basically, the derailer pivot mounts directly to the hanger, without any B-Link present, and the hanger, which is supplied by the frame manufacturer, […]

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SRAM MTB 2013

SRAM has been busy lately, and at Sea Otter they were showing off new and improved components. The new products included the 650B Rise wheel, Avid X0 Trail brake, Grip Shift, Type 2 Rear Derailer and Reverb Stealth, while the RockShox forks and Monarch RT3 shock got some hefty tweaks. Grip Shift One of SRAM’s […]

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RoadBikeReview’s Coverage of the Sea Otter Classic 2012

Besides hot mountain bikes and gear, there were plenty of new road and cross bikes and components shown for the first time at the Sea Otter! We have more Sea Otter Classic coverage on our sister site: RoadBikeReview.com. New this year was the addition of a bonafide cyclocross race, we’ve got some photos from this […]

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2012 Marin Rift Zone XC 7 29er

Jason from Marin shows us the new 2012 Rift Zone XC 7 29er, featuring their new Quad-Link Version 3 suspension system. Marin has really made some changes with their rear suspension for this 29er specific design. Marin Rift Zone XC 7 29er Quad-Link 3.0 suspension system Moved rear shock out from within the linkage of […]

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Reynolds New 29er, All Mountain and 650b Carbon Wheels

Len from Reynolds Cycling shows us a few new wheels coming from Reynolds this year including their carbon 29er wheels, carbon All Mountain wheels and carbon 650B wheels. 29er Wheelset Full carbon rim Tubeless compatible rim Reynolds hub with interchangeable caps DT spokes $1950 1588 grams

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Praxis Works Conversion BB Kits

Adam shows us one of Praxis Works Conversion BB Kits on a new Look BB30 bike. 68mm and 73mm shell widths for both Road or Mountain

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Magura 2013

As reported in mid-March, Magura has a new line of forks for 2013, with a plethora of sizes and travel options. The TS (Team Suspension) series will include a 29er with travel options of 80,100 and 120mm, a 650B with 120 and 150mm, and 26er with 80,100,120 and 150mm. There is a slew of versions […]

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Pro DH and Dual Slalom Photos – Sea Otter Classic

Mtbr’s very own Forrest Arakawa was on hand shooting photos of the Pro DH and Dual Slalom events as well as a few XC photos thrown in for good measure. The first 3 days of this year’s Sea Otter Classic were extremely hot, but Sunday morning started off with a decent amount of fog covering […]

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Hutchinson United Ride at Sea Otter

Hutchinson was well represented at the Sea Otter Classic, both in the expo area as well as on the race course. Hutchinson’s United We Ride racers Fabien Cousinié and Mich Hannah both had great runs in the Pro Dual Slalom but some mechanical gremlins caused havoc with their final placing. In the Pro DH, Mick […]

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FOX Shocks 2013

FOX is revamping their forks and shocks again this year, and they are introducing the new CTD damper. The CTD stands for Climb, Trail and Descend modes, and will be available on all 32 and 34 forks, with 100 to 160mm of travel, and the FLOAT rear shocks. The CTD will work in synergy with […]

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