Sea Otter Classic Coverage

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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Felt Edict 9 LTD Carbon 29er

Eddie from Felt Bicycles shows us their new 2013 flagship model full supsension 29er – the Edict 9 LTD. The Edict 9 is made from Felt’s own UHC Ultimate plus Nano carbon and features their Felt Active Stay Technology (FAST) suspension design. The LTD is the top-of-the-line version and comes with full XTR and features […]

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2012 Sea Otter Pro Downhill Photos

Sunday, the last day of the Sea Otter Classic, dawned cool and foggy. The cool temps were a relief after an unseasonably hot Saturday and I’m sure the racers appreciated the cooler weather for the downhill finals. The fog made for interesting, atmospheric race photos, although it did hide the dramatic, green backdrop of the […]

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Redline’s 2013 D680 Carbon 29er prototype

Tim Rutledge from Redline Bicycles gives us an early look at an upcoming 2013 full carbon 29er hardtail – named the D680. This prototype was developed with the carbon knowledge and technology from other brands from within the Accell Group (Redline’s parent company). This high-end bike will be spec’ed with top level parts and should […]

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Norco Fluid 9.2 29er and Aurum DH

Dustan from Norco shows us their new 2013 model 29er – the Fluid 9, which features 100mm of rear travel and is a less expensive option than either of the other full suspension 29er offerings (the XC Marathon race oriented Revolver and the All Mountain oriented Shinobi). Although the amount of travel is the same […]

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Sea Otter Classic Fort Ord National Monument

President Obama to Sign Proclamation Designating Fort Ord National Monument National Monument will honor veterans, serve as hub for conservation and recreation President Obama today will sign a Proclamation to designate federal lands within the former Fort Ord as a National Monument under the Antiquities Act. Fort Ord, a former military base located on California’s […]

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2012 Sea Otter Dual Slalom Photos

The weather was near perfect for the dual slalom competition at this year’s Sea Otter Classic – one of my favorite events to shoot. I’ve been shooting it for over ten years and I still look forward to it. It’s one of the most photogenic venues for a race and the dual slalom racing format […]

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Industry Nine 650B

Industry Nine had some 650B wheels on display, using the Stan’s Flow rims. I spoke with them about 650B, and they said it was quite easy for them to produce, as their proprietary aluminum straight pull spokes are just cut to different lengths, so it’s a simple manufacturing process to alter them for any wheels […]

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Hayes Bicycle Group – Hayes, Manitou and Answer

Hayes Hayes released the MAG disc brake back in 1997, and they haven’t sat on the laurels, and their new Crosshair Alignment Technology is an excellent adjustment feature for brakes. The Crosshairs allows adjustment for aligning the calipers to the rotors, in a simple and easy manner, using screws that are integrated on the caliper […]

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Fuji SLM 29 LTD SL & Altamira CX Disc

Mtbr recently did a Featured Review of the new Fuji SLM 29 1.0. Featured at the Fuji booth at the Sea Otter Classic was their flagship carbon 29er hardtail – the SLM 29 LTD SL. The SLM was built with stiffness in mind, particularly in the BB area and the top tube/head tube junction. The […]

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X-Fusion 2013 Product Line – New Forks, Shocks, Seatpost

X-Fusion Shox is just one of the many great members of the bike industry local to us here at MTBR. Based out of Santa Cruz California since 1999, they just recently expanded into a new facility with great access to trails for R&D so I was excited to join them for the launch of their […]

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KS LEV Adjustable Seatpost

Kind Shock had their new KS LEV remote cable actuated adjustable seatpost on display, and it will be available in the next couple of weeks, in lengths of 100, 125 or 150 mm, and diameters of 27.2, 30.9 and 31.6 mm for $395. They were selling a few of them at Sea Otter to a […]

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Schwalbe Nobby Nic 650B Tires

Schwalbe is jumping on the 650B bandwagon with a couple of new tire entries for 2013, prominently the aggressive XC Nobby Nic. This definitely seems to be the year of 650B, although it’s being slowly morphed into being called the more appropriate and understandable 27.5. Most of the fork and tire manufacturers are rolling out […]

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ENVE Composites DH and 27.5 (650B) Rims

ENVE Composites had their new downhill wheels on display, and they were definitely light for a something that will be punished by downhill and freeride racers and riders. The Twenty6 DH rims are only available in the 26inch size, and are 30mm wide (21mm internal), and weigh in at 475 grams, and will retail for […]

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2012 Sea Otter Classic Downhill Results

Professional Men Place Name Finish Time Team 1 Jared Graves 02:02.51 YETI CYCLES/FOX SHOX 2 Michael Hannah 02:03.05 HUTCHINSON UNITED RI 3 Aaron Gwin 02:03.81 TREK WORLD RACING 4 Brian Lopes 02:04.50 IBIS/KENDA/OAKLEY/X- 5 Neko Mulally 02:04.66 TREK WORLD RACING 6 Mitch Ropelato 02:05.78 SPECIALIZED GRAVITY 7 Justin Leov 02:06.98 TREK WORLD RACING 8 Cedric […]

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Mtbr Sea Otter Member Party

Not only did Mtbr hold a beer party for our industry friends, we held an Mtbr User Party on Saturday night. Since many of the patrons were racing the next day, they took this opportunity to “carbo-load”. The party was open to any and all as invites were posted in our very active Norcal forum. […]

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