Mtbr.com Live Blog: 2013 Sea Otter Classic

Sea Otter Classic

Saturday, April 20th Sea Otter Coverage

4:59 pm | by Jason Sumner

New player in the US helmet market is German-based Cratoni. We’ll have full details soon.

4:16 pm | by Jason Sumner

The legend himself–Tom Ritchey. Looking fit and fast as usual.

4:08 pm | by Jason Sumner

We’ve known them for years as the lubricator of all things squeaky. Now bikes are part of that mission. The full WD-40 lines includes cleaner, degreaser, polish and wet and dry chain lube.

4:00 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder

This isn’t your ordinary Ibis Tranny. It’s a special, one-off Tranny fitted with 650B wheels. No official plans as of now for Ibis to make such a beast, but if you have carbon fabrication skills, you can clearance the rear triange to fit the bigger wheel. Bottom bracket height is only 12.5 inches, the same as most production 650B frames.

3:57 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder

Volkswagen is the official sponsor of the Sea Otter Classic, and if you have a VW, you get special infield parking. Out of nearly 100 cars, this ’83 GTI is the coolest VW in the lot we’ve seen today.

3:50 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder

Sierra Nevada is the official beer of Sea Otter, and this year they brought a pedal-powered bar with them where everyone sitting in the bar trolley must pedal to make the libation machine move.

3:45 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder

Focus Bikes has just released the Raven 650B. Featuring a design similar to the Raven 26″ hardtail, the 650B ups wheel size slightly for more confident control over bumpy, chattery trail and stability through corners. The ASS might not be sold on 29ers, but he loves him some 650B action! Or is it 27.5″? Go demo the Raven 650B at the Focus booth and try it for yourself.

3:37 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder

The legendary Frenchman Miguel Martinez wins the pro men’s cross-country race today.

3:34 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder

Marianne Vos of The Netherlands is by far the most dominant cyclist in the world, and quite possibly in the history of cycling. She wins yet again today at Sea Otter in the women’s pro cross-country.

3:28 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder

After finishing 7th yesterday in the singlespeed cross-country race, Yuri Hauswald of GU Energy is spinning up some GU Brew recovery smoothies for everyone at the GU Recovery Lounge.

3:23 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder

Rode the new 650B Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon today. Tailor made for you Enduro racers. Blisteringly fast downhill, yet can still climb well thanks to a sub 25 lb. weight. And no, it’s not named after Charles Bronson. It’s named after the old Santa Cruz Bronson Street facility.

2:48 pm | by Jason Sumner

Legendary xc racer Christoph Sauser checks out the innovative Kappius Hubs.

1:40 pm | by Gregg Kato

The Serfas Gladiator sunglasses features a TR90 durable frame, decentered lenses (provides a better angle of viewing for cyclists) and comes with 4 interchangeable lenses, a hard case and extra nose piece. It’s available in 3 colors, silver, white and black and retails for $60. More photos in the gallery below.

12:30 am | by Gregg Kato

Shimano WH-M980 XTR Carbon 29er Wheels.

12:25 am | by Gregg Kato

New Shimano XTR disc brakes and rotors.

12:18 am | by Gregg Kato

This is the Marin Rocky Ridge trail hard tail 650b. All 3 new Marin 650b bikes are shown with special prototype only cover graphics with 08.01.2013 on them. This is the official release date of the new bikes!

12:12 am | by Gregg Kato

This is the Marin Mount Vision 650b with 140mm of travel front and rear.

11:57 am | by Gregg Kato

This is how the law enforcement rolls at the Sea Otter Classic!

10:11 am | by Brian Mullin

The new DT Swiss Spline 1 wheel was designed from the ground up, and its tubeless ready, with nifty decals that have the spoke lengths on them, and a unique sqorx nipple that is cradled in a ball and joint system. The hub uses 240 internals, with 36 star ratchet on the rear, and comes in the XR with 24mm outer/20mm inner, XM with 27mm/23mm, and the EX with 30mm/25mm.

Friday, April 19th Sea Otter Coverage »

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