Friday, April 19th Sea Otter Coverage
4:23 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder
Vittoria today launched a new tire for cyclocross called the Cross XL Pro. Available in 31c and 33c sizes, the Cross XL Pro can also be purchased as a clincher, a tubeless clincher or a tubular. Enhanced center knobs and optimal spacing deliver fast rolling performance in dry conditions and mud shedding traction in the most apocalyptic conditions.
4:20 pm | by John Shafer
This is the Scott Spark 900 that Scott wishes they had. It was raced in the pro short track race today and it weighs just 19.92 pounds – that’s with pedals and 4 ounces of Stan’s in each tire. It has prototype Spinergy carbon 29er wheels, SRAM XX1 drivetrain, a DT Swiss fork with carbon steerer tube and Formula R1 hydraulic brakes – totaly ready to race and under 20 pounds.
4:17 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder
MTBR ad man Mark Gouge is out on the Sea Otter XC course right now racing on a wicked light 19lb. Felt FRD 29er with ENVE carbon wheels. Stay tuned for a full review on this no-holds-barred XC race rig.
4:15 pm | by John Shafer
This is a new 1300 gram carbon 29er prototype wheel from Spinergy. The wheel has 20mm rims with 24 spokes, a Hadley freehub body and it’s disc brake-compatible.
4:07 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder
The ASS is stoked in this new Bell Super helmet. Features an integrated GoPro mount, a retractable vistor and 25 vents for cooling. Super light too! It will be available in stores starting in early May.
3:35 pm | by John Shafer
This is the Transition Team Carbon Covert bike with Transition’s new Anvil 9-piece trim kit. There are only three Coverts is this color right now since they were only made for the official team riders. Anvil is a new component line that Transition just launched. They’re making wheels, a saddle, grips, and the stem, bar and pedals you see here. The emphasis with the new Axis components is zero manufacturing limitations and an emphasis on design aesthetics. Translation: they don’t care how difficult it is to make them and they’re gonna be pretty.
3:20 pm | by John Shafer
Pro gravity racer Cedric Gracia, in Mtbr’s Sea Otter booth, hamming it up for a video showing off the new Panaracer Driver 650B Pro tire. Watch for that video and lots more – we’re shooting them in the booth all day!
3:01 pm | by John Shafer
When dual slalom goes wrong – really wrong. Don’t worry,though – she was fine.
2:58 pm | by John Shafer
The Cat 1 dual slalom finals were held this morning at Sea Otter. Here are a few photos of the action. That’s Carter Holland of Blk Mrkt bikes in the yellow T-shirt (plate number 246). He took first place in the men’s 40-49 class. The berm photo is Alex Geddes, from Whistler, BC. He finished third in the Cat 1 men 18 and under class. The photo of the two guys racing neck-to-neck is Jonathan Card (orange kit) and Allan Cooke, battling for 1st place in the Cat 1 men’s 30-39 class. Jonathan ended up taking the win for that class.
1:10 pm | by Brian Mullin
Answer is coming out with new full carbon Proteam SL handlebars and seatpost. The 720mm bars will come in 0, .5 and 1″ rise, and post will come in all diameters in 350 and 400mm lengths, with 0 and 20mm offset options.
1:00 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder
Cruise on over to the Kenda booth and watch this bitchin’ Haro trials bike in action.
12:45 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder
e*thirteen is showing off some serious bling here at Sea Otter. Check out the TRSr crankset, a two ring system with a tiny, machined 20 tooth inner ring and 34 tooth outer ring. A perfect gear combo for those big wheel bikes.
12:30 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder
Loaded Components showing off some of their anodized bling on an Ibis Mojo HD strapped to the back of this trick mini-Hummer.
12:10 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder
Geax this morning launched an all new enduro tire called the Goma. BMC/Geax rider Aaron “B-rad” Bradford is pictured here with his Goma tires that he’ll be rocking this summer on the national enduro circuit. Check back for more details on this interesting new tire.
11:38 am | by The Angry Singlespeeder
Volkswagen is the official sponsor of Sea Otter, and if you own a Volkswagen, you get free infield parking at the venue, so bring your VEEDUB. This Vittoria GTI is sick. Stay tuned for an update this morning on the 2014 Vittoria and Geax product releases.
11:28 am | by The Angry Singlespeeder
The Honey Stinger bee is making the rounds at Sea Otter today handing out free samples of their waffles and other products. Be sure to track down the bee!
11:15 am | by The Angry Singlespeeder
Stop by the GU Energy booth and spin yourself up a recovery drink with this killer pedal-powered blender.
11:05 am | by The Angry Singlespeeder
It’s hard to be angry on such a beautiful morning at Sea Otter. Lots of cool stuff to see today. Keep checking back to the live blog for updates throughout the day!
11:00 am | by Gregg Kato
Prodigy Shredder – Spotted this Lil Ripper all geared up and ready to race!