Mtbr.com Live Blog: 2013 Sea Otter Classic

Sea Otter Classic

Thursday, April 18th Sea Otter Coverage

11:23 pm | by Gregg Kato

Niner Bikes was showing a couple of brand new components designed at providing better sizing options for smaller riders. The all new Niner Trail Stem is available in 50mm and 70mm, sizes that were not previously offered. It is not an off-the-shelf part, it is a fully custom component that works well with the finish of the RDO line. Weight of the 50mm is 180 grams and is available now. The Niner Trail Stem pairs well with the all new Low Top Nine handlebar (see the gallery below for more pix).

7:18 pm | by Francis Cebedo

Fezzari showed us their new 650b/27.5 All Mountain bike with 150 mm of travel. Frame is full carbon at a claimed 4.9 lbs. Internal cable routing, remote front/rear lockout and carbon wheels are highlights. It will be available at about $5300.

6:04 pm | by Francis Cebedo

Schwalbe’s new downhill/enduro tire with their new casing that has a stiff sidewall but compliant tread wall. 1000 grams, no name yet.

4:42 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder

Hey pardner, come on over to the Kenda booth and try your hand at the mechanical bull.

4:31 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder

The Rothmans Porsche 911 is one of the most legendary rally cars in history, and its here on display at Sea Otter.

4:27 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder

One of the trickest gadgets I’ve seen today is from Adaptrac.com. Just like a military HUMVEE, Adaptrac makes on-board tire pressure adjustment systems for bikes. Powered by an onboard CO2 canister, with the flick of a switch you can pump up or deflate your tires on the fly. A perfect gadget for fat bikes!

4:24 pm | by Gregg Kato

Shimano 27.5 XT Wheels WH-M785 that’s optimized for toughness, lightweight, and speed, weighs 1690 grams and has a MSRP of $749.99. See more photos of the rim profile and hub in our gallery below.

4:14 pm | by John Shafer

Even though it’s only Thursday, by early afternoon there were a surprising number of people out enjoying the good weather on the first official day of the 2013 Sea Otter Classic.

4:09 pm | by Jason Sumner

Check out Felt’s prototype Edict Nine composite 29er. It’s a stiffer version of the last Edict Nine with a 142mm rear axel and revised rear triangle. Likely to become available in late October.

4:06 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder

I might just trade in the disco ball helmet for one of these killer custom wooden helmets from Dan Coyle. They’re CNC machined, CPSC tested, fully customized and come with either cork or foam padding. Truly an incredible piece of engineering and art! Check them out at www.coyledesignandbuild.com

4:00 pm | by Jason Sumner

Smith Optics are displaying their usual array of sweet shades. These all rest on the style side, but we picked up a test pair of photochromics that we’ll be putting through the paces during our next ride.

3:51 pm | by John Shafer

The DVO Suspension crew are at Sea Otter, excited to show off their beautiful new Emerald upside down downhill fork. This was my first chance to see it in person and it looks great – especially on the new Santa Cruz V10 Carbon you see here.

3:45 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder

The GU Energy Recovery Lounge is the place to hang after a race or even after a warm-up ride. Loaded with terrific recovery products like Gu Brew and even pre-ride power up energy like Chomps and Gels, the Recovery Lounge is a great way to sample the complete line of GU products. Stop on by!

3:43 pm | by John Shafer

We dropped by the Marzocchi booth to see what’s new and and Simone Bassi showed off the new 380 DH fork. The 380 is the latest incarnation of Marzocchi’s revered 888 downhill race and freeride fork. At first glance it may look similar to an 888 but it’s basically a completely new fork. It’s 255 grams (about half a pound) lighter than its predecessor and it has all new internals and a new axle design as well. See our Gallery below for additional photos!

3:27 pm | by The Angry Singlespeeder

Wanna try that front flip but don’t want to run out of talent and smash your face in the process? Then get your dirt jump bike and hit the ramp at the Camp of Champions.

2:08 pm | by Jason Sumner

The new Ibis Ripley 29er is here in Monterey. We rode one in Santa Cruz Tuesday. Tons of fun. Fast and nimble. Along for the ride was Ibis founder Scot Nichol, who spends some of his days living in the Airstream camper seen in this photo.

1:34 pm | by Brian Mullin

Industry Nine was displaying several new rims and wheel sets, including the 25mm wide Ultralight at 1300-1500g, the 30mm wide Enduro at 1600-1700g, and the super wide Gravity. They tweaked their rear hub, with new adapters, bearings, hub body, seals and a 20mm inner axle, for increased strength and durability.

1:00 pm | by Jason Sumner

Meet the all new Bell Super, an all-mountain enduro specific helmet. Retail price $125. Features include a visor with 30-degree movement, integrated GoPro mount, easy adjustment, ample ventilation and some very cool designs.

12:41 pm | by Gregg Kato

The Turner Czar! A XC race/marathon MTB with 29 inch wheels, 100mm travel, 142×12 thru axle, Dw-link tuned for 29 inches, XX1 Enve XC, RS build, and weighs in at 22.00 lbs.

11:21 am | by Jason Sumner

Just bumped into pro racer Jill Kintner. Last year she won the Sea Otter pro DH and DS. This year she is going for the repeat on this prototype Norco Sight 650b carbon trail bike. It is their first carbon trail bike and it looks fast. More details soon.

10:19 am | by Jason Sumner

The Angry Singlespeeder is here and he’s already pissed off. And working for once. As for the helmet, it’s still in prototype phase but we are hoping to start production soon.

10:12 am | by Jason Sumner

The Mtbr / RoadBikeReview tent is open for business. If you’re at Sea Otter come stop by to enter a raffle for a Niner MTB frame and check out our new hoodies. We’re near the main stage in the expo area (Booth 300).

10:08 am | by Jason Sumner

The 2013 Sea Otter Classic is on! Crowds are thin now, but organizers expect 50,000 people to visit before the four-day event is done.

9:50 am | by Jason Sumner

Yeah, we know this is a cycling event, but we are at a raceway. Vroooooom!

9:45 am | by Jason Sumner

New Pivot MTB: Pivot has just announced a revamped 27.5-inch version of its popular Firebrand all-mountain steed. In a new release issued this morning they wrote that, “Whether you’re sending it in Whistler, gunning for the overall in Downieville or pinning 30-minute descents on a 6-hour epic through the Rockies, the Firebird 27.5 has your back.” Beta on the new bike includes a headtube angle that’s been slackened, a low BB height, and spec that includes a Fox Racing Shox 34 — a 160mm travel 27.5-specific fork that complements handling.

More Tech specs:

  • 6.6″ (167mm) rear travel
  • dw-link suspension design with rearward wheel travel path
  • Pivot specific, custom valved Fox CTD or DHX Kashima coated shock technology featuring increased rider tunability and small bump sensitivity
  • Full 1.5 head tube with custom Pivot angled headset design optimizing the Firebird 27.5 as an enduro-specific machine
  • ISCG O5 mounts included for single ring and chain guide compatibility
  • Patented Pivot floating front derailleur mount to keep the chain in the sweet spot of the derailleur for better chain retention
  • 142mm rear spacing with 12mm through axle and 160mm post mount dropouts

We’re heading by the Pivot booth here at the Sea Otter Classic in the next day or so to get the complete download and find out more about this new bike.

Mtbr.com Live Blog: 2013 Sea Otter Classic Gallery
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Stand By Me

Compact, removable bike stand. Adjustable length $34.99 aluminum.
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Reynold AM 27.5 inner profile

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Reynold AM 27.5 rim

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Reynold AM 27.5 rear hub

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Leah Davison

Sporting a T shirt in memory of fallen South African XC racer Burry Stander who was killed in an automobile accident earlier this year.
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2013 Sea Otter Classic is coming to a close here in California

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Kenda Honey Badger

Soon-to-be released do anything MTB tire, the Honey Badger. Available later this summer in 29 and 27.5.
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Gary Fisher

Living legend Gary Fisher spotted this morning here at Sea Otter.
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Crowds

Organizers estimate that 50,000 people will pass through the gates of the 2013 Sea Otter Classic.
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Crowds

Organizers estimate that 50,000 people will pass through the gates of the 2013 Sea Otter Classic.
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Cratoni

New player in the US helmet market is German-based Cratoni.
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Tom Ritchey

The legend himself--Tom Ritchey. Looking fit and fast as usual
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WD-40

The full WD-40 lines includes cleaner, degreaser, polish and wet and dry chain lube.
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Ibis Tranny 650b

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.
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VWs

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.
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Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada, the official beer of Sea Otter and their a pedal-powered bar.
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Focus 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.
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Men's Podium

Legendary Frenchman Miguel Martinez wins the pro men's cross-country race
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Women's Podium

Marianne Vos of The Netherlands is by far the most dominant cyclist in the world, and quite possibly in the history of cycling.
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Yuri

Yuri Hauswald of GU Energy is spinning up some GU Brew recovery smoothies for everyone at the GU Recovery Lounge.
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Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon 650b

Tailor made for you Enduro racers. Blisteringly fast downhill, yet can still climb well thanks to a sub 25 lb. weight.
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Christoph Sauser

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

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.
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Serfas Gladiator

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.
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Shimano XTR Carbon 29er Wheels

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Shimano XTR Disc Brakes and Rotors

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Marin Rocky Ridge trail hard tail 650b

Special prototype only cover graphics with 08.01.2013 on it.
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Marin Mount Vision 650b

140mm of travel front and rear.
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Marin Attack Trail

The Attack Trail all mountain bike with 150mm of rear travel paired with a 160mm fork in front.
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Sea Otter Law Enforcement

This is how they roll!
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DT Swiss Spline 1 Wheels

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.
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Vittoria Cross XL Pro

A new tire for cyclocross. Available in 31c and 33c sizes, the Cross XL Pro can also be purchased as a clincher, a tubeless clincher or a tubular.
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Scott Spark 900

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.
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Gouge

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.
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Spinergy 29er Prototype

A new 1300 gram carbon 29er prototype wheel from Spinergy.
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Bell Super Helmet

Features an integrated GoPro mount, a retractable vistor and 25 vents for cooling.
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Transition Team Carbon Covert

There are only three Coverts is this color right now since they were only made for the official team riders.
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Transition Anvil Stem and Bar

Transition's new Anvil 9-piece trim kit.
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Transition Anvil Pedal

Transition's new Anvil 9-piece trim kit.
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Cedric Gracia

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.
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Panaracer Driver 650B Pro tire

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When dual slalom goes wrong

Don't worry,though - she was fine.
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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.
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Alex Geddes

Finished third in the Cat 1 men 18 and under class.
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Carter Holland of Blk Mrkt Bikes

Took first place in the men's 40-49 class.
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Answer

New full carbon Proteam SL handlebars and seatpost.
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Kenda Booth

Featuring the Haro trials bike!
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e*thirteen TRSr Crankset

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e*thirteen TRSr Crankset

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Hummer

Loaded Components showing off some of their anodized bling on an Ibis Mojo HD strapped to the back of this trick mini-Hummer.
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Geax Goma Tires

All new enduro tire from Geax.
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B-rad

BMC/Geax rider Aaron "B-rad" Bradford with his Goma tires.
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Vittoria GTI

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.
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Stinger

The Honey Stinger bee handing out free samples of their waffles and other products.
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Blender

Spin yourself up a recovery drink with this killer pedal-powered blender at the GU Energy Booth.
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Morning

A beautiful morning at Sea Otter.
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Lil Ripper

All geared up and ready to race.
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Niner Low Top Nine Carbon handlebar

wide bar, short stem for fitting smaller riders. The Low Top Nine provides an inch of drop.
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Niner Low Top Niner carbon bar

provides an inch of drop. All about providing great fit (even for smaller riders)
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Niner Trail Stem in 50mm

first time available in 50mm (also available in 70mmm). This is not an off-the-shelf item, it is a fully custom component that works well with the finish of the RDO line. Weight for the 50mm is 180 grams and is available now. The 50mm size is all about providing more sizing options, especially for smaller riders.
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Club Ride 'denim' lowers

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Teva Iphone case with backing that mates with pins of pedal

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Crank Brothers 650b/27.5 Cobalt Wheel

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Club Ride 'denim look' pants

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Fezzari Carbon Link

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Fezzari Full Carbon 650b/27.5 All Mountain Bike

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Schwalbe Downhill/Enduro Tire

New tire weighing in at 1000 grams with no current name yet.
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Bull

Come on over to the Kenda booth and try your hand at the mechanical bull.
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Rothmans Porsche 911

One of the most legendary rally cars in history, and its here on display at Sea Otter.
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Adaptrac Air Pressure

Adaptrac makes on-board tire pressure adjustment systems for bikes. Powered by an onboard CO2 canister, with the flick of a switch you can pump up or deflate your tires on the fly.
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Shimano 27.5 XT Rim

Close-up of the rim profile.
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Shimano 27.5 XT Hub

Hub close-up of the prototype 27.5 XT wheels.
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Shimano 27.5 XT Wheel

Optimized for toughness, lightweight, and speed. 1690 grams. MSRP: $749.99.
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Thursday at Sea Otter

Even though it's only Thursday, by early afternoon there were a surprising number of people out enjoying the good weather on the first official day of the 2013 Sea Otter Classic.
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Felt's prototype Edict Nine composite 29er

A stiffer version of the last Edict Nine with a 142mm rear axel and revised rear triangle.
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Helmet

Killer custom wooden helmets from Dan Coyle. They're CNC machined, CPSC tested, fully customized and come with either cork or foam padding. Truly an incredible piece of engineering and art! Check them out at www.coyledesignandbuild.com.
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Smith Optics

An array of sweet shades.
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DVO Suspension Crew

Show off their beautiful new Emerald upside down downhill fork.
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DVO Suspension Emerald upside down downhill fork

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Gu

The GU Energy Recovery Lounge is the place to hang after a race or even after a warm-up ride.
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Marzocchi 380 DH fork

It's 255 grams (about half a pound) lighter than its predecessor (888) and it has all new internals and a new axle design as well.
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Simone Bassi and Marzocchi 380 DH Fork

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Jump

Get your dirt jump bike and hit the ramp at the Camp of Champions.
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Ibis Ripley 29er

Tons of fun. Fast and nimble.
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Industry Nine Enduro

30mm wide Enduro at 1600-1700g.
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Bell Super Helmet

An all-mountain enduro specific helmet. Retail price $125.
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Bell Super Helmets

Features include a visor with 30-degree movement, integrated GoPro mount, easy adjustment, ample ventilation and some very cool designs.
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Turner Czar

A XC race/marathon MTB with 29 inch wheels, 100mm travel, 142x12 thru axle, Dw-link tuned for 29 inches, XX1 Enve XC, RS build, and weighs in at 22.00 lbs.
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Jill Kintner

Jill's prototype Norco Sight 650b carbon trail bike.
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The Angry Singlespeeder

He's here and he's already pissed off.
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Mtbr / RoadBikeReview Booth

Come stop by to enter a raffle for a Niner MTB frame and check out our new hoodies!
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2013 Sea Otter Classic Begins!

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Vrrooom

Laguna Seca Raceway cars
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Pivot 27.5-inch Firebird

A revamped 27.5-inch version of its popular Firebrand all-mountain steed.
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Pivot 27.5-inch Firebird

A revamped 27.5-inch version of its popular Firebrand all-mountain steed.
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