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 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

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.

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