Hello and welcome to the 2013 Mtbr.com Sea Otter Classic Live Blog. During this four-day celebration of all things cycling at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, we’ll be continually updating this page with photos and beta on all the latest in mountain bike technology. Whether it’s new gear or apparel, celebrity sightings, or updates on events, this is the place to stay up to date on all the action. Make sure to check back early and often. The newest updates will always be on the top of the page. Also check out the RoadBikeReview.com 2013 Sea Otter Classic Live Blog here for all the latest road updates.
6:02 pm | by Francis Cebedo
New Reynolds 27.5 All Mountain carbon wheel – features 28h drilling, Reynolds MTN hubs with interchangeable end caps that are all included, outer width 31mm and 23 mm inner, 1600g per set
Available in fall for $1990.00!
4:00 pm | by Gregg Kato
Marin has three new 650b bikes coming soon. The first shown here is the Attack Trail all mountain bike with 150mm of rear travel paired with a 160mm fork in front.
3:56 pm | by Jason Sumner
The 2013 Sea Otter Classic is coming to a close here in California. Thanks to all of you for checking out the Live Blog. Stay tuned for lots more beta on new and cool products.
3:48 pm | by Jason Sumner
Pro racer Leah Davison was one of many folks at Sea Otter sporting T shirts in memory of fallen South African XC racer Burry Stander who was killed in an automobile accident earlier this year.
2:02 pm | by Francis Cebedo
Stand By Me – compact, removable bike stand. Adjustable length $34.99 aluminum. Bikestandbyme.com.
11:05 am | by Jason Sumner
Just stopped by Kenda to check out their soon-to-be released do anything MTB tire, the Honey Badger. Available later this summer in 29 and 27.5.
10:22 am | by Jason Sumner
Living legend Gary Fisher spotted this morning here at Sea Otter. The 62-year-old says he still rides 6 days a week and has fallen in love with using Strava. He also believes the lack of qualified mechanics is one of the biggest problems facing the bike industry. As for wheel size, he’s a 29er man, but thinks 27.5 is a great addition to the market, creating bikes for people who enjoy a more playful ride.
8:51 am | by Jason Sumner
Organizers estimate that 50,000 people will pass through the gates of the 2013 Sea Otter Classic. No doubt the crowds on Saturday were huge.