Mtbr.com Live Blog: 2013 Sea Otter Classic

Sea Otter Classic

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.

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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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