Sea Otter Goodies: Five products that caught our eye

New pedals, tires, sealant, a hitch rack, and a bunch of carbon wheels

Gear Pedals Sea Otter Classic Tires Wheels
Pub Carbon Wheels

That’s Pub’s Blake Coderre holding down the fort at Sea Otter. They have a ton of carbon wheel options.

We’ve already covered a ton of new products from this year’s Sea Otter Classic, including everything from a one-piece carbon wheel, to a new tire insert, real time tire pressure gauge, a budget-priced helmet, gravity shoes, and even a very cool looking kid’s bike. But of course there is more, including these five intriguing goodies that we happened upon during our time in California.

Xpedo Ambix Pedal

Xpedo Ambix Pedal

For the flat pedal-curious crowd comes the Xpedo’s Ambix MTB pedal. On one side it’s a flat pedal complete with removable pins. But the other side has a clipless design that’s SPD-compatible for those moments when you’d rather be clipped in. Price is $89 and they should be available later this summer. Keep an eye on www.xpedo.com for more info.

Vee Zilent Sports Tire

Vee Zilent Sports Tire

To satisfy the ever-increasing demand for all things gravel/road plus related, Vee Tire Co. is offering the Zilent Sports. It comes in 650b x 47 or 700 x 40 configurations, has reinforced sidewalls, and has a claimed weight of 580 grams. It has a tan sidewall, 90 tpi casing, is tubeless ready, and sells for $50. Learn more at www.veetireco.com.

Saris Glide Hitch Rack

Saris Glide Hitch Rack

Due to release this month is the new Saris Glide Hitch Rack, which comes in 4- and 5-bike configurations, is fully locking, and as the name implies, can glide away from your car making it easier to load groceries. Construction material is aluminum to help keep weight low, and the design is such that the weight of the bikes helps bring the rack back into transport position. Price is $499 for the 4-bike model or $540 for the 5-bike version. Get more details at www.saris.com.

Slime Tubeless Premium Sealant

Slime Tubeless Premium Sealant

In the ongoing war against tire punctures, Slime was showing off its Tubeless Premium Sealant, which they claim delivers wider and more even coverage than the competition. In the photo above, that’s Slime on the left. You can likely guess what the other two brands are.

Slime Tubeless Premium Sealant

Slime also claims their new formulation is longer lasting and is not harmed by use of CO2s. Price is $11 for an 8oz bottle. You can learn more at www.slime.com.

Pub Carbon Wheels

Pub Carbon Wheels

Lastly is not a single product, but an array of wheel options from St. Paul, Minnesota-based Pub Wheels. All their carbon wheels are built in-house, and they have offerings for everything from gravel to cyclocross to mountain and fat bikes, which is their specialty.

Pub Carbon Wheels

House brand Pub Hubs come standard on all the wheels, but you can also get yours built up with Onyx, DT Swiss, or Chris King.

House brand Pub Hubs come standard on all the wheels, but you can also get yours built up with Onyx, DT Swiss, or Chris King. Prices start at a very reasonable $900 and the wheels are sold direct to consumer. Spin over to pubwheels.com for more details.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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