A Look Back: Highlights from the Sea Otter Classic 2011

26er 29er Gear Sea Otter Classic

As we get ready for this year’s 22nd edition of the Sea Otter Classic (sponsored this year by Volkswagen and presented by SRAM), we would like to take a look back at some highlights from last year.

2012 Shimano XT and XTR
The XT gets an 2×10 (40/28 and 38/26) and 3×10 (42-32-24) crankset, Race and Trail pedals, Race and Trail wheelsets, index shifting with multiple release and vivid indexing, Servo-Wave brakes with a two-piece caliper that has the ICE technology. For 2012 XTR gets a new rear derailer, dubbed the Shadow Plus (RD-M985). It has a heavier spring and a gold colored two positions ratcheting switch (On or Off), which they call the stabilizer.
New Jamis Prototypes – 150mm All Mtn & 100mm XC Bike
The Jamis 150mm All Mountain Prototype features 150mm travel, asymmetrical chainstays, tapered headtube and the Jamis 100mm XC Prototype featues 100mm travel front and rear, 12×135 thru-axle in the rear, mp4 suspension and weighs less than current alloy XCRs.
Carl Decker’s Giant XtC Composite 29er Hardtail Racer
Developed with input from Giant Factory Team Off-Road Team rider Carl Decker for competitive XC racing and riding. Black carbon fiber 29-inch-wheel hardtail with asymmetrical design, massive MegaDrive downtube, OverDrive tapered headtube (1-1/8 inch top, 1-1/2 inch bottom) and Giant’s PowerCore technology for maximum pedaling efficiency.
2012 Crank Brothers Mallet, Cobalt, Pica, Iodine Components
Crank Brothers has been busy. Gone are the days when their booth just showed one product, the innovative Speedlever. Now they have a whole array of product in many categories. We were just floored by the breadth of the product line as it seemed like only SRAM had a wider variety of products.
Introducing North Face Bike Gear!
The North Face bike gear style is decided relaxed and fun with an emphasis on trail and freeride. They’ve even got a “Downieville” short. How can you not love that?. I was skeptical when I first started seeing their stuff but now that I’ve talked to them and taken a closer look I think I like what their doing.
KHS DH-300 Downhill Bike
KHS also has a really exciting new downhill bike, the DH-300. It was announced last year at Interbike where they showed off a prototype. Quinton and the rest of the KHS team are really excited about the new bike and Logan Bingelli’s first place finish at Fontana in February on the DH-300 bodes well for the rest of the downhill race season.
Titus Cycles Racer X 29 Carbon & 20th Anniversary Limited Edition ExoGrid Fireline 29er
Ben Webster is one of the carryover employees from the “old” Titus to the new Titus. Ben gives us a close-up look at the Racer X 29 and the 20th Anniversary Ltd Edition Fireline.

Some more bikes, parts & gear highlights from the Sea Otter Classic 2011.

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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