Wacky and Wonderful from Sea Otter 2019

Highs, lows, and whoa’s from this year’s show

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Sea Otter Wacky and Wonderful

With the demise of Interbike the Sea Otter Classic has become the cycling industry’s defacto North American annual tradeshow.

The Sea Otter Classic is always packed with head-turning bikes and accessories. Some bikes are lust worthy; others make you wonder what the designers were smoking. This year, it seems the pretty and the peculiar were present in equal measure — sometimes in the same product. Scroll through this Mtbr gallery for a look at the bikes and components that made us do a double take, then tell us which you love — and loathe — in the comments section below. Click on the image to enlarge.

Sea Otter Wacky and Wonderful

This Ibis Bow-Ti may be decades old, but it’s still head-turning rideable art. Photo by Josh Patterson

Sea Otter Wacky and Wonderful

Three chainrings and a front derailleur seem very quaint these days. Photo by Josh Patterson

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Trust’s booth was filled with riders wanting to check out this revolutionary linkage suspension fork. Photo by Josh Patterson

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Salsa was having a very punny Sea Otter. Photo by Josh Patterson

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That’s a very good question. Photo by Josh Patterson

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Vielo’s new R+1 aero road bike has intriguing lines and a 1x-specific frame design. Photo by Josh Patterson

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Industry Nine’s new Hydra-hubs are fast and colorful. Photo by Josh Patterson

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There’s a lot of Colorado-made parts on this colaboration between MRP and Guerilla Gravity. Photo by Josh Patterson

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Thule acquired Tepui tents late last year. Photo by Josh Patterson

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Gravel is getting really weird, as evidence by Redshift’s prototype “Kitchen Sink” handlebar. Photo by Josh Patterson

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Bontrager’s new Wave Cell protection system broken down piece by piece. Photo by Josh Patterson

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Custom bicycles weren’t the titanium items on display. Quiver Fabrications was showing off its Ti bongs. Photo by Josh Patterson

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This recumbent with a full fairing might actually be fun on the Laguna Seca race track. Photo by Josh Patterson

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Giro’s Renew line of cycling apparel is constructed from recycled fishing nets and other ocean debris. Photo by Josh Patterson

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The Kalk has a maximum speed of 46pmh and a run-time of 2-3 hours. The Öhlins suspension serves up 205mm of travel. Photo by Josh Patterson

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The line between e-bikes and motorcycles may be blurry to some riders, but this Cake is clearly an electric moto. And a very good-looking one at that. Photo by Josh Patterson

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This one-of-a-kind Moots belongs to Taylor Walker of Studio Velo. The stunning paint was done by Portland, Oregon-based Black Magic Paint. Photo by Josh Patterson

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Moots was showing off this coloful Routt RSL. Photo by Josh Patterson


About the author: Josh Patterson

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998, and has been writing about mountain biking and cyclocross since 2006. He was also at the forefront of the gravel cycling movement, and is a multi-time finisher of Dirty Kanza. These days, Josh spends most of this time riding the rocky trails and exploring the lonely gravel roads around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.


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