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Sea Otter: Alchemy, Trek, Masi, and Focus
Photos of interesting and noteworthy 'cross, gravel, and even (gasp) electric-assist bikes spotted at the 2016 Sea Otter Classic.
Alchemy unveiled its new Hyas carbon gravel rig. Handbuilt in Denver, CO, the Hyas will follow Alchemy’s “super stock” production method meaning that only stock sizes will be offered rather than full custom builds. This will help improve production times and get bikes in cyclists’ hands faster than ever. Photo: Alchemy The Hyas will use Enve’s gravel fork and will sport flat mount disc brake compatibility — a first for Alchemy. Clearance for 38-millimeter tires will have some gravel enthusiasts looking elsewhere for bikes with room for bigger rubber (or room for mud) but it looks plenty roomy in there for most gravel or dirt road riding. Photo: Alchemy Frame, fork, and headset will be available for $3,999 while a full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 build can be had for $8,999. Photo: Alchemy Trek introduced its newest fat-tire offering at Sea Otter with the 27.5” full suspension Farley EX fat bike. Two models will be available this summer including a carbon 9.8 option as well as the Farley EX 8 alloy model. Trek wouldn’t comment on weights but the similarly spec’d carbon 9.9 hardtail Farley model hits the scales at 22 pounds for reference. Photo: Kristen Legan The carbon 9.8 Farley will retail for $5,500 while the Farley EX 8 edition will come in at $3,500. Both models will be available in August, leaving plenty of time to prepare for the winter fat bike season. Photo: Kristen Legan Masi launched an updated line of ‘cross machines, four bikes that range from commuter/trainer to full-on race steeds. The line uses flat-mount disc brakes for the front and rear and has full internal cable routing across the range. Photo: Kristen Legan The top of the line CXRC Expert comes with SRAM Force CX1 group and Stan’s Grail Comp disc-specific wheels. While it may seem a bit early to launch ‘cross bikes, Masi wanted to ensure racers would have plenty of time to get their hands of these bikes before the season. Bikes should be in stock by late May or early June and the CXRC will be available for $3,200. Photo: Kristen Legan The new cross line comes with Masi’s full carbon MC9 fork. It includes internal brake routing, a slight bend for added compliance, and is 12mm thru-axle compatible. Photo: Kristen Legan The CXRC will come stock with Clement’s MXP 33-millimeter cyclocross tires but there is plenty of room for bigger, beefier rubber if you’re looking for a combo ‘cross/gravel machine. Photo: Kristen Legan Salsa launched its new Redpoint Carbon GX1 27.5” trail bike. The bike includes Split Pivot rear suspension and 150 millimeters of travel up front. It also happens to be fully compatible with 26”+ wheelsets. Available for $4,600. Photo: Kristen Legan Litespeed’s new gravel-inspired T5g titanium steed boasts road-like geometry but with a lower bottom bracket for added stability for loose gravel roads. It has clearance for 43-millimeter tires. Frame and fork are available for $2,600 while an Ultegra mechanical build with hydraulic disc brakes is up for $5,000. But for just $600 more (total of $5,600) you can get a full Ultegra Di2 and hydraulic disc build. Photo: Kristen Legan Litespeed decided to upgrade the T5g gravel bike to flat mount brakes because the Tennessee-based company says Shimano’s flat mount brakes are finally available with consistency so they won’t be waiting on parts when building these custom bikes. Photo: Kristen Legan Tricky areas of the T5g gravel bike are hollowed out to help reduce weight without sacrificing ride quality or durability. Photo: Kristen Legan Focus unveiled its updated 2017 line of Mares cyclocross bikes with help from U.S. ‘cross national champion, Jeremy Powers, this week at Sea Otter. The 2017 Mares cyclocross bikes look relatively unchanged from last year’s line and will maintain the same ‘cross-specific geometry with RAT thru-axle technology. New colors and an upgrade to flat-mount brakes are the only real changes for the new Mares. SRAM Force flat-mount disc brakes will hang from Focus’ top of the line Mares cyclocross bike this this season. Photo: Kristen Legan Raleigh’s new steel RXM cyclocross bike looks rugged yet comfortable with its Reynolds 631 butted steel frame paired with a full carbon fork. The bike is build with thru-axles front and rear. The classic steel frame is accompanied with a Brooks Cambium saddle and black cotton bar tape for a classically styled look and a modern Shimano 105 build. Available for $2,000. Photo: Kristen Legan E-bikes were everywhere this year at Sea Otter and the event even included its first ever e-bike race on Friday afternoon. Haibike, a German bike company that started over 100 years ago, is one of the leading forces in this surge of e-bike interested in the U.S. The high end, performance e-bike brand offers a full range of pedal-assist bikes that includes everything from road bikes to fat bikes to gravity bikes (51 models in total). Photo: Kristen Legan