Bianchi Methanol 29 FS
Bianchi is bringing its high-end mountain bikes to the U.S., starting with the Methanol 29 FS. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Bianchi Methanol 29 FS
The Methanol has 100mm of rear travel and some distinctive tube shapes, like this stylized head tube. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Danny McCaskill
Danny MacAskill wows the crowd with some acrobatic riding. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Danny McCaskill
MacAskill put on several performances throughout the weekend. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Fezzari Empire
Fezzari used the Sea Otter expo as an opportunity to launch its newest road bike, the Empire. The frame is molded from a single piece — Fezzari calls the process Monoform — and differs from monocoque designs that require bonding at joints. Molding the frame as a single piece cuts down on manufacturing, which helps reduce cost, drops weight, and even increases the frame stiffness. It has clearance for 32mm tires, and has three bottle mount locations. Complete bikes will start at $1,699; the SL version with SRAM Force eTap AXS (like the one pictured) costs $4,299. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
3D printed Fezzari frame
Fezzari also showed off a 3D-printed prototype of the Empire frame to give consumers a sense of how the development process affects the final product. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
SRAM Force eTap AXS
While much of the Sea Otter buzz revolves around mountain bike product, SRAM’s Force eTap AXS group also garnered quite a bit of excitement. Consumers seem eager to get their hands on the new wireless technology at a less expensive price point. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Several new bikes, including the Fezzari Empire, are spec’d with FSA’s new ACR stem. The unique shape of the stem allows cables to be routed completely internally through the stem for a sleek look and cable management. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Loic Bruni levers
Magura made this prototype lever specifically for Loic Bruni. It’s intended for riders with larger hands who need a different shape to keep the lever parallel to the bars when it’s pulled in. Expect to see this 3D-printed aluminum lever blade come to production in the near future. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Chelsea Strate
Is this the coolest tattoo at Sea Otter? Teravail’s Chelsea Strate showed off some killer bicycle-themed ink as she walked the expo. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Anne-Marije Rook
Anne-Marije Rook also had some cool bicycle-themed tattoos. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Ayesha Mcgowan
And finally, Liv and SRAM-sponsored rider Ayesha McGowan’s bicep tattoo parts out a bicycle. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
James Baroud Rooftop Tents
It’s clear vendors are thinking well beyond the needs of your two-wheeled machine. The four-wheeled version could use some love too. James Baroud makes rooftop tents, like the Evasion XXL pictured. It can comfortably accommodate three people, and it’s completely water-tight. It can also withstand 70mph winds — ideal for Sea Otter’s blustery afternoons. The large version costs $4,700. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
More mobility
Teardrop trailers add a hint of vintage nostalgia to your camping solution. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
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VeloNews and Bicycle Retailer & Industry News will continue as Official Media Partner of the Sea Otter Classic through 2022. Photo: Dan Cavallari
Quiver Fabrications
There were plenty of unconventional exhibitors at Sea Otter, from rain gutters to cooking grills. Quiver Fabrications hopes to normalize smoking accessories now that marijuana is becoming more accepted in the United States. Quiver makes titanium smoking devices like the bong pictured here. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Gore bib shorts
Gore launched a new line of bib shorts with three different models: Race, Long Distance, and Vent. Each differs based on the intended use. The Long Distance Bibs are made from a soft knit material for exceptional comfort, while the Race bibs are woven. The Vent obviously features vents along the legs for hot weather. All three replace the front portion of the chamois with Gore Windstopper fabric. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Gore bib shorts
The design process started with the chamois and was built out from there. A Gore representative shows a mock-up of pre-production samples that served as the basis for each design. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Kendall Ryan and Andrew Juliano
Team Tibco Silicon Valley Bank’s Kendall Ryan signs autographs next to cyclocross racer Andrew Juliano. Ryan nabbed seventh place at the pro women’s road race on Friday. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Lael Wilcox
Lael Wilcox and Rebecca Rusch spent some time at the Revelate Designs booth to chat with attendees about their adventures far away from civilization. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Bianchi style
The coolest t-shirt at Sea Otter? Perhaps, but there were a lot of great designs to choose from. This one can be yours for $20 when you visit Bianchi’s website. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Yakima bike rack
How many bikes are you hauling? Yakima’s got you covered. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Bend 36
Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso helped develop Bend 36, a series of topical creams meant to help you prepare, recover, and even maintain your gear. The lineup includes recovery cream, fatigue relief gel, an anti-lactic-acid gel, and even a clothing wash. Sadly, it’s not available in the U.S. just yet, but it should be soon. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Repente Magnet Tri
This might be the widest tri saddle we’ve seen, at least at the nose. The Magnet is made from 100% carbon wrapped with thin padding to keep weight down. It costs $349. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Custom paint
Sea Otter is like other bike trade shows in the sense that it’s a great opportunity for brands to show off its funkiest color schemes. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Outside, in place
Participatory events didn’t just occur out on the trails. Several booths set up contests and giveaways, often requiring participants to get their legs moving on trainers. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Jeremiah Bishop and Ellen Noble
Bike celebs were on hand to sign autographs and lead rides. Ellen Noble and Jeremiah Bishop both took some time to chat with attendees at the Monster Energy booth. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Stephen Hyde
Stephen Hyde hung out at the Monster Energy booth as well to chat with fans and enjoy a bit of shade. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Camelbak Mule
Camelbak completely redesigned its Mule hydration pack. It’s far more minimalist, and the weight seems to focus more around the waist than it was in previous versions. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Camelbak Mule
The Mule also features a drop tail that allows access to internal pockets. It also looks like a great place to stow a jacket. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Not a bike
Not a bike, but still really cool. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
The Dude
Dirt Abides. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
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The pump track was consistently filled with stoked kids ripping on e-bikes and analog bikes alike. Photo: Dan Cavallari |
Marzocchi Z2
Marzocchi is reviving its Z2 model as a capable fork at a reasonable price, $499. Travel options range from 100mm to 150mm. Photo: Spencer Powlison |
Marzocchi Z2
The Rail damper is an Italian-designed open bath system that is akin to Fox’s GRIP damper. Also, Marzocchi has simplified its 15mm thru axle with a simple Allen wrench to adjust preload. Photo: Spencer Powlison |
Marzocchi Z2
Do you remember the old Z2 fork? Photo: Spencer Powlison |
Smith Ignite
Smith has two new helmets in the Trace and the Ignite so riders can choose between more vents or more aerodynamics. This is the Ignite. Smith spent some time in the wind tunnel to develop the ignite. Like all of Smith’s helmets, it incorporates the honeycomb Koroyd material. Photo: Spencer Powlison |
Smith Trace
The Trace is sporting Smith’s seasonal color scheme, Sunburst. Photo: Spencer Powlison |
WTB Verdict
WTB has two new enduro tires with extremely aggressive tread patterns, the Verdict and the Verdict Wet. Photo: Spencer Powlison |
WTB Verdict
The Verdict Wet’s knobs are clearly deeper than those of its mixed-conditions brother. Both are available in either 27.5 and 29 sizes, with WTB’s TCS Tough casing. Photo: Spencer Powlison |
Speedvagen Rugged Road Gravel
Speedvagen’s Rugged Road gravel bike is an eye-catcher with those beefy 650b tires. It also fits 700c and is currently only sold as a full-custom bike.Photo: Spencer Powlison |
Speedvagen Rugged Road Gravel
Speedvagen’s attention to detail is impressive — just look at that flared head tube. Photo: Spencer Powlison |
Speedvagen Rugged Road Gravel
Currently, the Rugged Road is only available in steel but later this year, Speedvagen will offer a titanium version of the bike. Photo: Spencer Powlison |
Mavic Allroad Gravel
Mavic was showing off its new carbon fiber Allroad gravel wheels, mounted to a sparkly Mosaic GT1 titanium bike. Photo: Spencer Powlison |
Mavic Allroad Gravel
These hookless carbon rims are available in 650b (shown) and 700c diameters, with 26mm and 23mm internal widths, respectively. This size weighs 1,550 grams for a pair, and the 700c model is 1,445 grams, which is quite lightweight for a gravel wheel set. Photo: Spencer Powlison |
Santa Cruz Reserve Gravel
Santa Cruz is also getting in on the gravel action with its Reserve 22 wheels (shown) and its Reserve 25, a 650b option. It opted for a shallow profile rim for a smoother ride, rather than a deep profile for aerodynamics. As is the case with all Reserve wheels, Santa Cruz offers a no-questions-asked lifetime warranty and several hub options. The Reserve 22 has a 22mm inner width and the 25 has — you guessed it — a 25mm width. Photo: Spencer Powlison |