Week in Review: Sea Otter! Raceface, Turner, & Underground, new lids from 661 & Fox plus much more!

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Sea Otter was full of new products being announced and overall it was nothing short of exciting. John Parker, founder of Yeti Cycles is back in the game with his new brand, Underground Bike Works with non other than The Missile representing.  Praxis  rolls out with carbon wheels and we spy a couple of things hiding in plain sight from SRAM and Chris King. Also we review Road Ultra Wide rings from Wickwerks and get introduced to some new stuff from BOS Suspension.

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Sea Otter was full of new products being announced and overall it was nothing short of exciting. John Parker, founder of Yeti Cycles is back in the game with his new brand, Underground Bike Works with non other than The Missile representing.  Praxis  rolls out with carbon wheels and we spy a couple of things […]

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Missy Giove helps Underground Bike Works make a splash at Sea Otter w/ prototype plus bikes

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Long absent from the mountain bike spotlight, Missy the Missile is starting to reemerge. First appearing to race the World Cup at Windham last year, Missy Giove was on hand at the Sea Otter Classic riding around a plus bike with her name on the top tube. That bike just happened to be one of John Parker’s early prototypes from his new Underground Bike Works venture. The bike was quickly taken out of the test mule line up, built with some of Missy’s Deity components, and then sent off with her to crash the dual slalom race with the goal of slapping some high fives, roosting some berms, and (maybe) chugging a few beers.

That plays right into the script of Underground Bike Works. As John put it, “I don’t want to have a race team and go racing any more. I want to make fun bikes – and we’ve hit our mark.” As a joint operation between John Parker and his partners Mike Foxworthy and Will Kenefica, Underground Bike Works is all about the big tires, and all consumer direct…

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Long absent from the mountain bike spotlight, Missy the Missile is starting to reemerge. First appearing to race the World Cup at Windham last year, Missy Giove was on hand at the Sea Otter Classic riding around a plus bike with her name on the top tube. That bike just happened to be one of […]

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Week in Review: New stuff flying in from Sea Otter including Hope’s carbon FS, plus XT Di2 & much more!

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Sea Otter is wrapping up this weekend and we’re there absorbing all of the new goodies being showcased. Shimano unveils XT Di2, Fat Chance brings the Slim Chance back, Urge’s new full face and … Hope builds a bike?

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Sea Otter is wrapping up this weekend and we’re there absorbing all of the new goodies being showcased. Shimano unveils XT Di2, Fat Chance brings the Slim Chance back, Urge’s new full face and … Hope builds a bike?

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Whoa! 2016 Sea Otter Classic Stirs Things up by Adding an eMTB Race to Their List of Events!

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No joke. The organizers of the Sea Otter have added an eMTB race event to their traditional lineup of Downhill, Dual Slalom, Cross Country, Short Track and Enduro events to the upcoming 2016 event in April. Taking place in and around Laguna Seca’s race track, the eMTB race will be a time-based race that lasts 60 minutes and is said to be a sort of hybrid of short track and cross country racing with a few road descents, single track trails and a bit of climbing. It is listed a non-sanctioned event so no race license is required, but there is prize money to be had. There is no list of restrictions as to the equipment you can use which might make it even more interesting.

Given the controversy of whether e-mountain bikes even belong on trails or not, organizing an eMTB race is a big move by organizers at such a large event. Is the charge being led by e-bike manufactures trying to edge their way further in to acceptance? How will this go down? Will we hear cheers…. or boos from the crowd? Let us know what you think about it in the comments.

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No joke. The organizers of the Sea Otter have added an eMTB race event to their traditional lineup of Downhill, Dual Slalom, Cross Country, Short Track and Enduro events to the upcoming 2016 event in April. Taking place in and around Laguna Seca’s race track, the eMTB race will be a time-based race that lasts 60 minutes and […]

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Subaru Blends Automotive and Bike History for 25th Sea Otter Classic

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We often joke that if you’re trying to find a bike event just follow the Subarus and Elements. Judging by the number of people stopping by the Subaru display at Sea Otter for their free coffee for Subaru owners, there were quite a few in attendance. As the title sponsor of the 25th Anniversary Celebration for the Sea Otter Classic, Subaru brought out the history books to display not only some noteworthy vehicles, but an awesome display of two wheeled machinery. In addition to a walk down memory lane Subaru was giving each show goer who stopped by a $1 token that they could choose to donate to the National Park Foundation, Leave No Trace, or International Mountain Bicycling Association.

Sea Otter has come and gone, but if you’re a car buff or a bike buff, you’ll want to see the collection after the break…

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We often joke that if you’re trying to find a bike event just follow the Subarus and Elements. Judging by the number of people stopping by the Subaru display at Sea Otter for their free coffee for Subaru owners, there were quite a few in attendance. As the title sponsor of the 25th Anniversary Celebration for […]

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Comes With Baggage | Blackburn to Celebrate 40 Years with Sea Otter Film Premier

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It’s a bit hard to believe, but Blackburn is celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2015. After four decades of making bags and products that allow cyclists to get out there and explore the world around them, the company decided to put together a film on the history of bicycle travel. Comes with Baggage tells the story of bicycling nomads from those first boneshakers to the bikepacking we know today…

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It’s a bit hard to believe, but Blackburn is celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2015. After four decades of making bags and products that allow cyclists to get out there and explore the world around them, the company decided to put together a film on the history of bicycle travel. Comes with Baggage tells the story of […]

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SOC13: Sea Otter Randoms, Asylum Cycles, KMC, Knog, Five Ten, more

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If you had something new to show, Sea Otter 2013 was the place to be. With more vendors than ever, and even more making the rounds with product in hand it seemed that wherever you looked there was something new to see. The Sea Otter was spotted with Asylum Cycles’ new Meuse SSCX cross bike which just met its funding goal through Crowd Supply. That means the bike will see production, but you still have 4 days left to get in on the special price for the frame at $895.

Read on for more on the SSCX, plus a look at some of the best show randoms!

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If you had something new to show, Sea Otter 2013 was the place to be. With more vendors than ever, and even more making the rounds with product in hand it seemed that wherever you looked there was something new to see. The Sea Otter was spotted with Asylum Cycles’ new Meuse SSCX cross bike […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Best/Worst Preem Ever, Raleigh CX Race At Sea Otter

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Dollar preems grabbed from a crack in the men’s pro cyclocross race at Sea Otter Classic. Photo credit Keith Cozzens.

To see more Pics of the Day, click here, and to submit your own photo to be shown to the world, go here.

Shenanigans.



Dollar preems grabbed from a crack in the men’s pro cyclocross race at Sea Otter Classic. Photo credit Keith Cozzens. To see more Pics of the Day, click here, and to submit your own photo to be shown to the world, go here. Shenanigans.

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Marin Bikes Teases New Bike for Sea Otter 2013, Also looks Carbon-y

Marin Bikes Teases New Bike for Sea Otter 2013, Also looks Carbon-y

After posting this teaser on their Facebook, it looks like Norco won’t be the only company that will be releasing a new carbon model at Sea Otter. The new Marin is either carbon, or it has a finish that is made to look like carbon – we’re guessing the former. After revealing the new 2013 bikes in August last year, it was reported that the Rift Zone XC 29er and Mount Vision XM would both have carbon versions, though it seems the bikes haven’t materialized yet. With that in mind, we wouldn’t be surprised if we’re looking at the new Mount Vision XM carbon. Who knows, maybe both bikes will be there on display. We’ll bring you the details next week!

Update: Thanks to a little birdy, we’ve heard that there is truth to the carbon Rift Zone and XM. Also, in the back of our minds we were thinking it wouldn’t be surprising to see a 650b model as well, and it looks like that may come true as well. If that wasn’t enough, there is also just a rumor that the Cornina CX bike is going carbon and may be offered as a frame set. Stay tuned!



After posting this teaser on their Facebook, it looks like Norco won’t be the only company that will be releasing a new carbon model at Sea Otter. The new Marin is either carbon, or it has a finish that is made to look like carbon – we’re guessing the former. After revealing the new 2013 […]

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