Posts in the category Sea Otter Classic

Eurobike Coverage Review – Week #2: Chosen goes for 12 Speeds, Cippollini Gets Aero, DT Swiss & HED Get Wider and MORE!

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Welcome back to Eurobike coverage part deux! With more categories to cover than ever, this year’s show was huge and kept us on our toes more than ever. Pour yourself a well deserved scotch, kick your feet up, and travel into this week’s coverage of Eurobike 2015.

And in case you missed Week 1’s exciting coverage, check it out!


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces



Bicycle as Art

  • Keirin: A Show of Photographs by Sam Polcer – Bike Cult Show produces events and exhibitions that intend to present every facet of cycling. This one-day exhibition of photography and paraphernalia explores the world of professional track bike racing in Japan. The show is Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6PM – 10PM at Bicycle Habitat (2nd floor), Chelsea – 226 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011.


Scott Spark 700 Ultimate Di2 makes everything electronic, then wires your money away

2015 Scott Spark Ultimate Di2 full suspension mountain bike with electronic fork and shock lockout and derailleurs shifting

The Scott Spark frame has carried over virtually unchanged since its launch in 2012, save for the switch from 26″ to 27.5″ wheels (and the 29er stays, too, of course). What has changed are the parts adorning it, and there’s been no shortage of testing and tweaking under the pros to get to this top of the line, spare no expense Ultimate Di2 model for 2015.

The main goal was to integrate two electronic systems, running both the Fox iCTD suspension and the XTR Di2 off a single battery, creating a race optimized full suspension bike. It’s built off the existing Spark 120mm travel platform, but adds new electronic suspension controls and a proprietary new eNude rear shock developed with Fox.

Controlling it all are three switches up front, the two standard Shimano XTR Di2 shifters, and the electronic evolution of Scott’s TwinLoc rotary lever that simultaneously switches through three modes. It’s built by Shimano with a custom actuator attached to the fork and Fox-made switch specific to this shock and fork pairing…


Club Ride adding more padded base shorts, plus a look at newer women’s mountain bike kit


This week, Zach’s been riding his way through the complete range of padded shorts from Club Ride and will have a review of those and complete future product preview coming soon. But, this little tidbit basically clears my Sea Otter coverage off the to-do list and shows some concept colors for the collection that may or may not make it to production.

Thus far, the collection has been mostly black on black with more black when it comes to their padded underwear and bike shorts. All are designed to be worn under something else, not as traditional bike shorts. But, in case you occasionally show a little waistband or just wanna feel special on the inside, they’re working on more options in red, plus these striped  and colored options. The women’s bikini brief would be a new cut, too, but everything you see above is concept only at the moment. Like it? Let ’em know in the comments.

Now, for stuff you can actually buy today…


SOC15: Borealis Introduces More Affordable Echo GX

Echo gx Borealis

The fat bike market seems to be heating up just as quickly as the summer weather, which turns out to be good news for consumers. On one hand, technology is improving and the bikes are getting better all the time. On the other, increased competition is making it more important than ever to have at least one bike in the line up that is considered “affordable.”

We know that a $3k fat bike may be a stretch to call it affordable, but the impressively equipped Echo GX is a relative bargain when compared to its much more expensive siblings…


SOC15: Pivot adds XL Mach 4 27.5 – plus pro bike checks!


Pivot was holding off new models for the time being (though they promise some things are coming later this year), but they did let loose this new XL frame size for the Mach 4 27.5. Until now, the XL was reserved for the Mach 4 SL 29er, so this adds the largest size for those wanting the mid-sized wheels.

It gets a 20″ seat tube, 25.28″ top tube and 27.56″ standover. Bottom bracket height stays the same at 12.8″. Available now.

Their team riders were on hand and we nabbed two of them for pics with their bikes, plus a look at the Les Fat set up with 27.5+ tires in place of it’s usual 26″ fat bike tires…


SOC15: Roundup – New goodies from Trickstuff, SQlab & Orange Seal

trickstuff wide range mountain bike cassette machined from single piece of metal

Trickstuff is adding a wide range cassette to their lineup with this three piece unit called the 4111 cassette, as in 11-41. Where most of Trickstuff’s products are made in their home country of Germany, they worked with Response to develop it and it’s being made in Taiwan.

While it looks identical to the SEQlite cassette we spotted at Taipei Cycle Show, there’s at least one functional difference: The big cog has 41 teeth, not 40 or 42. It also has ready-to-ship U.S. distribution for those of us here in the States.

Detail pics and plenty more new stuff below…


SOC15: KHS SixFifty 7500 full susser gets complete makeover as an enduro racer


At first glance, the ultra low saddle and its excessive tilt could make you think this was a new downhill bike. But then you realize that it was prepped for Sea Otter’s “gravity” courses and that the fork’s angle wasn’t nearly slack enough for a true DH bike. What this new KHS 7500 really is is a totally overhauled mountain bike designed for enduro racing. And it’s drastically better looking than its predecessor.

Just as interesting as the frame is the production story. This isn’t the first incarnation of the new 7500. Those were on the water, but when everything got held up in the big California freight debacle, they actually changed the frame design and sent the originals back. So, these new ones are somewhere between production and in the warehouse, considered a late 2015 model introduction…


SOC15: Nutrition Roundup #2 – WCup, Ojio Sport, Rumble Shake, ProLab and Ryno Power


WCup is a Belgian sports nutrition company that was started 21 years ago. During that time, they say many pros have used the product unofficially (including Tom Boonen and Sven Nys in more recent times), filling their team bottles and jersey pockets with the brand’s staggering array of potables and edibles. Officially, the Stomper Bikes team in Portland and cyclocross pro Ben Berden are riding it now.

It’s a complete line, from bars, fruit chews and sports drinks for during, to caffeine shots for before an during, to recovery drinks and protein shakes for after. Started when nutrition was somewhat of an afterthought and nowhere near as advanced in its thinking as today. Whatever they were eating and drinking 20 years ago was not necessarily optimizing performance and often caused stomach issues.

So, WCup added four different carb sources to their sports drinks, plus magnesium and BCAAs. They also removed all the acidic components to keep it pH balanced. It was only for pros and not really even planned as a consumer product. Until they realized there was a market for the things that made the pros fast.

Created by doctors and developed in labs and universities, the products are made in Belgium and Sao Paolo, and most of what’s sold in the U.S. comes from their Belgian plant. It’s all making its way to North America now thanks to Stage Race Distribution.

Bite down for product highlights and plenty more tasty treats from Ojio Sport, Rumble Shake, Ryno Power and more…