Posts in the category Sea Otter Classic

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…


SOC15: Nutrition Roundup #1 – Picky Bars, Carb-Boom, APX, GQ-6, Nuun and Bonk Breaker


Fueling us on long rides and during the hectic days covering Sea Otter Classic were a massive assortment of fresh nutritional products from brands old and new. For the most part, products seem to cleaning up their ingredients list, my hunch being that brands like Skratch and OSMO have generated enough awareness about the drinks we use that others are following suit. Then there’s the growing awareness that food -real, whole, good food- can provide a proper ergogenic boost that also improves overall quality of life. All of that seems to be translating into better food and drink choices while we’re on the bike, with less of the chemical sounding, made in the lab type offerings from the ’90s.

Leading the charge among bar makers is Picky Bars, a brand we’ve really enjoyed eating in the past thanks to their use of nuts, seeds, nut and seed butters, dates, fruit and other real ingredients…without soy. Lately, they’ve expanded their flavor range, and they’re doing some fun things with the packaging, giving you the opportunity to be on the wrapper…


SOC15: Polygon brings enduro-ready Collossus N9 to USA, plus new 27.5 race hardtail & Bend CX bike


Polygon is still establishing their brand here in the states, but that hasn’t stopped them from developing a model built specifically for launch in the U.S. market.

The new Collossus N9 bumps things up from the Collossus T8 with more travel, slacker angles and a more capable fork and rear shock. The T8 has 140mm travel, but the new N9 gets 160mm and a one-degree slacker head angle, meaning it’s built for more speed on the downhills. Yes, that all translates to enduro…


SOC15: Random Roundup with TRP, Beyond Coastal, Birzman, Wahoo Fitness, and More

roundup trp electronic shift kit

Whether indicative of Sea Otter’s growth as a launch pad for new products, or a positive health report of the industry as a whole, it seems like everyone had something to show in Monterey. Even those who didn’t have a big product launch had at least something to show. For TRP that meant their new Hylex Di2 Adapter kit which was shown in retail packaging for the first time.

First Spotted on Ben Berden’s cross bike, and then shown at NAHBS in prototype form, TRP’s Hylex Di2 Adapter kit will have you running electronic shifting with hydraulic brakes for the price of a pair of Climber’s Shifters plus the cost of the kit…


SOC15: Jamis unleashes the Dragonslayer 27.5+ and loads up the Renegade steel roadies


Jamis reserves the “Dragon” moniker for it’s premium steel mountain bikes, so it says something that they’ve attached it to this new model. The Dragonslayer brings modern steel tubing in contact with the latest axle, wheel and tire standards to create a bike made for equal parts fun, exploration and shredding.

On the other side of the tent were their new steel adventure road bikes, the Renegade Expat and Exploit, and a fully loaded carbon fiber Renegade Expert just to show what that bike’s capable of…


SOC15: Bar Fly gets SLi with new dual/multi mounts for computers, lights & cameras

BarFly SLi dual out-front mount for garmin cycling computer and GoPro action cam

Bar Fly showed off several new mounts that hold your choice of action cam, cycling computer or headlight…sometimes two at the same time.

The Bar Fly SLi, above, adds an additional mount to the bottom of their original out-front mount. The mounting hardware can be swapped to hold either a GoPro-style camera (based on the mounting style) or headlight. There’s even room behind it to mount the Di2/EPS junction box, making for a very tidy cockpit despite rampant accessorization.

The top side will offer mounting plates for Garmin, Joule, Cateye, Mio and Magellan computers, including the Garmin 1000 and 310/910/920XT watches with QR mount. Buy it with the one you need, then order the replacement mount if you ever switch computer brands.

Out front ain’t the only place you can stick all this stuff though…


SOC15: Remorp Remote Adds More Control for your ORP Smart Horn, Delicious PureFit Bars Make a Comeback

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What’s better than an ORP Smart Horn? A Remorp to remotely control your ORP, of course. Blending the functionality of a commuter light plus a nice horn and an angry horn, the ORP is a fun little handlebar mounted gadget that could make your commute a little bit safer. Safer still, is not having to remove your hands from the bars to use it…


SOC15: Rubena Adds 27.5 sizes for Scylla and Charybdis Tires

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Rubena is one of those brands that many people still haven’t heard of, but the company has an impressive 80 year history of making tires in the Czech Republic. Part of a much larger tire manufacturing operation, the bike side of Rubena’s business covers mountain to road and is slowly expanding to keep up with the trends in mountain biking.

The newest Czech treads come in the form of 27.5″ versions of their Scylla and Charybdis XC/Trail tires…