Posts in the category Sea Otter Classic

SOC15: SRAM 1x drivetrains head to the road with new Force & Rival single chainring groups

sram rival 1 road group

SRAM’s taken their 1x drivetrains to the road with new Force 1 and Rival 1 groups.

Essentially an expansion of their CX1 group and XX1/X01/GX mountain bike cassettes, it opens up the possibilities for gravel, cyclocross and even triathlon bikes looking to simplify the setup and save a little weight.

In fact, the CX1 group is now simply Force 1, and the Rival 1 group takes most of the existing parts and combines it with the pinned GX cassette and brand matched X-Horizon rear derailleurs.


SOC15: DT Swiss offering limited release, “world’s lightest” team replica suspension forks

2016 DT Swiss OPM Race is world's lightest suspension mountain bike fork

DT Swiss has always been on the lighter side with their suspension forks, but the new DT Swiss OPM Race is claimed to be the lightest production suspension fork on the market. They say a 100mm travel 29er model is just 1,490g with thru axle and uncut steerer. For comparison, a Rockshox SID XX World Cup has a listed weight of 1485g, but that’s with 9mm skewer and 265mm steerer. The 27.5” version is 20g lighter.

It uses a full carbon crown and steerer made using TFP, or Tailored Fiber Placement, which saves a whopping 120g. It’s developed in conjunction with a Swiss company that’s in the fabric business (making mostly underwear of all things), but they have the expertise in the process, which they say resembles embroidery. This means it’s layered by machine, ensuring 100% accurate placement for all of the carbon fiber, so they can make every one with the same level of stiffness and not need to overbuild them slightly to compensate for irregularities found in hand laid fibers.

Nino Schurter has been racing it for a season with impressive results, but you’ll be able to get it soon, too…


First Look: Rocky Mountain Sherpa Overland Bike

Rocky Mountain Bikes Sherpa Porcelain Rocket

Last year, in the true spirit of one-off show bikes, Rocky Mountain created a stunning hand built concept they called the Sherpa. Designed around a prototype WTB rim, the bike was designed to take you the kind of places where you’d probably need a GPS beacon.

Based upon all of the media attention and consumer feedback, Rocky spent the past year refining the concept, and will be making it available to consumers starting next month. Head past the break to see how they did it:


SOC15: Scott Addict CX unveiled as lightest disc brake cyclocross frameset, alloy models coming, too

2016 Scott Addict CX 10 carbon fiber disc brake cyclocross bike

Scott set about the Addict CX bike’s resurrection with three main goals: Make it lighter, more comfortable and boost stiffness in the bottom bracket and headtube for better handling and power transfer. They also wanted to make the frame more ‘cross specific with race inspired and optimized tube shapes.

Since their last iteration, things have progressed a bit. So disc brakes are a natural, and they went with Shimano’s new flat mount standard and thru axles front and rear to keep it as future proof as possible.

The bike was first spotted in the pits at the UCI Cyclocross world championships with a semi-official teaser from Scott about the same time. Here’s how it progressed into a production model…


New Shimano 11-Speed XT 8000 Brings a 42T Cog, Plus More Crank & Axle options

2016 Shimano XT 8000 11-speed mountain bike component group details

Lots of new shiny parts today as Shimano has updated its workhorse Deore XT groupset to the same new 11-speed standard we’ve seen in the current XTR group. Plenty of tech makes its way into the new 8000 group, while still keeping the Trail and Race options that have helped make these upper level Shimano groups successful even as mountain biking specializes itself. Like XTR, the new XT offers 1×11, 2×11, and 3×11 setups with Shimano’s Rhythm Step progression aimed at keeping gearing steps smooth and consistent to maintain ideal pedaling cadence.

Shift past the break for all the trickle-down update details, new crank spindle options and expected availabilities…


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

Blackburn Sea Otter Launch

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…


SOC14 Final Roundup & Randoms

kenda trials show

If you’ve never been, the Sea Otter Classic is a great show. No other event seems to be able to seamlessly combine such great racing with a massive expo area which seems to have become the launch pad for many 2015 products. In addition to checking out all of the latest gear, spectators are also treated to performances like Trials demos with Mike Steidley and his announcer/ride partner Dave Campbell. The two put on a great show and attracted an audience every time.

They might have been there to provide entertainment, but even they had some interesting parts to show…


SOC 14: New Budget CR1 & CR3 Disc Brake Model From Formula, Plus Fork updates

Formula CR1 Brake LeverWhile the official launch is slated for Eurobike, Formula has their new CR1 and CR3 brakes on display at Sea Otter. The brakes will fit between the C1 and R1 in the product line and will replace the RX model.

Both brakes will take advantage of the new SpeedLock system, which uses a quick disconnect system so the hose can be routed through frames without requiring a bleed. The technology is used in various industrial applications, including the tractor industry. They first showed off this particular tech at interbike, where they estimated they disconnected and reconnected the line some 200 times without any issues. READ MORE ->

SOC14: New Focus Mares Disc and Canti Equipped CX bikes


For the new model year, Focus has been counting grams, fine tuning the little things, and making some subtle changes to the geometry.

We spied some of these modifications earlier this year, but we got our first up close and personal look at Sea Otter, where 3x CX World Champ and Focus Founder Mike Kluge gave us a walk through….