Posts in the category Sea Otter Classic

SOC15: Evoc Teases Stage Hydration Packs, Shows Bike Travel Bag Pro

Evoc bags bike travel pro stage hydration packs (28)

Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time for loading up your hydration pack and suffering with a sweaty back in the hot sun. OR, you could check out the new Stage Line of hydration packs from EVOC. Officially launching at Eurobike, we got a first look at what look to be some very well thought out packs…


SOC15: Endura Continues to Add Color with New Single Track Women’s Jerseys, MTR, and MT500 Shorts and Jersey for Men

Endura single track light mtr mt500 (4)

Bringing a bit of the Highlands to Laguna Seca, Endura’s Sea Otter Booth was easily spotted with the large whisky barrel and their Scotch themed jerseys. More importantly though, Endura had a number of new pieces that continue to move away from their traditional dark colors. Don’t worry, if you love color as long as it’s black, Endura isn’t doing away with the classics. But they are showing some brighter pieces if you’re in the mood…


SOC15: Fezzari plus-sizes Cascade Peak full susser, updates carbon hardtail & road bikes

Fezzari Cascade Peak 27.5+ full suspension mountain bike

Cascade Peak 27.5+ full suspension goes big all the way around, with Boost 148 rear spacing and 110mm axle spacing up front, 120mm of travel (that’s 20mm more than the 29er Cascade Peak) and the upcoming Maxxis Chronicle 27.5 x 3.0 that’ll be out by summer.

This one was built up just for Sea Otter and doesn’t represent production spec. It will get the new XT 1×11 when it ships, not the SRAM group shown here, and have WTB Scraper rims.

Checkout more from the consumer direct brand below…


SOC15: New aluminum Mongoose gravel grinder, fat bikes and 27.5+ are well spec’d & consumer direct

2016 Mongoose Selous Expert gravel grinder road bike

Mongoose is, perhaps surprisingly for us North Americans, still making well spec’d, high quality alloy-framed bikes, but you won’t find them in bike shops anymore. No, like many boutique and foreign brands, they’ve gone consumer direct.

Leading the charge is the Selous Expert, a brighter-side-of-celeste-green gravel grinder with a double butted aluminum frame that’s running thru axles and disc brakes front and rear. There are also adult and kids fat bikes and a new 27.5+ hardtail…


SOC15: Loaded Precision adds AmX Carbon gravity handlebars, stems & more


Loaded Precision’s AmX Carbon line is new, slotting in alongside the lighter XC and trail lines for enduro and gravity style riding.

All of them are 840mm wide, available in 31.8 and 35 diameters, with 25mm and 8mm rises, but the 8mm looks like a flat bar on the 35mm version (top of pic).

Loaded says they’re strong enough for DH thanks to an elastomer infused resin that helps maintain the bar’s integrity over time, helping diffuse the micro fractures that occur in carbon wth extended use. The tech has been used in F1 car cockpit buckets that protect the drivers, which are made by the same factory that makes Loaded’s bars. Retail is $169.


SOC15: Kinomap unveils “Inside The Peloton” 7-hour action sports camera

Kinomap ITP inside the peloton extended recording time action sports camera

Kinomap is known for their user-generated, real world riding videos and integrating those into your home trainer, letting you ride virtually through thousands of different locations around the world by replaying those videos on your iOS device. The level of integration takes on various forms depending on your equipment, but they’ve done a tremendous job of making it accessible to virtually anyone. And lots of people have jumped on it, recording almost 60 million kilometers of footage.

One of the limitations, though, has been the short recording time offered by today’s popular action sports cams like Sony, GoPro, Garmin, etc. The solution? Make the camera last longer. Kimono’s Phillipe Moity explains:

We thought for a long time about having a bike cam able to record long rides. Our new camera is able to record up to 7 hours in one go when all competitors die after 2 hours of HD recording. First recordings have been officially made by next week at the Sea Otter Classic. We made several tests already, including at the last Haute Route race, also during the Roc D’Azur Mountain bike race in France (4h20min recording in one go) then one UCI world tour team made some trials as well during a training session in Calpe Spain (5h36min and 162 km distance).

Here’s how it works…


SOC15: BOS Suspension Set to Launch Void 2 Rear Shock, Updates Idyll Air DH Fork

BOS suspension Void 2 Idyll Air (2)

Tucked away on an attractive YT Tues CF DH bike within their booth, Bos was quietly showing off the next generation of their Void long travel air shock. Referred to simply as the Void 2, the shock has a few changes both internal and external that will make it an even stronger competitor in the DH air shock game…


SOC15: FSA Teases New Dual Pivot K-Force Brake, Vision adds Tri Max Aero Brakes, Carbon SI Aerobars, Updates Metron TT Crank

Vision tri max aero carbon si metron tt brakes (19)

With all of the excitement around road disc brakes, you’d almost forget that the majority of road bikes are still running traditional rim brakes. If you find yourself in that majority, FSA is working on a new version of their K-Force rim brake that has been updated to accept all of the new, wider rims. Still using a traditional center mount, the K-Force moves to a completely new construction that’s meant to be more versatile, powerful, and lower profile…


SOC15: Wilier brings 903 TRB mountain bike stateside, updates Cento Uno aero seatpost

Willier 903 TR mountain bike Cento Uno seatpost change (1)

Admittedly, it’s a little weird seeing Wilier emblazoned on the top tube of a full suspension mountain bike, but the 903 TRB does look the part. The news here isn’t that the Wilier 903 TRB exists -it was introduced at Eurobike- but that it will be coming to the U.S.

To be sold initially through Competitivie Cyclist in June, Wilier mountain bikes have been around for a few years in Europe. We’re not sure how the Wilier name will fare in the world of mountain bikes, but the bike itself looks like a winner…