Posts in the category Sea Otter Classic

SOC14: 2015 Marzocchi Early Looks – 650B Carbon Forks, Espresso Coatings, Enduro Shocks & More!

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If the sneak peek we got at the 2015 Marzocchi product is any indication, the company is set to come back in a big way. The new product line is the most complete we’ve seen in some time from the Italian icon, and with an increased presence at this year’s SOC, Marzocchi is serious about getting back to their roots of durable, competitive suspension offerings. 2015 will see the introduction of new coatings, improved seals, reduced weights, and more wheel sizes for a completely rejuvenated line up. Get a glimpse of the new and improved 380 along with a whole lot more after the jump…

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SO14: The Greatest Pit Bike Ever Built

Disc Brake BMX Pit Bike

The term pit bike has its roots in motocross, where people often use small childrens’ bikes to cruise between the various staging areas at races. The term is now used to describe any variety of small childrens’ bicycle or motorcycle used to cruise the pits or injure yourself while drinking and dicking around.

While the renaissance of pit bikes was in the early-2000s, when even bicycle manufacturers like Foe’s Racing jumped on the trend and created trick components for the tiny tot motorcycles, it’s rare to see anything particularly spectacular these days. So we were incredibly impressed by the little red kids’ bike lurking in the Hayes Booth.

Can you spot what makes this pit bike so special?

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Sneak Peek: Box Components’ Prototype 1x Drivetrain with 11-42t Cassette, Clutched Derailleur

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For those of you clamoring for a company to develop a reasonably priced wide range cassette alternative, Box has your number. It should be said that the 1x drivetrain from Box is still very early in development, but they are working on it. Along with the development of their 10 speed mountain bike drivetrain (which should finally be available this winter), Box has been quietly developing an alternative to SRAM’s XX1/X01 and now Shimano’s 1x XTR. A number of the details are still being worked out, but we got a sneak peek of the prototype cassette and 1x and clutched derailleurs with a run down from the system’s designer, John Calendrille Jr. himself…

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SOC14: Barfly Debuts Alloy SLi Fly Garmin Mounts with Integrated GoPro Mounting & More

Barfly SLi-Fly garmin handlebar mount with integrated GoPro or bicycle light mounting options

At Interbike last year, Barfly showed off an expanded range of their plastic mounts for many brands of cycling computers and a separate one for GoPro cameras. They also added 35mm clamp diameters to the lineup. Now, they’ve combined many of those features into a single mount and started machining it out of alloy.

“We wanted to create a platform for riders to mount a computer as well as a GoPro, light, junction box and other accessories,” said Barfly’s Greg Hillson. “In order order to achieve this, we created a new mounting platform. We collaborated with MasterCam, the global leaders in CAM software. Utilizing their expertise and technology, as well as our head engineers’ 25+ years in multidiscipline engineering, we created the SLi Fly.”

Here’s how it all comes together…

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SOC14: Mystery C6 Composites Carbon Fiber Mountain Bike Wheels Spotted

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Spotted at the X-Fusion booth aboard a Santa Cruz Nomad were these Carbon 6 Composites wheels. Unfortunately, no one could really talk about them, so here’s what we could figure out:

Hubs have a 20mm thru axle front, which is what the X-Fusion Metric enduro fork runs, and a 12×142 rear. Rim width appeared up around 35mm from our eyeballing, befitting the bike they were on. Check some pics below and leave your own speculation in the comments…

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SO14: Gamut Launches New Cillos Line of Stems and TTr Chainrings

Gamut Cillos Stem (6)As a long time manufacturer of some of our favorite chain retention systems, we had to stop by the Gamut booth at Sea Otter to help them celebrate their 10 year anniversary, and check out their latest and greatest.

Late last year they sent us over a sneak peak of their new line of Cillos stems, but this was the first time we’ve had the opportunity to see the product in real life, and our crummy photos booth photos do not do the product justice.  READ MORE ->

SOC 14: First Look – FSA Teases All New Carbon MTB Prototype Wheels

FSA Carbon Mountain Bike Wheels SLK K-Force afterburner (1)

Just as their surprisingly good mountain bike brakes are beginning to ship, FSA is already showing their hand at their next project – wheels. Mountain bike wheels specifically, that will borrow from what Vision has learned with their Metron carbon wheel line for the road. Details were slim, but we do know that there will be K-Force Light, SLK, and Afterburner versions in “many axle and wheel size configurations.”

We got a sneak peek at the K-Force Light prototypes after the jump…

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First Look: WTB and Rocky Mountain Team Up For 27.5″ + Adventure Bike Prototype

Rocky Mountain Sherpa Prototype Adventure Bike

With the popularity of fat bikes at an all time high, the plethora of new tire/rim/suspension/frame options has allowed to designers and engineers to explore their wildest fantasies.

For Rocky Mountain, inspiration came from a set of over-sized prototype tires and rims from WTB, and the end result looks like the comically shreddable bastard child of a fat bike and adventure touring bike.

Jokes aside, this concept bike blends two incredibly different riding styles to create a seriously capable fat tire trail bike. Head past the break to learn more…. READ MORE ->

DVO Teases Soon to be Released Diamond Enduro Fork

DVO Diamond 27.5 ForkHot of the success of the recently launched Emerald downhill fork, DVO will soon be launching their new Diamond platform. Using many of the technologies developed for their top tier dual crown fork, this trail fork eschews the current trend of simplifying tuning options. Instead, it introduces an unprecedented amount of  user serviceability and customization.

So drop past the break to learn what all the knobs do!

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