Posts in the category Sea Otter Classic

SOC14: More than Meets The Eye With New Topeak Transformer XX Pump

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When you’re headed off to a race or an event, there is usually a lot to carry. Spares, food, clothes, tools – the list goes on and on depending on the situation. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could combine your pump and a repair stand in one compact, easy to carry package? If your answer is yes, you’ll want to check out the new Transformer XX pump/stand from Topeak. By day the whole unit functions just like your normal easy to use Topeak floor pump, but by night the stand separates from the pump providing a support for working on your bike.

Details next…


SOC 14: Zumbi’s Custom, Hand Made, Full Suspension Bikes Straight out of Poland

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When you think of high performance, hand made, full suspension bikes, Poland probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. After seeing the bikes from Zumbi however, maybe it should. Fiercely proud of their 100% Polish designed and manufactured product, Zumbi combines hand made craftsmanship with modern suspension technology to create bikes with a custom touch that can be hard to find elsewhere.

Each Zumbi is designed by their main engineer Pawel Matuszynski in Myslenice – what they call the downhill mountain bike heart of Poland. The company offers all sorts of bikes including trials, DJ, Street, XC, Enduro, FR, DH, and even a fat bike and fixie. Working mostly with 7020 aluminum alloy, most of the frames are offered with the ability to get custom geometry, paint, and even tubing options.

Zumbi had their F-11 Enduro and Sam Dueck’s F-22 FR bike to show – get a closer look next…


SOC 14: On-One’s Wildly Colorful Floater Fat Bike Tires

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As if fat bike tires weren’t eye catching enough as it is, why not draw even more attention to your fat bike with colors! Available in a perfect shade of orange to match the On-One Fatty, On-One decided to offer their 4″ Floater tire in 4 different shades.

They probably won’t make you any faster, but you’re sure to be noticed…


SOC 14: Lake Launches Heat Moldable Insoles, Fresh CX402s, Plus New Colors for Cross

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Almost exactly a year ago, we were sitting at the Lake booth at the Sea Otter Classic listening to the story about how the brand was reinventing itself. Steeped in heritage, Lake has come a long way since their introduction in 1982 with a vastly expanded product line. Now offering an incredible 23 different models, there are 8 road shoes with all of those shoes offered in wide and 7 of those offered in women’s, and 6 shoes available with the 4 bolt Speedplay sole. And that’s just for road. By offering multiple colors, men’s and women’s, standard and wide, and options like the Speedplay sole, Lake wants to make good on their promise of the “ultimate Bikonnection” for everyone.

In 2014/15, there are more options, colors, improves shoes, and a continually expanding dealer network meaning now is as good of time as ever to try on a pair of Lakes…


SOC14: Enduro Shows Off PressFit BB Installation/Removal Tools

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With new bottom bracket standards comes new tools in order to service them properly. We won’t say that all of the issues that face PressFit bottom brackets are due to improper installation, but it’s more than likely it is sometimes the case. In order to make the installation and removal process as easy as possible, Enduro has updated their BB30 tool to now include PF30, as well as introduced a smaller version for BB86/90/and 92.


SOC 14: Rubbery U Locks from Abus, Plus Helmets?

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Locks are one of those products that can be hard to get excited about because, let’s face it – we wish we didn’t have to use them. Since we don’t live in a world of unicorns and rainbows, bike theft happens and we rely on companies like ABUS to keep our bikes safe. Their new mega Ugrip Plus 501 takes the U lock to another level with some interesting tech.

More plus a look at some ABUS helmets after the break…


SOC 14: Effigear Calls in the Cavalerie for new Gear Box Bikes in the US

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When the discussion turns to gear boxes, Pinion seems to be getting all the attention these days, but there is another gear box which has been around for some time. Currently being used by companies like Cavalerie and Nicolai, the effigear gear box offers a tuneable range of gears from 6 to 9 speeds. While some of the Cavalerie bikes have only changed slightly in the past few years, they will now be available in the US through Philthy Bikes. Not only are they available, but the company does have a new Enduro bike in the works…


SOC 14: Geax Teases Improved Tire Compounds, New Tires In the Future

SOC 14: Geax Teases Improved Tire Compounds, New Stuff In the Future

Geax are no strangers when it comes to mountain bike tires, but they think they can do better. Citing a big investment in mountain bike tire production, the company is looking into improved rubber compounds that will give their tires better grip. Thanks to their association with Vittoria, Geax tires already run impressively supple casings and the TNT tubeless system works great, which is why they are focusing their attention on the rubber itself.

The company is testing prototypes like his one with an extremely tacky 45 durometer rubber (the lower the number the softer the tire). 45 is soft enough that when your press your fingernail into the tread, the indent stays there for a few seconds. No word on when the new tire compounds might see production, but the story here is that they are working on revamped line up. Rumor has it that new line up might even include a fat bike tire or two…

SOC14: A Closer Look at the 2015 Fox Shox Product Line

New Fox 36 2015 FloatEarlier this month we took a quick look at the big 2015 Fox product launch, but we finally had the opportunity to put our greasy paws on the new product at Sea Otter. In addition to snapping some photos and turning knobs, we also had the opportunity to sit down with Global Marketing Manager Mark Jordan to learn a little more about the new toys.

For this year, the big story is the revamped 36 fork. This is the model we all used to lust over, but it had fallen out of favor in recent years due to the emergence of the new 34mm standard.

So why does this new version of one of our favorite forks have us so excited? READ MORE ->