Posts in the category Sea Otter Classic

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

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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

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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

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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…


SOC15: Hands on with New Rever Dual Piston MCX1 Mechanical Disc Brake Plus Actual Weights

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After introducing the newest mechanical disc brake for road and cross just before Sea Otter, Rever (pronounced like revere) was on hand in California for us to get a closer look. Clearly, one of the biggest calling cards of the new MCX1 is the fact that both brake pads are actuated by the lever arm. That makes this one of the very few on the market that offer true dual piston braking in a mechanical package.

Above and beyond the actuation, Rever has built in at least one extra feature that should leave rider happy when it comes time to replace the pads. More details and actual weights, next…


SOC15: Yeti’s Ride Driven Clothing Collection Offers Turquoise Threads for Men and Women

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Ok, so it may not be as cool as a new Yeti mountain bike, but when Yeti introduces new clothing it still gains attention. When asked why Yeti is going so deep on apparel their response was that to them, Yeti clothing is a reflection of how they choose to build and spec bikes. The Tribe of employees, team riders, and friends like what they like and this is a way to offer that with a little Yeti style mixed in.

Adding to an already attractive line, the latest pieces offer something for man, woman, enduro, or trail…


SOC15: Xentis Squad 4.2 and 5.8 Wheels Get Ultrawide for 2016

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No matter how good a wheel is today, the big question everyone seems to be asking is yeah, but how wide is the rim? This seems to apply equally to both mountain or road bikes where the width of a rim can have a drastic effect on the shape and performance of the tire. Mountain biking seems to be taking this concept to the extremes lately, but road bikes aren’t far behind if you consider just how narrow rims and tires were not that long ago.

Having already subscribed to the trend on their Squad 7.8 deep dish carbon wheels, Xentis is now adding substantial width to both their Squad 4.2 and 5.8 road wheels in tubular and clincher as well as rim or disc models. Details next…


SOC15: First look at new ultra wide 29er rims from Derby


Founded in 2012, Derby Rims was one of the first manufacturers to bring ultra wide rims to the market. In addition to being at the forefront of the wider is better trend, their product was unique because it was carbon, and affordable.

At Sea Otter this year, they were showcasing a new ultra wide 29er rim that should appeal to both ultra wide and mid fat loving crowd. READ MORE ->

SOC15: Morpheus Offers 2 Kids’ Bikes in 1 with Vimana Jr, Vimana Gen 2 & V-Slope on the Way

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More riders than ever are looking to pass down their love of mountain biking to their offspring which also means more riders are looking for kids’ mountain bikes. As we all know, quality bikes are pretty expensive which is even worse when your kid will outgrow it right before your eyes. That’s exactly what makes the new Morpheus Vimana Jr. so interesting. Taking full advantage of their adjustable chainstay design, the Vimana Jr. can grow with your little one as they progress from 20″ to 24″ wheels.

While the Vimana is certainly skewed to the DJ/park side of the spectrum, the build should make for a bomb proof bike that young rippers can use to hone their skills…


SOC15: Deity Components Teases TMac Signature, Introduces BladeRunner Pedals, BlackLabel Bars, and Micro DM, Cavity 35 Stems

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Deity’s roots may lie in the dirt jump scene, but these days their namesake components are just as likely to be found on the DH bike of a World Cup racer as they are on an enduro bike at your local trails. Just over 10 years since the company was founded, Eric and Sadie Davies are still very much focused on the rider owned part of the company as well as staying true to their original vision. Still experiencing impressive growth, Eric mentioned that they were in the process of building a completely new headquarters (still in Idaho) that will give them a much bigger footprint to work from. Genuinely excited to see their products added to bikes on the World Cup DH circuit, Deity continues to pump out new products in an array of colors, even though Eric is still a big fan of just black.

Among the new goods that were officially launched at Sea Otter, the TMac signature pedals are slated for a June release. Get a first look plus full details on the new BladeRunner pedals, BlackLabel Bars, and Micro DM and Cavity 35 stems next…