SOC16: Raleigh cranks out drop bar fun with fat tire, dropper equipped Stuntman, Steel RXM, Kid’s CX, More

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On the surface, Raleigh’s new Stuntman looks to be a fun bike no matter what. But if you’re old experienced enough to remember The Fall Guy (admittedly I had to look it up), then this brown beauty will make even more sense given its inspiration from Colt Seavers’ pick up. Supposedly one of the last projects to involve Brian ‘Sally’ Fornes, the focus on fun isn’t surprising as the Stuntman blends big tires, drop bars, and dropper posts. The result is a truly unique bike that will crush anything in its path…

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On the surface, Raleigh’s new Stuntman looks to be a fun bike no matter what. But if you’re old experienced enough to remember The Fall Guy (admittedly I had to look it up), then this brown beauty will make even more sense given its inspiration from Colt Seavers’ pick up. Supposedly one of the last projects to involve […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Kids' Bikes, Road Bike, Sea Otter Classic24 Comments

SOC16: Spēd Precision races toward new wheel brand with mountain, CX options

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Are there enough wheel companies out there already? If you’re Colin Esquibel, the answer is no. After leaving his position with Box Components, Colin told us he had something in the works, and at Sea Otter we got a first look – wheels. Why another wheel brand? Simply because Colin believes they can create a better product at lower prices than the competition by controlling the entire process. Every component of Spēd Precision’s wheels is of their own design, from axle to nipple. Their wheels will all feature carbon rims, made from unique molds, with their own hubs, spokes, and even proprietary carbon layup or two depending on the model.

At Sea Otter we only got a peek into what’s to come, but from the looks of things Spēd Precision will be a company to watch…
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Are there enough wheel companies out there already? If you’re Colin Esquibel, the answer is no. After leaving his position with Box Components, Colin told us he had something in the works, and at Sea Otter we got a first look – wheels. Why another wheel brand? Simply because Colin believes they can create a […]

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SOC16: Intense highlights bikes w/ wild designs including BMW inspired drawings, bright colors, & camo

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How do you make a splash at a tradeshow after all your bikes have already been released? Custom paint is a good start. Even better when that custom paint includes wild designs that are done by hand. Even better – this over the top Tracer 275 may actually appear in an upcoming commercial for the latest electric car for BMW…

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How do you make a splash at a tradeshow after all your bikes have already been released? Custom paint is a good start. Even better when that custom paint includes wild designs that are done by hand. Even better – this over the top Tracer 275 may actually appear in an upcoming commercial for the […]

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SOC16: Litespeed updates gravel bike with new flat mount, 12mm thru axle T5G

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Like so many other bikes, Litespeed’s T5G is adapting in an attempt to stay current. In this case that means the addition of the T5G Flat Mount, a bike with, you guessed it – flat mount disc brakes. But along with the new brake standard there are a few more details that will keep the T5G cruising over even the roughest gravel…

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Like so many other bikes, Litespeed’s T5G is adapting in an attempt to stay current. In this case that means the addition of the T5G Flat Mount, a bike with, you guessed it – flat mount disc brakes. But along with the new brake standard there are a few more details that will keep the […]

Posted in Gravel Bikes, Sea Otter Classic18 Comments

SOC16: SDG updates I-Fly with big wheel friendly 2.0, adds Fly Mountain, Shibuya Dazzle colorway, more

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Even though the prevalence of dropper posts has cut into the market for SDG’s I-beam saddle system, the company is still pushing forward with new designs. Thanks to the design’s toughness and range of adjustment, they are still hugely popular for downhill, dirt jump, XC and other mountain bikes that aren’t running dropper posts. But like we’ve seen with other saddle makers, the introduction of bigger wheels and tires along with longer suspension travel has led to some saddle-tire interaction. The solution is as simple as cutting out the back of the saddle, but the new I-Fly 2.0 has more to show underneath…

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Even though the prevalence of dropper posts has cut into the market for SDG’s I-beam saddle system, the company is still pushing forward with new designs. Thanks to the design’s toughness and range of adjustment, they are still hugely popular for downhill, dirt jump, XC and other mountain bikes that aren’t running dropper posts. But […]

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SOC16: 6D ATB-1T helmet gets real, headed for stores and your head for better protection

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The last time we checked in on 6D’s revolutionary trail helmet, it was still mostly a 3D printed prototype. Fast forward a few months and now the finished helmets are in production and headed to store shelves. What makes the newly named 6D ATB-1T (changed from ATB-1A) different? Instead of a single EPS liner with MIPS or other decoupler systems added on to the inside, the ATB-1T two separate EPS liners that are interconnected with 27 elastic isolation dampers. The claim is that this results in superior protection in impacts at any speed…

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The last time we checked in on 6D’s revolutionary trail helmet, it was still mostly a 3D printed prototype. Fast forward a few months and now the finished helmets are in production and headed to store shelves. What makes the newly named 6D ATB-1T (changed from ATB-1A) different? Instead of a single EPS liner with […]

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SOC16: Kona gives a sneak peek at 2017 bikes including carbon Hei Hei DL, Big Honzo and Kahuna, more

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Kona has been on a roll lately with well equipped bikes at attainable prices, and it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down for 2017. We’ve been riding the current aluminum Hei Hei DL Trail for awhile, and while the full review will reveal that it’s quite a good bike, never the less we’re excited to see it take form in carbon fiber. Split into the Hei Hei DL Trail and DL Race, the new bikes will offer something for riders in the XC or Trail category….

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Kona has been on a roll lately with well equipped bikes at attainable prices, and it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down for 2017. We’ve been riding the current aluminum Hei Hei DL Trail for awhile, and while the full review will reveal that it’s quite a good bike, never the less we’re excited to […]

Posted in Mountain Bike, Sea Otter Classic21 Comments

SOC16: Schwinn Vantage RX1 city bike drops the bar (and one heck of a disc brake deal)

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The Schwinn Vantage RX1 might just be the bargain bike of the show. Coming in at just $1,599, there’s not a generic part to be found. Instead, you’ll find name brand bits from SRAM, Formula, Fizik, FSA, VP and more, plus a new flared drop bar to improved ergonomics. All hung on a custom butted alloy frame with carbon thru axle fork outfitted with SRAM Rival 22 and hydraulic disc brakes.

But what’s going to catch your eye first is the elastomer decoupler that separates seatstay forces from fully reaching the seatpost…

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The Schwinn Vantage RX1 might just be the bargain bike of the show. Coming in at just $1,599, there’s not a generic part to be found. Instead, you’ll find name brand bits from SRAM, Formula, Fizik, FSA, VP and more, plus a new flared drop bar to improved ergonomics. All hung on a custom butted […]

Posted in Commuter, Road Bike, Sea Otter Classic13 Comments

SOC16: Tasty new treats from Honey Stinger, Ryno, Untapped, GU, Bonk Breaker, Clif & more!

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Fueling our mad dash through four days of Sea Otter is often left to breakfast burritos, dinner burritos, and tacos after hours. The in between time is usually covered by whatever snacks are chopped into bite-size samples (or the occasional piece of fruit, tri-tip, sausage or chicken salad from kind folks like Hayes, KS, Bike Fettis & SRAM – thanks guys!).

Of course, all those samples aren’t just there out of these nutrition companies’ kindness, they’re there to show off the latest, tastiest ways to keep your rides going full steam. Easily the most memorable of the bunch this year was Clif Bar’s new Nut Butter Filled bars. Imagine a Chocolate Brownie bar sliced in half and filled with peanut butter and you get the idea. They’ll have four versions – Peanut Butter, Coconut Almond Butter, Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, and the absolutely amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter. Dear Clif, please go ahead and send a couple cases of these in for, um, review.

No nuts for you? Check out the growing buffet of delicious new bars, drinks and waffles (lots of waffles) below…

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Fueling our mad dash through four days of Sea Otter is often left to breakfast burritos, dinner burritos, and tacos after hours. The in between time is usually covered by whatever snacks are chopped into bite-size samples (or the occasional piece of fruit, tri-tip, sausage or chicken salad from kind folks like Hayes, KS, Bike […]

Posted in Nutrition, Sea Otter Classic8 Comments