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2012 Sea Otter Classic Randomness – Sidi Shoes, Pivot Mountain Bikes & Smart Bike Washer

2012 Sidi cycling shoes get adjustable heel cup retention mechanism

For 2012 Sidi added a mechanical adjustable heel retention mechanism. Apparently this was introduced in the fall trade shows, but this is the first we’ve seen of it…all they showed us there was there new Speedplay specific sole. It’s available on their Genius 6.6 Carbon Lite, Ergo 3 Carbon and Dragon 3 Carbon SRS shoes for now.


2012 Sea Otter Classic Randomness – Wickwerks, BMC, Blackburn & Rubena

Wickwerx new 42-28 tooth chainrings for 2x10 and 3x10 that work with 9-speed and 10-speed chains

Wickwerks is offering new 42/28 2×10 chainrings. They also have some new 3×10 chainrings, and all of them will work with both 9-speed and 10-speed chains from any manufacturer.

Wickwerx new 42-28 tooth chainrings for 2x10 and 3x10 that work with 9-speed and 10-speed chains

Wickwerx rings are made in the USA, use continuous bridge ramps to speed upshifting and are raced by Katie M-Fin’ Compton.

Click through for lots more goodies and a ridiculously expensive single-speed belt drive commuter bike…


Remaining Sea Otter, Two – MRP, White Brothers, Rohloff

2012 White Brothers Loop suspension forks now avaiable for 26 and 650b and coming soon for 29er

MRP and White Brothers shared a little pop up tent tucked away in the team pit area and I didn’t get over there until the end of the last day (at the expense of seeing One Ghost…sorry, David), but they had quite a spread of new goodies.

Introduced at Interbike, White Brothers’ new Loop suspension fork is now shipping in the 26″ and 650B size, and the 29er version is coming in June or July. Above is the first casting ever of the 29er lowers. All sizes share the new magnetic internals, same price tag and a very interesting 1″ steerer tube option!

There’s lots more to see behind the break, including some custom aftermarket anodization of Rohloff’s internally geared hubs with matching rims that are H-O-T and several new chainguides from MRP that should appeal to the XC geeks as well as the gravity hounds…


Remaining Sea Otter, One – Ergon, Thule, Prologo

Ergon BX2 hydration backpack for cycling, running and hiking

Ergon only had a couple of updates, but we’re glad to see the backpacks getting a major overhaul. After our lukewarm review of the original version, the new BX2 looks promising thanks to better strap designs and a simplified version of their Flink linkage at the shoulders. They also had a new GS2 grip with composite bar ends…more pics and info for both after the break.

Prologo has new men’s and women’s road and mountain bike saddles, many with carbon rails and sub-200g weights, and Thule showed off their new Raceway Platform trunk-mounted rack. Click on through to see it all…


Get Free Trail-Fu App Now Thru End Of Sea Otter

Save yourself some electronic cash and get this mountain biking trail finder app for free until Sunday, April 17th – so hurry up!

Press Release: As part of TrailFu’s partnership with IMBA they asked us to make our Mountain Bike Trails iPhone app free during the Sea Otter Classic. Starting on the 14th until the Sea Otter Classic ends the night of the 17th anyone can visit the Apple AppStore and download our application for free at this link.

Sea Otter: New Colorful Answer Protaper XC/Trail Bars

With the unfortunate demise of Race Face, there is one less component manufacturer who is building light handle bars for XC/trail bikes in a variety of colors. Not only has Answer stepped up and snatched one of RaceFace’s pro athletes, they have also tossed their hat into the ano XC bar category!

Ok, so they’re not that light, but they are respectable considering they are all 685mm width, and come in flat, 1/2 inch, and 1 inch rise models. The flat bars come in at 235g, while the risers add an additional 30g, for a grand total of 265. Obviously, the bars come in a variety of colors, including a “women’s” model that is pink ano with black overlaid flowers. The quotations are there just in case you’re a dude who is ok with a pink bar with flowers, however you probably won’t fit into the matching Answer women’s Petal gloves.

Check out the full Specs along with some close ups, after the break!


Sea Otter: Shimano Introduces Completely Overhauled XT Group!

You had to know it was coming. Just a year after upgrading the current XT M770 drivetrain to Dynasys 10 speed, Shimano has taken the wraps off of the entirely new M780 XT group that borrows heavily from XTR’s bag of tricks. Completely redesigned brakes, more than one color choice, wheels, pedals, oh my!

The new XT group just might be what any 10 speed hold outs are looking for, as if it is anything like the performance of the current XTR group, it will be a winner based on price alone.

Jump right in, and take a look at XT M780! (click on any picture to enlarge)


Airborne Cycles Ready For Sea Otter with New CX, DJ, and 29r Bikes!

You should know by now, that Airborne is back albeit with a slightly different direction. Gone are their bevy of reasonably priced Ti frames, only for the reborn company to now focus on a range of capable, durable, and affordable bikes. At Sea Otter 2010, Airborne released 6 new models effectively relaunching the company. One year later, they return to Sea Otter, this time with 3 important bikes currently absent from their line up.

Check out the new rigs after the break!


Sea Otter Classic Woos Ladies, Threatened with Lawsuit – Not What You Think

In addition to the SRAM sponsored Gold Rusch events hosted by Rebecca Rusch and held at the new Ladies Lounge (which offers autograph signings, free t-shirts, tech clinics, food and drink and other goodies aimed at the fairer sex), Sea Otter Classic had their own Ladies Day events planned to encourage more women to ride, wrench and love bikes.

Then POW, BOOM, right in the stubbly kisser, they’re threatened with legal action for offering “gender biased” opportunities to women, including free admission, on Sunday. The potential crime? Giving them free admission and goods/services when those with a Y Chromosome would have to pay to enter and be left out of the pink-themed extracurricular activities.

Yes, we’re serious. I emailed Jeannie, SOC’s media manager, to confirm. The person behind this seemingly ridiculousness is Harry H. Crouch, president of National Coalition for Men, an advocacy group that works to prevent special treatment for women (or a lack of it for men). Technically, according to California law, Crouch is right, but still…the spirit of his actions goes against pretty much everything anyone that’s actually attending SOC would give a rat’s patooty about.

The result of all this? A bunch of PR for Crouch’s organization and a simple name change for Sea Otters’ plans: Ladies Activities. Everything else is the same. Well, almost everything. If you’re a dude and you roll into Sea Otter on Sunday, you’ll pay the same entry fee as dudettes: $0. And now you know why you don’t see Ladies’ Nights anymore…

Full press release from SOC after the break plus the flyer for the Gold Rusch events…