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

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 […]

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

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 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 […]

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

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 […]

Remaining Sea Otter, One – Ergon, Thule, Prologo

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]