Norco Set to Release New Mountain Bike At Sea Otter, Looks Carbon-y

Norco Set to Release New Mountain Bike At Sea Otter, Looks Carbon-y

As we draw nearer to Sea Otter, there are likely to be a lot of sneak peeks at things to come and it looks like Norco is kicking things off with this teaser on their Facebook page. Judging by the flowing shape, seat collar design, and lack of the seat tube struts found on the aluminum models, we’re guessing it may be a carbon version of their Sight or possibly the Range. Since the introduction of the Sight and Range Killer B 650b models, the bikes have been hard to track down due to how popular they have been. Obviously sales have been good enough to introduce another though we’ll have to wait to see just what wheel size it is…



As we draw nearer to Sea Otter, there are likely to be a lot of sneak peeks at things to come and it looks like Norco is kicking things off with this teaser on their Facebook page. Judging by the flowing shape, seat collar design, and lack of the seat tube struts found on the […]

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UCI, USA Cycling Asked to Meet at Sea Otter, Abolish Non-Sanctioned Race Restriction for Pros

We don’t cover a ton of racing news here on Bikerumor, but every once in a while, something is just worth sharing. While the rule in questions restricts which events pro cyclists can compete in, if affects most of us. Say you enjoy “racing” alongside them at your favorite event. If things stay the same, that’ll be much less likely, yet we seriously doubt it’s enough incentive for any promoter to sanction their event. Anywhoo, read on and make your own decision…then let the UCI and USAC know what you think!

ANONYMOUS PRESS RELEASE: Smoke coming from the USA Cycling offices may indeed indicate fire. The recent decision by cycling’s national governing body to begin rigid enforcement of a universally unpopular (and it would seem, arbitrarily enforced) UCI bylaw threatening sanction against professional riders registered on UCI rosters participating in a non-USAC or UCI sanctioned events, has the racing community up in arms.

Riders are calling for a sit-down at this year’s Sea Otter Classic between UCI and USAC executives along with trade team riders and their industry sponsors. At issue is the impact such restrictions place on the earning ability of the riders themselves who have cited the larger cash purses frequently on offer at non-USAC sanctioned events. The negative impact in grassroots development resulting from the prohibition of trade team athletes participating in local races or emerging disciplines such as Enduro are also referenced.

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We don’t cover a ton of racing news here on Bikerumor, but every once in a while, something is just worth sharing. While the rule in questions restricts which events pro cyclists can compete in, if affects most of us. Say you enjoy “racing” alongside them at your favorite event. If things stay the same, […]

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Cool Sea Otter Randoms from Answer, MRP, and Spank

MRP MicroDrive (2)

Sea Otter is a spectacle filled with so much awesome the coverage could literally never end. Here’s a few juicy components I wish adorned some of my bicycles.

This new MRP Bling Ring allows you to run an ultra small chain ring. The design utilizes SRAMs spline system to bypass the limited range offered by traditional chain rings. Normal chain rings in the middle position, utilized by the majority of single speed rigs, are limited by the bolt circle diameter to no smaller than a 32. With the bling ring riders can choose from a 28,30,32,34, and 36 tooth setup. The guide is a modified G2 Micro SL.

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Sea Otter is a spectacle filled with so much awesome the coverage could literally never end. Here’s a few juicy components I wish adorned some of my bicycles. This new MRP Bling Ring allows you to run an ultra small chain ring. The design utilizes SRAMs spline system to bypass the limited range offered by […]

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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

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.

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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 […]

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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

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…

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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 […]

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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

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…

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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 […]

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Remaining Sea Otter, One – Ergon, Thule, Prologo

Ergon BX2 hydration backpack for cycling, running and hiking

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…

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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 […]

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

mountain-bike-app

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.



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 […]

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Sea Otter: New Colorful Answer Protaper XC/Trail Bars

protaper trail

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!

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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 […]

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