Sea Otter: best of the rest

Another year, another flurry of new gear

The 2008 Sea Otter Classic once again brought with it a broad range of new gear for the coming season in addition to its diverse collection of both professional and amateur mountain and road events.   

It'd be virtually impossible for us to go into detail on everything we saw there (though we try) so we'll wrap up this year's edition with a hearty collection of images to satisfy your appetites for a bit.

Included in this collection is Travis Brown's special one-off Trek 69er, Crankbrothers' intriguing new Cobalt mountain bike wheels, the rebirth of Manitou's World Cup-worthy Dorado MRD downhill fork, Mongoose's new gravity rigs, a look at Brian Lopes' new Ibis Mojo and a heap of accessories and components that might just suit your needs in the coming weeks and months ahead.  And heaven help us, there were even some indications that purple anodizing just might be making a comeback (say it isn't so!).

So sit back, relax, and click away. Product launch season is just around the corner, too, meaning the torrent of new gear is only just beginning.  Better start saving that hard-earned money now as something is bound to catch your eye!

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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