Best new road gear at Sea Otter

Alé Italian clothing, aero Parlee bike, Garmin/camera BarFly and more

Held just outside Monterey, California for more than 20 years each spring, the four-day Sea Otter Classic is a fantastic place to get a look at new kit. Andrew Dodd has already brought us his picks for cool mountain bike gear. And here is our pick of the best of the new road gear below.

Retired pro rider pietro caucchioli is starting a custom bike brand: retired pro rider pietro caucchioli is starting a custom bike brand

Retired pro rider Pietro Caucchioli, a two-time Giro d'Italia stage winner, is starting an online custom bike brand called Divo, and is also heading up Alé, the consumer-direct brand from clothing giant APG, which is the factory for Giordana, Vermarc and many more.

Look out for alé from june: look out for alé from june

Alé will begin selling online in June, offering riders the quality of Giordana or Vermarc garments at a lower price.

Alé will offer three tiers of clothing: alé will offer three tiers of clothing

Alé will have three different tiers of clothing. Astute roadies will notice similarities between Alé clothing and that of other brands coming out of APG.

And don't worry ladies: women will be catered for by alé too: and don't worry ladies: women will be catered for by alé too

Alé will have a deep women's line as well as the men's clothing.

Bob parlee's new aero bike: bob parlee's new aero bike

Bob Parlee has been making custom carbon road framesets for a while, but this aero bike is a new venture.

Parlee's finely-tuned aero tube shape: parlee's finely-tuned aero tube shape

Parlee was leery of making aero tube shapes as many of them can compromise ride quality, the company claims, but this ESX bike has the best of both worlds.

Parlee uses direct-mount shimano calipers: parlee uses direct-mount shimano calipers

Parlee uses direct-mount Shimano calipers at the fork and under the chain stays.

Parlee's first seat post: parlee's first seat post

Parlee made its first seatpost for this bike.

The integrated top-cap: the integrated top-cap

The integrated top cap can be removed for a lower position.

Bar fly's new garmin mount: bar fly's new garmin mount

Bar Fly has a new Garmin mount, the SLi, that is aluminum and can fit 31.8 and 35 bars.

The sli mount for attaching a video camera: the sli mount for attaching a video camera

The SLi mount features threads for attaching a video camera like this GoPro or a Garmin Virb on the underside.

Rokform's fusion plus rms iphone case: rokform's fusion plus rms iphone case

Rokform's Fusion Plus RMS iPhone case (US$79/approx £47) securely attaches to a few different mounts.

The universal mount with its lanyard: the universal mount with its lanyard

The US$29/approx £17 universal mount, with a rubber strap for mounting to a handlebar of any diameter, also has a lanyard for extra peace of mind.

Rokform's aluminum pro mount: rokform's aluminum pro mount

The aluminum Pro Mount isn't new from Rokform, but company founder Craig Erion notes that is has been given the highest form of flattery from competitors like Topeak recently.

Avex water bottles with their unique tops: avex water bottles with their unique tops

Avex water bottles feature a unique top to stow the mouthpiece away from debris.

A closed avex water bottle: a closed avex water bottle

The Avex water bottle (US$11/approx £6.50) when closed. The red button at right pops the top open.

An open avex water bottle: an open avex water bottle

The Avex water bottle when open. The lid snaps back down with the flick of a finger.

Ergon's cfs pro carbon split seatpost: ergon's cfs pro carbon split seatpost

Ergon's CFS Pro Carbon split seatpost moves 43mm fore and aft. It first showed up as original equipment on a Canyon road bike.

Ergon's new 195g srx3-m road saddle: ergon's new 195g srx3-m road saddle

Ergon's new 195g SRX3-M road saddle features a relatively flat tail with a small ergonomic indentation. It comes in two widths.

Feedback's april fool's workstand: feedback's april fool's workstand

For April Fool's, Feedback made a tiny one-off workstand for children. At least one distributor took the bait and tried to place an order.

Feedback's free new iphone app for tracking maintenance history: feedback's free new iphone app for tracking maintenance history

This isn't an April Fool's. Feedback's free new iPhone app helps riders track the maintenance history of their bikes. You can set alarms for when you need to perform different tasks, whether putting on a new chain or refreshing tire sealant.

Fi'zi:k's latest vs saddle: fi'zi:k's latest vs saddle

Fi'zi:k's VS saddles started with a slight channel. Now, that channel is more dramatic.

The vs line-up: the vs line-up

The VS line goes across the Aliante, Antares and Arione, in metal and carbon rails.

One of fi'zi:k's latest saddle designs: one of fi'zi:k's latest saddle designs

Fi'zi:k held a crowd-sourcing project of sorts for saddle design, asking riders around the world to pick the best designs. This is one of them.

Fi'zi:k's 15 saddle designs: fi'zi:k's 15 saddle designs

These are the 15 finalists that went into limited production.

The super-light xentis squad 2.5 sl: the super-light xentis squad 2.5 sl

The new Xentis Squad 2.5 SL weighs 890g — for the pair.

Xentis' diamond-machined brake track: xentis' diamond-machined brake track

The Austrian Xentis brand prides itself on the diamond-machined brake track. Machining off the resin makes for a harder, more consistent track.

Xentis wheels use ceramic bearings and carbon hubs: xentis wheels use ceramic bearings and carbon hubs

With ceramic bearings and carbon hubs (220g for the set), Xentis wheels come in about 50-100g lighter than comparable models from ENVE or Zipp.

The wavey extrusion on the xentis tyre: the wavey extrusion on the xentis tyre

Similar to Reynolds' Swirl Lip Generator, Xentis has this wavey extrustion on its rims for smoothing air over the tire, the company claims.

Lake's new carbon moldable road shoe: lake's new carbon moldable road shoe

Lake's CX402, despite the moniker, is a new carbon moldable road — not cyclocross — shoe.

The side and rear portions of the carbon sole are heat moldable: the side and rear portions of the carbon sole are heat moldable

The side and rear portions of the carbon sole are heat moldable on the US$529 CX402 shoe.

The cx402's internal layer is perforated leather: the cx402's internal layer is perforated leather

First introduced last year, the CX402 is shipping now. The internal layer is perforated leather.

Lake's cx237 road shoes come in standard or wide sizes: lake's cx237 road shoes come in standard or wide sizes

Considerably more affordable, the US4$279/approx £166 CX237 road shoes come in standard, wide and women's sizes, with a double BOA closure.

The cx237 road shoe uses a wider than standard last: the cx237 road shoe uses a wider than standard last

The Lake CX237 shoes are a bit wider than a standard road last.

Lake's cx237: old and new school: lake's cx237: old and new school

With a full leather upper, BOA closure and thin carbon sole, the Lake CX237 is a mix of old and new school.

Lake's black cyclocross shoe: lake's black cyclocross shoe

Lake's cyclocross shoe, with its aggressive, replaceable treads, now comes in all black.

SRM now comes in a aaa option: srm now comes in a aaa option

SRM, long known for its integrated battery on its power meters that required shipping back to headquarters for recharging, now comes in an AAA option for an FSA crank.

Will the aaa option become the default?: will the aaa option become the default?

Whether the AAA option replaces the lithium ion battery across the board remains to be seen for SRM.

SRM's new power control 8 head unit: srm's new power control 8 head unit

SRM's new Power Control 8 head unit features GPS, among other things. GPS has been notably absent from prior SRM head units.

Lapierre's new aero bike: lapierre's new aero bike

Lapierre's new aero bike, the Aircode.

A new carbon seatpost with vertical flex: a new carbon seatpost with vertical flex

More and more carbon seatposts are being produced with vertical flex visually denoted, if not actually engineered in.

The aircode – with its internal routing: the aircode – with its internal routing

Internal routing keeps things tidy on the Aircode.

The shimano caliper is embedded slightly into the fork: the shimano caliper is embedded slightly into the fork

The direct-mount Shimano caliper is embedded slightly into the fork.

The française des jeux edition of the aircode with its traditional brake-mount placement: the française des jeux edition of the aircode with its traditional brake-mount placement

The Française des Jeux edition of the Aircode gets this traditional brake-mount placement; the stock version will have the caliper tucked underneath the chain stays.

Lapierre's new endurance bike – the pulsium: lapierre's new endurance bike – the pulsium

The Lapierre Pulsium is the French brand's new endurance bike. It can fit up to 32mm tires.

The pulsium fork rakes out to 50mm: the pulsium fork rakes out to 50mm

The Pulsium fork uses a more generous 50mm as compared to Lapierre's more usual 43mm. This helps create a longer wheelbase for more stability.

Elastomers have been built into this junction of the top and seat tubes: elastomers have been built into this junction of the top and seat tubes

Lapierre has built elastomers into this junction of the top and seat tubes. This prototype isn't quite as polished as the team versions, Lapierre said.

The flexible junction moves up to 3.5mm: the flexible junction moves up to 3.5mm

The flexible junction can move up to 3.5mm, Lapierre claims.

The pulsium's carbon dropouts: the pulsium's carbon dropouts

The carbon dropouts on the Pulsium are sheathed on either side by a metal derailleur hanger.

A rubber cap hides the seatpost clamp bolt: a rubber cap hides the seatpost clamp bolt

Lapierre tucks the seatpost clamp bolt under this partially opened rubber cap.

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