The Sea Otter Classic is generally a time for the bike companies to show-off their latest creations, but this year there were a fair number of vintage models on display as well. In such a technology-driven sport, it's amazing to take a look in the rearview mirror to see just how far we've come in a few short decades.
- Sea Otter Gallery – Part I: Long-travel 29ers, SRAM Eagle
- Sea Otter Gallery – Part II: Bells, big wheels & bacon
- Sea Otter Gallery - Part III: Ti hardtails and new wheels
- Sea Otter Gallery - Part IV: New road gear
- Sea Otter Gallery – Part V: Gravel and adventure bikes and gear
- Sea Otter Gallery - Part VI: Cool tools
Rigid bikes, non-dropping seatposts and 26in wheels were the norm once upon a time. As were narrow handlebars and skinny tires.There's plenty of innovation to reflect on, too. Ideas that didn't make it very far — sometimes because they were really, really bad— and others that were just a bit too far ahead of the times. Take a walk down memory lane in this retro mountain bike gallery.
Classic mountain bikes stood out from the crowd of the latest carbon wünderbikes