Sea Otter: best of the rest
Brown’s one-off polished 69er also sported a Shimano 90mm press-fit bottom bracket.
Trek product development honch Travis Brown was pedaling around Sea Otter on this prototype 69er
Specialized appeared to be concentrating mostly on getting people on demo bikes at Sea Otter
Specialized suspension development guru Mike McAndrewsleft his shock dyno on display
Crankbrothers showed off its new Cobalt mountain bike wheels.
The ‘Y’-shaped rim attaches the paired spokes so that the outer wall is solid and airtight
The new Cobalt rear wheel rides on a large-diameter alloy axle and four cartridge bearings.
The Joplin seatpost is supposedly more reliable since Crankbrothers took over its production
Mongoose debuted two new gravity models , the Boot’r and the Pinn’R.
The Boot’R linkage is similar to other Freedrive models but has been optimised for longer travel
The Boot’R’s new seat tube has a bigger opening to make room for the RockShox Vivid coil rear shock
The new Mongoose Boot’R was put through its paces at Sea Otter by team rider Andrew Neethling
The Mongoose Pinn’R is geared a bit more towards freeride as evidenced by its single-crown fork.
The Pinn’R’s Freedrive suspension system looks tricky but the wheel path is just a high-single pivot
Manitou reintroduced its heralded Dorado nameplate for the 2009 model year.
Naturally, Manitou incorporated its excellent Hex-Lock 20mm thru-axle system.
This fork was just a prototype but the upper legs were clearly going to be reinforced with aluminium
Plastic guards are a must on inverted-design forks.
Post-mount brakes on the new Dorado MRD should make for easy brake adjustments.
Tifosi showed off a couple of new models, including this stylish bit that doesn’t have a name yet
The big lenses on Tifosi’s as-yet-unnamed model scream ‘Hollywood’.
Even with its big style , this new Tifosi model still sports vented lenses to prevent fogging.
The new Tifosi Torrent is essentially a downsized version of its Dolomite model.
Vented lenses provide a bit of airflow.
Whereas the Dolomites are big and bold, the Torrent is a tad more subtle.
Brian Lopes recently switched from GT to Ibis for bike sponsorship and his carbon Mojo was on hand
Lightness for a gravity rider? Lopes’ XTR crankset is fitted with a carbon fibre outer guide ring.
Lopes’ bikes are typically easy to spot with their Marzocchi forks.
Borrowing from motocross, air pressures are written in permanent marker directly on the fork leg
A mid-cage XTR rear derailleur and road-sized cassette keep things nice and tight.
Naturally, Lopes needs a way to get his bikes around: presenting the Sportsmobile Lopes 55
Marzocchi showed up at Sea Otter with a number of new forks of its own.
The new Marzocchi 44 ATA Micro includes the recently introduced 15mm thru-axle system
Syncros’ line is mostly carryover for ’09 but with new graphics for a fresh appearance.
Bars and stems are similarly finished for a nice unified look.
Syncros did, however, expand its rim and wheel line with new 29″ versions.
The Schwinn Coffee townie bike also has a women’s-specific mate called the Cream.
The Coffee blends style and function for errands and short trips.
The Schwinn Coffee sports the SRAM i-Motion 3-speed internally geared rear hub
Salsa showed off a new set of top-mount brake levers called the Halter Tops
The ubiquitous Salsa Lip Lock collar carries on pretty much unchanged but with new colours
Kenda had a prototype ‘cross tire on hand at this year’s Sea Otter Classic.
The new Fox Transition helmet offers top-notch style and protection…
…at a surprisingly reasonable price.
Cane Creek’s Double Barrel rear shock is functionally unchanged from last year but adds a few sizes
The new SixSixOne pads feature high-tech inserts from d3o.
Surly’s Big Dummy is ready to haul serious loads…
…with its integrated Xtracycle rear end.
SwissStop showed off its new Race Pro pad inserts which supposedly improve wet and dry braking
The resurrection of Swobo continues with its range of bikes and gear.
The Swobo booth was busy throughout the show with spectators coming by to purchase various goods.
VDO’s Z-Series computers are feature-packed and look to be high quality.
The VDO Z3 PC Link model can even download ride data for later evaluation and analysis.
The Thule Doubletrack hitch-mounted carrier has much of the functionality but is cheaper than the T2
SRAM’s Greg Herbold and Oakley’s Steve Blick show off some retro purple goods…or is it coming back?
The folks at Niner seem to think so as this purple-and-green 29er was making the rounds at Sea Otter
Among the custom purple bits on the Niner was a bright Thomson stem. Want one?
Even Industry Nine got into the act with these purple hubs and spokes. Say it isn’t so!
Redline is already ready for ‘cross season with its Conquest Pro.
The Rock Racing booth wasn’t quite as busy at Sea Otter as it was at earlier season road events
A stealth Sycip was lurking in the Shimano booth as a backdrop for the Shimano’s new 29″ wheels.
German accessory outfit SKS had its usual array of pumps on hand.
An internal pump cleverly indicates inflation pressure without adding much weight or hardware.
SKS did show off a set of limited edition Race Blade fenders in (what else?) gleaming white.
Spot Brand is bursting at the seams after introducing the Carbon Drive Systems belt drive setup
New for ’09 will be gold-anodized cogs and chainrings for your CDS belt-equipped ride.
Sun-Ringle got into the gold game, too , with these gold-anodized Accelerator road wheels.
This Nomad portable pressure washer has a 3.5g capacity and battery-powered operation
Chris Moor of Thule was rolling on old-school Coda Magic cranks on his singlespeed
The Gel-Bot bottle holds both fluids and energy gel, supposedly offering easier access to the latter
Kinetic Koffee is still at it, this time with some one-off mugs courtesy of Cathy Crandell.
Kinetic Koffee also showed this Aerobie coffee press (made by the same guy as the ‘other’ Aerobie)
Cyclepaths-Wild Cherries rider Forrest Huisman shows off his roller riding skills
Clif Bar is still forging ahead on sustainability as demonstrated by this human-powered stereo
Jama is a new energy food company with a pleasingly tasty bar and juice mix.
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!