Our man on the street, Chris Reichel, wandered amongst the 500+ exhibitor booths at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. Here’s what he turned up…
By Chris Reichel
The Sea Otter Classic is an annual mountain bike festival and exposition held each spring since 1991 at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. This year’s event was bigger than ever with over 500 companies showing off their wares. Here’s what caught my eye wandering around the madness:
The prototype Niner Magic Carpet Ride gravel bike complete with custom 50mm travel Rock Shox RS-1.
Pit Viper were showing off their new Exciter line of glasses. Complete with side shields for all your big mountain needs.
We loved the original Big Honzo
, so we’re stoked that Kona’s got a carbon version with all the same great angles.
We are wondering when we will see the legendary Amanda Batty
in the bikepacking world.
Left: Chris and Emily from Squid Bikes were showing off their frame painting skills and their line of bike specific paints, Spray Bike
. They painted a custom frame for Sierra Nevada Brewery in the the beer garden. . Right: The future of mountain biking is looking bright! Junior side hack in full effect.
The milKit Booster turns a stainless steel water bottle into a compressed air canister for all your on-trail (or pre-bikepacking) tubeless needs. stay tuned for more on this…
Hunt Bike Wheels released their new TrailWide series featuring wide hookless rims and six multi-tooth pawls for super low engagement of 4.3°… all for under $500. They also had their Dynamo wheelset on display.
speaking of low engagement hubs, Onyx was showing off its prototype hub that will weigh in “significantly lighter” that its current model. Scheduled to be available in the fall.
The Klymit Double V sleeping pad, with room for two!
One Up’s new dropper is fully adjustable with shims. Shorter riders rejoice! Stay tuned for more on this.
Left: Niner’s bolt-on frame packs by Defiant Bags. Read the full press release here. Right: The Why Cycles Wayward comes with its own Evoc Pro travel case. As seen in the the Evoc booth.
Fatback had a fully loaded rig on display making us long for some big snow rides up north. .
Ergon’s new SM/SR Women’s saddles look comfy….
Little mountain bike grom dreams…
See ya next year, Sea Otter Classic.
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