Shimano’s XT M8000 group won’t be hitting shelves until later this summer, but there were several bikes equipped with the parts at the Riva Bike Festival in Italy over the weekend for select journalists to sample.
Now in its 25th year, the Sea Otter Classic is alive and well with hundreds of brands showing off their new and upcoming goods. Here are a few of the things you might have seen roaming around the crowded aisles last weekend.
A half minute is all these brand representatives needed to tell us what they're doing at Sea Otter.
Specialized has tweaked its popular Rumor women's-specific trail bike to give it a few modern touches like snappier geometry, more travel and 27.5-inch wheels. The changes reflect Specialized's evolving philosophy to offer multiple wheel sizes on its popular mountain bikes, whereas the company was previously firmly planted in the 29er camp.
We cornered an individual who we thought to be Tom van Steenbergen on his way out of the bathroom after what was undoubtedly the most stylish pee in the history of Sea Otter.
Todd Barber is the man behind Red Bull Rampage, and it only took 30 seconds for him to tell us how the gnarliest freeride event in the world was born.
The cat is out of the bag; here are Specialized's "6Fattie" hardtails.
In the second installment of Bike's "30-Second Warning," Norwegian freerider Mads "Makken" Haugen shows us how to do sweet skids on his new Rampage rig.
Bike's "30-Second Warning" video series returns for Sea Otter 2015. We simply shove a camera in someone's face and ask them what the fuck they're doing.