As this year’s Sea Otter Classic winds down, the Bike staff make their way through the pits to peep some of this year’s most enticing items. After catching up with old friends and making some new ones, watching some of the world’s best bike riders go head to head, and staying up all day and night to bring you, our dear reader, the best Sea Otter coverage on the web, we’re ready to pack it up and hit the trails.
The Specialized design team keeps their imagination alive with off-the-wall concepts, like this 49cc Cafe Racer moped.
You’ll be seeing GT athletes aboard a new frame during this year’s Enduro World Series. Designed specifically for this racing format, the new 165-millimeter Sanction was modeled after GT’s downhill bike, the Fury, and utilizes a suspension tune aimed at favoring the timed descending stages over the un-timed climbs between them. The long front-center is optimized around a 35-millimeter stem.
- KS will be offering bars and stems to accompany their popular dropper posts. We weren’t able to get availability or pricing details, but expect to round out your KS cockpit in the near future.
The KS stems will be available in multiple lengths, and are styled to accompany the brand’s svelte posts.
Handmade in one of the country’s most prolific mountain bike towns, Durango Bike Company’s Moonshine is built by riders, for riders. Their 160-millimeter all-mountain model uses a Horst Link platform and like all Durango Bike Company’s models, is built to order. Pricing ranges from $5,500-6,500, depending on the build kit.
This year’s Sea Otter was saturated with fatbikes, but none impressed us as much as the new Salsa Bucksaw. This full suspension rock crawler is faster than it looks. Featuring efficient Split Pivot suspension and the new Rock Shox Bluto fork, the Bucksaw is ready for adventure. Available this fall. Price ranges from $4,000-5,000.
Magura’s new four piston brake caliper uses four independent pads to mitigate heat build-up and offer consistent braking. They were only showing the caliper here at Sea Otter, but be on the lookout soon for the rest.
The new Magura Elect shock pairs with the brand’s automatically locking fork. The fork senses trail conditions via an accelerometer, and communicates its findings through an ANT+ wireless network to automatically turn the shock on and off.
The Magura Elect remote allows you to independently switch between front and rear modes, allowing for automatic or manual lockout control.
The Uvex Ibex Quatro helmet’s stylish design caught our eye, but it’s not just about looks. This lid is seriously comfortable, thanks in part to a 360 degree retention system. Available for $160.
The Fox 36 platform has been laying dormant for a few years now, so Fox decided to spruce up this trail devouring beast for 2015. New shaping and air springs lower the fork’s weight significantly, while still offering the both high and low speed compression in the RC2 damper. In addition, the dropouts will accept both 15 and 20-millimeter axles.
The new air spring in the Fox 36 Float will offer more linear spring rates, while lower friction seals provide improved small bump compliance.
Kitsbow offers a full line of quality apparel. Yes, it’s pricey, but Kitsbow believes in making durable wears and backing them with excellent support. The new Ventilated Short uses a light, yet tough Schoeller soft shell fabric, zippered side pockets, and an articulated shape for proper fit on the bike. The adjustable waisted shorts will be available from XS to XXL for $240.