With its hundreds of booths sprawled around the infield of the Laguna Seca Raceway outside Monterey, California, the Sea Otter Classic is a constant blur of bike bling, and also serves as the unofficial start to the North American race season. Here are a few products that caught the eyes of the Bike team on the first day of the four-day festival:
The new Hayes radar is a mid-level brake aimed to compete with Shimano Deore and Avid Elixir 3, and is the first brake in the brand's history to feature mineral fluid. They feature a lifetime leak-proof warranty and will be selling for $95 per brake without rotors. Photo: Ryan Palmer
Specially formulated metallic pads supposedly offer industry-leading bed-in time. They come spec'd with the metallic pad, but semi-metallic pads can also be purchased. Photo: Ryan Palmer
The $780 DT OPM, or One Piece Magnesium fork weighs only 1,630 grams for a 100-millimeter 29er, before cutting the steerer tube. New seals in the Single Shot II damper reduce friction in the system too, making for better small-bump compliance. Offered in all three wheel sizes, with travels ranging from 100 to 150 millimeters. Photo: Ryan Palmer
The new 650b Felt Compulsion 10 features 160 millimeters of travel, an English threaded 73-millimeter bottom bracket and aggressive geometry designed for all-mountain riding. Price is yet to be finalized, but it'll be between $5,000 and $5,500. Photo: Ryan Palmer
It was only a matter of time before RockShox came out with a fatbike-specific fork. Here is the Bluto. It’s available June in 80-, 100- and 120-millimeter options for $645. Photo: Ryan Palmer
If you podium at Sea Otter and want to blow your prize money in one place and go home looking like royalty, check out the Shinola Runwall watch, a stainless steel, Detroit-assembled, chronograph work of timekeeping beauty. This wrist bling will set you back $775. Photo: Ryan Palmer
Drink too much last night? Pop a Nuun Energy tablet in your water bottle and you’ll feel like you never drank that fourth shot of tequila. Nuun Energy rules at hydration, both on and off the bike, and now packs in 40 milligrams of caffeine and B vitamins for extra pep.
Continental tires is working on a lower-weight dual-ply formula that will show up soon on the Trail King, Baron and Der Kaiser tires. Apex protection strengthens the rubber and a new casing compound keeps weight down. All three should come in around the mid-900-gram range, except for teh Trail King 2.2, which will weigh sub-900 grams. The new tires aren’t shred-ready just yet, but keep an eye out. Prices are expected to stay stable at about $65 each.