Sea Otter: Conti, Fisher, Fizik, Foes

First off, one for the retro crew. Here’s Missy Giove’s bikes from when she was racing for Foes Racing. Although bolt-on seat masts seem to have fallen out of vogue, the rest of the bike looks pretty current.

Mmmm… linkagetastic – and how about that trailing arm for the MRP device?

Back up to the future now we have the Foes Fluid prototype. 8in DH bike which, in a first for Foes, will run any other brand’s shock. It features a 2.3:1 shock ratio, different to their normal 2:1 ratio and is intended to be a little more down to earth in terms of compatibility and will build into a £4,000ish bike with Boxxers. Weight? Around 36lb reckons Foes.

Chunky

Jumpy

Humpy...

From one end to the other… Here’s the Foes fixie offshoot ‘Street Rods’ flat bar for city zipping…

The Foes AMX is a 'UK inspired' hardtail, designed to take a 130mm fork. It certainly caused a great amount of debate the last time it appeared on Singletrackworld.

From Foes to Fizik – or rather: fi’zi:k

It's good to see women's saddles come in more than just pink and white.

From the company that brought you the furry saddle, comes the furry tartan saddle - in orange.

Fizik is also moving into seatposts too - seems a fair move for the saddle company. Neat design with angle-adjust thumbwheel and roadie-inspired saddle height marker (to remember your height if you remove your post - though it won't work if you're dropping the saddle)

Do not ride! OK then... Oh go on.

With rubber seat height reminder band

Fizik is joining the 'saddle with a channel' movement and offering grooved versions of its most popular models

And finally on to Conti. Not much to say just yet because they’re doing a big launch of a new model or two in a month or so. So here are a couple of hot-patch pictures.

On the other side it says 'And look at me!' just in case you didn't notice that the wheels were a little bigger than normal.

NOT a secret new model (even though this was in the hands of the Athertons' manager) - it's the US name for the Rubber Queen tyre. Apparently, the macho US riders objected to the Rubber Queen name and wanted something more butch. Yes, really.

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