Sea Otter Roundup Number One

We’ve just done Day Two of the Sea Otter and now it’s time to get some stories written for you. There’s a lot to see – some of the stuff (like new XTR and SRAM’s recent new launches) we’ve already reported on, but for many it’s the first time to see it in the flesh. There are other things too – some on show, some only available if you ask the right person nicely and sneak out the back for a photo.

Cleary Bikes

Let’s start small; quite literally. Cleary bikes has a range of kids bikes starting from tiny, to not so tiny. They all have a pair of proper brakes and tiny hand-compatible levers too, even the 12in balance bike.

Small – and light. Not always true at this size.

 

Just when you thought fat bikes couldn’t get any more ‘look at me!’

Bosch has a big stand at the Sea Otter, luring customers in with promises of electric 160mm trail bikes. You would, though, wouldn’t you?

Haibike with a Bosch motor. Spin up, rip down? Or not?

Continental

Continental is showing the new 27.5in Kaiser and Baron. But don’t turn away just yet, dear 26in and 29in reader. There’s a new tyre casing on show too. With Black Chili rubber, it comes with a ‘Protection Apex’ flat resistance, which is a combination of two different Conti technologies on the same tyre. There’s the Apex system that wraps around the bead to protect against rim-bottom out, as well as the regular Protection layer that covers the whole carcass to prevent thorn punctures. It’ll come in ALL the sizes and should come out in Kaiser, Baron and Trail King (Rubber Queen) flavours in the summer. Without saying the ‘e’ word, the tyres all come in under 950g (for 27in) and be good for trail riding and racing.

Now in that medium size tyre size too!

Black Chili, bright sun

Praxis chainrings

Praxis is the ‘only aftermarket company that forges chainrings’. There are plenty that machine and/or stamp them, but only Praxis forges them. (Shimano does too, but it’s not really an aftermarket company, is it?) Praxis was showing its ‘should be ready about… now!’ double chainring sets. They’ll come in 104mm BCD only and in 38/26 and 36/22. Praxis did point out that direct mount front mech owners would run into issues with the 36T, but clamp on owners can just slide it down the seat tube.

 

Double, double and a single 1x ring from Praxis

 

Like it says on the tin

 

SLX double with Praxis rings

Incidentally, Praxis is going to be launching cranks this year, as seen in their teaser website – turncranks.com

Fits Spesh and SRAM too.

 Shinola

Shinola is a Detroit-based success story, making analogue watches in an old factory in downtown Detroit, but it also makes lovely Made-in-the-USA bikes too. Town bikes designed by Sky Yager (for many years the creative genius behind Bianchi) and made by Waterford Bikes.  shinola.com

 

Quite lovely town bikes

 

Pink and cream for the next custom paint job then?

 

Foes Racing FFR

The new Foes FFR downhill bike. Not your ordinary…

The Foes FFR is currently a ‘proof of concept’ 27in downhill racing bike offering 8in or 9in of travel. But the clever bit is that there are two shocks of sorts. There’s a regular rear shock, but also (that silver thing) there’s a second shock that’s allowing the wheel to track with the ground, giving a further 3in of downward travel (like into a Baja racing truck). We’ll see what the final version is come Interbike. http://foesracing.com/bikes/

Brake stabiliser for sure

 

And once more from behind.

Marin Bikes

Marin has a new model out. A new version of the Rift Zone. In keeping with the new look of all its recent bikes, the Rift Zone comes in a very stealthy black (and carbon). It’s a 29er with 120mm travel up front and 110mm out back. There’s a 69.5° head angle and short 440mm chain stays. There’ll be a few builds, plus a frame-only option.

Very stealth. The new Rift Zone

 

Rubber shielded head tube cable junction.

 

Rocks begone!

 

You have to look hard to find the maker’s mark

And below is the new Indian Fire Trail. All the hard tails have been revamped and now feature 142mm back ends and the same, subtle satin paint.

The new Indian Fire Trail. All the hard tails have been loved-up too

 

 

Lots of research went into finding the ‘right kind of satin’

 

One for the ‘cross fans. This Lombard comes in under the £999 Cycle to Work threshold

 

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