Sea Otter 2012: Thursday Random Stuff

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It’s the first day of the Sea Otter and we’ve been taking in the whole show, as well as testing out some new Mavic 29er wheels. (Story to follow…) but anyway, here are a few things that have caught our eye in the first initial walk-through… Don’t worry, there’ll be a more systematic approach going on tomorrow…

ODI Patriot Lock-On grips.

In a quirk of amusing fate, ODI was planning on showing its new US ‘Patriot’ grips here at the Sea Otter, but someone accidentally packed the UK Patriot version rather than the US one. So we can give you a glimpse of the Union Jack, red, white (grip) and blue sets that Ison Distribution will have shortly…


Chopper. He's an Olympian with a moustache. He also promotes Sun Valley, Idaho, one of Chipps' fave riding destinations ever.


X-Fusion. No longer a 'Who?' brand. Look for it to be doing a LOT of good stuff in 2013. Full story to follow once we've finished looking at all of the notes!


Jeep? Not nearly the oddest vehicle spotted today.


Volagi's founders were famously recently sued by their ex-employer Specialized for copying its designs, but won (It's complicated, but that's the gist). Here's its new steel disc road bike.


That's more carbon Enve wheels' worth than Chipps has ever had cars...


Oh, is that a new Ibis paint job for its Mojo? Look closely. Are those Farmer John tyres?


Made by a local artist (just for the hell of it it seems), this jumbo Ibis Mojo took two forklifts and a flatbed lorry to get into place.

For more on this bonkers Ibis, have a look at this or

It's Swiss and its carbon. That doesn't narrow it down much, does it?


BMC's new full carbon 29er on show.


That’s it for the moment (there’s plenty more, don’t worry, it’s just that it’s 2.30am and I’m due at the venue by 10am so I’d best get some sleep)

More later! Chipps

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