Sea Otter 2016: Random Finds

by Chipps 7

It’s been a while since we got back from the Sea Otter, but there are still stories to tell. Here’s a gathering of some of the interesting nuggets that didn’t make our daily reports, presented in no particular order for your viewing pleasure.

Yeti ASR-C

This Yeti ASR-C with matching RockShox RS-1 fork wins our ‘Most sorted-looking bike’ award. I mean, just look at it!

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Can you say ‘Oooh!’?
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With some ENVE M50s, it’s not cheap, but it is gorgeous

Otis Guy’s pickup.

We just like Otis Guy’s mid-50s Dodge pickup truck. That’s all. It was emblazoned with a fellow mountain bike pioneer’s logo – Joe Breeze.
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VeloToze

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Mmm… rubbery!

The VeloToze folks brought you the stretchy-rubber shoe cover. Now they’re bringing you a rubbery, aero, wind and waterproof helmet cover. Because you can never look too much like you’re wearing a golfball on your head, OK?

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Feel the go-faster dimples!

 

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Most unique business card was from Dawn Patrol’s – Seth Beidens, taped to a bottle of home-brew.

Box Components

Every year, Box Components is a step closer to actually producing its innovative shifter. This year it had a working, spinning demo. Push the thumb lever away for easier gears, push the lever towards the stem with your thumb tip for harder gears. It worked very well on the stand.
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The Box One rear mech. Neat
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Those are 11 sprockets, OK?

Omata

After much fuss on its launch, we got to see and handle one of the new Omata crowd-funded, analogue speedos. And we made an important discovery. It’s not pronounced ‘omata’ like ‘omérta’ – the peloton’s code of silence as we’d first thought, but ‘omata’ as in ‘speedometer’ – so speed-omata – geddit? With that cleared up, and finding it to be bigger than first imagined, it did impress with its legible analogue dial (and clever GPS electronics out back).

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The metric version has 30kph at 12 o’clock. That’s a stiff average to maintain!

Maxxis jumbo rubber

Maxxis was showing off several new tyres – including these simply enormous 29 x 3in Minion and High Roller 2 tyres. Time to upgrade the Stache or Krampus then?

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You’ll hear them coming with these on

Park TS-4

Park Tool’s TS-4 truing stand will work with regular and fat bike wheels, allowing truing of the wheel with the tyre on – even if it’s a giant 5in fat bike tyre. It’s out this summer.

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No, that is not a motocross tyre

Comments (7)

  1. So Box Components are reinventing Suntours answer to STI from 1991?

  2. I think this is a single lever that shifts up or down the block, be pending on the direction you push it.

  3. Yes, it’s a single lever. Push it toward the stem and it’ll click down a gear, push the lever away and it’ll shift up.

  4. The wishbone lever was, in effect, a single lever. But it was 1992. My mistake!

  5. So it’s like an under bar thumbie?

  6. Under bar thumbie sounds great – does it have a friction mode?

  7. Must have those Maxxis 29+ tyres….

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