The Sea Otter Classic at the Mazda Raceway near Monterey, California, is underway and if you can make it out for one of the last two days, you should. Bring your sunscreen and join thousands of other cyclists celebrate all things with two wheels that can be pedaled.
Click here for what is happening over the next two days.
Click here for race results.
Every major (and lots of minor) brand has a fleet of demo bikes for riders to try. These companies also have all their tech support people on hand to help dial in your bike. A Pivot Cycles
tech helps a Pivot rider fine-tune the fork rebound.
Got pedals? This was a tub of pedals at Pivot's demo trailer
There are displays from hundreds of component, apparel, protective equipment and, of course, sunglass companies. The Oakley Radar glasses
look like jewelery.
Kali is the fastest-growing bicycle helmet
company of 2012 (we have no data to back up that statement, but their booth is jammed all the time). They offer everything from cross-country racing helmets to this highly-stylized downhill lid.
The word at this year's Sea Otter is 27.5. Guess that is a number and not a word, but the middle-size wheel is coming to a trail near you soon and in big numbers. There are plenty of fork, wheel and tire companies (like Vee Rubber
) showing new components for the 27.5-inch wheel standard. There are 27.5-inch wheeled bikes from just about everyone (or rumors of bikes that are coming).
Fox (the head, not the tail)
is showing new riding gear for downhillers to trail riders, but it is there women's line that stopped us in our tracks. The gear is attractive and functional at the same time.
There is an entry fee for the Classic, but the deals you can find in the expo area will more than cover the ticket price if you are in the need of new tires (like from Kenda
), grips, helmets, clothing and more.
The Shimano Saint pure gravity components
include this very clean bash guard and chainguide.
, stoked on Brian Lopes' World Cup
win, ask an artist to make a special sign for their Sea Otter booth. This is it. The bike needed to be delivered on a flatbed truck. It even has a working ProPedal lever on the shock.