The weekend at Sea Otter is very much a consumer happening with full days of racing both Saturday and Sunday. With a crowd estimated at 60,000 plus, this is a HUGE happening. Over 6,500 people camped in and around the event area as well. You can imagine that the 450 plus vendors at the Sea Otter Classic were busy showing off their wares to the assembled masses. Never fear though, your erstwhile reporting crew of Sven and Gomez uncovered a few more gems for your perusal.
Our old friend and industry veteran, Tim Krueger launched Advocate Cycles at Sea Otter. Tim was a product developer for Salsa Cycles for the last several years and he brings all of that experience and skill to a brand new start-up with a very unique business model. Advocate will be the first bike company to return 100% of profits to advocacy.
The Advocate B+ Heyduke
Advocate will be donating 100% of their profits to benefit trail advocacy
A blue Heyduke with a Lefty
Kappius Components was showing off their hubs in several different axle widths and this is what the large diameter free hub looks like. There are 240 points of engagement and offset pawls to deliver a mere 1.5 degrees of engagement!
Kappius also has 29+ and B+ carbon rims to lace to their sweet hubs
RST’s new Rouge has tons of clearance for B+ tires up to 27.5 x 3.25. Here the 27.5 x 2.8 WTB Trailblazer is swallowed up by the Rouge.
RST’s Renegade Fat-bike fork is also HUGE with clearance for 5.0 tires on 100mm rims. The fork is air sprung and internally adjustable to 80, 100 and 120mm of travel, weighs in at just under 5 pounds, sports 32mm sanctions and comes in 1-1/8″ as well as tapered steerer configurations. Look for is very soon at a suggested retail of $585.00
Here is another shot of the RST Rouge Plus. At an MSRP of $565.00 the fork is available in 1-1/8 as well as a tapered Aluminum steerer, has adjustable travel of 120-160mm, weighs in at just over 5 pounds with 34mm sanctions and comes exclusively with a 15mm Q/R Thru Axle.
This prototype shows that Airborne is back and serious about the B+ platform. More on this one soon as we have arranged for a test when the production rigs are available!
We saw JP Lamere everywhere. He was sharing a booth with the Onyx Racing folks when we caught up with him to check out this B+ carbon rim shod with 27.5 x 3.25 Traxx Fattys.
JP and his B+ rig (pay no attention to the Luna Chix in the background)
Vee Tire Company’s Snowshoe 2XL is currently the largest fat-bike tire we’ve seen! Bigger even that the Bud and Lou! What will it fit? We aim to answer that question and many more in an upcoming test as production ramps up!
Snowshoe 2XL tread.
Studded Vee Tire Snowshow XL.
Vee Tire Snowshoe XL in white.
DT Swiss had a pair of Pivot’s new Swiss Army Knife approach to the fat and plus question in their booth to demo their new wheelsets
Here’s Sven with a Schwalbe Jumbo Jim private labeled for DT Swiss fat wheel builds
Schwalbe will be offering 2 new B+ Tires with the Rocket Ron and Nobby Nic tread pattern
Wren was offering this ‘open mold’ carbon fatty for $750 at the show
Wren also has the fork of many names and a rigid carbon fork available
We interviewed Dave Turner about the King Kahn – Stay tuned for an upcoming video
Turner’s Sultan with B+ Wheels!
Norco had one of their Sasquatch fatties in their tent
Trek’s new carbon Farley in a giant snow-globe!
Tomorrow we’ll post a video interview all about the new Farley
27.5 x 4 Barbegazi Prototype Tires
The other color for the Trek Kid’s Fatty
and in closing we’ll leave you with something you don’t see every day…..a Sumo Wrestler riding a Fat E-bike
Sea Otter was a real treat for us! We saw great new product and got to enjoy 3 days of California Sunshine! Stay tuned to the site for our video coverage of Sea Otter!