In addition to hosting every denomination of bicycle racing, the 2018 Sea Otter Classic has become the best bicycle industry trade show in these United States. Even the corporate giants of the industry come out and show their wares and simultaneously support their race teams. Along with the big boys, the Sea Otter expo area features a virtual cornucopia of accessories, tires, components and more. The Sea Otter Classic is held at the Mazda Laguna Seca Race Track near Monterey California. This is my third Sea Otter and this year beyond the ubiquitous proliferation of e-bikes, the thing that caught my attention was how many little kids were there getting exposed to the magic of bike-fun. Sea Otter is a joyous springtime celebration of everything bicycle!
Brent Foes with the Foes Racing Mutz dual suspension fat-bike.
Revelate Designs was showing their new dropper post seat bag and some new mag-tanks that bolt onto Salsa’s
All or most of the QBP brands came to Sea Otter this year. All City’s Electric Queen was specifically designed for dirt fun. This is a bike that’s very high on our testing wish list.
Teravail (another Q-Brand) has a new plus and fat tire called the Coronado
The Surly Lowside was launched at Sea Otter. This was leaked onto the net a month ago and I really thought it might be an April Fools joke, but this is really Surly’s newest offering. I rode the Lowside with a suspension fork at sea otter and it rides really nice. The Lowside looks way better with a sus fork as well. Twenty-Six Plus Dirt Wizard tires are pretty cool. I wonder if they’ll fit in my Matt Chester? I cannot get past the optics of the curved fork on the Lowside. It taints something for which I had high hopes would be something truly special. Swing and a miss Surly. I also found out that Surly sent beard hair (not pubes) to our amigo bicycle pubes. That’s strike two.
Road Plus? Sure, why not? The Surly Midnight Special – We have a review in the works.
The Surly Bridge Club
Super Smufy Big Fat Dummy Colorway
The Salsa Crew had all of their plusbike offerings on display at Sea Otter
HiViz Yellow Tire Stamps must end!
The Why Cycles Big Iron wins the ‘BEST in SHOW’ award!
The shaped 6/4 Downtube on the Why Big Iron
Terrene Tires has some new things in the works that we’ll be testing soon.
Hayes Components has redesigned the Mulefut Rim (lighter) and in offering new plusbike rims
Hayes also is introducing new ProTaper stems bars and pedals.
ProTaper Platform Pedal
Kenda Havok Pro Plus Tires
This is Hans Rey’s E-Bike rocking new plus tires from Vittoria
We spotted some of the new Vittoria plus tire offerings at Sea Otter
Bringing back the fanny pack? The Henty Enduro Backpack is another alternative for folks that want to run a hydration system under their jacket.
It appears that fat and plus bikes have influenced the mainstream dual suspension mountain bike. The evidence is in the plethora of 2.6″ tires that are being spec’d across the board on 2018 mountain bikes. The mountain bike is evolving one-tenth of an inch at a time towards nirvana – 3.7″ – YMMV