Niche Bike News – Friday the 13th, 2020

Here’s a new series that we’re introducing to showcase all of the fun bike news that comes across the niche bike newsroom all-D-time. Today we’ve got news from Otso, The Pros Closet, Geosmina, and the Sea Otter Classic!

The New Otso Warakin Ti

Otso News Release

We’re excited to share the latest addition to the Otso Cycles lineup. The Warakin Ti is an efficient, responsive, sprightly titanium bike that can handle any road in any weather. Using the progressive geometry of its Warakin Stainless predecessor, the Warakin Ti pairs unrivaled ride quality with the superiority of titanium. It’s a lightweight, durable, lively machine that will carry the rider to wherever they choose to go, while enjoying every pedal stroke along the way.

The 3Al/2.5V B338 grade 9 titanium that makes the Warakin Ti is the same titanium that has been a bicycle industry favorite for decades—with good reason. Equal parts science and magic, titanium is durable, lightweight, lively, corrosion resistant, and timeless. The tubing is seamless, butted, clean, and strong. It’s because of the superior quality of titanium that this material was chosen to lend to our heralded Warakin geometry as a bike that will endure the roughest roads in the harshest conditions and tell the stories for decades to come.

If a bike is meant to ride any road in any condition, it needs to fit tires and wheels that will get you to and from your destination, while handling every bump along the way. The massive tire clearance of the Warakin Ti was built with this in mind. It’ll fit 29″ x 2.1″ for that road that doesn’t actually appear on the map, just as easily as 650b x 50mm for tight forest trails, or 700c x 35mm for your next gravel ride. Because a frame that can last forever needs to have the ability to adapt to whatever the road (and the future) may bring.

Like all Otso bikes, the Warakin Ti sports our Tuning Chip rear dropout system, which allows the rider to lengthen or shorten the wheelbase by up to 20mm and raise or lower the bottom bracket by up to 4mm. For chunky gravel on remote roads, the longer wheelbase of the rear position is set for stability and comfort. For a quick spin around town or the CX course, the front position makes for snappy handling and agile control. The middle position? That’s the best of both worlds. Our Tuning Chip rear dropout system was designed because the bike should be just as versatile as its rider.

The Warakin Ti is initially available as a frameset and as a complete build. The frameset ($2,800) includes a frame, fork, and Wolf Tooth accents. The complete build is based on the Shimano GRX drivetrain and begins at $3,950.  
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The Pros Closet – CPO

It’s been a big week for The Pro’s Closet. After a year filled with expansion and staffing increases, TPC has reached a (really) big goal. Now, every single bike that goes out the door will be Certified Pre-Owned. Previously, this was available to a select number of bikes.
This means that every pre-owned bike will come with:

  • – 141-point inspection and servicing
  • – 30-day free returns
  • – Guaranteed buyback for 18 months after purchase (with buyback/trade-in values available to the customer at time of purchase)
  • – Discounts on accessories and upgrades

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GEOSMINA Gravel Bike Bags

GEOSMINA is a new brand of Bikepacking and Gravel Bags. Check out their 2020 Catalog at –

The new dates for the 2020 Sea Otter Classic will be October 1- 4, 2020.

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