SEA OTTER CLASSIC 2017

SEA OTTER CLASSIC 2017
SEA OTTER CLASSIC 2017

LET THE FUN BEGIN

Well the Sea Otter Classic has come and gone for another year and we were there again.
What could you say about the SEA OTTER CLASSIC other than it’s one of the greatest bike festivals any avid cyclist could ever attend. Held at the Mazda Raceway [Laguna Seca Raceway] in Monterey, California every May, it’s one to not miss.
Every cycling discipline is just about represented, so what better way to show you Sea Otter 2017 then through the eye of the camera lens and after long hours of going through thousands of photos this is what we have for you in the coming Sea Otter Classic 2017 segments, so sit back and enjoy .

THE PEOPLE

SMILES WERE EVERYWHERE AT SEA OTTER
SMILES WERE EVERYWHERE AT SEA OTTER
THE BIKE VALET WAS SUPER BUSY ALL WEEK
THE BIKE VALET WAS SUPER BUSY ALL WEEK
THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO ENJOY SEA OTTER, DROP YOUR BIKE AT THE BIKE VALET AND DON'T WORRY
THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO ENJOY SEA OTTER, DROP YOUR BIKE AT THE BIKE VALET AND DON’T WORRY
ALPINESTARS GALS WERE BRINGING IN THE CROWDS TO THE BOOTH
ALPINESTARS GALS WERE BRINGING IN THE CROWDS TO THE BOOTH
CRUISING SEA OTTER IS ALWAYS BEST WITH AN OLD SCHOOL SCHWINN STING-RAY
CRUISING SEA OTTER IS ALWAYS BEST WITH AN OLD SCHOOL SCHWINN STING-RAY
THE DAINESE GUYS WANTED TO KNOW IF THEIR MAN ROSSI MADE POLE AT THE AUSTIN GP.
THE DAINESE GUYS WANTED TO KNOW IF THEIR MAN ROSSI MADE POLE AT THE AUSTIN GP.
KONA BICYCLES WAS SERVING UP THE BEERTITAS, OH SO GOOD
KONA BICYCLES WAS SERVING UP THE BEERTITAS, OH SO GOOD
WHEN THE GATE OPEN THEY WILL COME, BY THE BUNCHES FRIDAY THRU SUNDAY THERE WERE RECORD CROWDS TO KEEP THE VENDORS BUSY
WHEN THE GATE OPEN THEY WILL COME, BY THE BUNCHES
FRIDAY THRU SUNDAY THERE WERE RECORD CROWDS TO KEEP THE VENDORS BUSY
YOU WANT SOME SWAG, HOW ABOUT A SET OF FORKS. FOX WAS GIVEN IT UP FOR THE CROWD
YOU WANT SOME SWAG, HOW ABOUT A SET OF FORKS. FOX WAS GIVEN IT UP FOR THE CROWD

SHOWING THE LOVE

CANYON Bikes is new to the US market, so what better way to show the love then to give away a free bike a day.
CANYON gave out a DH bike, enduro bike, trail bike, and road bike. There was some happy people at Sea Otter.

THE CROWD WAS WAITING WITH ANTICIPTION
THE CROWD WAS WAITING WITH ANTICIPTION
IF YOU DIDN'T WIN A BIKE YOU COULD HAVE WALKED AWAY WITH A CANYON BIKES TSHIRT
IF YOU DIDN’T WIN A BIKE YOU COULD HAVE WALKED AWAY WITH A CANYON BIKES TSHIRT

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

NEED A NEW BIKE, THERE WERE PLENTY OF USED BIKES TO CHOOSE FROM
NEED A NEW BIKE, THERE WERE PLENTY OF USED BIKES TO CHOOSE FROM
NOTHING LIKE SOME COOL BIKE ART TO HANG IN THE OFFICE OR HOUSE
NOTHING LIKE SOME COOL BIKE ART TO HANG IN THE OFFICE OR HOUSE

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HOW ABOUT A DEAL FOR SOME NEW SHADES. THERE ARE DEALS TO BE HAD WHILE AT SEA OTTER FROM THE VENDORS
HOW ABOUT A DEAL FOR SOME NEW SHADES. THERE ARE DEALS TO BE HAD WHILE AT SEA OTTER FROM THE VENDORS
IS YOU WORKOUT WATER BOTTLE JUST TO SMALL, HOW ABOUT THESE BIG BOYS BY WATER TANKS
IS YOU WORKOUT WATER BOTTLE JUST TO SMALL, HOW ABOUT THESE BIG BOYS BY WATER TANKS

IF YOUR TIRED OF BICYCLES HOW ABOUT THESE TOYS

ALTA ELECTRIC MX BIKE WAS COOL
ALTA ELECTRIC MX BIKE WAS COOL
NO GAS NEEDED ON THIS BADBOY
NO GAS NEEDED ON THIS BADBOY
HUSQVARNA WAS OUT SHOWING OFF THERE DIRT AND DUAL LINE
HUSQVARNA WAS OUT SHOWING OFF THERE DIRT AND DUAL LINE

GRUB TIME

Getting you grub on is always a choice when your here and you have quite the selection when it comes to food. From Chinese, Mexican, BBQ, Indian, and good old Bratwurst, you have it all.
Let’s not forget the beer garden’s. Sierra Nevada has you covered along with a few other micro brews to choose like 805.

TIME TO EAT? YOUR CHOICES ARE JUST ABOUT ENDLESS. MY FAVORITE WAS THE TRI-TIP SANDWICH
TIME TO EAT? YOUR CHOICES ARE JUST ABOUT ENDLESS. MY FAVORITE WAS THE TRI-TIP SANDWICH
THE BEST BRATS IN TOWN BABY!!
THE BEST BRATS IN TOWN BABY!!
YOU NEED A COLD ADULT DRINK, THE SIERRA NEVADA BEER GARDENS WERE THE PLACE TO BE
YOU NEED A COLD ADULT DRINK, THE SIERRA NEVADA BEER GARDENS WERE THE PLACE TO BE
THIS GUY HAD THE RIGHT IDEA OF GOING TWO FISTED. BE CAREFUL, DON'T SPILL THAT LIQUID GOLD!!
THIS GUY HAD THE RIGHT IDEA OF GOING TWO FISTED. BE CAREFUL, DON’T SPILL THAT LIQUID GOLD!!

THE BOOTHS

WHEN IT COMES TO THE VENDOR BOOTHS THEY ARE NONE STOP BUSY
WHEN IT COMES TO THE VENDOR BOOTHS THEY ARE NONE STOP BUSY
THE SERVICE BOOTHS LIKE SRAM ARE ALIVE WITH NONE STOP SERVICE. THESE GUYS ARE ON TOP OF IT TO KEEP THE RACERS GOING.
THE SERVICE BOOTHS LIKE SRAM ARE ALIVE WITH NONE STOP SERVICE. THESE GUYS ARE ON TOP OF IT TO KEEP THE RACERS GOING.
THE SEA OTTER MERCHANDISE BOOTHS WERE HOPPING WITH VISITORS GETTING THEIR COOL SEA OTTER SOUVENIRS
THE SEA OTTER MERCHANDISE BOOTHS WERE HOPPING WITH VISITORS GETTING THEIR COOL SEA OTTER SOUVENIRS
YOU COULD NEVER GO WRONG WITH A HAT.
YOU COULD NEVER GO WRONG WITH A HAT.
OK THE SEA OTTER IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE
OK THE SEA OTTER IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE
YOU WILL LOOK GOOD ANY WHERE IN A COOL SEA OTTER BIKE JERSEY
YOU WILL LOOK GOOD ANY WHERE IN A COOL SEA OTTER BIKE JERSEY

SEA OTTER DAYS

All in all from the start to the finish Sea Otter is a cool place to be, fun for all ages.

THIS GUY HAD THE BEST STASH THAT I SAW ALL WEEK.  HIP
THIS GUY HAD THE BEST STASH THAT I SAW ALL WEEK. HIP
WHEN I SAID ALL FAMILIES ENJOY SEA OTTER I MEANT IT
WHEN I SAID ALL FAMILIES ENJOY SEA OTTER I MEANT IT
OF COURSE SEA OTTER WOULD NOT BE COMPLETE WITHOUT SEEING THIS FURRY GUY.
OF COURSE SEA OTTER WOULD NOT BE COMPLETE WITHOUT SEEING THIS FURRY GUY.

Well hope you enjoyed pics from the day to day at Sea Otter Classic 2017. Next the cool, the bikes, the funny, and the Kids Corner.

SEA OTTER KIDS

THE KIDS ZONE

Just for you, from 2 to 16, this is to you
Just for you, from 2 to 16, this is to you

One of the best sections I like to post is the kids section, why because they are here to have fun plain and simple.
You have the little tikes on there push bikes, whole families enjoying the Sea Otter experience, kids mastering their jumping skills, and kids racing showing they could do it just as good as the big kids.
Its funny to see them with ear to ear grins or wiped out form a whole day of excitement, crying because they fell and a second later they’re tearing it up again.
You will see that the bike industry is making more for kids then they ever have just so Jr. or your little princess could be a part of it all.

On the kids track the little shredders were ripping it up
On the kids track the little shredders were ripping it up

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COOL IS KING
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Girls just want to have fun
Girls just want to have fun

KIDS FUN

It wasn’t just about bikes for the kids. There was a lot of stuff for the kids at Sea Otter.

Easter Egg Hunts
Easter Egg Hunts
Fun Jumpers
Fun Jumpers
Kid Pinball
Kid Pinball

KIDS BEING KIDS
Kid fun in the sun Kid fun in the sun


This little guy had so many band aids he had to be the most hardcore kid out there.
This little guy had so many band aids he had to be the most hardcore kid out there.
This kid wanted a hat and ten pushup's got it for him
This kid wanted a hat and ten pushup’s got it for him

The greatest thing about cycling is how it brings the family together
The greatest thing about cycling is how it brings the family together

SEA OTTER : BELL HELMETS

If you recall we did a review on the BELL super helmet last year as a part of our Enduro product reviews. At that time BELL had not yet released the Super 2R or Super 2R MIPS. These are the latest in the All-Mountain / Enduro type line up for BELL Helmets along with the Super 2.
The Super 2R come as a standard foam type EPS liner with a In-Mold Polycarbonate Shell, while the Super 2R equipped MIPS steps up the protection in the shell. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. This allows for better protection to the head.
The key feature to both Super 2R helmets is that they use a detachable chinbar. This is great because it allows you to remove the chinbar while say climbing, put it in your pack, and then allowing you to simply reattach it back to the helmet with three clips.
The other cool thing is the fact that you get not just a CPSC Bicycle safety rating, but also a CE EN1078 rating.

BELL Helmets was quite busy at the Sea Otter Classic showing off the good.

BELL Helmets showing off the goods.
BELL Helmets showing off the goods.

The new BELL SUPER 2R helmet
The new BELL SUPER 2R helmet

Notice the quick release on the back of the helmet. You also have two more on the left and right sides of the helmet. Easy as 1, 2, 3.
Notice the quick release on the back of the helmet. You also have two more on the left and right sides of the helmet. Easy as 1, 2, 3.

Inside the MIPS equipped SUPER 2R.
Inside the MIPS equipped SUPER 2R.

Retail for the SUPER 2R is $200, while the MIPS equipped SUPER 2R retails for $220.

25 YEARS OF SEA OTTER!!

Yes it has been 25 years of one of the biggest cycling events to ever be on the west coast and one of the fun things about coming to Sea Otter is the dive up. If you are fortunate enough to be able to ride along the coast, this makes for one beautiful ride up. Again the MtnBikeRider.com crew was able to bum a ride up wit the fabulous D-Crew from Dainese, thank you guys.
If you have never been to the Sea Otter Classic, this is an event so big that it spans four days of racing that covers mountain biking, road biking, and one of the biggest consumer expos ever.
Fun for the whole family, cycling enthusiast, as well as the competitor, Sea Otter has made itself a staple when it comes to cycling events. You will see many aspects of this weeks happening to come.
Here is the first day part 1.

ALWAYS A NICE DRIVE UP. YOU HAVE TO LOVE CALIFORNIA.
ALWAYS A NICE DRIVE UP. YOU HAVE TO LOVE CALIFORNIA.

 

THE TIME WHEN YOUR HEART STARTS TO FLUTTER. YOU KNOW YOU HAVE ARRIVED.
THE TIME WHEN YOUR HEART STARTS TO FLUTTER. YOU KNOW YOU HAVE ARRIVED.

 

THE CITY COMES ALIVE AS THE BIKE INDUSTRY READIES FOR THE CROWDS TO COME.
THE CITY COMES ALIVE AS THE BIKE INDUSTRY READIES FOR THE CROWDS TO COME.

 

DAINESE TEAM GETTING READY FOR THE FIRST DAY.
DAINESE TEAM GETTING READY FOR THE FIRST DAY.

 

NEW FAZZARI
NEW FAZZARI

 

FUN FOR THE KIDS
FUN FOR THE KIDS

 

I DON'T THINK WE ARE GOING TO NEED THE LIGHT HOUSE. SUNNY DAY AHEAD.
I DON’T THINK WE ARE GOING TO NEED THE LIGHT HOUSE. SUNNY DAYS AHEAD.

 

A BRAT FROM THE PAST WITH TWO HARDPACK BIKES
A BRAT FROM THE PAST WITH TWO REPACK BIKES

 

MAGURA's PIMP RIDE.
MAGURA’s PIMP RIDE.

Sea Otter Night Life

While at Sea Otter you’ll get invited to a ton of parties or film premieres. Usually we’re all too tired to attend any of these these. But once again we fueled up on more energy drinks and headed to town. But this time it was just Priscilla, Art and I. The rest of the crew were back at the condo at Pebble Beach resting.

We wound up at some sort of birthday party for some Giant Free Rider guy. Truth be told, I wasn’t sure who we were singing happy birthday to. But the great part about this venue, chicken wings and shrimp cocktail! Art and I made sure we ate stocked up. I ate so much wings and shrimp that I had to use my second stomach to make room.
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Since I was the designated driver for the evening, I couldn’t imbibe my favorite alcoholic beverage until we got to our condo. So that meant a quick stop at the local quickie mart and got some Four Loko! Love this stuff. I shared with Art, Priscilla didn’t want any because she had a bad experience with it the last time she drank some. Four Loko is so strong, that I can only have about 1/4 of it before I feel the effects of the spirits. Art thought it tasted kinda gross, thus the face he’s making. No wait, I think he was already buzzed by then. Perhaps that look is a combination of the Four Loko working and the reaction to the flavor…who knows.
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While we were chit chatting in the kitchen, we heard Dan grunt. We totally forgot he was sleeping on the couch. Dan complained that he had a hard time falling asleep without his wife (I can certainly relate), so the last time we saw him that night, he was busy pounding away what he called “sleeping juice” (beer and wine).
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That’s about the extent of our experience with the Sea Otter night life. I wish we could have done more, but we were all far too exhausted to do anything but eat and sleep. So there ya have it, we’re pretty boring, well I take that back. Art is an exciting guy, you should see him dance after a few beers. Oh and in the morning, Dan and I made an “Art Sandwich!”

Sea Otter Pump Track!

This was probably the best part of my trip to Sea Otter. The pump track this year had some pretty tall obstacles and to be honest with you, it was hard to get 1 lap completed. It’s a full body work out and for those of you who have one of these in your neighborhood, you are lucky!

Here’s Art getting ready to roll down into the track.
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People of all skills and ages were on hand to enjoy the pump track.
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Just look at the smile on his face!
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There’s even a wall ride incorporated.
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I gotta be honest, I was kinda intimidated to try it out, but Eric Jackson, was cool enough to show me how to ride the track.
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Right next to the pump track was a stunt track. These guys were doing some amazing stuff.
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Will White was doing back flips all day long. He was the crowd favorite.
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In closing, if you ever get a chance to go to the Sea Otter, make sure you try out the pump track, its way to fun to miss!

Workin’ Hard or Hardly Workin’?

Greetings from the happiest place on earth, nope its not Disneyland or your mom’s bedroom. But we are at Monterey, Ca. to celebrate the sport of cycling. We made our early morning trek through the heart of California and arrived safely to our destination. Intoxicated on unhealthy levels of caffeine and sugars, we have been pushing our bodies just to make sure we provide you a glimpse of the event.

Rather than try and post important news worthy info about products we figured we’d just take it easy and just have fun. Without further adieu I give you our Friday morning at Sea Otter Classic 2011.

Here we are between the legs of this old guy. We were very impressed with the cabbages…WOW! Check out Art, he wanted to get a gander at them things…Look Dan and I are short twinsies!
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We’re amp’d on Redbull and ready to rock! Later we discovered that our new found energy would only last until noon.
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Got the bikes unloaded and packed up our bags ready to hit the scene.
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But before we got rolling, we needed to make sure we had plenty of fluids. Art working on filling up our “canteen.”
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Met up with Redline Bicycles, they’ve got a prototype Belt Drive Monocog that we caught on video (coming soon).
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After our first few hours, we were worn out! We decided to break for lunch. Free food for Media folk…mmm.
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Keep checking back because we’ll be posting more info as the weekend goes on.

Sea Otter 20 Ten: Abra Cadabra

Kona = a quality bike company that conjures up images of coffee, my other favorite hobby.

Kona was represented at Sea Otter 2010 in a small way via a booth, not a big diesel rig and huge bike display with a lounge for the employees and guests to hang out. Kona came to Sea Otter allowing their bikes to speak for themselves. What I heard calling my name was a 24.75 lb Kona Abra Cadabra, a 6” travel all mountain trail bike, wait a minute, 24.75 lbs, are you kidding me?..for a 6” travel bike?

Standing still, it is not meant to be...Yoda, supreme Jedi and MTBer
This bike was a custom build by one of the Kona employees to showcase just how versatile a frame the Abra Cadabra can be. He told us it was available for a demo so I quickly scheduled a time. The bike features Kona Magic Link suspension design, FSA SLK components, a Sram XX 1×10 drive-train, (that’s right a 1×10), Sram XX brakes and a Stans Podium MMX wheelset. The drive-train was the new SRAM XX with only a 35 tooth chain ring up front. The paint scheme was beautiful with a polished/grey look and a solid clear-coat.

When we hit the trailhead I noticed how easily this burly bike pedaled and how comfortable it was. When I say burly, I am comparing it to my 4.7” Trek Fuel EX that just crosses the line from XC race to all mountain, the Kona is definitely closer to the downhill side of business than my Trek. The Magic Link works as advertised. Climbing puts the shock in a near vertical position with less travel and a more efficient pedaling experience. Going down hill puts the shock in a more relaxed position and allows for more travel via the extra spring in the magic link. For a video of the Magic Link in use and an explanation of the design theory, please click here.

The Magic of the Magic link

I ended up riding this bike behind a fellow SO goer who was proudly riding an older hardtail Trek. What a huge difference there was when the bikes were pointed downhill, I caught up to him so fast that I caught myself braking just to avoid a crash. Braking was easily handled with Sram’s XX brakes and the rear suspension made sure the rear wheel kept in rotaional contact with the dirt. I’m the type of rider that likes to brake as late as possible (which goes for Grand Turismo as well). I definetely felt confident in my braking decisions.

The purpose of this bike is to be the “one” bike for someone who does not have the pockets for several bikes. This bike proves it can be done. Are there there other manufactures that make a bike in this category? Of course, but this bikes deserves to be at the top of the short list. The frame weighing it at around 6.75 lbs is neither lite nor is it too heavy but is versatile enough for several MTB categories. I was a bit surpised at the frame weight, just looking at it I would have guessed north of 7 lbs. Kona uses their Scandium tubing which is both light, strong and stiff.

I’m a fan of buying a frame only and then selecting the parts that work best for the intended purpose. This frame would be a great starting point for either a freeride oriented all mountain bike or built up closer to xc. If you needed something designed for either category, then you might need to look to the Coilair or the Hei Hei. I really need to get more time on the Abra to get a long term take on it but based on my short ride, it definetely looks like a great bike.

Sea Otter Classic Race Registration Discount!

Sea Otter Classic, one of the best mountain biking events of the year (if not THE best), is offering a 15% discount for those registering for the races.

Click here to watch the video and get the promotion code for 15% off.

By the way, the Sea Otter Classic is going to be held on April 16-19, 2009 and guess who’ll be there?