21 Bikes From Sea Otter 2016

Apr 16, 2016
by Mike Kazimer  
Norco Optic
Norco's new Optic trail bike in a sleek grey color scheme.


Fezzari
Version 2.0 of Fezzari's Timp Peak gets a lower bottom bracket height to go along with an updated rocker link and internal cable routing design. As shown, the bike will retail for $5,899 USD from the Utah-based consumer direct company..


Kona Operator 27.5
Kona's Operator 27.5 is still a few months away from being available to the public, but when it arrives it will have 196mm of travel, a 63-degree head angle, and a clever keyed through-axle design.


Transition TR500
Transition athlete Alex McAndrew's TR500.


Pivot XT
Shimano chose Pivot's Mach 6 to showcase their new XT Di2 gruppo.


Open
Open's One+ lightweight carbon hardtail is intended for cross-country riding, but it has clearance for either a 29 x 2.4 or 27.5 x 3.0 tire to help take the edge of of rough trails.


Commencal Meta
Commencal's Meta AM in a new black and purple color scheme.


This is Dave Cullinan s custom painted Santa Cruz Tallboy. It has custom hand painted race stripes and a forest green the crew were using for a moto project.
Dave Cullinan's Santa Cruz Hightower, complete with hand painted pinstripes.


Foes Alpine
It was hard to miss Foes' Alpine Plus bike and its fluorescent yellow paint job. It's designed around 27.5+ wheels, and two shock positions allows it to be set up with either 5 or 5.5 inches of travel.


Nukeproof
This Nukeproof Mega 290 had a custom build kit that included DVO's Topaz shock and Diamond fork, and not-quite color matched brake calipers and levers from Hope.

Spawn bikes
Who says kids need to suffer on heavy, underperforming bikes? Spawn Cycles has their full suspension Rokkusuta coming soon in 20-inch and 24-inch versions - this model was even outfitted with pint-sized Chromag flat pedals.

Mongoose Boot r
The latest iteration of the Mongoose Boot'r uses a Horst Linke layout for its 210mm of rear travel, rolls on 27.5" wheels, and retails for $2,699 USD.


Ibis Ripley LT
Another bright orange bike, this one in the form of Ibis' Ripley.


Salsa Redpoint
The Redpoint is a new bike for Salsa, with 150mm of rear travel delivered via a Split Pivot suspension design. There will be two carbon-framed options, and one aluminum.


Patrol
Patrol's 160mm 671.


Intense T275
A custom painted Intense Tracer 275C.


YT Jeffsy
YT's new Jeffsy 140mm 29er.


KHS
Well that's...ummm....different looking.


GT Force
GT had their athletes' bikes on display, including Rachel Throop's Force Expert race bike.


Santa Cruz V10
Santa Cruz's silvery V10.


Whyte T-130
Whyte is a well known brand in the UK, and are now their working on making their presence known in the United States.


MENTIONS: @norcobicycles / @konaworld / @TransitionBikeCompany / @pivotcycles / @COMMENCALbicycles / @Nukeproof-bikes / @spawncycles / @mongoosebikes / @ibiscycles / @intensecyclesusa / @YTIndustries / @GTBicycles / @whytebikesUSA




96 Comments

  • + 203
 Thank goodness the new operator will have 196mm. 200 was always way too much and 190 is much too close to enduro
  • + 47
 It's neither a Imperial or Metric friendly travel amount either which is a sure fail Wink

My first impression was "that looks like a Kona" .... which is actually a good thing this time as a lot of these brands lack any real identity. The new Operator looks kinda "classic" which is a massive plus in my book Smile
  • - 60
flag crag222 (Apr 17, 2016 at 2:20) (Below Threshold)
 see konas gone all ugly again
  • + 56
 Ummmmm that KHS gave me violent diarrhea the minute I saw it. Yes no suprises with Kona,,,, the 2037 model will look just like this one.
  • + 1
 Really looking forward seeing the new Kona line. The background is too dark to get a sneak preview of the bikes hanging there Frown
  • + 4
 @fecalmaster: Except the KHS was hanging by the seat, which means it does one thing that a reverb dropper can't, so at least it has that going for it.
  • + 4
 I'm a fan of KHS and hope they work out some designs that inspire financial stability. Their DH bike looks good so scale it down to a 160mm version maybe?!!!!?
  • + 5
 That's definitely different than the carbon "Astro" frames they showed at the Taipei show. Seems like an excessively long seat tube. But I think it's cool that it's different. Straight will be the in thing soon, organic has been done to death! Smile

If it had a Transition or Evil sticker on it everyone would be gushing on how cool it was...
  • + 1
 That's what I always tell people who are looking for a new bike. The first question I ever ask anyone about any bike, "does it have 196mm of travel?", and that basically sets the president for any other possible enquiries.
  • + 3
 @Kramz: chuck yur spilling Smile I'm not sure I trust a bike running any country, even Canada
  • + 0
 @fecalmaster: 1 year limited warranty......
  • + 0
 Sounds very limited, I just stick with my currents setups because I don't like singing the warranty blues!
  • + 0
 @stiingya: I liked the thing. No need to have less seat tube for the sake of having less. It does look long though
  • + 1
 @fecalmaster: my roomate cracked his dh300, when he hit up khs they copied and pasted the warranty off their website.

No crash replacement(though it wasn't from a crash), no contrition whatsoever, I will never own a khs
  • + 1
 That doesn't sound very encouraging. Thru all my frame and yearssss only had a few warranty attempts, kona got thumbs down, giant was mehhh. I end up fixing on my own. On the other hand Rockshox replaced a blown rear shock from 2007 with a brand new 2015 model free of charge and hassel and very fast service. Most companies should visit RS for advice.
  • + 31
 I hate to say it, I really like the Mongoose. Can't wait to see what kind of video Chris Akrigg puts together with this bike.
  • + 56
 I don't like mongoose, but I do like the people they sponsor.
  • - 28
flag Lewis-pick (Apr 16, 2016 at 23:51) (Below Threshold)
 #LooksLikeASession?
  • + 16
 What ever happened to romaniuk?
  • - 2
 Not exactly that bike but: vimeo.com/162816199
  • - 15
flag Waldon83 (Apr 17, 2016 at 0:11) (Below Threshold)
 So Mongoose purchased a Giant Glory, and painted it orange... Scratches head
  • + 17
 Mongoose going for the shortest top tube of the year award ?
  • + 2
 @Batatinha-da-fiel: ...a pertinent question.
  • + 3
 @Batatinha-da-fiel: sadly I think he is dropping bass instead of cliff now
  • + 14
 So if the mongoop goes for $2700 with a dorado front end I guess the frame is worth $450.
  • + 6
 @Waldon83: A Giant Glory is nothing close to a mongoose. Nothing close. Or should I say a mongoose is nothing close to a Glory.
  • + 0
 That seat position though...
  • + 22
 The KHS looks like a trainwreck...
  • + 14
 well KHS *is* known for making some of the nicest looking bikes around
  • + 0
 I actually did a double take
  • + 5
 You mean astro?
  • + 23
 It looks like the design process was limited to calling Taiwan and saying they want something like Evil but for 1/10th of the price.
  • + 5
 @WAKIdesigns: it's the Astro AF29E
  • - 2
 Thats one of the most confusing bikes that I've ever seen. Besides the Gambler with its rear suspension of course.
Like: Double chainring with a DH cassete? Together with a trail fork and low profile tires? Were they trying to build a road bike for the edgy kids?
  • + 3
 @JustYourAverageJoey: Look again m8. Not a double chainring, just a single with a top guide.
  • + 11
 Man I hate that Jeffsy.
  • + 4
 said no one ever
  • + 7
 It's rare I'd say this but that 29er (mega) looks awesome!! Really can see the resurgence of that wheel size with these new slacker 29ers coming out, can't believe it didn't take off years ago with the Spec Enduro
  • + 5
 And it rides awesome. Im destroying my PBs on one, which were set on my Capra....
  • + 1
 Yeah, PB should do a proper Nukeproof Mega 290 review.
  • + 9
 I need a Jeffsy.... That bike is perfection... The rest are irrelevant now
  • + 4
 I'm not sure which is more "disco" Commencal or Santa Cruz's "Flock of Seagulls" look, or is that more 80s?

Rather do like the pen work on the Intense; I saw a young woman Sharpie her bike once, pretty talented artist and rider.
  • + 2
 Since you like that, Google images for 'sharpie lambo'.
  • + 2
 The tracer is not sharpied, it's actual paint
  • + 2
 That Santa Cruz paint job looks like a low-rider knockoff
  • + 1
 @iamamodel: Wow! Impressive effort.
  • + 7
 Its not for me but I reckon that ibis riply LS is the best looking frame. It looks even better in the flesh too.
  • + 6
 Thats a big pile of ugly bikes. Glad I don't have to buy a new bike any time soon.
  • + 9
 Knollys and Yetis are sexy as f*ck
  • + 6
 The KHS seems to be designed to ride with no dropper at all..... Big Grin
  • + 3
 Fezzari the Moroccan superbike,complete with prancing camel emblem.like it
  • + 0
 Compare the Timp Peak frame to MacMahone's Albion frame and you will see that they are identical. It isn't a "looks like a session" sort of deal, they are identical. Which makes me not like either company
  • + 1
 That custom painted Intense T275 w/ DVO suspension is badass but they should have also took a close up pic of the Flow Yellow M16 hanging in the back.
  • + 3
 I need gold Envy wheels NOW!
  • + 5
 Yes, I'd love to have rims finished with golden carbon weaving, black ENVE decals. All laced to golden CK hubs with jet black aero spokes.
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: aero spoke$$$ Pimp
  • + 1
 ya, the Kona stands out as a steed with cleaner lines.
don't much care for the top tube/seat tube triangle config.
cheers for the Clump!
  • + 2
 Good Lord that V10 is gorgeous!
  • + 2
 Give me That v10 i Will behave.
  • + 2
 Give it to me so i may misbehave!
  • + 2
 That Whyte T-130 carbon looks pretty sweet Smile
  • + 1
 That Norco Optik is very cool in person. Sweet colour. Haven't ridden it though....
  • + 2
 Yeah, Kona goes back to Aluminium Frame with Lifetime warranty!
  • + 1
 I think KHS is really on to something new. I'll be staying tuned for more info.
  • + 1
 I see the eagle has finally landed on a bike. Guess the price tag will be close to or North of 10k. ????
  • + 1
 It's about $1100 for X01 Eagle and about $1500 for the XX1 Eagle. That's for a shifter, cassette, cranks, derailleur and fancy new chain and chainring, although I think you have to buy a BB separately.
  • + 1
 What's up with the rear mech on the kid's bike? Is it meant to be like that or was the bike assembled by a sales rep?
  • + 1
 I'm going with sales rep.
  • + 2
 Realese that kona real quick!
  • + 2
 No Yeti in attendance?
  • + 24
 They decided to attend the Doctors, Dentists and Lawyers expo instead.
  • + 3
 @Boardlife69: pinkbike hates dentists
  • + 1
 @kleinblake: yeah - the snide dentist jokes/digs are kinda getting tired now.....
  • + 1
 That Santa Cruz v10 was sex
  • + 1
 Love the Intense custom theme.
  • + 1
 the hell is KHS doing with its life?
  • + 1
 You forgot the New frame from Hope Tec
  • + 2
 Yep so did a lot of us.
  • + 1
 There's not much breathing space for the shock valve on that Pivot frame
  • + 1
 Damn, that KHS really suits it's wheels...
  • + 1
 Nice job Mike, all these bikes belong in the Yawza! category
  • + 0
 That Hightower reminds ma of a 1970 Chavy Lowrider!

Yup. I'm that old????
  • - 1
 I think the shape of the Patrol 671 looks best. Worst goes to GT Force, sorry GT
  • - 1
 Beautiful looking bike, but went to check it out on their site - 160mm travel bike, with a 67.5 degree head angle! With that I totally lost interest.
  • + 0
 Fix your headline PB. It should be 19 FUGLY Sleds from Sea Otter 2016.
  • + 1
 A lot of look alikes
  • + 0
 I'd be happy just to own the top tube on that TR500.
  • + 1
 50 shades of norco Big Grin
  • - 1
 That KHS is sick. I liked several bikes before that one came up. But that ended up being my fav.
  • + 0
 ahhh finally some mud
  • - 2
 The Fezzari's Timp Peak looks exactly the same as Canyon Spectral
  • + 4
 That's because Fezzari only uses recycled frame technology.
  • - 3
 I didnt really see and of the bikes with Ice Tech rotors. Except I guess the XT bike
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