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4 of the Coolest DH Bikes at Sea Otter 2017 - Video
Apr 23, 2017
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Tippie takes a look at Troy Lee Designs' custom Specialized Demo 8, Brandon Semenuk's Trek Session, an Intense M16, and Aaron Gwin's YT Tues.
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(Apr 23, 2017 at 13:07)
Hey, look these bikes that have no purpose at Sea Otter!
(Apr 23, 2017 at 21:11)
Was that Sworks demo Aluminum?
(Apr 23, 2017 at 21:31)
weird, they had a DH race. I would try and use DH bikes for that kind of thing LOLZZ
(Apr 24, 2017 at 0:09)
: you know that not a single pro rider uses his big DH bike. Most are on their 29er Trailbikes...
(Apr 24, 2017 at 9:11)
Guys, it's been long enough with the D'bag "not a real DH course" or "lame DH course" with the Sea Otter. The race NEVER billed itself as a full bore Word Cup DH course. It's an annual bike festival for the fun of biking at a Rad location (Laguna Seca Raceway). It celebrates our love of all things bikes with light-heated fun weekend. A chance for the US fans and vendors to kick off the bike riding season. It's not at a ski resort.... everyone KNOWS it's just a quick run down one of the local hills. f*ck all this lame ass negativity. For f*cks sake, be happy about something change. Pinkbike comments are going downhill fast.
(Apr 24, 2017 at 13:33)
It isn't surprising that people comment on the venue being lame when the venue is lame. To me it seems like the NASCAR of mountain biking. It's so big that it has self-sustaining momentum and the shear scale makes it fun. But otherwise it would never be popular. I can think of very few places more boring to hold a media event for publicizing mountain bike products.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 12:47)
"Hi my name's Troy Lee." Did not expect to hear that in some random bike checks
(Apr 23, 2017 at 17:04)
It's as if he's into bikes. Who would have guessed :/
(Apr 24, 2017 at 1:26)
I am kind of disappointed it wasn't a dude with a massive fro, my mind image was way off.
(Apr 28, 2017 at 23:57)
: haha were you picturing Troy Lee as Bob Ross or something? "And then we'll just put a little pin stripe here... and here. Oh, that ones a little crooked. That's okay though, it's just a happy accident".
(Apr 23, 2017 at 17:59)
Pinkbike comments are getting progressively more toxic. It's like a race to be the most upvoted negative comment.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 22:53)
(Apr 24, 2017 at 8:26)
Stop being so negative
(Apr 23, 2017 at 15:34)
Lets play a game. Every time Aaron Gwin says "like" you drink. Thanks Aaron I am drunk now. That didn't take long
(Apr 23, 2017 at 16:29)
Good game for first dates(u drink to get thru it)and/or when doing a double date, ur friend drinks when his chick says like and vice versa.
Just dont plan on driving after.
(Apr 24, 2017 at 7:58)
I don't know what you're like talking about, like i have no idea.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 13:13)
The Intense colour ways are just painful on the eyes!
(Apr 23, 2017 at 13:54)
They have a sick black n silver but unfortunately its the low spec frame so we dont c em.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 18:10)
Hideous, especially with those rims.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 20:41)
They're trying so hard to be mainstream and be a "big" bike brand with Spesh, Trek and Giant, but they just don't seem to have gotten the memo that they aren't.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 14:39)
Neck tattoos. No regrets right?
(Apr 24, 2017 at 5:42)
(Apr 23, 2017 at 13:52)
Man bun alert, man bun alert.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 14:24)
We need Tippie doing a POV video with scissors or clippers sneaking up to chop that thing off. All with scary music playing.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 16:48)
Yeah dude, let's make fun of a haircut.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 18:22)
: u must be new..mullets, man buns, combovers, modified combovers with a shaved part, 90s spikes, ....so much good stuff to laugh at.
Im the curly haired surfer dude so im totally hip too..lol
(Apr 23, 2017 at 12:33)
Is a specialized really that cool?
(Apr 23, 2017 at 13:06)
its pretty dope
(Apr 23, 2017 at 13:42)
Their marketing department is.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 13:44)
: So's their legal department I hear
(Apr 23, 2017 at 14:43)
Are any of these really that cool? Maybe the intense? But it's so garish and retina searing. A downhill bike that started the "looks like a session" how many years ago? A mail order cheap downhill bike. At least the Specialized has some cool paint and would be something you'd be less likely to see in the wild.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 15:05)
: no no according to Sinyard the lawyers that did all those cool lawsuits was a "rogue" legal department.
did you not saw the painting on the yt? and sure Trek stuck with the same frame layout but make improvements to it every year. the demo is what 3 years now and is the same bike.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 16:53)
: I agree. Just because you have a fancy paint job doesn't mean it's the coolest bike at the show. Where's the innovation? The ideas and creativity? I know those kinds bikes are there at sea otter, I just don't get why every article every single year is some "cool" painted same old specialEd or intense.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 18:42)
: I hear they're bitchin'.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 21:30)
: "the demo is what 3 years now and is the same bike."
So, you're saying they got it right the first time? Cool. :p
(Apr 24, 2017 at 7:32)
: yes thats why Gwin had to change the geometry so much.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 13:52)
I first saw Troy Lee back in the late 80's at BMX nationals charging like $80 or something to custom paint peoples helmets. Little did I know he would go on to single-handedly trashify BMX and DH/FR MTB apparel design in the coming years. I never bought into his garish, jet ski culture aesthetic, looked like a mess to me. The past few years he has made some nice looking stuff though. More minimal, kind of like 70's/early 80's moto style design. Good to see he's refined his designs from being just a bunch of jagged, color clashing shapes mashed together.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 17:03)
Yeah, what a total a-hole. How dare his company make clothing you didn't like back in the day. It's almost as if the guy forced you to buy it. Guy is a total jerk showing his support to the biking community for the past 20-30 years. He did bring jet ski culture to us mountain bikers after all.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 17:16)
Man, I wish
only charged $80 today to paint my helmet :-)
(Apr 23, 2017 at 17:46)
: You really read a lot into my comment. I didn't cal him an "a-hole", I just said his trashy aesthetic really took over for a while, but I like the more classy, retro direction he's gone in the last few years. You're bringing character into it, not me.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 15:17)
Intense.....please fire your person in charge of deciding colors!!
(Apr 23, 2017 at 16:54)
Wish I could up-vote more.
(Apr 24, 2017 at 4:40)
Bikes and components are way too coordinated these days... the person who chose the colours for Intense is the type of person who stands in front of the mirror for about an hour trying on every item of clothing they have but somehow still walk out of the door looking like an idiot. I would be embarrassed to ride that Green and Yellow thing. In fact I would rattle can it black before my first ride!
(Apr 25, 2017 at 15:23)
Troy Lee has nice gear and that bike is sick but tell the old man that his paint jobs are super dated. Flames and pin striping. YIKES!
(Apr 23, 2017 at 23:07)
Gwins YT, so sick, Gwin has really matured, super fan nowadays, Gwin and YT for the win 2017 DH WChamps/WCups!!
(Apr 23, 2017 at 12:09)
(Apr 23, 2017 at 13:43)
Bikes highlighted at Sea Otter that actually weren't relevant at Sea Otters course.... go figure.
(Apr 24, 2017 at 16:31)
how many times can Aaron Gwin say like?
(Jun 8, 2017 at 1:36)
How does everyone like the look of the Intense M16? love it? hate it?
(Apr 23, 2017 at 17:48)
looks like an ob-session
(Apr 23, 2017 at 22:39)
A little disappointed gwin didn't say 'Murica
(Apr 23, 2017 at 12:27)
No Canyon Sender?!
(Apr 23, 2017 at 13:05)
This bike is ugly and complex.
(Apr 23, 2017 at 16:53)
: the bike is sick and unique!!
(Apr 23, 2017 at 15:24)
(Apr 23, 2017 at 12:17)
Intense for the win.
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(Apr 23, 2017 at 13:02)
In the last 15 years the downhill bikes revolutionized bicycles. Nowadays when I see a new downhill bike It's almost a banal thing. However this intense m16 make me see the beauty adrenaline and passion that downhill bicycles they transmit. For me this m16 with this painting it is one of the best downhill bicycle. I do not like comparisons but it reminds me Gt fury 2011 machine.
(Apr 24, 2017 at 0:24)
it reminds me of a session
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