Bontrager, Deity, Giant - Sea Otter 2015

Apr 16, 2015
by Mike Kazimer  
Sea Otter 2015
Sea Otter 2015
The tread pattern is the same as Bontrager's G5, but going to a folding bead helps knock off over a pound of weight.

Bontrager SE5 Tire

Bontrager's new SE5 tire takes the World Cup proven tread pattern of the company's G5 downhill tire and puts it into a much lighter package while still maintaining a high level of puncture protection. 'Enduro racing' is the intended application, but what that really means is that it's meant to be ridden the way many of us like to ride - hard and fast. The tire has a folding bead, but also uses Bontrager's Core Strength construction, a design that uses three pieces of reinforced casing, one on each side and one under the tread, to help ward off rocks and other sharp objects. The tread design is intended for rocky, loose and wet conditions, instances where a high level of traction and braking control are of the utmost importance. Available in a 2.3 x 27.5” (935 grams) and a 2.3 x 29” (990 grams) version, the SE5 retails for $74.99 USD.


Sea Otter 2015
The Bladerunner is formed in Deity's own mold and measures only 11 thick.
Sea Otter 2015
Coming soon: the TMac signature edition pedal.

New Pedals and Shorter Stems From Deity

Deity had a prototype version of their Bladerunner pedal on display at Sea Otter last year, but it looks like the wait is almost over, with the production version expected to be available within the next four weeks. The Bladerunner uses Deity's own molds (previous pedals used designs shared with other companies), to create a platform that measures 103 x 100mm and only 11mm thick at the outer edges. Grooves on the aluminum body are meant to provide extra grip, in addition to the tall outer pins and shorter inner ones that give the pedal a concave feel underfoot. All ten pins use allen bolt heads for easy removal or installation. The weight is expected to be 370 grams per pair, and they'll retail for $143.99 USD with six different color options including black, read, purple, and blue ano.

There were also a couple prototype versions of what will eventually be the Tyler McCaul signature edition pedal tucked into a back corner of the booth, although details still aren't confirmed. One thing's for sure - the TMac pro model is wide and very concave, which should make for a solid feel underfoot for stomping those massive hucks. They're expected to be available this June

Sea Otter 2015
Sea Otter 2015
The Cavity stem (left) and the DM stem both now come in shorter lengths.

Deity's popular Cavity stem is now available in a 35mm length to meet the needs of riders on modern bikes whose long reach works best with a stubby stem. Constructed for 6061 aluminum and designed for 31.8mm handlebars, the Cavity weighs in at a claimed 150 grams and retails for $99.99 USD.

Just like with trail and all-mountain bikes, downhill bikes are getting longer and stems are getting shorter, which is why there's now a 30mm long version of the Micro DM stem. Machined from 7075 aluminum, the stem uses a four piece design and comes with a lifetime warranty. MSRP: $104.99.


Giant Rail Sea Otter 2015
Giant Rail Sea Otter 2015
18 vents, extended coverage, and a goggle strap holder make Giant's Rail helmet well suited for all-mountain riding.

Giant's New Rail Helmet

Giant's not a newcomer to the helmet world, but the Rail helmet is their first venture into the trail/all-mountain category. It has the extended rear coverage that's become a requisite to be a legitimate contender, along with a goggle retention strap at the rear and a flat spot towards the front of the helmet that provides enough room for mounting a POV camera. 18 large vents along with internal channeling are designed to keep air circulating, and a ratcheting dial at the rear allows one handed fit adjustments. The Rail is expected to come in at 275 grams when it hits store shelves in June, which places it on the lighter side of the spectrum for this style of helmet. MSRP: $130. Colors: Black/Blue, White/Blue, Orange/Yellow, Black/White, Cyan/Blue. Sizes: S, M, L.



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108 Comments

  • 88 10
 Can I get an honest answer.

Is it taboo to wear a Scott, Giant, Bontrager, Specialized, etc while not riding the respective branded bike?

Like..I know to rock what ever you are most comfortable with, but be honest. If you see a guy wearing a Giant helmet on a Specialized Enduro, do you think less of that guy.

It's a shallow question, I know....but still
  • 67 2
 Ugh, I feel the same way and kinda hate myself for it, but whatever. Kind of an OCD thing I guess. The other day I saw a pair of Rossignols with a Salamon sticker on them and my brain almost imploded.
  • 81 7
 You never do that. Always keep the same brand stuff. Otherwise, bye bye warranties. I mean come on, would you use shimano brakes on a rockshox product? Or put a SRAM derailleur on a shimano cassette? Or a specialized saddle on a trek? That's out of the question. How are you suppose to convince people that you're a sponsored pro if you mix enemy brands like that? Not gunna happen.
  • 69 4
 Oh my god I know right?! Like, I just can't handle it when people don't have matching this, that, the other and everything in between. Like, why would you even bike if you're not going to make everything match? Those people are so totally gross. Like, who cares if a product works much better if it's not the same brand. Having matching gear is the single most important thing in all of biking.

I really hope the sarcasm is coming through.
  • 48 2
 Eh, I have specialized tires and saddles on all my giants. I ride what works for the least amount of money.
  • 8 36
flag Jmc1gear (Apr 16, 2015 at 20:12) (Below Threshold)
 Brassnine, mixing drivetrain component brands does not affect your warranty.
  • 7 1
 actually it's an ok thing to do, it just dont feels rite. I feel the the same way Smile
  • 5 1
 The only time I hate it, is stickers etc. I personally wouldn't cover my bike in RS stickers if I only rode fox suspension etc.
  • 2 1
 Ha! Watch me put bonrtrager tires on and a spesh helmet on and niner rims and I'll laugh.
  • 6 2
 Not many will admit it but it is a huge thing, but some brands are Ok while others are not. Kinda.. I have no Idea why. Eg people happily bolt Cromag stems to their Giant bike but not a Specialized. Yet Cromag also make frames. Why?
  • 38 0
 I mixed my avid brakes with hope match makers, I also like to live dangerously...
  • 6 1
 @dirtybikejapan, because Chromags are so coollll !!
  • 55 2
 would you wear a Gucci handbag and Louis Vuitton belt? ya didnt think so, bitch.
  • 5 31
flag brassinne (Apr 16, 2015 at 20:39) (Below Threshold)
 Yes it does. If you had the terrible misfortune to buy a brand new Toyota; because you were too lazy to go to school and become a plastic surgeon and buy a Porsche; and put a Honda transmission in it and your engine blew up, do you think Toyota would warranty that? No. Same goes with bikes.
  • 7 1
 Shhhh... We mustn't speak of such things.
  • 27 1
 haha, I have Cromag, Raceface, Sram, Shimano, NRG, Rock Shox and Fox all on one bike. I have a bell helmet and Fox Head shorts with 661 knee pads. Let me know who many of your heads explode, OCD pinkbikers.
  • 17 1
 wear the band t-shirt to the band playing at the concert!
  • 14 0
 Good thing I rock a bell bike and a giant helmet
  • 3 0
 I run it all and don't care if others do
  • 11 1
 personally i like to use products that are endemic to their own sector

i don't feel like just because specialized might make good bikes, they'd be good at making helmets (even though they might be perfectly fine)

id take a tld/poc/giro/bell, or any company that is endemic to the protective sector of cycling.

so in this case i would not run the giant helmet

also i dislike giant for immature irrelevant reasons so yeah
  • 4 0
 Bladerunner looks pretty and the Scott helmet is sick as well. BTW, its mtb not a fashion show.
  • 2 2
 OK fine!! So i have a TLD helmet, gloves and shorts. Fox knee pads and O'Neal jersey. Manitou fork, fox rear shock. To be honest, I like to match certain things just because they were meant to be together. But not always. Some products mix just fine.
  • 9 0
 Do what the Pro's do... remove brand markings.
  • 2 1
 So i'm not the only person feeling this way
  • 2 1
 Well, I can't say what I'd think of the other guy, but I know I'd never do it & I ain't that much of a brand whore (I don't think). I rock Sony buds on my HTC phone, but I'll admit, I did sand off the SONY from the buds. I'm not sure what that makes me. :/
  • 4 1
 Wore this today while doing an XC ride on my DirtJumping bike.

www.allterraincycles.co.uk/Images/Original/128750_1.jpg

the handle bar is bontrager
  • 14 0
 yes I think less of that guy. *secretly peels envy stickers off of Chinese carbon rims*
  • 1 1
 That is not even the worst thing mate! This is complete product of one company used parallely. The peak of anything is to dispart existing component and put something else on it.... All those narrow-wide chainrings from rental or other companies on shimano or sram cranks just hurts my eyes! Same goes to one components that requires implementation of different brand into your fancy cassette! Burn it with fire!!!!
  • 1 0
 I used to be bothered by that until I noticed that all the fast guys ride whatever they have around.

A friend even rides 60-75 mile days on a $2500 giant trance, in cargo shorts. Crazy huh.
  • 4 0
 I don't think anything on my bike or gear matches at all either. I have a raceface stem, spank bars, boxxer, fox rear shock, Saint cranks, x9 derailleur, shimano cassette, e13 pedals, and formula brakes. And I usually wear nema shorts and a fox Jersey, with a remedy helmet and IXS pads.
  • 5 0
 If you don't wear a giant helmet and kit on a giant bike, that's an error in the matrix! Report to your next agent!!! But only if he wears Smith goggles... Wink
  • 1 0
 I had matching gear once... then a group of hipsters called me a Joey! Went back to the truck, not to change, but to grab the GoPro and follow behind. Jeez fellas, my rotors sure were hot at the bottom...
  • 4 0
 Surly Jockstrap with ODI Cocksock. No Problem.
  • 1 0
 Honestly, can't wait the Giant Rail Helmet, it will be a perfect color match with my Reign :-)
  • 1 0
 Spez being good for my ass, their saaddle and remote seatpost are working great for me on a Transition bike. A bit weird at first but it works great.
  • 1 0
 Where's the line in mixing, what about different brand tires front and rear? Surely that's a no-no, you wont get away from the bike fashion police with that one.
  • 1 0
 Smoke it if you got!! Cool is subjective not objective so I recommend growing a set and do what ever the f---k you want!!!! IMHO!!!!
  • 6 0
 I only buy Giant bikes and giant condoms.
  • 1 0
 A lot of my riding gear is Specialized. I love it and don't see me not wearing it when I replace my demo (likely another bike brand). If the gear is good, who cares. I LOVE that Giant helmet above, but not a big fan of their bikes.
  • 1 0
 I think less of people who have all the same brand of everything. They are generally superficial and image obsessed. Each brand does some things well and some things poorly. Buy the best of everything and ignore the label. (Best can refer to ever persons desire for features, style, price, robustness, etc)

Of course there are exceptions. If you're sponsored or got a good combined package deal, that's great. Or sometimes brands support a cause and buying from them supports that cause. But people who buy all one brand just for the brand name, they're the people I think less of.
  • 1 0
 Mixing tires is a good example for my learning curve, I started with identical front an rear, went to same tire but different rubber, to different tire from the same manufacturer and have currently a oneone chunky monkey on front and some Conti Mountainking at rear. As long as I am not looking at my bike, I am pretty happy with the setup ....
  • 1 0
 not if hes faster than you tho, just sayin...
  • 2 0
 I may actually think a bit less of a guy that has matching bike, helmet, gloves, socks, shorts, jersey etc. They may be sponsored, which is fine, but usually they are just wannabe-pros.
  • 1 0
 @brassinne, don't you dare post any pics on the web! Your Facebook reputation will be ruined! Combined brand advertising? ! The nerve of these guys!
  • 1 0
 I felt his way before i put my bontrager rythem carbons on my niner single speed...now im just soooo cool that i can mix and match...but yes
  • 1 0
 I just care about the performance, and color scheme. I have maroon/red bike with red trim (trek remedy 9.9 frame 2011) and I rock Specialized Bennie pedals why? Because I love the performance and the color happens to match the trim. Boom perfect combo.
  • 2 0
 I don't care what anyone thinks about me. I'm old, I'm fat I'm slow and I am definitely out of fashion. Get out of my way beep beep Smile
  • 1 0
 The fashion police are out in force today. I was born with a Giant Helmet
  • 1 0
 How many people's heads exploded reading "who" instead of "how"
  • 1 0
 i don't care too much about brand.. i ride mongoose with polygon helmet..and that's no problem for me...
  • 1 0
 Wait! Is this serious? What r u, a bunch of barbies?
  • 1 0
 My brother has Spec Control on front, Bontrager on rear, Bontrager stem, Spec saddle. The bike is neither Trek or Specialized. He wears "salmon" colored bike shorts. I try not to look.
  • 25 0
 I love this time of year when all the new products are released. All the old stuff goes on sale.
  • 3 0
 All about the deals!
  • 25 0
 Yeah but last years stuff is slower and not as good.
  • 7 0
 Unless its red.
  • 6 0
 I'm slow and not very good. The old parts fit me just fine.
  • 6 1
 Are you suggesting that you do not want to experience the mind-blowing stiffness of that 3mm extra with boost?!
  • 11 0
 We all want to experience mind blowing stiffness. That's why I love spam emails so much.
  • 1 0
 I couldn't care less about mixing brands up, its what works best that matters not what it looks like, I just took the avid xo brakes off my rockshox lyriks and put my shimano saints on instead, why, because I want to know I can stop and not just HOPE I can stop
  • 1 0
 Those small blue ones are a rock solid option!
  • 12 0
 Those TMac sig pedals, perfection.
  • 1 0
 Look so sick wit all those pins!
  • 12 1
 You can moun a really small sleeping bag behind tha helmet with those straps.
  • 6 0
 Am I the only one who sees that giant purposely coloured their helmets to match the 2015 reigns? Idk about you guys but I think a helmet that perfectly matches your bikes colour is a bit over the top for me...
  • 1 0
 I thought exactly the same thing as soon as I saw the helmet
  • 1 0
 I think it's adorable.
  • 1 0
 True. Normally I'd laugh and move on.

Then last summer one of my neighbors opened up his .50 cal on full auto. Now I wear an orange baseball cap outside (I'm currently on 10 acres with said neighbors owning around 500 acres).
Orange helmets are ok by me.
  • 6 0
 I guess the Minion is so good that if you want to make a good tire you may as well just copy it.
  • 3 0
 It's somewhere in between the DHR and the DHF.
  • 2 0
 I would never ride anything else. I have gone through 5+ minion tires.
  • 1 0
 Most of the good tires from the others look an awful lot like a Maxxis product
  • 1 0
 Yeah I just can't believe how similar the side knobs are. I'm going to try out the Highroller II's this year. I put an original set of Highrollers on my all mtn bike last season and felt they had even better cornering bite then the Minions I replaced. Been 10years on the Minions for DH for me so I figure I'll switch it up for my new GT Sanction.
  • 1 0
 I don't care what anyone says bit in my opinion minions are the best most versatile dh tire kn the market right now, that's all I use.
  • 1 0
 I run thirty P S I in my Minions, and no I don't care about your opinions.
  • 1 0
 Try the G5. It´s really good...and yes better than the DHF. A cut DHR should be very similar.
  • 1 0
 @justanotherrider I'm running a HR2 front, Minion DHRII rear on my all mountain bike currently. It came with HR2 front and rear, but I found it way to slow rolling for a rear (DHR2 is faster rolling and I like its grip more). The HR2 is a good front though.
  • 6 0
 Nice! There's still a newly released part out there I can use on my 26" bike...a 31.8 stem.
  • 5 0
 Is it just me or does that look like a bottle opener on the back of that Giant helmet? I'd buy it just for that.
  • 2 0
 If only it was made by yakima
  • 2 0
 Use your pedal bro! (Another plus if you run flats like me).
  • 1 0
 all the matching stuff are total nonsense, one of the most beautiful thing of the mountain bikes this days is the ability to built a bike with your desired or affordable components. this is mountain biking not a fashion boutique... there is a lot of components that are very similar, the only change will be the logo and color.... come on if that will drive u nuts you not riding hard enough....
  • 4 0
 those pedals are friggin saweeet. I'll take a pair in red please Smile
  • 5 3
 Those tires don't look like Minions or Butchers... not at all! Lol

And $140+ for pedals are you kidding? Shimano Saints are $50 online!
  • 3 3
 Shimano saints are bricks, those are 11mm thin works of art They're still overpriced though
  • 1 1
 Saints are ok if you have small feet ,those pedals are kinda the odd thing out in the saint line up , the only things that's not perfect.
  • 2 0
 I would rather spend $60 on the new nukeproof pedals that they reviewed on here the other day
  • 1 0
 I've got a pair of second hand four year old Nukeproofs, they're still going as strong as ever. Also, there's a pair of Superstar pedals which are the exact same as the Nukeproofs but a little cheaper.
  • 2 0
 Or £25 on the superstar ones
  • 1 1
 Jesus. Short-ass direct-mount stems...do you guys not like getting at your shock's air valve? I had a 26mm stem on a bike I bought used recently. I was alright with it for all of 20s before I realized I had to take the bars off to change my air pressure.
  • 3 0
 Been a fan of diety stuff for a while, and ay by gum their new stuff looks propper grand.
  • 1 0
 Bonty G4 and G6 in a lighter 29er version would be amazing. Looks like the Butcher/Slaughter combo but faster and better for drier conditions.
  • 3 0
 SHITS COMIN TOO FAST....
  • 3 0
 30mm dm looks good
  • 2 0
 lifetime warranty hell yeah!!!
  • 1 0
 Will you be able to run the Cavity stem flipped with zero spacers and not foul the headtube?
  • 3 1
 140 bucks for pedals. There is a sucker born every minute I guess
  • 1 0
 Even tho you look the part all matching doesnt make you any better does people..????
  • 2 0
 Those Bladerunners!
  • 2 0
 Beautiful blue stem.
  • 1 1
 what the hell is it with stems, $100 for those tiny 35mm pieces of metal, thats a joke
  • 1 1
 Seriously they just take a small cube of aluminum and put it in a CNC cutter and it's done in a few minutes, and they are charging loads of money for it.
  • 1 0
 Alot of companies take into consideration the cost of tooling, molds, bits, and materials. Don't forget labor and shipping costs. Most companies price such that they see a ROI on equipment as well as parts. Even if they only make a few cents.
  • 1 0
 when does the 30mm dm come out?
  • 1 2
 That looks good. Nice a shiny and stuff, logic fish has turtles
  • 2 2
 26 is dead?
  • 1 1
 thank goodness. it was an awful 30 years waiting for it to die.

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