Day 1 Randoms - Sea Otter 2021

Oct 8, 2021
by Mike Kazimer  
Sea Otter 2021
Introducing the Blaze, Giro's new winter shoe. Designed to keep feet warm and dry in temperatures down to 20 F, the shoes are insulated with Primaloft, and use a heat reflective insole. Unzipping the outer waterproof covering reveals a speed lacing system to help cinch everything down. MSRP: $250 USD.

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There's extra padding around the inner and outer ankle.
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The rubber durometer was chosen based on its ability to work well at the lower temperatures these shoes are intended for.

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The Xnetic H20 gloves are fully waterproof thanks to a three layer constructions that sees Giro's RainGuard membrane sandwiched between a nylon outer shell and a hypoallergenic liner. MSRP: $50 USD.

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Sea Otter 2021
Giro's popular Montaro helmet has received an updated Mips liner, which is attached to the helmet with elastomers in key locations.


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This is Scor's first appearance at Sea Otter, which makes sense considering the brand (an offshoot of BMC) just launched last month. This very purple 4060 LT has 29" wheels and 160mm of rear travel paired with a 170mm fork.

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The LT's shorter travel sibling is the ST, which uses the same frame with a different shock stroke length to get 140mm of travel.
Sea Otter 2021
We currently have an ST on the way for inclusion in an upcoming Field Test - stay tuned for those reviews later this year.

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What's better than a regular Specialized Enduro? How about this Super Enduro from Cascade Components? Thanks to a shock extender and a different link, this bike has 200mm of rear wheel travel.

Sea Otter 2021
Sea Otter 2021
Cascade Components also had their minimalist chainguides on display.


Sea Otter 2021
WTB updated the Vigilante's tread pattern in order to give it a slightly more round overall profile. The siping has also been altered to ensure the knobs remain supportive during hard cornering.

Sea Otter 2021
The Verdict underwent similar changes to the Vigilante, with new knob shaping that's intended to help smooth out the transition from the center to side knobs.

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WTB also rolled out their new SG2 puncture protection, a bead-to-bead layer of nylon that will be replacing WTB's current SlashGuard design. SG2 is said to be lighter and more supple while providing even more puncture resistance.

Sea Otter 2021
Looking for a way to upgrade that boring old water bottle? Gretchen Leggitt had her Hydrascape stickers on display, which can be used to add a little extra flair to a bottle, skis, board, car, or anything that would look better with one of the muralist's landscapes stuck to it.

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Speaking of adding some flair, MRP has huge variety of color options for their fork lowers and crowns. The program is called ShredKote, and for a $149 charge on top of the fork price riders will be able to pick from an initial selection of 12 colors, with plans to offer up to 100 choices in the works. Just want different colored lowers? That'll set you back $94.

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The Cerakote finish is lighter than powdercoating, and is done near MRP's headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Sea Otter 2021
MRP also had their new Specialized Epic chainguide on display, which will retail for $64.95.

Sea Otter 2021
Do you have a vintage MTB with suspension that's in dire need of a service? While Risse Racing offers service and tuning on modern forks and shock, they also specialize in restoring vintage mountain bike shocks and forks



149 Comments

  • 203 0
 That Scor bike looks great
  • 55 3
 They really scored with their design
  • 14 0
 Agreed. Best looking bike I’ve seen in a while, and that’s with some handsome bikes out there!
  • 8 1
 @nateross8: I'm sure that was their goal.
  • 1 0
 Waiting to hear when they will release in the US or start shipping! Wife is ready to order one
  • 2 1
 BMC= Bicycle-MFG-Company
  • 3 0
 @nateross8: scor blimey
  • 4 0
 I don't usually go for plastic fantastic bikes, but it is a handsome beast.
  • 2 0
 Weird pricing on them, £3650 for the NX build or £2970 frame only
  • 3 0
 The Scor LT and ST are so, so much like a Megatower and Hightower with just the upper link flipped round. However, they do also look great - better than my Hightower as it opens up the triangle for more bottle space, however I bet the shock is even hard to see for setting sag! Good looking bikes.
  • 2 0
 Wouldn't want to have to route the dropper cable though...
  • 3 0
 I think it's the angular, thin tubing that gives it such a striking look
  • 1 0
 It looks pretty. However, we want to see pictures of it dirty. Specifically the shock and lower link area.
  • 1 0
 @nateross8: it all points to a great bike
  • 44 0
 Props to MRP for keepin it local!
  • 3 0
 Rock on Mister P! Smile Love the looks of those paint jobs.
  • 29 0
 random: Sea Otter in October.
  • 38 0
 True. And there’s another one just six months from now…
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: And I'll be in the next age class then, too!
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: confirmed back to spring? Would be great, missed this one.
  • 2 0
 @ultimatist: Confirmed on their website. Date are listed there thru 2025 or so......
  • 24 0
 Really like the idea of picking colors for fork lowers, that's pretty cool
  • 1 0
 Magura also used to do that until 2008 or so. I've still got an Odur (short travel coil sprung) fork with red lowers and a Wotan (mid travel air sprung) fork with yellow lowers.

I don't quite get what they're saying though. If you want the lowers on a new fork in custom color you pay a 149USD surcharge, if you get a stock fork you can get spare lowers in a custom color for only a 94USD surcharge, is that correct? So you get more for less money? Seems pretty pointless to go for the 149USD option then.
  • 3 0
 @vinay: As it's written it sounds like it's $149 extra for a new fork with optional colors on both the fork crown and the lowers, and $94 extra for a new fork with optional colors for the lowers only.
  • 2 0
 @Iamwarthog: Ah, clearly didn't read properly and just went with the pictures. A brightly colored fork crown wouldn't be for me but I understand the complexity hence why it is a relatively expensive option.
  • 19 1
 Cascade always killing it. Nicest guys too!
  • 17 2
 Giro is making great stuff these days.
  • 5 0
 They look like XC skiing boots, which will probably work pretty well for winter riding.
  • 3 0
 I've had the montaro since 2019. Great helmet.
  • 6 0
 Gonna get those Giro Gloves for my construction Jobsite
  • 2 0
 Tell me about those winter socks I spy...
  • 8 0
 That’s a mullet link for the Enduro so you can run 27.5 rear and keep the stock geo.

www.williamsracingproducts.com/shop/p/specialized-mullet-yoke
  • 2 0
 Thank you
  • 5 0
 The change to the WTB Vigilantes siping is pretty obvious.

But to be honest, I'm looking really hard at that that Verdict... and not seeing any difference in the tread pattern/siping.

I've got one on my bike at the moment, and I quite like it for wet weather riding. I... am just sitting here comparing photos side by side, and can't tell any difference in the siping, or knob layout/placement. Maybe the change is to the outside edge of the cornering lugs?

Also, other media outlets made more noise about the slash guard 2 stuff. They're saying 10-20% less weight per tire than the old slash guard. Which, could easily mean ~100g or so from these. Which I know some people would be really happy about.
  • 14 2
 I think wtb is hugely underrated for tires. Trail boss is a fabulous rear tire.
  • 9 5
 Honestly, I'm done with WTB tires after lots of punctures, lots of weight, and a really frustrating tendency to weep sealant and air. I was loosing half my preferred tire pressure in 24 hours on pretty new tires, and if I didn't ride for a bit there would be puddles of sealant on the floor, and evidence of it running out of the tread and sidewalks. This includes the new SG2 tires.
  • 3 0
 @Glenngineer:

Did you have older (before their last redesign when the verdict, and other wider tires came out), or otherwise thin casing tires?

Just curious.

I’ve only had two WTB tires (Vigilante light/high grip 29x2.6, Verdict light/high grip 29x2.5). But neither of them have caused my any problems. No punctures, weeping casing, or abnormal pressure loss. I’m using orange seal endurance if that matters at all.

I don’t have a huge sample size of tires yet. But the verdict is my favorite front tire of them all so far (better than the DHF and Vigilante I had on before). At least for your typical PNW conditions.
  • 2 1
 Hopefully the Trail Boss 2.4 has decent volume. The prior slash guard casings were 58mm on a 30mm internal rim (livable), but the tough casing was only 55mm which is really small in today’s world. Interestingly the prior 29 x 2.4 SG was right a 1000 grams, so weighed less than they said. If the new ones are the same weight, size, and have better durability, that is a win.
  • 7 0
 @adrennan:
The Vigalante is vastly superior for anything short of pure DH to the DHF, DHR boat-anchors that most PNW based reviewers like pushing IME.
  • 7 0
 @adrennan: they need to bring back the velociraptor f and r
  • 1 0
 @Glenngineer: I'll not be buying them either. I've got a Trail Boss that's not especially worn, but I'm going to bin it as the sidewalls are permanently weeping. It's a right PITA to clean my clean bike before putting it in the car. Otherwise it's a perfectly ok rear tyre - not especially heavy or draggy, ok grip.
  • 1 0
 @makripper: And the Weirwolf LT
  • 2 0
 @makripper: They need to bring back the Breakout.
  • 8 3
 Cerakote is not a particularly durable coating. People have done it on MX, and it's basically on par with just painting it while hard anodizing it is vastly superior. Cool offering, but that a tough pill to swallow at $150.
  • 17 2
 Scrolling through the company's gallery is kind of funny... Paint sprayer, game controller, camera... "huh cool"... wheels, shoes... "wow they can coat a lot of stuff"... engine parts, couple guns, golf putters... "wow, what can't they coat!"... guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, knives, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, knives, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, knives, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, knives, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, knives, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, knives, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, knives, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, guns, knives, guns, guns, guns...

"ok, I guess these guys like guns".

www.cerakote.com/project-gallery
  • 18 0
 @islandforlife: haha i dont think its necessarily because cerakote likes guns so much, but because cerakote is the industry standard for quality gun painting
  • 10 0
 @islandforlife: it's a gun coating first and foremost. It also works great for a low friction paint ceramic paint and in fact does stand up to wear more than most paint will, as per astm testing.
  • 12 25
flag deeeight (Oct 7, 2021 at 18:17) (Below Threshold)
 Its as durable as powdercoating at less weight. Its also easier to do than annodizing the parts for small scale fork makers.
  • 5 0
 @islandforlife: The stuff is great on my camp knives and I'm looking at a shotgun with the coating. It's fun stuff.
  • 9 0
 @deeeight: no way, deeeight is an outside plusser?
  • 5 0
 @jaycubzz: always has beem
  • 13 0
 For clarification, ShredKOTE is $99 for lowers-only, or $149 for lowers and crown. We are launching with ~12 colors, but hope to have 100+ eventually. I’ve had a few Cerakoted forks for a couple months and they’ve held up better than stock paint – they look virtually new. Not that you’d expect lowers to be beat to heck after a few months, but you’d definitely see scratches, marring, and dulling from riding, shuttling, etc. These could pass as new.
  • 3 1
 @islandforlife Seems like World War III will be a colorful event. Smile
  • 1 0
 @NoahColorado: $99 is a much better price point... I always RideWrap my forks as well which ups the durability factor by a huge amount.
  • 3 0
 @islandforlife: honestly that project gallery felt like a brief journey into America. A handgun commemorating a lost loved one? A golf themed SMG? Cute matchy knife and gun sets for the overweight Tacoma Bros?
  • 1 0
 @Almostredbike: The Green Party is armed and ready in the USA!
  • 1 0
 @jaycubzz:

@jaycubzz: The "plusser" is what we... WHO HAVE BEEN PAYING TO KEEP PINK BIKE IN BUSINESS have to show that we directly put our money into maintaining the place you freeloaders use daily.
  • 1 0
 @NoahColorado: great price. A rifle costs a few hundred to do so 99 is an awesome price and something I'd definitely do if if I was getting one.
  • 4 0
 @deeeight: Thanks. Thanks for the clarification. Thank you. Thank you so much. I, the freeloader, am forever in your debt. Thank you. You man of culture. Thank you for keeping this essential, life-saving necessity accessible for us scum.
  • 8 0
 Risse Racing... that's a name I haven't heard since 24" Big Hits
  • 4 0
 Haha I had a Risse shock on my Mongoose Amplifier back in 1995. Can't believe they're still kicking around.
  • 3 0
 @mrtoodles:

Had a custom Risse Jupiter R for a Brodie 8-Ball. They made some great stuff
  • 2 0
 Glad they are still doing their race fab.
  • 3 1
 Awesome that they are fixing retro shocks.
  • 4 0
 Ex- Risse Champ owner here. 375 ml of 5 wt oil in each leg. Buttery. Sagged under their own weight. Pull it apart until it was a pipe. BMW seals and Teflon tape meant noone had you over a barrel. But then there were downsides... Sigh.
  • 1 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: You'll be happy to know that when I passed the YT tent they came out and handed me a pair of socks and fetched a T shirt for me as well. They did not lace me up with any subliminal misogyny or neo-nazi literature, however.
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: What did the day about the Nazi Rune writing they used? Did you hold them accountable?
  • 2 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: There is no such thing as a Nazi Rune - that lettering style's Old Norse origins predate those genocidal a-holes by a thousand years. Just like the swastika - the nazis stole that too, as it appears in many earlier cultures. Should every skull image be banned because the followers of Cheeto Mussolini use it and so did the SS? I think not. You can't cancel all human expression because an outlier co-opted it at some point. Well, YOU can try, I suppose......
  • 3 0
 @suspended-flesh: We must campaign to ban the entire alphabet because it is used to write HATE SPEECH!!
  • 3 0
 @suspended-flesh: he also thinks Baphomet is a nazi image. Can't wait to see the look on his face when he realises Nazis also wore underpants.
  • 2 0
 @streetkvnt-kvlt: Uh oh. You just reminded me - I have a Hugo Boss suit!

Must... not... invade... Poland arrrghh!
  • 2 0
 @iamamodel: HAHA I love my Hugo BOSS boxers and my wife used to own a VW - I really should be cancelled ASAP.
  • 8 1
 Mrp specialized epic chainguide. Made from 'engineering grade' plastic, only $129.99
  • 1 0
 Damn, I was interested until I saw your post. Ta.
  • 4 1
 @iamamodel: it’s half that, $64.95.
  • 4 0
 @NoahColorado: maybe Stateside.
  • 7 0
 Being able to pick cerakote is awesome and something frame makers should do.
  • 1 0
 I wonder if you would be limited to using C-series Cerakote on carbon frames. Not sure what 250-300F would do to the resin in a carbon layup, if anything. It's something I've always wanted to do, but the voided warranty aspect turns me off Frown
  • 1 0
 @crazyXCsquirrel: they do a lower temp one for optics but might still be too high.
  • 8 1
 Field test a super enduro
  • 22 0
 If they will do it we will supply!
  • 1 0
 Awesome! Thought I caught mention of this 200mm link in a shop tour vid. Been wondering when we’d hear more. Any ETA’s? @CascadeComponents:
  • 1 0
 @CascadeComponents: does it change head angle? Do you need a dh fork to correct it?
  • 1 0
 @CascadeComponents: will these part be available for the general public anytime soon? Thanks!
  • 6 0
 Dear Giro, Lovely looking boot, can we have a proper non SPD sole on it now please?
  • 1 0
 I've got some overshoes from Endura which have a dotty pattern that matches my FiveTens. They do the job and all, but somehow the contact does get a bit more vague as part of the contact between shoe and pedal needs to be transferred through the overshoe (at least with a midfoot pedal placement).
  • 1 0
 @vinay: I bought the 5:10 trailcross boot goretex jobbies that are meant to be waterproof. Spent last year on the Endura over boots and to be fair did a good job.
What I don't get is nearly all the shoe manufacturers make SPD waterproof boots but not flats??? Mental.
  • 2 0
 I'd like to see a chain guide where the little keeper could be removed tool free. We all know that every now and then the bloody chain will slip past and then it is nigh impossible to get it back on the ring without undoing the keeper. A wing nut on the back side would do the trick. Anything. Please.
  • 22 0
 If anyone heading to sea otter is reading this, stop by and try to get the chain off the bike. We will let you get as wild as you want with it. We are confident you won't succeed.
  • 3 0
 OneUp's is tool free but yeah, I've still lost my chain with it somehow. Fixing the root cause might be preferred.
  • 1 0
 @CascadeComponents: Great to know you guys have worked hard to get this right.
  • 6 0
 @CascadeComponents: Challenge accepted! See you tomorrow!
  • 4 0
 @ryetoast:
yeah iv got a one up and its pretty cr@p tbh. its just to soft and flexible. That's running it as close as possible without it rubbing and the chain still gets past it somehow. think the guide and mount is to short and to far back IMHO
  • 6 0
 Down to 20f... But what about winter?

/Weeps in chicagoan
  • 4 0
 Ha, right. Same thing in Colorado.
  • 2 0
 Giro has the same idea of winter as Rapha, their Deep Winter gloves should be renamed Chilly Autumn.
  • 3 0
 Giro, you don't need to make fancy rain shoes. Just use your fancy waterproof glove material to make waterproof socks. Its a thing, that works awesome.
  • 4 0
 I just checked in, and got cursed with the #1 plate.

My goal just went from hoping not to be last to hoping I finish
  • 3 0
 HAHA rad. I saw Valentina Hoell here - I was surprised.
  • 3 0
 Specialized enduro with 200mm travel tup I want to see a full bike pic. I wonder what fork was paired with it?
  • 3 0
 I'm curious how close to the ground the chainring gets, gotta be super low if the bb is anywhere close to stock height.
  • 1 0
 Silly if the enduro isn't rated for a dual crown ala capra and others like evils
  • 1 0
 @jrocksdh: Isn't it rated for dual crown then? I thought it was but I could be wrong. Otherwise break out that old Totem fork again.
  • 1 0
 Got to be a 190mm Zeb, hasn't it?
  • 1 0
 Help me out here. On the Scor, wouldn't it be probable that under sag and definitely under compression, rocks and junk could get into the area under the link, only to be smashed into the carbon upon extension?
  • 1 0
 Through shock design and what appears to be a longish seatpost could be a problem for longer dropper posts. I’ll have to see the geo chart. My SC is a bit of a problem with the 180mm post I run.
  • 3 0
 Risse-- bring back the bigfoot!
  • 5 1
 MRP win the fork war
  • 2 0
 Mrp ftw mkay!
  • 2 1
 try to clean it and we'll talk again !
  • 2 0
 Take that fugly orange!
  • 1 1
 I don't know what they win with such awful colors and stickers.
  • 2 1
 Too bad the Vigilante has been turned into a minion/ assegai, the gen1 tread pattern gripped amazing with consistent grip while cornering, now its just another minion clone
  • 2 3
 So many tire companies catering to beginner riders who can't handle a nice channel between centre and shoulder knobs, and yeah, it doesn't work if you don't commit. It's the channel that makes a tire rail, and not round, square please. OG High Roller for the all-time cornering win
  • 2 0
 Are there any new ti bikes on display?
  • 1 0
 Gotta give a shout to the Hydrascape stickers. Beautiful designs and more sticker than you know what to do with!
  • 2 0
 MRP - Must Replace Periodically.
  • 1 0
 Just bookmarked While Risse Racing...to keep my daily bike running until the global supply chain returns to normal.
  • 1 0
 Kudos to Risse, and anyone else helping keeping classic bikes going. Awesome!
  • 2 1
 GOOD STUFF, EXCEPT FOR WTBs.
  • 1 0
 Ribbon in Cerakote Glacier chrome would be cool..
  • 1 2
 Squirmiest most unconfident most uninspiring tire ever made ..I doubt these improvements made the vigilante any better.. horrible tire..
  • 1 1
 I thought Pinkbike was Canadian, so why is there °F... No one (except Canadas neighbour country and two others) use °F.
  • 1 0
 I wonder if that MRP chain guide will work on my Wilder too...
  • 1 0
 FWIW . I heard that Scor is going to be Mikes Bikes new flagship brand.
  • 3 2
 Looks like a minion
  • 1 0
 Score, cor.
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