Randoms Round 3: Dario's Treasures

Apr 21, 2024
by Dario DiGiulio  


We're in the thick of it here at the Sea Otter classic, and as per usual there's no shortage of interesting bits and bobs to pull out of the ocean of booths. We've been cherrypicking some select pieces for standalone stories, but there's plenty of good stuff that gets left in the eaves for these roundups. Here's my first batch from the show, with plenty more to come.



Duke Mad Max hub.
Duke is a french company specializing in high-end wheels and hubs.
90 POE ratchet.
Their higher tooth count hub has 90 points of engagement.
One loose ratchet one fixed.
The hub uses one spring-backed ratchet, as well as one fixed to the freehub body.
Duke aero gravel road rim with an unusually fat bead.
This gravel/all-road rim uses an unusually fat bead to help with aerodynamics.
Duke hubs.
Colors aplenty.
Duke rims.
Duke's downhill rims are used by some of the Commencal World Cup teams.



X-Fusion DH and Enduro forks.
X-Fusion is working on a 38mm diameter enduro fork with 160-180mm of travel.
X-Fusion DH and Enduro forks.
As well as a dual-crown jobber.
X-Fusion DH and Enduro forks.
The pertinent details.



Carnage.
Carnage.

Goose.
This goose waddled up to me and whispered my social security number into my ear.



Push
A cutaway Push Nine.One fork.
Push
They also had this 90's-inspired Yeti SB160, with an almost perfectly colormatched ano kit.
Push
Shimano and SRAM wombo combo.
Push
Little damper peeking out.



Wheels Mfg.
Wheels Manufacturing is toying with the idea of a crank, pedal, and bashguard in the near future.
Wheels Mfg.
The crank would be focused around shorter sizes, to help with specific bike fits and preferences.

P321
Candy at the Project321 booth.

SQ Labs
A somewhat suggestive saddle at the SQ Labs booth.

Outbound
This custom REEB belongs to Tom, the founder of Outbound Lighting. It sports 120mm rear travel, paired with a 180mm fork.
Outbound
Peep the bolt-on skidplate. And the sticker.
Outbound
White VHS looks good.

Reform Landyachtz
A dreamy titanium hardtail at the Reform / Landyachtz booth.
Reform Landyachtz
Reform/Landyachtz
Reform Landyachtz
Reform/Landyachtz

Prologo
Fancy new DH saddle from Prologo, featuring the world champ's signature.
Prologo
As well as some new trail bike saddles.

slammed
Y'all think this is my saddle angle.

photo
Normalize putting your homie's face on your tee shirt.

GasGas
This little brick is a GPS tracker that GasGas uses to track lap times, complete with throttle, gearing, suspension, and braking information.
GasGas
All the data feeds into this little computer and is accessible via an app. It probably wouldn't work as well in downhill due to the tree cover, but the concept could be adapted.

photo
MacGyvered AirWiz situation.

huh
This appears to be a brand based on a head angle.

Tactic
Tactic is a new brand, featuring a platform pedal and some high-end alloy handlebars.
Tactic
Before.
Tactic
After.

chill dog
Chillest dog at Sea Otter award.

syrup sippers
For all the syrup sippers out there.

Braydon s Bike
Braydon Bringhurst's custom Canyon Spectral slalom bike had graphics generated from his daughters' drawings.
Braydon s Bike
Cute.
Braydon s Bike
Peep the mega stack, riser bars, and 10mm rise crown race.
Braydon s Bike
The artist inspecting her work.
Braydon s Bike
And the stoked recipient.

moo
Moo.

Kayoot
Bikepacking-BMX-Altbike-Commuter-Core. Kyoot bikes with some unique whips.

Crankbrothers
Crankbrothers is releasing a cleat fitment tool, that works with all cleat standards out there.
Crankbrothers
It helps hold things in place and sight the fit as you install.
Crankbrothers
The wings off to the side are to measure depth on the cleat channel so you know how many spacers to run.

clouds
Calming scene at the Scor booth.
clouds
Ahh.

hacker
A real photo of Mike hacking your Pinkbike account.


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125 Comments
  • 216 3
 a new flat pedal from a new company is exactly what the industry was lacking
  • 38 0
 Clearly a wise Tactic.
  • 31 0
 i hope they soon follow up with a nice stem.
  • 5 1
 @nullzwo: Beautiful polished alloy bar paired with an ugly-ass stem.
  • 11 0
 @nullzwo: fingers crossed its a black stem available in 40 and 50mm lengths.
  • 4 0
 Nobody:....

Anyone with a CNC machine: We should make a Pedal..

Bro at the Bar: You SHOULD make a Pedal!
  • 1 0
 @mikeincc:
That's just a OneUp stem... I don't think it's particularly ugly.
  • 1 0
 @mrtoodles: don’t forget the matching bar end plugs and top cap.
  • 51 1
 Can we please get a bike check/interview on Tom's REEB? It is going to keep me up at night...
  • 28 0
 Especially the 120/180 mm combo
  • 2 0
 It's like a Jamis Parker with an extra inch on either end. Park bike!
  • 2 0
 That's almost my ideal combo! What a sweet bike!
  • 2 0
 @vegetox: if my hardtail can handle 160mm delta in headtube angle, a full sus must be fine with 60 I guess? what a wacky design.
  • 3 0
 @Mountain2Man: it’s not wacky at all, it’s perfect.
  • 1 0
 @vegetox: It is a little wild. I run a 138/170mm combo and its hard to balance out front to back feel as it is.
  • 32 0
 Tom here, hi! Happy to indulge: I had a Druid that I had “accidentally” run at something like 45% sag, compensated with a ton of LSC for a bit and actually liked it, I have a 160 hardtail I love but do not enjoy big hits on it, and I live in Olympia (now Bham) so felt having a big ass fork for steeps and large compressions was ideal, but when it gets steep enough I don’t use the rear travel as much, and 180/120 is “more balanced” than 160/0, so, screw it, let’s make it. Adam Prosise thankfully didn’t think it was totally stupid so he took a stock SST tear and modified the front end to keep the BB height reasonable with the giant fork and tweak angles, so it wasn’t just an afterthought and would ride well. Basically, if you ride it like a hardtail it rewards you greatly, doesn’t beat you up nearly as much, and has more in the tank on big hits and drops.

We’re also building a turnkey GR86 rally car (Matt, founder of Outbound Lighting) that’s pearly white with orange side mirror and rally gold wheels, so this was built to match, down to the full width underbody skid plate with ISCG tabs on both sides of the shell for support. The key was rally suspension inspiration, where they rely on tons of negative travel and insane LSC so the dampers support the car on big landings, same idea here except bikes have so much less unsprung mass we can’t rely on negative travel, but can use the damper and HBO with a short rear so this bike still feels good on heavy impacts, only really hurts it in flat chundery stuff where you just need to ride more actively, like you would on a hardtail.

If it was a great idea I feel like any non-zero number of companies would do it, but I freaking love it. Raced Trans New England Enduro on it blind and it felt like the perfect choice.
  • 3 0
 @vegetox: So far, the only bikr that used the 180/120 combo was Trannys Bottlerocket. That set up was killer!!!
  • 56 13
 A cliched comment about new flat pedald that appears in some form everytime a new flat pedal is released is exactly what the pb comments section was lacking.
  • 12 1
 I do have to wonder how many variations of such proliferating items the market can bear. Especially when I read the bike industry is suffering right now with too much inventory. Either the barriers to entry are so low the risk of failure is acceptable; the margins so high that limited sales are profitable; "uniqueness" is what MTB'ers crave; and/or startup cash is available for solutions in search of a problem?? :-)
  • 1 0
 @jddallager: this is the chance to prove you can never have too many flat pedals
  • 27 0
 The graphic on the SQ saddle is supposed to be a spark plug right? Because it looks like a butt plug with a light bulb on the end.
  • 23 0
 Suck Squeeze Bang Blow...
  • 3 0
 Definitely a spark plug
  • 1 0
 The suggestive saddle is a mike metzger tribute. Not someone i associate with MTB
  • 1 0
 @cypher74: Mike was backed by Intense in the early days and then later by Foes. He has had an on/off again relationship with the bike industry; but this spark plug design is one of his signatures in the Moto x, tattoo and art worlds.
  • 24 0
 Pick a headangle and build a company around it...
  • 8 0
 Worked for Niner…or did it?
  • 18 0
 Growing up and falling in love with mountain bikes in the 90’s, the throwback Yeti yelllow/blue colorway hits me in the feels every time.
  • 9 0
 I'm a sucker for dark grey frames with purple anodised parts
  • 6 0
 @korev:

I had a '92 Klein Rascal that was black with a mix of silver, black and purple anno parts. Wheels were black XT hubs, alternating black and purple nips, silver Araya RM20 rims. Had a purple Ringle bottle cage. The story was somebody else requested the build, but couldn't pay. I walk into the shop that day with a pocketful. Guy shows me this thing and asks "So...do you want it?" I cannot resist, out comes the wallet.
  • 3 0
 @thomasjkenney1024: Even now I'm jealous!
  • 12 0
 Shouldn't the slash between the 6 and the 5 be at 65 degrees? Looks closer to 55, I think.
  • 13 1
 Was that Levy in a goose suit?
  • 11 0
 120mm out back with 180mm up front is wild.
  • 6 0
 Is it?
  • 19 0
 It's less of a rear travel deficit than any hardtail...
  • 8 1
 Similar to 0 in the back and 160 in the front.
  • 7 0
 @hydraulica: now just deduct another hundred from the front and we're set
  • 5 0
 @Velosexualist: My math was a little too quick.
  • 7 0
 No one’s going to mention how gross “grape mapleaid” sounds? You’re climbing a hill and it’s hot out and you’re going to reach for… (checks notes) grape-flavored maple syrup sports beverage.
  • 1 0
 Purple drank, but for sports!
  • 1 0
 @barp: purple maple drink
  • 9 0
 120mm rear?
  • 4 0
 Damn straight. Think of it as an aggro hardtail with just a bit more in the tank for bigger hits.
  • 8 1
 Yeti bikes absolutely needs to go back to doing 2-way colour schemes, or at least offer it as an option.
  • 7 0
 can't wait for a moment when rims will be in colour again. not just black. these hubs are amazing
  • 1 0
 I want the white DT Swiis EX1750s again
  • 8 0
 The crankbrothers cleat fit thing. TAKE MY MONEY!
  • 3 0
 And it even smiles at you as you get your cleats in the right place (for a change). Smile
  • 7 0
 Holy shit for a second I thought that REEB was a Sunday...
  • 7 0
 The paint job on that Scor is beautiful.
  • 1 0
 Indeed
  • 1 0
 I want to see more of the paintwork on the Wheels Mfg bike too!
  • 6 0
 A real Canadian Goose would whisper your SIN and then chase you around the parking lot honking it at the top of its lungs
  • 2 0
 Of all people, a Canadian should know they're actually called "Canada Goose".
  • 1 0
 @barp: Canada Gooses, to be clear Smile
  • 2 0
 Tactic is a new brand ? Those bars made me search... I already see at least 3 different MTB related trademarks using Tactic (including Specialized) I see a name change in the near future I assume this is the Hub Company?
  • 5 0
 I take the SQ saddle isn’t suggesting molten haemorrhoids through usage
  • 2 0
 @tomo12377: Apparently an image of a distressed spark plug.....not leading one to think comfortable thoughts.
  • 4 0
 How does "Feuer unterm Arsch" translate to English?
  • 1 0
 @cxfahrer2: "ass on fire" in a "pedal to the metal" kind of way?
  • 2 0
 @cxfahrer2: Actually, "light a fire under one's ass" is an idiom, albeit not super common. Means "to motivate into action".
  • 6 1
 that‘s a yeti sb140, not sb160.
  • 1 0
 That blue X Fusion 38 would look amazing on my hideous muti colored Spec.Status! Anybody have any experience with x fusion suspension? Might have to look into their lineup a little more. Wonder if it has bleeders on it anywhere? Ive only ever ran fox perf. Elite on my bikes and was contemplating an upgrade as everyone has been offering some pretty good deals lately.
  • 3 0
 I actually had a 26" xfusion vengeance on my enduro, they used to come stock on the OG 26" specialized status. what's old is new again. It was a good coil fork, worked decent, didn't let me down ever and felt really well made for a cheap-ish fork.
  • 1 0
 I don't have experience on their most recent offerings, but I've had good luck with their older Vengeance fork. Think it is originally 2013 model and I bought it in 2014 to replace a Fox 36. It has been on my enduro bikes for several years in 170mm config, on partsbin ht in 150mm and it's now bolted to my jump bike in 120mm. Still going strong. It has hsc/lsc/reb adjustments and air spring. Servicing it is easy, all internals are well made (feels way more quality than ie. fox from same period) and changing travel is easy too. The fork is stiff and performance is rather well on par with rs/fox offerings from same era. Maybe not as smooth in repeated small hits, but well supportive for aggressive riding. Really good for the price. I'd guess X-Fusion products are still a good option in their price range.
  • 4 0
 Love a reverse arch fork, especially if it has drive side brakes
  • 2 0
 Cannondale always innovating when it comes to quality suspension.
  • 3 0
 It's a pity that Duke isn't more popular out of Europe. Their rims are always a sight to behold
  • 2 0
 Is that cut away expiring the warranty if done by the factory itself? I think it looks cool and it does safe some grams for sure!
  • 5 1
 Landyachtz at Sea Otter? What is going on
  • 1 0
 I thought the same thing! Only knew Landyachtz as a skateboard company until today. Landyachtz website has more info about their history and progress into making bikes.
  • 2 0
 They've had a sweet bike shop here in Vancouver for a while, and produced several runs of bikes. It seems they are tapering off on production runs, focusing on custom builds now.

The reform saddle (which is what their booth was, I believe) has been pretty popular around here and even showed up on the Rocky Mountain enduro team's bikes.
  • 5 0
 They weld up nice ti bikes in Vancouver, I visited their shop a few weeks back—good reminder I should write that up. They also sponsor a bunch of riders (eg. ALN, Remi, Jesse previously) through their saddle company Reform that does heat-moldable saddles.
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: Huh that’s pretty sweet, I had no idea. My first downhill skateboard was a Landyachtz Drop Wedge purchased in 2008 or 2009, I’ve been a fan of theirs for a long time but don’t skate much any more. Cool to see their name pop up
  • 1 0
 Forgive my ignorance, but genuinely always wondered, is there a point to leaving 30m worth of spacers on top of the stem, other than to potentially impale yourself? Do they just not want to cut it down?
  • 5 0
 If it's just for a few rides, it's room to experiment with stack. If it's forever, then it's fear of commitment... and/or trying to maximize the resale value.
  • 4 2
 Nice to see a cannondale at a bike show with the forks on wrong i can see why the bike industrys failing lol
  • 3 0
 What is this, a new Cannondale "Backy" fork? Or maybe a "Revty"?
  • 6 4
 If you run that many spacers, AND put a crown spacer in. Maybe it wasn't the bike for you.
  • 8 0
 Maybe that's why Braydon Bringhurst can't really ride a bike like the rest of us.
  • 4 0
 Sponsored riders ride the frames and parts they are given and make them work for them. He is also riding that bike with a specific purpose.
  • 1 0
 That EXT ERA on the REEB has the red rebound knob quite exposed and it’s definitely not like that on mine. Are those new lowers possibly??
  • 1 0
 Agreed, good spot. Grey too
  • 1 0
 It’s the long-travel v2, not the v2.1, that might be it?
  • 2 0
 No one’s said it yet but those Wheels MFG cranks I would purchase in a heartbeat
  • 5 2
 What a breath of fresh air: no motored-bicycle in sight!
  • 2 0
 Actually, take a closer look at the Cannondale with the fork on backwards. It's been electrified (rear hub motor). The hub is out of frame, but the battery and wiring are visible.
  • 2 0
 @dariodigiulio I was hoping to see you in the Hardtail DH race on Saturday. Seems right up your alley.
  • 2 0
 The Crankbrothers cleat fitment tool remind me something, but it's not the droid I'm looing for.
  • 3 1
 Any news on that new Charger 3.1 damper from RS?
  • 8 0
 It'll be underwhelming and 3.2 will be on Pro bikes not long after release.
  • 4 2
 @HeatedRotor: yeah and it’ll be marketed as an ‘upgrade’ rather than admitting the previous version was a cock up, just like the old sucking down air piston
  • 2 0
 Can somebody explain that skid plate please?
  • 4 0
 It’s an alternative to a crank or ISCG bashguard. Being flat it would probably work better than the narrow width they normally are
  • 4 0
 @ZacHinton: I want one!
  • 2 0
 @SintraFreeride: So you can hit things on the trail that you would otherwise miss with a narrow chainguard?
  • 5 0
 @hohmskullkrishten: Yup. I bent a narrow wide chainring because my normal bash guard is too small. Also a skid plate would allow me to go over fallen trees and balance on them (like a trials bike).
  • 1 0
 @SintraFreeride: Like for trials, got it.
  • 4 0
 So we made the bike in the spirit of a rally car, because we (Outbound Lighting) were going to make park our GR86 rally conversion in the middle of our booth at Sea Otter with the REEB hanging on the back, so the full body skid plate just felt right. Freaking works too, just had Adam Prosise weld another set of ISCG tabs on the BB shell so it would be well supported and then exquisitely crafted the plate with a large hammer.
  • 13 12
 That yeti is awful. the anodized blue on the hope stuff crashes with all the turquoise, who picked that
  • 11 1
 And then to top it off: Kashima
  • 6 1
 @daweil: actually, that kind of makes it make sense in a Dubai kind of way: more bling is more better
  • 8 4
 Umm not sure if you're "trolling" or not, but it's a throwback colorway, everything from graphics to ano bits are screaming 90's. I would google image it for ya but I'm sure you're capable. Have a good day.
  • 14 0
 I think it looks sick. Look at us with our own opinions, not pretending it's fact and letting people enjoy what makes them happy.
  • 6 0
 @ruckuswithani: I just love the massive shimano sticker without a single shimano part on the whole bike. Clearly pinnerello was on to something
  • 3 0
 @Grady-Harris: hell yeah man! It's like the fox sticker on my bike and I don't have a single piece of fox gear. Parts and gear gets swapped, stickers are forever!
  • 1 0
 @dorkbike: so, the bike is awesome, build is sick, but that blue from hope parts is crashing badly with the turquoise anodized on the headset, bb and so on, golden rule with anodization is, if it's not the same, avoid
  • 3 1
 Anybody got details of Tactic? Like the look of those bars.
  • 1 0
 Indeed. Doesn't seem to be a website that I can find.
  • 2 0
 @imbiker: before I look, let me guess: bars have 8-9 degrees of backsweep, exactly what the industry was lacking.
  • 3 0
 @smoochy: 9° back, 5° up, 38mm rise. Definitely filling an important hole in the market!
  • 2 0
 I already have a dt350 hub,no need for all these copies
  • 3 0
 Lunchbox!
  • 1 0
 I have a hard time seriously considering plunking down serious cash on a component that comes in a box labeled Duke…
  • 2 0
 Cleat fit tool! Finally. Been needed for a long time. Happy to use it.
  • 1 0
 The Duke hub is just a rebranded Erase hub right?
  • 1 0
 Was that an IRC tire in the wild???
What the hell happened to them…
  • 1 0
 Cargo bike with matching Lunchbox! Hell yeah! Hahaha
  • 1 0
 I'm in love with that KYOOT 20" bike... Would be an absolute riot to ride.
  • 1 0
 Yaaaawning
  • 4 6
 Oh pinkbike put links to the bloody companies will ya!?







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