Last week saw Sea Otter return to full strength for 2022, with a packed venue full of exhibitors, racing, and a lot of mountain bikers who were all happy to be back at Weathertech Laguna Seca Raceway. And it wouldn't be an Otter without a bunch of new bikes and fresh gear, which is what Mike Kazimer, Alicia Leggett, and myself are on about in today's episode. We get into the details of Contra Bikes' steel high pivot machine, EXT's new air shock, a ton of fresh clothing, X-Fusion's wireless dropper post, and a whole bunch more.
THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 116 - NEW BIKES AND GEAR FROM SEA OTTER April 11th, 2022
The only otters I saw were at the aquarium.
Featuring a rotating cast of the editorial team and other guests, the Pinkbike podcast is a weekly update on all the latest stories from around the world of mountain biking, as well as some frank discussion about tech, racing, and everything in between.
a) Top of the line carbon frame and the best shocks (front & rear) but only entry-level components and alloy wheels
b) Entry-level alloy frame and shocks (rideable, not like a Huffy or some other total piece of s***!) with top of the line components and the best carbon wheels
Which would you choose and why? (Assuming geo and travel were the same.)
200 pound club problems
Carbon wheels are light, but they can’t fix a flexy frame, or one that has brake jack on descents.
Where as many pro’s race on aluminum wheels…
Components are meant to be replaced regularly, frames shouldn’t be.
Once we know this, we will then criticize your audio settings as the don’t work for Clydesdales
1) Q: Levy said something in one of the 3 recent podcasts before this about an "issue" being ready for mailing soon...is this publication and if so, what's that?
2) Comm: Gotta point out that Eminent (Onset models) can change 3 different travel options quite quickly with shock strut change outs - 120/130; 130/150 and 155/160-180). The struts change out in literally 5-10 mins.
As for forks, while you could change airsprings (Fox or RS) the Manitou Mezzer expert (29) changes from 140-180 travel in about 30 mins (assuming you have shop setup) just with token change-out. I changed my 180 to 160 in 30 mins from mounted on the bike to re-mounted back on the bike. Agreed you wouldn't do this daily or even weekly, but if going to an area that's more trail vs. steep / rough style a change out like this easily worth it.
I've not heard much chatter about this bike or option, just scored a (used) frame and gotta say - this thing makes the Capra feel like a schoolbus on climbs and easily keeps the same speed on downs (and I still keep getting PRs vs. my previous times). However - gotta say the WA1 bike looks waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better!
Second: Alicia, thanks for the dog content.
and now a gripe that has almost nothing to do with you guys:
Dual Slalom coverage behind a paywall= ANTI-STOKE.