I've always been a proponent of not riding more bike than I need, and Sea Otter's dusty dirt lanes don't exactly require the latest in down-country technology. Instead, I needed something small, agile, and that I could fold in half for easier portaging up those stairs that nearly killed me on that motorbike. The final day's mission: track down a bunch of the latest (and maybe greatest) suspension forks from the folks at RockShox, Fox, Marzocchi, X-Fusion, Trust, Öhlins, MRP, and DVO. One of those outfits had a prototype coil-sprung shock to show us, too.
There's more than suspension forks out there, though. Sarah Moore spotted Kaysee Armstrong's Liv prototype
, and RC sat down with Pole's Leo Kokkonen to learn about their wild looking Stamina 140
. Speaking of wild looking, Bowhead Adaptive e-Bikes showed RC
their articulating front suspension that helps to keep the vehicle stable without requiring widely spaced front wheels.