Video: 8 New & Interesting Products - Sea Otter 2019

Apr 13, 2019
by Pinkbike Originals  



The Taipei Cycle Show might feel like it just happened a few weeks ago (it happened just a few weeks ago), but now we've gone from Taiwan to California for Sea Otter 2019. With the demise of Interbike, The Otter is more important than ever and it seems to be thriving; the venue even had to expand this year to include more booths and more people. A lot of that is surely down to battery-powered attendees, but there are some interesting things to see on the human-powered front as well.

Structure Cycleworks showed up with a fresh-out-of-the-mold carbon fiber linkage bike that might be from a Ridley Scott-inspired future. Looks aside, I'm as curious as ever when it comes to anyone trying to do something different. Rotor's 13-speed mineral-powered drivetrain is at the show, too, and it'll be available in the summer. This summer! RC took a look at Kate Courtney's (AKA the World Champ) Scott Scale that probably weighs less than the dual-ply Minions you put on your trail bike, and Sarah Moore spotted Giant's new footwear lineup.

As for me, I spent most of the day on an electric bike that supplemented its pedal-assist with a motorbike-style throttle. I don't think I turned the cranks over once. In between the skids and donuts, I managed to check out Hope's beautiful HB130 frame, SR Suntour's updated Axon fork, Walmart's entry into the high-end mountain bike world, Niner's full-suspension gravel bike (I swear it's neat), and some clever components from the guys at OneUp.



MENTIONS: @pinkbikeoriginals



59 Comments

  • + 49
 Really big fan of the one up products. Love the simplistic designs, naming and everything colour coded. One day my bike will be decked out in their products.
  • + 12
 You are so right. I thought exactly the same the other day when the carbon bar came out and started mentally pricing up how much it'd cost for a full OnOne deckout. Their Allen bolt thru axle is awesome. Really recommended if you are still running Make QR style or similar.
  • + 9
 Oneup rules. I bought a 42 tooth rear cog couple years ago and then they mailed me socks at Christmas to thank me for the purchase. That small thing made me a customer for life. Now I've got their post, pedals, cogs on a few bikes and now need to find an excuse to get their new bars!
  • + 34
 No way should gravel bikes be allowed to get full suspension without going through 2 decades of dodgy linkages & elastomers, the riders simply wouldn’t appreciate just how good it really is!
  • + 4
 Heh heh, good point. Also, but for fun, search "paris roubaix bike" + random year like "1994" and get ready for crazy ass coil sprung, rock shox fork adorned monsters.
  • + 33
 "Pinkbike is going to lock me back up in their tent for the night, and they'll let me out in the morning"
-Mike Levy, downcountry enthusiast
  • + 54
 I'm sunburnt and hungry. Send help.
  • + 2
 @mikelevy: go to the warf and get some chowda
  • + 3
 @mikelevy: Everyone hide your donuts.
  • + 21
 Mike Levy borrows a Niner CX/gravel FS bike. Rides it to the Maxxis booth. Picks up an Ikon 29 EXC. the rides to Suntour stand, leaves with 140mm fork. Puts it all together, rides to the hills. Comes back and makes an announcement. Crossduro is officialy betters than DownCountry and is the new real mountain biking.
  • + 3
 I vote "Cycloduro"
  • + 2
 @bforwil: Gravelcross Downduro Upcountry
  • + 5
 Even coming from someone who used to spend a lot of time on drop bar bikes, lots of road bike mileage and winter training miles and races on a CX bike, I don’t really get the wide tire gravel bike, let alone a full suspension one. Maybe I need to spend some mileage on one, but I have a hard time thinking I wouldn’t just want a xc race mountain bike instead.
  • + 2
 I was you. Then i decided maybe 32mm tires would be interesting. It's just as fast as my roadie on a group ride, and now i have a bunch of KOMs on nasty potholed road descents. It's not an aero mtb, it's a superior road bike. This is the future. I don't understand why this is more controversial than Levy rolling around on a moped.
  • + 4
 “ If you dont mountain bike, it can be scary to go to a bike ahop” ... said no one ever , come on PB , there’s absolutely nothing groundbreaking about this bike and this clearly is just lame attempt to kiss Wallmart’s bottom...Ill be real disappointed if i dont get a thousand “fake” down votes
  • + 10
 I think it's scarier going to walmart or sportschek or some big box store to buy a bike due to the fact the minimum wage workers there have next to zero knowledge on the products. I overheard a salesman try and sell parents a commuter bike with semi slick tires because it's better on the road, whereas they wanted a bike for the trails and brought it up multiple times to him.
  • + 18
 I do mountain bike and it's scary to go into a bike shop. I lose my brain the moment I step inside, overwhelmed by bikes and components that I've only read about. Now, what did I come here for?
  • + 14
 @tripleultrasuperboostplusplus:

All 3 of our local shops are all very different. One is owned by two younger (20s) men who are a bit on the cockier side. One is owned by two older cranky men who stare at you the whole time you're shopping. Then the other is friendlier and nice to go into to but everything is very expensive (some components are 1.5-2x the price of jenson/CRC and other online retailers).

So now thinking about it bike shops could be intimidating if you don't know what you're looking for.
  • + 6
 @Ryan2949: same could be said for car dealerships.Saying Wallmart is great because bike shops can be intimidating is a dumb argument.You’ll find condescending /cranky idiots just about anywhere, not just in bike shops
  • + 2
 I'm glad Walmart is selling a nice (if oldschool) hardtail. The more MTB shit gets produced, the more the price should come down for the riders. The thing I don't like is that Walmart isn't really going for the throat with their pricing. I don't want them to put anyone out of business, but in the last year or two a bunch of companies have pushed their prices up for no discernible reason.

You know what would be nice? If companies stopped wasting so many resources on making fake, bike-shaped-object components that LOOK like the real deal, e.g. Walmart suspension forks, imitation disc brakes, etc., and put those resources into mass producing components that will work at a lower price point (e.g. mass produce carbon forks instead of fake suspension forks).
  • + 1
 @Ryan2949: Good point, seems most bike shops are independent and vary hugely by who's running them and what their opinions are. Even the "brand stores", your still stuck with who who happens to be working that day.

Bike shops are a crap shoot! but most things are... Smile
  • + 2
 @tuumbaq: @stiingya:

Very true, you can go to one Honda dealer, then another and they can be completely different shopping experiences.
  • + 2
 No one buying a bike at Walmart is going spend real bike money on one.
  • + 2
 When I worked in a bike shop, often we had short meetings to talk about how to greet and approach customers. With new employees, during special events, just general changes based on customer behavior. It was often talked about not to intimidate and get too technical or condescending or pushy... so scary bike shops is a thing. All the employees were riders, our mentalities are different than new riders. There were many exceptions, many ahole customers, and yes this happens everywhere. "said no one ever" is not fake, just uninformed.
  • + 2
 @rezrov: The prices will never come down because they are artificially inflated. There is no sane reason a bicycle should ever cost $10,000
  • + 2
 @rezrov: Glad I'm not the only one bugged by this. A $300 rigid single speed is going to be a way more capable and reliable bike than a $300 "full suspension" bike with a badly adjusted 3x7 drivetrain.
  • + 7
 Huffing up the stairs - “Is this down country?”

Ha. Well played.
  • + 6
 The execution of the first burnout was on point. I belly laughed from that one. Well done.
  • + 4
 Thanks, One Up, for making a stem I can use for barspinnable routing without resorting to a hideous old BMX hollow stem cap/starnut.
  • + 1
 Out of curiosity because I'm detached from the XC world. Could an elite level rider ride the Niner Dual Squish gravel bike in races and be competetive?? And, what ruling limitations are there on bike selections in those style races?
  • + 3
 I'm cool with Viathon and downcountry. I reserve my pitchforkin' for e-MTBs.
  • + 0
 What a crappy plug for the Walmart bikes. Who is gonna drop 2500 bucks for bike to go get groceries on? This bike is not targeted towards your typical Walmart customer, thus they can only be bought online.

Big new is the niner full sus gravel bike. My bet is that it becomes a game changer.
  • + 4
 they want 600-1100 bucks for suntour when RS is cheaper and better? lmao.
  • + 1
 35 seconds into this video, and Mike demonstrates EXACTLY why e-bikes shouldn't be allowed on our trails.... Thanks for the awareness-check, Mike!
  • + 2
 Burped a tire trying to carve around some mannequins in the clothing section.
*CLEAN UP ON AISLE 9*
  • + 0
 HOLY SHIT LEVY..how much is WALMART paying you...doesnt make sense ..first time buyer bikes are not $2100 bucks...intimidated by bike shop..C'MON MAN!...luv your input on things BUT this sounds fishy.Frown
  • + 2
 The one-up stem is really cool. Thanks for the explanation of how that works.
  • + 1
 The strap around your neck isn't connected to anything around your sack, is it?
  • + 2
 OneUp for life! I am such a fanboi. Stroking the edc pump ATM
  • + 1
 I love those machined ribs for textural pleasure!!
  • + 1
 More info about SR TriAir PLEASE!
  • + 1
 I would love to see photos posted with these video articles!
  • + 1
 A lot of the stuff gets written about, too. Here's the OneUp goods: www.pinkbike.com/news/oneup-ibis-rsd-sea-otter-2019.html
  • + 1
 that bike for the entrt lvl for walmart... dats a sweet hardtail
  • + 1
 these videos are great
  • + 0
 Lol Mike you almost took out that Niner display bike
  • + 1
 I nearly tucked the front tire on the take before that.
  • - 1
 where is pole bikes??
why moped aren't pink??
  • + 1
 Pole Bikes coming up in the next one. Smile
  • - 1
 DOWNCOUNTRY!
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