Sunday's Randoms - Sea Otter 2015

Apr 19, 2015 at 16:47
by Mike Kazimer  
Sea Otter 2015

The day after winning the dual slalom, Jill Kintner took the top spot in the pro women's downhill to cap off a successful weekend of racing. The Sea Otter course doesn't exactly qualify as a true DH track, which is why most riders opt for shorter travel set ups. Jill won aboard her carbon Norco Range that's decked out with the latest suspension from FOX, a Shimano XTR drivetrain and brakes, and Industry 9 wheels.



Sea Otter 2015

The paint was barely dry on Brook 'Bulldog' Macdonald's Bell Full 9 helmet that he'll be wearing when World Cup downhill action resumes at Fort William, Scotland.



Sea Otter 2015

Several athletes, including Brian Lopes, were aboard a prototype clipless pedal from HT this week. The clip-in mechanism looks similar to that of the X1, but with a more low profile platform, and two adjustable pins at the front of the pedal.



Sea Otter 2015

What kid doesn't love monster trucks? That's the thinking behind the junior version of Trek's Farley fat bike, which uses 24" wheels to fit smaller riders, and includes niceties like an aluminum frame, disc brakes, and a 1x9 drivetrain.



Sea Otter 2015

Cedric Gracia is part owner of Production Privee, the Andorran company best known for their steel hardtails, and he was on hand with Marc Caselllana of Prestige MTB. Prestige recently announced they will be the US distributor for the brand, making it easier for Americans to get their hands on bikes like the 27.5" Shan Diamond shown above.



Sea Otter 2015

Onza has a new rubber called GRP40 that they'll first be using on their wire bead DH tires, with plans to make it an option on their folding bead tires in the near future. It's a soft, slow rebounding 40 duromoter compound that's meant to be super sticky on for extra grip in wet conditions.




Sea Otter 2015

Lezyne announced their new line of GPS computers at the Taipei Cycle Show, and had the full line on hand at Sea Otter. The Mini is the smallest unit, weighing only 30 grams with a claimed 10 hour run time. In addition to recording GPS data, the computer can display time, distance, speed, and elevation. MSRP: $139.99 USD.



Sea Otter 2015

Crank Brothers has a few limited edition colors of their m19 and m10 multitools tools for riders looking to add a splash of color to their pack.



Sea Otter 2015

27.5+ hardtails were the big story as this year's Sea Otter, but a few companies had full suspension models out as well, including the 110mm Cascade Peak from Fezarri.



Sea Otter 2015

The simple elegance of Abbey Tools stainless steel chain whip ($45) and Crombie cassette tool ($50) caught my eye, but it was the titanium hammer that really made me drool. I know, no one really needs a $185 ti hammer, but as soon as I picked it up I was smitten. It's only 265 grams, but has enough heft that it'd be perfect for tapping in bearings or other bike related jobs. Based in Bend, Oregon, all of Abbey Tools' products are made in the United States.



Sea Otter 2015

Who's ready for some serious hucking? The first stop of the Fest Series kicks off in Santa Cruz, California, and the big guns are starting to roll into town, including Nico Vink with his custom Hope brake levers.



Sea Otter 2015

Nico's Scott Gambler probably racks up more air miles in a season than most riders accumulate in a lifetime.



Sea Otter 2015

Bike Magazine's Sh*tbike has led a hard and grueling life, including being lit on fire and launched from a catapult, but somehow it seems to always show up at Sea Otter. This year it was trying to fit in with all the plus size weirdness, but it looks like there may have been some compatibility issues...



Be sure to check out all of our Sea Otter Classic images in this gallery.





83 Comments

  • 553 7
 If you buy a $185 Ti hammer the first thing you should do is hit yourself in the gonads with its 285 g mass to take your self out of the gene pool.
  • 87 4
 This is literally the best comment I've ever seen.
  • 34 39
flag jimbodunnig (Apr 19, 2015 at 17:58) (Below Threshold)
 Like the person that designed it, that is the most usless tool in the world
  • 14 1
 It's cool to have Gucci stuff but a $25.00 craftsman dead blow will do the job Smile Then you can spend the rest of parts or other tools, right!
  • 19 16
 Why not have a titanium hammer? I'll take 2.
  • 92 0
 ^ Dentist ^
  • 16 0
 Yeah, I don't see its practicality in the bike world, but as a carpenter, I would have nothing but!
  • 14 1
 Its all about that weight reduction bro
  • 13 1
 It's ridiculous, but there's something to be said for really, really awesome tools.
  • 4 2
 everyones perception of value is different, some would totally spend that much on tools.
  • 3 0
 what if the hammer was a gift because you have been building homes for rich task-masters for 20 years and it's light weight is like Codeine for your joints. Knowing others pain without seeing the ailment.
  • 28 6
 i love the class warfare that exists in mountain biking. if you make more than $XX/year, please go yachting instead...
  • 3 0
 ^exactly. Companies will of course only produce a product if they think it will sell. Yes, the prices of many things in our mtb world are rediculous. If you cant afford it or you think its rediculous, so be it and move on with your day. Buy things you can afford, because wether you want to believe it or not, they do exist. There are people out there who will buy this stuff. So what, who cares. We all are happy riding our bikes no matter what price in the end.
  • 4 2
 Best laugh out loud comment of the year. Sometimes the point of making something is just because you can, not because anyone needs it.
  • 5 0
 Everybody here has Hammer envy. ...I think maybe?
  • 8 1
 The hammer is produced for traveling pro mechanics. They fly to many of the races and need to check their tool kit. Most all of the Abey tools are designed specifically to address issues for working pro mechanics (mostly on the Pro Road tour).
  • 4 0
 I still say they made it cuz they could, like a gold plated frame or a Dart Vader DH helmet. As cyclists, we're not exactly focused on what we "need" as much as what we "want" no one ever got rich in the bike industry selling people what they need
  • 8 0
 You've obviously never heard of Snap-On.
  • 6 0
 Hahaha, first comment made my day. Now seriously, it should be made out of UD carbon with one titanium end and ESI grip to hold it.
  • 4 0
 Ti hammer , that's a bit 90's for me , Where is my carbon hammer ?
  • 8 0
 Apologists making earnest pitches for a "reduced mass" hammer - you KILL me.
Making a hammer out of Ti does *not* make it a "travel" hammer."
Hammer function = mass. A 285g steel hammer would be identical in packing mass & performance.
A fool is easily parted with his money...
  • 8 0
 What if it was kashima coated ? surely it would cut through the air with more ease giving you more velocity to strike with ?!?!
  • 4 1
 A travel hammer, yes, for psychopaths with attachment to their tools of torture and murder, but want to travel comfortably on short and long distances, just for sake of travelling or to create less traceable murder patterns. New for 2016, exchangeable end fittings including our award winning eye picker and finger splitter.
  • 3 1
 I payed 30$ for this hammer with an awesome trailer : www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1rngcRIvPQ

This is german quality for the next 1k years.
  • 7 2
 There must not be any professional carpenters who read these comments. My brother has a $200 hammer, I think it's ti. My Red Wing boots cost $320. If I have to use it for 8-10 hours every day I work I don't give a f*#k how much it costs. Having a hammer like that just for bikes isn't outrageous either. Im still using some of my Dad's tools from the 60's, because he didn't get the cheap shit.
  • 4 1
 Sorry deadtime, dead wrong on Ti for hammers & most other tools: if you hit steel nails w/ a Ti hammer it will gouge the sh*t out of it. Ti is halfway between steel & aluminum on density, and it is more susceptible to shear-forces than steel, which makes it LESS durable than steel for the vast majority of toolmaking applications.
No one with a clue will dispute that professional-grade tools cost more than the consumer-grade stuff, quality materials & precision machining cost more.
There is a reason, however, why they use rust-prone TOOL-STEEL for pro-grade tools, and not stainless or Ti: even Abbey's stainless cassette lockring tool will wear faster than my tool-steel version.
Simple materials-science.
  • 1 1
 C'mon dude, only the shaft is ti. Does that make more sense? I've used it and it makes a huge difference. He has 3, all in different weights and he swears by them. Ultra precision and one swing nail drops all day, so he says.
  • 2 0
 Whats with everyones hate for a $185 hammer? Any good experienced mechanic knows the value of high quality tools. Tools are a long term investment as a good tool will often outlast its owner, a good bike part on the other hand..
  • 2 0
 I have two hammers - one is$150 and one is $300
  • 2 0
 I have a hammer...And the ladies LOVE it!
  • 1 0
 Check out Stiletto titanium hammers with replaceable faces. Lots of pro carpenters use them. The benefits of a light hammer with the durability of a tool steel striking face.
  • 38 4
 to all the haters of new stuff-take a look at the shit bike.
  • 16 1
 That sh*t bike is hucking fantastic!
  • 8 1
 I think Bender's Karpiel may be the "most abused bike in the world" though.
  • 29 1
 I picture people that ride fat bikes to have feet like Frodo Baggins!
  • 23 4
 Seriously... Custom colour crank brothers tools...?
Show me something interesting please...
I come here for the goods, not mediocre crap that's been anno'd red...
  • 20 1
 Is it just me, or did Nico Vink fix that road gap between his teeth? What a SMILE!
  • 3 0
 Probably has an artificial that he takes out when he rides. I only see him when he's riding.
  • 7 0
 Probably got it with all the air mile points he collected.
  • 33 15
 27.5+ is the shit,... Said no one ever.
  • 14 4
 Probably the rep trying to sell people on it
  • 6 17
flag deeeight (Apr 19, 2015 at 17:09) (Below Threshold)
 Actually its already been said by some famous people... Dave Turner for one. He showed up to Sea Otter with his personal one.
  • 27 2
 And when cigarettes came out, they said they had a long list of health benefits. Just sayin'
  • 9 1
 Maybe the government will regulate sales and advertising of 27.5+. I mean after Schwarzenegger went public riding that fat bike, its open season.
  • 10 2
 If your trying to inhale your 650B wheels your doing it wrong...
  • 5 17
flag paulclarke (Apr 19, 2015 at 21:17) (Below Threshold)
 Go find a new 26" mtb in a bike shop these days. You won't. 27.5 makes sense. Unless youre a hipster will not accept the change cause 26" is 'better'.
  • 7 17
flag paulclarke (Apr 19, 2015 at 21:22) (Below Threshold)
 Cigarettes were first sold commercially in the mid 1800's when science was almost nothing. Now we have computers (or common sense) to say bigger wheels roll over sh*t better. If you don't want to see 26" go bye bye than you a hipster who wants to stand out while using old technology with disadvantages over new.
  • 4 0
 ^ Or youre a person that can't afford a bike way more expensive than a 26" just because of a slight rollover advantage. I will have 26" until I either NEED a new bike, or until they are almost the same price as 26" parts and bikes.
  • 1 0
 I will too. I was just saying. I am broke as hell.
  • 13 1
 So went riding today and counted six fat bikes, yes I'm in Michigan. But the snow is long gone! Oh yeah it would seem rolling resistance goes out the friggen window. Just saying! And I ride a 26", thank you very much.
  • 3 0
 You're surprised by this? fatbikes are everywhere around here.
  • 2 0
 Over here road bikes are everywhere
  • 1 0
 In Chicago area fatties are gaining fast. Every year at my trails (Oswego) there are more and more. Some are new riders but most are long-time riders anywhere from late 20's to 50's who already have sweet rides. Some of these bikes are in the $6k range.
Along with the 29ers the fatties are changing my trails. The sharp corners are now all blown out, the lips of trails that had been fine for years are now being pummeled. What was once a rock-fest is now a smoothed out trail. I'm not really complaining, I'm just noticing that the fatties are having a huge effect on trail width and trail character. (And the guy on the fatty is always breathing the hardest, just sayin')
  • 8 0
 I don't understand why the Sh*tbike never got a matching Sh*tstem aka Allslop softride.
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  • 2 0
 Because it already had the suspension fork on it, before it was "Sh*tbike", when they decided to dust it off and put it back in service for the Sh*tbike challenge.
  • 7 1
 there's nothing wrong with 27.5". Its no better than 26" mind you, but on its own its fine.
  • 2 0
 yeah its not diameter though its tire and axle width
  • 7 0
 That green hardtail looks fun.
  • 9 1
 Shit bike rules!!!!
  • 3 2
 I was unaware that there were enough smaller sized folk riding sand, and snow, to profit on a 24" fat tire. But thats why I ride, and don't design bike line-ups. Hope the tires are still available a few years from now that jump on board.
  • 5 1
 How bout trek starts making a decent 1x drivetrain kids bike before they start pumping out a fat bike for kids...
  • 4 0
 Is it just me, or did Fezarri forget to trim down their steerer tube on their Cascade Peak? Smile
  • 1 0
 Must have run out of spacers...
  • 5 0
 New rubber that isn't 27.5+? A Sea Otter 2015 first!
  • 9 2
 "27.5+ hardtails were the big story at Sea Otter. "
Cool, I'm not so upset that I didn't go this year.
  • 4 2
 I wonder if anyone noticed NONE of the people actually racing use plus size tires.
  • 4 1
 2015 sea otter sunday-

"Hi, do you have any 26" tires left for sale?"

"No, they all sold out by the first day!"
  • 5 1
 @WayneParsons who said they were for racing? They were built for comfort and traction, just like something else plus sized....
  • 4 0
 Meh, nothing too exciting this year, product wise eh...unless ur into plus size models I guess.
  • 10 6
 I've had enough of fat bikes and 27.5+. Its already played out. Can we please find a fad thats not so dumb.
  • 7 2
 if people want to ride fat bikes then why not leave them to it? it's not exactly hurting you if they do it...
  • 2 0
 I build homes and my hammers titanium , I have two actually and with my old steel one sometimes my hand get numb and I let go of the hammer!

$300 hammer paid for by lunch time
  • 2 0
 All I want is some fest series action and a dang fest series t shirt!
  • 1 1
 and a yt tues frame only option, summer '15!
  • 1 0
 They should send another man on the moon to ride a bike with all these ++ size wheels.
  • 1 0
 Bike magazines S*itbike is hanging out for a Girvin Flexstem
  • 1 0
 Holy high uncut steerer tube Batman!
  • 1 0
 Why the hell is jill Kitner running a joplin?
  • 1 0
 @ masterthief: Hammer! Got one.
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