The sun is out at Sea Otter and so are all the fresh bikes and shiny components, and that means it's time for us to take walk around the venue to see what's new. We spotted the 130mm and 170mm-travel versions of We Are One's Arrival, Orange's linkage-equipped Switch 7, a new down-country tire from Vittoria called the Syerra, 5 Dev's wild cranks and titanium stem that are both machined in San Diego, and X-Fusion's surprise E-Manic wireless dropper post.
If X-fusion have managed to acheive the same at half the price I applaud them.
Titanium stem "we didn't mean that"
But the the other two cracked... those were the same brand. I heard a cracking/snapping noise when pumping into a step-up. Stopped as soon as I could because I initially thought I cracked my bars. Checked my bars and everything seemed OK. Finished the run, and upon closer examination I noticed the crack where one of the top bolts mount. Checked my other bike with that stem, had a crack forming in the same place.... all the stems were aluminum.
And I'm not a big hitter by any means, shit happens though.
If I was after a linkage bike I would almost certainly not be looking at that orange!
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