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  1. Misc Components
    That's Pub's Blake Coderre holding down the fort at Sea Otter. They have a ton of carbon wheel options. We've already covered a ton of new products from this year's Sea Otter Classic, including everything from a one-piece carbon wheel, to a new tire insert, real time tire pressure gauge, a...
  2. 27.5
    If the RSD MiddleChild could actually speak it would say, "Skip work, let's party!" Designed to be a mix of old-school and fun enduro, the RSD MiddleChild is ready for roots, rocks, and general rowdiness. Available in a complete build or frame only, this RSD bike looks to be a trustworthy steel...
  3. 27.5
    Mtbr met up with Jeff Soncrant who eagerly showed us his latest creation, the Haste. Featuring 160mm of rear travel and 27.5 wheels, the Haste aims to separate itself from the field with a suspension that is more active. It utilizes a four-bar linkage with floating top and bottom shock mounts to...
  4. Misc Components
    The dropper post category is crowded with almost every component company in the arena. That's good for the rider, who now has lots of options instead of getting cornered into one $400 unreliable post. And the more things change, the more riders want a longer drop for their bike. The problem now...
  5. Misc Components
    One of our pet peeves in the bike industry is when uninformed riders loudly proclaim, it's all personal preference, especially when talking about saddles, grips, and tires. There is science, design, materials, and manufacturing know-how behind each product - and there really are good ones, bad...
  6. 29er Bikes
    Touted as a powerful all-condition enduro race tire with excellent puncture resistance and all condition grip, Panaracer proudly showed Mtbr their new Romero tire. Key Features Center and middle knobs are 3D designed to excel on all conditions while maintaining grip Proprietary triple...
  7. 29er Bikes
    Wait a minute... where's the shock? That's the big questions with the Bold Bikes Unplugged, which was turning heads at the recent Sea Otter Classic in California. Features include 160mm of rear travel, and adjustable chainstay length, bottom bracket height, and headtube angle via flip chips...
  8. Misc Components
    Swiss company milKit came on the scene a few years ago with their innovative approach to tubeless tire valve systems. Now they are back with their new milKit Booster. The Booster is a new spin on the tubeless tire canister idea that also doubles as a water bottle when not needed to inflate...
  9. General Discussion
    Everybody loves new shoes and we're betting these three gravity-oriented offerings from Giro won't change that. The California brand was at Sea Otter this year showing off its Jacket II, Riddance, and Chamber II MTB kicks. Here's a rundown on each. Giro Riddance For flat pedal devotees comes...
  10. Misc Components
    Lezyne is best known for machined alloy tools and lights. For 2019, they have added to their line of repair tools. The new Lezyne Tubeless Repair Kit comes in a machined alloy case that doubles as a plug driver and is small enough to keep in your saddle bag or jersey pocket. The kit comes with...
  11. Misc Components
    Topeak was showing off their new JoeBlow Twin Turbo floor pump model featuring TurboBoost technology at the Sea Otter Classic. This new technology utilizes the push and pull of every stroke to fill the double chambers on the pump to maximize output and reduce tire inflation times. With a 200psi...
  12. 27.5
    For those unfamiliar John Parker founded Yeti Cycles back in 1985. Now he's making a comeback in the cycling industry with Underground Bike Works. Employing the skills of longtime friend Frank the Welder for production, Parker was at the Sea Otter Classic to show off the new Revival. Press play...
  13. Apparel and Protection
    These MTB shoe covers are made with VeloToze's signature waterproof material that's been reinforced for dirt and gravel use. VeloToze released the newest addition to its shoe cover arsenal at Sea Otter, announcing a new MTB shoe cover. The covers are packable, lightweight, and designed to put...
  14. Misc Components
    Boulder Colorado's RockyMounts has rolled out new hitch rack options with the addition of the MonoRail Solo and BackStage. Press play to learn more. The MonoRail Solo is designed for rider who only needs to carry one bike. It's easy to remove and install, and weighs just 25 pounds. It will...
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