Our man on the street, Chris Reichel, wandered amongst the 500+ exhibitor booths at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. Here’s what he turned up…

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By Chris Reichel

The Sea Otter Classic is an annual mountain bike festival and exposition held each spring since 1991 at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. This year’s event was bigger than ever with over 500 companies showing off their wares. Here’s what caught my eye wandering around the madness:

Wolf Tooth Headsets, Sea Otter Classic 2018

  • Wolf Tooth Headsets, Sea Otter Classic 2018
  • Wolf Tooth Headsets, Sea Otter Classic 2018
Wolf Tooth’s released a line of headsets! Learn more over at WolfToothComponents.com

Niner Full-suspension Gravel Bike

  • Niner Full-suspension Gravel Bike
  • Niner Full-suspension Gravel Bike
The prototype Niner Magic Carpet Ride gravel bike complete with custom 50mm travel Rock Shox RS-1.

Pit Viper Exciter

Pit Viper were showing off their new Exciter line of glasses. Complete with side shields for all your big mountain needs.

Kona Big Honzo Carbon, Sea Otter Classic 2018

  • Kona Big Honzo Carbon, Sea Otter Classic 2018
  • Kona Big Honzo Carbon, Sea Otter Classic 2018
We loved the original Big Honzo, so we’re stoked that Kona’s got a carbon version with all the same great angles.

Amanda Batty

We are wondering when we will see the legendary Amanda Batty in the bikepacking world.
  • Bike paint, Sea Otter Classic 2018
  • Sea Otter Classic 2018
Left: Chris and Emily from Squid Bikes were showing off their frame painting skills and their line of bike specific paints, Spray Bike. They painted a custom frame for Sierra Nevada Brewery in the the beer garden. . Right: The future of mountain biking is looking bright! Junior side hack in full effect.

Cane Creek eeWings, Sea Otter Classic 2018

Cane Creek brought their new eeWings Titanium Crankset. Read the full release.

Terrene Chunk 2.6

Terrene Chunk 2.6” tires. Read the full press release here.

Milkit, Sea Otter Classic 2018

  • Milkit, Sea Otter Classic 2018
  • Milkit can tubeless, Sea Otter Classic 2018
The milKit Booster turns a stainless steel water bottle into a compressed air canister for all your on-trail (or pre-bikepacking) tubeless needs. stay tuned for more on this…

Ibis Hakka MX Bikepacking

Ibis’ Hakka MX decked out with Ortlieb Bags.

Why Cycles, Sea Otter Classic 2018

  • Why Cycles, Sea Otter Classic 2018
  • Why Fat Bike, Sea Otter Classic 2018
Why Cycles’ Big Iron Fat bike. Read full release here.

Revelate, Sea Otter Classic 2018

Revelate’s Eric Parsons with the new Terrapin 8L (photo bomb by Dusty Eroh). Also, make sure to check out the Vole released last Friday.

Hunt TrailWide wheels, Sea Otter Classic 2018

  • Hunt TrailWide wheels, Sea Otter Classic 2018
  • Hunt TrailWide wheels, Sea Otter Classic 2018
Hunt Bike Wheels released their new TrailWide series featuring wide hookless rims and six multi-tooth pawls for super low engagement of 4.3°… all for under $500. They also had their Dynamo wheelset on display.

Onyx, Sea Otter Classic 2018

speaking of low engagement hubs, Onyx was showing off its prototype hub that will weigh in “significantly lighter” that its current model. Scheduled to be available in the fall.

Klymit 2 person sleeping pad, Sea Otter Classic 2018

The Klymit Double V sleeping pad, with room for two!

One Up Dropper, Sea Otter Classic 2018

  • One Up Dropper, Sea Otter Classic 2018
  • One Up Dropper Seatpost , Sea Otter Classic 2018
One Up’s new dropper is fully adjustable with shims. Shorter riders rejoice! Stay tuned for more on this.

Surly Bridge Club

The new Surly Bridge Club on display.
  • Evoc, Sea Otter Classic 2018
Left: Niner’s bolt-on frame packs by Defiant Bags. Read the full press release here. Right: The Why Cycles Wayward comes with its own Evoc Pro travel case. As seen in the the Evoc booth.

Fatback, Sea Otter Classic 2018

Fatback had a fully loaded rig on display making us long for some big snow rides up north. .

Ergon, Sea Otter Classic 2018

Ergon’s new SM/SR Women’s saddles look comfy….

Marin Four Corners, Sea Otter Classic 2018

Marin’s Four Corners on display with Blackburn bags. They also released the Four Corners Elite.

Sea Otter Classic 2018

Little mountain bike grom dreams…

See ya next year, Sea Otter Classic.

  • Neil Beltchenko

    Thanks for the coverage, Chris! Hands down, the most excited thing I saw from this weekend was those new headsets from Wolftooth, they are doing great things for keeping for the American bike market. Excited to try them out.

  • Rick Rethoret

    What would be the significance?
    (Not meant as a snide comment!)
    Headsets are not really a problem area.

  • Jason

    Bike Rumor includes 10X the content on a chain than your entire SE coverage? All play and no work. That was some expensive beer.

  • ??? We weren’t planning on reporting from Sea Otter at all; Chris just happened to be there on his own, so we thought it would be fun to hook up and do a little roundup. Not to mention there were three other press releases generated last week for new bikes unveiled at the SOC… and two in depth reviews (the Vole and Teravail’s line)………..

  • Just passing along some photos of stuff I thought was cool.
    It was mighty nice of Logan to put them out there. Cheers!

  • Alan Love

    Jason, you should ask for your money back after signing up to view this site.

  • Neil Beltchenko

    More headset choices, American machined, what’s not to like. It’s all about making sensible parts and a quality brand, and Wolftooth is doing just that. I have found their products last, and it keeps me coming back for more.

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