Sea Otter Three

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Chipps has a load of pictures from the Sea Otter pits and it’s going to take several stories to get to the bottom of them all. So, without further ado, here’s a random selection…


That's a 'trilobe polygon' that is. 30mm axle, BB30 size bearings and an all-up weight of 790g for a triple. Triple or singlespeed and out this year.
The crazy BB cups will actually fit a large socket spanner.
Not just for fixie riders. The Chub geared hubs are out this year and the XC front is 160g. There'll be a 15/20mm version and a QR/15mm version.
What's this complicated suspension system on the Foes booth?
It's a rear-suspension wheelchair with Fox shocks. How trick?
Swobo's bike range continues to expand. Here's their geared or singlespeed, rim or disc braked cyclocross bike in a lovely dusky blue.
Never be far from an open beer with the new Swobo saddle...
OK, maybe it's not all work. Swobo's Tim Parr looms with a cooling beer.
The push-me, pull-you Santa Cruz freak bike in all its glory. The rear fork is held rigid by a frame mounting that bolts to the bolt-on stem bit of the Boxxer crown.
How pointlessly ace is this? There's a Hammerschmidt in there too, so it's a two speed, 8in travel bike with four BB shells...
Seen on a Syndicate bike. Perhaps these coloured components aren't such a bad idea.
Who wanted a closeup of one of these? Here you go. No immediate plans for a new Blur 4X, sorry.
Here's a raw finished Ibis Tranny.
Mmm... Jaffa.
Rocky Mountain has put a load of work into producing two new 29er machines. Full suspension and hardtail. Like 'em?
Now three big-wheelers in Rocky's range.

That’ll do for a minute. We’ll get on with editing down the rest of the 600 shots we have and there’ll be more to see daily.


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (8)

    The Rocky Mountains look a bit like Treks

    Whats that Santa Cruz that isnt a 4x then? Or am I thick?

    that’ll be the old 4X that they’re not making any more 🙁

    dammit… I NEED a swobo cross bike…

    Swobo = Lush
    RMs = Hybrids

    bikemonkey » April 20, 2009 at 9:03 am

    The Rocky Mountains look a bit like Treks

    And those treks look like Speshulizeds

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