Hello and welcome to Day 1 of RoadBikeReview’s daily coverage of the 2014 Sea Otter Classic. During this four-day celebration of all things cycling at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, we’ll be continually updating this page with photos and beta on all the latest in road bike technology. Whether it’s new gear or apparel, celebrity sightings, or updates on events, this is the place to stay up to date on all the action. Make sure to check back early and often. The newest updates will always be on the top of the page. Also check out Mtbr’s 2014 Sea Otter Classic coverage here for all the latest mountain updates.
CIAO BELLA | Austria’s Xentis is here at Sea Otter showing off the new Squad 2.5 SL, a beautiful 25mm full carbon tubular wheelset with carbon hubs and ceramic bearings. Claimed weight a ridiculous 890 grams. -JS
Xentis is also now offering all its wheels with either its traditional white graphics or the pictured murdered out black look. This is the 42mm carbon XBL, MSRP $2000.
RACE-SPECIFIC | New from Schwalbe the One, an $80 race-specific road tire with 127 tpi and a new rubber compound that’s claimed to increase cut resistance and enhance grip. Available in clincher, tubeless and tubular from 23c to 28c. -JS
LUNCH TIME | Skratch Labs is here cooking up some tasty and healthy eats.
We had a helping of the chicken tiki masala. Really tasty. -JS
FROM DOWN UNDER | New from Australia-based Verve Cycling, the InfoCrank power meter ($1750). Separate left and right leg measurement. Transmits via ANT +. Comes as complete system, including cranks, chainrings and bottom bracket. Also included is an o_synce navi2coach head unit, which is comparable to a Garmin 510. More info here. -JS
WAFFLE DELIGHT | Hungry? Honey Stinger is here with loads of sample chews and waffles. -JS
SAY HELLO | If you’re coming to Sea Otter make sure to stop by the Mtbr/RoadBikeReview booth (No. 300 on your venue map). We’re selling some great looking T shirts for $15 and socks for $10. And we’d just love to say hi and hear about your recent cycling adventures. -JS
BACK IN THE GAME | After a 10-year hiatus, Michelin is getting back in the tubular road tire game with the race-ready Pro 4 Tubular Service Course ($121). Comes in 23c or 25c. 290 tpi. Latex tubes. -JS
CYCLOCROSS | New from Ergon, the cyclocross specific SRX-3 M Pro Carbon saddle. It’s designed for the added fore/aft movement that’s so critical to cross. Comes in two sizes and three rail styles. From $99 to $199. -JS
MADE IN THE USA | Oregon-based Rolf Prima is showing off the ARES 4 Disc, a $2500 set of carbon hoops that are made in the USA. -JS
OTTER TIME | The 24th annual Sea Otter Classic is off and running. Over the next four days thousands of cyclists of all shapes and sizes will converge on the Laguna Seca Raceway to check out new gear, race and ride, and generally celebrate all things two wheels. -JS