Hello and welcome to Day 3 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.
CYCLOCROSS | Yet another cross bike with disc brakes and thru axles. This is the brand new Felt F2x with Shimano Ultegra Di2, Shimano hydraulic disc and DT Swiss R23 DB tubeless ready wheels. MSRP $5500. Available starting in August. -JS
BEER CADDY | fyxation was showing this cool Six-Pack Caddy. Designed in house with locally sourced Milwaukee leather. MSRP is $60.
They are giving away one a day here at Sea Otter. -GK
NEW KICKS | Giro‘s New Road collection has been updated for 2014, including these hiking boot inspired lace-up shoes. -JS
TOOL NUT | Birzman makes innovative tools and pumps, that are beautiful pieces of art, and fully featured products. If you’re a tool nut their equipment has incredible functionality that make a lot of sense when being used, and they’ll be an excellent product for home, shop, travel and daily ride use. I really liked their small foldable tools, tire pumps with quick connect features and shock pump that doesn’t loose pressure during removal. -BM
STIFFER | Raleigh has revamped its top end RC Pro cross bike, adding thru-axles front and rear. -JS
BREW GRIPTION | We already loved ODI Grips…now we more love them. -DP
ENDURANCE FRAME | Meet the new Lapierre Pulsium, an endurance-style road steed that’s being raced on the rough cobbled roads of Europe by the FDJ WorldTour team.
The frame features an elastomer ring that’s designed to increase vertical flexibility on rough roads. More soon on RoadBikeReview.com. -JS
THE CHAMP | Reigning US national cyclocross champ Jeremy Powers says he’s already spent time on the new Focus CX frame with thru-axle front and rear and says braking and steering improvements were immediately noticeable. -JS
PACKED HOUSE | Saturday has brought out the biggest crowds yet. -JS
HAND OF GOD | Need some assistance on your daily bike commute? There are a ton of eBikes at Sea Otter that you can demo, but the Specialized Turbo is probably the coolest. – ASS
YOU’RE HERE | The expansive Sea Otter venue in map form.
Needless to say there is a lot to see and do. -JS
RAPID AXLE | Focus has revamped its top end Mares CX frame with a new rapid release thru-axle that operates like a traditional quick release. This could be a long term solution to the argument against thru axle on pro road race bikes because it would speed up on-the-fly wheel changes. For now it’ll just be on their cross bikes, though. -JS
HEART SMART | Wahoo Fitness were showing off their new TICKR heartrate chest monitor which communicates in both ANT+ and Bluetooth. This design allows the unit to work with Bluetooth based apps/smartphones and other ANT systems like Garmin computers. It retails for $59.99 and is available now. -BM
VALET PARKING | When you’re done with your ride there’s free valet service here at Sea Otter. -JS
PEDAL PUSHER | Speedplay‘s Richard Bryne never stops refining his amazing pedal designs. Here he gets out the calipers to take measurements of the company’s new Brass Knuckles pedals. -DP
HOT SHOE | Lake introduces a complete line of heat moldable road, mtb and CX shoes. Already have shoes you like? Lake also has heat moldable insoles starting at $59. -ASS
KITSBOW KOFFEE | Sea Otter mornings are much more survivable with the Verve cappuccinos the nice people at Kitsbow are pouring just for stopping by and saying hi. -DP