RoadBikeReview.com Live Blog: 2013 Sea Otter Classic

Sea Otter Classic

Hello and welcome to the 2013 RoadBikeReview.com Sea Otter Classic Live Blog. 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 cycling 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.

4:00 pm | by Jason Sumner

Innovate or die is the motto at Specialized and this aero tandem certainly fits the bill. The creation of top Big Red S designer Robert Egger, it has a Venge inspired down tube, internal cable routing, and one piece bar and stems. Don’t expect it to go full production any time soon, but it’s sure fun to imagine what if.

3:56 pm | by Jason Sumner

The 2013 Sea Otter Classic is coming to a close here in California. Thanks to all of you for checking out the Live Blog. Stay tuned for lots more beta on new and cool products.

2:02 pm | by Francis Cebedo

Stand By Me – compact, removable bike stand. Adjustable length $34.99 aluminum. Bikestandbyme.com.

12:14 am | by Jason Sumner

Here’s SRAM’s Michael Zellman giving the full video download on the new hydraulic disk and rim brakes, the new 22 speed, and updated Zipp 303s. Look for the full video soon on RoadBikeReview.

11:52 am | by Jason Sumner

California-based Giro is expanding it’s product offering with a new line of technical but casual cycling wear. The idea is to be technical but not look technical. Pictured are the 5 and 40-mile shorts, which indicate the length of ride they’re intended for. Neither have a chamois. Retail is $120 and $130. All told there are 14 pieces in the line, including a wind shirt, shoes, and a bib short that has pockets so you can carry gear underneath your shirt or jacket. Giro is also working on a helmet they’ll debut later in the year.

And here is the Giro Republic shoe. Retail is $190.

The new Giro wind shirt.

10:27 am | by Jason Sumner

Meet Endurance Conspiracy. This husband-wife operated company from Boulder has an array of cool T shirts. The designs are primarily the creations of Tony Deboom brother of pro tri star Tim Deboom. At Sea Otter shirts are priced at $25 each or 2 for $40. They run $30 online. More designs in the gallery below.

10:22 am | by Jason Sumner

Living legend Gary Fisher spotted this morning here at Sea Otter. The 62-year-old says he still rides 6 days a week and has fallen in love with using Strava. He also believes the lack of qualified mechanics is one of the biggest problems facing the bike industry. As for wheel size, he’s a 29er man, but thinks 27.5 is a great addition to the market, creating bikes for people who enjoy a more playful ride.

9:00 am | by Jason Sumner

Raleigh CX team stars Ben Berden and Caroline Mani scored victories in Saturday’s Sea Otter pro cyclocross race. But this guy wins the award for best trick.

8:51 am | by Jason Sumner

Organizers estimate that 50,000 people will pass through the gates of the 2013 Sea Otter Classic. No doubt the crowds on Saturday were huge.

8:42 am | by Jason Sumner

Lake Shoes is making a big push back into the US market with new road, MTB and cyclocross-specific shoes. That’s right, cross-specific. The new MX331Cross is essentially a lighter version of the popular MX. It comes with replaceable cleats, heel spikes and toe spikes. Pricing and availability to be determined.

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RoadBikeReview.com Live Blog: 2013 Sea Otter Classic Gallery
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Stand By Me

Compact, removable bike stand. Adjustable length $34.99 aluminum.
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2013 Sea Otter Classic is coming to a close here in California

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SRAM's Michael Zellman

Giving the full video download on the new hydraulic disk and rim brakes, the new 22 speed, and updated Zipp 303s.
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Giro 5 and 40-mile Shorts

Retail is $120 and $130. All told there are 14 pieces in the line, including a wind shirt, shoes, and a bib short that has pockets so you can carry gear underneath your shirt or jacket. Giro is also working on a helmet they'll debut later in the year.
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Giro Republic Shoes

Retail is $190.
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Giro Wind Shirt

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Specialized Aero Tandem

The creation of top Big Red S designer Robert Egger, it has a Venge inspired down tube, internal cable routing, and one piece bar and stems. Don't expect it to go full production any time soon, but it's sure fun to imagine what if.
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Specialized Aero Tandem

Don't expect it to go full production any time soon, but it's sure fun to imagine what if.
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Endurance Conspiracy

This husband-wife operated company from Boulder has an array of cool T shirts. The designs are primarily the creations of Tony Deboom brother of pro tri star Tim Deboom. At Sea Otter shirts are priced at $25 each or 2 for $40. They run $30 online.
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Endurance Conspiracy

This husband-wife operated company from Boulder has an array of cool T shirts. The designs are primarily the creations of Tony Deboom brother of pro tri star Tim Deboom. At Sea Otter shirts are priced at $25 each or 2 for $40. They run $30 online.
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Gary Fisher

Living legend Gary Fisher spotted this morning here at Sea Otter.
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CX Race

Raleigh CX team stars Ben Berden and Caroline Mani scored victories in Saturday's Sea Otter pro cyclocross race.
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Crowds

Organizers estimate that 50,000 people will pass through the gates of the 2013 Sea Otter Classic.
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Crowds

Organizers estimate that 50,000 people will pass through the gates of the 2013 Sea Otter Classic.
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Lake MX331Cross Shoe

The new MX331Cross is essentially a lighter version of the popular MX. It comes with replaceable cleats, heel spikes and toe spikes. Pricing and availability to be determined.
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Cratoni

New player in the US helmet market is German-based Cratoni.
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Tom Ritchey

The legend himself--Tom Ritchey. Looking fit and fast as usual.
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WD-40

The full WD-40 lines includes cleaner, degreaser, polish and wet and dry chain lube.
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Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada, the official beer of Sea Otter and their a pedal-powered bar.
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VWs

Volkswagen is the official sponsor of the Sea Otter Classic, and if you have a VW, you get special infield parking. Out of nearly 100 cars, this '83 GTI is the coolest VW in the lot we've seen today.
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Phil White

The new Cervelo P3 TT machine and its creator, the venerable Phil White.
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Yuri

Yuri Hauswald of GU Energy is spinning up some GU Brew recovery smoothies for everyone at the GU Recovery Lounge.
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Cervelo P3

The brand new time trial machine.
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Brian and Steve

Celebrity sighting! The infamous Brian Worthy and Steve Brawley.
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Trek Project One Customization

Trek is bringing its Project One customization program on the road this year with the Project One Mobile Experience. Pick your frame, pick your components, and pick your own personal paint scheme.
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Trek Green Bay Packer themed Madone

Go Pack Go!
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Sea Otter Saturday

Great weather!
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Gran Fondo Reward

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Moots Ti Vamoots CR

Thanks to Cathy and Jon at Moots for loaning us this swanky Ti Vamoots CR. It was a great vehicle for the spate of bumpy chip-n-seal roads we encountered today.
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Gran Fondo Climbing

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Gran Fondo Roads

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Sea Otter Gran Fondo in the books

Tough but beautiful day on the roads of Carmel Valley.
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Vittoria Cross XL Pro

A new tire for cyclocross. Available in 31c and 33c sizes, the Cross XL Pro can also be purchased as a clincher, a tubeless clincher or a tubular.
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Culprit Legend

A first-of-its kind hydraulic disc equipped triathlon frame.
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Boo Cycles Bamboo Bike

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Spinergy

New full carbon tubular wheelset weighs in at just 1050 grams.
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Giant Propel Advanced SL 1

Giant aero road bike. $7500 and race ready.
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Velo Miles SL carbon and Miles 1 Saddles

Velo Saddles is making a big push into the US market. The Taichung-based company is one of the largest in world, producing 15 million saddles a year.
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Velo Miles SL carbon and Miles 1 Saddles

Miles SL carbon ($175) and Miles 1 ($140).
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Raleigh RXC Pro Disc

Raleigh has revamped its entire cross line for 2014. The big change is in spec. This $5000 rig comes with Shimano Ultegra Di2, an ENVE carbon fork, and 22mm American Classic Hurricane wheels. Available starting in June in five sizes (50cm to 59cm). Tattoos not included.
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Focus Izalco Team SL Ag2r Team Replica

Comes with Shimano, SRAM or Campy Record builds, including the pictured EPS set-up for $9,500. Available starting in June. Frame weight is approximately 960grams for a 54cm.
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SRAM Shifters

Pistons are 19mm front, 18mm rear; system is fully sealed; rotors are 160mm for pavement with a 140mm option for off-road/cx; master cylinder is road specific; and shifters have reach adjust and are ergonomicly designed.
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Diamondback Podium 7

Diamondback Podium 7 with a 30-year-old, brand new 50th Anniversary Campy record group.
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Diamondback Podium 7

Diamondback Podium 7 with a 30-year-old, brand new 50th Anniversary Campy record group.
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Diamondback Podium 7

Diamondback Podium 7 with a 30-year-old, brand new 50th Anniversary Campy record group.
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Vittoria Special Edition Rubino Pro in Giro Pink

Commemorating Vittoria's 60th anniversary, available in both 23c and 25c.
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Vittoria Special Edition Rubino Pro in Giro Pink

Commemorating Vittoria's 60th anniversary, available in both 23c and 25c.
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Vittoria GTI

Volkswagen is the official sponsor of Sea Otter, and if you own a Volkswagen, you get free infield parking at the venue, so bring your VEEDUB.
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Grammo C4 Race Bike

The New Zealand- based bike and wheel company is now distributing direct to consumer in the US.
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Stinger

The Honey Stinger bee handing out free samples of their waffles and other products.
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SRAM 22-speed Red group and hydraulic disc brakes

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SRAM 22-speed Red group and hydraulic disc brakes

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SRAM 22-speed Red group and hydraulic disc brakes

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SRAM 22-speed Red group

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Blender

Spin yourself up a recovery drink with this killer pedal-powered blender at the GU Energy Booth.
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Morning

A beautiful morning at Sea Otter.
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SRAM 22-speed Red group & hydraulic disc brakes

An early morning to ride with SRAM gang.
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Bikes Belong

A national advocacy group based in Boulder that is doing great work for all cyclists.
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Bull

Come on over to the Kenda booth and try your hand at the mechanical bull.
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Masters Race

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Masters Race

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Rothmans Porsche 911

One of the most legendary rally cars in history, and its here on display at Sea Otter.
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Felt FX2 Cross

Brand new and equipped with SRAM's new hydraulic disc setup. MSRP is $5,000 to $5,169. Available in early August.
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Smith Optics

An array of sweet shades.
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Gu

GU Energy Recovery Lounge is the place to hang after a race or even after a warm-up ride
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Monster Media Presented by MRI Team

At the Masters 35+ Pro/1/2 crit.
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Scapin Ivor

100% Italian made carbon fiber road machine.
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Xentis Wheels

Austrian made wheels.
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Michelin Road Tires

An industry first 150 tpi nylon. Cost is $80. Weight is 180 grams.
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Circuit Race

Bird's eye view of the circuit race course.
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The Angry Singlespeeder

He's here and he's already pissed off.
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Mtbr / RoadBikeReview Booth

Come stop by to enter a raffle for a Niner MTB frame and check out our new hoodies!
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2013 Sea Otter Classic Begins!

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Colavita Fine Cooking Women's Racing Team

Warming down after this morning's pro crit.
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Vroooooom

Laguna Seca Raceway cars.
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Rapha

New Jerseys
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  • James says:

    Sorry SRAM… I still don’t need road discs, hydro or not.

  • James says:

    Oh, and SRAM, why do all your 11-speed cassettes start with an 11t cog? Not everyone wants or needs one, they’d rather have that cog in the middle or end of the cassette.

    Shimano and Campy both have 11-speed cassettes that start with a 12t, you should too.

  • aclinury says:

    Bamboo bikes are like fads

  • Doug Warren says:

    I would love some disc brakes for…
    Lee Hill Rd, Flagstaff Rd., Super James, Ward, Sunshine Canyon… to name a few.

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