Hello and welcome to Day 4 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.
WIND CHEATER | This is the Parlee ESX, an aero road bike designed to slice through the wind like a TT machine, but provide the ride feel of a traditional road model. -JS
THRU AXLE CX | Come demo the new Focus Mares CX bike featuring Shimano Di2, hydraulic disc brakes and front and rear thru axles that release with a 90 degree turn. And by the way, it tips the scales at 15 pounds. -ASS
LEGGY | Elevated Legs had one of the most popular booths at Sea Otter. Every time I past by it was full of riders, racers and spectators trying out their automatic leg massagers. More info at www.elevatedlegs.com
CAR CAMPING | Tepui tents from Santa Cruz had their vehicle roof top tent systems on display. They have a foldable aluminum ladder to get up into the tent, a padded mattress and lots of space and windows, making for an ideal quick rolling camping experience. -BM
FESTIVAL FOLLIES | Big man on a little bike. -JS
TIME SAVER | Looking to save a few watts in an XC or road race, check out the Louis Garneau Course Skinsuit, an aerodynamic one-piece jersey/bibs with pockets. -JS
CLOTHESLINE | Loving the simple but classic look of this Bellwether Edge summer weight jersey. Has open fabric on chest and side panels that increase airflow to enhance cooling. -JS
GOOD FUEL | Grab yourself a sweet potato and rice burrito with some Sriracha sauce at the Skratch Labs trailer. -ASS
FRESH RUBBER | New from Challenge Tires the Gravel Grinder clincher. Comes in 120 or 60 tpi. 700cx 38. $38 or $46. -JS
TRUCKIN’ | The Shinola Jeep Willy’s pickup truck gets us every time. This gorgeous rig is almost as drool-worthy as the Waterford-built Shinola bikes it carries in its bed. -DP
RING BLING | Crew from Rotor is here at Sea Otter showing off a trio of special Q Rings made specially for world champions Christoph Sauser (marathon XC), Rui Costa (road) and Marianne Vos (anything she wants).
For the uninitiated these ovalized Q Rings are designed to smooth out the dead spots in your pedal stroke, increasing overall efficiency. -JS