With the demise of Interbike the Sea Otter Classic has become the cycling industry's defacto North American annual tradeshow.
The Sea Otter Classic is always packed with head-turning bikes and accessories. Some bikes are lust worthy; others make you wonder what the designers were smoking. This year, it seems the pretty and the peculiar were present in equal measure - sometimes in the same product. Scroll through this Mtbr gallery for a look at the bikes and components that made us do a double take, then tell us which you love - and loathe - in the comments section below.
Vielo's new R+1 aero road bike has intriguing lines and a 1x-specific frame design. Photo by Josh Patterson
This one-of-a-kind Moots belongs to Taylor Walker of Studio Velo. The stunning paint was done by Portland, Oregon-based Black Magic Paint. Photo by Josh Patterson
Custom bicycles weren't the titanium items on display. Quiver Fabrications was showing off its Ti bongs. Photo by Josh Patterson
Giro's Renew line of cycling apparel is constructed from recycled fishing nets and other ocean debris. Photo by Josh Patterson
This recumbent with a full fairing might actually be fun on the Laguna Seca race track. Photo by Josh Patterson
This Ibis Bow-Ti may be decades old, but it's still head-turning rideable art. Photo by Josh Patterson
Gravel is getting really weird, as evidence by Redshift's prototype "Kitchen Sink" handlebar. Photo by Josh Patterson
The line between e-bikes and motorcycles may be blurry to some riders, but this Cake is clearly an electric moto. And a very good-looking one at that. Photo by Josh Patterson
The Kalk has a maximum speed of 46pmh and a run-time of 2-3 hours. The Öhlins suspension serves up 205mm of travel. Photo by Josh Patterson
There's a lot of Colorado-made parts on this colaboration between MRP and Guerilla Gravity. Photo by Josh Patterson
Trust's booth was filled with riders wanting to check out this revolutionary linkage suspension fork. Photo by Josh Patterson