Sea Otter is a chance to show off new gear, highlight recent releases or to show off wild ideas that might not be consumer-ready just quite yet. Or to just have fun on the trails. All four options are represented in the second part of our Sea Otter 2023 coverage.
Fox / Race Face
Fox and Race Face both had big releases right before Sea Otter. The new Fox Float SL and Float are replacements for the outgoing DPS shock and bring more race, or more fun, to your race or trail bike. Race Face added an impressive lifetime warranty to its alloy Turbine wheelset as well as an interesting new rim profile designed to prevent pinchflats.
Revel Bikes showed off two very different bikes at Sea Otter this year. The Ranger is the Colorado brand’s very real update to the cross country platform that adds durability and SRAM Transmission compatibility. The Rodeo is, in contrast, a prototype proving that 3D printed bikes are a viable if not currently financially competitive, production method. Revel had two of its printed DH bikes at the show but, while both are rideable the brand does not plan to make it available to consumers any time soon. It could, though, be a very interesting way to make real-world prototypes or custom carbon in the near future.
Ripton & Co.
“Life is Jort”
Of course Ripton had patches and an iron to help customize your jorts, or whatever else you wanted
Ripton’s all for making its jorts your own. They even helped one rider customize his jorts in the booth
Not just jorts, all kinds of jeans
Ripton & Co. might be from Colorado, but the three-year-old brand wants to help you to bring the Canadian Tuxedo to the trails. It has a full line of “athletic” jean riding clothes, from shorts and pants to all kinds of tops. The fabric is mostly made in Turkey and is surprisingly light. Ripton & Co. was ironing on patches and helping customers customize their cutoff length in the booth, for the full Fubar effect.
Chris King recently brought back its legacy 3D ultraviolet colour
Legacy 3D ultraviolet was King’s first anodized colour, way back in the early days
Six-bolt rotors also recently made a return, due to customer demand
Chris King has an expanding range of FusionFibre recyclable carbon hoops, for dirt and road
Chris King re-released its original anodizing colour, now callsed legacy 3D Ultraviolet, for hubs and all parts. It also recently brought back six-bolt rotor mount as an option for its hubs. The Portland brand also uses…
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