FOX will take viewers behind the scenes of the 2019 UCI World Cup race series, providing an insider’s view on what it takes to support a team of world class athletes.( Photos: 6 )
See what made this month's Check Out, including waterproof shoes, an insulated hydration pack, and a clever tube holder.( Photos: 19, Comments: 2 )
Inside we take a look at some e-MTB products on display at Sea Otter from Bosch, Bulls, and Specialized. The prevalence of Electric Mountain Bikes has increased at Sea Otter again this year. Many attendees were very interested in swinging a leg over these bikes from what we saw. Bulls had a huge presence at Sea Otter this year and have many options for those looking for an eMTB. The two below were highlights of their massive booth. Many attendees swung their legs over a Bulls e-bike for the first time and we heard plenty of praise from exuberant test riders. The E-CORE EVO AM Di2 27.5+. The big Bulls bike that is most appealing is the E-Core EVO EN Di2 27.5. It is powered by Shimano’s new 250watt E-8000 eMTB motor and two 275WWH power packs. Having 750WH onboard is no small amount of battery juice. It boasts a big e-bike range of 90-100 miles. Check out the detailed shots below to see more on this 180mm travel enduro/downhill weapon. Bosch has been steadily improving their e-MTB technology and they released their KIOX system that looks quite impressive. They’ve partnered with a number of brands to utilize their motor and Kiox system. The Gorilla Glass, bluetooth connectivity, and full color-screen are impressive in person. With the Kiox on-board computer, you can keep track of the battery charge level, as well as your speed, heart rate and performance. Robust and small, the compact Kiox is the perfect training partner for ambitious riders. Cube had their Stereo Hybrid 160 (Action Team 500 27.5) in the Bosch booth. The 160mm bike is designed to offer an enduro suspended bike with the power of a Bosch CX drive system. Specialized’s Turbo Kenevo is a popular offering in the e-mtb space and they had an Ohlins dual crown fork bolted to one in their booth. Range anxiety is a thing with heavy e-bikes and Specialized has a Mission Control App to give you full control of your Turbo Kenevo to tune it to the proper level and assistance in the e-MTB to ensure your ride goes as planned. See more of our 2019 Sea Otter coverage
Catch up with Aaron Gwin and go behind the scenes as he prepares for the 2019 season and launches the new Intense Factory Racing team.( Comments: 3 )
FOX sent over details of their new video series that will be showcased during the 2019 World Cup season. Details inside from FOX. Behind every podium is the multi-faceted story of grit, preparation and support. Beginning April 22nd, FOX will take viewers behind the scenes of the 2019 UCI World Cup race series, providing an insider’s view on what it takes to support a team of world class athletes. The Dialed series will be creating daily content in the week leading up to each race and will be present for all DH events and select XC stops: Date Event Venue Apr 21–28 DH Maribor, Slovenia May 26 – June 2 DH Fort William, Scotland June 3-10 DH Leogang, Austria July 1-8 DH/XC Vallnord, Andorra July 9-15 DH/XC Les Gets, France July 28 – Aug 5 DH/XC Val di Sole, Italy Aug 5-12 DH/XC Lenzerheide, Switzerland Aug 25 – Sept 1 World Champs Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada Sept 1-8 DH/XC Snowshoe, United States When the margins of World Cup victories are often measured within hundredths of seconds, the perfect suspension tune can be the difference between a career-defining result and mid-pack disappointment. Dialed will follow seasoned FOX Factory Race Tech Jordi Cortes from stop to stop as he helps dial in athletes’ suspensions while handling the potential pressure of his work having a direct impact on the make or break of their races. As FOX supports many factory teams and elite athletes, there’s a unique psychological relationship between Jordi, the athletes he works with, and between teammates themselves. Dialed offers a window into these relationships, as well as pulls back the curtain on the tips and techniques used to tune suspension for various riders and terrain. Dialed will be hosted on FOX’s new MTB-specific Instagram channel: @RideFoxBike, with the first episode dropping on April 22nd from Maribor, Slovenia.
Check out some more Sea Otter Classic content from Park Tool, Abbey Bike Tools, and Feedback Sports. Feedback Sports continues to evolve their lineup of products. Their branch out into the tool space has been productive and they had a variety of them on display. The Range is their new hand held beam style torque wrench that works with a bevy of plug and play tools included that you’ll find on most bikes. It allows for a quick way to torque a wide range of bolts quickly and accurately on the bike. Feedback Sports also has a sweet compact bike trainer called the Omnium Zero-Drive and Omnium Over-Drive. You’ll be sure to see this at the World Cup events as the self contained until makes things easy for mechanics and riders alike. The trainer folds up nicely into a compact carrying case and the Over-Drive offers variable resistance based on how hard you’re pedaling. If you’re tired of those floppy trainer setups this one is sure to win you over. $379.99 (Zero-Drive) / $429.99 (Over-Drive) Park Tool has been showcasing their tools at Sea Otter for some time now and they allow riders to tune their bikes up at the show too which is awesome. We love tools and Park Tool always has something new to help make wrenching easier. Plenty of stands for riders to tune their bikes up for free. In addition to the free to use tools across Sea Otter they also have their latest and greatest tools on display. They had two new stands on display, the PCS 9.2($159.95) and PCS 10.2 ($199.95). The key difference we noticed is in the head/clamping design. The 9.2 has a spin style head to clamp while the 10.2 offers a flipping lever for quicker and easier application of force for the clamp. Continuing along with what’s new at Park Tool they had a neat brake tool that allows you to quickly and cleanly cut or insert a barb into a disc brake hose. The lever moves to provide two functions. It holds and cuts your hose and the other side pivots to push in the disc brake barb. Hand screwdrivers are nice for precision work and Park has new offerings for 2mm (DHD-2), Torx T25 (DHD-25), and 3mm (DHD-3). Also new is their breaker bar and 3/8″ ratchet. Sockets are also available for suspension work or long allen tools as well. Pretty! Abbey Tools had a new Decade chain breaker on display. In typical Abbey fashion it seems well designed, comfortable, and robust. The mid-plate is also interchangeable. $175. The threaded body and lead screw are made from cro-moly and receive a low friction powder vapor deposition (PVD) coating to give it a silky feel you’ve never felt in a chain tool before. The greatest part of the chain tool has to be the interchangeable mid plate though. The saddled part that holds the chain in position can be swapped to work with nearly anything the industry comes out with. This ensures that your investment won’t become obsolete when company “X” comes out with an 18 speed cassette in 20 years. See more of our 2019 Sea Otter coverage