Posts Tagged ‘sea otter 2009’

Sea Otter : Fox Racing Shox Upgrades

April 19, 2009

It looks like Fox Shox are revamping their line a little bit.  Originally brought to you by

The FIT (Fox Isolated Technology) cartridge-style dampers previously introduced on the 36 and 40 platforms are now littered throughout the 32 range for 2010 from the racer-oriented F-Series all the way through the coil-sprung Vanilla.

By separating the damping oil from air, the new floating piston designs reduce the chance of oil cavitation – and the loss of damping performance that results – relative to the existing open-bath models while the reduced oil volume also helps shed 71g, too. Additional massages to F-Series chassis shave even more weight, now making the top-end cross-country forks truly competitive weight-wise at 1.43kg (3.15lb) for the lightest models.

Smaller diameter damper shafts afford lower-friction seals, too, while an expanding rubber bladder at the top of the cartridge accommodates internal volume changes without any extra o-rings, thus maintaining comparably low levels of friction as on the open bath models.

Another feature Fox brought us their “ProTune”  to compete with the several suspensiong tuning companies out there.  Some companies, like Push, even revalve the suspension to make it ride as you need.


Sea Otter 2009 : Urban Goods Part I

April 17, 2009

2Michelin Tires is offering a puncture protection, Protek, in two variants: a 1.5mm thickness foam under the tread only, or a much thicker version that also covers the bead and part way up the sidewalls.  There is said to be many sizes but we are waiting for the press release to know full details.

1Sonoma Bicycles were on display, unfortunately no one was manning the booths for inquiring eyes and minds.  From a little Google searching I learned that these shaft drive bikes start at $350 for beach cruisers up to $499 for the Urban Voyager.  Hopefully in the near future we will see a shaft drive bike that doesn’t weigh 40 lbs!

Charge Bikes are hitting the coast, and with good timing.  With the fixie-flatland taking off in the states we need something a bit tougher for those hard hitting crowd, more than a Bianchi Pista could take.


$1300 for a titanium Plug frame, let us know if you want to be top on the list for this guy.  (It sure is pretty though.)


A more reasonable $700 for a Plug complete bike made out of Tange.

Sea Otter 2009 : Breezer Bikes

April 17, 2009

Breezer Bikes are still ticking even after the brand was purchased by Fuji.   Oh you didn’t hear?  Neither did I.  It seems that back in September of 2008 Advanced Sports Inc (owners of Kestrel, SE and Fuji) purchased Breezer.   Joe Breeze is still kept on board to promote the line and design new bikes, in fact the press release mentions Joe Breeze mountain bikes!  We haven’t heard or seen any of these bikes.

Read original press release of ASI purchasing Breezer here.

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2009 Sea Otter Classic

April 16, 2009


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