Continental add three new 29er sizes to their Revolution Tubeless Ready collection of tires: the Race King, Mountain King and X-King, all in 2.2in widths (James Huang/BikeRadar)
Sea Otter’s wealth of
exhibitors has turned the event into the de facto location for early-season
product introductions. We’ve covered a number of the new bikes already (with
more yet to come) but here’s a look at some of the components that caught our eye over the weekend.
Wheels and tires feature heavily in this first round-up, with new Dicut aluminum road clinchers and a new range of mountain bike wheels from DT Swiss
called Spline on show. We also came across revamped 25mm-deep aluminum road clinchers from Industry Nine
with new tubeless-compatible rims designed in-house, and new Iodine-level 29er
wheels from CrankBrothers with tubeless rims, convertible hubs and the
company’s trick aluminum and steel spoke design.
New tires include a redesign of WTB’s soft-conditions Moto mountain
bike tire, tubeless-compatible 29er treads from Continental with proper UST
beads and lightweight sidewalls, and the return of the Onza brand name
(courtesy of a Swiss buyer) with a range of new tires for a wide range of
conditions. And yes, there are lots more 650b options coming, too – more on
Speaking of Continental, the German company also launched their own tire
sealant using an ammonia- and protein-free synthetic latex base and four
different shapes and sizes of particulates to help plug holes. According to
Continental’s Brett Hahn, the new formula is designed to clot like human blood
and the bottle’s nozzle is conveniently sized to inject right into a Presta
Rotor unveiled several new sizes of mountain bike Q-Rings, a new
SRM-equipped mountain bike crank and a less expensive forged version of their 3D hollow drilled road crank. FSA showed a belt-compatible
version of their intriguing Patterson two-speed transmission, and Prologo offered a
sneak preview of their 2013 saddle range.
Finally, Enduro displayed a needle bearing upgrade kit to replace the
standard DU bushings in shock eyelets. This isn’t a new item – it’s actually
been around since 2008 – but today’s crop of longer-travel bikes and more
complicated linkage systems make it more applicable than ever. Enjoy this first round of component coverage but rest assured that if
you don’t see something here, you’re bound to find it in one of our upcoming instalments.