There are also 900 brands represented—from bicycle to clothing to energy
and recovery products—with an expo
area packed with all kinds of cycling-re-lated things to see. Spectators can
watch their favorite athletes from around
the world compete in all disciplines of
road racing and mountain biking—from
criterium to circuit to downhill, dual
slalom, cross-country and more. There
are so many events packed into the four
days that it’s a veritable three-ring circus going on all the time.
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Sea Otter has become so signi;cant
that many attending bike brands now
use the event as a launch pad for their
new model-year (to come) product.
What differed this year in particular is
the incredible number of new electric
mountain bikes on display and being
ridden. The numbers are growing exponentially. There are so many new bikes
coming out from major manufacturers
who are ;nally joining the electric party.
“There are so many new bikes coming out from major manufacturers who are finally joining the electric party.” Fantic debuted two gravel bikes here, including this one with
slightly bigger tires. Both use the same Brose motor and big
batteries as the FX1 we recently tested.
We had one of our ;rst rides on the Bosch CX-powered Trek
Power;y and found it to be a very capable bike. We’re looking forward to testing one soon.
The new Townie Go! features a Bosch Active Line motor
and looks like the beach cruiser you’ve always wanted.
Those are beefy 12mm rails on the front and rear racks.
LaPierre threw their proverbial hat in the e-MTB ring with
this bike that featured a low-mount battery located just
above the mid-drive motor.
The dirt demo riding area was a great place to try out bikes. This massive
hill was fun for experienced riders like this guy and intimidating for newbies.
During one test ride we snapped a chain on this steep incline.