Fant Files:Sea Otter Class Take Over

This weekend was full of racing in motocross including a huge win by Eli Tomac. While some of the industry spent their time in Salt Lake City, Utah, the rest of us were in Monterey, California for the 2017 Sea Otter Classic. This is also known as the unofficial kick off to the cycling season in North America. There are a handful of companies that are not specific to just moto and we hit their booths to check out what they offer in the cycling world.

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An aerial view shot on my GoPro Hero 5 attached to the new KARMA drone. Here you can see the amount of vendors attached to this weekend’s kickoff for cycling.

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Our first stop was at the 100% booth. Here is their STATUS helmet and goggle set up. Mike Sleeter is a test rider and helps develop for KTM wore a similar set up in Dual Slalolm Friday.

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Having some fun with a friendly face from Bear Valley sporting a KTM sticker on his t-shirt.

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Another very familiar brand to us that we ran into was O’neal. Their booth was packed with people in the center isle of the event. Here is their ELEMENT jersey on display.

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Our buddy Aaron Gwin signing autographs under the Alpinestars booth Saturday. Aaron rides frequently on a KTM 450 XC-F when he’t not winning World Cups for the USA. He heads off to France on Monday for the first round of WC’s.

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A cool looking Bell helmet on display at Sea Otter. Bell has been in the cycling game for a long time and continues to push the envelope in design and style.

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If these feel as good as the SIDI Crossfire’s we are sure this is what we would wear on a road bike. SIDI had a huge display of road and mountain bike products for people to check out.

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IRC is no rookie to the moto tire game and it goes the same in mountain bikes. Here are the Mibro 650B tires by IRC.

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Motocross legend Ryan Hughes spends his days now training up and comers in motocross as well as mountain biking. He also has Rynopower. A performance brand with a list of products that can be applied for a wide range of sports to get that edge over the competition.

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WD-40 offers a wide range of cleaning, lube, and protection sprays that keep your bicycle in tip-top shape for the next ride. They set up a free cleaning station for all athletes after a full day of riding to get their bikes ready for another session.

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450SXF? Nope! That’s KTM industries mountain bike. Tons of KTM branded bikes were on display for the show.

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Legend Brian Lopes showed up to the Ellsworth bicycle booth with this Husqvarna Enduro with a custom bike rack on the back for his other ride.

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ODI was offering “coozies” in grip form for the crowds’ cold drinks and free pit boards to cheer for their favorite rider.

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Hanging outside the Troy Lee Designs booth you can see the amount of people swarming to get a look at some of their cycling products.

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Here is a closer look at a TLD Mountain Kit with Oakley goggles.

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Husqvarna even had a large display at Sea Otter. We were able to sit down and have a chat with Endurocross superstar Mike Brown for a while in between pedaling.

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Mental Focus. Reduced Fatigue. That’s the name of the game for MindFX. We were handing out free issues of our sister publication Road Bike Action along with some MindFX products to try out.

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6D revolutionized the motocross industry with their patented design and unique safety features. They brought those same features into the cycling world with an enduro style helmet as well as a Downhill helmet.

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Another look at the venue from the sky. Great people, good times, and tons to do on a beautiful weekend in Monterey. We look forward to the next one!

 

 

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