Our Sea Otter 2018 content continues to roll out. 6D helmets, new ENVE MTB handlebars and stems, Vibram Soles, and some new Reynolds carbon wheels.
Vibram Sole Factor
Vibram soles can be found on many shoes and at Sea Otter they’re offering re-soling to attendees.. For $40 Vibram Sole Factor will install a Vibram sole on just about any flat shoe including boots.
They’re right near the entrance and the process is quite interesting to watch. They have shoe cobblers hard at work and powerful machinery to complete the detailed process. Customers can pick the Vibram sole they want that fits their needs the best.
The finished product is impressive and can give new life to an old or new pair of shoes.
6D had their ATB-1T on display. We’ve been happy with ours and 6D has introduced new colors as well this year.
The magic takes place in the 6D design that keeps your head safe with their PATENTED Omni-Directional Suspension (ODS) Technology. This is some fascinating technology in a helmet if you haven’t explored the benefits.
Enter the Sea Otter contest for a chance to win a 6D lid.
ENVE has a new lineup of Mountain Bike cockpit components. Carbon stems and handlebars. We’ve posted up on their new setup already so be sure to read up here for the details.
The stems and bars are gorgeously wrapped in carbon fiber. Below you can see some detailed shots of the M9 stem.
Handlebars come in a variety of sweep and rise options. See the table above for details on both.
In addition to the new stems and bars ENVE also had a pretty nice belt / tool system.
Reynolds makes some sweet carbon wheels and they have just launched their new Blacklabel 347 and 349 wheels. Backed by a lifetime warranty these are sure to be a hit with anyone who gets them.
Both wheelsets are 34mm ID so they’re calling them the Blacklabel 347 and 349 as the 27.5 (347) and 29″ (349). They utilize Sapim CX Ray bladed spokes and nipples. They are available in 142boost and 157. 15mm front (can be converted via axle if needed to 20mm). $2,099 with a lifetime warranty which is essentially if you break them while riding them Reynolds will fix them. There are cassette options for SRAM or Shimano.
Industry Nine (I9) makes the Reynolds hubs so you’re getting quick 3-degrees of engagement and Reynolds commissioned Industry Nine to make their hubs a little bit wider at the flanges for better stiffness. The rim is a 0 degree offset as well. If you’ve purchased an I9 carbon wheelset in the past chances are it uses a Reynolds rim as well. The hubs are Centerlock which makes installing/removing rotors easy but if you need 6 bolt rotors there are adapters as well. We’ve reviewed their downhill wheels and these look quite sturdy as well.
The decals on the Blacklabel wheels are subtly water transfered onto the rim so there’s no obtuse decals to worry about. See more shots of the Blacklabel below
Reynolds also offers a few cheaper wheels in their TR ($1299) and TRS ($1550). The TR uses brass nipples and the TRS uses Sapim CX delta spokes and nipples. Decals aren’t water transferred but you also get stickers.