Inside we take a look at some offerings from Mondraker, Focus, Orange Seal, Henty, and POC.
Mondraker is a brand that has been around for some time and forward thinking when it comes to geometry. QARV imports has partnered with the Spanish Mondraker brand to distribute Mondraker bikes in the USA.
At Sea Otter they had their fleet of bikes on display for attendees to check out in person. The 150mm Foxy Carbon is their flagship trail bike that has Mondraker’s Forward Geometry that lends itself to having a long top tube, slack head angle, shorter chain stays, and paired with short stem. The Mondraker Zero suspension system has a trunnion shock mount to that offers 150mm of travel. Pictured below is the Foxy Carbon XR trim. A top level RR SL is also available as well as a RR, and R trim that site below the XR trim.
Geometry is adjustable (+/- 1degree head angle, +/- 10mm chainstay length). Check out the details on the FOXY below.
In addition to the Foxy, they had their e-Crusher Carbon that is powered by the Shimano Steps E8000 motor. It features many similar Mondraker traits including Forward geometry, Zero suspension, 150mm of travel, and more.
Details on the e-Crusher Carbon
POC was displaying their Coron Air Spin and Coron Air Carbon Spin helmet with new goggles at Sea Otter that was developed in collaboration with POC team athlete Martin Söderström and Robin Wallner. The helmet is certified for use in downhill and enduro racing. The Coron Air SPIN uses a fiber glass shell material paired with a multi-impact EPP liner which provides high impact performance, durability and low weight. The Coron Air helmets are available in 3 sizes.
- MSRP on the Coron Air Spin is $275
- MSRP on the Coron Air Carbon Spin is $450
The Coron Air SPIN also features POC’s patent pending rotational impact protection system, SPIN, which is designed to reduce the effects of an oblique fall by reducing the amount of force transmitted to the head and brain. By using the innovative and unique pad technology, which sit directly against the user’s head and can shear in any direction during an oblique impact, SPIN pads allow the helmet to move relative to the head during a fall, reducing the force transmitted to the brain.
Coron Air Spin
The Coron Air SPIN features an advanced ventilation system which pushes air through the helmet via a series of internal channels providing enhanced levels of ventilation. In addition the ventilation design has been optimized for all day use, especially during transfers between Enduro stages or hotter days on the bike, and thanks to the vent design the airflow has been maximized to work at both low and high speed. To complete a high performance and versatile helmet the Coron Air SPIN also features emergency removable cheek pads for added security in the case of a head or neck injury, ear chambers which have been designed to reduce any negative effect on balance and hearing, a chin bar constructed for optimized protection and breathing as well as a break away visor designed to break off in the case of an impact to protect the users head and neck.
Coron Air Carbon Spin
There are a lot of tubeless sealants out there and Orange Seal is well known among cyclists as a quality eco-friendly product that works well. It is available in an endurance format, regular formula, and a subzero format. Their injection system comes packaged nicely to keep things tidy as well. If you need rim tape, they also have you covered there.
Endurance tire sealant, it’s formulated to maximize longevity; enabling riders to go longer between top-offs. All while offering the same quick sealing properties you’ve come to expect.
Their VersaVale is a large sturdy base that can be fitted with different rubber grommets and works on most rims regardless of mtb/cx/road in a variety of lengths (32mm, 48mm, 60mm, 80mm).
Henty made the trip from Tasmania to show Sea Otter attendees their Enduro backpack. We’ve reviewed this Enduro backpack so be sure to check out our review to learn more as well. Hydration storage, plenty of storage for snacks, tools, and much more.
Focus had two e-MTBs debuted at Sea Otter this year that were getting a lot of attention. Geoff Gulevich has joined the Focus brand as well this year.
Focus e-MTBs utilize the new compact Shimano Steps E8000 250w motor and Focus’ TEC battery system that houses half the battery in the downtube for a lighter setup (1-2hour ride) and an additional battery that can be clicked in for a longer 756 Wh of total power.
A long travel e-MTB for enduro riders who love technical downhills, and also like to get up the mountain on their own. The SAM² features Shimano’s new compact Steps E8000 250w motor sitting low and forward in the frame for quick handling shorter chainstays. Focus’ proprietary Tailored Energy Concept (T.E.C.) battery system houses half the battery in the downtube for a lighter and lower center of gravity for one to two hour rides. For longer rides, click in the additional battery pack for 756 Wh of total power. The SAM² also features Focus Optimized Linkage Design (F.O.L.D.) kinematics, offering 170mm of balanced stability and sensitivity. Additional spec is Fox 36 Performance fork, custom tuned Fox DPS shock, single chainring with SRAM NX 11-speed components, and Magura MT5 brakes. MSRP: $5,999.
Focus JAM² 29 Pro also features Shimano’s new compact Steps E8000 250w motor with a similar option to mount half the battery for lighter weight / shorter rides.
Features Shimano’s new compact Steps E8000 250w motor sitting low and forward in the frame allowing for quicker handling short chainstays. Focus’ proprietary Tailored Energy Concept (T.E.C.) battery system houses half the battery in the downtube for a lighter and lower center of gravity for one to two hour rides. For longer rides, just click in the additional battery pack for 756 Wh of total power. The high-end Plus Pro model includes 29” DT Swiss wheels and Shimano Deore XT Di2 shifting. With 140mm of travel in its RockShox suspension and a Q Factor of 175mm, this is an all-mountain e-bike that delivers the perfect balance of rigidity and forgiveness on alpine trails. MSRP: $6,499.
Stay tuned for more 2018 Sea Otter Classic coverage.