Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sea Otter 2014 - Magura Four Piston Brakes and eLECT Rear Shock


Hidden in the back of the Magura's booth was their new four piston brake, which is primarily oriented towards the gravity crowd. The levers and reservoir were cloaked under some knitted covers, so we didn't get an opportunity to examine them.

The four piston brake uses four top loading organic pads, and much of its technology and design came from their development of their Motard motorcycle brakes. The pads sit in an asymmetrical manner on the pistons, and there is a small gap between them, all of which assist with better heat management and lower temperatures being transferred to the rotors. The four pad design allowed them to use a thinner metal backing and increase the resin material thickness, for superior longevity and improved cooling.  The caliper is forged in a single piece, and the pads are held in place with magnets along with a retaining screw.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sea Otter 2014 - KS Suspension Ether Handlebars, Stems And Seatposts

KS Suspension was showing their Ether line of handlebars, seatposts and stems at Sea Otter. According to Rick Taylor of KS USA, OE and other bike customers were requesting cockpit components that would have the same look and feel as their dropper seatposts, so the Ether project came from that requirement.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sea Otter 2014 - Bar Fly

Bar Fly is releasing a new bike computer mount called the SLi Fly that will fit the larger Garmin Edge 1000, along with attachment capabilities for a GoPro, light, junction box and other accessories, making it a true cross usage mounting platform. The SLi Fly follows the Fly 2.0 design, so it has a dual mounting position feature, so smaller format Garmin Edges (200, 500) and larger format Edges (510, 800, 810, 1000) fit closer to the stem, along with a lower mounting position for better visibility. The SLi Fly has an aluminum body and plastic back tabs for the Edge computer's interface, and an easy to use hinged handlebar clamp with a one bolt mechanism. The SLi Fly mount comes in 31.8mm ($49.95) and 35mm ($54.95) handlebar diameters, and will be available April 22nd.

Sea Otter 2014 - Eligo Spile

Eligo Spile

The Eligo Spile is a "smart hydration" system, which uses their dual fluid selector bite valve with it's piggy-backed electrolyte cartridge injector. The system allows you to choose either water or a water and electrolyte mixture from the same bite valve. The Spile consists of a hose with a hydration reservoir compatible quick connector at one end, and their dual bite valve and cartridge on the other. It fits the newer Hydrapak and Camelbak systems, so your not constrained for either brand. The co-founders, Shane Rogers and Brian Holm, hammered out the design over the last couple of years, and it's an interesting and innovative product.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sea Otter 2014 - New and Cool MTB Saddles

I spent some time wandering around Sea Otter looking for new and cool mountain bike saddle offerings from the exhibitors, and found some great candidates from SQlab, WTB, F’izi:k and Ergon.


The upgraded 611 Active MTB gets a dash of abrasion-resistant Kevlar fabric on the nose and around the outside of the rear for added protection and durability. They increased the length of the nose for better control and power management, while the rear gets a squarer shape for more room, comfort and derriere footprint.