Sea Otter 2019: Canucks in California and clever solutions
A closer look at the Norco Factory team edition Revolver FS 100, Ontario aluminum and carbon from Kamloops
Sea Otter is back at Laguna Seca Speedway for another year of mountain bike racing and fancy new gear. While the show may be in California, there’s plenty of Canadians that have made the journey south and are making an impact with their new wares.
On Day 1 of Sea Otter 2019, there was the the Norco Factory Team special Revolver FS, which made a podium appearance in the UCI XCO race. On the component side, Ontario’s 9point8 and B.C.’s We Are One Composites were both showing off new releases.
Norco 2020 Revolver FS 100 – Factory Team gloss white and red edition
Norco Revolver FS 100 - Norco Factory Team edition
Gloss red and white, with accents from the RockShox SID Ultimate
SRAM XX1's characteristic gold accents
Gold chain and gold cassette just look fast, even if it's just a coating.
Beast is a small German component company providing bars and stems for the Factory Team going into 2019
RockShox new shock, with a full lock out on the 100 mm rear travel
RockShox arms the SID with a carbon fibre crown, and lockout
With options to run a dropper post, lockout and the necessary gears and brakes, the cockpit can get busy. Grip actuated remote lockout keeps the controls easy at hand
Norco and its Factory Team, and all five riders are proudly Canadian
Kenda Booster Pro is fast rolling for the high speed Laguna Seca course
Norco's new FS 1 120 comes in this red-to-dark-red fade
SRAM matched the XX1 cranks on the FS 100 and FS 120 to the blue paint scheme
RELATED: Norco targets Tokyo 2020 with redesigned Revolver FS 100
We Are One Composites- Kamloops, B.C.
We Are One released six new rims as part of its Revolution series
The series updates and expands its initial Movement series
All rims continue to be made in Kamloops, B.C. from U.S. sourced carbon fibre
The Strife is the latest Downhill rim to roll out of the Kamloops facility
The newest move from We Are One is a bar / stem combo. The stem was developed in collaboration with Germany's 77 Designz, and uses an aluminum sleeve where the stem clamps the bar.
The We Are One bar recently passed fatigue tests, so the carbon fibre bar will making its way into the world soon. In Germany, the stem will be made by 77 Designz
Like We Are One's rims, the bars are hand laid in its Kamloops headquarters. Performance details are followed by aesthetic touches, like carbon fibre weave that spiral out from the center clamp - instead of winding unidirectionally from end to end
9point8 – Stout Stem
After starting with dropper posts, 9point8 has released the 7075 aluminum Stout stem
Ancaster, Ontario's 9point8 has been teasing the new component online for months. There's also a matching combined top cap and 5 mm spacer, which 9point8 says encourages riders to leave a safer length of the forks steerer tube above the stem.
The stem comes in three lengths, with a 32 mm being the shortest, as well as a 40 and 50 mm option for 35 mm and 31.8 mm bars
The full line of Fall Line and Fall Line R gets an update as well
Responding to consumer demand, 9point8 now offers a forward offset post head for the shorter Fall Line R dropper post
The 9point8 Fall Line R brings a full alloy dropper post down to race weight without any carbon fibre parts
RELATED: 9point8 drops weight with the new Fall Line R
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