Sea Otter is back in a big way, with massive crowds returning to the bike expo in Laguna Seca Raceway over the weekend. Gravel was a big theme again this year, with new tires, bikes and all kinds of gravel-specific components on display.
Here are a few of the exciting bits of road and gravel gear news from Sea Otter 2022.
Pirelli has Lizzie Deignan's Paris-Roubaix winning bike on display, uncleaned and untouched
Lucky number 13 for Deignan
The Italian brand's tubeless P-Zero tire carried Deignan over the cobbles to vitory
This year, Pirelli's started producing tires in-house near its Milan, Italy home.
Cobble secteur sheet 1 of 2.
Pirelli also has a sharp-looking line of Cinturato gravel tires
The Cinturato H is for hardpack and paved roads
While Cinturato M is for mixed surface riding
A combination of solid side-lugs and a near continuous centre tread keeps the Cinturato M fast while still hooking up in looser conditions
Pirelli and Lizzie Deignan Paris Roubaix winning tires
Italian tire brand Pirelli had a mix of very cool old things and exciting new products on display in its booth. Lizzie Deignan’s Paris-Roubaix, still covered in dirt, sweat and blood from winning the inaugural women’s edition, held a prominent position. It was there to show off Pirelli’s P-Zero tubeless tires. On the new end, the brand had its first made-in-Italy tire, a practice it hopes to expand, and several interesting gravel tire options. There was also the 35-gram P-Zero SmarTube, a TPU tube for road or gravel that significantly reduces the weight of tubed setups.
Scott Addict Gravel
SRAM eTAP 2x system gives the Addict gear range and close steps for racing
Scott Addict Gravel
Scott takes its WorldTour Addict and tunes it for gravel. Increased tire clearance meets very race-focused components. From internal cables and an integrated cockpit to SRAM eTap wireless electronic shifting. Race pedigree, gravel racing and adventure riding performance.
FSA – K-Force Team Edition crankset and gravel stem
FSA and Vision have a ton of momentum going, with Mohoric winning Milan-San Remo on dropper-post tech developed by the brand and Primoz Roglic using Vision’s aero bars to win gold at the Olympics. Its booth was packed with new tech for road, gravel and mountain biking. The K-Force Team Edition crankset tips the scales are 551 grams (172.5mm, 53/39T) with direct mount chainrings.
The NS vas stem uses a vibration-dampening elastomer integrated clamp into the bar clamp to reduce road chatter on rough gravel surfaces. There are three different hardnesses of elastomer, so you can tune the soft or harshness of your ride. FSA claims up to 47 per cent of vibrations are absorbed compared to a standard stem.
The K-Force WE electronic shifting platform was also on display. It’s 11-speed for now, but with all the other brands taking it to 12, it can’t be long till FSA follows suit.
Mini trailer, major adventure
Not just a bed
There's also a set of cupboards and closets
Out back, a full on-the-road kitchen, complete with a stove top.
Designed in Utah for off-road adventures, Escapod’s Topo teardrop trailer lets you take your adventure anywhere. With suspension tuned for true off-road use, this tiny trailer will support and gravel (or mountain bike) expedition. With a full propane stove and all kinds of storage tucked away in the walls and minimal spare space, you can get off the grid in luxury. It’s still a small space, but with an impressive range of amenities.