By Karl Rosengarth
The Sea Otter Classic has traditionally been more associated with mountain biking than city riding, but we spotted a ton of cool stuff that translates to commuters and road riders as well.
Raleigh Tripper: Due out in July, the Raleigh Tripper is a three-speed city bike based on the same steel frame as the popular Roper and Furley models. The drivetrain sports a Shimano Nexus hub and disc brakes. Bicycle Times is at the front of the line to get a review sample, so stay tuned.
Lezyne Femto Drive LED light: The Femto Drive is a compact "be seen" LED light, due out in fall 2012. Available in a 15 lumen front (white) and a 7 lumen rear (red) version, the Femto Drive will retail for $15 each, or $25 for a F/R pair. The body is weather-resistant CNC-machined aluminum. Run times vary from 25-70 hours on the CR2032 battery, depending on which of the four pulse/flash modes is used.
DZR Dirt Line: Shoe-maker DZR is about to drop their all-new Dirt Line of SDP-compatible mountain bike shoes. Both the high-top Samba and the low-cut Dice retail for $120, and feature good-old laces covered with a Velcro strap to keep them out of harm’s way. Look for them to hit the shelves about two weeks.
Mission Workshop Rail Pack: Also due out in two weeks, Mission Workshop’s Rail Pack features the company’s Arkiv rail system which allows the user to modify and adapt the carrying capacity of their pack by attaching modular, external compartments that slide on/off the main body via a clever rail system. The whole package looks very smart and sexy. We’ve got one of these bad boys on the way for a thorough Bicycle Times review.
Feedback Sports Sprint bike stand: Due for June 2012 release, the Sprint is the first fork-mount bike stand from Feedback Sports. The cleverly designed fork mount works with 9mm/15mm/20mm front axles (as well as 130/135/142mm rear). The open design of the BB-cradle provides easy access to BB-routed cables. The 360-degree pivoting design makes it easy to rotate the bike and work on either side without moving. MSRP is $275.
Element Case: Now that you’ve got that new iPhone, how’s about a snazzy CNC-machined and anodized case to protect it? That’s the idea behind Element Case, the brainchild of industrial designer (and former Fox Racing Shox employee) Jeff Sasaki. Element Cases are made in the USA and available in a number of models ranging from $50-100, depending on features. They even do custom graphics, such as the Syndicate models shown in the photo.