Sea Otter Classic: Bontrager’s Carbon Components

Wisconsin pays tribute to Bontrager's NorCal roots

One of the first bikes we saw as we walked down the rows of the Sea Otter Classic was this Bontrager bike sitting in front of Trek. At first we thought (hoped) that Keith Bontrager was back on the working end of a welding torch, but no, The one-off frame in reality was merely  acting as a show piece made to help display all the latest Bontrager carbon parts. Still, it was cool to have a moment of nostalgia in looking over the new parts.

Classic Keith Bontrager back in his “early” Santa Cruz days.

The Bontrager brand began in the Santa Cruz area in the late 80’s when the former factory Honda MX mechanic started building frames. Trek bought the brand from Keith in ’92 before re-launching the brand as Trek’s in-house component brand. It’s only fitting that Trek decided to give a nod to Bontrager’s legacy at the Sea Otter Classic which is close to home for the brand.

Our favorite Bontrager part shown is this XXX carbon saddle.
The XXX carbon wheels come in 2, 4 and 6 classification’s with tubeless ready technology.
The Bontrager saddle weighs only 68 grams.
The Bontrager lettering really pops on the flat grey color scheme.
We were a bit shocked when we rolled up on this bike here at the show. We liked the Dura-Ace 1x crank.
The XXX carbon seat post pairs nicely with the full carbon saddle.
A blast from the past with the paw print.
The carbon XXX wheel set come in three different depth sizes.
One of our favorite parts to the frame was this rear seat stay bridge.

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