Sea Otter Classic Product Round-Up

The new Omata is an entirely new take on GPS speedometers. It’s a GPS computer that records everything just as a Garmin or other comparable device would, but comes in a beautiful design. Using mechanical analog movement, the Omata displays speed, distance, ascent, and time. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until early 2017 to get your hands on one.
Ortlieb has long been the go-to brand for touring bags and panniers, but as the bikepacking market has grown they’ve adapted their savvy into lighter, fixture-less packs. The new Seatpack ($160) is one of a few new designs they were showing off that can save considerable weight over a standard rack and pannier setup.
Praxis is branching out from the chainring and crank market and will now be adding carbon wheels to their line. The rims feature a 21mm internal width and hookless bead design, yet allow for tire pressures over 100psi. That means they are equally adept for road use as well as gravel and cyclocross. Praxis-made hub shells use DT internals. Disc brake only. Retail price is expected to be $1799.
Velofix mobile bike repair has been growing quickly, thanks to their franchise business model. By the end of the year they expect to have 100 vans across the country that are fully equipped with Park Tools, a parts washer, and all the small items such as handlebar tape, tires, and cables that a bike might need during servicing. If getting your bike to the local bike shop is too hard a task, then Velofix might be the way to go.
One of the most beautifully crafted saddles we’ve seen in ages is the made in Italy SkyLite from Astute with a claimed weight of 160 grams. Coming to America soon.
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Is it a mountain bike with dropped bars or a road bike with mountain bike wheels? Former Cervelo boss Gerard Vroomen – who now runs Open Bicycles – would say it’s neither…it can do too many things well to fit in any category.

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