Incredible New Gear Debuted At ‘Sea Otter’ Bike Fest: Our 10 Favorites

The annual Sea Otter Classic is the world’s largest bicycle festival, drawing riders, racers and fans to the Laguna Seca Recreation Area in Monterey, California. If you love bikes, this should be on your life list.

Named after the southern sea otter, an indigenous mammal which lives nearby on the Pacific coast, the gathering pulled in about 75,000 riders and fans this year, April 10-13.

Sea Otter is an excuse to debut products, and many companies show off items that won’t be in stores for months. We were there to get the scoop on market trends and see the best new products in the world of bikes.

From my view, meeting with companies and testing gear, the items below are the 10 most exciting products and trends at the fest this year. —Tom Puzak

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Editor-in-Chief Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie’s Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.

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