Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New bikes from Raleigh and Salsa previewed at Sea Otter

The Sea Otter Classic is a cycling event held in Monterrey, California each spring. It's a series of events in one, with multiple bike races including road, mountain, and cyclocross formats, plus a bike industry expo.

Many bike manufacturers took advantage of the event to test and announce early previews of products for the 2015 season.

Raleigh Bicycles has been designing, developing, and prototype-testing a new full-suspension mountain bike for the past few years, and this year's Sea Otter was its first public appearance, when it was ridden by Jeremy Driscoll of the Raleigh Clement Racing Team in the Sea Otter XC mountain bike race.
The Raleigh Scarn is Raleigh's first full-suspension bike in over a decade. It's a 29-inch wheeled aluminum frame with carbon seatstays and Fox suspension with 100mm of front and rear travel. Reports indicated that the Shimano XTR-equipped bike weighed in at just over 25 pounds. It's expected to be available to the public in the fall of 2014; pricing has not been announced.

You can read more detailed reviews at Bike Rumor and Bike Magazine.

Speaking of full suspension, there have been a few custom-made one-off full suspension snow bike made, but fat bike industry pioneer Salsa Cycles steps up to the plate with the first production model of a full-suspension snow bike.

The Salsa Bucksaw features the Salsa Split Pivot suspension design perfected in their 2014 Spearfish and Horsethief models. It's designed to work with the eagerly-anticipated RockShox Bluto fork, the first fat-bike fork from the pioneering suspension company. Paired with the RockShox rear shock, you get 100mm of front and rear travel, plus all the snow and muck-gobbling traction you've come to expect from the Surly Nate 26x3.8 tires on Surly Holey Rolling Darryl rims.

Here are more details from Salsa Cycles, plus more about the history and development of the bike.

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