Held over four days outside of Monterey, California, the Sea Otter Classic delivers a wealth of new gear in addition to road, mountain and now e-bike racing. Here is a look at one old-is-new bike, plus some outright new technology as well.
Rocky Mountain Pipeline returns
Can the name that ushered in freeriding do the same for plus-size tires? Rocky Mountain’s original Pipeline defined the freeride movement of the late 1990s. Piloted by Rocky’s iconic Frorider team, consisting of Wade Simmons, Brett Tippie and Richie Schley, the legendary machine opened the eyes of crusty hardtail purists to the capabilities and insanity that a full-suspension rig with (relatively) slack angles and six big-hitting inches could deliver.
Today’s carbon Pipeline looks to offer the same eye-opening experience with its 27.5 x 2.8in Maxxis Rekon tires. The increased traction, stability, and confidence in ugly, chopped-up terrain from the plus-size tires allows riders, in Rocky’s terms, “to take the stupid line.”
Fat rubber lets riders “take the stupid line,” Rocky Mountain says
The Pipeline is based off Rocky’s Instinct platform, and features BC2 pivots, Ride-9 geometry and suspension tuning adjustments, as well as their SmoothLink rear end offering up 130mm travel. The front and rear axle spacing is Boost can swallow up to 3.25in tires.
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BikeYoke upgrades old Specialized shocks
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