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Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterey California

Posted: Jan 22 2019 11:19pm
by spinningmagnets
This is a mountain bike festival, just an hours drive south of San Francisco, and near the ocean. Previously, I had not been too interested, but last year turned out to be surprisingly "ebike friendly", due to the major bike brands finally jumping on-board the electric bandwagon.

The Reno Interbike in 2018 highlighted that...even though several large off-road bicycle companies had been hold-outs for the "purists", they had eventually decided that they didn't want to be left out. All of these things add up to this years Sea Otter being big on ebikes.

http://www.seaotterclassic.com/
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Anyone who does go to Monterey, I highly recommend taking the time to spend two hours at the Aquarium (it was featured in "Star Trek IV" with the two whales...)

https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/

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Re: Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterrey California

Posted: Jan 23 2019 11:35am
by 2old
Ron, they had the first (AFAIK) eMTB race in the US a couple of years ago, and have been in the forefront with ebikes, albeit mostly OEM which may not excite this readership much. Now that Interbike is finis' for the near future, this year should be a banner year. The best thing for my wife and me is our favorite place to ride MTB's is in San Luis Obispo a couple of hours south where we spend a day or two on the way.

Re: Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterrey California

Posted: Jan 23 2019 3:11pm
by thepronghorn
only bikes operated by the following systems may race: Bosch, Brose, Shimano, or Yamaha
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Re: Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterrey California

Posted: Jan 23 2019 4:47pm
by PaulD
That's new. Bummer.
I raced my own drive system a few years ago, that was fully within the rules: class 1, 20mph, 500W (350W actually).
I assume that Bosch and the bike industry doesn't like the idea of conversions. Makes sense. They are making bank on the false notion that you need to buy a whole new ebike rather than convert an old one.

Re: Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterrey California

Posted: Jan 23 2019 7:31pm
by spinningmagnets
I notice the 160-Nm Bafang Ultra Max is not on the "allowed" list...also the 120-Nm TQ drive...

Re: Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterey California

Posted: Jan 31 2019 6:07pm
by Skaiwerd
It is a beautiful area. I was in the area for my uncles birthday in the fall. My wife and I passed on the $49 fee each, to enter the aquarium. We have a smaller aquarium near us in Mystic, CT. The next town to the south is Carmel, which is full of high end galleries and boutiques and great restaurants, is a great visit also.


I don’t like that corporate regulation crap controlling who races what. I do forget the industry relies on people buying bikes, or ebikes that require marketing.

Re: Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterey California

Posted: Feb 18 2019 1:30pm
by 999zip999
So Luke can't ride the Death Bike.

Re: Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterey California

Posted: Feb 23 2019 3:56am
by ScooterMan101
For those who plan on Flying to California then Renting a Car to drive to Sea Otter,

Note , it is at least an hour from San Jose to Monterey , during the middle of the day M-F longer during afternoon rush hour which starts at 2:30 - 3:00 in the Afternoon heading South .
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If you fly into San Francisco it will take from 1 hour to 2.5 hours to get from S.F. just to San Jose, then add 1 + hours to Monterey from San Jose.

It would be better to Fly into San Jose.

Re: Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterey California

Posted: Feb 23 2019 11:13am
by 2old
Even better if you drive up from Tustin (about six hours south), stop at Los Altos and ride in Montana De Oro (my favorite MTB area), go to the Thursday night farmer's market in San Luis Obisbo (they close about six square blocks of the downtown area for it) , then go to SO on Friday (the best day since the crowds haven't descended yet).

Re: Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterey California

Posted: Mar 27 2019 10:54am
by 2old
Looks like SO doesn't generate much interest here, probably since all the e-activity (AFAICT) is OEM (with the exception of Hi-Power, not beloved here either, and M1 Sportechnik). Well, there's enough other bike activity to make a fun day for my wife and me. Two weeks to go.

Re: Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterey California

Posted: Mar 27 2019 11:51am
by neptronix
What a waste of an event, to shut out DIY and/or other interesting innovations.

Where are the innovators doing interesting stuff? where's their event?

Re: Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterey California

Posted: Mar 27 2019 2:46pm
by spinningmagnets
Yeah, I'd have two DIY events. One where all the competitors have the exact same 48V or 52V battery, and then an unlimited class just for fun.

Re: Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterey California

Posted: Mar 27 2019 2:52pm
by efMX Trials Electric Freeride
neptronix wrote:
Mar 27 2019 11:51am
What a waste of an event, to shut out DIY and/or other interesting innovations.

Where are the innovators doing interesting stuff? where's their event?
https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewt ... 25&t=98354

Re: Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterey California

Posted: Mar 27 2019 4:57pm
by 2old
AFAICT there's only one DIY company displaying, the oft-hated Hi Power, and they're moving into completes. If there's that little interest from the DIY community, why have a race? Also, the way it's set up all the racers are on fairly equal bikes, so their skill is paramount as it should be IMO (of course there will be cheating, but to a more minimal degree).

Re: Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterey California

Posted: Mar 27 2019 11:49pm
by devo1223
neptronix wrote:
Mar 27 2019 11:51am
What a waste of an event, to shut out DIY and/or other interesting innovations.

Where are the innovators doing interesting stuff? where's their event?
I'm building something special for this one
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Re: Sea Otter Classic 2019, April 11-14, Monterey California

Posted: Apr 15 2019 9:29am
by 2old
Pretty tame SOC. HPC was present with their (IMO) overpriced products, Cake had an exceptionally nice moped for way too much money and M1 Sportechnik had 45 mph carbon jewelry, but still too expensive at $8,000 - $10,000. Nothing exciting at the OEM's, but the new Fazua modular system at <7 pounds might gain traction with road, gravel and some cross country riders.