The Best New Bikes and Gear at the 2017 Sea Otter Classic

Each year the bike industry gathers in Monterey, California, for the Sea Otter Classic. The event combines races and rides with a bustling outdoor trade show. You can ride a gran fon do and drool on the coolest new products all in one place. This year’s edition had a noticeable mountain bike focus, as some of the biggest brands brought new trail rippers to the show. If you didn’t make it out to California, we’re here for you. We’ve assembled all the best products we saw right here. 

Ibis Ripley LS

The third generation Ibis Ripley updates the legendary company’s flagship all-around shredder. The Ripley’s 29-inch wheels offer a nod toward its cross-country roots, but the current geometry with its long wheelbase and slack head tube give it trail bike-style stability. The Ripley can run 130 to 140 mm front suspension forks and offers 120mm of rear suspension. The DW-Link suspension system allows for more efficient pedaling. Ibis-built 35mm-wide rims provide a stiff, stable platform for the new wider tire options. The flagship Ripley comes built up with the new SRAM Eagle, which boasts the widest 1x gear ratio available and a uniquely quiet drive train. The new Ripley is available next week in two colors, “Vitamin P” and “Ti-Ho Silver.” Built with Eagle, suggested retail is $7,500. Looking for a lower priced option? Built with SRAM NX, the Ripley is available for $4,000. 

Cannondale Trigger Carbon

A standby in the Cannondale mountain bike line-up, the Trigger receives some notable updates for 2018. Designed for aggressive trail riding, the Trigger offers 150mm of travel up front and 145mm in the rear. The new Trigger loses Cannondale’s signature Lefty fork in favor of a Fox Factory 34, while Cannondale’s proprietary Gemini system creates a two-mode rear suspension set-up. “Hustle” shortens the travel to 115mm, which is great for climbing or for sprinting out of corners. “Flow” opens up the full 145mm travel and lowers the bike’s center of gravity when it’s time to rip downhill. A slack, 66-degree head tube offers stability, while short, 420mm chain stays make for an unusually tight, corner-smashing geometry. The 74.5-degree seat angle aims to put you over the pedals, so you can charge uphill. Prices range from $3,999 to $7,750 and the 2018 Trigger is available at Cannondale retailers now.