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Shots From the Otter

Published April 17, 2009

Jerott King with Ride SFO appeals to passersby to enter a raffle to win a Nemesis Project dirt frame. Proceeds from the drawing benefit the San Francisco Bike Park.


Haro-sponsored rider Brian Miller competed in the SRAM Dual Stunt on Friday afternoon.



Saris Cycling Group opted against exhibiting at Sea Otter this year, but, Saris marketing maven Maggie Walz had things covered. "I'm walking around with a rack on my back doing demos," Walz said as she cruised around the expo area with the 10-pound Saris T-Bones hitch rack.







Swobo's Sky Yaeger shows the new Crosby, Swobo's latest do-anything urban bike. Spec'd with the SRAM Torpedo hub, the Crosby can support a free or fixed wheel. It can be set up as a single speed or with a derailleur and riders can choose either disc or cantilever brakes. Yaeger expects the $1,049 bikes to be a hit when they hit retailers later this year. "These are going to sell out," she said. Overall, Swobo has been on budget for 2009, and even though Yaeger thinks the urban category to continue to thrive, she's not sure what to expect this year. 

"It's scary. We're okay so far, but nobody really knows," Yaeger said.

Turner showed its line of mountain bikes incorporating Dave Weagle's DW Link suspension, including a prototype of new downhill bike to be released in 2010. The partnership with Weagle has bumped up the cachet of Turner bikes, said David Turner. And despite a down economy, first quarter sales for Turner were good. "We don't know what's going to happen this year. We only hope tomorrow's as good as today," Turner said.

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