Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Otter juice 2009 – some news from Sea Otter

Posted by Matt | April 18, 2009 | Leave a comment

SRAM X0 derailleur in purple
Well, I promised you I was trawling the worldwide wonder on your behalf looking for some otter juice from the 2009 Sea Otter event taking place in a land far, far away. While it may be across the Atlantic though there are key products starting to appear which will inevitably affect our riding in future months.

Bikerumor have a steady stream of photos coming through two of which caught my eye. First up, this purple anodised X0 derailleur (a one-off for Tyler Morland). I never thought purple could look so nice which is worrying – and those white jockey wheels give Shimano’s Yumeya kit a run for it’s money. Coloured kit is on it’s way…

2010 Rock Shox Revelation 150mm fork

Next, of much more interest to riders will be this shot of Rock Shox’s new Revelation forks. I’ve wanted a set for ages—and am currently resigned to not having any looking at the UK prices these days—but seeing these 150mm bolt through beauties just makes me want them even more!

Ventana El Commandante belt drive singlespeed

Elsewhere, given my well documented hankering for a belt drive singlespeed (why? well, why not?) I’m pleased to see The Cyclist reporting Ventana are keeping the flame burning with an El Commandante sporting a fancy swinging dropout design. Err, cross reference my previous comments about home-grown manufacturers innovating? Come on, if the US can do it – Gates, the belt drive suppliers are based in Scotland after all…

Filed under 2009, News in April 2009


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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