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Company said it's already sold out the first shipment.

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Focus Bikes is now selling a long-travel enduro e-bike, the SAM², in the U.S. The company introduced the model in Europe last October. The company said it has already sold out the first order.

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OXNARD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Galfer Bike has added adapters to allow use of larger brake rotors with post-mount calipers. The adapters can be used with rotors including Galfer's new Disc Wave 223 millimeter rotor.

AURORA, Colo. (BRAIN) — Australia-based Rhino-Rack is now offering a new wind fairing to reduce rack wind noise. 

The Rev Comp MIPS

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giant Bicycle has announced an expanded lineup of performance helmets including two new models with MIPS protection, the Rail SX MIPS trail helmet and Rev Comp MIPS road helmet.

MONTEREY, Calif. (USA) — SRAM's Quarq division has launched a wireless tire pressure gauge, which stays on the valve stem and communicates to a phone app or head unit.

The Quarq TyreWiz will be available June 1 on Quarq.com; a two-sensor package will retail for $199.

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MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Revelate Designs is showing the Vole, a bikepacking seat bag designed for use with dropper posts. The Vole is a mid-volume bag (6-7 liters) tailored for technical trail riding.

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Photo by JEREMY VANSCHOONHOVEN, courtesy Sea Otter Classic

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The Sea Otter Classic opened Thursday with an expo that includes more than 500 booths representing nearly 900 brands and covering 165,000 square feet of space at Laguna Seca Raceway.

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MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — GÜP Industries is launching a combination tire inflator and sealant canister at the Sea Otter Classic this week. The KWIKI is being marketing as an all-in-one product designed to seal and inflate tires simultaneously.

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PETALUMA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Upscale mountain bike clothing maker Kitsbow is working with glove maker Mechanix Wear on a new line of mountain bike gloves that will be launched later this year. Kitsbow plans to offer two models of riding gloves with Mechanix branding. 

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Frog Bikes, which announced a three-year agreement with USA Cycling last year, is introducing a line of USA Cycling and Frog co-branded bikes at the Sea Otter Classic this week.

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MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — A new sock brand being introduced at the Sea Otter Classic here this week makes a donation to the National Interscholastic Cycling Association for each pair sold.

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MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Cane Creek Cycling Components will be showing off a new titanium crankset at the Sea Otter Classic expo this week. The company says the eeWings crankset weighs 400 grams, about the same as carbon cranks, but is stiffer and more durable.

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The Woom 2 14-inch-wheel model sells for $339.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The big news in kids' bikes at this year's Sea Otter Classic is a host of new bikes with 26- and 27.5-inch wheels that allow kids beginning to outgrow their 24-inch bikes to have a slight step up in size but still keep kid geometry, kid-size components and kid-friendly light weight.

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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (BRAIN) — Yakima Products worked with fellow Oregon-based company Poler Stuff to offer its new limited edition version of the SkyRise rooftop tent.

The Yakima X Poler SkyRise is a new take on Yakima's tent, featuring Poler's signature "fuzzy camo" pattern.

New for 2018, Vittoria’s Velar road shoe.

Editor’s note: This article appears in the festival guide for this year’s Sea Otter Classic, which starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. Visit bicycleretailer.com later this week for on-site coverage from Laguna Seca.

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (BRAIN) — Terrene Tires has added the Chunk 2.6 to its lineup. The trail tire will be available in 27.5-inch and 29-inch sizes in two different constructions.

The 2.6-inch size complements Terrene's existing 2.3-inch Chunk model.

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (BRAIN) — VP Components will begin producing bicycle grips made from molded liquid silicone rubber (LSR) in a new production facility focused on applying the material both in and out of the bicycle industry, the company announced Wednesday.

SAUSALITO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Spurcycle, best known for its Spurcycle bell, has released a new saddle bag that will bring you back to carrying PB&J sandwiches to school. But instead of brown paper, the brand's new bad is made of high-tech sail cloth. 

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — At the Sea Otter Classic later this month, Bosch eBike Systems will be offering consumers test rides on e-bikes with the company's new PowerTube 500 integrated battery.

The new battery design can be integrated into the frame for a clean look. 

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PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Gore Wear has combined its Shakedry lightweight waterproof breathable material with panels made of a new stretchy Gore-Tex fabric to create a snugger-fitting version of its Shakedry cycling jacket.

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