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New CeramicSpeed prototype with solid jockey wheels spotted, wild paintjobs, $100 water bottles + more: Tech highlights from Sea Otter Europe

All the best bits of a bike show without the sore feet! From weight weenie carbon to Euro-only kit that we wish we could get in the UK, here are our top picks from Sea Otter Europe

The Sea Otter Europe bike show may be lacking in actual sea otters compared to its bigger American brother, but it's certainly not short on cool bike tech! Here are some of the tech highlights we've spotted from Spain's biggest bike show, including unreleased carbon goodies, wacky one-off paint jobs and just about every kind of bike you can imagine...

An unreleased CeramicSpeed OSPW with solid jockey wheels, funky OSPW colours and the UFO maintenance range

2023 Sea Otter Europe CeramicSpeed Blue OSPW

While our eyes initially wandered towards the baby blue version of CeramicSpeed's oversized pulley wheel system (above), we spotted what appears to be an unreleased prototype OSPW with solid jockey wheels. What benefits could this bring? Well, CeramicSpeed predictably answered "no comment", but that won't stop us from speculating... 

2023 Sea Otter Europe CeramicSpeed unreleased OSPW solid jockey wheels

Our first idea was that perhaps the solid jockey wheels could marginally improve aerodynamics, but given the OSPW Aero already exists and is unlikely to be due an update, we quickly discounted this idea. It seems far more likely that the solid wheels have been designed for mud clearance, something that was all but confirmed when we spotted one on the bike of Hans Becking, a marathon mountain biker (the solid jockey wheels on Becking's bike were black rather than silver, perhaps to disguise the unreleased tech). 

Given the quality of the finish and the fact that we spotted it being used out in the field, we reckon it won't be long before there's an official release of this mysterious rear mech bling. If the solid jockey wheels are indeed for mud clearance, then we can expect to see the system being used during the upcoming cyclocross season.

Given the familiar shape of the cage, we'd say that this particular OSPW system is designed for SRAM rear mechs, but it's impossible to say whether a Shimano-compatible design will be released alongside.

2023 Sea Otter Europe CeramicSpeed UFO clean

CeramicSpeed was also showcasing its complete family of UFO bike maintenance products, which has recently grown to include a bike wash called UFO clean. It's available in a spray bottle or as a concentrate.

The wildest paintjob of the show: hot or not?

2023 Sea Otter Europe BH custom paint job

Loud paint jobs aren't to everyone's taste, so we'll let you decide whether this rather out there hand-painted design on the BH Aerolight road racer is hot or not...

2023 Sea Otter Europe BH custom paint job 3

Either way, the attention to detail can only be admired!

MMR road bikes, as seen at the Vuelta, are coming to the UK

2023 Sea Otter Europe MMR Bikes Adrenaline SL 10

The Vuelta just gone will have put MMR bikes on the radar for many UK roadies, despite the brand already being well-established in much of Europe.

This Adrenaline SL is the same frame (and green paintjob) that the Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team used during this year's Grand Tour, although MMR also provides the team with it's Adrenaline Aero. Unsurprisingly given the name, that one is an aero bike...

2023 Sea Otter Europe MMR Bikes Adrenaline SL 10 2

This particular build, the SL 10, with Ultegra R8150 and DT Swiss ERC1400 Carbon 45mm wheels retails for €5,999 (£5,215) but no actual UK pricing is available at this time. That should change very soon though, as we were told that MMR bikes will be coming to the UK market in Q1 of 2024.

An inside look at a Camelbak insulated bottle

2023 Sea Otter Europe Camelbak insulated metal bottles

Camelbak has recently been expanding its bikepacking collection, and two of those upcoming products are these metal Podium bottles. The one on the left is made of titanium, while the one on the right is stainless steel. Both have dual-wall construction to help insulate the contents.

Camelbak claims these bottles will keep your drink cool for between 14 and 18 hours depending on external conditions. They won't come cheap though. The Stainless Steel bottle is $35 and the titanium one a whopping $100. For a water bottle!

Live custom bike painting, and a closer look at the MVDP edition Canyon Aeroad CFR

2023 Sea Otter Classic custom paint Canyon Grizl

Like many stands, the Canyon display had a pretty heavy gravel focus, so alongside the Ultimate and Aeroad road bikes were plenty of Grizls, Grails and Inflite CX bikes. It was to be expected that we'd see plenty of custom paint schemes, but perhaps less predictable that a brand would be custom painting one live at the show.

Canyon drafted in local artist Justo Heras, who was tasked with painting a Grizl CF SL 7 in front of a live audience.

2023 Sea Otter Europe MVDP Edition Canyon Aeroad CFR

We also had a good nosey at this Aeroad CFR MVDP edition. The CFR is the range-topping Aeroad, and this MVDP edition features a 3D headtube badge and an 'exclusive' colour scheme similar to that which van der Poel used to win Glasgow World Champs Road race.

The MVDP edition bike weighs in at a claimed 7.52kg, and will be available to purchase soon (December 2023 according to the Canyon website) with a price tag of £9,499.

Shimano RC3 shoes

2023 Sea Otter Europe Shimano RC3 road shoes

There's always an abundance of top-end and expensive cycling kit at shows, so it's easy for cheaper products that are lower in the product ranges to get overlooked.

> Best road cycling shoes

These Shimano RC3 shoes looked right at home next to RC9 Sphyres that cost over three times the price. The RC3s have an RRP of £100, but can currently be found for a lot less than that at multiple online retailers. Not bad for a shoe that looks quite so good! We'll be requesting a set for review...

Titanium kids and balance bikes

2023 Sea Otter Europe Greenrock adventure titanium kids bikes

Yep, you read that right...

There was plenty of wild, wacky and very pretty titanium bikes on show, but these Greenrock Adventure titanium kids and balance bikes might just take the biscuit.

The balance bike even features carbon forks and rims! That helps to keep the weight down to 2.4kg, and it will set you back £1,320. 

The 20" kids mtb shown above, meanwhile, has an RRP of £800 for the frame, or £2,450 for the full 8-speed Microshift bike which weighs in at 10.45kg. 

The bike of the show?

2023 Sea Otter Europe Cinelli Nemo TIG

We posted plenty of updates from the show on the Instagram page, and by far the most popular bike was this pink Cinelli Nemo TIG.

The Nemo will be receiving plenty of updates in 2024 with a revised seat clamp area that is wlded rather than lugged, semi-internal cable routing and a high-ride fork to offer some suspension at the front. It's shown here with a 1x Campagnolo Ekar groupset.

2023 Sea Otter Europe Cinelli Nemo TIG  logo

Cinelli claims that the 2023 Nemo TIG has been "radically overhauled for 2024. The Nemo Gravel represents our most intensely hybridized and extreme adventure gravel bike ever."

What do you think of this triple-butted, hand-crafted beauty? Is it too far removed from tradition?

But is it as fast as it looks?

2023 Sea Otter Europe Gasgas e bike

A bike with less classic lines is this GasGas Moto 1 e-bike, and yes, it is designed to look like a motorbike.

This fat-tyred beast from the motocross and trials company features 20" wheels, a 7-speed Microshift groupset, a Bafang hub motor and a 504Wh battery. The steel frame is available in just one size, and GasGas claims it's suitable for riders from 155cm to 190cm.

Have gravel bikes gone too far?

We really don't know what to say about this...

2023 Sea Otter Europe Vent full suspension gravel e bike

The Vent really does tick every e-mtb box: front and rear suspension, dropper post compatibility, a hub motor... so, has gravel gone too far? In my opinion, yes! Although the Frontier, which is manufactured in Italy, is patented, so thankfully (for me) it's going to be tough for the big brands to copy...

Comfort comes second with this custom carbon saddle

2023 Sea Otter Europe Lotus Hope track bike saddle

There's not much to say here other than it doesn't exactly look comfy, does it? We had a good poke around this Lotus Hope track bike that had followed us over from the UK. Every component has been honed to be as fast as possible, and more often than not that's to the detriment of comfort.

Lightweight exotica from Darimo

2023 Sea Otter Europe Darimo integrated bar

My personal favourite stand belonged to the Spanish carbon expert Darimo. On show were ridiculously light bikes, stems and seat posts, but the highlights had to be the bars and cranks.

It seems to be almost ritual that a superbike has an integrated cockpit these days, but options are limited. Darimo already has the 195g Nexum barstem in its range, but has now introduced this 247g aero-inspired design.

2023 Sea Otter Europe Darimo integrated bar weight

Like nearly all Darimo products, there are four carbon styles to choose from: matt, 3k, gloss or forged. It will also be available in three flare options: 0, 6 and 12, so there's potential to use this on a gravel bike too.

2023 Sea Otter Europe Darimo extralite hill climb bike with prototype cranks

On this crazy 4.6kg bike, we also spotted prototype Darimo cranks with aluminium spindles. Darimo was tight-lipped on when it might hit the market, but this prototype set weighed in at around 300g, and featured a 30mm axle. We believe that Darimo will also offer a 29mm DUB-compatible crankset.

Peak Design phone case

2023 Sea Otter Europe peak design phone cases

Peak Design claims to make phone cases & accessories that "do more, but
take up less space." The cases that we saw certainly did just that, providing a carbon-neutral alternative to the likes of Quadlock, to name just one.

The brand provides both universal bar mounts and aluminium out front mounts, which can secure your phone to a bike's bar using both a magnet and mechanical fixing. 

2023 Sea Otter Europe peak design phone cases out in front bar mount

You can find out more about Peak Design's products and environmental credentials here.

Alpha-Tauri x Basso

2023 Sea Otter Europe basso diamante sv x alpha tauri f1 team

We've seen plenty of bike brands partner with Formula 1 teams in the past, and Basso is the latest to join the party.

Initially, we were under the impression that this Basso Diamante SV was nothing more than a (good-looking) paint job, but it would appear that the truth is much deeper than that. Not only do Alpha-Tauri drivers train on these bikes, but the pit crew members are also equipped with Basso Volta e-bikes to ferry themselves and their equipment around the F1 paddock.

2023 Sea Otter Europe basso diamante sv x alpha tauri f1 team logo

Basso told us the partnership is influencing its future bike designs as well, no doubt due to the sharing of carbon fibre and aerodynamic knowledge. Watch this space!

2023 Sea Otter Europe basso palta world champs edition

Also making an appearance was this World-champ liveried Palta gravel bike. Basso has partnered with the event, which will be taking place this weekend just 10km away from the Basso factory in Bassano del Grappa, Italy.

Which is your favourite bike from the show? Let us know in the comments section below!

Jamie has been riding bikes since a tender age but really caught the bug for racing and reviewing whilst studying towards a master's in Mechanical engineering at Swansea University. Having graduated, he decided he really quite liked working with bikes and is now a full-time addition to the team. When not writing about tech news or working on the Youtube channel, you can still find him racing local crits trying to cling on to his cat 2 licence...and missing every break going...

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Sriracha | 9 months ago

Good to see some competition for Quadlock.

kil0ran | 9 months ago
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All that Cinelli needs is Canti bosses and we're back in the realm of a 90s hardtail/monstercross frankenbike

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