Day two of the 2022 Sea Otter Classic is now in the back mirror, and it once again didn’t disappoint. Amongst the tech tidbits we spotted today was Bianchi’s stunning limited-edition Specialissima road frameset, amazing adaptive trikes from Bowhead Corp, some very budget-friendly new aluminum road wheels from Hunt, some neat accessories from up-and-coming brand KOM Cycling, fun colors for Kogel’s latest Kolossos oversized rear derailleur pulley cage, and what is possibly the coolest remote control garage door opener you’ll ever see.
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Bianchi’s limited-edition Specialissima Giro105 celebrates the upcoming 105th edition of the Giro d’Italia with this stunning paint job.
The colors are meant to evoke the “light reflecting off the Dolomites at dawn and at sunset, when the peaks seem to shine simultaneously in red, gold, and especially pink.”
The patches of color truly pop against the stark white background.
Bianchi will only make 105 copies of this limited-edition frameset, with an eye-popping retail price of €5,400 – and that’s without parts.
The real head tube badge is a nice touch.
Bar tape to match, naturally.
Matching color hits can be found on the inside of the stays and fork legs.
Bianchi isn’t selling the Specialissima as a complete bike, but at least on the display sample, these oil-slick tubeless valves were a nice accent.
Celeste-anodized aluminum bottle cage bolts from Carbon-Ti.
Once Bianchi’s new factory in Italy comes online, this decal might eventually say “Made in Italy” instead of “Italian Design”.
Hunt’s new Alloy SL Disc road wheelset offers a superb weight-to-price ratio, with a total weight right around 1,450 g and a retail price under US$400.
Internal rim width is 19 mm for use with a wide range of tire sizes.
The 19 mm inner width obviously doesn’t push any boundaries in terms of footprint, but it’s a versatile dimension that’ll work with a lot of different bike types.
Hunt debuted a new disc-brake hubset with the carbon-spoked wheels launched earlier this year, and now there’s a similarly revamped version for use with straight-pull steel spokes.
Hunt doesn’t bother with bladed spokes on the Alloy SL Disc wheelset, instead opting for lighter-weight ultra-butted round spokes.
The front hub looks a bit chunky, but it’s light.
The oversized aluminum axle bodes well for bearing longevity.
Each pawl sports three teeth to help spread the load.
Hunt’s got a new 3D printer in-house, which it’s using to fast-track wind tunnel testing of proposed aero rim shapes. Test rims are printed in sections, glued together, then assembled into mock wheels.
Bowhead Corp has really been pushing the envelope for adaptive trikes. This fully electric model, called the Reach, uses Bowhead’s own motor and battery setup.
The key feature on Bowhead Corp’s trikes is this articulating front end, which allows the rider to properly lean into corners, and for the trike to stay level on angled ground.
There’s a heck of a lot of machined aluminum up here!
The custom batteries are built into Pelican weatherproof cases, which can quickly be swapped when they run out of juice.
Front wheels use a leading-link suspension system.
Bowhead Corp builds e-assist trikes with handcranks, too.
The crankarms alone are strikingly beautiful in an industrial kind of way.
Bowhead Corp also uses plenty of 3D printing, which makes sense given the small production volumes and high degree of customization.
Bowhead Corp builds its trikes on a burly twin-tube main frame.
The RX hand-crank models use a Bosch Performance CX mid-drive motor setup.
The rear end uses a simple single-pivot suspension design, but with a massive aluminum structure.
Bowhead fully intends for its riders to get seriously rowdy, as evidenced by the full-height rollbar.
Upstart brand 12 Speed Products showed off a slick new widget called the DoorMate. It looks like a Shimano Di2 junction box, but it’s actually a programmable garage door opener. Retail price is US$40.
KOM Cycling is a small accessories company based in East Lansing, Michigan. One of its newest products is this rather tidy-looking mount for Garmin Varia radar units. Retail price is US$40.
KOM Cycling also has a couple of tubeless plug kits.
The KOM Cycling Tubeless Tire Repair Tool (US$20, bottom) features a plug fork on one end and a reamer on the other. Both ends have room for spare plugs. The new Tire Repair Tool Pro (US$40, top) also has a plug fork, but includes a CO2 inflator head, too.
KOM Cycling offers its standard tubeless plug kit in multiple anodized colors.
Kogel certainly wasn’t the first to offer an oversized rear derailleur pulley cage assembly, but those massive aluminum side plates may very well make it one of the stiffest ones.
New to the Kogel Kolossos family is a version for Shimano’s new Dura-Ace 12-speed rear derailleur – offered in multiple colors, of course.
Reserve has added two longer versions of its high-flow Fillmore tubeless valves, one to suit rims 30-48 mm-deep, and the other for 48-68 mm ones.