Things are busy at Sea Otter, yet the vendors were still setting up at mid-morning due to a work ban on Wednesday. Hmm……Strange, but here is a couple of cool things from the expo area……
Bontrager Switchblade: Redesigned and made for G2 and “standard” offsets, the new Switchblade is a radical departure from the old fork.
The fork has all carbon HCM legs and aluminum forward facing drop outs with an aluminum crown. The fork is said to weigh an incredible 300 grams less than the old Race X Lite Switchblade, which would make it quite competitive with Niner’s new fork. The new Switchblade Race X Lite will only be offered in this version with the two separate offsets available. Expect Race X Lite Switchblades to go on sale by mid-summer.
Update: I received this late update from Bontrager on this fork:
Race X Lite Switchblade
• 250 grams lighter than the previous model
• New design increases overall stiffness which improves steering and reduces chatter during heavy braking
• Cold forged 6061-T6 crown and dropouts ensure precise steering and control
• 7000-series aluminum steer tube
• Reverse-bonded, HCM (High Compression Molded) carbon legs for ultimate strength and low weight
• Axle-to-crown length built to emulate suspension fork with proper sag
• Forward facing dropouts designed to increase axle holding power with disc brakes
• Massive mud clearance
• Disc brake compatible
• Includes cable guides
• Available in 26”, 29” and 29” G2 geometry
700g for 26”
720g for 29” (Standard and G2)
The Specialized Epic 29″er was briefly spotted in the Specialized’s team tent area. I got a couple of shots of the bike showing the Reba with tapered steer tube and Black Box crown.
Look for more soon and see my post on The Cyclist for more info.