Late news and all the afternoon news from Sea Otter 2009……………

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Sherwood Gibson of Ventana took some time out to talk to me about the new swinging drop out design he did for this single speed belt driven rig. Saying he was inspired by the Black Cat Bike’s design, he did a bit of tweaking and along the way he decided it would be a perfect candidate for a Gates Carbon belt drive. As with most of Sherwood’s handiwork, the execution of the design was super sano.

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It seems every hand builder does a tricycle these days! Here’s Brent Foes version.

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I found this curiously unattended Epic 29″er in the Expo area……………….

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………….that had a World Champion owner!

In other Specialized tidbits, it seems that the fork that I posted earlier today is using Specialized steer tube, crown, and uppers mated to specially valved Rock Shox internals and lowers. Also, in a move that will surely fire up some single speeders, I have learned that Specialized is going to do a limited run of 29 inch single speed carbon hardtail frames and forks. One example is reportedly going to be raced at Sea Otter this week end. Keep your eyes peeled for that if you are there!