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Gallery: The best tech from the 2023 Sea Otter Classic, part three

So many new car racks (and other shiny things).

James Huang
by James Huang 25.04.2023 Photography by
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While it’s always ideal if you’re always able to ride right from your house, the unfortunate fact is you sometimes need to transport your bike somewhere else before you can start pedaling. Hitch-mounted racks were once the oddball in the car rack market, but they’re now the dominant option, well and truly pushing rooftop racks by the wayside.

Most of the bigger players showed off new models at this year’s Sea Otter Classic, including Thule, Küat, and RockyMounts, with the new Thule Epos being one of the most interesting (at least for the US market) given its distinctly Euro-centric features. They’re also all very expensive, although these premium racks are also getting notably better as you move up the ladder.

There are heaps of other fun things in this gallery, too, including colorful bits from Wheels Manufacturing, updated chainrings from Praxis, a trio of collaborative new wheel options from Hunt and Classified, an impressively downsized power meter from Rotor, and more. 

Keep checking back for yet more tech coverage from the 2023 Sea Otter Classic in the coming days. I may have been the only person on the ground for Escape Collective this year, but thankfully I walk fast and am pretty good at being reasonably anti-social.

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