I’m no expert, but it seems like Sea Otter has changed. It used to be the big season opener where everyone would go to mostly catch up and see their friends from around the world that they haven’t been near for the whole off season, ride a mellow downhill race to get the blood moving for the season, spectate the hell out of some dual, and eat calamari from the food court while shit talking each other.
Like it seems that all still happens, but since other races, that are frankly more important and more exciting, are scheduled earlier than the Otter in recent years, the focus has shifted even further away from the racing and now Sea Otter is just one big comment section jerk off festival about prototypes and new parts.
Because Sea Otter has always stayed the same, its relevance has changed. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Also, this bike looks like a Happy Meal toy that grew up to become a stripper in central Florida. Hope crew- just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.