Sea Otter 2018: Brands return after absence; e-MTBs make their mark

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MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The Sea Otter Classic opened Thursday with an expo that includes more than 500 booths representing nearly 900 brands and covering 165,000 square feet of space at Laguna Seca Raceway. Look for in-depth coverage in Bicycle Retailer's May 15 issue, and in the meantime, here's a sampling of what we saw on Sea Otter's opening day: Gazelle Holland's Gazelle is showing its newest commuter e-bike models at Sea Otter this year. The 125-year old brand has a long history of manufacturing utilitarian bicycles, and the CityZen is designed with transportation in mind. "At Gazelle, we aren't trying to do everything. But we focus on car replacement, and this is your go-everywhere bike," said Sarah Hansing, a Gazelle customer service representative who works out of the company's office in Santa Cruz, California. The high-speed pedelec CityZen Speed tops out at 28 miles per hour, powered by Bosch's ...

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