A 600g MTB Tire, a Carbon Chainring, and 240mm Fox Transfer Droppers

New Race Face handlebars come in three widths for optimized compliance plus the all new Marzocchi Super Z long-travel fork, redesigned Ride Concepts Livewire and 8K Insta360 camera.

Gear Watch Wednesday is a weekly update on the latest mountain bike gear releases and products that Singletracks has received for test. Have gear news to share, or products you’d like us to check out? Email [email protected].

A lot of our favorite gear is seeing major updates this year, a sign that pandemic-related supply chains are perhaps finally returning to normal. All photos provided by the respective brands unless otherwise noted.

Fox Transfer dropper post

Fox Transfer update

The Fox Transfer just got a slew of updates, starting with a new 240mm travel version that matches the previous longest drop post from OneUp. Fox says they’ve improved the air and oil seals and upgraded the bushings to reduce the need for maintenance and to reduce friction. The new Fox Transfer also sees a refined seat clamp and the travel is adjustable in 5mm increments to fit more bikes and more riders.

  • Price: $339 for Performance Elite, $449 Factory Series
  • Buy from Jenson USA
Race Face Era mountain bike handlebar

Race Face handlebars now offered in three widths

Attention riders: Race Face wants you to know that cutting down your bars reduces compliance significantly. For example, trimming a set of bars from 800mm to 760mm increases the bar’s stiffness by 24%, according to the brand.

So, the latest Race Face Era carbon bars and Turbine aluminum alloy bars are offered in three different widths (760, 780, and 800mm) and three rise options from 10mm to 40mm. The new bars also feature a narrower clamping area to achieve the desired vertical compliance but which could limit options for mounting a light or GPS unit.

Race Face Era chainring mates aluminum, carbon, and steel

When it comes to chainrings, all-aluminum construction weighs about half of all-steel, but wears out five times as quickly. The new Race Face Era chainring is designed to be both lightweight and long-lasting thanks to steel teeth bonded (ie glued?) to a carbon spider. On the inside of the spider, an aluminum crank interface ring is bonded using a similar process. All told the Race Face Era is said to weigh about 83g for the 32T size, 2g lighter than the brand’s equivalent direct mount aluminum alloy chainring.

Industry Nine brings new Solix hubs to MTB wheelsets

The new Industry Nine Solix M hubs bring 605 points of contact to XC and trail wheels for 0.59° of engagement. The hubs are designed for 24-spoke wheels, and Industry Nine is launching both carbon and aluminum alloy wheelsets featuring the Solix M hubs. Singletracks hopes to test the SOLiX M TR285 alloy wheelset which is said to weigh just 1,535g.

  • Price: $695/pair for the hubs; carbon wheelsets from $2,395, alloy from $1,405.
  • Buy from Industry Nine

All new Marzocchi Super Z long-travel fork

The Marzocchi Super Z is “designed to have all the strength and support of a double crown fork with the convenience and versatility of a single crown package.” The Super Z boasts 38mm stanchions, up to 190mm of travel, pressure relief bleeder valves, a Grip X damper, and mounts for 200-230mm rotors at a claimed weight of 2,180g.

Insta360 X4 camera goes 8K

The new Insta360 X4 is the brand’s most powerful camera yet with the ability to capture 360° video at 8K resolution and 30fps. A new processor means the Insta360 X4 can also record 4K@100fps and its improved voice and gesture controls promise to be more responsive and easier to use.

Hutchinson Python Race cross-country tire weighs just 600g

The Hutchinson Python tire won the first ever Olympic gold medal in mountain biking back in 1996, piloted by Italian rider Paola Pezzo. This week Hutchinson is releasing two new versions of the Python: the Python Race (above) and the Python 3. The race tire weighs just 600g while the Python 3 is designed to be a bit more durable as an everyday rider, weighing between 780 and 810g.

  • Price: £59.99/€69.99
  • Buy from Hutchinson retailers
Ride Concepts Live Wire mountain bike shoe

Ride Concepts Livewire updated

The Ride Concepts brand launched in 2018 with the Livewire and after six years (and a new owner), the brand has updated one of its most popular shoes. The latest Ride Concepts Livewire has been completely revamped with a lower profile look, synthetic uppers, a more durable outsole, and HighGrip rubber soles. The new Livewire is also available in kid sizes for the first time.

  • Price: $110 adult, $90 youth, $70 kids
  • Buy from Ride Concepts retailers

Stinner x MADE photo stick

The Stinner x MADE photo stick is surely appealing to those of us in mountain bike media who are constantly photographing our bikes. For everyone else? Unclear. The made-in-USA stand is collapsable and constructed from steel with a titanium version is coming soon.

  • Price: $59.99
  • Buy from stinnerframeworks.com
Crankbrothers Candy Lace MTB shoe

Crankbrothers Candy Lace shoes

The Crankbrothers Candy Lace mountain bike shoes are designed to pair well with the brand’s Candy clipless pedals, though they work with pedals from other brands too. A stiff, fiber-reinforced sole and synthetic upper with a relaxed fit promises comfort on long rides.