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]
Last Cinto V2 all-mountain bike
The Last brand is back in the news with another updated bike, and this time it’s the Cinto all-mountain bike. Last says the Cinto V2 frame is 300g lighter than the previous version thanks in part to a rear flex pivot and features 145mm of rear suspension travel. Bikes can be configured with 29er or mixed wheels and a 150-160mm fork up front. Depending on the configuration, the Last Cinto has a roughly 65° head tube angle and a 77° seat tube angle.
- Price: Builds starting at 6,989€.
- Buy from last-bikes.com.
Alpacka has ready to ship packrafts
Now for the first time, Alpacka has a collection of packrafts available to order online with 2-day free shipping. Previously, rafts were made to order but now buyers can pick up popular models like the Caribou RTS for a last minute bikerafting adventure.
- Price: $925 for the Caribou RTS.
- Buy from Alpacka Rafts.
Industry Nine iRiX headset
Industry Nine has a new iRiX headset with bright I9 colors. The iRiX bearing cups, top covers and top caps are machined and anodized and there are two available top cover heights to dial in fit and aesthetics. The bearings are made of 440C stainless steel and the headset has a “cap to cup” lifetime warranty.
- Price: $165
- By from Industry Nine dealers
Kids Ride Shotgun 2.0 bike seat
The popular Kids Ride Shotgun system is going 2.0 with a new design that’s said to be even quicker to install and remove from the bike. Not only that, the upgraded kids seat has two foot peg positions to grow with your kid.
- Price: $205
- Buy from Kids Ride Shotgun.
Ripton releases Tech Jeans
Ripton & Co is never short on fun apparel. For those denim studs out there who want something a little more functional than an old pair of Levis, the Ripton pants have a four-way stretch, articulated knees with room for pads, hip pockets, and a raised back for a better fit on the bike. They’re available in men’s and women’s sizes from XS-XL. Ripton did not include any details about breathability.
- Price: $120
- By from riptonco.com
Kuat re-introduces Piston SR single bike tray
The Kuat Piston SR bike tray can be used on a roof rack or converted into a hitch rack thanks to the new Piston SR 2″ Hitch Adapter. The no-touch tray is spring loaded and features all metal construction and Kashima coated pistons.
- Price: $498 for the tray, $110 for the adapter.
- Buy from shop.kuat.com
Mission Workshop Baja Long Sleeve Tech Tee
Mission Workshop’s new Baja Long Sleeve tech tee looks to be about as nice as you can get for a mountain bike jersey. It’s made from 100% double knit polyester mesh, available in three patterns, and made in Italy.
- Price: $145
- Buy from Mission Workshop.
Nathan VaporAir/Airess 3.0
Nathan recently updated their VaporAir and Airess men’s and women’s hydration packs with a lighterweight and more breathable mesh material and extended sizing up to XXXL. Both packs include a 2L hydration bladder.
- Price: $160
- Buy from nathansports.com
North St. Micro Pannier
North St. Bags, the boutique bag maker based in Portland, has new pannier options out with their new 14L Adventure Micro Pannier. It features a heavy duty velcro attachment system and adjustable Voile strap, and they say it’s sturdy enough for everything from singletrack rock gardens to gravel touring. The bags are made from recycled EcoPak sailcloth.
- Price: $100-$105
- Buy from northstbags.com
That Last Cinto frame is extremely pretty!