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].
Cotic RocketMAX Gen4 Enduro Bike
Cotic is on the fourth generation of their RocketMAX steel enduro bike, growing the number of frame sizes on offer from four to five. The updated frames feature shorter seat tubes to fit longer travel droppers and also reduced standover height to fit a wider range of riders. The front end has been tweaked as well to allow for better 38mm, long travel fork clearance.
- Price: Complete builds starting at about €3870.
- Available to pre-order and purchase online.
Atomik adds FusionFiber rims
Premium wheel maker Atomik Carbon introduced a line of wheels last week and they use recyclable FusionFiber carbon fiber, as Revel and some other brands have been using for their wheels. The FM30 all-mountain/enduro 27.5 and 29er wheels feature a 30mm internal width, and there’s also a 700c gravel option.
- Price: Starting at $1,798.99.
- Available from Atomik.
New Ergon grips are lightweight, vibration damping, made in Germany
The new Ergon GXR friction grips are made from AirCell rubber which is said to make them lightweight (90g for the pair, including end caps) and comfortable. Part of that weight savings also comes thanks to the lack of a lock ring on either end. This is the brand’s first grip made entirely in Germany.
- Price: $24.95
- Available soon.
Marin Bedroll bar adds real estate, higher hands
Marin recently started selling branded components including this riser handlebar that’s geared toward bikepacking. Not only does the 50mm rise get hands higher for improved comfort, it also opens a ton of real estate for stuff like a bedroll, light, GPS… and bear spray holster. (No shade to the bear in the Marin logo.)
- Price: $60
- Available from Marin.
Nukeproof Scout gravity hardtail update
Nukeproof has revised the Scout gravity hardtail for the first time in five years giving the bike updated geometry and a few new features. The 6061 T6 aluminum frame now has a 64.5° head tube angle, 77.5° seat tube angle, and longer reach across all sizes. The brand is also giving the Scout size-specific chainstay lengths and custom molded chainstay and downtube protectors. The bike can be set up with 27.5 or 29er wheels.
- Price: TBD
- Frames available initially with full builds to follow later this year.
Rigid electric mountain bike from Harley Davidson spinoff Serial 1
The BASH/MTN is the newest electric bike from Serial 1, and only 525 of the limited edition rigid bikes are being made. The bike does include a suspension seatpost to take some of the bumps out of the road, err trail, and provides assistance up to 20mph.
- Price: $3,999
- Available from Serial 1.