Gear Watch: 3D Tech for Your Butt, Aluminum YT Capra Builds, and Onza Tire Sealant

Check out a new bikepacking tent, bleeding edge saddle tech, and a tiny tailgate pad.

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].

3D-printed Mirror saddle tech from Specialized

Specialized is using 3D printing technology and EPU material to produce an improved saddle fit and feel. The brand says the base is made using reclaimed carbon fiber and that it’s their best reviewed saddle yet.

Sea to Summit Telos TR2 bikepacking tent

This three-season bikepacking tent for two weighs 3.7lb and packs down to 5×19″. The design is said to offer vertical walls and plenty of head room while providing improved ventilation over other models.

  • Price: $559
  • Available at REI and evo.

YT announces aluminum Capra builds

Gravity riders looking for a more affordable version of the YT Capra rejoice: The brand now offers the frame in aluminum. Buyers can choose between 29er and mixed-wheel builds, each with a Fox 38 Performance fork up front and a SRAM NX drivetrain.

Onza launches tire sealant

Onza is the latest brand to offer a tubeless tire sealant, and like many of the others, theirs is ammonia-free. The sealant includes microfibers and is said to fill punctures up to 6mm in size, and according to a press release, it “does not dry out.” A 250ml bottle should be enough two 29er tires.

  • Price: $18.99 for a 250ml bottle.
  • Available from Onza.

Manitou Jack dropper in for test

We’ve got one of the new Manitou Jack dropper posts in for test and plan to publish a full review this summer. The 30.9mm diameter test sample offers 185mm of travel, and with such a premium price tag, we have high expectations.

New Fox split tailgate pad

The new Fox Overland split tailgate pad is a half-sized carrier designed to securely carry two bikes. This option should easily fit smaller trucks and also limit any interference with a backup camera or tailgate release handle. Fox-owned RaceFace also announced an identical product called the T2 Half Stack.

Rocky Mounts thru axle fork mount

The Rocky Mounts DropTop features an adjustable clamp to fit thru axles of various diameters. It’s designed to slide into the factory rails on Toyota Tacoma and Tundra trucks plus many other track-based systems. There’s also a locking lever to provide a bit of security as well.

Kitsbow Essplanade

The Essplanade is the latest bike wear from Kitsbow that looks casual but packs all the usual performance features riders want. Made to order in Kitsbow’s North Carolina factory.