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]
New YT Capra MX and Decoy MX ‘Uncaged’ builds
YT recently announced new Uncaged 9 builds for their Capra mixed wheel enduro bike and Decoy electric all-mountain shredder. Both feature Öhilins suspension components and rad purple paint jobs. Pricing for the aluminum Capra MX Uncaged 9 build is set at $3,999 while the Decoy MX Uncaged 9 is $7,499.
- Price: $3,999 for the Capra MX, $7,499 for the Decoy MX.
- Available at YT.
Recycled carbon fibers used for tire sealant
Silca is a brand that’s known for making high end bike tools, so adding carbon fiber to tire sealant seems like a pretty natural fit. Ultimate Tubeless Sealant with Fiberfoam is said to use recycled bits of carbon fiber to help fill tire punctures better than say, bits of glitter. The price of a 16oz bottle is $24, compared to about $17 for Stans.
- Price: $24 for 16oz
- Available from Silca
Commencal Supreme DH V5
We’ve been watching the fastest World Cup downhillers win on this rocket for a couple of seasons now, and the Supreme DH V5 will finally be available to the public. While they didn’t share too many hard details, Commencal said of the bike’s Virtual High pivot “using a 6-bar system allows us to create an ideally controlled virtual pivot point trajectory and suspension leverage ratio evolution, regardless of the range of travel used. The result is a significant improvement in the balance, shock absorption, and overall liveliness of the bike.” We look forward to seeing geometry and build specs from them in the near future.
- Frames available end of 2022
- Complete bikes beginning of 2023
Insta360 One RS Action Camera
Have you ever wished action cameras were more customizable? Insta360 thought of you with this latest camera called the One RS, offering interchangeable lenses along with their impressive image quality and stabilization features. The updated model maintains 360° view and the ability to delete a selfie stick from your footage so you can look droned.
- Price: $299.99 to $549.99 depending on the model
- Available at Insta360
Kids Ride Shotgun Shred Til Bed Kids Tee
The next generation of mountain bikers sure do have all the fun! They get to ride shotgun or get towed on mom or dad’s adventures, and now to celebrate their up-ROAR-ious spirt, Kids Ride Shotgun has created limited edition mountain bike tees for 2-6 year olds. The 100% organic cotton dino-riding tee features a one-of-a-kind design by Mike Hearsey, the illustrator behind the Shred Til Bed ABC book. We’re definitely crossing our fingers for an adult version of this shirt!
- Price $30
- Available for pre-order from Kids Ride Shotgun
Modular hitch rack
The new Saris Modular Hitch System features a folding hitch base for attaching between one and four bike trays, with the potential to eventually mount other cargo solutions. Each tray appears to clamp onto the rectangular base easily and securely. The largest base, with room for up to four bike trays, is priced at $249. Bike trays, with ratcheting arms, are priced at $349 each.
- Price: Starting at $549 for a single tray and the smallest base.
- Available at REI
Five Ten Men’s Trailcross CL Clip-in Shoes
Five Ten recently released a clipless version of the Trailcross shoe, and it’s likely to be popular among mountain bikers thanks to its comfortable design, grippy sole, and casual running-shoe looks. We’ve already put more than 60 miles in on these and plan to share our review soon.
- Price: $160
- Available from Adidas and other online retailers
Dragon Ridge X LL sunglasses
We just got a pair of Dragon Ridge X LL sunglasses in for spring riding and so far we’re loving the clear Lumalens optics and wide coverage. A set of clear lenses is included for low-light conditions and the shades feature an adjustable nose piece and rugged temples for a solid fit.
- Price: $245
- Available from Dragon Alliance
I’m a little confused by the Saris MHS rack. I originally thought you bought a base that holds a single bike and then you can buy as many as three extensions to expand it to hold up to four bikes. It sounds instead like there are three base options and it allows an extension for one additional bike. Am I understanding that right? If so, that doesn’t seem all that modular. And it sounds like the base might not hold a bike on its own until you buy at least one $350 bike tray.