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].
BikeYoke adds simpler and lighter options to Sagma saddles
BikeYoke has a new, lighter version of its Sagma saddle, available with either chromoly steel or carbon rails. The Sagma Lite and Sagma Lite Carbon have the same shape and foam as the original Sagma saddle, which we reviewed last year, but use traditional rails instead of the shock -absorbing elastomers in the original Sagma. BikeYoke also added a Sagma Carbon with shock absorbers and carbon rails for a lighter weight.
- Pricing: $89-$169
- Buy from bikeyoke.de.
We Are One Convergence Rims
We Are One Convergence rims promise increased impact strength (32% stronger than the brand’s Union 29 rims) and an improved ride feel thanks to radial and lateral stiffness adjustments. Singletracks is hoping to get a set in for testing soon.
- Price: $475 (rim only), $1,799 wheelset w/ I9 Hydra hubs
- Buy from weareonecomposites.com.
Limited Edition Mixed-Wheel Stumpjumper
Specialized quietly added the S-Works Stumpjumper LTD to their catalog, giving buyers a mixed-wheel Stumpy option. The bike features 140/130mm of Fox Factory suspension front and rear plus a SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS wireless drivetrain and a limited-edition color scheme the brand is calling satin oak green / oak green metallic / gold ghost pearl.
- Price: $11,500.
- Buy from Specialized.
Upcycled North St. bags
Portland-based North St. just announced a series of packs and bags made from tents and banners used at athletic events like the Leadville 100. It’s a win-win: buyers get a unique souvenir and reduce the amount of material entering landfills.
- Price: From $60.
- Buy from northstbags.com.
SKF Dual Compound Fork Seal Kit
SKF recently announced new dual compound fork seal kits for mountain bikes. The brand says the new seals feature “two different rubber compounds, completely redesigned scraper lip and sealing lip, [and an] open wound spring on the scraper lip to prevent contamination ingress.”
- Price: TBD
- Buy from skf.com.
Nukeproof coming back to the US
Started in the US in the 1990s, the Nukeproof brand later moved to Northern Ireland where it’s been a hit with UK athletes and riders alike for many years. Now the company, which sells gravity and electric mountain bikes plus accessories, is growing its reach in the US again with an expanded network of dealers and a US-focused online store.
- Price: Varies.
- Buy from us.nukeproof.com.
Velo Canteen Insulated Bottle
Velo Canteen has a new insulated hydration bottle that keeps hot beverages hot on chill-inducing days, or cold beverages cold in summer. It holds 13.5oz of liquid, is double walled stainless steel and vacuum insulated, and fits in all standard water bottle cages. The Velo Canteen comes with two lids: stainless steel and a BPA free flip straw with an optional straw attachment.
- Price: $45-50
- Buy from Amazon.
New Forkmods conversion kits
Forkmods has new axle conversion kits for Ohlins DH38 and Manitou Dorado forks, allowing them to work with 15×110 hub wheels. The company also offers similar conversion kits for BoXXer and Fox 36 and 40 forks.
- Price: $199
- Buy from forkmods.com.