Modular Cranks, Special Edition MTBs, and… Denim Vests? [Gear Watch]

There's a ton of new and let's just say interesting clothing to see this week, plus a special edition Giant Trance build with all the bells and whistles.

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].

Evil Lightly Salts the Wreckoning

Photo courtesy of Evil.

Evil has a new version of the Wreckoning with an LS designation. What is Lightly Salted anyway if it’s not on a bag of your favorite pita chips? For the refreshed big travel bike, it’s two limited edition colors and a SRAM Universal Derailleur Hanger. Evil also sweetens the pot with this bike and includes free annual bearing replacements. This actually includes all of their bikes going forward, but starts with the Wreckoning LS. The bike keeps its lively and confident geometry and enduro-optimized suspension. To see more of the Wreckoning LS, check out the Evil website.

  • Price: $3,750 for a frame, GX builds starting at $7,299.
  • Buy from Evil.

Appleman 2XR modular crankset lets you go shorter

There’s been a lot of talk about the advantages of shorter crank lengths for many riders, and the new Appleman 2XR crankset is designed to make it easy to dial in the perfect fit. The modular system has crank arms ranging from 135mm to 175mm in 10mm increments and fit any of the five spindle widths Appleman offers. Buyers can mix and match colors as well for a unique look.

  • Price: $485 for a crankset, colors additional.
  • Buy from

Intend BC introduces Linearizer spring curve customization, updated crowns, and new mud guard

Component brand Intend BC recently announced a slew of updates to their fork models, starting with bonded crown technology that promises lighter weights and increased stiffness. The Linearizer is a retrofit upgrade that adds mid-stroke support and optimizes ramp up using a 3-chamber system for select Intend BC forks. Finally the brand also released a mud guard that easily attaches to a 5mm allen cap at the bottom of the steerer tube.

  • Price: 20.17€ for the mud guard.
  • Available at

Ripton & Co. adds denim vest

Now you too can become Denim Vest Guy (or Gal) thanks to the latest release from jort-purveyor Ripton & Co. The Regulator Vest is acid washed and blends synthetic fibers with cotton to make it stretchy and comfortable enough (?) for riding.

  • Price: $89.
  • Buy from Ripton & Co.

Cadence and Coors lineup is for traditional beer lovers

Ride the Rockies. Taste the Rockies. Look like you do both. Cadence Collection is honoring one of America’s oldest beer brands and Wildland Firefighters with a new collection of jerseys and bibs. The Coors Banquet x Cadence Collection lineup includes long and short sleeve lycra and baggie jerseys, and also bib shorts, base layers, T-shirts, bottles and more. An unspecified portion of the profits will benefit the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

Club Ride Skyline Jersey

Club Ride has a new quarter-zip jersey just in time for cooler temperatures. The Skyline features a waffled texture, two zippered pockets, and reflective accents for down-to-the-wire dashes to beat the sunset home.

Special edition Giant Trance X Advanced Pro 29

Giant just released a special edition of their popular Trance trail bike featuring SRAM wireless drivetrain and suspension tech (no AXS dropper though), carbon wheels, and a slick metallic-looking paint job. Priced well under ten grand this is a special edition that looks like a good value too.
  • Price: $8,500.
  • Buy from Giant dealers.

Etnies launches Emil Johansson bike shoe

Etnies has another new bike shoe in their lineup inspired by slopestyle MTB athlete Emil Johansson. The Mid Crank has a special rubber compound and geo-hex tread pattern for a grippy sole. The shoes come in a grey/tan colorway and have an asymmetrical collar for ankle protection and a gusseted tongue.

Pearl Izumi expands footwear options

Pearl Izumi has a few new footwear options including the Expedition PRO, a new gravel shoe that uses lightweight road shoe materials with the protective pieces of a mountain bike shoe. The Expedition PRO replaces the Gravel X shoe with a better fit and features. The new shoe features dual Boa L6C dials, a dual-density 1:1 footbed, and a carbon sole with a TPU toe, heel bumpers, and a stomp plate. The shoe has unixex sizing ranging from 39-49 and half sizes from 42.5-46.5.

Buy a Privateer, get a complimentary set of carbon wheels

UK direct-to-consumer brand Privateer is sweetening the pot for riders interested in their bikes. For a limited time they’re offering a free set of Hunt All-Mountain Carbon H_Impact wheels to anyone who buys a complete Privateer 141 or 161. The offer runs until the end of September. Check it out on the Privateer website.

  • Price: Free, with purchase of a complete bike.
  • Buy from Privateer.