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 Yeti “Lunch Ride” SB120 build
The short travel Yeti SB120 trail/downcountry bike debuted just last year, and for 2023 there’s a new build on offer called “Lunch Ride.” Lunch Ride gets a 140mm Rockshox Pike Ultimate fork and Super Deluxe Ultimate shock for smooth, short-travel shredding plus SRAM Code RSC brakes with ample stopping power.
- Price: $6,500-$8,600
- Buy from Yeti dealers.
Xpedo FELIX flat pedal now available
Pedal brand Xpedo has a new nylon composite pedal out called FELIX. A pair weighs 340g and has 20, 10mm-high replaceable pins and a Cromoly spindle.
- Price: $49
- Buy from xpedo.com
Shorter, 160mm-travel Fezzari La Sal Peak builds available
Fezzari just added a 160mm-travel version of their La Sal Peak enduro bike. The 170mm version is still available, and buyers can choose from a number of build specs to suit their budget. Better yet, select configurations are currently discounted.
- Price: $3,899 and up
- Buy from Fezzari.
Fizik Ergolace GTX weather-proof shoe
The new Fizik Ergolace GTX mountain bike shoe features a waterproof Gore-tex membrane paired with rugged materials and construction for a durable all-weather shoe. Flat pedal and clipless versions are available, and both make use of a grippy, XS Grip 2 outsole by Vibram.
- Price: $209.99
- Buy from Fizik retailers.
Old Man Mountain Basket
Back in May we told you about the Old Man Mountain bike basket, and now it’s finally available for purchase. The aluminum basket weighs about 500g and can be attached directly to the brand’s Divide, Divide Fat, Elkhorn, and Pizza racks. Compatible bags, like the one shown, can be purchased separately.
- Price: $80
- Buy from Old Man Mountain.
Pearl Izumi Origins collection
We’re pretty sure MTB pioneers like Joe Breeze and Gary Fisher weren’t wearing much pink and yellow in the late 1970s, but… maybe? This latest Pearl Izumi mountain bike apparel collection is unique and definitely carves the wild side of the trail.
- Price: $20-$85
- Buy from Pearl Izumi.
Moots Class 3 pedal assist gravel bike
When it comes to mountain bikes, Class 1 bikes rule the trails. On gravel, it’s becoming clear Class 3 bikes like the new Moots Express — capable of assisted speeds up to 28mph — are coming on strong. The Moots Express, based loosely on the brand’s Routt gravel bike, features a carbon frame and fork, and a range up to 100mi+.
- Price: $9,999
- Buy from moots.com
Carbs Fuel Release
Carbs Fuel is trying to shake up the energy gel market with their new endurance gel. Most energy gels only provide about 25g of carbohydrates, but Carbs Fuel doubles the amount for a 50g carbohydrate gel and at a great price point. The debut gel has a 2:1 glucose to fructose ratio, no preservatives, and is vegan friendly and gluten free. There is one “original” flavor which is said to have a sweet, citrusy flavor. Find them online and in select bike shops.
- Price: $2.00 per gel
- Buy from carbsfuel.com
Refreshed Handup PBR collection
The relationship between handups and PBR beers is well established, as is the relationship between Handup and PBR. The latest collab collection features gloves, hats, socks, jerseys, and fenders with the PBR logo just in time for the coming cross season.
- Price: $14 and up.
- Buy from Handup.
New Leatt helmet crash replacement program
Leatt is joining other MTB helmet companies like Leatt and POC in offering a crash replacement program for buyers. If your helmet is damaged as a result of a crash within three years of purchase, Leatt offers 40% off a replacement helmet, provided proper documentation.
Saris adds new modular bike tray option
The new Saris UNO single bike tray fits the brand’s Modular Hitch System (MHS) and secures the front wheel of the bike with a “no touch” ratcheting arm. The rear tire is held with a strap.
Tailwind apple cider flavor
Forget pumpkin spice: Apple cider is the fall flavor you crave. At least that’s what Tailwind is hoping with their seasonal apple cider flavored hydration and energy drink mix. Break out your insulated bottles, this just might be a good hot choice for cold days in the saddle.
- Price: $10 for a four pack.
- Buy from tailwindnutrition.com.