Singletracks Members Pick: Top MTB Gear of 2013

As we close out the 2013 mountain bike model year and prep for all the latest and greatest Interbike has to offer, it’s time to round up Singletracks members’ top picks for 2013. Think of this as the consumer’s choice awards; we rank every product based on reviews posted this year. We’ll also post the editors’ choice awards later this fall.

The following highlights select categories from our best of 2013 list; view the entire list here.

Best brakes: SRAM/Avid X0 brakes

Best helmet camera: GoPro Hero3 silver edition

Best hydration pack: Camelbak M.U.L.E.

Best MTB shoes: Fiveten Freerider. Fiveten also grabbed the runner-up spot with the Karver.

Best crankset: Shimano XT

Best helmet: Giro Xen

Best saddle: WTB Pure V

Best seatpost: Thomson Layback

Best shock: Fox RP2

Best MTB tire: Maxxis Ardent

Best MTB pedals: Time ATAC XS

Some of the items on this list tend to be perennial favorites like the Fox RP2 shock, the WTB Pure V saddle, the Camelbak M.U.L.E., and the Giro Xen helmet. Others are making their first appearance this year like the Time ATAC XS pedals and the GoPro Hero3 silver edition. It’s also pretty amazing to see not one but two pairs of flat shoes as the top MTB shoes of 2013–and they’re both from FiveTen!

Your turn: which products were your favorites in 2013? (And if you haven’t reviewed them yet, be sure to do it before the year is over!)

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