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]
Transition Patrol goes carbon
The mulleted Transition Patrol will be available in a carbon frame starting this fall. With 160mm of travel front and rear, and a frame that weighs 2.8lb less than the alloy version, this is a bike that should be ready for just about any trail.
- Price: $6,699 for a carbon-framed, GX build. $3,699 for the carbon frameset.
- Available for purchase this fall.
Vans x Mongoose collab
For riders and skaters of a certain age, Vans and Mongoose are two iconic brands from our youth. Our Legends brings the two together with this fresh shoe collab featuring colors and patterns inspired by the 1980s and 90s.
- Price: $105
- Buy from ourlegends.co.
Dynaplug Covert puts tire plugs in your handlebars
Stash tools are pretty great, and it’s surprising how many useful spots there are on a mountain bike. The new Dynaplug Covert bar caps sneak a tire plug and tool into flat or drop bars for quick and easy access. They’re lightweight too, adding just a few dozen grams to your rig.
- Price: $124.95
- Buy from Dynaplug.com.
Nukeproof brings back the Solum DJ bike
The Nukeproof Solum dirt jump bike is back following a short run in 2013. This pumptrack ripper and dirt jump skipper naturally features 26″ wheels and is available in regular and long sizes. The frame is designed around a 100mm fork, and comes with a headset so buyers can build it up as they like.
- Price: $549 for the frame
- Buy from Wiggle
Lightweight Bontrager Kovee XC race wheels
Trek says the latest Kovee RSL is the lightest set of MTB wheels they’ve ever produced, with 29er front wheels tipping the scales at just 545g. These XC race wheels feature carbon rims and bladed spokes plus a surprisingly-wide-for-XC, 29mm internal rim width.
- Price: $1,199 front, $1,299 rear.
- Buy from Trek.
New Bombtrack MGV Adventure carbon fork can handle heavy loads
The Bombtrack MGV Adventure fork is designed to work with a variety of racks and bikepacking setups, including lowrider fork racks. Threads for the rack mounts are embedded into the carbon layup which is said to provide much more strength and durability than other designs. The carbon fork works with 650b and 700c wheels, and accommodates bigger, 160-180mm disc brake rotors.
- Price: 349.99€
- Buy from Bombtrack.com.