Gear Watch Wednesday: lightweight hardtail, a retro-style jacket and R-Dog’s Cerveza


Gear Watch Wednesday is a weekly update on the latest mountain bike gear releases and products that Singletracks has received for testing. Got any gear news to share or products you’d like us to check out? Email our Technical Writer, [email protected]

Ultralight hardtail Pivot LES-SL

The new Pivot LES-SL cross-country race bike frame weighs just 800g (size medium) thanks to an optimized carbon layup and design. The geo has also been updated with longer reaches and a steeper seat tube angle optimized for climbing across the full size range.

  • Price: $4,999 to $9,799.
  • Coming soon.

Lazer KinetiCore impact technology

Lazer has a solution for rotational impacts on the dome with its latest KinetiCore technology. The brand says its proprietary impact protection weighs less and uses less plastic than traditional helmet construction while providing better ventilation. Lazer helmets with KinetiCore internals received the highest rating from Virginia Tech’s safety testing lab. We have a few rides under the system in the latest Lazer Jackal helmet and it feels great so far and also lacks the annoying noises that MIPS liners tend to make.

  • Price: $219.99 for the Jackal model.
  • Coming soon.

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar

We have a shiny new one Garmin Instinct 2 Solar GPS watch for testing that has one of the longest battery life in the industry. According to Garmin, the new Instinct 2 Solar with its 45mm solar face can hold a charge between 65 days, or “unlimited” with solar, and 30 to 48 hours in full-throttle GPS mode. This 53g multisport tracker seems ideal for long backcountry hikes of all kinds, with a simpler package that’s a bit more affordable than some $449.99 competitors. the previous iteration of this wrist computer is currently available for $189.99.

NS Bikes E-fin

NS Bikes of Poland has been designing rad mountain bikes for quite some time now. Most notably, their fleet includes freeride and DJ bikes, models that many brands overlook. Today they are releasing a first battery bike called the E-fine to follow their Define Gravity line and the mixed wheel ripper has 160mm rear travel and a 170mm fork. There’s a top-end model powered by Shimano’s EP8 motor that sells for €7,599 and a second-tier bike that gets the Shimano 7000 motor and sells for €6,299.

  • Price: €6,299-7,599.
  • Available in April at NS Bikes

Pearl Izumi Retro Summit Barrier Jacket

This jacket will look like it will fly over your Simpsons t-shirt, as well as on just about any trail. The hooded jacket is lightweight, windproof and packable. It’s just the layer you’ll need for spring riding.

Hornit CLUG PRO Wall Mounted Bike Rack

What is a guest bedroom? Of course our bikes come inside, they are part of the family after all. Mount your bikes vertically in your “spare room” with this sleek wall mount that holds the front tire in place by wrapping it snugly in a tire size specific brace. The Fidlock magnetic closure adds to the overall simple yet strong aesthetic. Available in five sizes to fit 1″ up to 3.2″ road bike tires plus tyres.

  • Price: $29.95 – $32.95
  • Available from Amazon

R-Dog x 805 Cerveza

Last month, we shared a video of Ryan “R-Dog” Howard and Firestone Walker Brewing Company on the trails around Howard’s hometown of Aptos, California. This week we sampled Howard’s style and Firestone Walker beer courtesy of the brewery. 805 Cerveza is a 4.5% beer brewed with lime with a light and refreshing taste, the perfect addition to a plate of tacos after a big ride.

  • Price: $10.99 for a six-pack.
  • Available in California or shipped by Drizly.

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