New Hope Carbon Cranks, a Packable Torque Tool and a Better Way to Wax Your Chain

The latest mountain bikes and gear from Cannondale, Canyon, Mc-off, Hope, Limar, Teravail, and others.

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].

Granite RocknRoll TQ Torque Wrench Tool Kit

Granite Design’s new TQ ratchet system will help riders get the right amount of torque on important components during trailside fixes. The new RocknRoll TQ ratchet system comes with 10 bits, from 2 to 8mms, with T20, T25, and PH2 bits, as well as an extension rod. The kit comes with a polyester case.

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Limar launches full face mountain bike helmet

The Limar Livigno is a new full-face helmet with a fixed chin bar and MIPS Node rotational impact protection system that’s certified for DH use. The brand claims a size medium helmet weighs 590g and a vented design promises decent air flow.

  • Price: $249.95
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Teravail Oxbow tire

The Teravail Oxbow (formerly known as the Coronado) is a tire designed for backcountry adventures. It’s available in 27.5×3.0″ and 29×2.8″ sizes and is optimized for 35mm internal width rims. The wide knob spacing is designed to shed mud and debris while balancing grip and efficiency for long days in the saddle.

Cannondale Moterra SL is “lightest full-power” eMTB

Cannondale’s new Moterra SL is a lighter version of their Moterra e-bike, bringing the weight down to 43.5lbs for the 150mm travel bike, with a 160mm fork up front. Cannondale used a custom-tuned version of the Shimano EP801 motor, typically used in bigger, longer-travel e-bikes. This makes the Moterra SL what Cannondale calls the “lightest full-power e-MTB” out there. The bike gets a 601Wh battery.

Cannondale implemented their FlexPivot technology on this bike, keeping the weight down a bit. The design uses a flexing chainstay rather than a Horst pivot, and the brand says it helps them dial in suspension response.

In what may seem like a shocking number, but maybe isn’t, is the bike’s 62.5° head tube angle. Either way it appears we’ve progressed into those angles by now. The Moterra SL comes in sizes S-XL and three build levels.

  • Price: $7,000-$14,000
  • Buy from: Cannondale dealers

New Rudy Project Astral sunglasses

The Rudy Project Astral sunglasses are lightweight enough for biking or running and the wide coverage offers solid protection from both rays and sprays. Featuring adjustable nose pads and the ability to run prescription inserts.

New Canyon Strive:ON CFR

The Canyon Strive:ON CFR electric mountain bike “is built to compete for wins at the highest level of E-Enduro racing,” according to the brand. The carbon bike features mixed wheels, a Bosch Line CX or CX Race motor and 625Wh PowerTube battery.

  • Price: Builds starting at $5,799
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Silca StripChip chain wax additive removes factory grease

Yes, chain waxing is a thing, even among mountain bikers, and those in the know swear by the process for keeping drivetrains running smoothly. Now Silca has a new product, StripChip, that can be added to your favorite chain wax to help strip the factory lube off a chain and wax it in one step.

Hope releases new carbon cranks

UK brand Hope Tech has a new carbon crankset on the market and it is made with longevity and serviceability in mind. The crank arms use a 1K outer fabric over their carbon construction for enhanced abrasion resistance and it has replaceable pedal threads and interchangeable spindles.

Hope makes the cranks in 155, 165, and 170mm lengths with a 30mm oversize 7075 aluminum alloy axle and it’s ready for 52mm and 55mm chainlines.

  • Price: $695
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Enduro adds Maxhit BB configurations

Enduro Bearings have released nine new T47 bottom bracket versions to add to its extensive bottom bracket lineup. The bottom brackets are machined from 440C stainless steel and eliminate an aluminum cup, traditionally used to carry bearings in other BBs.

  • Price: $179
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Muc-off chain brush and Ride Pack

Muc-Off, which has evolved from a company making bicycling cleaning products to making a wide array of bike accessories has two new products on the market. The Ride Pack features a D3O back protector and an external Molle system. The pack has a roll top for maximum capacity and will hold 20L “without extra bulk.”

The brand’s new Bicycle Chain Brush is three-pronged with deep penetrating bristles to fit between links and rollers and get chains grime-free.

New Koo sunglasses

Koo Signature Edition ALIBI-Strade Bianche sunglasses are here ahead of the iconic gravel race held in Italy each year.

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