A New Downcountry Hardtail and a Helmet Camera with AI

The latest mountain bike gear news from Nukeproof, Ortlieb, Mondraker, Wild Rye, Guerrilla Gravity, Insta360, Canfield, and Bombtrack.

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].

Mondraker Chrono Carbon DC

Can a hardtail be a downcountry bike? Mondraker seems to think so, and the new Chrono DC bike sees a 1° slacker head angle and more front travel than their Podium XC hardtail which nudges the DC toward trail bike territory. The Mondraker Chrono DC comes with a 120mm fork, 2.4″ tires, a 67.5° head tube angle, and a 1,150g carbon frame that promises to pedal fast without feeling overly sketchy on the descents.

  • Price: TBD
  • Buy from Mondraker dealers.

New Insta360 camera uses AI for capture and editing

Insta360 has two new cameras on the market: the Ace and Ace Pro. The new action cameras have wide angle lenses and use AI to help capture “smarter action,” and users can edit with AI, seemingly warping their surroundings in the video. The Ace Pro was co-engineered with Leica and it can shoot 4K video at 120FPS and can charge to 80% battery life in under 25 minutes. The Ace is a “budget-friendly” camera with a smaller sensor, regular lens and standard charging.

Shop Women-led Wednesday today

Today is Women-led Wednesday, a day designed to encourage shoppers to support women-led businesses. The annual tradition, supported by Wild Rye, a women’s mountain bike apparel brand, includes more than 700 brands representing “every must-have category, from apparel, footwear, and jewelry, to kids, home goods, art, and more.” Go to womenledwednesday.com to shop participating brands and promotions.

New Nukeproof Cub Scoot kids bikes

Nukeproof has a new line of kids mountain bikes starting with a 12″ balance bike called the Cub Scoot. Moving up in size, the Cub Scout line now includes 14″ and 16″ single gear bikes with disc brakes and and wide, knobby tires for riding at the pump track and even off road. Sorry US readers, it appears Nukeproof is no longer taking orders in the USA.

  • Price: 229.99€ – 399.99€
  • Buy from nukeproof.com.

2024 Bombtrack bikes

Bombtrack is launching a whopping 38 bikes for 2024, including mountain bikes like the alloy Cale AL Advent X shown above and the chromoly Beyond+. The brand is also known for their wide range of gravel and all-road bikes the Hook and Audax.

  • Price: Varies
  • Buy from bombtrack.com

Canfield Bikes will offer Guerrilla Gravity service parts

For those who are unaware, Guerrilla Gravity cranked out their last bikes over the summer. We’re working on getting this full story, (no official statement has been released) but fortunately for those who do have one of the now limited bikes, another boutique Colorado brand will offer rider support. Canfield is selling remaining GG frame inventory and service parts. The Canfield site is limited in what GG parts they have currently, but a notice says they have more items on the way.

  • Price: Varies
  • Buy from canfieldbikes.com
Photo: Ortlieb

Ortlieb currently offering 40% off repairs

Ortlieb travel and bikepacking bags are already known for their durability but if you have one that’s been in use for a while and it needs some love, the brand is offering 40% off of their repair costs from November 13th – December 3rd. The discount is applicable to all products outside of their 5-year warranty period.