Best of 2017: Saris’ Top Gear Picks

Former tech editor weighs in with favorite products from past year

Components Gear Helmets
Bell Super DH 2018 Yellow

With the chinbar installed, the Bell Super DH could easily be mistaken for a traditional full face. Photo by Paris Gore

Editor’s Note: Before taking a PR position with Ibis Cycles, Saris Mercanti spent several years as Mtbr tech editor. Here are her top gear and component picks for 2017. Look for more Mtbr editor gear of year picks soon.

Bell Super DH Helmet

Bell sparked a resurgence in the convertible helmet market when it debuted the Super 2R. With the new Super DH, they upped the ante. This model ushers in a new generation of MIPS, while also offering DH-level protection. To learn more, check out our first ride impressions here. | Price: $300

e*thirteen TRS+ Cassette 2018

Lusting after a SRAM Eagle drivetrain? E*thirteen’s newest cassette delivers similar range to 11-speed drivetrains at a lower price.

e*thirteen TRS+ 9-46T 11-Speed Cassette

Intrigued by the increased range of SRAM’s new 12-speed groupset but can’t justify a new drivetrain? e*thirteen‘s new TRS+ cassette brings Eagle like range to 11-speed groupsets without requiring any derailleur or cassette modifications. To learn more, read our long term review here. | Price: $249

Wolf Tooth ReMote Sustain

We’ve tested virtually every dropper post and lever combo on the market, but nothing beats the cleverly packaged Wolf Tooth ReMote.

Wolf Tooth ReMote Dropper Lever

With unrivaled ergonomics and clever details throughout, the Wolf Tooth ReMote is arguably the best dropper post lever on the market. Until recently, it was only available for those with mechanical droppers. Earlier this year, Wolf Tooth launched a hydraulic-to-cable-actuated conversion kit that allows you to pair a ReMote with an internally routed Reverb. If you’re currently running a Reverb with the old push style lever, you need this kit in your life ASAP. For more info, read our long term review here | Price: $90

OneUp EDC Tool 100cc Pump

The EDC Tool from OneUp allows you to carry virtually every tool you’d ever need in a compact and convenient form.

OneUp EDC Tool

Over the years, we’ve seen our fair share of clever multi tools. However, the new EDC from OneUp might take the cake. This ingenious solution enables you to carry virtually every tool you could possible need in a package that’s not much bigger than a C02 canister. If you’ve embraced the pack free lifestyle, the entire unit slips into your steerer tube for easy access. Alternatively, the tool can be stored within a pump. Now you’ll never have a reason to ride unprepared. For more info, read the Mtbr review here. | Price: $120 (100CC Pump + EDC Tool)


SRAM’s Eagle GX drivetrain brings the price of a 12-speed drivetrain to a more attainable price point.


While we love geeking out on the latest and greatest, there’s nothing better than seeing technology trickle down to more affordable levels. One example is SRAM’s Eagle GX drivetrain. This groupset, including cranks and chain, retails for just $500. That’s around the same price as an Eagle XX1 cassette alone. For more info, read the Mtbr first ride review here.

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