The various types of mountain biking are extremely popular action sports and with more and more people seeing video footage of people doing various types of mountain biking on sites like YouTube, a bunch of new people are getting involved in the sport too. Due to so many of these new people getting involved in mountain biking via YouTube videos and so many experienced mountain bikers wanting to share their adventures on YouTube, we are seeing more and more people reaching out and asking about the best gimbal for mountain biking each month.
As we know that a large number of our regular readers enjoy their mountain biking, we are hoping that our article will be able to help any of them looking to add a gimbal to their collection of action camera accessories. There is an absolute ton of wearable gimbals on the market right now with many of them being poor quality or overpriced but in reality, in our opinion at least, there is one stand-alone winner by far, the Evo SS.
Although the Evo SS has been on the market for a few years now, it was definatley ahead of its time when released and it has aged very well. On top of this, many of the compeating wearable gimbals on the market have a bunch of issues with the level of image stabilization that they are able to provide your action camera. The Evo SS has managed to earn itself a great reputation amongst mountain bikers and the wider action sports community for helping you capture some excellent image quality.
On top of this, Evo is fully aware that many of the people who will be looking to purchase a wearable gimbal for mountain biking will likley be first-time gimbal users. This is why they have made the ease of use of the gimbal a high priority, second only to its performance allowing even a first-time gimbal user to easily use the Evo SS. This is why we feel that the gimbal will make a great addition to your collection of camera accessories and easily help you capture your adventures while you are out and about riding your bike.
Performance Of The Gimbal
The Evo SS offers a solid maximum load capacity of 0.31 pounds of total camera payload weight meaning that it is easily able to support the weight of the vast majority of camera setups from the official GoPro range while also being able to support the weight of a large number of other action cameras too. If you are using a different brand of action camera, just keep in mind that the Evo SS has been designed to work with the GoPro action camera form factor and dimensions.
Although most third-party action cameras will still fit the GoPro form factor, the current cameras from the Sony and Garmin action camera range as well as a few others will not be able to mount to the Evo SS without using a third-party aftermarket mount. At the time of writing though, the GoPro range still holds over seventy percent of the action camera market share with over twenty percent of the remaining market share being made up of cameras fitting the GoPro form factor. This means that the Evo SS will easily be able to support the weight of the vast majority of action cameras that our readers use while being able to meet your needs too.
The Evo SS also offers you one of the highest battery life available of all wearable gimbals at the time of writing right now coming in at five hours of battery per charge. This is double to what some other compearing wearable gimbals offer you when it comes to their battery life to ensure that you always have the juice that you require to capture your video footage while out on the trails.
On top of that, a large number of action sports enthusiasts including a number of mountain bikers have taken to adding a USB power bank to their collection of camera accessories too. This allows you to top your gimbal and action camera up while on the trails without having access to a power outlet to recharge your gear when needed. When you do get to a power outlet you are able to recharge the Evo SS back to full in three hours but the recharge time from a USB power bank will depend on the bank’s output load.
One of the main things on the Evo SS that really sets its performance and image stabilization apart from what the compeating gimbals on the market are able to offer is its correction and detection system. Due to the nature of action sports with many of them having short, sharp vibrations that are rapid and often in quick succession, a wearable action camera gimbal really does have to offer excellent detection and correction of movement.
Unfortunately, though, so many of the other brands that try to produce action camera gimbal simply overlook this and produce sub-par stabilizers that are essentially a total waste of time and money. Right from the get-go, Evo knew that they wanted their whole system to be designed from the very start to be the best it can be for the lowest possible price tag and dominate the wearable action camera gimbal space. Thankfully, in our opinion, they have definatley managed to reach their goal and the Evo SS dominates the niche right now.
The first thing in the gimbals detection and correction system is its gimbal motors that initially detect the actual movement in the gimbal. Thankfully, Evo have managed to develop a set of sensors that are not only very small and light but are also very accurate, sensitive, and fast too. The sensitivity of the sensors is one of the best features on the gimbal as it ensures that it can detect and then correct those small micro-vibrations and movements that are common in mountain biking without issue.
Next up we have the Evo balancing algorithm and although their algorithm in their handheld gimbal is having some issues right now, the algorithm that they use in their wearable gimbal range is second to none in our opinion. It is extremley quick to workout how best to correctly make the required counter momement to keep your action camera stable when riding and offers very power efficient counter movement commands too. This is one of the reasons that the Evo SS offers upto double the battery life of some of the compeating wearable gimbals on the market right now.
The final part is the gimbal motors on the Evo SS and due to being a wearable action camera gimbal, there is no need for an absolutley massive maximum load capacity like on some of the handheld gimbals. This is ideal as Evo have ben able to design and develop an excellent set of gimbal motors that are absolutley tiny for their level of torque. These allow the gimbal to easily carry out the required counter movements from the balancing algorhtm and produce some of the smoothest video footage that you are going to get.
As we touched on earlier, the Evo SS just keeps on growing its reputation and user base with each passing month due to it simply dominating the wearable action camera gimbal space with ease. In our opinion, this is not going to change any time soon as Evo really have done an excellent job of putting the gimbal togeather and we are not suprised that it has managed to earn so many great independent reviews from the action sports community.
If you have the time available then skimming over some of those is well worth the time as they offer some excellent insight into just how well the Evo SS performs in a number of sports including mountain biking. Additionally all of those reviews have been published by external, third-party action sports enthusiasts so you are getting some great insight from people who have used the gimbal for a long period of time.
User Interface And Control System
Unlike their handheld gimbal counterparts, many of the wearable gimbal stabilizers on the market simply just don’t need an interface or control system due to the nature of the gimbal and the Evo SS definatley fits into this category. This definatley works to your advantage if you are brand new to using a gimbal as it is so easy to use and extremely straight forward.
You can literally power your gimbal up, mount your action camera, go through the extremely easy balancing procedure and be ready to go and capture your video footage in less than a minute. Although a number of wearable gimbals can still have complicated balancing procedures that waste your time, the Evo SS is very straight forward and easy to do even if you are brand new to using a gimbal.
The release system on the gimbal also allows you to quickly and easily remove your action camera from the Evo SS within seconds too. With mountain biking, you can often ride to a location and see a beautiful view and want to capture a photograph of it, you can literally remove your GoPro within a second, capture your photography and remount it within a second and be ready to go again without having to waste any time.
Although there is an Evo smartphone app available for iOS and Android devices, both versions of the app doe have some issues at the time of writing. It can be a pain to actually sync the Evo app up with your gimbal and there seems to be an ongoing connectivity issue where the app will sometimes randomly drop its connection to your gimbal even after spending so much time just trying to get the initial sync.
We are hoping that Evo are able to fix these bugs with an update as soon as possible but at the time of writing, we have not seen anything to suggest that a firmware update for the gimbals or an update to their app is expected. This is a shame and one of the few weaknesses of the Evo SS as some compeating brands have some solid smartphone apps with nice functionality. That said though, everything on the Evo SS will work fine without you having the smartphone app anyway so there is no need to use the app to get the most out of your gimbal.
Build Quality And Design
With the Evo SS being a wearable action camera gimbal stabilizer, it should be no surprise that it has some of the best build quality going and is very tough and robust. This tough build quality ensures that the gimbal can take all the punishment comes its way during use in your action sport of choice although mountain biking should not result in many knocks or bumps to the gimbal anyway. That said though, it is nice to know that the Evo SS can take any bumps or knocks in your accessory bag when transporting it to the location where you will be riding.
With the Evo SS being a wearable gimbal, it has a very small, compact design too meaning that it doesn’t take up much space at all in your bag or backpack when transporting your gear. If you like to fly to different locations around then this also works in your favor as the lightweight and small size of the gimbal makes it very easy to transport with ease too.
As Evo has designed the Evo SS to be as user-friendly as possible, its moving parts and axis are in sealed environments to reduce the need of any serious maintenance. Although the vast majority of wearable gimbals on the market right now also take this same minimal maintenance approach, we just wanted to point it out to any of our readers who are new to using a gimbal. The Evo SS required minimal maintenance and a simple wipe down with a clean cloth to remove water or dirt after use will often be enough.
That concludes our thoughts on what we feel is the best gimbal for mountain biking available on the market right now. As we touched on, there are a fair few wearable gimbals but in our opinion, none of them even come close to the performance of the Evo SS due to its detection and correction system blowing the compeating gimbals out the water. This ensures that you get the best possible image stabilization during use and that your mountain biking videos will be smooth and professional looking.
As we mentioned earlier in the article, you can also read some of the independent reviews that have been published for the gimbal by other action sports enthusiasts if you like. In our opinion, they are well worth the time, even if you only read a few of them as they go into detail on the performance of the Evo SS in a number of popular action sports in addition to mountain biking too.