December 14, 2016 – It’s that time of year again as the holidays will soon be here. Time to treat your loved ones, or yourself, to a new piece of cycling gear that is sure to bring a smile for many rides to come. Here are some great last minute ideas featuring some of the hottest gear this holiday season that any cyclist would surely be thrilled to see under the tree.
An affordable shoe equipped with a carbon outsole, the Louis Garneau Carbon LS-100 II offers a precise Boa® micro-adjustment system and a super rigid frame for maximum performance. The absence of pressure points both underneath and on top of the foot make it an extremely comfortable and stiff shoe at a highly competitive price. SRP is $249.99
The Zephyr uses progressive layering and a polycarbonate shell to provide a lightweight and strong helmet. Bell’s Flat Fit Race technology is integrated with a MIPS layer for additional safety during hard impacts, while 18 vents aid in cooling. Three sizes and seven colours are available. The Zephyr Ghost provides integrated reflectivity through a durable reflective coating under the helmet clear coat. SRP starts at $319.99
Castelli’s Gabba 2 Short Sleeve Jersey is a lightweight aero piece made with Castelli’s Windstopper X-Lite Plus fabric to provide excellent protection from the wind and rain. The fabric is made using a blend of polyester, elastane, and synthetic fluoropolymer. The Gabba 2 also features fleece stretch panels under the arms and a full-length zipper with storm flap. Perfect for when the temperatures start to drop. SRP $ 249.99
The Radar Pace uses an Intel-powered system to provide real-time coaching, tracking the user’s performance and making corrections and suggestions in the moment. The Radar Pace pairs with external sensors, including power, heart rate, speed, cadence, distance and time to tailor coaching specifically to the user. The system also uses an accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, humidity sensor and proximity sensor to provide further statistics and feedback. A touchpad on the temples controls functions such as music and calls from a paired phone, and a built-in microphone enables voice commands. Water-resistant with a rating of IPX5, and rechargeable through a USB connection. Available in both men’s and women’s fits. SRP starts at $570
Alberta-based 4iiii introduces the dual-sided Precision Pro power meter that delivers a complete picture of your power output. Features include exceptional accuracy, lightweight design, ANT+ and Bluetooth compatibility, and 3D power meter technology. The Precision Pro is built to endure, with a robust design that holds up under rugged conditions and nasty weather. The Precision Pro runs off a CR2032 coin battery that lasts for about 150 hours before needing a change.
You can choose the Precision Pro Ride Ready, which comes pre-installed on a new Shimano Dura-Ace FC-9000 series crankset, or the Precision Pro Factory Install, which is installed on your existing crankset at the 4iiii factory.
4iiii’s partnership with the Etixx-Quick Step World Pro Tour Cycling Team means their products are tested and trusted by pro athletes. SRP starts at $985.99
As the outdoor season cools down, trainer season is heating up and Elite is stoking the fire with the new top-of-the-line Drivo, a new interactive trainer for 2017.
The Drivo is an interactive, direct-transmission home trainer with integrated power measurement utilizing a 24-point laser-optical power system that measures watt output to within 1% accuracy. It has a power output of 2,000 watts at 35kph and can simulate a 24% grade. The electronically managed magnetic resistance is directly related to the training program or course that is chosen in the software.
Drivo comes with Real Software and the MyTraining app, and is compatible with SWIFT, Kinomap and TrainerRoad. It is also compatible with third party apps and software, computers, smartphones, tablets and cycle computer systems that run ANT, Power ANT, Speed and Cadence, and Bluetooth Smart. Hub compatibility includes 130-135x5mm with quick release and 142x12mm thru-axle. SRP is $1,699