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With the Giro making their way from Holland to the southern tip of Italy, it's perfect timing to start the week with more of the coolest gear from the 2016 Sea Otter Classic and bits from Masi Bicycles, Ortlieb Packs, Topeak, Rolf Prima, and Schwinn.
Nothing shouts success like winning a Monument, Matt Hayman's 2016 Paris-Roubaix victory on Scott's newly designed FOIL Team Issue was an unexpected score for both the Team Orica-GreenEdge journeyman and the Swiss bike brand. Combining better aerodynamics and enough vibration damping to handle even the pavé of Roubaix, the completely redesigned Scott flagship racer was more up to the challenge - here's a closer look.
PowerTap was one of the first players in the world of power meters, setting an early standard for innovation with their hub-based design in the late 1990s. Their new C1 and P1 meters expand that same level of performance to the chainrings and pedal, greatly enhancing versatility and options for cyclists.
The 2016 Sea Otter Classic at Monterey’s Laguna Seca Raceway threatened rain early and was a little cooler than past years, but both the sun and many of the industry’s top manufacturers made it out in support of big crowds here for both the racing and a look at some of the latest gear from Praxis Cycling, SRAM, Park Tool, Nuun, Velotoze and Velofix.
Zipp used the iconic Tour of Flanders to launch a quiver of new products designed to further the company’s push for innovation and market leadership. New wheels included the new 303 NSW, and disc versions of the Firecrest 404 and 808 wheels, plus a new SL Speed stem and seatpost aimed squarely at the performance market.
The fashion for the uphill finish is still strong, but the recent trend in sections of gravel roads is catching on: The Strade Bianche and stage 1 of Paris-Nice in the last weeks. So if you are thinking of putting a gravel bike together, Jayson O'Mahoney has been putting a set of American Classic 420 Aero Disc Tubeless wheels to the test, here are his findings:
The usually raucous Taipei Bike Show, now in its 28th year, was a tad more subdued this year than usual as foreign brands and companies are tightening the belts in the face of a trend of declining profits, but there was still plenty of shiny sparkly stuff on show, along with the ubiquitous show girls jam-packed into outfits that sent heart rate monitors dangerously close to exploding.
It's been a crowded winter on the PEZ test-bench, and here's a peek at some gear worth checking out: Castelli Linea Pelle creams, DMT WR1 winter shoes, Danny Shane kit, and Rapha pants.
Can staying cool and looking cool co-exist in an aero helmet? Bell says yes, and submit the StarPro as Exhibit A.
The PEZ literary editor, Leslie Reissner, has taken the week off from reading cycling related books and hitched his huskies to the sledge and managed through blizzard conditions to visit the Montreal Bicycle Show, the Salon du Velo. The Montreal show has a varied selection of exhibiters as Leslie found out.
Name a frame builder with employees that have been with them for 40+ years… That list is even smaller when you add that the company is in the USA and is not producing frames in Asia. Lynskey Performance is uncommon.
Shoe covers, aka booties, are essential kit for cold or wet weather riding. Pretty much every cycling clothing manufacturer makes them and they all pretty much do the same thing (to varying degree): keep out wind and water and provide some insulation for warmth. So why review yet another pair?
The Oru Airport Ninja travel case is light, sturdy, and small enough to avoid those hefty fees the airlines love to charge to anyone travelling with a bike. Matt McNamara flew his to Asia, and returned with this review.
It's last chance saloon for holiday presents and here is Gift Guide #6 to help you with the last minute purchase. Another collection contributed by: BBB, Bianchi, Health Warrior, Danny Shane, Northwave, Zipp, Gore Bike Wear, Blaze, Quarq, Cyclepassion, 3T, Primalwear and Rokform. Happy holidays!
Interbike winds down as Louis Garneau steps up their game with new skins, helmets and shoes, Sapo Pumps are here, Northwave have revamped the footwear line and Edco’s new hoops and cogs are ready.
Only one week left to get that special gift bought - like these great ideas in the PEZ Holiday Gift Guide'15 #5 from Xpedo, Effetto Mariposa, Bellwether, Cinelli, CycleOps, Giro, Saris, Wolf Tooth Components, Endura, Wend Wax-On and Sufferfest.
Two weeks to go, but there is still time to buy that special gift and here are some more top suggestions. The Gift Guide #4 line-up: Cipollini, OTTO, Nalini, Clement, Smith, RPM, Ultragen, Silca, Limar and Primal.
There's not much time left for that special gift and here is our guide #3 with some more great suggestions from: BIKASE, Ale Bikewear, ErgVideo, SRAM, Wheelbuilder.com, Tacx, LOOK, Endura, Capo and Stowaway.
ErgVideo has seen a bonanza of upgrades for 2015, including the new ErgVideo 4.0 software, Wahoo Kickr and Snap trainers compatibility, and new 1080p HD videos featuring famous climbs and cycling legend Scott Moninger.
In our second PEZ Holiday Gift Guide for 2015 we have a real mix ideas for the coming season. All the best goodies from TruTrainer, PowerTap, Vision, Rudy Project, FSA, Louis Garneau, Polar, Sports Optical, Velo Classic, Schwalbe and a set of prints from The Handmade Cyclist.