According to Shimano Road Product Manager Dave Lawrence, Shimano’s Ultegra-level components are “where the magic happens,” and we’re prone to agree. Offering nearly the same performance as the brand’s vaunted Dura-Ace products, Ultegra brings this performance to a price point accessible by us mere mortals without a sponsorship deal.
The new Ultegra 6870 Di2 group offers a 126-gram weight savings over its electronic predecessor, while sporting a much more svelte and sculpted appearance. And, paired with Shimano’s latest Di2 software, Ultegra 6870 Di2 is more versatile than ever, lending a whole new level of customization and system flexibility to electronic shifting.
Smith PivLock Overdrive
Building on the success of their PivLock V2 performance shades, for PivLock Overdrive Smith took the stellar optics and interchangeable lenses from the PivLock, but dialed down the wow-factor just a touch with a much more understated design. Sweetening the deal are a two-way adjustable nosepiece and the inclusion of three sets of lenses with every pair of frames.
Garmin Edge Touring Plus
Built for the riders looking to build their own adventure, the Garmin Touring computer leverages Garmin’s impressive know-how in the navigation world, bringing it on to your handlebars in nice tidy little package.
Say you want to go for a leisurely fifty-miler, stopping in at a couple wineries along the way. Simply indicate your desired mileage, along with your stated Points of Interest—tasting rooms in this case— and the Edge Touring will create multiple routes for you to choose from. Elevation profiles are provided, and you can even specify to avoid steep hills or to make use of dirt roads whenever possible.
One Industries Apparel
One Industries began as a small group of riders in San Diego, California, with the goal of providing motocross riders with smartly designed apparel. Branching into the mountain bike world One Industries has quickly become a well-respected brand, even sponsoring the likes of the Atherton family. Sponsorships alone though, does not a brand make. Backing up their reputation with a strong commitment to quality and value, we’re glad to now carry apparel and protection gear from One Industries.
Kurt Kinetic Road Trainer 2.0
It’s hard to build on a product as stellar as the Kurt Kinetic Road Trainer. Setting the bar for fluid trainers, the original Road Trainer offered remarkably realistic road feel and incredibly quiet operation, even during high-effort outputs. As a result, for the Road Trainer 2.0 Kurt has stuck to improving the frame and adjustment knobs to reduce weight and ease setup, leaving the stellar resistance unit unchanged.
Pearl Izumi X-Project 1.0
Designed under the watchful eye of Brian Lopes, one of the winningest athletes in all of sports—let alone mountain biking—the X-Project marks a highly anticipated offering from Pearl Izumi. Providing excellent functionality both on and off the bike, the X Project 1.0 perfectly at home scrambling up a scree field on the way to the drop-in as it is putting power to the pedals in an all-out sprint to the bottom. A customizable fit courtesy of different size varus and arch inserts only serves to make the X-Project even that much more versatile.