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Velonews Buyer's Guide 2017

Velonews brings you inside the sport of bike racing, with exclusive features, analysis, expert training advice, unbiased gear reviews and the absolute best cycling photography.

United States
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
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9 Issues


1 min.
so pro

IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY, who among us wouldn’t choose to ride what the pros ride? VeloNews teamed up with Scott Bikes to give you the chance to do just that. Scott’s Foil reached legendary status in 2016, delivering Mathew Hayman to the podium’s top step in the Roubaix velodrome. With aero touches and all-around capabilities, the Foil can’t be discounted in any race situation. Orica-Scott hopes to build on that legacy in 2017, and now you can too. Go to www.velonews.com/winthisbike before April 28, 2017 to enter. We’ll choose a winner on May 5. *One entry per person.…

2 min.
bike lottery

IN THE EARLY DAYS of the bicycle drivetrain, cyclists used their hands to shift gears, reaching down while rolling along primitive roads to pick the chain off one cog and place it on another. Today, some shifters send invisible wireless signals through the air in milliseconds to activate tiny electronic motors within battery-operated derailleurs. To say we’re riding the most efficient bicycles in history would diminish these minor technological miracles. It’s a great time to be a cyclist, and an even better time to be shopping for a new ride. With this new technology, it’s more difficult to figure out which engineering feats are worthwhile and which are little more than fancy marketing. That’s where we come in. The VeloNews staff has ridden each bicycle in this issue, every wheelset and helmet,…

2 min.

1| BELL ZEPHYR $230 280 grams (size M) The Zephyr is a helmet within a helmet: Its bifurcated construction consists of an inner and outer shell. This helps distribute impact forces as efficiently as possible to protect your head. The Zephyr is amazingly comfortable, thanks to its Float Fit Race retention system, which integrates with MIPS without too many overlapping parts. It vents surprisingly well given its aero appearance, and is perhaps Bell’s most adjustable helmet to date. 2| GIRO SYNTHE MIPS $270 270 grams (size M) Year after year the Synthe continues to impress us as one of the best helmets on the market. It combines a sleek aesthetic with an incomparable fit, thanks to the Roc Loc Air retention system. Twenty-six vents make it airy despite a relatively aerodynamic shape. The addition of…

2 min.
men's shoes

1| GIRO FACTOR TECHLACE $350 420 grams (size 42) Shoelaces or Boa dial? Why compromise? Giro’s Factor Techlace has both, and it isn't overkill. The two systems give the shoe on-the-fly adjustability that is hard to beat. Move the Velcro strap to reposition the shoelaces; use the Boa to make microadjustments. 2| SHIMANO S-PHYRE RC9 $400 540 grams/pair (size 44) Shimano’s S-Phyre shoes strike a balance between exceptional stiffness and snugness for a wide range of foot sizes and shapes. Two Boa closures are perfectly placed to ensure an even fit over the forefoot and ankle. The Boa cables are also adjustable to accommodate a wide range of feet. 3| BONTRAGER SPECTER ROAD SHOE $160 469 grams (size 42) Out of the box, the Specter feels a lot like Bontrager’s high-end XXX shoe. The heel cup is supple,…

2 min.
women's shoes

1| BONTRAGER MERAJ WOMEN’S ROAD SHOE $220 424 grams (size 40.5) The supple upper and narrow toe box of the Meraj hugs the foot for a secure fit. A Boa closure allows you to easily tighten or loosen your shoes on the fly. The carbon/ fiberglass composite sole keeps the price down while providing a moderately stiff platform. 2| FIZIK WOMEN’S ROAD R5B DONNA $185 529 grams (size 40.5) The wide toe box of the R5B offers wiggle room, and small perforations add ventilation. A carbon-reinforced nylon sole is comfortable on long rides. The reflective gray uppers take some breaking in. Once they’ve loosened up, the shoes offer a comfortable fit. 3| SPECIALIZED WOMEN’S S-WORKS SUB6 ROAD SHOES $325 359 grams (size 41) Testers raved about the Sub6’s flashy mint-green color and slipper-like fit. They’re feathery light with…

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men's jerseys

1| LA PASSIONE SUMMER JERSEY SQUARE $76 You can’t find a better jersey at this price point. The Italian-made La Passione features a trim cut, lengthy mid-biceps sleeves, mesh side panels for venting, and a contoured fit. A permanent wicking treatment and SPF UV 50+ sun protection make it ideal for summer rides. We love the simple square aesthetic, too. 2| PRIMAL WEAR HYPERION HELIX 2.0 JERSEY $130 For a company known for its outlandish aesthetics, the Hyperion showcases a wild but wearable pattern. The laser-cut armbands sit flat and comfortable, complementing the snug race fit. Mesh side panels keep you cool, and the silicone waist gripper prevents the jersey from shifting. It’s simple, comfortable, and subtle (by Primal standards). 3| RAPHA BREVET LIGHTWEIGHT JERSEY $175 Rapha’s Brevet Lightweight jersey is designed for hot days…