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Velonews Buyer's Guide 2018

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.
own a tour champ

Chris Froome relies on the Dogma to deliver him to the podium, and now you can too. This year VeloNews has partnered with Team Sky’s nutrition sponsor, Science in Sport, to give away a brand new 2018 Pinarello Dogma F10—the same bike Froome rode at last year's Tour. With aerodynamic tube shapes and an asymmetrical design aimed at maximizing power transfer, the Dogma F10 is designed to excel in every type of terrain. A Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain provides crisp, reliable electronic shifting. There are other prizes available, including a Castelli jersey signed by the members of Team Sky (Froome included), as well as an SiS nutrition package worth $500. Go to www.scienceinsport.com/us/pinarello2018 before April 30, 2018 for further details and to enter.…

3 min.
a value proposition

I like a good bike. I bought my first “real” mountain bike from a big-box store when I was around 10 years old. The bright yellow hardtail featured an elastomer fork with bouncy-castle suspension technology, and the finest Chromoly tubing this pre-pubescent cyclist could afford. It weighed roughly the same as my older brother’s Honda Civic. I owned it for about a year before I realized this was not, in fact, the top of the mountain. My first road bike didn’t come along until college. It was a Fuji Roubaix with a Shimano 105 group and no-name wheels. I loved it immediately and rode it for two years, until I met my next bike—a LeMond Zurich with a half-carbon, half-titanium frame. Sorry, Roubaix. It’s not you, it’s me. Back then I learned there were…

2 min.
road helmets

OAKLEY ARO5 MIPS $250 | 302 grams (size L) The Boa retention system of the Aro5 impresses with its micro-adjustability and lay-flat, soft fabric cable that doesn’t interfere with your eyewear. It’s aesthetically unique, and Oakley claims aerodynamic advantages. Slots within the helmet’s EPS foam allow you to quickly and securely stow your glasses. We weren’t wowed with the venting, though. If you’re after a cooler helmet, check out Oakley’s Aro3. TOP PICK! BONTRAGER VELOCIS MIPS $200 | 303 grams (size L) The Velocis maintains the subdued aesthetics of an everyday helmet. It’s MIPS-equipped and comes with pads from performance fabric company 37.5 that wick moisture away from your head. The Boa dial fit system tightens comfortably with no hot spots. You’ll need to position the occipital pads in the right spot or they will interfere…

3 min.
road shoes

PEARL IZUMI P.R.O. LEADER V4 $350 | 578 grams/pair (size 44) Like their colorful soles, the Pearl Izumi shoes shine for their comfort, stiffness, and fit. The two Boa IP1 dials mounted atop the tongue are the P.R.O. Leader’s most prominent feature. Pearl has found a way to protect the foot with dense padding on the tongue—no pinching, no pressure points. The dials are out of harm’s way without sacrificing comfort. Mesh vents help the supple, seamless upper breathe. A tunable sole allows more or less arch and forefoot support using foam inserts. AMAZING DEAL! SCOTT ROAD RC SL $500 | 550 grams/pair (size 44) Scott touts its Carbitex upper for having high-tensile strength, which supposedly improves power transfer, as well as its ability to wrap around the foot. We can confirm the comfortable fit—the upper…

2 min.
road jerseys

AMAZING DEAL! ASHMEI CROIX DE FER JERSEY $189 The Croix de Fer’s 65 percent Merino wool and 35 percent carbon blend makes for a comfortable fit and feel against the skin, and it’s wind-resistant too. The 167-gram jersey offers UPF 50+ protection, reflective hem bindings, and an understated aesthetic with five iron crosses across the chest. The fit is snug but forgiving; it would make an ideal choice for an all-day warm-weather ride. POC AVIP SHORT SLEEVE JERSEY $170 The four-way stretch fabric of the AVIP fits snugly, and feels soft and comfortable against the skin while also providing UV protection. Best of all, there’s no loose fabric to flap in the breeze. Mesh panels under the arms help keep you cool in high temps. If you’re looking for something lighter and highly breathable, opt instead…

2 min.
bib shorts

FIZIK LINK R1 BIB SHORT $300 The Link R1 bibs are designed around Fizik’s spine concept system, and intended to match your Fizik saddle profile: snake, chameleon, or bull. The lightweight and compressive woven fabric offers a comfortably snug fit and freedom of movement. The seamless chamois offers good cushioning in a low profile. The bib straps lay comfortably over the shoulders, while the narrow back panel maintains excellent support. Best of all, the welded seams all but disappear while riding. SHIMANO S-PHYRE $220 Shimano says the S-Phyre chamois absorbs road vibrations. While we can’t prove that, it is comfortable for long days in the saddle. The leg length is relatively short, but the full-knit construction hugs the body comfortably and provides a compressive feel. We like the soft, lay-flat straps and wide back panel…