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Bontrager Aeolus RSL 37 TLR
Wheels have recently taken a big leap in performance, squeezing more speed out of shallower, lighter rims. The 37mm-deep Bontrager Aeolus RSL 37 TLR wheelset does this dance better than most, packing in way more speed than any wheelset this shallow has any right to expect. Not to mention, you get the added benefits of lower weight, just 1,325 grams for the set, and stability—they’re nearly impervious to the wind—that come with that shallow cross section. For the hubs, Bontrager keeps things simple, using benchmark-setting DT Swiss 240 hub internals and their Ratchet EXP 36-point engagement. Add to that package a lifetime warranty and free crash replacement for two years, and you have an enticing all-around wheelset. $2,400/set; trekbikes.com
Endurance sports are about keeping a cool head—literally. That’s where the Abus Aventor comes in. This 260-gram helmet (size medium) is made for maximum ventilation. Its ActiCage reinforcements built into the EPS foam allow more vents to be incorporated without compromising protection, leaving nearly half the front of the helmet exposed to the wind for optimal ventilation. (It helps cut down the weight, too!) A double shell In-Mold fuses the outer shell and EPS foam for enhanced protection, while the ponytail-compatible Zoom Ace fine adjustment system lets you lock in your best, secure fit. Details like grippers in the ports to securely dock sunglasses bring this well-thought-out helmet to the next level. $180; abus.com
Cannondale CAAD13 105
We feature a lot of expensive road bikes at Peloton. Actually, we feature almost exclusively expensive bikes here. But we know that not everyone has that kind of money to throw around and could use some more wallet-friendly options. The Cannondale CAAD aluminum series has long been that go-to frame for racers on a budget, or those simply wanting a fast bike for crit racing that can take a beating. The latest version, the CAAD13, takes its design cues from the WorldTour-proven SuperSix EVO to be the fastest alloy frame Cannondale has ever made. If you want the best balance of cost savings and shifting performance, the Shimano 105-equipped CAAD13 has you covered. $2,300; cannondale.com
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