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From wheels to tools and glasses to kits, Peloton Service Course has kept up a rigorous testing schedule this summer. Here are five products to fuel your best ride.
RYDERS ROAM. First impression: “Are these upside down?” Nope. Ryders, never afraid to buck a trend, has placed the Roam’s frame at the bottom of the lens, leaving the top unobstructed. The unconventional look pays dividends. It will never interfere with helmet fit and when hammering with your head down, no frame blocks your vision of the road. If you don’t like the look, a simple nosepiece converts the glasses to a traditional frameless shield. They use Ryder’s FYRE lens material, originally designed for fighter-jet canopies, which is tough; and Ryders has given it crystal-clear, fog-resistant, color-boosting photochromic clarity. $240; ryderseyewear.com
MAVIC OPEN PRO RIM. Mavic may have been the brand that got the world hooked on pre-built wheelsets, but prior to that Mavic was the leading manufacturer of the rims your local wheel builder used—and no rim was more famous than the Open Pro. Mavic’s bringing the alloy Open Pro back for 2018 for all those riders who want to choose their own hubs and spokes. The Open Pro uses Mavic’s interspoke milling technique to shave weight, is UST-tubeless compatible and is available in UB braking or Exalith rim-braking models and a disc-braking version. The Open Pro has all the tech that has made Mavic alloy so famous and stainless steel eyelets for extra durability and a classic look. $100–$180; 435g–420g (depending on rim style); mavic.com
SILCA T-RATCHET AND TI-TORQUE. Silca found yet another mundane category, the torque wrench, to wield its creativity and craftsmanship on, injecting it with much-needed quality and excitement. The Ti-Torque is just 30 grams and covers from 2–8nm thanks to a precision Ti spring in the barrel. Unlike other torque wrenches, you don’t set it or wait for a click when correct torque is reached. The spring just indicates how much torque you apply, and you have to stop at the right time. Combined with the T-Ratchet kit in a well-organized pouch, you never again need fear cracking bar, stem or seat post with race-day or roadside adjustments away from your tool bench. $98, silca.cc
LIZARD SKINS DSP 3.2MM BAR TAPE. There used to be two kinds of bar tape, cork or cheap. Lizard Skins took aim at the category with bar tape that cost almost twice as much as what was on the market. Luckily, it felt 10 times better in your hand. Its line-up has now increased to include three thicknesses—1.8mm, 2.5mm and 3.2mm—of its DSP bar tape. Made of a closed-cell polymer foam, it’s not pretending to be cork, and it offers incredible grip without feeling sticky. The cushy 3.2mm tape with a slight cross-hatching texture is perfect for anyone with big hands or riders looking for more comfort on a gravel bike. Lizard Skins DSP bar tape isn’t cheap, but its durability is fantastic, making it last much longer than any bargain-bin tape and Lizard gives you a nice long roll, so you’ll never be out of luck halfway across your bar tops. $46; lizardskins.com
K-EDGE RACE MOUNT. The new range of Race Mounts from K-Edge are 32 grams lighter than its standard Garmin mount. The mounts are four-piece affairs. A two-piece hinged clamp is bolted to the extension, which then has a replaceable plastic Garmin fixture. It uses the same 6061-T6 alloy, but represents K-Edge’s biggest advancements in machining to save grams, yet still possess the durability and good looks K-Edge is known for. It is also making a Race Mount for the new Wahoo Bolt; while not designed specifically for the aerodynamics of the Bolt, the mount is so sleek and trim it likely won’t hurt, plus it gives you the option of running a GoPro mount on the underside. $55, k-edge.com