11spd: This week's best new bike gear

New road and mountain bike gear from Bontrager, WTB, Patagonia, Giant and more

You there – happy Friday! We hope your weekend is filled with riding. To help wet your whistle, here are the 11 best products to hit our Colorado offices this week. Check 'em out, and then get out on your bike.

For mountain bikers, we've got new fast-drying clothing from Patagonia, high-end wheels from Bontrager, non-slip grips from WTB and a novel way of carrying multitool. Oh, and some socks.

On the roadie side, we've got some very nice new Pearl Izumi riding kit, a new aero chassis from veteran Italian firm Bottecchia, a workstand with built-in digital scales, and we've finally got our hands on Garmin's Varia Vision glasses.

New mountain bike gear

Patagonia Fore Runner long sleeve top

While designed primarily for trail running, the patagonia fore runner is equally useful on chilly mountain bike rides: while designed primarily for trail running, the patagonia fore runner is equally useful on chilly mountain bike rides
While designed primarily for trail running, the patagonia fore runner is equally useful on chilly mountain bike rides: while designed primarily for trail running, the patagonia fore runner is equally useful on chilly mountain bike rides

While designed primarily for trail running, this half-zip top is equally useful on chilly mountain bike rides. It is also a good option to consider if you’re planning your next bikepacking adventure.

Patagonia’s Fore Runner is fast drying and features Polygiene’s odor control treatment. This permanent fabric treatment prevents the growth of stink-producing bacteria so you can wear it more and wash it less.

$49 / £49 / AU$TBC

www.patagonia.com

Bontrager Line XXX Boost TLR 29 wheelset

Bontrager's new line xxx tlr 29 wheelset is built at the company's headquarters in waterloo, wisconsin: bontrager's new line xxx tlr 29 wheelset is built at the company's headquarters in waterloo, wisconsin
Bontrager's new line xxx tlr 29 wheelset is built at the company's headquarters in waterloo, wisconsin: bontrager's new line xxx tlr 29 wheelset is built at the company's headquarters in waterloo, wisconsin

Trek’s component brand, Bontrager, is simultaneously branching out and taking things in-house by manufacturing its top-end OCLV carbon mountain bike wheelsets at the company’s headquarters in Waterloo, Wisconsin.

The new Bontrager Line XXX Boost TLR 29 wheelset has a mouthful of a name, but it pretty much tells you everything you need to know about these hoops. They feature boost spacing, come ready for tubeless use and this particular wheelset is of the 29in variety, though it is also available in a 27.5in version.

The actual weight for the wheelset with rim strips and valves installed is 820g for the front and 940g for the rear for a grand total of 1,760g.

The Line XXX carbon rims appear hookless at first glance, but there’s a tiny ridge that mates up with Bontrager’s tire beads. The rims have internal width of 29mm.

This wheelset uses 28 straight-pull spokes and rolls on DT Swiss 240 hubs with a premium 54t ratchet ring that delivers 6.6 degrees of rapid engagement.

Stay tuned for a review.

$2,500 / £TBC / AU$TBC

www.trekbikes.com

WTB PadLoc grips

Ditch slipping grips for good with wtb's padloc grips: ditch slipping grips for good with wtb's padloc grips
Ditch slipping grips for good with wtb's padloc grips: ditch slipping grips for good with wtb's padloc grips

WTB’s PadLoc system is designed to end slipping grips once and for all. It’s a pair of 30-degree miter cuts on the ends of a handlebar and a matching profile on the interior of the grips. This angled cut on the bar and corresponding wedge on the inside of the grip work prevent grips from rotating.

WTB has a full line of PadLoc compatible grips, including the 30mm diameter Commander, the 33mm Clydesdale and the ergonomically inclined Ace.

Want to know more about why this design might be safer for mountain bikers? Read this: ditch the slipping grips.

$35 / £22 / AU$ TBC

www.wtb.com

Fix It Sticks Bracket

Fix it sticks is making its multi-tools easier to carry by introducing a bracket that mounts to water bottle bosses: fix it sticks is making its multi-tools easier to carry by introducing a bracket that mounts to water bottle bosses
Fix it sticks is making its multi-tools easier to carry by introducing a bracket that mounts to water bottle bosses: fix it sticks is making its multi-tools easier to carry by introducing a bracket that mounts to water bottle bosses

Fix It Sticks is making its multi-tools easier to carry by introducing a bracket that mounts to water bottle bosses.

Existing Fix It Sticks owners can purchase the bracket, or if you’re looking to for a new toolset, you can choose from six different combinations of Fix It Sticks to suit your needs.

Shown here is the 'Mountain' set, which includes 4, 5 and 6mm hex keys along with a T25 Torx. 

Bracket: $6 / £4.50 / AU$9

Bracket with tools: $25 / £18 / AU$34

fixitsticks.com

Wigwam Ultra Cool-Lite Crew socks

The ultra cool-lite crew rise to the mid-calf and use the company’s ultimax pro moisture control technology to aid in moisture regulation: the ultra cool-lite crew rise to the mid-calf and use the company’s ultimax pro moisture control technology to aid in moisture regulation
The ultra cool-lite crew rise to the mid-calf and use the company’s ultimax pro moisture control technology to aid in moisture regulation: the ultra cool-lite crew rise to the mid-calf and use the company’s ultimax pro moisture control technology to aid in moisture regulation

Wigwam knows a thing or two about socks. The company has been making them at its headquarters in Sheboygan, Wisconsin since 1905.

The Ultra Cool-Lite Crew socks rise to the mid-calf and use the company’s Ultimax Pro moisture control technology. They have a seamless closure at the toe to improve comfort and mesh panels on the top of the feet to keep them breezy.

$14 / £10 / AU$20

www.wigwam.com

New road bike gear

Pearl Izumi Pursuit kit

The pursuit line has three cost levels. this is the mid-range elite pursuit kit: the pursuit line has three cost levels. this is the mid-range elite pursuit kit
The pursuit line has three cost levels. this is the mid-range elite pursuit kit: the pursuit line has three cost levels. this is the mid-range elite pursuit kit

Pearl Izumi has divided its road range into the performance-minded Pursuit, shown here, and the more relaxed Escape line. The Pursuit series has three cost levels. This is the mid-range Elite Pursuit kit.

The Elite Pursuit jersey is $120 / £80 and the Elite Pursuit bibs are $150 / £110.

www.pearlizumi.com

Bottecchia T1 Tourmalet

The bottecchia t1 tourmalet: the bottecchia t1 tourmalet
The bottecchia t1 tourmalet: the bottecchia t1 tourmalet

The Bottecchia T1 Tourmalet is the aerodynamic chassis of the veteran Italian company. Bottecchia sells it in a variety of build packages. This Shimano Ultegra bike comes with Fulcrum Racing Sport wheels and Deda components. 

$3,499 / £N/A

www.bottecchia.com

Topeak Prepstand Pro

The topeak prepstand pro has an integrated digital scale for weighing parts and bikes alike: the topeak prepstand pro has an integrated digital scale for weighing parts and bikes alike
The topeak prepstand pro has an integrated digital scale for weighing parts and bikes alike: the topeak prepstand pro has an integrated digital scale for weighing parts and bikes alike

The Topeak Prepstand Pro folds for travel and storage and comes with a carrying case.

It's also two tools in one, with an integrated digital scale that can handle small parts up to complete, heavy bikes. 

$329 / £N/A

www.topeak.com

Garmin Varia Vision

The varia vision is basically a remote screen for a garmin edge. you can swipe the side of the unit to change pages: the varia vision is basically a remote screen for a garmin edge. you can swipe the side of the unit to change pages
The varia vision is basically a remote screen for a garmin edge. you can swipe the side of the unit to change pages: the varia vision is basically a remote screen for a garmin edge. you can swipe the side of the unit to change pages

The Garmin Varia Vision affixes to the arm of a pair of sunglasses and dispalys information from a paired Garmin Edge computer. The Varia Vision is basically a remote screen for a Garmin Edge. You can swipe the side of the unit to change pages.

$400 / £320

www.garmin.com

Giant TCR Advanced SL 0

The giant tcr advanced sl 0 is a lightweight race machine. this m/l weighs 13.89lb / 6.3kg: the giant tcr advanced sl 0 is a lightweight race machine. this m/l weighs 13.89lb / 6.3kg
The giant tcr advanced sl 0 is a lightweight race machine. this m/l weighs 13.89lb / 6.3kg: the giant tcr advanced sl 0 is a lightweight race machine. this m/l weighs 13.89lb / 6.3kg

Giant pioneered the compact frame design back in the 90s and has continued to refine it in the years since, until arriving at the lightweight Giant TCR Advanced SL 0 for 2016. This M/L version weighs just 13.89lb / 6.3kg.

It features Giant's OverDrive steerer with 1 1/4in top and 1 1/2in lower bearings for added front-end stiffness. Most road bikes use steerers with 1 1/8in top and 1 1/4in bottom bearings these days. Giant is making its own line of performance road saddles for 2016 and has included its SLR Forward perch on this bike.

Not only is the drivetrain electric, so is the frame. The RideSense ANT+ sensor on the chainstay can transmit wheel speed and cadence info to almost all bike computers.

$8,800 / £5,499

www.giant-bicycle.com

RockyMounts SwitchHitter 

The new rockymounts switchhitter rack works with the three common thru-axle styles: the new rockymounts switchhitter rack works with the three common thru-axle styles
The new rockymounts switchhitter rack works with the three common thru-axle styles: the new rockymounts switchhitter rack works with the three common thru-axle styles

The new RockyMounts SwitchHitter rack works with the three common thru-axle styles, allowing you to attach all manner of bikes to your car.

Switching thru-axle mounts is a matter of loosening two 4mm bolts and replacing the slotted insert.

$189 / £N/A

www.rockymounts.com

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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