Vredestein Fortezza Senso Xtreme Weather Road Tire Review

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Enjoy the grip and low rolling resistance you would expect from Vredestein even during extremely cold and wet conditions with the Senso Xtreme Weather Road Tire.

Xtreme Weather Road Tire

To make a tire that performs like a race tire even when the weather has turned from bad to worse, Vredestein incorporates their newly developed XWS rubber compound into the Senso Xtreme using their TriComp technology. The result is a tire that gives you superior grip and low rolling resistance in the wet and cold of the dead of winter. The inclusion of Curve Control System® shoulder technology, as in the other Senso tires, also improves the tire's cornering performance.

To protect from flats the Senso Xtreme has a polyamide layer embedded from bead to bead, because you never know what debris is lurking in the next puddle. The 120 TPI provides a very supple ride without sacrificing durability.

XWS Rubber Compound

The Senso Xtreme Weather Road Tire is available in 700c x 23mm, 25mm, and 28mm (23-622, 25-622, 28-622 ISO) sizes. Anthracite/Anthracite. Claimed weight is 245 grams for the 23mm version.

Review NightRider Lumina Micro 220 Head Light

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LED Bike Headlight

The NightRider Lumina Micro 220 Head Light is proof that big things come in small packages. It is smaller and more compact than the original Lumina series, and the Lumina Micro 220 delivers a powerful punch with 220 lumens of light output. This light will make sure you are seen in any conditions.LED Indicator.Low Battery Indicator.Lock Out Mode.Unit Includes: LED Headlamp, Internal Li-Ion Battery, Handlebar Mount-Fits up to 31.8mm, USB Charging Cable.

NiteRider Micro Light

  • System Includes: LED headlamp with internal Lithium Polymer battery, handlebar mounts and USB changing cable (3.5 hour charge time)
  • Run Time: 1.5 hours on High (220 lumens), 2.75 hours on Medium (120 lumens), 4 hours on Low (80 lumens) and 14 hours on Walk (20 lumens)
  • One piece modular design with 4 modes
  • Wireless and USB rechargeable
  • All NiteRider headlights feature CREE LED's

Look Keo 2 Max Blade Clipless Bicycle Pedal Review

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Look Brand Clipless Pedals

Updated with more power, stability and a lighter design, the LOOK Kéo Blade 2 Ti Road Pedals have a completely integrated carbon spring blade for maximum cleat contact and improved aerodynamics, plus a titanium spindle for further weight savings. Large and wide surface area with 13mm stack height, long carbon-injected body and oversized titanium spindle offer premium power transfer, low weight and stability. Carbon spring blade has three different tension settings to suit any cyclist and permanent cleat stop contact offers great foot support, no matter what the pedaling angle.

Keo Blade 2 Pedals

  • Largest contact surface on the market for optimal power transfer
  • Injected long carbon body is lightweight and rigid
  • 2 channels on either side of the body for increased airflow
  • Oversized titanium spindle is lightweight and powerful
  • Very low stack height (13mm) for increased pedaling efficiency
  • 2 miniature ball bearings (1 with 12mm inner x 18mm outer diameters, 1 with 6mm inner x 12mm outer diameters) support axial loads and a needle roller bearing supports radial loads
  • Permanent cleat stop contact for better stability and foot support at any pedaling angle
  • Carbon spring blade:
  • Positioned under and at the center of the pedal for better aerodynamics
  • Allows for a more rigid cleat release, which ejects the foot much faster at the end of the release process, than a traditional spring
  • Tension adjustable to 3 different levels: 12, 16 and 20:
  • 12 is ideal for most cyclists
  • 16 provides more support
  • 20 provides maximum support
  • Position memory retains the position of the previous cleat for easy cleat replacement
  • Includes Grey Kéo Grip Anti-Slip Cleats with 4.5° of float and hardware (6 screws 5 x 11mm and 6 washers)
  • Made in France

Review of Shimano ST-R785 Di2 Hydraulic STI Lever & Disc Brake Caliper Set

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The ultimate experience in braking performance is here. The Shimano Di2 R785 Dual Control Lever Set with Hydraulic Disc Brake Caliper is designed for on-road and cyclocross use for more power, more stability and better control. Shimano has successfully paired the 11-speed electronic shifting of their Di2 road line with the mountain bike technology of their hydraulic disc brakes.

Fits a wide variety of hand sizes from the hood position

With unmatched braking shifting options, customization and personalization to meet the various needs of road and cyclocross riders, the Shimano Di2 ST-R785 Dual Control Lever Set for Hydraulic Disc Brakes provides Ultegra-level performance and is compatible with electronic Di2 systems. Ergonomic, svelte design accommodates a variety of hand sizes and provides a comfortable feel that's identical to other Shimano Di2 road shift/brake levers. It delivers fast and smooth shifts with less effort, especially from the hood position, even on the ascents and in the sprints. When joined with hydraulic disc brakes, stopping becomes even more efficient and requires less energy. There's reach and free stroke adjustments, in addition to a pad clearance auto-adjustment at the caliper. Pair these levers with the new E-Tube enabled Ultegra 6870 Di2 or Dura-Ace 9070 Di2 drivetrains, and a growing array of Shimano remote and accessory shifters and electronic components, for access to a fully customizable and programmable shifting system, including multi-shift speed and shift count -- all with the added bonus of future firmware upgrades and improvements.

Fully sealed hydraulic system

Designed to be used with electronic Di2 shifting, the Shimano Di2 BR-R785 Hydraulic Disc Brake Caliper offers Ultegra-level braking in all weather conditions and on long descents. Thanks to the innovative heat management of Ice Technology finned brake pads, stopping power can be tuned to riding conditions, terrain, riders' size and abilities. 2-piston design gives amazingly smooth and well-modulated, mountain bike braking power that is adapted for road use.

Review of Shimano SH-R171 Road Cycling Shoes

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Shimano SH-R171 Road Shoes

Designed for competitive road and TT events, the Shimano SH-R171 Road Shoes combine high-end features with comfort details for powerful pedaling performance. Lightweight and stiff carbon-composite maximizes energy transmission and absorbs vibrations. Stretch-resistant synthetic leather with open mesh and "Surround" upper pattern keeps feet cool, dry and comfortably positioned. Shimano Dynalast gives you a precise fit and improves pedaling efficiency. Air intake/exhaust system offers continuous ventilation, dual-density insole provides heel stability, and dual offset straps with adjustable mechanical closure system afford a secure, pressure-free and personalized fit. Exclusively available at Performance Bicycle.

Cycling Shoe Insole

  • Lightweight carbon-composite sole with adjustable cleat mount
  • Innovative "Surround" upper pattern for a perfect balance of holding power and absolute all-day comfort
  • Supple, stretch-resistant synthetic leather and open mesh upper
  • Integrated air intake and exhaust system keeps feet dry and fresh
  • Shimano Dynalast secures the foot into the ideal ergonomic position for a more efficient upstroke
  • Dual-density cup insole for heel bone stability
  • Dual hook-and-loop offset straps relieve pressure points
  • Adaptable mechanical closure system adjusts to various instep height and shapes
  • Wider cleat adjustment range for the ideal shoe-pedal fit
  • Best matched with Shimano PD-6800 Pedals

Forte Corsa2 Carbon Road Pedal Review

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Forte Corsa2

The Forte Corsa2 Carbon road pedal is one of the best values out there in high performance road pedals. Featuring a lightweight carbon composite body and CNC machined chromoly spindle, this pedal cuts plenty of grams to help you ride faster and perform better. Smooth sealed cartridge bearings ensure no watts are wasted to bearing friction, and an adjustable release tension means you can customize the release level for your preference. The Corsa2 also features a metal wear plate for improved road life, and combines the best aspects of today's road pedals: you get a wider body for improved stability throughout the pedal stroke, and it's fully compatible with all LOOK Keo-style cleats--the most common and easiest to find road cleats in the world.

Lightweight Road Pedal

  • Lightweight carbon composite body
  • CNC machined chromoly spindle
  • Smooth sealed cartridge bearings
  • Adjustable release tension
  • Metal wear plate
  • Wider pedal body

The Aeon Helmet by Giro

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Giro Aeon

With an ingenious structural design, incredible ventilation and a nearly weightless feel, the Aeon racing helmet is designed for serious competition. Structural support and long ventilation channels create more "air space" around your head for a cooler experience. Features Giro's new ultra-light, ultra-strong, Thermoformed SL Roll Cage -- a whopping 49% lighter than the sub frame used in the Ionos helmet. Add on the Roc Loc 5 fit system, MicroTech Tri-Locs, new Slimline webbing retainer, custom Slimline buckle and logo-printed pads for even further weight savings and an unbeatable fit.

Aeon Interior

  • In-Mold construction reinforces the area around the vents and ribs, creating a one-piece exoskeleton, which allows the helmet to be lighter, more durable and better ventilated than traditional designs
  • Thermoformed SL Roll Cage acts like a second shell, enhancing structural support, impact dispersion and penetration, while allowing for the biggest vents possible without compromising the helmet's strength or integrity
  • Thermoformed SL Roll Cage is 49% lighter than the one used in the Ionos helmet
  • Lightweight EPS foam is 15% less dense when compared with the Ionos helmet
  • 24 sweeping Wind Tunnel vents with internal channels thrust 15% more cool, fresh air over and around your head while forcing heat and stale air out
  • Impact absorbing, antimicrobial X-Static padding with printed logos offers unprecedented comfort and manages moisture
  • Quite possibly the best-fitting retention system you've ever experienced, the Roc Loc 5 easily adjusts both fit tension and vertical position with a single hand, plus it's 40% lighter than its popular predecessor, Roc Loc 4
  • MicroTech Tri-Locs, featherweight webbing, Slimline webbing retainer, custom ultra-light Slimline buckle and metal badging are comfortable and lightweight
  • Pad-printed logos
  • Certified CPSC
  • Suggested Use: Road Race, Triathlon, MTB XC Race, Cyclocross, Track Race, Enthusiast Road

Giro Synthe Road Helmet

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The Synthe is Giro's most performance-oriented helmet to date. Suitable for all conditions, all the time, the Synthe rivals standard road helmets with its exceptional ventilation, aerodynamics, low weight and good looks. It's 16% faster and 2% cooler than the Aeon, 13% lighter than the Air Attack and has a sleek, aesthetic design for high efficiency. Elaborate internal channeling and 19 gigantic vents provide excellent flow-through and take cooling power to new levels. Perforated side panels draw more air inside the helmet for consistent airflow at any speed and help reduce drag. Roc Loc Air retention system is fully adjustable and creates a gap between the forehead and the inside of the helmet to further enhance the cooling equation. There are eyewear docks in the side panels for stashing your sunglasses, and a comfortable fit is achieved, thanks to the X-Static internal padding, Slimline webbing and an ultra-light buckle. The Synthe is the most comprehensive road helmet on the market.

Giro Synthe Helmet

  • In-Mold Polycarbonate Shell reinforces the area around the vents and ribs, creating a one-piece exoskeleton, which allows the helmet to be lighter, more durable and better ventilated than traditional designs
  • Impact absorbing EPS liner adds reinforcement in crucial areas
  • 19 Wind Tunnel vents with internal channels thrust cool, fresh air over and around your head while forcing heat and stale air out
  • Integrated Aero Mesh side panels control the airflow's boundary layer and provide further cooling
  • Eyewear Docking Ports for stashing glasses when not in use
  • Impact absorbing, antimicrobial X-Static padding offers unprecedented comfort and manages moisture
  • Custom ultra-light buckle for weight saving
  • Slimline webbing with retainer is ultra-light, won't twist and requires no adjustment

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Bell Super 2 & 2R Mountain Bike Helmets

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Constructed for enduro racers, epic riders and trail enthusiasts, the Bell Super 2 combines gravity and cross-country technologies to create the ideal all-mountain helmet. Lower rear coverage puts more protection at the back of the head. 23 channeled openings, plus Velocity Flow overbrow ports effectively circulate air for dry comfort. Integrated Breakaway Camera Mount delivers solid performance while capturing your ride and innovative GoggleGuide Adjustable Visor System accommodates your goggles or eyewear, making it easy to see what's ahead. New Twin Axis Gear retention system adjusts vertically and circumferentially to give you a perfect fit. Better yet? It's compatible with Bell's Super 2R chin-bar.

Bell Super 2r

The Bell Super 2R MTB Helmet lets you rip with confidence when the trail gets rough. It's lightweight, cool and super-ventilated on the climbs, and it's stable, comfortable and bolstered with added protection on the descents. The key to the Super 2R's versatility is a technology called Wraparound Protection. This protective chin bar can be removed and carried on the climbs, then quickly and easily snapped into place when it's time to descend. 23 channeled openings, 4 Velocity Flow overbrow ports and 6 chin-bar vents channel cool air throughout the helmet to prevent overheating on long rides. Integrated Breakaway Camera Mount delivers solid performance while capturing your ride and innovative GoggleGuide Adjustable Visor System lets you adjust and stow your goggles or eyewear under the visor. Twin Axis Gear retention system can be circumferentially and vertically adjusted for a more comfortable perch on the occipital lobe. The Bell Super 2R has everything you need to conquer all-mountain terrain.

Bell Helmet

Diamond Pro Road Helmet Overview

Diamond Pro Helmet

Updated for 2015 with new graphics and an even more comfortable suspension webbing, the Louis Garneau Diamond Pro road helmet is one of the best values in high performance out there. Exceptional ventilation and aerodynamics pair up with high-tech materials to keep your head COOL and your ride FAST!

Diamond Pro Interior

  • Updated 2015 graphics
  • New, more comfortable suspension webbing
  • 40 swooshing vents channel airflow over the head and off the back for coolness and speed
  • In-Mold construction with Super MSB technology yields a tough performing shell that easily cuts through the wind
  • Carbon-reinforced bridge provides greater stability
  • Padded Evacuation Channels with Airdry Fusion pull moisture away from your head for quick evaporation
  • SpiderLock Elite retention system adjusts on-the-fly with a single hand
  • Under-the-chin Ergobuckle and side Steplocks work together for a customized fit