If you thought the great bike boom of 2020 was slowing down, change gears and think again. Even as the temperatures start to descend, hot drops just keep coming. From gravel gear and mountain bikes to a smart handlebar bag and a magical collab, here are some of our favorites.
POC x Fabio Wibmer Collection
The awesome Swedish brand and hotdog Austrian mountain biker celebrate their six-year partnership with a sweet eight-piece set: three helmets (full-face, enduro and street), two sunglasses, a goggle and elbow and knee pads. Throw some of this stuff on and you'll be dreaming of your own Fabiolous Escape.
State Bicycle Sustainable Clothing Collection
This new series of six jerseys — in black, white and red, plus sunrise (shown), sunset and tie dye — plus a bib favors the planet through the use of recycled/recyclable materials in the product (primarily recycled plastic water bottles) and packaging. The fact that it looks so cool is just a bonus.
Café du Cycliste Gravel Collection
Even if you've never experienced the joys of fall off-roading, Café du Cycliste's latest apparel line will have you daydreaming of such jaunts. Our favorite piece is the Solange Gravel Jersey above, which features fleece construction, four pockets (one chest, three back) and inimitable style.
Pedaled Jary Collection
Pedaled has also hopped on the gravel train, releasing its first off-road items: two jerseys and a pair of shorts. We're most stoked about this All-Road Hooded Jersey, made of a merino wool blend and featuring a smart balaclava-style hood and windproof cuffs to shield you from Mother Nature's foul moods.
Chrome Civvy Messenger Tote
If anyone can elevate a tote bag, it's Chrome. Exhibit A: the Civvy, which quickly converts into a messenger bag thanks to a deployable cross-body strap. There are also internal and external zippered pockets, wet/dry compartments and loops for attaching other gear. Oh yeah, you can carry it like a regular tote too.
The Handlebar Bag by Route Werks
This project got fully funded on Kickstarter within six hours, and it's not hard to see why. We love the universal mount on top that accepts a cycling computer, GPS device, GoPro or smartphone, the spring-loaded lid for smooth one-handed access while riding and the handy little lever that makes it easy to detach, grab and go. The GIFs above pretty mesmerizing too, no?
EVOC Ride 16
Why reinvent the wheel when you can just make a really awesome wheel? That’s the story of EVOC's new mountain bike-focused Ride packs (also available in 8 and 12 liter sizes). Standout features include a dedicated tool compartment, quick-access mesh pockets, hydration compatibility and the AIR PAD system for optimal cushioning and ventilation.
The brainchild of a couple designer buddies, one a Specialized vet, the Doggler is out to prove that modern mountain bike geometry, a 1x12 drivetrain and a dropper post can take you just about anywhere. Hence the three distinct builds (city, gravel and mountain) emerging from a single aluminum frame/carbon fork combo — and a promo video that makes them look fun as hell on all surfaces.
Rapha x Palace x Cannondale x EF Pro Cycling
Just a glimpse of this extraordinary collab, which comes to life on some very special Cannondale bikes, including the SystemSix (shown), and a bunch of apparel, all rocked by EF Pro Cycling riders during the Giro d’Italia that began over the weekend. Festooned with an unholy combo of cycling, skate and fashion style, these wheels pack an added advantage: rival cyclists may get so distracted checking them out, they’ll fall right out of the peloton.
LeMond Carbon Fiber eBikes
The nameplate of three-time Tour de France champ Greg LeMond makes its own headlines with two beautiful e-bikes that are simultaneously fully featured and minimalist. The Daily and the Dutch (shown) both boast carbon fiber stems, seatposts and fenders, seamless integrated battery, lights and bells and Shimano GRX 1x11 drivetrains for a smooth, stylish, worry-free ride.
Specialized gets back to (wallet-friendly) basics with this race-ready cross-country beast, which features a surprisingly light alloy hardtail frame (just over three pounds). Internal cable routing, dropper post compatibility and a 1x drivetrain boost its value proposition, while D'Aluisio Smartweld technology and 12x148mm Rear Thru-Axle ensure its tough enough for gnarly descents.
Salsa Blackthorn and Cassidy
Salsa's rad-looking new 29ers serve different masters: the Blackthorn (top of this page) is an all-mountain all-star, whereas the Cassidy (directly above) is an enduro warrior. However, they do share some noteworthy features, most notably the same lightweight carbon frame and Split Pivot+ design philosophy, which means something really fun: you can not only tweak the adaptable chassis to dial in the perfect ride, but by swapping appropriate link set, rear shock, and fork, you can transpose the suspension of the two bikes, pretty much transforming one into the other.
Blink and You'll Miss Rapha's Craziest Cycling Kit to Date
Rapha teamed up with the skate-streetwear brand Palace to create one of the most unique kits to come out of pro cycling.