From the looks of the latest releases, the great bike boom of 2020 isn't slowing down anytime soon. And it's not limited to a particular type of riding, either, with road, gravel, mountain and all manner of electric cycles hitting the scene. Meanwhile, on the accessories side, brands are helping you gear up in style for (presumably) cooler fall temps. Check out the latest and greatest from State, Specialized, Canyon, Pearl iZumi and more below.
State 6061 Black Label All Road
This wallet-friendly gravel grinder comes correct with an aggressive alloy frame, full-carbon fork, internal cable routing and SRAM Apex 1x11 drivetrain. Early test rides have delivered more joy than pain thanks to responsive handling, terrain-crushing 47mm tires and a much-ogled copper brown finish.
Nothing to see here: just a next-level carbon bike that breaks design (and UCI) rules to race into your life with the lightest production disc frame ever: 585 grams, or just under 21 ounces. And don't worry, the 1248-gram (44-ounce) Roval Alpinist wheels and Alpinist bar/stem combo won't exactly slow you down either.
Canyon Torque CF 9
While the Aethos defies gravity, the Torque embraces it — everything about this bike is oriented toward bombing the gnarliest of downhill trails. A couple highlights: the lab- and field-tested G5 Riserbar provides reliable control on high-speed descents, while the SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain delivers a massive gear range should you need to climb.
Vintage Electric Tracker Classic
Thanks to its unique retro styling, this bike manages to channel both very old-school cruisers and the MacGuffin at the heart of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. It's a little more powerful, though: the 720-watt battery powers a silent rear hub motor that revs up to a not-at-all-street-legal 36 miles per hour with — judging from the promo video — nary a pedal stroke required.
Like other exercise bikes, this one has handlebars and pedals and pairs with apps like Zwift. Unlike them, it folds down to the size of a carry-on bag. We're a bit skeptical, but the price is nice, this GIF is fun and the project has raised nearly $500,000 on Indiegogo, so we might be alone there.
Reevo: The Hubless E-Bike
Speaking of insanely crowdfunded bike projects, this one has raised more than 1.5 million bucks. The US version has a 750-watt motor with Class 2 pedal and throttle assist, a top speed of 25 miles per hour and... well, I guess where we're going, we don't need spokes.
Faro by Unit 1 Helmet
“We designed it to make you look good, and to make you visible.” That promise comes early in the stirring promo video for yet another crowdfunded bike product. After peeping the FARO’s style and slick programmable LED lights, we’re inclined to agree with those words — and the 2,000-plus backers who've put up nearly four-hundred grand to make this helmet happen.
Alba Optics Solo BLK
“When a sky devoid of secrets clings to the handlebar, loneliness is a childlike happiness that caresses the moon and the seasons slide away on the trees, the stones and deserts.” Honestly, if these sweet-looking shades and their Ventilated VZUM lenses are even half as spectacular as whoever writes Alba’s product copy, we’re in business.
7mesh Skypilot Jacket
Weighing in at less than
half an Aethos frame 9 ounces, the Skypilot is super packable. When the outside temp drops, its Gore-Tex Active 3L fabric breathes just enough to keep yours right where it needs to be. Meanwhile, a dropped hem and helmet-friendly hood keep precipitation rolling harmlessly off your back.
Specialized Prime-Series Thermal Jersey
When you want to be streamlined but still cozy, reach for this elevated jersey, which features Polartec Power Grid fabric, a breathable, moisture-wicking fleece situation perfect for cold-weather riding. Like a summer kit, this one has three back pockets for stashing cash, keys and, if it's really cold, a spirit-lifting après flask.
Santini Adapt Bib Tights
Speaking of Polartec, the brand also makes the key ingredient in these chill-proof leg warmers. That'd be Power Wool, a knit fabric that combines natural and synthetic fibers without blending, enabling the merino wool base to keep you toasty while the durable synthetic exterior keeps the whole garment going strong ride after ride.
Pearl iZumi AmFIB Lobster Gel Glove
This clever glove-mitt keeps your fingers just together enough to stay warm (with 170g Primaloft Gold insulation) and just separate enough to trigger shift and brake levers. AmFIB softshell fabric fights off wind and water, a 3D shaped gel palm pad improves bar comfort and the touchscreen-compatible index fingers and thumbs permit changing of jams and posting to 'grams.