These 10 new products will modernize your cycling life and help you ride a little faster in 2018.
WAHOO KICKR CLIMB
Direct-drive indoor trainers were all the rage in 2017 for their smooth, road-like feel and compatibility with virtual training apps. For 2018, Wahoo Fitness has taken things a step further by negating the need for the front wheel, too. The Kickr Climb automatically changes gradient to match the elevation on your virtual training course for a truly immersive experience.
The problem with a lot of the current bike racks on the market is they can block access to your rear door or tailgate. The new Pivot from Kuat solves this problem with a mount add-on that will work with any two-inch receiver. With the attachment, you can swing your rack 180 degrees when you need to open the back of your vehicle while the bikes are mounted.
The aero trend continues in 2018. This new road helmet from Giro has more air vents than the Giro Attack but is nearly as aerodynamic as the Aerohead TT — the company’s time trial helmet. The lens features a higher contrast rate to help you see obstacles better and is even vented to keep you cool and prevent fogging.
FOCUS PROJECT Y E-BIKE
If you’re wondering where the future of e-bikes is headed, the Focus Project Y is it. The pedal-assist motor and 250-watt battery tucks neatly inside the downtube and features three different power modes depending on how much help you need on the local climbs. If you’d rather ride without the motor, it can be easily removed to reduce the overall bike weight from 27.5 pounds to 18.7, keeping it close to most standard road bikes.
GARMIN VETOR 3S
Accurate power data at a reasonable price can be hard to find. Though the new affordable Garmin Vector 3 is single sensing unit — meaning it only measures power output of one leg and doubles the data — it can be upgraded easily to a dual measuring unit when your budget allows. The pedals install just like any other model and don’t require any external sensors.
Butyl rubber inner tubes might soon be a thing of the past — and not just because of the current trend of going tubeless. Tubolito tubes use a new high-tech material that’s 65% lighter than standard tubes and twice as puncture resistant as it’s butyl counterpart. On the downside, they’re almost as expensive as tires.
SUPERNOVA THE PLUG 3
By replacing your headset cap with the Supernova The Plug 3, you can convert your bike into an electronic charging station. The USB port is powered by the watts you generate on the bike, providing an extra incentive to pedal a little harder while you charge your phone cruising around town running errands or reboot a dying bike light.
BURLEY COHO XC TRAILER
Debuting in spring 2018, this single-wheel trailer has a 75-pound load capacity, weighs less than 20 pounds and mounts to just about any bike frame. While this will certainly get the job done if you’re looking for a way to get the groceries home, the 3-inch coil shock makes it a good option for hauling gear on off-road adventures, too. Pricing is not yet available but expect this model to be near $400.
PEARL IZUMI P.I. DRY
Water-resistant knits are a must for any cyclist’s wardrobe. But while most arm warmers, leg warmers and tights provide DWR surface treatments that need to be reapplied in order to repel water, Pearl Izumi’s new P.I. Dry lineup coats individual fibers during manufacturing for a long-lasting solution. The company claims each of its P.I. Dry garments is good for 100 washes before a DWR reapplication is needed.
LINKA LEO SMART BIKE LOCK
With keyless access, GPS tracking, automatic unlocking and a security siren, the new Linka Leo is one of the most advanced bike locks we’ve ever seen. The Linka also stays attached to your bike while riding so you don’t have to worry about re-attaching and removing. The opening and closing “handcuff” mechanism is one of the most secure designs currently on the market and will sound an alarm when tampered with. The Leo will be available this spring.