What's Cool In Road Cycling

2013 Cycling Gift Guide #5

So many gifts, so little time – but this year’s PEZCycling Gift Guides runneth over, so we added another – chock-full o’ the best gear any cyclist could want. Today we’ve got items from Scott, CompuTrainer, DeFeet, ZEROZ, Syncros, De Marchi, Capo, Ceepo, Quarq, Liitle T Baker, SRAM, Vision, Darrell Parks & Hincapie.

SCOTT Road Premium Shoe
Meet the new king of the road. The Road Premium offers a dual-zone BOA L5 lacing system that delivers ultimate comfort and response, allowing on-the-fly adjustability in two separate portions.


SCOTT placed an upper BOA L5 closure at the top of the shoe and a midfoot L5 reel with power zone guides to allow 2:1 pull across the forefoot. The asymmetrical conforming upper is perforated, breathable and made of microfiber airmesh with a new adaptive fit pattern. The Ergologic insole features Poron shock dampening, adjustable arch support and a metatarsal button. The stiff carbon fiber sole has a stiffness index of 9 and a replaceable TPU heel tread. MSRP $350 USD www.scott-sports.com

The perfect Christmas gift for performance minded cyclists. CompuTrainer’s unique Performance Improvement Guarantee offers a 10% increase in bike speed in 5 months— documented in CompuTrainer MultiRider studios.


Industry leader in accuracy, repeatability, and power. Cycling specific pedalling dynamics stimulate the body’s neuromuscular system the same as on the road giving superior road feel. Commercial durability–10 to 15 year service life. Full featured software suite provides 3D racing, Power Training, SpinScan pedal stroke analysis, and Course Creation using GPS data. Compatible with ANT+ heartrate and the exciting new Tour de Giro online bike racing server for groups up to 60 riders. More info at https://www.racermateinc.com/computrainer.asp

DeFeet has just introduced it’s new THERMEATOR™ sock for colder weather cycling.


THERMEATOR uses a special hollow-core performance fiber called THERMOLITE™ to provide warmth without bulk. This sock is luxuriously soft and feels amazing for both cycling and casual wear. Price: $14.99 USD www.defeet.com

ZEROZ Thin Wallets
PEZ Sez: I’ve been a fan of the thin wallet for some years now, ie: travel light, travel right. So the ZeroZ line of thin wallets from the Columbus Ohio-based brand caught my eye. The velcro wallet of my college days is a distant memory, but as a man, I appreciate finer accessories, and ZeroZ uses real leather across their line. Offered in 3 thicknesses (er… thinnesses), each wallet is designed to hold just the cards you need, and some folded bills for, say, tipping the valet. Each one features a plastic tab to hold your most-used card, and the cash tucks on the back thanks to a cool wide rubber strap. Available in a variety of finishes, it’s the ideal way to slim down (they fit neatly into a jersey pocket too), while upping your style game.
Prices: US$35 – $50
• https://zeroz.com/

Syncros Composite 14CT
The Syncros Composite 14CT multi-tool provides you with fourteen roadside essentials plus a forged chain tool housed in a lightweight, molded composite body to get you out of most any mechanical mess.


It fits easily in a saddlebag or jersey pocket, so leave home without it. MSRP $25 USD www.syncros.com

De Marchi Classic Jerseys
For the lover of the superb retro look, de Marchi have a range of Classic jerseys to suit every style. We first saw these at Interbike where their attention to dteail blew us away.


Pictured here is their Belgian National Champion’s jersey which Our Belgian National Team Jersey is an authentic reproduction of the jersey originally worn by Eddy Merckx. De Marchi use an itch-free Merino wool blend for easy care, classic mother-of-pearl buttoned pockets with reinforced stitching, logos in Cornely-type hand cranked embroidery and doubled cuffs. Handmade in Italy by De Marchi, like back in the day. More info on these jeresys and many more products at https://shop.demarchi.com/

Capo Innesco Gloves
The Innesco LF glove from Capo is constructed with the patented OutDry® technology featuring a breathable 100% waterproof and windproof protection, less density for lighter weight and improved dexterity, and an outer ripstop shell for durability.


The ‘trigger finger’ pattern enhances insulation and works well with both manual and electronic shifting systems. Made with OutDry® Neoprene Ripstop and with a Temp Rating of 35-55 °F Sizes; S-2XL MSRP $79.99 https://www.capocycling.com/

Ceepo – Stinger
Ceepo’s 2014 all-new Stinger’s super stable geometry is designed for confident handling at high speed, and the reversible carbon seatpost makes it an ideal ITU racing bike and also great for regular road riding.


The Stinger offers amazing design and technology at an affordable price point, with truncated aero tube-shapes, PF30BB, integrated rear brake, optional direct-mount front brake set-up, internal cable routing for electric or mechanical groups, and Bento-Box bosses on the top-tube. This all combines to create a bike with massive stiffness in the BB and front-end, incredible power-transfer and agility through the ultra-compact rear triangle, and slippery break-away aerodynamics in a package price that would make most brands blush. For an even more value-packed option, check out the 2014 Ceepo Mamba [$1,799], which is basically a glossy black/blue Stinger without the integrated rear brake or Bento-bosses. Plus, check out the Stage-Race 2013 Ceepo closeout with all remaining models at 25% off while supplies last. Ceepo bicycles will also be available online through R&A Cycles in 2014. $2,099 frameset MSRP More info at stage-race.com

Quarq RIKEN 10R
Watch your (or your loved one’s) watts this holiday season. Combining the latest Quarq technology and exact geometric design, RIKEN 10R is a premium gift to remember.


It features durable, integrated electronics, a CR2032 battery and works with a wide range of chainrings. The LED indicator and visible ANT+™ ID streamline installation and operation. OmniCal™ gives you flexibility and repeatable data, no matter what the discipline – road, time-trial, triathlon or cyclo-cross. With lengths from 170-175mm and five bottom bracket options, RIKEN 10R is as adaptable as it is purposeful. MSRP GXP $1595 / €1428 BB30 $1645 / €1473 www.quarq.com

A French Dessert With A Cycling History At Portland’s Little T
And now for something completely different, the Paris-Brest dessert from famous Portland baker, Little T. Originally created in France in 1891 for the Paris-Brest bicycle race, the dessert was even designed to represent a bicycle wheel. Little T’s version comes with a puff pastry shell filled with espresso butter cream with black pepper, salted caramel pastry cream, whipped cream, and candied pecans.


It might not be what cyclists immediately think of nowadays when they’re looking for a “food as fuel” snack before a big race, but cyclists back then liked it for just that reason. https://littletbaker.com/ 2600 SE DIVISION ST @ SE 26TH AVE PORTLAND, OREGON 97202 (503) 238-3458 [email protected]

SRAM Quickview Computer Mount
A perfect stocking stuffer! SRAM delivers an uncomplicated computer mount that‘s easy to install, lightweight, and, above all, vibration and slip-free.


At only 20 grams, with a single Torx T25 bolt, flexible mounting clasp, and a 1/4 twist mount. The SRAM QuickView Computer Mount also features a center-offset design so the computer can be placed directly in front of the stem for road, or flip it to position the computer before the bar for MTB or CycloCross use. Works great with your Quarq power meter. Compatible with computers with 1/4 turn twist lock interface and 31.8mm bar surface. MSRP: $20, €18 www.sram.com

Vision Metron 55 Wheels
After 36 victories by the Cannondale Pro Cycling Team in 2013, Vision’s Metron Wheel Line is now available for everyone to enjoy. Vision engineers spent numerous days validating their CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) designs against the competition at one of the top wind tunnels in the country. The result is a complete wheel line that optimizes the balance of low drag and crosswind stability with real-world durability and strength.


Weighing in at 1,625 grams complete with oversize axles, brass nipples, aero bladed spokes, and full ceramic bearings adjustable via Vision’s P.R.A. (Preload Reduction Assembly) system, the Metron 55 is the optimal choice for all-round performance – proven by Peter Sagan using them to win the Green Jersey at this year’s Tour de France!

Available in Black or Red Decals and retailing in Tubular form for $2399 and Clincher $2599. www.visiontechusa.com

Darrell Parks 2014 Calendar
What better way to get the cycling fan on your Holiday list something for the New Year than with PEZ Photographer Darrell Parks’ 2014 cycling calendar?


This calendar features spectacular images from the AMGEN Tour of California, the rugged landscapes of Colorado from the USAPC, the Cross Worlds in Kentucky and more. Priced at $16.95 + Postage and handling. More info at DarrellParks.com and for the story behind each image in the calendar check out Darrell’s piece on ‘The Making Of’ here.

Hincapie Arenberg Zero Jacket
The Arenberg Zero Jacket is for the rider who doesn’t flinch when conditions are harsh, with a flexible, form fit offering maximum protection from the elements.


The Arenberg Zero Jacket draws inspiration from the Hell of the North, designed with the rider who doesn’t flinch over harsh conditions in mind. The Arenberg features a flexible, form fit, and maximum protection from the elements with strategically placed panels and light insulation. MSRP $200 www.hincapie.com

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