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Gear Break: Pearl iZUMi Contours Collection, Wahoo KICKR HEADWIND Fan, CHAPTER 2 AO Moana, ABUS GameChanger 2.0 Helmet, Shimano Limited Edition Silver RC903S Shoe & Ekoï Israel-Premier Tech Tour de France Kit

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Gear Break: Pearl iZUMi Contours collection, Wahoo KICKR HEADWIND bluetooth fan – Blow your mind! CHAPTER 2 AO Moana – a subtle elegance, ABUS GameChanger 2.0 helmet – designed by the wind, Shimano new limited edition Silver RC903S shoe and Ekoï launches the new Israel-Premier Tech special Tour de France kit.


Pearl iZUMi Contours Collection

Stephen Cheung PEZ Sez. There are so many options for great cycling kit out there nowadays.


What are some of the key features of the Contours Collection and their PRO Mesh Jersey ($150 USD)?

  • It’s extremely well-ventilated, making it a great choice for summer riding in the heat and humidity of southern Ontario. This is pretty evident from this closeup of the see-through mesh fabric that covers most of the back and also the front.
  • When it’s hot, any little thing about clothing can become an annoyance. To prevent the collar from being part of this annoyance, it’s super low-cut all around the neck.
  • Given the above two features and the lack of SPF ratings for the jersey fabric, definitely remember to apply sunscreen to the back of the neck and maybe to your torso also.

  • The silicone waist grip is restricted to the back to hold tighter to the bib shorts without irritating the front.
  • The pockets are the de-rigeur three main + a key pocket. A nice little detail is that the top border of the three main pockets are thicker and less elastic to help hold onto contents and reduce annoying sway.
  • The fit is pretty form-fitting without being restrictive. Note that I typically wear size S cycling jerseys but the M fit me perfectly (176 cm/5’9″, 65 kg/143 lb).
  • The fabric features “sweat-activated In-R-Cool technology to aid thermal regulation.” Basically, this is Pearl iZUMi’s moisture-wicking tech to get sweat away from your skin and to the fabric surface to enhance evaporation, and it’s a combination of both the fabric weave itself along with a treatment.
  • Pearl iZUMi also uses BioFresh technology to reduce odor, also a combo of weave and treatment. This should help with bikepacking, where you’re likely at best able to rinse and dry out on a trip.
  • To reduce environmental footprint, the jersey is made from 64% recycled polyester.


Contours Collection Expedition PRO Bib Shorts ($265 USD)

While I’m a full proponent of cycling socks and shoes beyond white and black, my choice in shorts have stayed resolutely black and more black. So I’ve enjoyed putting my legs into the Camp Green version of these shorts for a bit more splash


What are some of the key features?

  • Befitting its gravel focus, there are two leg pockets and a small pocket at the top of the back. This allows you the flexibility of wearing tops that aren’t specific cycling jerseys, but the typical tradeoff I find is that the extra fabric can make for less ventilation.
  • The pockets are deliberately smaller and more form-fitting than some others I’ve tried, which is good to prevent overstuffing. For reference, my iPhone XS fits perfectly into a leg pocket, and a tiny bit remains visible in the back pocket.
  • The laser-cut bib straps felt quite comfortable next to the skin without a base layer even on longer rides.
  • Compared to the very-ventilated jersey, the bib shorts are focused more on durability and not necessarily on ventilation.
  • Laser-cut leg hems with just enough silicone grippers to keep the shorts in place.

  • I haven’t had to use it yet, but the bib straps in the back feature a large cutout or drop tail to allow nature breaks for both men (R) and women (L). Do remember to take contents out of the back pocket first though!
  • The PI Dry technology is claimed to help shed light showers and road spray. I haven’t ridden it in the rain yet to fully test this claim.
  • To reduce environmental footprint, the shorts are made from 40% recycled materials.

Overall, I’ve ridden the Contours kit on several 2-3 h gravel rides in Ontario summer heat and humidity, and they’ve performed comfortably and well with no noticeable irritation. The ventilation on the jersey is terrific even on rides where I’ve deliberately kept it fully zipped throughout. I like the long inseam length and the bib legs have stayed in place.

Check out the full Contours Collection.

Pearl iZUMi’s also running a summer clearance sale until July 16.


Wahoo KICKR HEADWIND Bluetooth Fan – Blow Your Mind!

The KICKR HEADWIND is the first ever smart fan, designed with the cyclist in mind. Its Targeted Airflow Pattern mirrors the shape and position of a cyclist’s body while riding. The KICKR HEADWIND is sensor controlled so as your speed or heart rate increases, so will the fan speed, and there are also 4 manual speed settings should you want to set your own ideal airflow. With speeds of over 30 mph (48 kph), the KICKR HEADWIND will keep you cool during the toughest training sessions.

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Right in your face – and the rest of your body too

Alastair Hamilton PEZ sez: Of all my bits of indoor training equipment, I would say that the Wahoo KICKR HEADWIND is by far the most important. Yes, the smart trainer is the most important thing, but a good fan is a must for RGT, Zwift etc. Before the Headwind arrived, I was using an old fashioned propellor fan on a stand, it worked, but it was either too windy or not strong enough. That is certainly not the problem with the Headwind.

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It doesn’t take up much room either

A few years ago, indoor training was just for the winter months, but the advantage of home training is the ability to train more scientifically on the smart trainer with a power meter, when you might not have one on your bike. Plus, being able to jump on the trainer for an hour when it fits in with work and family life, is a luxury.

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Very well designed cable holder and carrying handle

South of the equator, it’s the winter, but even in the US and Europe at this time of year, you still get wet days when you don’t want to go out. Here in Spain there is the added problem of it being TOO hot, especially in the middle of the day and if you have to write Tour de France race reports, an evening ride is out of the question.

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The full set – Headwind and Climb

So how good is it? Very! And now that I have used it, I couldn’t do without. As much as I like the Wahoo KICKR Climb, I could live without the front of the bike going up and down. The Headwind is controllable from the app on your mobile phone, which is very useful, but I preferred the setting that controls the speed of the airflow with your heart rate. It can also be controlled by your virtual speed, this I wasn’t so sure of as you want more cooling when climbing, which would be at a lower speed. Great on a flat, fast ride, but not for the hills. The shape of the Headwind directs the air straight at you, it’s your own little wind tunnel.

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The Headwind is controllable form your phone

The bottom line is that you need a fan for indoor training, so why not get a good one that is made for the job.

Features and Specs:

  • Manual Mode: Select from four speed settings to set you ideal airflow
  • Speed Mode: Pair to KICKR or speed sensor to match fan speed to bike speed
  • Heart Rate Mode: Pair to ANT+ heart rate monitor to increase airflow as heart rate goes up
  • Wireless Software Updates: Yes
  • Up to 30 mph (48 kph) of high velocity cooling
  • Compatible with all Wahoo smart trainers
  • Compatible with Wahoo TICKR and ANT+ heart rate monitors
  • Compatible with Wahoo RPM and ANT+ speed sensors
  • Motor Spec: 120v 60hz
  • Dimensions (leg tucked): 16″/40cm L x 12″/30.5cm W x 19″/48cm H
  • Dimensions (leg extended): 18″/46cm L x 12″/30.5cm W x 19″/48cm H
  • Weight: 12lb/5.45kg
  • More info at: wahoofitness.com

CHAPTER 2 AO Moana – A Subtle Elegance

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After the success of the TOA Moana (which means “Ocean” in Maori), we aimed to infuse our gravel collection with the same intensity and depth found in the spirit of Moana. Mike Pryde has added a touch of purple gradient to make it uniquely special, yet always maintaining a subtle elegance.

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ABUS GameChanger 2.0 – Designed by the Wind

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The ABUS GameChanger 2.0 is the new ultimate aero helmet for professional cyclists and ambitious hobby riders with the highest demands. Its predecessor – the GameChanger – is already a classic in terms of aerodynamics and style. It has proven this on countless kilometers at the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia. The unique flow shapes of the new GameChanger 2.0 were developed in close coordination with the riders of the Movistar Team throughout their race calendar to develop the most aerodynamic road helmet ABUS has ever produced.

The GameChanger 2.0 will be available in two styles, a Non-MIPS and MIPS version featuring a Fidlock magnetic buckle instead of a traditional buckle. ​

With this aero helmet, every detail has a big goal: high-end performance. We developed it with professional athletes and manufactured it in Italy, the cradle of cycling. Here you can see all the features of the ABUS GameChanger 2.0 at a glance.

Road Helmets Made in Italy

This range of ABUS performance helmets is produced in ABUS’ own factory
​in Italy – the birthplace of cycling. With ages of experience and passion, these high-performance helmets are made by enthusiasts for enthusiasts to meet unrivaled manufacturing and safety standards.

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While riding at your mental and physical best, the GameChanger 2.0 takes care of your head climate and aerodynamics. The AirBoost air inlet at the front and the wider rear with Aero Blade provide optimal ventilation and reduced drag. And we have not compromised on safety either. Find out how the GameChanger 2.0 combines safety, comfort, and performance at the highest level.

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  • With the new AirBoost air inlet at the front, ABUS increased the front vents’ surface area by 32 percent. This allows more air into the helmet without diluting the GameChanger’s iconic design.

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  • At lower speeds, the Aero Blade allows air to flow in and helps accelerate the wind flow inside the helmet. This creates a cooling effect that regulates head temperature on long rides and steep climbs. If the rider’s speed increases and they change to a sprint position, the Aero Blade acts like a closed surface. The air resistance is reduced, and the air in the helmet’s upper part circulates evenly. In this way, we create an aerodynamic advantage that reduces air resistance efficiently and intelligently.

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  • Good ventilation is not just about getting more air into the helmet. It’s primarily about a suitable guidance system that guides the air through the helmet – to find the easiest and quickest way out. The redesigned internal ventilation ducts can now be compared to motorways, which guide the air through the helmet directly, without obstacles – thus ensuring a constant exchange of air.

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  • The front belt anchor has moved further up, the rear anchors have disappeared, and the middle anchor is integrated into the restraint system, creating a new wearing sensation. You can easily adjust the helmet for even more comfort using the patented and exact Zoom Ace Pro adjustment system. ActiCage and In-Mold increase the stability of the aero helmet and a port for the QUIN impact sensor, and MIPS technology offers you even more protection.

ABUS QUIN System – Never Bike Alone

The ABUS QUIN system is like a private hands-free emergency call center in your helmet. Helmets equipped with the ABUS QUIN system have an integrated accelerometer that detects, and measures falls.

In the event of a fall, the QUIN sensor, in conjunction with the QUIN for ABUS app on your smartphone, notifies your previously defined emergency contact and transmits your location to them via SMS and email.

If the damage caused by the fall was only minor or the helmet fell to the ground by accident, you can deactivate the emergency procedure via the QUIN app. If not, a message with GPS coordinates will be sent to your emergency contacts via SMS, email, or push function to coordinate a rescue.

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Shimano NEW Limited Edition Silver RC903S
Pedal your way to greatness with the sleek, silver version of SHIMANO’s flagship racing shoes.

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Whether you’re racing for victory, like Team Alpecin-Deceuninck’s Jasper Philipsen at the Baloise Belgium Tour, or navigating the gravel roads like current UCI Gravel World Champion, Gianni Vermeersch (Team Alpecin-Deceuninck), you too will shine brightly with the timeless silver version of Shimano’s S-PHYRE RC903 racing shoes.

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Shimano is excited to announce a new special-edition silver-color to its updated, best-in-class RC903 S-PHYRE road shoe. The timeless metallic silver and black design pairs well with your favorite S-PHYRE cycling wear, while delivering professional-grade fit and features. With the new RC903S Silver you can be assured of the same top-line performance and advanced technology as the RC903, but with a shimmering, elegant design that will stun the competition out on the road.

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The updated color for the RC903S shoes also features a set of low-profile BOA® Li2 metal dials, the dual-dial system delivers a premium look with their precision fit and quick micro-adjustments.

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Engineered Fit
Amplifying the RC903’s hallmark slipper-like fit, the premium-finish heel cup with anti-twist stabilization will hold your foot in the optimal positioning for intense acceleration. Coupled with the sleek, low-profile crossover lacing pattern your forefoot will remain secure, providing a supremely engineered fit for all riders. Shimano’s unique DYNALAST shape also delivers an expanded fit range to accommodate a wider variety of foot shapes and sizes.

  • BOA Li2 metal dials
  • Low-profile crossover lacing pattern
  • Lightweight and breathable microfiber leather upper
  • Secure anti-twist stabilizing heel cup
  • Refined toe box fit

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Product Specifications:

  • Weight: 228g (size 42)
  • Color: Silver
  • Standard Sizes: 36, 37 – 47 in half sizes, 48
  • Wide Sizes: 36, 37 – 47 in half sizes, 48
  • MSRP: $450 USD, €379.95 EUR, £349.99 GBP, $649.95 AUD
  • More info at: road.shimano.com

Ekoï launches the New Israel-Premier Tech Special Tour de France kit

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After the special Giro jersey promoting the Abruzzo wine region, Ekoï is accompanying the Israel-Premier Tech team for an exclusive edition of the Tour de France 2023, highlighting the partnership with the country’s Ministry of Tourism, who wishes to present Israel as a tourist destination with many destinations to discover.

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Designed by Élie Desgreniers, designer at Premier-Tech, and produced by Ekoï, the jersey’s design is inspired by the Israel National Trail: the walking and cycling path that stretches from Kibbutz Dan in the north to Eilat in the south. The special Tour de France jersey, in a beautiful range of colours, promotes this major Israeli tourist attraction covering more than a thousand kilometres. The three stripes are a reference to what National Geographic describes as one of the most beautiful hikes in the world: the white stripe representing the mountains and Mount Hermon in the north, the blue stripe symbolising the coast of Israel and the orange stripe representing the desert in the south.

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In terms of technical features, riders can chose a jersey featuring Graphene or Outlast thermoregulating technologies, to enable them to perform regardless of weather conditions and temperature variations.

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Mike Woods, rider in the Israel-Premier Tech team: “I think the jersey is really unique and we will really stand out in the Tour. It’s a really special kit and the Israel Trail-inspired theme is something very exciting for me in particular, because I’ve been to Israel before and found the country very cool. I had a really good time there, and being able to explore the area was really worthwhile, not only from a fun point of view but also from a cultural point of view, so I’m really looking forward to going back again in autumn.”

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