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PEZ Holiday Gift Guide #4

In today’s Gift Guide we’ve got you covered with lots of great gift ideas for yourself or another cyclist in your life with gear from R&A Cycles, Lynskey, PowerTap, Scapin, Primal, Velopress, MET, Xentis, BicycleAge, Scott and Assos.

R & A Cycles – Wahoo KICKR Power Trainer

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Your indoor cycling experience will never be the same with the Wahoo KICKR Power Trainer. The first iPhone powered bike trainer enables iPhone controlled resistance, open third-party software options and the smoothest indoor riding experience on the market today. The accurate power measurement is achieved with a wheel off design for direct, lab accurate power readings at the hub; consistent and calibrated throughout every grueling workout. The KICKR gives you the ability to connect to devices via both Bluetooth and ANT+, giving you all the data you want through your favorite Apps. This trainer is the wave of the future with more and more third-party software options becoming available, which means the KICKR will never be outdated.

Features includes a 10-speed Shimano/SRAM cassette, compatible with 11-speed Shimano/SRAM cassette, Wheel off design for direct, lab accurate power measurement at the hub- consistent and calibrated throughout every grueling mile. $1099.00 USD and available now at racycles.com. For more on the KICKR check out PEZ’s full tech review of the unit here.

Lynskey Titanium Rack

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The Lynskey Caddy Titanium Rack is 100% handcrafted Titanium in Chattanooga, TN. This versatile rack works with just about every bike out there and is ideal for the daily commuters workhorse. The Caddy has the abilities for the minimalist or those looking for extended touring adventures. With the daily grind in mind we built a rack to take abuse with maximize support and balance to carry all of your gear. Did we mention it was made of Ti? That means zero ability to rust. If you are looking for a simple, reliable, and durable rack look no further than the Lynskey Caddy Rack. Check it out and all the other Lynskey Performance products at lynskeyperformance.com Retail price: $199.00

PowerTap AMP 35 Carbon Wheelset

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– Product: AMP 35 Carbon wheelset

– Price: $2199.99

Shopping for a wheelset can feel like an incredible undertaking. That’s why PowerTap created the AMP wheelset. They’re a catch-all choice for the multi-purpose rider looking to trade alloy in for carbon. The lightweight, PowerTap developed rim paired with DT Swiss Aero comp spokes promises to shave grams while boosting aerodynamics. Weighing in at 1617 grams, this lightweight wheelset promises responsive acceleration and the added stability expected from a shallow carbon rim. So whether you’re bombing down Alpe d’Huez or weaving in traffic, you can count on our trusted +/- 1.5% accuracy radiating from our classic G3. – See more at powertap.com

Scapin – Ivor – $4,999 frameset MSRP

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Scapin’s hand-built carbon master-piece gets lighter for 2014, comes in a choice of 7 new colors, and now offers the option of aero adjustable seatpost in addition to ISP. Using TT-Matrix technology which combines the best of monocoque and tube-to-tube designs, Scapin has created the ultimate combination of low weight, solid stiffness, and incredible comfort using technological advances like asymmetric tube shapes, PF86 BB, tapered fork and Scapin’s patented CFS “Comfort Flex System” stays with Double-D carbon dropouts. Throw in a lifetime warranty, your name painted on the top tube or down tube, mechanical or electric internal cable routing, and to top it all off, now available with a special 10% discount for all orders placed before Christmas day in the Stage-Race online store with coupon code “Intro10”. Also available at Glory Cycles beginning in early 2015.

MLB Cycling Apparel By Primal

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The perfect gift for that Baseball/Cycling fanatic in your life. Officially Licensed Major League Baseball Cycling Apparel for the World Series Champions, the San Francisco Giants. Not a Giants fan? Primal also carries the Cardinals, Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, and Rockies.

Find the perfect gift, and browse through over 300 different jerseys styles, including MLB apparel at www.primalwear.com/gift-guide

Bike Mechanic Book from Velopress

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Bike Mechanic is an all-access pass to cycling’s back stage: the team truck, the service course, and the workshop. Through gritty photographs and striking interviews, Bike Mechanic explores the daily lives of the bicycle technicians who keep the pro peloton rolling, no matter the weather, no matter the hour. $24.95 Bike mechanic and many more cycling books for the holiday period are available at here and go to velopress.com for more

MET Stradivarius Helmet – $219.99

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Worn by the MTN-Qhubeka squad to victories in Milan-San Remo and across the European pro circuit, MET’s top-of-the-line road helmet offers a full-wrap polycarbonate shell, in-moulded construction, full-halo retention system with micro-adjustment and 3 levels, AirLite straps, Gel 02 padding and reflective stickers for top visibility. Available in 2 sizes (M 54-58cm and L 59-62cm). Retail $219.99 Check the Stradivarius and other MET helmets out at www.todson.com

Xentis – XBL 42 carbon clincher – $2,199 with wheelbags, rim-strips and skewers

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For 2014 Xentis introduces our all-new XBL 42mm full carbon clincher, featuring an incredible low weight of 1435 grams, superior stiffness with Sapim CX-Ray spokes,, and the world’s most advanced carbon rims, hand-built in Austria. Did you know Xentis wheels do NOT require carbon-specific brake pads? This is due to the incredible strength of the Xentis proprietary brake surface, with patented resin-removal technology that has only recently been emulated by other brands. This technology yields a wheelset with incredible stopping power in the dry and wet, with the low-weight, stiffness and aerodynamics of an all-rounder, making the Xentis XBL 42 a wheelset suitable for every-day use in both for training or racing. Or, upgrade to the Xentis Squad 4.2 for straight-pull hubs and Active Tubulator aero trip-wire technology in a slightly lighter package. Special 10% discount for all orders placed before Christmas day in the Stage-Race online store with coupon code “Intro10”.

French Cycling Figurines From BicycleAge

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Imagine this scenario: It’s two weeks till Christmas and one unfortunate cycling partner is struggling to find the the perfect stocking filler for under $30…Frustrated, they buy some inner tubes and energy gels…kind of like the equivalent to getting some underwear and socks right? So we have commissioned these cool cycling figurines from Paris, France to save the day. Each is meticulously hand painted by a specialist in a 12 stage painting process before a gloss lacquer is applied in order to make these figurines collector pieces.

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Each figurine measures just 5cm by 5 cm and is die cast out of Zamak, a zinc alloy so they’ll fit right inside the stockings! Job well done for the wifey, and one happy cyclist, and best of all, they are only $20 each. You can find more information on www.bicycleage.com

Scott Solace 30 Road Bike – $2150

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Yes, a new road bike could be an expensive proposition but for riders who have not treated themselves to a new road bike in several years, the Solace 30 offers a lot of value and represents an affordable option for recreational riders looking for a big leap in performance.

The Solace 30 is just $2150 and is super versatile and keeps all the signature SOLACE traits:
– Full HMF carbon frame and fork
– Power Zone/Comfort Zone construction for stiffness where needed along the BB, head tube, and down tube, and compliance in the right places (chainstays and fork tips) for comfort
– “endurance” geometry for long days
– 15% more flex built into the custom Syncros seatpost, again for comfort.
– Clearance for 28c tires
– Shimano 105 throughout
– Shimano RS-11 wheels with Schwalbe Durano 25c tires.

A truly versatile road bike that won’t break the bank.

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And if youre just getting geared up for riding you could combine the Solace 30 with an Arx Plus helmet at $149.99 and a pair of comp road shoes for $99.99 you’re on the road for under $2400.

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More on the Solace 30, the Arx Plus helmet and the Comp Road Shoes at scott-sports.com

Assos bonkaGlove_evo7 – $149

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The new bonkaGlove_evo7 is the Assos glove designed specifically for the coldest winter rides protecting the hands from cold and moisture and preventing heat loss while maintaining proper dexterity. The main fabric on the back of the glove includes airBlock and water repellent treatment. The fill features multi density wadding with thermostatic characteristics. The palm is treated with an anti slip grip and is abrasion resistant. New for this year across the glove range is a low volume neoprene cuff for a perfect fit, heat loss reduction and to avoid interference with jackets sleeves. Check out assos.com for more.

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