PEZ Holiday Gift Guide’15 #4
Two weeks to go, but there is still time to buy that special gift and here are some more top suggestions. The Gift Guide #4 line-up: Cipollini, OTTO, Nalini, Clement, Smith, RPM, Ultragen, Silca, Limar and Primal.
It’s the item on your Dear Santa letter that’s punctuated with a wink. Dear Santa, and because I’ve been such a good boy, please bring me that new $7299 NK1K Cipollini frameset so that I can be like Mario.
You don’t need to be as fast as Mario to ride the NK1K. Cipollini’s newest high-performance road machine was indeed built to perform and to perform fast, but it was also designed with more riders in mind. The NK1K has a slightly shorter top tube (than their aggressive RB1K 53.4 cm / based on size M) for a slightly more upright position or for a rider with shorter arms, a shorter torso or longer legs. Its shallower seat angle gets your weight in a better spot for climbing, which means less weight on the front of the saddle.
The NK1K high modulus monocoque carbon fiber frame can be configured for either dual caliper or disk brakes and the integrated headset space ramp is not only innovative but is aesthetically pro!
The NK1K is fast and light but was not designed strictly as a race machine. Once you get into the drops, however, you may just find yourself sprinting for the town line.
MSRP $7299 frameset. More info available at www.cipolliniusa.com.
Give the gift of perfect shifting with the OTTO Tuning System, a smart tool developed for cycling maintenance that lets you check and adjust your bicycle’s shifting in under 60 seconds! PEZ took a peek at Interbike 2015, and gave a thumbs up to to the Tuning System that uses the iPhone’s camera and a set of engineered gauges to check shifting alignment, and provides verbal prompts that lead users through adjustments. The OTTO App offers progressive levels of functionality with both CHECK and TUNE options. All cyclists, whether triathletes, mountain bikers, enthusiasts or racers, should make OTTO a part of their pre-ride routine and regular maintenance. Smart. Quick. Precise! Price: $39.00 USD
Nalini Black Label Integra Bibshort
Nalini’s new 2016 Summer Collection continues development of the acclaimed Black Label line, a new vision in cycling apparel design where comfort, technical solutions and design merge seamlessly (no pun intended). Heading the 2016 Nalini Black Label is the stunning Integra Bibshort, featuring the exact design technology proven by riders in the pro peloton.
The Integra bib short features an anatomical cut specifically for a race position. Any excess stitching has been removed. Shorts and chamois have been merged together to create a single panel — a fusion of two fibers into a unique fabric. Silicone gripping is glued on the legs’s end, with no need for stitching or an elastic band. A flat sealing fixes the braces (straps) to the pants, while 4-needle flat-lock stitching ensures maximum comfort.
Other features include a mesh back panel, radio pocket, and Nalini Integra pad. Available in Black (of course), in sizes S-M-L-XL-2XL-3XL. MSRP: $280.
Made 100 percent in Italy.
Imported exclusively by Albabici. www.albabici.com
Clement Pneumatici is wrapping up 2016 with a roll-out of their newest rubber, the high performance LCV road tire. Named after the Italian town of Lucca – famous for its legendary races and surrounding training roads – the LCV is the second road-specific tire in a growing family of rubber that is fast becoming more than just a niche ‘cross and gravel brand. Positioned as a high performance, competition level road tire that follows the success of the Strada LGG. At 240 tpi, the tire features an innovative vulcanized casing that incorporates varying thread counts giving the tire both tough and supple qualities, simultaneously. The end result is a 180 gram tire (700 x 23) with integrated puncture protection that is light, fast and durable.
Tried and tested under the Raleigh-Clement Professional Cycling Team with a proven grip in both wet and dry conditions the LCV inspires confidence in all race conditions whether on winding descents or in hard corners.
The LCV road clincher will be available in sizes 23, 25 and 28 x 700 and will retail for $75.
The Overtake with MIPS from Smith is the most comprehensive road bike helmet on the market through the use of AEROCORE™ construction featuring Koroyd®, a series of polymer cores that absorbs 30% more energy than traditional EPS foam. The ultra-lightweight (250g) helmet boasts superior ventilation, aerodynamics, lower weight, and overall protection against its competition. Now available in select colors with MIPS® linings to reduce force to the brain in the case of low, high, multi and rotational impacts. Additional features include 21 optimized vents for balanced aerodynamic performance without compromising ventilation, SMITH’s VaporFit™ dial-operated 360 adjustable fit system, and ultimate sunglass integration. Retail price $290
More info: www.smithoptics.com
The “Classic Jersey” is inspired by cycling legends and manufactured in merinos wool with mesh inserts for optimal regulation of body temperature. It matches perfectly with the “Classic Bib Shorts’, a garment developed to increase comfort on the bike, with its anatomic cut and DOC74 endurance bottom in perforated foam for improved breathability. A complete suit with an unmistakable style that can guarantee high sports performance. 100% Made in Italy “ (jersey: € 119.90 ) (Bib Shorts: € 129.90 )
RPM website: https://shop.rpm-cycling.com
Ultragen is designed to give you everything you need to maximize recovery so you can be at your best for the next day of training or racing. Features include 20 grams of the highest quality protein available to rebuild and refuel exhausted muscles, 6 grams of glutamine to improve glycogen resynthesis and prevent overtraining and 4.5 grams of branched-chain amino acids to help decrease muscle damage, speed up recovery and reduce fatigue. Ultragen utilizes special protein that is absorbed faster and easier so you can maximize recovery during the critical thirty-minute glycogen “window of opportunity”. The result: quicker recovery, improved endurance and the ability to race at a higher level. Retail: $44.95
Cycling is a sport of passion, and few companies embody this notion more so than Silca- a company who’s floor pumps bring heaps of cycling romance to the most mundane aspect of riding a bicycle – inflating your tires. Think a floor pump can’t make a difference in your pre-ride routine? Just take hold of the SuperPista’s hand-turned rosewood handle and watch as a leather gasket persuades air into your tires in one velvety-smooth action. You will find the same level of attention to detail and precision in Silca’s hand-pumps, CO2 inflators, and tool kits. For the discerning cyclist in all of us.
SILCA SuperPista Ultimate: The Long Term test on PEZ.
Silca website: https://www.racycles.com/silca
Known for its lightweight and stylish road and MTB helmets, LIMAR continues to add technically advanced products with the introduction two wind-cheating aero helmets, the Limar SPEEDKING and the 007, high-performance models for road racing, time trials and triathletes. Both blend a slippery aero profile with Limar’s signature light weight and head-cooling venting. Both the Limar SPEEDKING and 007 will be distributed exclusively in the U.S. by Albabici of Oxnard, Calif. (www.albabici.com).
The SPEEDKING features Limar’s Monoshell In-mould design, Superlight technology, six air vents, Limar’s Competition+ Fit-System with height adjustment and magnetic buckle, and antibacterial pads. Unisize L (54-61 cm), 340 grams. MSRP: $209
The 007 also features Limar’s Monoshell In-mould design, Superlight technology, six air vents, Limar’s Competition+ Fit-System with height adjustment and magnetic buckle, and antibacterial pads. Unisize L (54-61 cm), 320 grams. MSRP: $209
The Primal Rhapsody Hoodie is a classic wardrobe staple with a stylish twist and some serious performance features that make it the perfect fit on or off the bike. Gravity Mélange fabric, reflective accents, a stowaway bicep zip pocket, and a detachable leather sleeve detail indicate that this is not your average hoodie. $100.00
Hoodie info: Primalwear/Rhapsody-Hoodie-Deep-Blue
The seamless construction of this shirt minimizes friction making it the perfect apparel for your active, everyday life. The stretchable melange fabric is lightweight and soft, while strategically placed mesh patterns provide additional ventilation when you’re working up a sweat having fun.
AireSpan Women’s Knit Shirt: AireSpan Women’s Knit Shirt: Primalwear.com/AireSpan-Womens-Knit-Shirt-Sky-Teal