The Goods: Endurance Mountain Bike

    Photo: Ryan Heffernan

1. CYCLEOPS FLUID2 TRAINER Warm up before races or log winter miles without risk of frostbite. The progressive resistance gets harder as you shift gears. $330; cycleops.com

2. LIGHT & MOTION STELLA 180-L With a beam that reaches more than 30 feet up the trail, the 10.6-ounce Stella LED is the ultimate helmet-mount backup. $300; bikelights.com

3. LUPINE BETTY 6 The lithium-ion battery is the size of a cigarette pack but lasts three hours at full strength, and the bulb seems brighter than a car's high beams—just what you want in a main light. $1,000; gretnabikes.com

4. HOPEY BICYCLE STEERING DAMPER Do you wash out in turns when you're tired or bouncing through technical terrain? This hydraulic system keeps your front wheel tracking straighter for improved control. $230; hopey.org

5. SCOTT SPARK LTD Though expensive, the Spark makes no compromise between weight and suspension, packing four-plus inches of travel into a bike that weighs just 20.6 pounds—lighter than many top hardtails. $8,300; scottusa.com

6. NOMAD 12-VOLT PORTABLE WASHER Use this compact pressure washer to clean your bike between muddy laps. $170; nomad2go.com

7. LOOK QUARTZ PEDALS There are other pedals as light as the 3.5-ounce Quartz, but none shed mud as well as these large, stable platforms. $100; lookcycle.com

8. LOOK PRO TEAM JACKET With a zip of the sleeves, this 10.4-ounce piece transforms into a wind vest. $160

9. CASTELLI PROLOGO JERSEY In cooler temps, this quick-drying jersey does double duty as a wicking base layer. $80; castelli-us.com

10. GARMIN EDGE 705 This GPS-enabled unit lets you track rides, download topo maps, monitor heart rate, and even sync up with a power meter. Download the data to your PC after the ride. From $500; garmin.com

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