The Goods: Endurance Mountain Bike

May 20, 2008
Outside Magazine
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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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

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;

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;

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;