We combed through hordes of gear to put together the best kit for road and mountain biking.

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(Giro)

Giro Chrono Pro Shorts 

A good chamois could be the single most important item in your gear closet. This is about the plushest we’ve found, with a wide waist, leg bands that stay in place, and silky Lycra.   

Price $150

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(Specialized)

Specialized S-Works Evade Helmet 

The secret to speed isn’t shedding weight—it’s getting aero. The Evade will save you 46 seconds over 24 miles compared with a standard helmet, says Specialized. We couldn’t verify the claim, but we sure felt fast.    

Price $225

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(Louis Garneau)

Garneau Stunner RTR Jersey

Upping your visibility at night is the best way to stay safer on the road. We like this reflective top from Garneau because it glows like a beacon when headlights hit it and doesn’t look like a traffic cone the rest of the time. 

Price $180

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(Velocio)

Velocio Recon Jacket 

Spandex-clad roadies aren’t known for high style, so when a company designs a shell that can seamlessly transition from a half-century to an espresso stop in SoHo, we take note. The Polartec NeoShell fabric (the stuff ski jackets are made of) kept us dry in the rain, and the long hem in back didn’t ride up when we hit the drops.

Price $395

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(Pearl Izumi)

Pearl Izumi Race Road IV Shoes 

A good road shoe should hug your foot like a second skin and provide a rock-solid pedaling platform. This high-performance tool delivers on both counts, with a carbon sole and a dial to micro-adjust fit.  

Price $150

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(Specialized)

Specialized 2FO Cliplite Shoes 

With a stiff sole and rigid heel cup, the Cliplite is an efficient pedaler, but it really shines on backcountry adventure rides. Aggressive rubber lugs and a Boa-Velcro combo inspire confidence on rough hike-a-bikes.

Price $180

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(Qloom)

Qloom Black Beach Shorts 

Baggies, meet boardshorts. We love the surf-inspired print, but what really won us over was the airy stretch fabric and trim cut. We wore these bottoms on rides, runs, swims, and hikes. The one downside: that breathable material tears easily.  

Price $130

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Giro Montara MIPS Helmet 

With deep coverage on the sides and back, this helmet is intended for rowdy, big-hit riding. But it’s no slouch on cross-country trails, and 16 vents kept us cool in temps up to 95 degrees. 

Price $150

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(Osprey)

Osprey Verve 3 Pack 

The problem with most hydration packs: the weight and bulk throw us off-balance. When we can, we downsize to the Verve 3. Ideal for sub-two-hour rides, it holds a 2.5-liter bladder, a few snacks, a flat kit, and a light rain shell. 

Price $80

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(Sombrio)

Sombrio Burst Jersey 

Sombrio makes kick-ass kit with attitude. The Burst pairs loud colors with smart engineering, including flat seams that don’t chafe under a pack. 

Price $70

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The Best Road Bikes of 2016

We’re witnessing a sea change in what road bikes look like and how they perform. Manufacturers are realizing that consumers don’t need the lightest, most aggressive designs used by professional riders, and they’re turning out machines that are more versatile and user-friendly. While the racing world has resisted disc brakes, for instance, bike companies are keen on their advantages and are pushing to make them standard. Modern geometries lean toward stability, and smarter tube shapes continue to boost comfort. Tires and rims are getting wider, improving traction and ride quality. And as the gravel market grows—with bikes like our Gear

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The Bike Hunting Essentials of 2016

(Sitka) Sitka Mountain Pants  Made from stretch polyester with a DWR treatment, these pants shrug off rain and brush. The cargo pockets swallow essentials, and the removable foam knee pads make crouching almost comfortable.  Price $189 Buy Now (Maven) Maven B.2 Binoculars  With its direct-to-consumer strategy, Maven sells exceptional optics at a fraction of the price of its competitors. Choose from three magnifications and customize the colors of lens rings and other pieces.  Price $1,000 Buy Now  (Icebreaker) Icebreaker Tech Lite Long Sleeve Crewe Real Tree Shirt  This

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The Best Bike Apparel of 2016

A cadre of upstart brands is shaking up cycling clothing. Thank God.  (DannyShane) DannyShane Red Tornado Plaid  Cut from 50 percent bamboo-blend fabric, this dapper soft top has a network of airy channels that spirited away moisture and kept us cool in the Arizona heat. Price $139 Buy Now (Sombrio) Sombrio Grappler  We broke out the Grappler on big days in the mountains when we’d be encountering variable temperatures. The performance mesh-poly fabric kept us cool in the foothills, while the sleeves provided warmth when the storms rolled in up high.  Price $70

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The Best Mountain Bikes of 2016

Plus-size is fast becoming the new normal in mountain bikes. One year ago, you had only a few niche options in this category, loosely defined as including anything with 2.8-to-3-inch tires. At this year’s test we evaluated eight of the rigs, including our Gear of the Year winner, and another dozen are coming to market this season. These mid-fat machines add grip and confidence without the heft of a full fat bike, making them ideal for loose, sandy trails and super ­capable on bigger-hit riding. While the development is still in its infancy, with manufacturers debating rim widths and rubber

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The Best Bike Accessories of 2016

Build your kit with the right stuff for road and trail. DAILY ROAD (Specialized) Specialized Airnet MIPS Helmet  The Airnet’s sleek, retro looks pay homage to old-school racing lids, but the MIPS technology, designed to reduce rotational force in a crash, is all new. It’s the only helmet you need.  Price $170 Buy Now (Niterider) NiteRider Sentinel 40 Taillight  Do yourself a favor and ride with a taillight. Always. The tough, USB-chargeable Sentinel 40 projects a thin beam on either side of your bike, creating a visible safety lane that moves with you.  Price $50 Buy

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The Best Starter Bikes of 2016

The biggest beneficiaries of the great evolution in bike tech? Lower-cost rides. (Cannondale) Cannondale CAAD8 105 5  Best For: Aspiring Racers  Anyone who thinks aluminum is stiff and heavy hasn’t ridden the CAAD8. Cannondale used lightweight tubing to build a bike that’s nearly identical to its older brother, the CAAD12, but for $270 less and at a mere two-pound weight penalty. In a blind test, most people wouldn’t notice a performance difference between the Shimano 105 drivetrain included here and top-shelf Dura Ace, and though the wheels are mediocre, they’re easy to upgrade. On the road,

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The Best Women’s Bikes of 2016

We tested 25 women’s bikes in the Arizona desert. These were our four favorites. (Felt) Felt ZW2  Best For: Blasting on a Budget  The first thing we noticed about the ZW2? The murdered-out matte paint job and red highlights. This carbon roadie is as fast as it looks, with fairly aggressive geometry and stiff Fulcrum Racing 5 LG wheels that flew along smooth pavement and leaped up steep grades. The Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting is top-notch, making the ZW2 a good value at under five grand. “Gorgeous, poised, stable, with e-shifting? At this price?” said

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The Bike Commute Essentials of 2016

You can do better than jeans and a T-shirt. (Ibex) Ibex Shralp Jersey Ibex calls this a jersey, and while it does have some nice tech details—including odor- and moisture-resistant wool fabric, a drop hem, and reflective hits on the back—the wrinkle-free, plaid button-up hangs just as well at the office as it does in the saddle.   Price $150 Buy Now (Du:er) Du:er Slim Utility Rinse Jeans  These trim-fit jeans are excellent on the bike, thanks to the proprietary, slightly stretchy, bomber denim and hidden gusseted crotch. We found ourselves wearing

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