High-performance gear for trail and tarmac. 

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Wild Rye Kiah shirt. (Wild Rye)

Wild Rye Kiah Shirt ($69)

This is the only bike jersey we’ve ever worn to the office without feeling underdressed. Slightly flared hips, a curved neckline, and the muted pink color make the Kiah cute and functional. The design kept us covered as we steered through technical Sedona trails. It has performance chops, too, with an odor-killing merino-nylon fabric.

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Evoc FR Enduro Women 16L pack. (Evoc)

Evoc FR Enduro Women 16L Pack ($180)

Evoc is known for its do-it-all hydration packs. Take the FR Enduro, which combines 16 liters of storage, a water bladder, and a rigid back protector into a slim package that hugs your torso through drops. 

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Giro Cartelle MIPS helmet. (Courtesy of Giro)

Giro Cartelle MIPS Helmet ($100)

Lots of protection in a good-looking, affordable lid: that sums up the Cartelle. The foam shell wraps down and around your neck, while the MIPS technology reduces rotational forces on your head in a crash. Fourteen big vents keep the whole thing light and airy.

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Specialized 2FO Cliplite Lace shoes. (Specialized)

Specialized 2FO Cliplite Lace Shoes ($120)

These shoes are meant for walking. Read: they’re perfect for sporty backcountry rides. The sole is stiff enough for efficient pedaling, but the deeply recessed cleat and reinforced upper will make you forget you’re not wearing hikers come portage time. Laces allow for a totally dialed fit (no hot spots here) while keeping the dork factor low.

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Club Ride Traverse shorts. (Club Ride Apparel)

Club Ride Traverse Shorts ($90)

Lots of mountain-bike shorts sacrifice suppleness and breathability for toughness. Not the Traverse, which is cut from a heavyweight polyester-spandex blend that put up with hundreds of branch snags yet still felt plenty breezy on days topping 80 degrees.

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(POC)

POC Octal X Helmet ($260) 

We wore this helmet all season, and for good reason. It weighs less than half a pound, vents like a sieve, and fits like a headband, thanks to a simple strap-dial system.

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Velocio ES jersey. (Velocio)

Velocio ES Jersey and Bibs ($169 and $199)

The ES top feels like the cashmere sweater of the roadie world, with articulated sleeves and mesh panels ideal for 100-mile days. This East Coast apparel maker also knows a thing or two about premium bibs, building these with a mid­weight chamois that hugs without stifling and wide straps that don’t bite.

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Rapha Classic II sunglasses. (Rapha)

Rapha Classic II Sunglasses ($295)

Do not buy these shades if you’re prone to losing or scratching sunglasses. Do buy them if you’re obsessed with the British cycling company’s cool lines and pink flare. They fit and work well, but hey, if you’re coughing up almost $300 for a pair of shades, it’ll be the sweet looks that convinced you in the first place.

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Tenspeed Hero Mountains socks. (Courtesy of Tenspeed Hero)

Tenspeed Hero Mountains Socks ($15)

Roadies wear high socks just because. Wisconsin-based Tenspeed Hero makes probably the coolest styles around, in dozens of fun prints.

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Giro Factress Techlace shoes. (Courtesy of Giro)

Giro Factress Techlace Shoes ($350) 

Combine old-school laces with a Boa dial and you have cycling’s most advanced closure system. It ratchets down the fit with such nuance that we felt like we were wearing a second pair of socks. Plus, these shoes have all the niceties you expect from Giro, including stiff carbon soles and lightweight uppers.

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The Best Mountain Bikes of 2017

It’s the golden era of mid-fats—and pretty much every other ride out there.  Juliana Joplin CC XO1 (Courtesy Juliana ) Juliana Joplin CC XO1 ($6,499 as tested) / Santa Cruz Tallboy ($6,600 as tested) Gear of the Year There are two bikes on these pages for one simple reason: the Joplin and the Tallboy won the hearts and legs of the overwhelming majority of our female and male testers, respectively. They’re also essentially the same bike: the Juliana adds some women-specific details (saddle, grips) and a shock tuned for lighter riders, but since the Joplin

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The Best Road Bikes of 2017

Modern construction to help the spandex set realize high-wattage dreams. Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 Disc (Courtesy Giant) Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 Disc ($4,700) Gear of the Year Road designers are taking cues from the mountain world. Geometries are slacker and stabler, tires are fatter, and, with the advent of the gravel scene, drop-bar dirt machines are increasingly common. We’ve even seen suspensions and dropper posts on some skinny-tire bikes. But disc brakes are probably the biggest point of crossover. Consider that, 12 months ago, Giant’s revamp of its flat-out carbon race machine missed Gear

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The Best Men's Bike Accessories of 2017

Capable, killer-value tools to make saddling up a bit more affordable.  MOUNTAIN Evoc Race 3L. (Evoc) Evoc Race 3L Hip Pack ($95) Think of the Race 3L as insanely comfortable storage that hugs the hips and has just enough space for a spare tube, a pump, and a snack while keeping your back sweat-free. There are pockets for two bottles, or use the included 1.5-liter bladder. Buy Now Mission Workshop Sector Quick-Dry jersey. (Mission Workshop) Mission Workshop Sector Quick-Dry Jersey ($60) The Sector pairs the comfort of your favorite T-shirt with a

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The Best E-Bikes of 2017

While e-bikes have had a rocky reception in the U.S. (think: the 60 Minutes exposé of hidden motors in the Pro Tour and fears of e-MTBs tearing up trails), there is no debate about their benefits to commuters. The current crop pedal more efficiently than your old Schwinn Cruiser, use hub-based motors and lithium-ion batteries to supplement leg power and make it safer to ride in traffic, and provide a low-impact alternative to cars. Elby 9-Speed (Courtesy Elby) Our favorite, the Elby 9-Speed (above; $3,700; 57 pounds), was designed by a pair of automotive-industry

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