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Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier Lite Jacket.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Tomac Supermatic 120 mountain bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Castelli Body Paint Bib Shorts.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Shimano XTR PD-M985 Pedals.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Enve Mountain XC Carbon Wheels.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Fondriest TF3 road bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Spot Rocker SS mountain bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Sugoi Versa Wind Jacket.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the CamelBak Charge 450 Pack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Cielo Sportif by Chris King road bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Specialized Allez Comp road bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Yeti 575 Enduro mountain bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Louis Garneau X-Lite Helmet.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Jett Raptor Shorts.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Bianchi Sempre 105 road bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Salsa Spearfish mountain bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Assos T FI. 13_S5 Bibs.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Black Diamond Hoodwire quickdraws.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Cannondale CAAD 10-1 Dura-Ace road bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Scott Genius LT 20 mountain bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Castelli Viva Thermo Skully Cap.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Specialized S-Works MTB Shoes.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Trek Top Fuel 9.7 mountain bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Wilier Triestina GranTurismo road bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Petzl Grigri 2 belay device.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Osprey Viper 4 Pack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Millet Wall 32 pack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Look 695 I-Pack road bike.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Selle EMP Evolution Saddle.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Black Diamond Gridlock Screwgate Carabiner.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Lupine Betty II 7 Light.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Giro LX LF Gloves.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Crank Brothers Eggbeater 11 Pedals.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Icebreaker SS Circuit Jersey.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Arc'teryx S-220 LT Harness.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Ergon GX2 Leichtbau Carbon Grips.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Michelin WildRace'R Advanced Tires.

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Outside's 2011 road bike review.

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Tips and advice on what to look for and where to put your money when buying a road bike.

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For club rides and racing, this shoe’s thin carbon sole is stiff yet sensitive, and the flashy graphics make you look speedy—even when you’re standing still. 10 oz; www.trialtir-usa.com…

PEDAL-FRIENDLY HEAVYWEIGHT Six-inch all-mountain bikes can be heavy and no fun to pedal, which is why they’re generally reserved for car shuttles and ski lifts. Not so El Guapo. With oversized aluminum tubing, stout links, and through-axle hub, it looks the part of a squishy all-mountain banger. But a Shimano…

The question: Do you buy a mountain bike with big travel or less weight, stable angles or lively handling? Ellsworth’s Epiphany eliminates the compromise, riding an inspired line between cross-country and downhill. You get a bike with five-plus inches of front and rear travel in a package that weighs…

The Modena is the first carbon-fiber stock road bike from Titus, a company known for its formidable custom-made machines. That may sound like a come-down, but consider this: For half the cost of most naked frames in the custom line, you get a complete bike (lighter than last year’s…

Road Here’s a top-shelf road helmet masquerading behind a midlevel cost. The removable mesh interior, one-handed twist-lock adjustment, and scant weight (11.2 ounces) are the types of features normally found on models twice the price. www.rudyprojectusa.com…

With a buckle closure and carbon sole, these have all the features of a top-end cleat—except the staggering price tag. bike.shimano.com…

Meet one of this summer’s best road shoes: The mostly mesh upper keeps your dogs cool and dry, even when the rest of you is melting. 11 oz; www.pearlizumi.com…

FAST, NIMBLE TRAIL MACHINE Tomac Bicycles built a cult following in the late 1990s for producing some of the best early dual-suspension bikes, but it quietly folded in 2005. The company has reemerged this year with a line of bicycles that includes the beautifully executed Snyper 140. Using a single-pivot…

Tired of the Matrix-inspired graph-ics favored by most bike-apparel companies? Get your very own maillot jaune with this boldly simple polyester jersey. twinsix.com…

Patches of dimpled fabric are supposed to cut wind drag. It’s hard to say if the gains are significant, but who cares? Just pulling on this sleek jersey makes you feel like an Italian racer. castelli-us.com…

Mountain Scraping the bottom of your bike budget? The Slant blends surprising performance (21 vents and the secure ErgoDial fit) with sleek good looks in a killer value. www.bellbikehelmets.com…

If you log big mileage, buy this bargain shoe. The thin carbon sole is stiff, but it never put our feet to sleep—even after six hours in the saddle. cannondale.com…

Inexpensive but not cheap, these kicks looked as good as new after a month of all-mountain abuse. It’s a solid starter shoe you won’t outgrow quickly. 13 oz; www.shimano.com…

RACE-READY CARBON If you place speed above all else, consider this hardtail. The 986 may be Look’s first foray into the off-road world, but as their road bikes have proven, they know their way around carbon. With dramatically shaped tubing—faintly hexagonal in the top and seat tubes and broad in…

One tester spirited away the Apache as soon as it arrived and only returned it a few weeks later, after we threatened to withhold his pay—and even then it took a few days. The Apache is simply one of the most fun cross-country bikes we’ve ridden, especially for the…

After vanishing for a few years, Swobo is back and producing the same lust-worthy merino gear that built its reputation. These jerseys are cut generously, feel great on the skin, and, thanks to natural anti-stink properties, don’t need to be washed after every ride. swobo.com…

Mountain Benefit from trickle-down technology with the Hex. It has chunky mountain styling, a removable visor, and the same superior fit (courtesy of the Roc Loc 4 system) featured on Giro’s top-end lids. www.giro.com…

This cleat stays cool on the hottest days. It has all the performance features you’d expect—rigid carbon midsole, removable mud cleats—combined with an upper that’s supercooled with swaths of mesh venting. northwave.it…

The S-Works iteration of the Boa ratcheting system is the best we’ve tried, providing a secure fit whether you’re screaming down singletrack or plodding through a hike-a-bike. 11 oz; www.specialized.com…

In a sport where rock can fall like hail, every gear list should start with a helmet. The comfy Wild Country Rock Lite helmet is available with an optional polycarbonate covering ($15) that can be affixed for extra rockfall and weather protection. wildcountry.co.uk…

Long a champion of oversize aluminum tubing, Cannondale shifts gears to create an all-carbon rig that’s fast enough for testosterone-addled group rides but much more comfortable than its trademark metal frames on epic outings. With slack geometry, a moderately upright riding position, and the superior road-damping qualities of carbon…

In spite of the daunting name (note to Garneau: Don’t let the lab guys name things), these shorts work quite simply. The stout carbon-infused Lycra provides plenty of support but still wicks moisture on the hottest days. louisgarneau.com…

Mountain Anticipating a trip to Moab in July? The Instinct’s cooling system has gaping channels that funnel air through like a fan. www.specialized.com Bonus: The on-off mountain visor is fast and easy.

This no-nonsense shoe is plenty stiff, has an aggressive tread, and sports a synthetic leather upper tough enough for the roughest trails. It performs as well as some cleats twice the price. bike.shimano.com…

Sidi has long made bombproof shoes for mountain bikers and the Blaze is no exception. With two sturdy Velcro straps and a rugged plastic sole, these synthetic leather cleats will simply not succumb to trail abuse. 12 oz; www.sidiusa.com…

Eventually, you’ll probably own multiple pairs of shoes for different types of rock, but at first you want something with a flat last and ample support that’s agile in a variety of conditions, like SCARPA’s Thunder shoes. scarpa.com…

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