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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 was introduced in 2013,

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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 of the Year for

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The Best Women's Bike Accessories of 2017

High-performance gear for trail and tarmac.  MOUNTAIN  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. Buy Now 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

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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 lightweight, open-knit mesh to keep you cool, dry,

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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 veterans, and its sleek

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