Hot Deals from Competitive Cyclist
Our friends at Competitive Cyclist always have some great sales going and this week is no exception. Check out these hot deals and get them before they are gone.
Shimano SH-XC7 Cycling Shoe
If the SH-XC9 is Shimano’s shoe equivalent to its superlative XTR drivetrain, then the SH-XC7 is analog to XT, borrowing a heap of inspiration from its top-tier sibling to bring industry leading function to those of us on a bit more of a budget. Given that the XC7 is a race-ready shoe, the carbon-reinforced midsole is the most important of these layers as it places the XC7 near the top of Shimano’s stiffness hierarchy. It clocks in at nine out of 12 on Shimano’s stiffness scale, and the only Shimano XC shoe that’s stiffer is the XC9 S-Phyre at 11 out of 12. This places the XC7 firmly into race-ready territory, with highly efficient power transfer and just a hint of forgiveness for increased utility when running over barriers or climbing steep embankments.
Giro Empire SLX Cycling Shoe
When the Empire shoes first debuted on the fashionable Phinney’s feet, we admit that many of us were skeptical. Laces? On a cycling shoe? Surely Giro’s gone too far. Now entering its third year, the Empire is proving to be more than a passing fad, and the new Empire SLX Shoes are sure to cement its place at the top of the industry’s food chain. With a claimed weight of just 175 grams, the Empire SLX Shoes are around 100 grams lighter than most of their competitor’s pro-level offerings, while still providing the power transfer and minimalist aesthetics demanded by pros like Phinney.
Kask Protone Helmet
While the cyclists at Team Sky are more renowned for their legs than their brains, the latter do occasionally play a significant role in cycling. Case in point is Stannard’s surgical dismantling of an apparently invincible Ettix-Quickstep at Omloop. Given that cycling is often equal parts cunning and strength, the pros at Sky rely on Kask’s Protone Helmet to keep their strategic organ in top shape so it can effectively direct their energies when frantic finales send all the blood rushing to the legs.
Troy Lee Designs A2 MIPS Helmet
Full-faced helmets have their place on rowdy lift laps and jumps, but some days aren’t as extreme, so it’s good to have a Troy Lee Designs A2 MIPS Helmet waiting in the wings. Building on a well-earned reputation for hard-hitting motocross and gravity protection, the A2 transitions protection to lighter duty trails with massive venting, ample coverage, and MIPS technology to keep you cool under duress. With 25% more ventilation than that found on TLD’s venerable A1 helmet, the A2 MIPS promotes cooling airflow and encourages constant air movement across your dome. A removable, soft and plushy X-Static Pure Silver liner sits comfortably against your head, fending off the stink produced by bacteria and drying quickly to keep you cool. Not to ignore fit, the A2 MIPS helmet incorporates a three-position adjustable retention system for a custom, easily dialed fit.
Fox Racing Attack Fire Softshell Jacket
Winter shouldn’t mean the end of your riding season, so throw on the Fox Racing Attack Fire Softshell Jacket and get out whether or not the getting’s good. With warm fleece against your skin, room for layering with your favorite jersey or baselayer, and protection from the elements, you’ll be glad to get out and enjoy the solitude offered by isolated trails in the so called “off-season.” The Attack Fire Softshell is constructed from a 3-layer wind-and-water resistant softshell fabric that cuts through bitter weather with ease. For additional protection, Fox incorporates a C6 DWR treatment that encourages water to roll off the jacket instead of soaking through. The jacket features a bonded fleece lining that increases warmth on the go, and works to wick away wetness.
Craft Active Extreme 2.0 Crewneck – Short Sleeve
The first day you step outside to find the air feeling definitively warmer than you’ve felt in months, you know you have to get out on the bike. As much as you want to grab your favorite summer kit and head out freely into the sun, the few lingering snowbanks and windy stretches of road you know you’ll encounter give you pause. Layering the Craft men’s Active Extreme 2.0 Crewneck underneath a jersey makes a palatable compromise: you can still shed the thermal, windproof outer layers, while giving your core a barrier against spring’s unpredictable breezes. Craft arranges two types of polyester fibers throughout the jersey to lend it a next-to-skin fit that will follow your body movements in the saddle and facilitate rapid moisture transfer away from your skin. The stretchy fabric insulates while pulling sweat away, helping you maintain a consistent, regulated body temperature as you transition into warmer weather than you’ve been accustomed to. According to Craft, the Active Extreme 2.0 functions capably in temperatures ranging from -10 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Michelin Force AM Tire
Designed for the rigors of competitive enduro racing, the Michelin Force AM 29in Tire fulfills the needs of riders thrashing their tires across demanding terrain with hard-packed dirt littered with jarring rocks and roots. It’s a bit faster rolling than many tires in the “all-mountain” category, making it ideally suited for running in the rear with a slightly more aggressive tire up front. The Trail Shield casing is ruggedly reinforced from sidewall slashes and abrasive punctures on notoriously technical trails, courtesy of its high-density protection layer. Michelin’s GumX3D compound strategically employs three rubber compounds for the best in fast-rolling efficiency, tread longevity, and tenacious cornering grip. As expected, the center features the hardest rubber compound for faster rolling and greater tread longevity. The rubber compounds get softer as you work towards the shoulder knobs for tons of cornering grip when you’re laying into turns and carving around sweeping berms.
Vittoria Open Corsa CX
We admit it, we’re subject to the occasional bias—especially when it comes to tires. However, this bias isn’t solely built on presumption, instead, it’s formed from two equal components: Our own experiences on the road, and our customers’ feedback. Along these lines, the Vittoria Open Corsa CX had long been distinguished as our best selling tire upgrade, and the most ridden tire in the office. And in typical Vittoria fashion, the best just keeps getting better. Now, Vittoria has performed a redesign of the aforementioned CX, resulting in the new Open Corsa CX. Now, if you’re unfamiliar with how the Italians operate, we’ll breakdown the title for you. ‘Open’ is the Italian terminology for clincher, as in the clincher-version of Vittoria’s Corsa CX tubular tire. Meanwhile, ‘Corsa’ translates directly to ‘race,’ as in, this is a race-designated tire. Put the two together, and you have a next-generation tire that’s designed for speed. And while we understand that a name is simply a name, the Open Corsa line’s results speak for themselves. Simply put, this line boasts more race wins than any other tire in history.
Fix It Sticks Commuter Kit
Embark on your morning commute with confidence when you’re carrying the Fix It Sticks Commuter Kit. This handy kit equips you all of the basic tools you need for quick fixes and wrenching on your bike, so you can get to the office and home safely. It decks you out with assorted hex wrenches, a torx wrench, and a Phillips screwdriver, all of which can pop in and out of the replaceable edition Fix It Sticks, so you can torque away at whatever component you need to. In addition the the hex wrenches, it has a large, 15mm axle nut wrench, and a couple of tire levers for repairs, as well as a bracket that keeps all of your bits and tools locked into place, so you don’t have to search through your bag for loose bits. It all loads securely into the black carrying case for organized and safe keeping. Even when fully loaded, the carrying case has room to spare, so you can toss in your favorite patch kit or a few gummy bears for an emergency energy stash.
Troy Lee Gesigns Tailgate Cover
Don’t scratch your truck’s tailgate or mess with dirty towels next time you transport your friends to the local trailhead. Instead, pick up the Troy Lee Designs Tailgate Cover for weatherproof tailgate protection and secure-strapping transport of your favorite mountain bikes. The durable tarpaulin exterior resists abrasion and fading, with extra-thick padding along the tailgate and a soft backside for scratch-free transport. Secure hook-and-loop straps hold your bikes without worrying about them bumping into each other or flying off at highway speeds. It’s available in two sizes, with the Small fitting most mid-sized trucks and the Large accommodating full-sized pickups.
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