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It’s President’s Day! Rejoice. An extra day to bang out some more miles – those Spring events are just around the corner and they aren’t getting any shorter or easier! – or maybe just a day to put your feet up and recover from a big ride. We rode the Super Sweetwater on Saturday and most definitely could have used the Spatz overshoes. You can check those out below as well as Easton’s latest stems, some Ti cranks from Cane Creek, and some CatEye lights that talk to each other. Each of these products takes a fairly typical product and puts a new twist on it. Enjoy.
• Cane Creeks Ti eeWings All–Road cranks were originally designed for the rigors of the MTB.
• Easton’s latest alloy stems offer a ton of performance for a very reasonable price.
• Overshoes get serious with SPATZ, like a wetsuit for your lower leg.
• CatEye’s new SYNC lights talk to each other for incredible ease of use.
CANE CREEK EEWINGS ALLROAD
Originally developed for the rigors of mountain biking, where the stresses of big air and frequent run-ins with trailside boulders mean carbon cranks just don’t cut it, the Cane Creek eeWings All-Road crankset will conquer anything you throw its way. At only 395 grams, Cane Creek’s new crank not only competes with top-end carbon ones on weight, but also outclasses them in terms of stiffness (20- to 30-percent higher) and durability. So sure is Cane Creek of this crank’s durability that it’s offering a decade-long warranty; but we’re willing to bet they’ll keep on turning well beyond that. As a plus, the brushed-titanium finish nicely complements many builds, especially titanium and steel frames. The $1,000 price tag, without chainrings, is hefty, but this is likely the last crank you’ll ever need to buy. 395g; $999; canecreek.com
EASTON EA90 ICM STEM.
Easton’s bars and stems have long been among the best deals in cycling components. For 2019, its top-of-the-line aluminum stem, the EA90, becomes an even more appealing option. As goes the trope of cycling gear, it gets lighter and stiffer thanks to a larger diameter and a higher quality alloy. At 120 grams for a 100mm stem, it’s lighter than many carbon stems on the market—not to mention at a far more favorable price. It gets more aero too thanks to the included integrated computer mount (ICM) that aligns your Garmin GPS with the stem’s faceplate for a cleaner line. With six sizes from 70mm to 120mm, each available with zero or about 7 degrees of rise, you’re sure to find one to dial in your fit. 120g (100mm); $100; eastoncycling.com
SPATZ PRO OVERSHOES
Shy away from winter riding no more with these kneelength neoprene Pro overshoes from SPATZ. They keep your legs dry and warm, while also providing an aero advantage that, thanks to its unique length, is too fast for the UCI. Just because it’s wet outside doesn’t mean you don’t want to go fast! (There’s a shorter UCI-compliant version if needed). Every detail of the Pro overshoes is carefully considered to keep you on the bike through the winter’s worst weather. A water-shedding hydrophobic outer layer keeps rain and mud at bay while heat-welded-and-taped seams ensure no moisture filters through. And a reinforced toe area keeps your feet from needing to defrost by the furnace for an hour post-ride. This might just become your favorite new piece of winter kit. £80; spatz-pro-overshoes
CatEye brings bike lights out of the dark with its integrated SYNC light system. The idea is pretty simple: pair up all your lights—up to seven total—and control them with one easy-to-use phone app. Easily turn all your lights on or off, check battery level and change individual light settings all with the tap of a finger. The system is comprised of three different lights: the Core, a 500-lumen front light; the Kinetic, a 50-lumen rear light; and the Wearable, a 40-lumen rear light that clips onto clothing or your bike to help create 360-degree visibility. All use USB rechargeable lithium batteries. One of the coolest features is the Kinetic’s integrated accelerometer that increases brightness as you decelerate, just like a car’s brake lights. $110 (Core), $70 (Kinetic), $70 (Wearable); cateyeamerica.com