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We’ve got Cateye power, some flare from Easton, a bargain from Bell and Castelli is sh-sh-shakin’. More gear from the pages of PELOTON for your Wednesday gear fix. All of this gear and more can be found in PELOTON’s annual adventure issue, on newsstands and available at the PELOTON Store now, just click here!
CATEYE’S POWER ECO-SYSTEM
An eco-system in the power-metering world equates to the meter, the head unit and the online hub that tracks it all. The budget computer-and-light brand behemoth, CatEye, has rather unexpectedly thrown its hat in the power eco-system ring with the Stealth EVO+ GPS/ANT+ unit, a left-side power meter and an online hub called CatEye Atlas. The power meter is a re-branded 4iiii Innovations meter and compatible with Shimano cranks. The meter and head unit present one of the most inexpensive options available. The Stealth EVO+ is just $150, while a Shimano 105 left crank-arm meter is only $420. Using CatEyeSync, the head unit quickly uploads to Strava and Training Peaks, so you don’t need to use CatEye Atlas. The power numbers are stable, the pairing was quick and the head unit is easy to use. What more could you ask for? $150 Stealth Evo+, $420 105/ $520 Ultegra/ $620 Dura-Ace; cateyeamerica.com
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EASTON EC70 AX FLARE
A nice wide grip is critical in deep gravel or descending a nasty dirt track, so we’ve seen an explosion of flared drops lately. The issue is, flare too much and braking-and-shifting ergonomics are seriously compromised. We now know exactly how much flare is perfect thanks to Easton’s EC70 AX Flare carbon drops: 16 degrees. It’s enough width to confidently hunker down for technical situations, but doesn’t make your shifters feel like they’re on a flat bar. The EC70 AX uses Easton’s new MCD 120mm drop. MCD stands for Maximum Contact Drop, which is exactly what it delivers, nestled in your palm, amplifying control and stability. At just 220 grams, the bars are super-light and, thanks to Easton’s Taperwall construction, they are super-stiff. Easton measures from the hoods, so a 42cm bar is actually a whopping 49cm measured center-to-center at the bar ends. $215; eastoncycling.com
Sure, the MIPS-equipped Zephyr has been stealing all the Bell limelight—yes, we are partly responsible; we love that helmet. But what about those of us that don’t have $230 to drop on a new lid? Check out the Bell Stratus based on the Zephyr for $150 with the all-important MIPS protection layer. The helmets have such a similar look that many riders won’t be able to tell the difference; but it’s not just a handsome profile they share. The Stratus is chockfull of features, from the float-fit system to Overbrow ventilation and No-Twist Tri-glides, so the straps fit right and stay out of the wind. It’s aero, has 18 vents and weighs just 275 grams. $150; bellhelmets.com
CASTELLI IDRO JACKET
The Italian apparel gurus at Castelli want you to shake their new jacket like a wet Polaroid picture. The Idro is made of Gore-Tex ShakeDry, a special new fabric that presents no textile to the elements to absorb water. Shake it and all the beaded water goes flying, giving you a small, dry bundle to put in your pocket when the sun comes out. That makes the Idro 123 grams of insanely protective, packable goodness. Castelli’s industry-leading fit means you can layer under it, yet it won’t flap in the wind when you’re in the riding position. The zipper is waterproof, vents on the back let it breathe and provide access to the pocket, and reflective touches add the final flourish. No matter what the forecast holds, put the Idro in your pocket. Scratch that—half a pocket. And you’ll be prepared for almost anything. $350; castelli-cycling.com