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PELOTON’s annual Italian Issue will be out any day now. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the tech and products you’ll find inside – made in, or inspired by, Italy. We’ve got the lightest water bottles and cages we’ve ever seen from Elite, we’ve got a road shoe from Pearl Izumi we’ll be using in the Dolomites later this summer, Nuun’s new Performance mix will keep us rolling as we ride around Lake Garda in June and Power2Max will prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, Nairo would drop us.
ELITE FLY BOTTLE AND VICO CAGE
What’s the first thing you do at the bottom of the final climb? Toss your empty bottles to save those precious grams, right? Well, maybe, if you carry a UCI WorldTour license. Never mind the litter, good bottles are expensive. Elite has the answer for all you gram counters. Its new combo of Fly Bottle and Vico cage weighs just 78 grams—empty of course. That’s less then the vast majority of quality bottles alone. The cage is tough and secure while the bottles, despite being very thin, have held up well—just don’t bite down on the nozzle too hard; it can come off. $8 Fly Bottle, $40 Vico Cage; elite-it.com
PEARL IZUMI ELITE ROAD V5 SHOE
The P.R.O. Leader shoe is Pearl Izumi’s top-of-theline shoe that led the charge in moving closures to the shoe’s tongue. The new Elite Road v5 from Pearl Izumi puts the Boa IP1 in the same place, uses the same "unibody" construction, has a super-stiff Carbon Power Plate outsole and a three-layer composite upper that conforms to your foot while offering breathability—and does it all for considerably less than the P.R.O. Leader. $240, 275g (size 43); pearlizumi.com
NUUN PERFORMANCE HYDRATION
Nuun has primarily been known for low-calorie tablet-based hydration. It recently hooked up with Dr. Stacy Sims (remember OSMO?) and has launched a new powder mix based on her research and development. It’s called Performance and is designed for intense activity or activity lasting 90 minutes or more. Nuun has led the way in sourcing pure ingredients, and Performance is no different, being the first hydration mix that is both Non-GMO Project Verified and Informed Choice—Safe for Sport. No worries about tainted product here! Like other products that Dr. Sims has worked on, you can be sure it has the ideal formula for quick absorption and won’t give you gut rot. $20/16 servings $2/Individual pouches; nuun.com
Power meters are more ubiquitous than shaved legs these days. Choosing from the plethora of options is no easy task. If it’s accuracy and reliability you’re after, how does +/-1% and 2.1 million kilometers sound? That’s the accuracy of the new Power2max NG crank-based meters and those are the kilometers Team Movistar has ridden without issue on Power2max meters. It makes meters compatible with all major crank brands save Shimano…and we love the Power2max website. You can easily select the right meter for your bike, customize colors, choose your chain rings, buy a BB and even grab a Garmin to go with it. $940 (meter only), $1,230 (FSA K-Force Light); power2max.com