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Gear for a Friday: WTB, Born, ELITE, Pearl Izumi

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This Friday the PELOTON Service Course is brining you some gear from issue 66 of PELOTON Magazine. We have the latest in high volume 700c tires from WTB, a new take on the energy block from Born, super light cages and bottles from Elite and new kicks from Pearl Izumi. To get your own copy of issue 66, head to the PELOTON Shop, to subscribe hit the banner below for our best deals.

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WTB EXPOSURE TIRE

Like other dirt-centric brands, the new adventure/gravel/mixed-surfaceriding trend has given WTB a new avenue upon which to ply its trade. Its massive Horizon 47mm 650b tires are already sought after—but what about those of us that can’t run a 650b tire? WTB’s Exposure line has grown to include new 30mm, 32mm and 34mm tires. The goal of the Exposure was to put the durability WTB knows tires need in the dirt with a profile and compound that works on the road. The dual durometer rubber, with light tread over a tubeless sealant-ready casing, makes the WTB Exposure ideal for roadies wanting to expand their horizons. $80, 315g (32mm); wtb.com

BORN BLOCKS

We recently met Born Superior Sports Care, a European nutrition and body-care brand. It offers the usual slate of mixes, bars and gels, but throws in the reliably strange Euro products we love to try out: chamois powder, sports cake and even mouth wash and shampoo. Our favorite? The Born Block. This is not the chewable energy blocks we think of in the States. These are chewable tablets that are more like strawberry and lemon sweet tarts than gels. They contain caffeine, magnesium and carbohydrates. They are easy to carry, easy to eat and they flat out work. We’re hooked. born.eu

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