2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Components and gear

Fast tires, a convenient rack, knee saving chainrings, and more

Holiday Gift Guide Parts

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Is your bike in need of a little holiday cheer? Or maybe, you’re looking for that perfect gift for the cyclist in your life. Whatever the case, getting or giving one of these components is sure to elicit a smile.

Wahoo Elemnt GPS Computer

Wahoo Elemnt GPS Computer

For ease of operation and sheer functionality, you’d be hard pressed to beat Wahoo’s Elemnt GPS bike computer. Equipped with Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ dual-band technology, it pairs seamlessly with all manner of cycling sensors, and unlike other devices out there, it’s not cluttered with confusing menus. Instead there’s a free companion app that allows you to set up data fields, customize profiles, track performance, and easily share ride data. Price: $330 | More info at www.wahoofitness.com

Specialized Turbo Cotton Tires

Specialized Turbo Cotton Tires

For the ultimate in ride feel, there are few better options than Specialized’s top shelf Turbo Cotton clincher tire. It utilizes an ultra supple 320 tpi cotton casing and the company’s Gripton compound that’s widely regarded as one of the fastest and most durable on the market today. Available in 24mm and 26mm sizes. Price: $80 | More info at www.specialized.com

Michelin Power Protection+ Tires

Michelin Power Protection+ Tires

If total all-season training reliability is what you’re seeking in a tire, Michelin’s recently released Power Protection+ is a superb option. Bead-to-bead Protek technology plus extra sidewall protection make punctures rare. Michelin’s specially formulated bi-compound rubber mix enhances efficiency and durability, and increases wet-road traction. Price: $60 | More info at bike.michelinman.com

Saris Superbones Rack

Saris SUPERBones3 Bike rack

If you don’t have the wherewithal or desire to install a roof or hitch bike rack on your car, the SUPERBones 3 from Saris is a solid option for transporting bikes. Its retractable straps feature one-touch adjustability for ease of car fit and strap management, while a pivoting and floating foot adjusts to your vehicle’s shape. The rack also has a dual locking system that secures bikes to rack and rack to car. Price: $400 | More info at www.saris.com

Ergon SRX3 Road Saddle

Ergon SRX3 Road Saddle

Whether heading out on the road, gravel adventuring, or lining up for a ’cross race, Ergon’s SRX3 saddle with chromoly rails will provide a comfortable perch. The V-shaped design and flat platform allows for increased freedom of movement and quick position changes that are ideal for more dynamic rides. And thanks to the slight upward curve at the rear of the saddle, you can push back into the saddle to get more power to the pedals. If you want something a little lighter check out the Pro ($130) or Pro Carbon ($180) models, which both have a carbon rather than nylon shell, and come with Ti and carbon rails respectively. Price: $80 | More info at www.ergon-bike.com

AbsoluteBLACK Premium Oval Chainrings

AbsoluteBLACK Premium Oval Chainrings

Explore the benefits of oval-shaped chainrings, which are designed to help you climb more efficiently and reduce stress on knees. This absoluteBLACK ring is claimed to be 15% stiffer than the competition due to a thicker 5mm construction, and it has a six-point ramp and recess shifting design that’s designed to shift with precision and reliability. Fits most Shimano drivetrains and comes in 34t, 36t, 38t, 50t, 52t configurations. Price: $124 | More info at absoluteblack.cc

Look Keo Blade 2 Peter Sagan Signature Series Pedals

Look Keo Blade 2 Peter Sagan Signature Series Pedals

Show off your allegiance to the reigning world champion — and benefit from one of the best high-end pedals on the market. The Blade Carbon is lightweight, secure, and easy to clip in and out of. Fitted with a carbon body and blade that enhance stiffness and power transfer, it’s available in a titanium axle version that weighs just 90g per pedal, or a chromoly axle model that’s 110g per pedal. Three release tensions (12, 16 and 20) assure an ideal set-up for you. Price: $300 | More info at www.lookcycle.com

This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. For more gift ideas and holiday guides, CLICK HERE.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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