2016 Holiday Gift Guide: When money is no object

Carbon wheels, wireless drivetrain, and the best tool kit and hitch rack around

Holiday Gift Guide

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Forget the lame Lexus “December to remember” campaign. If you have a big wad of disposable income sitting around, why not get your significant other (or yourself) one of these great cycling gifts.

Topeak Prep Station Pro Toolset

Topeak Prep Station Pro Toolset

There are tool kits and then there is the mother of all tool kits, Topeak’s Prep Station Pro Toolset. Fifty-five shop quality tools (with 85 functions) are divvied up in seven well-organized tool compartments all housed in an easy-to-roll-around trolley with T-handle and sturdy 5” wheels. Whether you’re tackling simple tasks such as swapping a cassette, or undertaking a complete bottom bracket overhaul this kit has what you need to get the job done. Price: $900 | More info at www.topeak.com

SRAM Red eTap Drivetrain

SRAM Red eTap Drivetrain

Arguably the most significant product launched in 2016, SRAM’s Red eTap drivetrain has harkened in an era of simpler builds, cleaner frame design, and greater ease of use (right lever makes it harder, left lever makes it easier, both levers to change the front ring). Gong are the cables and wires of cluttered drivetrains past, replaced with a simple-to-install wireless set-up that avails a super stealth look. We’ve been testing an eTap group for a few months now, and love just about everything about it. And if the current price tag is too much to swallow, it’s a safe bet less expensive options will begin rolling out in 2017. Price: $2758 | More info at www.sram.com

Specialized CLX 32 Disc Wheels

Specialized CLX 32 Disc Wheels

Wheels are bar none the No. 1 performance upgrade for your bike, and Specialized’s Roval CLX 32 Disc are a great option. Wheelset weight is a climbing friendly 1350 grams, yet they’re durable enough to take on even the rowdiest cyclocross race. Low inertia and stiffness help the wheel quickly accelerate and change direction, and the 32mm deep carbon fiber rim is designed around a 26mm-wide tire shape for enhanced aerodynamics. Roval aero hubs with DT Swiss 240 star-ratchet internals and CeramicSpeed bearings complete this enticing package. Price: $2400 | More info at www.specialized.com

ENVE SES 4.5 Wheels

ENVE SES 4.5 Wheels

For the non-disc crowd, ENVE’s SES 4.5 carbon wheels are a superb mid-depth everyday option used by the likes of Team MTN-Qhubeka. Rim depths are 48mm front, 56mm rear, with a claimed wheelset weight of 1328 grams. Most importantly, ENVE has poured significant R&D into these hoops’ braking surface, meaning you can confidently bomb long road descents even in the wet. Price: $2700 | More info at enve.com

Rocky Mounts SplitRail 2 Bike Hitch Rack

Rocky Mounts SplitRail 2 Bike Hitch Rack

RockyMounts has leveraged 23 years of innovation to create one of the world’s most versatile and elegant platform hitch racks. The 1.25″ SplitRail can accommodate 2 bikes, while the 2″ model can handle 2, 3, or 4 bikes. Each strut is engineered with 4″ of side-to-side adjustment, which makes fitting anything from kids to adult bikes simple and easy. And no tools are required to install/remove the rack from vehicle. The SplitRail includes their proprietary anti-wobble device for secure attachment to vehicle. An easily accessible release handle allows the rack to be positioned into stow, use, and tilt positions, while an integrated cable locks secure bikes to rack, and a locking hitch pin secures the rack to the vehicle (lock cores and keys included). The SplitRail comes with a Wall Mount Storage Hook for stashing the rack in the garage when not in use. And of course RockyMounts stands by its products by offering a lifetime warranty. Price: $500 | More info at www.rockymounts.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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