Gear Deals: Trainers, Bikes and Rain Gear

Get ready for April showers, bike builds, and indoor training

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Gear Deals: Trainer, Bikes and Rain gear

Well, this week most of us are staying at home riding the trainer and catching up on last year’s classics. If you’re looking to upgrade your pain cave or take the jump to a smart trainer, this week’s sale is perfect for you. We have trainers from, Saris, Tacx, Wahoo and much more.  Plus, if you’re looking to social distance outside – we have rain gear that will keep the April shows to a dull roar and keep you dry while you can some exercise. Stay safe, positive and healthy – now on to the sales!


CycleOps H3 Smart Trainer

 

Taking cues from the CycleOps Hammer Trainer, the new H3 can replicate real-world inertia and give riders real-time data feedback. This comes from the 20-pound flywheel built to handle 2000 watts and replicates a 20% climbing grade. All stats and output arrive via PowerTap power meter internals. The resistance is supplied via an electromagnetic resistance system for quick resistance changes while cruising in virtual training environments such as Zwift. The H3 also calculates cadence, speed, and power and is equipped with internal cooling (because all those watts can heat up.) The H3 even has “over-the-air” firmware updates, dual-band ANT+, and Bluetooth compatibility, making it easy to pair with many head units. The CycleOps H3 can fit an array of axel sizes both thru and quick release. Plus, clocking in at 59 decibels at 20 mph, the H3 is library-level quiet – nearly 5x more quite than the predecessor the H2. Meaning you can be in the pain cave and not wake up the baby.

Price: $1,000

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Wahoo KICKR Core

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Wahoo burst onto the scene with the KICKR and set a high benchmark for indoor direct-drive smart trainers. The new Wahoo KICKR Core has nearly all the same features as its KICKR brethren, but with a price that is easier to handle. The KICKR Core supplies electronically calculated resistance and can simulate up to a 16% climb. It has a super sturdy base that is perfect for max out efforts. Pair that with the new KICKR Climb and you can take your training to a virtual reality-level experience. The KICKR Core integrates with all Wahoo accessories, creating a true outdoors experience. It’s also easy to setup and breakdown. Power, cadence, and all essential metrics are standard and it’s very durable. The KICKR Core works with QR, 12×142, and 12x148mm dropout spacing so all bikes in your stable should work just fine.

Price: $1,199

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CycleOps Fluid 2 Trainer

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A consistent performer that’s easy to transport to races and/or hotels, the CycleOps Fluid 2 has been my go-to trainer for years. The resistance is progressive via the large flywheel and it customizes resistance by merely shifting gears just as you would when riding outside. With a noise level that’s just 64-68 decibels at 20mph, it’s no wonder the Fluid 2 is among the top-selling units in the U.S. The Fluid 2 is compatible with most thru-axles and all quick release set-up and integrates with Zwift and other online training apps.

Price: $300

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Kinetic Rock and Roll Smart

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Let the good times roll with natural side-to-side motion while riding indoors. The Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer was the first to incorporate this rocking feature that lessens the static feel of riding indoors — and adds some excitement to your max efforts. The Rock and Roll offer progressive resistance via a 6.25-pound flywheel for superior ride feel and fluid resistance when not under app control. That’s right, the Rock and Roll Smart works with Zwift, Trainer Road, and Kinetic’s own app among others. The Rock and Roll Smart is a great way to get the benefits of a smart trainer without the huge price tag.

Price: $449

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Elite Tuno Power Fluid Pack

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If you are looking for a quiet and packable trainer, the Elite Tuno Power Fluid could be the right answer. It’s compatible with Elite’s My E-Training App as well as Zwift, Trainer Road, and others. The Tuno Power Fluid Pack includes a training mat, riser block, and 6 months access to Elite’s E-Training app.

Price: $350

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FOUNDATION 748 BIKE TOOL KIT

 

The Foundation 748 Bike Tool Kit features a versatile arrangement of tools, ranging from basic maintenance tools to more complex tools that every advanced mechanic should own. Whether you’re a self-supported racer, or simply like an organized garage, the Foundation 748 Bike Tool Kit features a durable toolbox that allows convenient storage and easy traveling. Never find yourself without the right tool to keep you pedaling!

Price: $99.00 

SAVE 50 % MSRP $199.99

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BIKE HAND CONE WRENCH TOOL SET

Some tools are absolutely necessary to complete certain jobs, and the cone wrench is one of those tools. To put it simply, no other tool can take its place. The Bike Hand Cone Wrench Tool Set features a profile thin enough to be used on narrow flats and close clearances, whilst the heat-treated shop grade steel construction prevents flex and provides the right amount of leverage to loosen even the most stubborn locknuts. The dipped handles offer optimal grip and comfort, ensuring you don’t wreck your hands before the ride. The Bike Hand Cone Wrench Tool Set includes seven (13-19mm) of the most commonly used cone wrenches.

Price: $19.99

SAVE 43 % MSRP $34.99

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FOUNDATION BIKE CHAIN CLEANING KIT

Wrench it yourself with Foundation Bike Tools! From pedal wrenches to repair stands, Foundation Bike Tools offers a collection of quality tools that are essential to keeping your bike in top shape and ready for adventure. Foundation Bike Tools is here to give you an extra set of hands for basic fixes, maintenance, repairs, and installations. The home mechanic’s new best friend!

Price: $19.99

SAVE 50 % MSRP $39.99

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FOUNDATION BIKE CHAIN WHIP TOOL

This scary-looking device we know as the Foundation Bike Chain Whip Tool is one of the three tools required for removing a cassette. With the Foundation Bike Chain Whip Tool in your garage, you’ll no longer need the assistance of your local bike shop to remove your cassette for replacement and/or cleaning. The heat-treated shop grade steel reduces flex, while the long handle with an ergonomic grip provides plenty of leverage and keeps the handle from digging into your hand.

Price: $6.99

SAVE 61 % MSRP $18.00

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NINER RLT 9 STEEL 2-STAR BIKE 2020

 

The road less traveled is being ridden more thanks to gravel bikes. The gravel bike category continues to grow in popularity and many new bikes are coming out that make gravel riding a blast. The 2-Star version of the RLT Steel comes with a 2×10 Shimano GRX drivetrain. This provides riders with a cassette that has an 11-34-tooth gear range that works well with climbing and riding in rougher terrain. Shimano GRX hydraulic disc brakes provide confidence-inspiring stopping power. The Niner CX Alloy wheels are paired with Schwable G-One 700x40c tires. With the Niner Carbon Seatpost, you’ll have a slightly smoother ride compared to an alloy seatpost.

Price: $2,700

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KONA HEI HEI SUPREME BIKE 2018

With the Kona Hei Hei, You get all the speed and climbing prowess you would expect from a XC bike, but when it’s time to point this bike downhill, you’ll realize it’ so much more. The Kona Race Light Carbon is lightweight but strong as all get out. You will never feel like you need to tiptoe around while you’re riding the Hei Hei. The Kona Fuse suspension platform with RockShox Monarch XX rear shock provides efficient pedaling while remaining plush through the chatter, and then really starts to shine as the bumps get bigger. The 120mm RockShox RS-1 upfront will smooth out the roots, and gobble up gnarly rock gardens. With the wide range of gearing that SRAM XX1 Eagle provides, you’ll find yourself enjoying the benefits a 1x drivetrain more than ever. 29” wheels are big enough to supply that roll over anything feeling while remaining nimble through tight switchbacks and technical sections. Keeping it all under control is the SRAM Guide RSC brakes.

Price:$3,959.99

SAVE 50 % MSRP $7,999.00

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MAXXIS CHRONICLE 29X3.0″ TIRE

The Maxxis Chronicle 29+ 29X3.0 is an adventure-oriented, plus-sized tire that is ready to basically roll over everything and anything that comes its way (sort of like a steam roller of mountain bikes tires). It comes in 60 and 120 TPI options. The Chronicle is a versatile tire, able to take on many types of terrains and uses from trail rides to over-night bike-packing adventures. The tread design provides maximum grip on the varying terrain and the 3.0-inch casing provides a comfortable ride for those endless hours on the saddle.

Price: $80.80

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WTB VENTURE TIRE

When you’re riding offroad, the type of tires you use on your bike have a significant impact on your performance and ride quality. The WTB Venture 700C Tire delivers optimal performance across the widest range of conditions. It is designed with elevated centerline ridges that provide excellent climbing traction and two rows of outer knobs that provide confident cornering capabilities. This tire will be the tire of choice when you’re out riding the gravel or going on an adventure.

Price: $47.96

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SALSA ANYTHING CAGE WITH STRAPS

Whether you are touring, bikepacking, or just out exploring, the Anything Cage adds new capabilities to your bicycle. Carry lightweight roundish objects such as insulated Nalgene bottle holders, Thermoses, Gatorade jugs, small dry bags, and ultralight sleeping pads and shelters. Mounts to water bottle cage mounts via Salsa’s three-bolt pattern.

The Anything Cage is designed to work perfectly with the Salsa Anything Bag.

Price: $30.00

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MARIN FOUR CORNERS ELITE

Adventure riding isn’t all about speed, it’s all about comfort and relaxing long-distance riding. The Marin Four Corners Elite Bike is built for the adventure rider that is looking to ride off the beaten path. The Four Corners Elite comes with a SRAM Apex 1×11-speed drivetrain which includes a SRAM Apex 1×11 shifter and rear derailleur. The FSA Gossamer Pro crankset has a 38-tooth chainring and the e*Thirteen TRS 11-speed cassette has a 9-44-tooth gear range which makes this bike perfect for riding in rough and mixed terrain. The WTB KOM i25 rims and WTB Resolute tires are both tubeless compatible. If you’re looking to take a ride to trails unknown, or looking to leave your vehicle behind for the day while you ride to work, then you’ll love the Marin Four Corners Elite.

Price: $1,589.99

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Red Shift ShockStop Stem

Eight great gifts for bikepackers and gravel grinders

Gravel racing can be brutal. High-frequency vibrations can wear riders down. This is why some frame manufacturers have started adding suspension systems to their gravel rigs. Red Shift’s ShockStop stem is a great way to add comfort without investing in a new bike. The ShockStop pivots on elastomers that can be tuned to rider weight. It offers up to 20mm travel — just enough to keep you fresh and focused.

Price: $127 – $149.99

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7mesh Industries Guardian Jacket

7mesh Industries knows that some riders are down to get out in almost any conditions, so the Guardian Jacket is here to make it more comfortable. This waterproof, breathable jacket features 3-layer Gore-Tex Active that seals out water while allowing vapor to escape—keeping precipitation from dampening your spirits as you crank out the miles. The 20-denier nylon construction withstands hard rides and abrasive trails so you can focus on riding your best. A helmet-compatible hood has three adjustment points to help you find the perfect fit, while the drop-tail hem and elastic cuffs ensure coverage even in your most aggressive stance. The front closure and torso pockets feature watertight zippers which seal out rain to keep you and your gear dry throughout your ride.

Price: $399.95

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Gore Wear C3 Gore Thermium Hooded Jacket

Built to keep you warm on colder rides without having to resort to a heavy amount of layers, the C3 Gore Thermium Hooded Jacket from Gore Wear is a highly durable jacket. Constructed from GORE Thermium technology, it will keep you impressively warm with its insulating, lightweight fabric that also happens to be windproof, water-resistant, and breathable. Further adding to the insulating duties is its PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Active so those windy, overcast, and chilly days don’t stand a chance of keeping you off of the road or trail. And if things turn especially nasty, a hood with an integrated headband offers an ideal fit under the helmet and adds additional warmth. The adjustable cuffs and hood along with the waist’s hem serve as an effective barrier against the elements while the wave shape sleeves offer an ergonomic fit that pairs well with winter gloves. Upfront, the jacket features a full-zip with an under the flap to further keep out the elements and a zipper garage to keep it from rubbing and irritating your neck. Two front pockets with concealed zippers keep essentials close at hand and each zipper on this jacket gets pull tags for easy use with full finger gloves. Lastly, the reflective logo and print keep you a little more visible in low-light conditions.

Price: $299.96

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Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Cycling Jacket – Women’s

Showers Pass bestselling Elite 2.1 cycling jacket uses Elite 3-Layer ripstop fabrics, body-mapped to maximize breathability and waterproof/windproof protection. When temperatures rise, Showers Pass Elite 2.1 jacket rises to the occasion with 6 venting options to keep you cool (2 core vents, 2 cuff vents, front zipper, and back vent). 3M Reflective trim keeps you visible from all angles. A large back pocket and chest pocket with audio port provide plenty of storage space for keys, flat repair kit, and energy bars. Long sleeves provide full wrist coverage and accommodate reach while on the bicycle. This jacket was designed with long-distance randonneurs and roadies in mind but has become a favorite training jacket of professional cyclists such as the Katusha Pro Russian Cycling team, everyday commuters, Kayakers, and Cross-country Skiers.

Price: $259.00

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Pearl Izumi Quest Amfib Jacket – Women’s


When the cold wind starts blowing, one option is to hunker down inside with copious amounts of hot chocolate and marathon the latest show on your list, but that won’t serve you well when the spring miles hit. A better option is to don the Quest Amfib Jacket and take to the tarmac, burying yourself in the cozy warmth of the three-layer softshell while you keep toasty on the ride, braving sleet, cold gusts, and hail. It’s built with a little more room than most of Pearl’s road-ready lineup, offering the space you need to toss on a base layer and thermal jersey underneath when the temperatures plummet while keeping mobility a priority. Pearl employs its SELECT 3-Layer AmFIB softshell fabric on the Quest, offering protection against wind and water, while soft fibers inside wick away perspiration to keep you dry on the ride. The jacket is finished off with a zippered back pocket for stashing cards and keys, and reflective elements to help you stay seen in low lighting conditions.

Price: $130.00

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Leatt 3DF Hybrid EXT Knee and Shin Guards

Sometimes, you fall. Get the best of Leatt s soft and hard shell protection with the Leatt 3DF Hybrid EXT Knee and Shin Guards. Soft and ventilated locations on the pads help keep you cool in the spots less likely to take the full brunt of the impact, while the hard spots help protect your key, vulnerable areas. BMX and downhill riders, these pads are for you maniacs.

Sale Price: $67.99 

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Sweet Protection Bushwhacker II MIPS Bike Helmet

Sweet Protection is fast becoming a favorite of North American mountain bikers, with the Sweet Protection Bushwhacker II MIPS Bike Helmet being an example why. Lightweight, very comfortable, and stylish without trying too hard, this helmet protects your dome while feeling invisible. With extended protection around the rear of your head, this model of the Bushwacker II features a MIPS layer and a relatively low profile. Protect your future and look good doing it!

Price: $219.95

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Blackburn Plugger Tubeless Tire Repair Kit

Even tubeless setups are susceptible to puncture flats, but with the Blackburn Plugger Tubeless Tire Repair Kit, you can rest assured that you won’t have to hike-a-bike out of the backcountry. With storage capacity for up to 10 plugs, the Plugger can quickly and easily plug up that puncture (or punctures) in your tire and allow you to pedal ‘er back to civilization!

Price: $20.00

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About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.


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