MagazineNovember 2011Top 40: Biking

Top 40: Biking

1. Ortovox Mountain Skyver
The concept is simple—hike up, cruise down. The Mountain Skyver is a new foldable scooter designed to give you a new kind of downhill fix. It fits in its own pack, so you can strap it on your back and huff it up the mountain. Then jump on the foot pegs (no pedals or seat) and let gravity do its work.

2. Spot Rocker SS
You ride a singlespeed for the simplicity of it. Pedal. Go. No worries. That’s never been more true than with the Spot Rocker, a 29er that combines a no-nonsense steel frame with the new Gates Carbon Belt Drive System instead of a traditional chain. Why go to a belt instead of a chain? The Gate’s system is stronger than a chain, requires no lube, virtually no maintenance, and is completely silent. Raleigh, Specialized, and Trek all offer belt drive models, but Spot was the original offroad bike company to adopt the system. Even better, Spot’s dropout also allows you to switch out the belt for a chain, or add a derailleur if you suddenly decide you really do need gears.

3. Ritchey Ti-Carbon Break-Away

Folding bikes aren’t new and Ritchey’s Break Away has been around for a few years, but the use of titanium and carbon materials in the frame takes this bike from novelty to serious performance machine. The bike is built for traveling, splitting in two for easy storage, but aero-space grade titanium frame and carbon stays and fork keep the bike super light and the coupling system only adds 100 grams to the frame weight.

4. Road Holland Montfoort Jersey
It looks and feels like those spiffy, sporty elite cyclist jerseys, but the styling is a tad more forgiving—and therefore more flattering. The fabric is a super-soft and highly breathable blend of polyester and Merino wool. The inclusion of fine Merino makes it the most comfortable jersey our cyclists have tested.

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