New Product Discoveries

GIANT PROSHIELD ANORAK RAIN JACKET

Stay dry out there

We don’t get much rain in Southern California, but when it does rain, a good rain shell is invaluable. Giant has been investing a lot of time and effort into its soft goods, including its new Proshield Anorak rain jacket. This jacket weighs 240 grams and uses ProTextura Plus fabric with a water-resistant treatment. The jacket has a front pocket that it can pack into for easy storage. The Anorak retails for $150 and can be found online or at your local Giant dealer. www.giant-bicycles.com

KOGEL CERAMIC PULLEYS

They might make you faster

Serious racers have been dropping big bucks on ceramic bearing upgrades in hopes of making their race machines a little faster. Ceramic bearings are known for their reduced friction and lower weight compared to tra- ditional steel bearings. Kogel is a small brand focusing on bottom brackets, wheels and pulleys to give racers an edge. This set of pulleys was designed specifically for SRAM Eagle drivetrains using aluminum cogs and bear- ings that are easily serviced. Kogel does offer pulleys for Shimano derailleurs as well. Retail price is $130 online or at your local bike shop. www.kogel.cc

LAGUNA SIDE-ENTRY BOTTLE CAGE

Lightweight and stealth

If you’re part of the water-bottle crowd, then carbon cages are a very relevant topic. Laguna is a smaller brand based out of Southern California and offers an array of carbon fiber products. The side-entry carbon cage is one of three cages from Laguna, with a left-or right-hand entry for frames with limited clearance. This cage comes in at 19 grams with a retail price of $50. You can find yours at www.lagunabicycles.com.


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