Dec 23, 2016 – It’s day 11 of the 12 Days of Dig, and we bring you gear for the dirty discipline.
EASTON EC90 SL 1X CRANK. The new Easton crankset system makes gearing changes simple by pulling the crank and sliding on a new ring before popping it back into the bottom bracket. So whether you need a 38T for a more climbing-heavy course or a 42T chainring for a flat, fast course, Easton has you covered. With increased adaptability (the crankset works with BB86, BSA 68MM, PF30 68MM, BB30 68MM, BBRight and 386EVO bottom brackets), it does not matter what drivetrain you’re currently running. $450; 442g (172.5mm, 40T); eastoncycling.com
PEARL IZUMI TEAM RACE SUIT SS. The Pearl Izumi 365 fabric technology system works to maintain the body’s core temperature for constantly changing weather conditions when exerting maximum efforts. Featuring a long, raw-edge sleeve, full-silicone leg grippers, a durable YKK full-length locking zipper, three deep back pockets and a Team 1:1 chamois makes this the ultimate race-day skinsuit offering from the Colorado-based company. Aero material on sleeves and side body sit tight against the skin, while quick dry mesh on the front and back provide excellent ventilation. The sleeves nearly reach the elbows for bicep compression and a pro look. With a very tight f it, everything about this skinsuit screams fast. $475; sizes XS–XXL; pearlizumi.com
GIRO RIVET II CYCLOCROSS. Racing is brutal on all parts of the body, but nothing is more vital than the connection your hands have to the handlebars. Giro’s Rivet II is a full-finger glove that ventilates well and offers a minimalistic feel for complete control and bar feel. Featuring a supple leather micro-vented palm, and a stretchy mesh upper for increased breathability, the Rivet II is hardly noticeable. The engineered three-panel design, welded pull tab for easy on and off, smartphone touchscreen technology for non-race days and five color options make this the perfect glove all ’cross season. $30; S–XXL; 5 colors; giro.com
LOUIS GARNEAU T-FLEX 2LS SHOE. The Louis Garneau T-Flex 2LS features everything you need in ’cross races all season. Dual-density outsoles offer dependable traction when running through the dirt, while double Boa L5 system creates a secure fit. T-Flex technology provides increased flexibility in the toe-box area and removable studs under the toe cup offer added versatility. Uppers with HRS-300 reinforced, injected nylon further solidify the fit, which optimizes the feel and allows for comfort even when big watts are being put down. $350; 668g (size 42); garneau.com