Products from Rapha, Easton and Bont to Make the Most of Long Days and Big Miles.
Summer is well and truly here, which means rides have gotten longer, legs are getting stronger and almost every weekend has an epic ride in store. The Peloton Service Course brings you three items we’ve been putting some serious miles on. First up is Rapha’s new Shadow Kit, while not a typical summer item, here on the coast it has been ideal for wet and foggy morning rides. From there we bring you Bont’s Roit, an entry level shoe from Australian cobblers and Easton’s EC90SL, an ultralight stem that doesn’t skimp on stiffness.
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A New Kit for Changing Conditions
When the weather is unpredictable you usually have one of two options – over-dress or under-dress – and neither is much fun. Rapha’s newest kit, the Pro Team Shadow, aims to end this conundrum forever. A single layer that breathes, repels water and and fights wind was designed so the Team Sky riders wouldn’t have to go back and forth to the team car as the weather changed on race day – and it works. While Rapha likes to call the kit “revolutionary” it’s really not new. Both Castelli, with Gabba, and Giordana, with G-Shield, pioneered this style of garment, albeit with different fabrics and execution, but the new Rapha kit also executes the concept very well.
Rapha Shadow: $320 (jersey), $385 (bibshort); rapha.cc
Hi-Tech Kicks for Less
Bont has a reputation for making some of the best performance cycling shoes in the world, but they aren’t cheap. So what happens when Bont makes an entry-level shoe? Does it leave the innovation at the factory door? The Riot employs just about everything that has made Bont a success, most notably the stiff carbon outsole. Bont’s outsole is so different it’s actually called a chassis. Tub shaped, it is a carbon composite and is fully heat moldable to ensure all Nope. the power transfer comfortably hugs your foot. The Riot uses a microfiber upper, air vents, replaceable parts and dual closures—Z-form Velcro and buckles—and weighs well under 300 grams.
Bont Riot: 276 grams (size 42); $150; bontcycling.com
Shave Grams, not Strength and Stiffness
There’s a stem the tiny climbers love—it’s ultralight to help their minuscule frames ascend like angels. There’s a stem the big powerhouse classics riders love—it’s stiff and burly, and laughs at cobbles and 2,000-watt sprints. They both happen to be the same stem, the 115-gram Easton EC90SL. With Easton’s TaperWall construction and a five-titanium-bolt design, the weight savings come without a penalty in stiffness or durability. Easton’s Top-Lock design also removes any uncertainty with installation—tighten the top two bolts to full torque, then the bottom two and the interface is just right.
Easton EC90SL: 115 grams (100mm); $250; eastoncycling.com