This Year in Gear

The Best Bicycles and Cycling Gear of 2018


December 28, 2018 Briefings By

As 2018 slowly spins its wheels away from us, we take a deep look back at all the gear caught our eye in 2018. We look at everything from custom-made bikes, to eBay finds to indoor cycling shoes that’ll make all the difference in your training. Whether you prefer road riding or mountain biking, there’s something here for you. Check out the latest and greatest in jerseys, tools, bibs and more.

Velocio RECON Vest

Technical cycling apparel made for high-performance riding shouldn’t be relegated to on-bike use. That’s why when Velocio set out to create the RECON Vest, they designed it to function both on- and off-bike. Its Pertex Quantum windproof front shell combined with Polartec High Loft insulation results in an exceptional warmth-to-weight ratio ideal for layering on cold days. The low bulk and streamlined fit ensure mobility. And the lightweight microfleece-lined back panel and collar lining provide further insulation and breathability. The fact that all of these technical features are packed into a vest that looks just as good off-the-bike as it does on it means it’s destined to become your everyday favorite.

Priority Launches a Cruiser Bike You’ll Never Need to Take to the Shop
Priority Launches a Cruiser Bike You’ll Never Need to Take to the Shop

Priority Bicycle's Classic Plus NeverFlat is a cruiser bike equipped with airless tires and a full range of durable components that require zero maintenance.

Take A Look At Conor McGregor’s World Champ-Worthy Road Bike
Take A Look At Conor McGregor’s World Champ-Worthy Road Bike

It's just as bold as he is.

This Ultra-Slim Bike Lock Got a Redesign, and Now It’s Nearly Perfect
This Ultra-Slim Bike Lock Got a Redesign, and Now It’s Nearly Perfect

Think all bike locks weigh you down? Think again.

These New Single Speed Bikes Are Beautiful, and Cost Less Than $300
These New Single Speed Bikes Are Beautiful, and Cost Less Than $300

State Bicycle Co. releases four all-new steel frame bicycles for commuting and cruising that won't break the bank.

This Is Every New Release from Our Favorite Cycling Brand
This Is Every New Release from Our Favorite Cycling Brand

Rapha's newest cycling gear, in a host of new colors.

Rapha’s New Vest Proves That Waterproof Cycling Clothing Doesn’t Have to Be Bulky (Or Ugly)
Rapha’s New Vest Proves That Waterproof Cycling Clothing Doesn’t Have to Be Bulky (Or Ugly)

Designed with a fabric that took two years to create.

Velocio’s New Spring Cycling Collection Combines Bold Patterns, Incredible Performance and Perfect Fit
Velocio’s New Spring Cycling Collection Combines Bold Patterns, Incredible Performance and Perfect Fit

Shoulder season is around the corner. Time to gear up.

You Won’t Be Ashamed to Wear This Minimal Mountain Biking Apparel at the Bar after a Long Day of Riding
You Won’t Be Ashamed to Wear This Minimal Mountain Biking Apparel at the Bar after a Long Day of Riding

With minimal aesthetics and clean profiles, Pearl iZUMi's spring 2018 dirt collection fills a rider's need for function and desire to look decent around town at the end of a day of riding.

Finally, the Bike Light Gets the Innovative Re-Design It Deserves
Finally, the Bike Light Gets the Innovative Re-Design It Deserves

The Lucnt SLR1 is a weatherproof, magnet-activated bike light that gets brighter when you slow down, just like a car's brake light.

POC’s Ventral SPIN Is the Fastest, Safest and Prettiest Cycling Helmet, Ever
POC’s Ventral SPIN Is the Fastest, Safest and Prettiest Cycling Helmet, Ever

The Cannondale–Drapac Pro Cycling Team and aerodynamics experts at WATTS Lab walked into a bar...

These Are the Most Svelte E-Bikes We’ve Ever Laid Eyes On
These Are the Most Svelte E-Bikes We’ve Ever Laid Eyes On

Riese & Müller's new collection of e-bikes employs the Bosch PowerTube 500 to keep designs clean and free of bulk.

20 Years Later, the Cycling Bib Finally Gets a Redesign
20 Years Later, the Cycling Bib Finally Gets a Redesign

It's perfect for gravel riding, adventure, century rides and all-day jaunts.

With An All-New XC Bike, This Old Guard Mountain Bike Brand Is Finally Relevant Again
With An All-New XC Bike, This Old Guard Mountain Bike Brand Is Finally Relevant Again

The Intense Sniper is the most exciting mountain bike released so far this year.

This Is the Best-Looking Affordable Commuter Bike We’ve Seen in a While
This Is the Best-Looking Affordable Commuter Bike We’ve Seen in a While

Budnitz Bicycles' made-to-order bikes often come with a price tag of $5,000 or more, but not this one.

Canyon’s Wild New Gravel Bike Has A Funky Handlebar
Canyon’s Wild New Gravel Bike Has A Funky Handlebar

The new handlebar design on Canyon's latest adventure bike is actually reminiscent of a design from the 1990s.

Roka’s New Sunglasses Conquer the Competition
Roka’s New Sunglasses Conquer the Competition

The brand started making wetsuits for gold medalist,s and now they're pushing the limits of eyewear.

We Were Over Athleisure, Until We Saw Rapha’s New Sweats
We Were Over Athleisure, Until We Saw Rapha’s New Sweats

Just when we thought athleisure was fading from relevance, high-end cycling apparel powerhouse Rapha releases its Pro Team Transfer collection.

What Goodyear Has Learned on the Racetrack, It’s Taking to the Bicycle
What Goodyear Has Learned on the Racetrack, It’s Taking to the Bicycle

Despite Goodyear's reputation as an innovator in the automobile industry and the official tire of NASCAR, its first product wasn't a car tire, it was a bike tire. Now, after 120 years of experience, Goodyear...

Yeti’s New Mountain Bike Could Be Its Best Yet
Yeti’s New Mountain Bike Could Be Its Best Yet

Does Yeti's new "Super Bike" live up to its name?

Did Specialized Just Make the Most Versatile Mountain Bike Ever?
Did Specialized Just Make the Most Versatile Mountain Bike Ever?

The Stumpjumper has been a mainstay in Specialized's stable of mountain bikes since its introduction in 1981. The just-released 2018 model continues the trend with a wildly innovative design.

Garmin’s New Edge 130 Bike Computer Has Everything You Need, Nothing You Don’t
Garmin’s New Edge 130 Bike Computer Has Everything You Need, Nothing You Don’t

Garmin's newest, paired-down cycling computer might be the cure for too much information.

Can’t Afford a Custom Bike? Look at Photos of This One Anyway
Can’t Afford a Custom Bike? Look at Photos of This One Anyway

Vanilla Workshop in Portland, Oregon specializes in maxing-out each of its customized Speedvagen bicycles with a keen attention to detail that spares no weld or accessory. Even if you can't afford the $1,000 deposit, photos...

Rapha’s Latest Product Launch Does Something Better than Any Other Cycling Brand
Rapha’s Latest Product Launch Does Something Better than Any Other Cycling Brand

Bib shorts and saddles were previously considered separately by cyclists. Rapha is looking to change that.

Forget Your Bike Locks, This Bike Locker Will Solve All Your Storage Woes
Forget Your Bike Locks, This Bike Locker Will Solve All Your Storage Woes

Storing your bike indoors or out might not be an option, but this capsule gives you a third alternative.

Travel With a Bike? This Is Your New Favorite Bag
Travel With a Bike? This Is Your New Favorite Bag

Db Equipment just released the Savage bike bag -- a soft-sided bike hauler with a collapsible frame that'll make traveling with a mountain or road bike less of a headache.

Priority’s Newest Bike is All-Terrain, Yet Still Low-Maintenance
Priority’s Newest Bike is All-Terrain, Yet Still Low-Maintenance

Up your ride to work with this stylish new Priority bike.

A Folding Bike That’s Actually Worth Getting Excited Over
A Folding Bike That’s Actually Worth Getting Excited Over

Folding bikes get a stylish upgrade.

Adventure E-Bikes Are Here, and This One Looks Awesome
Adventure E-Bikes Are Here, and This One Looks Awesome

E-bikes are gaining in popularity, and Swiss bike maker BMC is capitalizing on the trend and combining it with one other movement: adventure riding. Meet the Alpenchallenge AMP Cross.

Safety Can Be Fast and Sexy, Giro’s New Helmet Proves It
Safety Can Be Fast and Sexy, Giro’s New Helmet Proves It

Giro releases the Aether MIPS, a new road bike helmet that makes no compromises in providing the utmost in comfort, ventilation and safety - and it looks pretty damn good too.

This Is the Ferrari of Bikes, and You Can’t Have It
This Is the Ferrari of Bikes, and You Can’t Have It

Specialized revealed its newest aero bike: the S-Works Venge Disc. Designed with the help of a supercomputer program, it's among the fastest the company has ever made.

Speedvagen’s Handcrafted Bikes Are Getting Us Excited About Steel
Speedvagen’s Handcrafted Bikes Are Getting Us Excited About Steel

When I spoke with Richard Pool, a designer at the workshop where these bikes are built, he told me he was excited as hell about these new models.

Cyclists, This Is Your Ultimate Multi-Tool
Cyclists, This Is Your Ultimate Multi-Tool

Silca just released a follow-up to its wildly successful Italian Army Knife multi-tool, designed and built specifically for cyclists.

Want Custom Bikepacking Gear? This Is the Brand to Know
Want Custom Bikepacking Gear? This Is the Brand to Know

Rockgeist was founded in 2014 in North Carolina, and is bringing its gear expertise to the growing world of bikepacking.

This Is Everything We Want from Mountain Bike Clothing
This Is Everything We Want from Mountain Bike Clothing

Velocio, a New England road cycling brand, just revealed its first mountain bike kit. The new apparel uses top-tier materials and blends styles from both approaches to biking.

This Small Brand Just Made the Best Looking Gravel Bike We’ve Seen Yet
This Small Brand Just Made the Best Looking Gravel Bike We’ve Seen Yet

Weighing in at 16-pounds, this custom carbon fiber gravel bike is seriously beautiful.

This New Bike Is Gorgeous, and Extremely Limited
This New Bike Is Gorgeous, and Extremely Limited

Chapter2 Bikes tapped the apparel designers at Ornot to create a highly-limited capsule collection that includes a custom bike frame.

This Smart Bike Trainer Helps You Train All Year Long
This Smart Bike Trainer Helps You Train All Year Long

Don't let the weather dictate your training. Keep up.

Hate E-Mountain Bikes? Specialized’s New One Might Convert You
Hate E-Mountain Bikes? Specialized’s New One Might Convert You

Today, Specialized revealed the new Turbo Levo, an e-mountain bike that improves over its predecessor in every way.

These Are Some of the Top Bike Product Releases This Year According to Experts
These Are Some of the Top Bike Product Releases This Year According to Experts

This past week, some of the cycling industry's most important brands gathered in Reno, Nevada for the annual Interbike trade show.

A Simple but Essential Piece Of Gear For Cold Weather Riding
A Simple but Essential Piece Of Gear For Cold Weather Riding

Now that summer is done and dusted, next up on the to-do list is preparing for a new season of cool-weather riding.

A New Lock Makes This Everyday Knife Even Better
A New Lock Makes This Everyday Knife Even Better

SOG unveiled its new XR lock on an updated version of its everyday-friendly Terminus pocket knife.

You Can Now Customize the Best Cycling Helmet Available
You Can Now Customize the Best Cycling Helmet Available

Giro's new Aether Custom presents cyclists with an unprecedented number of options when it comes to the style of their helmet.

One of Our Favorite Small Cycling Brands Just Launched a New Collection
One of Our Favorite Small Cycling Brands Just Launched a New Collection

Can you spot the leaves?

Rapha’s New Sleeping Bag Is Changing the Category
Rapha’s New Sleeping Bag Is Changing the Category

Rapha wants you to streamline and expand your outdoor biking activities. The Explore Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket combo does just that.

This Year in Gear

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