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Snowboarder with a bike racing problem... Bike Apparel Buyer @ Backcountry.com.
When I pick a bike I always want something that will offer me something new. New components, drive-train, carbon advancements, etc. New is fun and watching the bike industry make changes is exciting like watching new F1 or Rally Car advancements. But, there are some things that shouldn't change.
A bike should still ride like a bike; Climbing, descending, cornering, accelerating. It may seem cliche to say it, but there is a formula that works and it should be predictable.
I took my first ride on the Empire on 'The Empire Pass,' where most grades range from 15-20%. The Empire exceeded my expectations on climbing/comfort and was like on a train-on-rails descending a road I should probably go slower on.
Empire Strava Segment - Tour of Utah Stage
Team Europcar the Course helmet at the Tour Down Under in 100 degree heat!!
Kyuong, Id suggest an XS
I love this bike first for the super light and stiff platform, which every road racer demands, but Ridley goes beyond with smooth cable routing and a parts kit that give you a solid ride that continues working in conditions like this.
Super machining and never loosens up.
Ive been using the Zxelliums for a few years and love the new upper on the ultimate.
New carbon wrap creates more support on the in-step area, while maintaining massive amounts of mesh for hot feet.
I also size these like my Salomon running shoes.
Normally, I don't go for cargos... but Levi's nailed it here.
The cargos feature a slimmed down fit that doesn't make you look like you just walked out of the Army/Navy store and the beefed up fabric/stitching make these great for wear and tear on the bike or in the shop.
The cargo pockets are also smaller than I was expecting and positioned for easy access when pedaling.
Super durable fabric and water resistant coating also make these great for camping, climbing or winter weather.
Id recommend these as the slim alternative to 'Mountain Khakis'