Summit County Gear Guide: Shift gears and ride comfortable |

Summit County Gear Guide: Shift gears and ride comfortable

Kim Fuller and Sebastian Foltz
Vail and Summit Daily

2013 VRD Mountain Bike Series Schedule (races start at 4:45 p.m.; subject to change):May 29: Eagle Ranch Classic, Eagle Ranch

June 12: Berry Creek Bash, Edwards

June 26: Vail Grind, Vail Mountain

July 17: Davos Dash, West Vail

July 31: Boneyard Brawl, Eagle

Aug. 14: Camp Hale Hup, near Red Cliff

Aug. 28: Beaver Creek Blast, Beaver Creek Mountain

The Vail Recreation District celebrates 30 years of mountain bike racing in Vail in 2013. This summer more than 1,750 riders of all ages and ability levels will compete for $5,200 in cash and $30,000 in prizes. Visit for more information.

The snows melted, trails are drying up, summer biking events are starting to fill the calendar. With mountain biking season kicking into high-gear we’re going to take our first look at some biking gear to consider either for an upgrade or to keep you comfortable. We’ve got the technology to help you shift gears, stop and better connect with your ride.

Mountain Biking

Shimano XTR Trail Drivetrain System

The drivetrain system is used to transmit power from the rider to his wheels, and Shimano’s XTR set-up doesn’t hold back. If you’ve ridden hard enough there’s a good chance your chain rings might have some bent teeth making shifting more difficult. Shimano’s three-ring crank has a carbon/titanium composite 32-tooth primary driving gear, which let’s you take on Colorado’s wide range of terrain with torque and quick shifting—without having to drop down to your granny gear (as much).

Shimano XTR Trail Brake System

Go ahead … descend. You’ll want to be able to stop on steep singletrack, so this summer may be the time to update your brakes. This trail brake system has it all, with full ceramic caliper pistons, radiator-fin-backed brake pads and aluminum-core rotors to keep your stops quick and quiet.

Pearl Izumi Rev Shorts

Line your seat with these casual riding shorts. Their vent panels are great for air flow, and you can always count on their padded interior for the comfort you can’t go without.

Shimano SH-XC60 Mountain Bike Shoes

Give your feet the support they need to churn and burn. Synthetic leather uppers give these shoes premium protection and durability on technical trails. Their stiff carbon sole also provides strong power transfer on the bike and essential traction off the bike.

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