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It might still be early November but Christmas is on the way so we’re running a series of articles here on road.cc suggesting gifts for cyclists, and if you really want to shell out on someone special here are some money no object ideas.

When we say ‘money no object’ we’re not implying that everything here is luxury, but our suggested items do tend to be priced towards the higher end of their respective categories, and they demand that you dig quite deep into your finances – very deep in some cases!

Mavic Comete Ultimate shoes £900 

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Admittedly, £900 is a ridiculous amount to spend on cycling shoes but this is the ‘money no object’ gift guide! These offer lots of interesting tech and an amazing performance for racing. If you want some slightly more sensibly priced footwear, check out our other shoe reviews. But if your heart's set on these, they're only available at Sigma Sport, so head on over there to pick up a pair.

Read our review. 

Artful Kicks custom painted shoes £various

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If £900 shoes lack the personal touch, Artful Kicks will custom paint cycling footwear of your choice so you can have something unique.

Read our story. 

PowerTap P1S Single Side Powermeter Set £550
Buy now for 12% off at Evans Cycles

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PowerTap P1S power meter pedals 2.jpg

All the kool kidz are training with power these days and, despite costing £550, the PowerTap P1S pedals are actually among the less expensive options. They're easy to set up and to swap between bikes, they work well and are compatible with a wide variety of head units. They’d make a great gift for anyone with a focus on fitness and/or racing.

The aforementioned discount over at Evans Cycles brings the price of these pedals right down to £439.99 - Buy now!

Read our review. 

Here’s our advice on choosing a cycling power meter.

Hill and Ellis Professor Bike Bag £195

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The Hill and Ellis Professor is a beautifully made satchel you can attach to your rack, and it performs as well off the bike as it does on. You’re worried about what happens when it rains, right? It comes with a high-vis rain cover. road.cc’s Simon loves his, and he’s a man of taste and refinement. That’s what he told me, anyway. 

Read our review.

Silca T-Ratchet Kit + Ti-Torque Kit £100 
Buy now over at Evans Cycles

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Silca T-Ratchet Kit and TI-Torque Kit - inside.jpg

This is a beautifully made, superlight, and multi-functional set of tools that would make a great gift. The tools live in a beautiful waxed canvas cloth case that’s magnetically closed, snapping shut for compact storage in a jersey pocket. 

Evans Cycles currently has stock of the kit, so head on over there if you're looking to make the bike fettler in your life very happy. 

Read our review. 

Yoga Design Lab yoga mat £64

Buy now at Amazon

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Yoga Designs mat.jpg

Made from recycled plastic PET bottles and tree rubber, these colourful yoga mats (lots more designs available) mean you'll be doing your bit for the environment while stretching out your glutes and flexors. Namaste.

Get more info here. 

Prologo CPC Airing Nago Evo Nack saddle £249.99 
Buy now for 16% off at Tredz

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Prologo 2017 CPC Airing Nago Evo Nack.jpg

The name is arguably too long, but with carbon-fibre rails and CPC (Connect, Power, Control) polymer on the upper, the Prologo CPC Airing Nago Evo Nack saddle does have the advantage of looking expensive. Bonus! Even more important, reviewer George found it to be super-comfy.

Read our review. 

Rapha Leather Race Bag £595

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Rapha offers a water resistant Cordura race bag (currently out of stock) but if you want to go all in, this version “is constructed from a fine full-grain leather sourced from an artisan French tannery”. Well, of course. You wouldn’t expect anyone to rock up at a race with anything less, would you? 

See it here. 

Brooks Pickwick Leather backpack £340

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If you’re buying for someone who uses their bike for commuting or urban riding, Brooks’ Pickwick Leather backpack is a high quality bit of kit that’s “designed by André Klauser in London and manufactured in the hills of Tuscany by Italian artisans”. 

What is it with all the artisans? They’re cleaning up these days. 

Of course, heading over to Brooks and shelling out on the artisan leather isn't your only option. If you've been swept away by the design, but £340 is a little outside of your budget, you can buy the water-resistant canvas edition for £139.50 over at Tredz.

Get more info here.

CycleOps Hammer direct drive smart trainer £1,000
Buy now at Wiggle for 11% off

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CycleOps Hammer Direct Drive SMART Trainer - from back.jpg

This is a fully-featured indoor trainer to use with Zwift and similar apps, and it’s especially welcome at this time of year when the weather’s cold and damp. It has a smooth, realistic pedalling feel, accurate power measurement, high maximum resistance, and an air of reassuring solidity. It even folds away for more compact storage. The Hammer is a doddle to set up and, despite it’s name, is also quiet. The price has just been reduced from £1,200 to £1,000

Read our review. 

Chpt3 The Rocka 1.61 £300
Buy now for 13% off at Sigma Sports

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David Millar's Chpt3 brand describes its clothing, made by Castelli, as “premium cycling apparel”. The Rocka is based on Castelli's existing Gabba, but it comes in less of a race cut with extra features added, such as a front pocket and a buttoned flap at the collar.

Find out more.

Specialized S-Works Womens Prevail II helmet £175
Buy now over at Hargroves Cycles

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Specialized S-Works Women's Prevail II Helmet - front.jpg

The Prevail  has long been a popular helmet with performance-focused cyclists because it's comfortable, well ventilated and seriously lightweight. This new version retains everything that was good about original but has a much lower profile. It not only looks better but offers improved ventilation and sweat management as well as reduced wind noise.

Read our review. 

Roval CLX 50 Disc wheels £1,870 
Buy now over at Evans Cycles

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The Roval CLX 50s (with 50mm-deep rims) combine the aero performance of deep section rims with the lightness of shallower rims, coming in at 1,415g with disc brake hubs. They put in an excellent performance across the board, proving fast and stable with impressive handling. There are more aerodynamically efficient wheels and there are lighter wheels, but these strike a really good all-round balance that works well in most situations.

Read our review. 

Castelli Idro Jacket £260 
Buy now over at Wiggle 

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The Idro is made of the waterproof, amazingly breathable and highly packable Gore-Tex Active fabric, as are the 7Mesh Oro and the Gore Bike Wear One that we’ve also reviewed here on road.cc. None of these jackets are cheap – largely thanks to the high-tech fabric used – but they perform superbly and pretty much any rider would be delighted to receive one. 

Read our review. 

Gore Power Windstopper long sleeve jersey £179.99 
Buy now for 5% off at Wiggle

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If you’re thinking of buying someone a Christmas jumper this year, here’s a little tip: don’t. Wacky doesn’t equal funny. Instead, get them a top they’ll really appreciate like this brilliant three-season Windstopper jersey that provides very good protection against wind and rain. It’s also lightweight and slim fitting with excellent breathability, and there’s not a snowman or reindeer in sight. A top pick!

Read our review. 

Barbour x Brompton Merton Wax Jacket £299
Buy now at John Lewis

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Barbour x Brompton Bromley.jpg

Brompton, of folding bike fame, has teamed up with luxury outdoor fashion brand Barbour to offer a range of different jackets for both men and women. This is the women's Bromley which boasts features like reflective tape in the collar, a dropped hem at the rear and venting. It looks good off the bike too.

Find out more. 

Exposure Strada 1200 £289.96
Buy now for 10% off at Rutland Cycling

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The Exposure Strada 1200 is a well-made and durable light that offers all the illumination you could need on the road and very good battery life. With an aluminium shell and a good mount, it has an air of quality and should last ages.

Read our first review.

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset £3,097.99
Buy now for 37% off at Wiggle

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The new version of Shimano’s top level road groupset offers a stunning performance without any real weakness: superb braking, excellent shifting and a more integrated design than previously. We always quote RRPs, but shop around and you’ll find it cheaper.

Read our first ride. 

Colnago Concept frameset £3,499.95
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The Concept is a stunning aero road bike with awesome speed and the excellent handling that is synonymous with the celebrated brand. It offers a slice of Italian exotic fused with ultra modern aero design. That's what Dave said in his review, anyway. And it looks cool!

Read our review.

Shand custom frame and fork £various

If you want to give someone the perfect bike, how about getting it made to their exact size and requirements? There are a lot of frame builders out there who can do the job. Shand, for example, specialises in steel frames. A custom bike more expensive than buying off the peg, of course, but you'll end up with something special. 

Check out our feature on great custom handbuilt frames.

Storck Fascenario.3 x Aston Martin £15,777
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Okay, this is getting a little out of hand now, but if you do happen to have a friend who’s just had a big win on the horses, maybe they’ll get you one of these for Christmas. Storck has teamed up with Aston Martin to produce a limited run of 107 Fascenario.3s in this finish, built up with a mainly SRAM Red eTap wireless groupset, Zipp 303 NSW wheels, THM brakes and cranks and Pirelli PZero Velo tyres. The weight is a claimed 5.9kg. Not a bad little setup, eh?

Read our story. 

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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hawkinspeter [1862 posts] 7 months ago
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Where's the Alain Prost watch?

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Grahamd [949 posts] 7 months ago
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Wondering if my wife will get me a special smoothie...

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PRSboy [221 posts] 7 months ago
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Curious article.  Why if money was no object would you buy a single sided power meter?

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joules1975 [536 posts] 7 months ago
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PRSboy wrote:

Curious article.  Why if money was no object would you buy a single sided power meter?

Because the article is an excuse to put a load of presumably sponsored links on the site from which road.cc can make a bit of cash, so the relevance of the items to the title of the article is not particularly important.

Or is that just me being cynical.

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Jez Ash [239 posts] 6 months ago
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joules1975 wrote:

Because the article is an excuse to put a load of presumably sponsored links on the site from which road.cc can make a bit of cash, so the relevance of the items to the title of the article is not particularly important.

Or is that just me being cynical.

 

Awful, isn't it, the need to pay the bills so that you can read this stuff (and all the rest) for free?  In this instance, I think your cynicism is wrong, anyway.  

As far as I can see, all the links above are simple ones that just take you (without any monetizer pass-throughs) directly to the retailer.  If you look at the "buy here" links on a review, for example this one, those are the ones which earn money (which pays for road.cc).

Happily, for those who can't stomach the idea of their purchase helping to keep the lights on here, Google exists, so you can always find other ways of buying the stuff (at the same price) and having that linking money go to Google instead.

 

Edit: I kind of agree with the original point about single sided power  1

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Tass Whitby [56 posts] 6 months ago
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Jez Ash wrote:

joules1975 wrote:

Because the article is an excuse to put a load of presumably sponsored links on the site from which road.cc can make a bit of cash, so the relevance of the items to the title of the article is not particularly important.

Or is that just me being cynical.

 

Awful, isn't it, the need to pay the bills so that you can read this stuff (and all the rest) for free?  In this instance, I think your cynicism is wrong, anyway.  

As far as I can see, all the links above are simple ones that just take you (without any monetizer pass-throughs) directly to the retailer.  If you look at the "buy here" links on a review, for example this one, those are the ones which earn money (which pays for road.cc).

Happily, for those who can't stomach the idea of their purchase helping to keep the lights on here, Google exists, so you can always find other ways of buying the stuff (at the same price) and having that linking money go to Google instead.

 

Edit: I kind of agree with the original point about single sided power  1

Just to clarify Jez's bit about the buying links within a review - those don't always make road.cc money. They're the links we put in manually if no automatic buying links appear for the product below the review. They're the best deals we can find for said product.

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fenix [981 posts] 6 months ago
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The article on the front page says for Xmas 2016 ? An update perhaps ?

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bikeylikey [237 posts] 6 months ago
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Jez Ash wrote:
joules1975 wrote:

Because the article is an excuse to put a load of presumably sponsored links on the site from which road.cc can make a bit of cash, so the relevance of the items to the title of the article is not particularly important.

Or is that just me being cynical.

 

Awful, isn't it, the need to pay the bills so that you can read this stuff (and all the rest) for free?  In this instance, I think your cynicism is wrong, anyway.  

As far as I can see, all the links above are simple ones that just take you (without any monetizer pass-throughs) directly to the retailer.  If you look at the "buy here" links on a review, for example this one, those are the ones which earn money (which pays for road.cc).

Happily, for those who can't stomach the idea of their purchase helping to keep the lights on here, Google exists, so you can always find other ways of buying the stuff (at the same price) and having that linking money go to Google instead.

 

Edit: I kind of agree with the original point about single sided power  1

 

I for one am very happy to follow links which result in RoadCC being paid something,  in fact I'd be more likely to buy something by this route than google if it helps RCC out a bit - grateful for all this for free, chance to give a little bit back etc. As has been said, how do you think all this is paid for?

By the way, what kind of sad little rich git would pay over 15 grand for a bike with Aston Martin written on it (not even made by Aston Martin)? Wouldn't anyone be embarrassed to be seen showing off on that? They might make it even worse by saying 'Oh no, not showing off, I just like the engineering'.

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boardmanrider [100 posts] 6 months ago
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Typical anti-Rapha article from road.cc with some pithy remark about their bag but €300 for Castelli jersey that David Millar gives a nod to and nothing.

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Leviathan [3051 posts] 6 months ago
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Is this lot some of Lord Sugar's hand me downs, send them this way.