With the rise of enduro and gravel, it just made sense that someone pieced the two together for a road kit tailored to the longer distance (aka “endurance”) events like Grinduro. And since Giro’s the primary sponsor of that event, their new Chrono One kit fits the bill.
The Chrono One is a one-piece jersey-and-shorts combo designed for long distance adventure rides. In the back are three main pockets that expand thanks to bottom gussets, plus a center zippered pocket, sitting just above a stretchy lumbar support panel.
The one-piece design means no bib straps pulling on your shoulders or chafing nipples. The jersey is stitched to the shorts starting where the lumbar support panel does (visible on the sides). Note the reflective hits that stay hidden in daylight.
A full length zipper lets you easily open it up to get in and out, and makes bathroom stops easier. A low-cut front stretch panel sits just high enough to keep you covered, without putting pressure on your tummy.
The zipper garage ends at the nearly seamless neck. It’s a form fitting piece, with aero treatment on the sleeves and a lightweight mesh main fabric to breath and dry quickly. Retail is $400, also available in black w/ red graphics. This colorway is called Frost Sequence…
…and they offer matched helmet, gloves and shoes.
The Empire lace-ups for the kit get a new reflective upper, too.
Other matched bits are available, including black-and-white striped (based on a modern camouflage designed to confuse the eyes) and a rainbow glitter option, among others.
Giro’s mountain bike clothing line gets updated with new colors and options. Their Base Liner Bib Short ($80) has an ultralight, barely-there mesh back panel, gains a front fly, and builds in three floating rear pockets. The Long Sleeve Roust Jersey ($70) is also new, offering full arm coverage in matched styling to the rest of the pieces, plus a built-in lens wipe.
Women’s MTB kits get similar graphical updates to match the shoes, helmets, etc.
2018 GIRO MOUNTAIN BIKE SHOES
Just prior to the show, Giro unveiled their VR Empire Knit shoes, using a running-shoe-like knit upper on models for road, mountain and city riding. We’ve got a few closeups and additional details on those below, but they saved a lot more new shoes for inside Eurobike’s halls.
The all-new Giro Code Techlace + BOA uses their ultra-adjustable lace-plus-strap system with a BOA L6 dial up top to position this shoe on the top of their mountain bike racing platform.
It gets an Easton EC70 carbon sole with lots of Vibram rubber, plus toe spike mounts. The uppers bring a scuff guard up the sides for the rear and on a toe bumper.
The BOA dial gets a brush guard on the bottom to protect it. The men’s version comes in at a claimed 345g (size 42.5) and retail is $300.
The women’s version is called Giro Sica Techlace and gets all the same specs, but comes in gray or pink.
Next down the line is the new Cylinder BOA, which uses the retention cable further down and finished with a forefoot Velcro strap. It’s a more breathable shoe thanks to mesh panel.
It gets a similarly shaped rubber outsole, but without the Vibram grippyness. Retail is $160, available in
The Carbide RII upgrades to mesh sections on the upper rather than a full synthetic, but keeps a budget price around $100.
A CLOSER LOOK AT GIRO VR KNIT CYCLING SHOES
Get the full tech lowdown from our prior coverage here. But since they were right in front of us, we found a few features worth a second look on the new Empire Knit shoes. Above is the mountain bike model, which puts the TPU skeleton on the outside for abrasion resistance.
The road version puts that skeleton on the inside for a sleeker look.
The Republic R Knit commuter shoe gets a bit of internal structure, too, but a very loose knit for massive breathability.
Couple that with an easy walking outside and it’s a sweet city shoe for casual but inspired riding.
NEW GIRO HELMETS
The new Giro Vanquish MIPS aero road helmet also debuted prior to the show, but here’s a few different angles. The cutaway shows the latest low-profile MIPS installation method, something we first saw from sister brand Bell Helmets last fall. You’ll also find that on the new…
…Giro Register MIPS. Which is insane because this is a $65 helmet. Made for road or mountain, just pop the visor off for a more street-rady appearance.
There are 22 vents total, kept wide open by the slimmer MIPS design (which is just one of several new ideas MIPS is working on). Comes in seven colors, too.