We’re calling it: 2017 is the Year of the Innovation. It’s the year spitball ideas and concept bikes made it into production. Argon 18 created a nose cone with a pitot tube capable of live wind readings. Diamondback threw convention to the wind with the Andean. Disc brakes in tri are now a thing. The rest of the industry didn’t disappoint either; innovation is everywhere. A look at what’s new in tri for 2017, as well as our editor’s picks.

ZIPP SUPER 9 DISC CARBON CLINCHER DISC $2,375

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The disc goes meta; The proven aerodynamics of the 1,175-gram Super 9 carbon clincher, now married to a 177DD center-lock hub that allows for later—and more confident—braking. It’s also thru-axle compatible and comes with an 10/11-speed driver for SRAM/Shimano and Campagnolo cassettes, and it’s available in a tubular version for $2,075. Zipp.com

PARLEE TTIR $6,299 ($8,599 AS SHOWN)

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Earning a Eurobike gold award, the TTiR became the first tri bike to hit the market production ready with disc brakes, which feature a fairing to carry wind off the calipers and a proprietary integrated cockpit. Parleecycles.com

028RULE #5 TRIATHLON WALLET $70

Commitment to quality is reflected in the classic, understated callout to our sport (a reflective corner hit and liner fabric printed with an elevation chart) in this full-grain leather wallet, as it is in the rest of the company’s line of dopp kits, packs and bags. Rulenumberfive.com

FIX IT STICKS BRACKET $25

A modular dual-handle set of lightweight (55 grams) wrenches in a variety of configurations (including hex, slotted, Phillips #2 and Torx 25) can now live in a hidden and aero tucked-away spot, bolted under your bottle cage. Fixitsticks.com

CERAMICSPEED OSPW SRAM ETAP $459

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After debuting the watt-saving (2.4 watts claimed) rear derailleur jockey for Shimano last year, the Danish outfit now services SRAM with this version featuring the signature 17-tooth oversized aluminum pulley wheels for decreased drivetrain friction. Ceramicspeed.com

030LEZYNE MICRO GPS ENHANCED $130

Pairing with your iOS/Android phone through the Lezyne Ally app, there’s so much packed into a tiny computer: turn-by-turn navigation, live tracking, Strava live segments, email/ text/phone call notifications, plus pairing with ANT+ or Bluetooth power meters, HRS and speed… all at a reasonable price. Lezyne.com

030-01STRYD $199

Stryd’s running power meter goes back to its foot pod roots, using accelerometers for decoupled analysis of speed, stride rate and terrain for a power number to train to, as well as providing analysis of running efficiency and leg spring stiffness. Stryd.com

SILCA SPEED BALANCE KIT $36

This is the best bang-for-buck aero upgrade; the first aero wheel magnet also has four removable 2.5-gram tungsten slugs that serve as a tunable counter-balance to the valve, making for a wheel that spins up and holds speed with perfect harmonic balance. Also includes two matching SpeedShield aero valve stem pods. Silca.cc

CYCLEOPS HAMMER $1,199

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CycleOps waited a bit to debut its first direct-drive smart trainer, but came with a strong, quiet unit featuring a flywheel with electromagnetic resistance for real road feel, current bike solutions (adaptability to standard quick-release or thru-axle configurations) and connectability through Bluetooth Smart, ANT+ and FE-C to programs like Zwift, as well as its own VirtualTraining software. Fold in the legs and front wheel cup within the body and it stores discreetly away when not in use. Cycleops.com

032ISM PN3.0C $400

Weight weenies rejoice; the PN3 Carbon is everything you love about the popular PN (Performance Narrow) shape, without the padding on the nude carbon shell with titanium rails and thusly—at around 200 grams—without much weight. Ismseat.com

Stages Dash $399

In a complement to its single-leg power meter line, Stages debuts its first computer, and makes it user-customizable (horizontal or vertical orientation, with anywhere from one to 16 fields), with data downloadable to Stages’ Link site (by way of partnership with Today’s Plan coaching platform), with workouts uploadable—by your coach—directly to the unit. Stagescycling.com

DIAMOND BACK ANDEAN WITH SRAM RED ETAP $7,579

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One of the most aggressive tri bike designs to date, the Andean has massive front wheel cowling that serves as a huge storage location for a flat kit. It has tons of integrated storage for bars, gels and drinks between the aerobars and is complete with mechanical disc brakes (TRP Spyre) with 12 mm thru axles. Diamondback.com

OAKLEY RADAR PACE $449

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Launched during the Ironman World Championship, Oakley’s new smart eyewear features detachable earbuds and pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth. Using Intel’s Real Speech technology and a touchpad function control temple, the Radar Pace becomes your virtual coach, crunching analyzed data to relay real-time audible performance adjustments… while you listen to your music. Conversely, you can ask it power, speed or heart rate questions for instant feedback. Metrics are tracked and recorded on Oakley’s Radar Pace app. Oakley.com

SMITH PIVLOCK ARENA WITH CHROMAPOP $189

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The PivLock Arena doesn’t change from the frameless, interchangeable temple design worn by Luke McKenzie and Heather Wurtele in Kona. But what does change is the addition of Smith’s popular ChromaPop polarized lens technology, which separates blue/green and red/green light perception for ultra-sharp optical definition. Smithoptics.com

RUDY PROJECT SYNFORM PHOTOCHROMIC $349

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The ultimate packable sunnies when space is at a premium, the Synform’s arms fold in half, then the frame itself folds again at the nose bridge, allowing the glasses to store in a half-sized sunglass case when not in use. Rudyprojectusa.com

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036ZOOT WIKIWIKI $700

Zoot’s all-new top-shelf men’s and women’s model has all the key features (AeroDome chest, reverse zip release) with one massive upgrade: paper-thin 0.5 mm neoprene with SCS Nano coating on the forearms and shoulders. Zootsports.com

DE SOTO RIVIERA FLISUIT $270

The standard-bearer (and Konaproven) sleeved Riviera come with a new feature: a hidden “fly” that allows for super-quick nature stops during the race without having to pull down the entire suit. Desotosport.com

HUUB ALBACORE $900

Brand namesake Huub Toussaint went to great lengths testing to prove the design of a new top-shelf wetsuit. The result is a suit has a new biceps release design, but more importantly has a new side constrictor thigh and hip panel that helps isolate and reduce wasted motion “fishtailing” that comes with poor technique or fatigue. Huubdesign.com

AMEO POWERBREATHER WAVE EDITION $149

One of Jan Frodeno’s trick tools, the Powerbreather snorkel’s design includes interchangeable vents for pool and open water and variable respiratory effect, all in a unique design that results in an unobstructed experience. Powerbreather.com

APPLE WATCH SERIES 2 $269

Finally, Apple’s watch is built for sport. The Series 2 is waterproof to 50 meters with built-in GPS (go without your phone), optical heart rate and activity trackers with all your real-life features: apps (it pairs with Strava), phone calls and notifications. And… it’s a watch! Apple.com/watch

SHARKBANZ MAGNETIC SHARK REPELLENT $65

A light anklet with a strong magnet has been shown in testing to safely disrupt the shark’s electro-receptors, thus deterring hit-and-run and investigative bites from bull sharks and blacktip sharks, and providing massive peace of mind during open-water swims. Sharkbanz.com

CASTELLI FREE SPEED JERSEY $99

037An answer to those who loved features of the San Remo one-piece, but prefer a two-piece, the Free Speed sleeved tri top has the tested aero benefits with proper swim mobility and run breathability, with snaps to connect with any Castelli tri short to prevent lower back burns. castelli-cycling.com

ORCA SWIMRUN CORE $199

Orca targets the price point consumer in the growing swim-run market with its versatile (and high-vis) short-sleeved frontzip suit. The SwimRun Core is versatile and mobile with new removable arm sleeves, and has storage for accessories (or your suit arms) in an outer pocket for the run. orca.com

COEUR ZELE AERO SLEEVED TRI TOP ($139) AND ZIP BIB ($199)

The velodrome-tested top featuring dimpled aero fabric pairs with a side-zip bibshort for quick pit stops. coeursports.com

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SCOTT CADENCE PLUS WITH AIRTECH MIPS $200

038Run by Sebastian Kienle to a second-place finish in Kona last fall, Scott’s aero road helmet has a claimed gain of nearly 14 seconds over a standard vented helmet over 40 km with test-proven cooling. Scott-sports.com

BOLLE THE ONE PREMIUM CARBON $170

Called “the One” because it does it all, the official helmet of the Timex and Maverick Multisport Triathlon Teams lays claim to a ton of features: two linings (summer and winter), 31 vents when open, or none when the aero shell covers are clipped into place, and an included visor. It also includes a safety QR code and an integrated LED light. Bolle.com

SUOMY GUN WIND $225

The Italian brand with a long history in moto racing brings its bike helmet line to America with a massive 25 vents and a thermoplastic inner reinforcement. Ciclista-america.com

SUGOI RS TRAINING JERSEY $80

One of the best-value tops in cycling, there are not many training jerseys with this much style (the pink and yellow triangle designs for men, and the hidden black rose with pink and blue hits for women)… at well under $100. Sugoi.com

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CLIF BAR NUT BUTTER FILLED BARS $20/12

The first bar we’ve actually snacked on at our desks, the Clif kitchen brings together nut butter into an organic energy bar. Available in coconut almond butter, chocolate peanut butter, peanut butter and chocolate hazelnut butter. Clifbar.com

ROKA WOMEN’S ELITE RUN 4-INCH SHORT $70

All the basics (a laser-cut inner key pocket, 2¾-inch knit waistband, zippered rear media pocket) with stylish print flair. Roka.com

BONK BREAKER MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP $30/12

Beyond the basics (200 gluten-free, non-GMO calories), there’s not much to say: mint chip lovers rejoice! Bonkbreaker.com

SAXX KINETIC RUN SHORT $75

With its proprietary BallPark 3D hammock pouch borrowed from its popular men’s underwear line, there’s no better men’s running short inner liner in the game. Saxxunderwear.com

SIS GO IS OTONIC ENERGY GEL $12/6

These small flasks deliver carbs in a clean, light flavor in a specific ratio for quicker bloodstream absorption, and don’t require water to wash it down. Scienceinsport.com

PROSHIFT WIRELESS $799

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ProShift’s foray into automatic bike shifting expands from Shimano Di2 and Campagnolo EPS to its new SRAM eTap version, allowing the user to preset a cadence and target power into the ProShift head unit, which then automatically shifts the bike for you through climbs and descents. Proshiftracing.com