Cannondale crushes foul weather–riding excuses with the CX 1, a frame inspired by the brand's quiver of world-class mountain bikes but optimized for year-round commuting. Specs like the bump-soaking HeadShok suspension fork (offering two inches of travel), a hard-core Magura hydraulic braking system and 35c knobby tires, and oversize tubing make the Quick sturdy and capable at speed, even in the wet. And if there's a road closure? No problem: Take that path through the park. [$1,550; cannondale.com]
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