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First Impressions: Paul Component Quick Release Skewers

Paul Price–the namesake of Paul Component Engineering–has been designing and manufacturing bicycle parts and components in Chico, California, since 1989. Price’s first products–quick release skewers–were followed by a host of CNC’d components including brakes, hubs, levers, and even derailleurs. On the company’s 25th anniversary, Price brought the skewers back with an updated design and limited-release color selections.

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Second Look: SOMA C-Line Tires

When we reviewed the New Albion Cycles Privateer frameset last summer, the bike’s SOMA C-Line 700×38 tires really stood out–and not just because of the terracotta-colored tread. The tires’ mild tread and supple casings made it easy to transition between paved and unpaved surfaces. To help test the new Zipp 30 Course wheelset, we decided to give the C-Line tires a dedicated second look.

GRAVELBIKE.com gravel grinder SOMA C-Line Panaracer Pasela Compass Barlow Pass Zipp 30 Course

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First Impressions: Jones Loop H-Bar Pack

We’re big fans of Jeff Jones’ Loop handlebars The bars’ swept-back design and multiple hand positions successfully bridge the gap between conventional drop- and upright-bars. Ample real estate for packs and accessories make it a popular choice for bikepacking and adventure riders, and with the introduction of the company’s Loop H-Bar Pack ($80.00 MSRP), you can add convenient storage to the bars’ list of features.

Expertly crafted in North America by the folks at Porcelain Rocket, the single-compartment H-Bar Pack is constructed from 500D Cordura, 200D liner fabric, closed cell foam, and YKK #8 water-resistant zippers. Mounting is simple thanks to four heavy-duty Velcro straps and two cam-lock nylon straps. While the Velcro straps’ positions are fixed, the cam-lock straps have multiple attachment points making it easy to accommodate bar-mounted accessories or other packs. For on-the-go access, the dual-pull zipper can be opened with one hand from either the right or left side. Despite the pack’s use of heavy-duty materials, weight is a scant 120 grams.

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First Impressions: Lizard Skins La Sal 2.0 & Monitor 1.0 Gloves

Lizard Skins has come a long way since the company was founded in 1993. In addition to the neoprene headset seals and chainstay protectors that put them on the map, the Utah-based company’s product line has grown to include grips, handlebar tape, and gloves.

Whether you prefer short- or long-finger gloves, Lizard Skins has several models to choose from. We tested the company’s La Sal 2.0 ($30 MSRP) and Monitor 1.0 ($42 MSRP) gloves, putting them through the wringer over a six-month period.

Lizard Skins La Sal gloves GRAVELBIKE.com gravel grinder

Image courtesy of Lizard Skins.

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