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Under Test: Ergon SMC4 & WTB Volt Saddles

Ergon & WTB-min

Although gravel-specific saddles pretty rare, mountain bike saddles often work well for mixed-terrain riding. Ergon’s SMC4 (pictured above, right) offers a softer overall structure and more cushioning in the seating area. The WTB Volt  features a slight whale tail and gentle drop to the nose, providing a platform to push against while not limiting riders to one seating position.

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Under Test: Clement X’PLOR MSO 700×36 Tires

Clement MSO TLR-min

Clement’s 700×36 X’PLOR MSO is the company’s first tubeless-ready tire to hit the US. With its puncture belt and tightly spaced tread, the new MSO does double duty as an adventure and all-weather commuter tire. Designed from the ground up for multiple conditions, the X’PLOR MSO’s tread also features a soft rubber compound for extra grip.

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Under Test: Smooth Operator Lube

smooth op

Smooth Operator‘s Premium Lube is a low-toxicity, environmentally friendly lubricant that repels water and prevents rust. Suitable for either wet or dry conditions, the bottle’s specially designed applicator tip puts the lube only where you need it (which also makes it ideal for brake and derailleur pivots and cables).

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Under Test: Maxxis Re-Fuse Tires

Maxxis Re-Fuse on Zipp

If you’re looking for a tubeless high-volume adventure tire, Maxxis‘ 700×40 Re-Fuse may just be your huckleberry. The Re-Fuse features a diamond-knurled tread, MaxxShield puncture protection, and dual-compound rubber. For bikes with less clearance, Maxxis also offers the Re-Fuse in 700×32 (as well as 650B x 50).

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