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Under Test: Easton Components

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Setting up a gravel or adventure bike sometimes requires mixing road and mountain components. Dialing in fit can be a challenge, but Easton offers a wide range of handlebars, stems, and seatposts in both aluminum and carbon fiber. I outfitted my new test bike with the company’s EX90 SLX carbon drop bars, and alloy EA70 stem and seatpost. How will these parts hold up to mixed-surface recreational riding and commuting?

Stay tuned…

Under Test: Ergon SMC4 & WTB Volt Saddles

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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

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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

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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).

Stay tuned…