Under Test: HED Ardennes Plus LT Wheelset

HED Ardennes Plus LT

Last spring, we reviewed Kirk Pacenti’s SL23mm rims, and the 24mm-wide rims quickly became some of our favorites. This season, we’ve gone even wider, logging miles on the 25mm-wide Ardennes Plus LT wheelset from HED Cycling. The tubeless-compatible LTs roll on the company’s 11-speed-compatible Sonic hubs, and feature bladed spokes (18 front, 24 rear).

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Under Test: SQlab Saddles

SQlab 611 Race model GRAVELBIKE.com gravel grinder Kalloy Uno carbon seatpost

SQlab 611 Race saddle.

SQlab 611 Active MTB model GRAVELBIKE.com gravel grinder Thomson Elite seatpost

SQlab 611 Active MTB saddle.

Germany’s SQlab produces saddles for road, MTB, triathlon, city/comfort, and trekking bikes. Each model is available in multiple widths so that you can select the proper size for your physiology and preferred riding position. The company’s Active model saddles include three elastomers (soft, medium, hard) for fine-tuning the amount of side-to-side movement.

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Under Test: Challenge Gravel Grinder Tires

GRAVELBIKE.com gravel grinder Challenge Italy Whisky Carbon SRAM X9

Challenge‘s new Gravel Grinder tire is available in no less than four versions: tubular, open tubular, and 120tpi and 60tpi clinchers. The 700C x 38mm clincher (pictured above, $47.99 MSRP) features a nylon casing with PPS (Puncture Protection Strip), folding Aramid bead, and an actual weight of 382g (408g claimed).

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