Under Test: SRAM CX1 Components

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SRAM’s CX1 groupset blends the best of SRAM’s XX1 mountain bike and road technologies to form a high-performance 1×11 cyclocross drivetrain. The single-ring setup is designed to be lighter, simpler, and tougher than conventional double- or triple-chainring drivetrains.

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Under Test: Compass Barlow Pass & Stampede Pass Tires

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Compass Bicycles‘ tires are known for their supple casings, light weight, and classic aesthetics. The Washington-based company offers a variety of models to fit 26″, 650B, and 700C wheels. Jan Heine at Compass Bicycles recently sent GRAVELBIKE samples of their 700×32 Stampede Pass (standard casing, pictured above), and Extralight Barlow Pass 700×38 tires for testing on Colorado’s roads and trails.

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Under Test: Tubus Vega & Tara Racks

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Here at GRAVELBIKE, we’re big fans of standalone bikepacking bags. Sometimes, though, a conventional rack-and-pannier combo is a better solution. Ortlieb offers some of the most bombproof racks around, and we chose their Vega Evo and Tara models to test the load-carrying capabilities of Specialized’s AWOL Comp bicycle.

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