First Impressions: WTB Exposure Tires

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Words and photos by Braden Govoni

Wilderness Trail Bikes (aka, WTB) has been cranking out dirt-worthy components for 35 years. Recently, however, the company turned more than a few heads with the release of their high-volume Byway and Horizon road-plus tires. Located in Marin County, the WTB crew has access to some of the finest road riding that California has to offer. And it’s precisely that type of riding that inspired WTB to develop their line of high-performance Exposure road tires.

Available in 700×30, 32, and 34 millimeter sizes ($79.95 MSRP), the Exposure utilizes WTB’s lightweight, supple casings and folding, tubeless-compatible beads. All three sizes feature black tread and sidewalls, which are complemented by the tires’ subtle, grey graphics. With a published weight of 320 grams for the 32 mm size, our sample tires weighed 314 and 319 grams. Straight out of the box, the Exposures measured exactly 32 mm wide on DT Swiss tubeless RR511 rims (17.8 mm internal width).

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Under Test: Topeak Bikepacking Bags

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Widely known for their extensive line of pumps and multi-tools, Topeak entered the bikepacking market last year with a full line of adventure-style bags. From the 0.75 L Toploader to the 10 L Backloader, Topeak’s packs feature internal Polyethylene stiffeners, lightweight, water repellent and stain resistant fabric, and mounting systems designed to fit a wide range of frame styles and sizes.

How do Topeak’s bags stack up against their pricier competition? Stay tuned…

2017 Lock Roundup

Whether you ride for recreation or utility, there will be times when you need to leave your bike unattended. If you want your bike to still be there when you return, you’ll have to rely on some form of security other than faith in humanity or just plain dumb luck. In other words, a lock. Bike locks are a lot like auto/health/life insurance: you buy it, but you hope you never need it. How do you choose the right lock, though? The answer is, it depends.

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Under Test: Smoove Chain Lube

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If you’ve never heard of Smoove chain lube, don’t feel too bad, as the product didn’t show up on my radar until recently. Developed by a South African company, the lube was designed to withstand the brutal conditions faced by racers competing in that country’s Cape Epic off-road race. What makes Smoove different than conventional chain lubes? For starters, it’s 100% biodegradable and solvent-free. And according to the company, Smoove is also self-cleaning and extends chain life by 124%.

Does Smoove deliver a smooth, long-lasting ride? Stay tuned…