Under Test: Time ATAC XC 6 Pedals

Shimano may have been the first company to successfully develop and market an off-road clipless pedal, but Time’s ATAC has been a favorite of many riders for more than two decades. Known for its easy engagement and superior mud shedding ability, the ATAC design has remained essentially unchanged since its introduction. Designed for XC mountain bike and gravel riders, the XC 6 features a hollow steel axle, composite body, and adjustable tension.

Does Time’s ATAC XC 6 still have what it takes for mixed-terrain use? Stay tuned…

Under Test: Wolf Tooth PowerTrac Chainring

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Oval chainrings may look radically different than their round counterparts, but not all oval rings share the same attributes. Wolf Tooth Components’ PowerTrac Elliptical rings feature reduced ovality and more aggressive timing than the competition. Why? According to Wolf Tooth, the PowerTrac design offers more power and traction but without the uneven pedal stroke commonly associated with more aggressively shaped chainings.

Do Wolf Tooth’s PowerTrac chainrings deliver the best of both worlds? Stay tuned…

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…

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…