Under Test: Selle Anatomica X2 Saddle

The X2 features a cast aluminum frame, stainless steel rails, and leather top with reinforcing laminate.

I’ve been a fan of Selle Anatomica saddles for many years. At one point, I owned more of the US-made saddles than I did bicycles. Eventually I wore out all but one of them (the saddles, not the bikes). But as luck would have it, Selle Anatomica introduced their new X2 model right around the time I was getting ready to replace my X1 saddle.

Can the new X2 match the legendary comfort of the company’s previous offerings while offering improved durability? Stay tuned…

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: 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: Xpedo Spry Platform Pedals

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Bicycle components are all about compromises, and pedals are certainly no exception. Balancing weight, construction, and price is no small feat (bad pun intended), but Xpedo manages to deliver plenty of high-end features in their sub-$80 Spry platform pedal. Can the lightweight Spry hold up to Colorado’s rocky trails and unpredictable spring and summer weather?

Stay tuned…