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Under Test: Easton Components

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Setting up a gravel or adventure bike sometimes requires mixing road and mountain components. Dialing in fit can be a challenge, but Easton offers a wide range of handlebars, stems, and seatposts in both aluminum and carbon fiber. I outfitted my new test bike with the company’s EX90 SLX carbon drop bars, and alloy EA70 stem and seatpost. How will these parts hold up to mixed-surface recreational riding and commuting?

Stay tuned…

Under Test: Ergon SMC4 & WTB Volt Saddles

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Although gravel-specific saddles pretty rare, mountain bike saddles often work well for mixed-terrain riding. Ergon’s SMC4 (pictured above, right) offers a softer overall structure and more cushioning in the seating area. The WTB Volt  features a slight whale tail and gentle drop to the nose, providing a platform to push against while not limiting riders to one seating position.

Stay tuned…

Under Test: Clement X’PLOR MSO 700×36 Tires

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Clement’s 700×36 X’PLOR MSO is the company’s first tubeless-ready tire to hit the US. With its puncture belt and tightly spaced tread, the new MSO does double duty as an adventure and all-weather commuter tire. Designed from the ground up for multiple conditions, the X’PLOR MSO’s tread also features a soft rubber compound for extra grip.

Stay tuned…