Second Look: SunRace Wide-Range Cassette

Two years ago I never would have imagined that my SunRace cassette review would eventually become GRAVELBIKE’s most popular article of all time. Since that first review, SunRace has expanded their lineup to include 11-46 and 11-50 versions of the company’s popular CSMX8 ($70-$85) eleven-speed cassette. So when it came time to build up my Jones 29-plus bike, I decided to give SunRace’s 11-46 cassette a try.

GRAVELBIKE gravel grinder sunrace cassette 1x 11 speed
SunRace’s CSMX8 cassette in the metallic silver finish (also available in black chrome).

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Under Test: Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch Shoes


Whether you use flat pedals to shred the gnar or for urban/utility riding, having more flat-pedal shoe choices is always a good thing. Pearl Izumi’s first flat pedal shoe–the X-Alp Launch–features an ultrasonic welded upper and Vibram®Megagrip rubber outsoles. Available in men’s and women’s versions, the $150 shoe hits the shelves in January, 2018. Pearl Izumi will also offer a clipless version.

Stay tuned…

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Is there an avid bicyclist on your holiday shopping list? Not sure what to get them? Here are 25 hand-picked items ranging from $5 to $220 that are sure to put a smile on any rider’s face.

Advocacy & Access

  • Make a donation or gift a membership to one of the many national or international bicycle advocacy groups.

Bags & Packs

  • Ditch the plastic sandwich bag and carry your trinkets in Spurcycle’s ultra-lightweight Multi Pouch ($29).
  • Whether you need to haul the proverbial kitchen sink or just get organized, Osprey’s line of duffel bags ($60-$140) is versatile and durable.
  • Chrome’s Mini Metro ($120) messenger bag is ideal for commuting or carrying everyday essentials.

Clothing & Outerwear

  • Handlebar Mustache has some of the best bike-related t-shirts ($9-$40).
  • Chrome’s Folsom shorts ($90-$120) look and feel good whether you’re riding or just hanging out.
  • Say hello to your new favorite jacket–the Pearl Izumi Versa Quilted hoodie ($165-$220).

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