First Impressions: Polar Breakaway Muck Insulated Bottle

In the bicycle accessory world, nothing beats a water bottle when it comes to simplicity. They may vary slightly in color or appearance, but all bottles perform the same basic function. How do you improve something that’s remained essentially unchanged for the past half-century? By addressing the needs of mountain bikers and gravel riders, Colorado’s Polar Bottle does just that with their Muck series of bottles.

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First Impressions: microSHIFT ADVENT X Components

In the race for drivetrain domination, more = better.¬†More cogs, more standards, more complexity. Bucking those trends, however, is microSHIFT’s ADVENT X group. Opting for only ten gears, ADVENT X takes on the competition not with more cogs, but with lighter weight, improved simplicity, and one very unexpected quality–availability.

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First Impressions: Specialized Rime Flat Shoes

Ask five people to define adventure riding, and you’re likely to get five different answers. Most riders, however, will agree that it usually includes a healthy dose of two-footed exploration (planned or otherwise). Finding a shoe that’s suited to biking and hiking can be tricky. Thanks to Specialized, adventure riders get the best of both worlds with the company’s Rime Flat shoe.

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First Impressions: Deity Deftrap Pedals

If you’ve spent the past decade designing industry-leading flat pedals, what do you do for an encore? Well, if you’re Deity Components, you up the ante by developing a nylon composite pedal loaded with features typically reserved for pricier, metal-bodied models. Dubbed the Deftrap, Deity’s latest pedal aims to blend world cup performance with a wallet-friendly $49.99 pricetag.

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First Impressions: Spurcycle Compact Bell

When Spurcycle introduced their original bell in 2013, the tiny company permanently raised the bar for sonic warning devices. The bell’s distinctive tone and no-expense-spared construction earned it several best-of awards and countless recommendations. So how do you improve on what many consider to be the finest bicycle bell? If you’re Spurcycle, you design a completely new model–the Compact bell–and make it smaller, lighter, and less costly than the $49 (and up) Original bell.

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