First Impressions: SRAM Apex 1 Components

Two years ago, SRAM caused quite a stir when the Chicago-based company announced their dedicated 1x Force and Rival drivetrains. While some traditionalists scoffed at the idea of a single chainring for road use, SRAM’s 1x setups quickly gained acceptance in the gravel and adventure bike spaces. But between the two groups’ top-of-the-food-chain positioning and XD hub/driver requirements, some riders were priced out of the 1x experience. Thanks to trickle-down and crossover tech, SRAM brings road 1x to the masses with their affordable Apex 1 group.

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First Impressions: WTB Byway Road Plus Tires

Words and photos by Aaron VanDerlip

Wilderness Trail Bikes’ Byway 47 is a 650B/27.5″ tire ($67.95 MSRP) that borrows significantly from the company’s Horizon 47 Road Plus model. The Byway replicates the same smooth tread pattern along the centerline as found on the Horizon. Outside the centerline you’ll find a row of herringbone tread, followed by a diamond-shaped pattern that transitions to low-profile side knobs. If you crossed the Horizon with Clement’s X’PLOR MSO, you’d get something like the Byway as the result. From the side profile, it looks like a knobby tire, but the knobs take up a minimum of the tread surface.

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First Impressions: Arundel & Elite Bottle Cages

Whether you ride pavement, gravel, or dirt, you probably have at least one water bottle cage on your bike. And if you’re like most riders, there’s a good chance that you’ve lost a bottle due to an unseen pothole, bumpy trail, or poorly designed bottle cage. Losing a bottle is not only inconvenient, it’s also potentially dangerous (especially if you’re riding in a group). No matter what type of terrain you prefer, peace of mind is within reach with the Arundel Bando and Elite Pria Pavè bottle cages.

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Arundel Bando (left) and Elite Pria Pavè bottle cages.

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