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?

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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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Under Test: Terrene Honali Tires

If your two-wheeled adventures take you far from the beaten path then Terrene’s new Honali tires may be what you need to get you there and back. Available in 700×40 and 700×50 sizes, the Honalis feature tubeless-ready beads and your choice of Tough or DuraTough casings. The tires’ tightly spaced tread rolls easily on pavement, but the horizontal edges offer grip on soft surfaces. Despite their sturdy appearance and large footprint, our 700×50 samples weighed a reasonable 700 grams.

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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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