Under Test: Advocate Cycles Seldom Seen Frameset

Named for one of the characters in Edward Abbey’s Monkey Wrench Gang, Advocate Cycles’ Seldom Seen is purpose-built for bikepacking and off-road touring. Available in both flat- and drop-bar (pictured) versions, the SS can be configured with either 27.5-plus or 29er wheels. With its relaxed geometry, ample tire clearance. and extensive array of braze-ons, could this be the foundation for the ultimate gravel-plus rig?

Stay tuned…

Under Test: Selle Anatomica X2 Saddle

The X2 features a cast aluminum frame, stainless steel rails, and leather top with reinforcing laminate.

I’ve been a fan of Selle Anatomica saddles for many years. At one point, I owned more of the US-made saddles than I did bicycles. Eventually I wore out all but one of them (the saddles, not the bikes). But as luck would have it, Selle Anatomica introduced their new X2 model right around the time I was getting ready to replace my X1 saddle.

Can the new X2 match the legendary comfort of the company’s previous offerings while offering improved durability? Stay tuned…

Under Test: Time ATAC XC 6 Pedals

Shimano may have been the first company to successfully develop and market an off-road clipless pedal, but Time’s ATAC has been a favorite of many riders for more than two decades. Known for its easy engagement and superior mud shedding ability, the ATAC design has remained essentially unchanged since its introduction. Designed for XC mountain bike and gravel riders, the XC 6 features a hollow steel axle, composite body, and adjustable tension.

Does Time’s ATAC XC 6 still have what it takes for mixed-terrain use? Stay tuned…