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: Topeak Bikepacking Bags

Image courtesy of Topeak.

Widely known for their extensive line of pumps and multi-tools, Topeak entered the bikepacking market last year with a full line of adventure-style bags. From the 0.75 L Toploader to the 10 L Backloader, Topeak’s packs feature internal Polyethylene stiffeners, lightweight, water repellent and stain resistant fabric, and mounting systems designed to fit a wide range of frame styles and sizes.

How do Topeak’s bags stack up against their pricier competition? Stay tuned…