Posted in Components Reviews Seat Post

Roval Terra Carbon Post: Checkpoint

The Roval Terra Carbon post has a definite smoothing effect upon the ride, if you have a fair amount of seat post extension with the bicycle you install it in. The compliance is there, but so is a perceptible amount of vibration reduction coming up through the saddle.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

WTB SG2 Gravel Tires: Byway Checkpoint

The 700c x 40mm WTB Byway SG2 tires have now been ridden a bit more to bring us to the final mid-term article on the three SG2 tires we have on review here.

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Posted in Apparel Gloves

Q 36.5 Unique Gloves With Elastic Interface: Quick Review

Gloves for cycling have not typically kept up with the advancements in technology and new knowledge applied to cycling short inserts and that for shoes and pedals. We seem to be missing similar comfort and performance features for cycling gloves. But no more with the Q 36.5 Unique Gloves which bring a scientific, performance based design to these gloves which seems to have great promise for the gravel and back road cyclist.

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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

Spinergy GXX Wheels: Getting Rolling

Spinergy has been famous for using an alternative to stainless steel spokes for years. Their spoke is based upon a use of a special fiber. Specifically a spoke with “over 30,000 strands of polyphenylene bensobisoxazole fiber”. These fibers are then coated with a chemical, water, and UV resistant material which can be colored. The PBO spokes also have three times the strength of stainless steel, according to Spinergy, at half the weight of stainless steel spokes.

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Posted in Components Reviews Shifters

Archer Components’ D1x Trail Shifting System: Checkpoint

The Archer Components D1x has been easy to use after the somewhat confusing instructions were navigated upon set up. I loved that I had an easy to operate system which could be tweaked in the field. Shifting is great, maybe not as fast as some premier electronic systems, but as good as any fresh mechanical system and this with old, tired parts.

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Posted in Gravel News Gravel Races Ride report

Ride Report: unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley 2020

Had we told you in 2019 that an event with these protocols could be called a ‘success’, you may have sneered at such draconian measures being seen in that light. However; the unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley ended up being one of the very few high profile gravel events happening at all in 2020.

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Posted in Components Reviews Seat Post

Roval Terra Carbon Post: Getting Rolling

The Roval Terra Carbon Post is another device which has been designed to help with rider comfort. A seat post with some ‘give’, if you will. That is nothing new, of course, but Roval feels that their design does it better, so let’s see what it is that makes this seat post tic.

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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

Atomik/Berd Ultimate Gravel Wheels: At The Finish

The calling card for this wheel set is the promise of a smoother ride. In that the Atomik/Berd Ultimate wheel delivers upon that promise. The Berd spokes are unique and their qualities are what gives this otherwise fairly plain wheel set its appeal.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

WTB SG2 Gravel Tires: Raddler Checkpoint

This tire isn’t a ‘bad’ tire, but for the MidWest it isn’t a tire that lights a fire underneath me when I ride it. It does the job well enough, sure, but with its slightly harsher ride quality and lack of volume, it isn’t on the same plane as the Resolute or the Byway, both of which we are testing in this series of SG2 reviews.

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Posted in Accessories Bottles/Storage Quick Review Reviews

Elite Byasi Container: Quick Review

Whether or not you are in for a ‘tool keg’ or not, the Byasi Container is a brilliantly made and easy to use solution for storage on the bike.

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