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Atomik/Berd Ultimate Gravel Wheels: Getting Rolling

The Atomik/Berd Ultimate wheels are made with a somewhat familiar rim material, but laced with the unusual Berd spokes, which have claims of lighter weight, but more importantly, strength and damping qualities for the rider. At a starting price of $1700.00 for a wheel set and up, depending upon options spec’ed, the Atomik rims with these Berd spokes have some stiff competition, so the claims are important.

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Posted in Apparel Bikepacking Keepers Quick Review Reviews Shoes

Shimano SD5A Cycling Sandals: Quick Review

Long revered among touring cyclists and RAGBRAI riders, Shimano’s SPD cycling sandals are also a popular summer option for gravel cyclists.

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Keepers: Bontrager Ion 200 RT/Flare RT

What I wanted was a smaller light form with as little weight as I could get, and with enough intensity front and rear to be worth using on open roads. I also wanted at least 8 hours of run time on a high level flash.

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Posted in Components Keepers Long Review Reviews Tires

Continental Terra Trail and Terra Speed Tires: Long Review

It’s amazing how good gravel tires are today, and these new Continental tires are great examples of the progress we’ve made. They’re not much heavier than a road tire, yet are true 40c semi-knobbies that can confidently be ridden in nearly any gravel conditions.

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MG GT Grade Carbon Pro
Posted in Bikepacking Gravel Bikes Keepers Reviews

GT Grade Carbon Pro: At the Finish

I’ve been riding our 2020 Grade Carbon Pro long-term test bike for about eight months now, and it’s time to offer up my final impressions of the bike.

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Posted in Bikepacking Components Keepers Reviews Seat Post

Redshift Shock Stop Seatpost: Checkpoint

Redshift Shock Stop Seatpost: Checkpoint – by MG Suspension seatposts are a concept most riders can get behind in theory, but in reality, many riders…

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Posted in Brakes Components Drive Train Parts Keepers Reviews

Shimano GRX Components: At the Finish

Shimano GRX Components: At the Finish – by MG As the deep freeze of winter begins to break, it’s time to wrap-up our long term…

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Pro Discover Big Flare bar
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PRO Discover Big Flare Handlebar: At the Finish

Since August, Guitar Ted and I have been riding the PRO Discover Big Flare handlebar on our respective bikes. Today, it’s time to wrap up our review and give our final thoughts on the bar’s performance.

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Shimano GRX equipped GT Grade Carbon Pro
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Shimano GRX Components: Checkpoint

Without a doubt, one of the hottest stories of 2019 in the gravel world is the introduction of Shimano GRX. Today, we’ll share Guitar Ted’s impressions of the 1x GRX group he’s running on his Noble GX5, and I’ll give my thoughts on the 2x mechanical and Di2 versions of the group.

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Keepers: Time XPRO 10 Pedals

I began using Expresso Time road pedals with that ICLIC system and the unique carbon blade about three years ago. I had not much experience with other systems, coming from a set of Ritchey road pedals that I finally wore out. I enjoyed the ease of entry with the Time pedals and the way they stayed ‘open’ upon exit so you do not have to overcome spring tension to enter the pedal.

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