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Shimano SLX double crankset review: A lightweight workhorse

Tucked quietly in between XT and Deore component groups, Shimano’s SLX doesn’t seem designed to attract attention.  Nicely made and handsome, it doesn’t necessarily stand out on a bike.  Which is a shame- because right there in plain sight are hiding some of the gems of Shimano’s line.

Case in point? The SLX crankset.  Hollow forged from aluminum, the FC-M675 wide-range double costs $60 less than the XT and manages to shift nearly as well while weighing 4g less.  As an added bonus, the arms’ XTR-inspired machined faces will wear better once heel rub takes hold.  Hit the jump to find out even more reasons why the SLX crankset is the pick of the litter…

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Funsplosion! SDG Saddles, Grips, and Seatpost just in

Entering the bike industry to make millions would probably be… misguided.  But starting or joining a bike or gear company because you’ve got some cool ideas and want to have a bit of fun bringing them to life?  That’s a bit more like it.

Building saddles since the early-90s, Speed Defies Gravity–now SDG Components–has built a solid following for their comfortable saddles, innovative I-Beam mounting system, and sense of fun.  From the legendary Bel Air to bombproof Kevlar-covered saddles to today’s surprisingly broad range, SDG are all about the bicycle contact points.  Now owned by a former intern (kids, take note!), SDG have just sent out a number of products that don’t just seem well thought out- they make us smile too.  Party after the jump!

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Quick Review: Halo’s light, slip-resistant Hex Key Skewers

Catch up on all of our Project 1.2 posts here!

When looking for a bolt-on skewer to keep our Project 1.2 On-One Lurcher’s rear wheel from slipping in its horizontal dropouts, I decided to give the rear half of Halo’s GBP8 (under $15) Hex Key Skewer set a try.  Not often seen on our side of the world, Halo is a budget-minded wheelgoods brand out of the UK.  A nice deep CNC machined end cap looked able to take the recommended 7 ft-lb torque and a built-in “no-turn tab” make it easier to deliver.  How has the rear Halo handled single speed life? Hit the jump to find out!

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