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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…


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!


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!