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3 Cool Bits: Orange Seal, ISM, Bombtrack

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Bombtrack Hook EXT Ti
As much as we enjoy a top carbon gravel bike, deep down we all yearn for a titanium frame. There’s just something about this material that feels at home off road. The Bombtrack Hook EXT Ti isn’t made of just any titanium; it uses 3Al-2.5V titanium and a biaxially ovalized down tube for better power transfer and precise steering. Additionally, a CNC chainstay yoke allows for plenty of tire clearance and bigger chainring options. And with a T47 bottom bracket and all the gear mounts you could ever need, it’s built to be your go-to frame for any adventure for years to come. $3,989 (frameset); bombtrack.com

ISM PN 4.0
You’ve probably encountered an ISM saddle by now, with its truncated double-nose design that relieves pressure from soft tissue in that most sensitive of areas, while also promoting additional blood flow. The latest saddle in the brand’s Performance Narrow category, the PN4.0, builds on the much-loved PN3.0 by increasing sit-bone contact points by 5mm. This allows for a more relaxed pelvic tilt for gravel riding and endurance road positions. In addition to its comfort, this saddle allows for greater thigh and hamstring clearance, providing you more movement around the seat and helping you dive into corners. If you have saddle-comfort problems, do yourself a favor and check out an ISM. $240; ismseat.com

Orange Seal Subzero Sealant
Spring may be around the corner, but winter is still very much in full effect. For those who live in extremely cold environments, Orange Seal has developed a special Subzero formula designed to keep you working through the coldest days. How cold? Try down to minus-20 Fahrenheit. Filling punctures up to one-eighth inch and slices up to a quarter inch, the winter formula has a slight tradeoff in sealing capability compared to the regular Orange Seal sealant we love so much; but with a lifespan of nearly half a year, it should keep you rolling trouble-free through the coldest parts of the calendar. $22 (16oz); orangeseal.com

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