The first is a new seat-dropper lever, which, paired with a road dropper post, will let you drop your seat to lower your center of gravity on technical descents. The ReMote 32’s clamp size is compatible with the most common road bar size of 31.8mm, and features two lever lengths to suit differing dropper post setups. A uniquely large-sized 21mm sealed cartridge bearing aims to provide smooth operation and modulation. There’s also an integrated barrel adjuster to allow on-the-fly cable fixes. Of course, crashing is often a part of off-road adventuring, so there’s a breakaway axle built into the ReMote 32. Replacement axles are less than $5, which is cheaper than replacing the entire assembly. The ReMote 32 seat dropper lever for drop bars costs $69.95.
Other upgrades focus on widening your road bike’s existing gear range, so you can expand the gearing on your existing road bike without investing in a whole new gruppo. Wolf Tooth’s RoadLink derailleur hanger, for example, extends the length of your road bike’s derailleur mount, so you can use a wide-range cassette with Shimano’s road derailleurs. The RoadLink accommodates cassettes up to 40T, like those more typically found on mountain bike groupsets, so you can have a bailout gear on tough climbs. The RoadLink derailleur hanger costs $21.95.
If you decide you want a mountain bike derailleur on your adventure bike, but want to keep your same shifter levers, you might be interested in the Tanpan. This small-but-mighty piece amplifies road shifter cable pull to allow mountain bike derailleurs to shift more smoothly. Wolf Tooth uses a CNC machine here in the US to form the Tanpan out of stainless steel, and includes a sealed cartridge bearing to protect the mechanism from extreme weather conditions. It’s also compatible with Shimano’s road shifters and mountain bike derailleurs. The Tanpan costs $39.95.
Other add-ons from Wolftooth include the B-RAD system, which gives you more versatile mounting options for bottles and tools, and a new “drop stop” chainring, which the company will be offering in elliptical options as well as standard for both road and cyclocross drivetrains. The B-Rad system costs $22.95. All components are available on wolftoothcomponents.com.
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