Registered: 1487129355 Posts: 2
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I'm looking to buy my first gravel bike. I'm looking at these 2. Both are priced around the same.
http://www.rei.com/product/108761/diamondback-haanjo-trail-ultegra-bike-2017 or http://www.performancebike.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10052_10551_1210373_-1_401105__401105 I'm hoping to get rid of my road bike and use this for road and gravel riding. If I ride from my house the dirt roads are about a 10-15 mile ride, so I want a bike that is not too slow to ride to get there. That's why I looked at bikes with 2x, not a 1x. I would plan to eventually buy a second wheelset so it would be better setup for pavement. Anyone think a 1x would be OK? The Haanjo has Ultegra and better brakes compared to the Jari's 105 groupset. I can't find much info on the wheels. Anyone have comments on the Stan's Radlers vs. HED wheels? My thought is the Fuji has better wheels, while the Haanjo has better components. My thought is the geometry of the Fuji may be slightly better for road riding. I can't find the weight on the Hannjo, but I assume they would be similar. Any thoughts or recommendations?
Registered: 1481902583 Posts: 8
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I had the prior version of the Haanjo Trail (with the TRP Hy/Rd brakes) and the HED Tomcat is the same rim profile as their Ardennes/Belgium plus. I'm not sure about the aluminum alloy though, if it's the same or different. I rode the bike for 2 years and in the first year only trued the rear wheel once. In the second year however I started breaking spokes. I'm a pretty big guy (250+) and I rode the bike on nearly everything I would ride a road or mountain bike on. Single Track, CX racing, gravel roads, fire roads, dirt, sand, as well as road rides. 28 spoke rear is less beefy than I would have liked, but after the first couple spokes breaking, I had my shop retention the wheel and that seemed to slow the rate of spokes breaking. Had I kept it I would have replaced all the rear wheel spokes with higher quality spokes. The rim however was great and other than one pretty hard rock strike that cause the first years need for a true, I didn't have any issues. Set up tubeless nicely with the 40mm Kenda Happy Mediums that came on the bike.
Registered: 1487129355 Posts: 2
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Thanks for the feedback on the spokes. You feel it was pretty quick on pavement? That matters more to me than how it is on single track. I'd use my mountain bike for my trail riding. Maybe I'd hit an occasional trail along the way, but the riding would be mostly on dirt and paved roads.
I'm in an area where there are no dealers that carry them, so I'd have to order either online. It sucks I can't test ride to compare them. Why did you get rid of it after 2 years? I'm also thinking maybe I should look at an endurance road bike with disc brakes that will fit wider tires. Does anyone know what the widest tire that will fit on a Cannondale Synapse is?
Registered: 1486404499 Posts: 13
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"Anyone think a 1x would be OK?"
I really like the 2017 Fairdale Weekender Drop. I ordered it and it was delivered to a local bike shop and the mechanics were really impressed with the build quality. When I picked up the bike several employees were researching the Fairdale Bikes website and are interested in purchasing from Fairdale. One of the employees is seriously considering purchasing the Fairdale Goodship Frame set and building a custom bike. http://fairdalebikes.com/bikes/2017-weekender-drop-bar/ After my Fairdale Weekender Drop was assembled, I added the following: Brooks C17 Cambium Saddle Shimano PD-A530 Pedals Bontrager BackRack Deluxe L Two Bontrager RL Water Bottle Cages