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bshefftz

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Here's my new Litespeed T5G, shown at one of its frequent mid-ride stops:

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Thanks to the other Litespeed T5g owners on this forum who provided me with some information as I was deciding on a frame and spec'ing components. 

My goal with the bike was a best of both worlds ride - I loved my Merlin road bike w. 10-speed ultegra but hardly used it anymore as my riding shifted overall towards off pavement, and although I enjoyed the wider tires, lower gearing, and disc brakes of my Trek Portland, the Merlin spoiled me for the feel of Ti and a better quality drive train.  Frame finalists were the Kona Rove Ti, Moots Routt 45, Lynskey UrBANsky, and the T5G, and the T5G finally won out due to its having similar dimensions to my Merlin CR Works.  So the Merlin and Portland found new homes on Craigslist and the Litespeed was on its way.

The build details:  I almost went with an MTB drivetrain, but finally settled on a bit of a Frankendrive with Ultegra brakes, shifters, and derailleurs but with a Sugino 44-30 crank and a 11-speed SRAM 11-36 cassette (Sugino was out of 46t rings at the time and I may switch the 44t out for the 46t when available to reduce redundant gear ratios).  My desire for low gearing with road components is driven by the two types of rides I do these days: the really steep fire roads near my house (plenty of 20%+ grades, some sustained for half a mile), and when on pavement I usually have two kids in the trailer, which with snacks, clothes, diaper bags, etc. can reach 100 pounds in tow.  Shifting is solid after the 100-mile tuneup.  The brakes are amazing.  If I can't get up a hill on this bike it's my fault alone.

I also went with a KS Lev seatpost (helps when descending those 20% grade stretches), Clement X'Plor USH tires, Thomson handlebars, Tubus Airy rack (added after this picture was taken), custom built wheels with DT Swiss hubs and spokes & Stan's Grail rims.  Riding with tubes but may try tubeless someday to see what that's all about.  Also grateful to the Robert Axle Project for a trailer hookup solution for the through-axle that was the final piece in the puzzle.  With pedals and rack and all the bike is right around 22 pounds.

Absolutely loving it so far!! 



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Sweet!  Hope you will post more pics of this one.

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Here's my new Litespeed T5G, shown at one of its frequent mid-ride stops:

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Thanks to the other Litespeed T5g owners on this forum who provided me with some information as I was deciding on a frame and spec'ing components. 

My goal with the bike was a best of both worlds ride - I loved my Merlin road bike w. 10-speed ultegra but hardly used it anymore as my riding shifted overall towards off pavement, and although I enjoyed the wider tires, lower gearing, and disc brakes of my Trek Portland, the Merlin spoiled me for the feel of Ti and a better quality drive train.  Frame finalists were the Kona Rove Ti, Moots Routt 45, Lynskey UrBANsky, and the T5G, and the T5G finally won out due to its having similar dimensions to my Merlin CR Works.  So the Merlin and Portland found new homes on Craigslist and the Litespeed was on its way.

The build details:  I almost went with an MTB drivetrain, but finally settled on a bit of a Frankendrive with Ultegra brakes, shifters, and derailleurs but with a Sugino 44-30 crank and a 11-speed SRAM 11-36 cassette (Sugino was out of 46t rings at the time and I may switch the 44t out for the 46t when available to reduce redundant gear ratios).  My desire for low gearing with road components is driven by the two types of rides I do these days: the really steep fire roads near my house (plenty of 20%+ grades, some sustained for half a mile), and when on pavement I usually have two kids in the trailer, which with snacks, clothes, diaper bags, etc. can reach 100 pounds in tow.  Shifting is solid after the 100-mile tuneup.  The brakes are amazing.  If I can't get up a hill on this bike it's my fault alone.

I also went with a KS Lev seatpost (helps when descending those 20% grade stretches), Clement X'Plor USH tires, Thomson handlebars, Tubus Airy rack (added after this picture was taken), custom built wheels with DT Swiss hubs and spokes & Stan's Grail rims.  Riding with tubes but may try tubeless someday to see what that's all about.  Also grateful to the Robert Axle Project for a trailer hookup solution for the through-axle that was the final piece in the puzzle.  With pedals and rack and all the bike is right around 22 pounds.

Absolutely loving it so far!! 


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I was perusing older threads on a rainy day and saw this one.  I'm digging your bike.  Is it a custom frame/fork?  Titanium?

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Grinding & Riding Modes - On/Off Pavement, From My Garage 

Wearing 1.8" Specialized Renegades at the time which work pretty well

PS -  It's about 10 below zero here curretly with a 20 mph wind..............my rec room fireplace as seen a lot of wood this winter 






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So heres my new Straggler with my wifes Crux that I got her for our 20th wedding anniversary last year
This was 1st ride on gravel for the straggler and loving it so far 
Its my first drop bar bike after a gagle of mountain bikes

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Me and my Curtlo Cross bike, had about 10 years or so nice custom steel(From Winthrop WA)Alpha Q fork , with a somewhat odd parts mix of Shimano and Campy.  DA 7800 cranks with 46/38 wick works rings, King BB,Chorus 10speed shifters and Record Front Derailler, shimano DA rear Derailler, ultegra 6800/ HED belguim + wheels, ultegra 12-27 9 speed cassette, Specialized trigger 38 tires setup tubeless,  Ritchey WCS bar and stem, Thomson setback seat post-though just got a FSA Kforce light carbon I'll try, and a older Fizik Pave seat, that will probably be replaced with a WTB silverado soon.    Paul Neo retro front and touring rear canti brakes, also sporting a topeak explorer rack and bag on this ride as well, handled my olympus camera and some extra tubes and stuff.
     Here overlooking Spada Lake in Western Wa while on about a 60 or so mile mostly gravel ride last weekend with some friends.  Been ridding heavy on some of  my recent training rides, but have a lighter still tough wheel set I'll setup with a pair of 33 specialized trigger tubeless tires, then take off the rack and bag for some summer events coming up, like the Leavenworth gran Fondo at the end of the month, then it might go back to a single ring setup for cross season.me Spada lake outlook-5020032.jpg 

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Asylum Meuse with new TRP thru-axel fork...
Drivetrain: Ultegra
Brakes TRP Hy/Rds - AWESOME stoppers!

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Dirt Wheels: Ritchey WCS (DT Swiss) hubs laced to Velocity Aileron rims (3x Dt Comp spokes)
Dirt Rubber: Challenge Gravel Grinders 700x38
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Road (less dirty) Wheels: Dt Swiss hubs laced to Pacenti SL25 rims with Sapim Laser spokes
Road rubber: Schwalbe One Tubeless 700x28
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So far a TON of fun!
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That Asylum looks sick. Any issues with swapping wheelsets, especially different make/model?  Does your disc line up the same?  Rear derailleur need tweaking?

Here's my ride.  Diamondback Steilacoom RCX Pro (non-disc version).  By design, its a pure cx bike.  Handles super snappy in singletrack, but still rides plenty comfy for me on long haul road and gravel.  Aluminum frame, carbon cockpit, seatpost, and crank.  Just converted the michelin mud 2's to tubeless on the Easton ea70sl wheelset w/ a Stan's kit.  Since this pic, I've flipped the stem and swapped the saddle for a fizik Kurve Bull.  Icing on the cake for me is that way back when I was a 7-8 year old on my cheap black huffy, I always drooled over my neighbor's chrome finish diamondback bmx.  Now, some 30 years later, I got mine!  Eat your heart out Steve. 

If anyone else has one of these, lemme know & post it up.
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Snoopy,
Thanks for the kind words, the more I ride it the more I like it.

That DB looks sharp with that white fork!

Wheel swaps are fine after putting a single paper thin disc shim on the front gravel wheel. Rear discs line up perfectly - perhaps luck as the road DT hubs are centerlock, and the Ritchey( older DT hub) is 6 bolt. The rear road wheel has a 1mm spacer at the base of the cassette which gets me really close and so I just twist the cable adjuster a couple of clicks and it's fine.

I've got a "proper" road bike ('11 Specy Tarmac SL2), but I'm experimenting to see if I can make the Asylum pull double duty and not miss the fun that the Tarmac is in the twisty descents... Jury is still out on that question, but ithe Meuse is just a ton of fun for what it is. It certainly inspires confidence on gravel, so I ride more gravel on it. I think the disc brakes are such an improvement that I can descend almost as fast. The Tarmac is just so smooth and agile rolling into tight corners and that is plain old fun!

I haven't really tried pushing the Meuse yet on pavement as it's been really wet here in Colorado for the past few weeks with lots of water and dirt on the roads. Time will tell.

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My Peregrine:

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Litespeed Titanium Unicoi (softail) 29er.  Setup 9spd, Sram grip shift 11/34 cassette and  XTR 960 crank with 46/34. Tubeless carbon hoops laced to CK hubs wrapped with WTB Nano Race 700x40c. Niner fork and Jones H bar with bar tape. Ready for DK200. IMG_3552.JPG

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Here's a picture of my Litespeed T5 gravel.

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Why put that big ugly brace between the disc-side stays on that Litespeed?  It makes sense to brace it if the brake was mounted atop the seatstay, but with the brake mounted in between the stays, what good would it do?
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Why put that big ugly brace between the disc-side stays on that Litespeed?  It makes sense to brace it if the brake was mounted atop the seatstay, but with the brake mounted in between the stays, what good would it do?


I'd have to respectfully disagree on the ugly characterization of the brace, but that is subjective.

For the purpose of the brace, I'm no frame designer, and I have not played one on tv, but I have stayed at Holiday Inn's before so my thoughts would be:
  1. If you put the caliper on the seat or chainstay, it is still ~160mm out from the axle, so it will have a resulting moment either way
  2. To counteract the moment from the brake caliper, I would guess you would either have to beef up the chain stay or the seat stay or both. Perhaps the brace allows you to keep both of them thinner walled allowing different/better ride quality. The increased rigidity of the rear thru axle should allow the use of thinner wall stays than a QR set up, so maybe they didn't want to give any of that back.
  3. I know on automotive disc brakes, there are natural frequency issues that can lead to noise. Seems to me the brace between the stays could eliminate harmonics from the caliper being offset out from the axle as the brakes slip and grab as they glaze.
Maybe we have some frame designers / builders on here who can answer more definitively.
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Here's mine Kona Rove Al 
What's really cool about this style of bike is the exploring attitude. I discovered a short gravel rode during my regular ride about 7  miles round trip with about 3 miles of loose fresh gravel. I read how riders are banging out 25 mph on this stuff and it truly amazes me. I got up to about 12 with effort and cruised at 10. The Clement 35 ush are starting to shine thru after a couple of break in rides. I felt some float Yippee! 

Anyway the Rove is doing great no issues. I was testing a fully loaded front bag this time out. Steering was tighter than usual but still handled well. 


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FRANKENSTEIN.jpg Ok, all the bikes on here are absolutely beautiful and probably have a price tag to match.  I call my bike "Frankenstein"  because it was created from a bunch of parts from other bicycles and items added as the need presented itself.  She is capable of both road biking and off-road biking, with interchangeable wheel sets equipped with road tires (Nashbar Rambler 1.75) or MTB tires (Velociraptor 2.1).  I have put a lot of miles on this bike...she is reliable...so far anyway. She does weigh quite a bit more than the other bikes in this forum...but the object was for me to get out there and ride, and she serves that purpose with flying colors.  It's like having two bikes in one.  Total cash outlay...so far...$375.00 


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Hi! here is my new Gravel bike. Riding it around 3 weeks with very good sensations!

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The Willard 2 stops to check the Martensdale Blue Devils' gridiron paint.

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Here's a gravel monster/hooligan bike I recently put together starting with a used '13 Stumpy Marathon.  Ended up being a real "Frankenbike": Salsa 46cm Cowbell bars, Shimano 105 685 shifters +  785 hydraulic brake calipers, SRAM 36/22 drive, Shimano 105 11-32 cassette, Renegade tubeless 29x1.8 tires.  Right at 23 lb as it sits (carbon frame, wheels, cranks, and seatpost).  

In the road/gravel/mtn bike continuum it probably lies closer to the mtb end of the spectrum.  The longer wheelbase, slacker head tube and heavier front end compared to a typical gravel bike mean the handling is less sharp, but stability and confidence on rough stuff are increased.  The 45mm tires and 90mm fork travel really smooth things out and help keep my eyeballs in my head and my fillings in my teeth at higher speeds.  I gave up a some control on the knarly stuff compared to the original flat-bar mtb, but I like the different hand positions of the drop bars - they provide more comfortable positions and they seem to help with climbing and with aerodynamics on the road.

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My Norco Search:

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That Search is a beauty!

I've been eyeing that bike for a while. I would love to see how it handles compared to a race geometry bike like a Tarmac... I'm looking for a race geometry, disc brake bike that'll take 40mm tires.

Any thoughts or impressions would be welcome!

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a bit of a Frankendrive with Ultegra brakes, shifters, and derailleurs but with a Sugino 44-30 crank and a 11-speed SRAM 11-36 cassette
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I'm especially interested in knowing how well your Ultegra front derailleur works with the Sugino 44-30 crankset.  Sugino has some tech notes for derailleur height.
ref: http://suginoltd.co.jp/us/pdf/SuginoFDPositionForInstallingChainwheel%28JP-EN%29.pdf

Do you think the older Sugino OX601d/OX801d crankset would be okay with Shimano 11-speed?

Did you do anything special with the Ultegra rear derailleur to handle the 11-36 cassette?

For comparison, I'm using the standard cage Campy Athena 11-speed rear derailleur with a Shimano 105 11-32 cassette and it shifts and runs perfectly.
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That Search is a beauty! I've been eyeing that bike for a while. I would love to see how it handles compared to a race geometry bike like a Tarmac... I'm looking for a race geometry, disc brake bike that'll take 40mm tires. Any thoughts or impressions would be welcome! Croz


I also ride a BH ultralight and a Caad10. Compared to the BH which has a very short chain stay length and massive toe overlap the Search is really stable.  Much longer wheelbase, not too different in the bottom bracket height and head tube height make it much more predictable and not twitchy.  To that end the Caad 10 is more predictable than the BH.

In 2014 I rode the Belgian Waffle Ride on the BH with Sector 28's and the egg beater pedals you see on the Search. It was fine, but not ideal.

In 2015 I rode the same event, slightly different course, on the Search with sector 28's again.  Much better ride for 140 miles with 30 or so off road.  I shaved off about 40 mins from my time in 2014.  

This is not a road race machine by any means, you have to really work hard to stay with the dedicated roadies in pack riding, but the stability and tracking offered for gravel and fire roads is really great. I am having a lot of fun. Now I need to find some really good tubeless gravel specific tires. The Sectors are good, but with no tread at all, make gravel riding, err......... full of surprises!
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Beauty.

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Recently started exploring all the gravel forest service roads in the local Cherokee National Forest (Eastern TN).  Love my new Litespeed T5Gravel. 

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