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bentcrank

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Here is my Fuji Cross 1.3

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lennymatuszewski

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My 2016 GT Grade carbon 105 on its maiden voyage. I've since upgraded it to 1x11 with the following:
Dura Ace 7900 crankset with Wolf Tooth 38T chainring
Ultegra 6800 rear derailleur, cassette, and chain
Bontrager RXL 100mm stem
Bontrager XXX seatpost
Bontrager Evoke RXL carbon rail saddle (not convinced I like this saddle on the bike yet)

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First ride today on my Kona Private Jake.  I'll commute on it this week & get it on the dirt Sunday.  Little bit of tweaking left to do but the ride is amazing.  I'll likely add a tangle bag for water before the weekend.
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Very interesting, trophytaker! Do you plan to change the trigger shifters over to brifters, or do you keep it that way to swap bars for trail riding?
Yes, I left it this way to decide if I wanted to stay with this bar set up or not. have not fully decided if I like the drops on highly technical trails or not. When I do I will probably put sram road lever/shifters on.

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Just finished building up the frame this past weekend.  A Pinarello FCX running Ultegra.  46/34 and 11-32.  This picture shows her wearing the road wheelset.  The gravel wheelset sat at home this trip.

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My Specialized Crux , shimano 105 11- 32 , exactly What i need for the kind of Ride in the
Eastern Township ( Quebec,Canada ) .
Ready for next season...

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All City Macho Man Disc 49cm
Shimano 105 5700 10 speed shifters
FSA crank w/ SRAM x-sync chain ring 40 tooth
Shimano SLX 11-36 cassette
Shimano XTR 9-speed rear derrailure
Salsa Cowbell handlebars
Thomson seatpost and stem
Specialized Phenom saddle
HED Belgium rims on DT Swiss 350 hubs
Surly Knard 700x41 tires

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Here's my Nature Boy on first ride with Woodchippers
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My Jones set up for gravel (I use a reguler 29er in front usually) Crazy comfy bike, took it on a 60 mile ride with 5000ft gain last year and it was better riding than my Vaya.

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My Warbird that replaced my Vaya, everytime I ride this bike I am more and more happy with it.  Unreal comfort with lightweight speed.

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Here's my latest bike, an experiment in 26" wheels. I'm investigating what happens when you get flotation and light weight at the expense of rollover.



@drwelby care to share the results/ impressions of your 26" wheel experiment? 
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@drwelby care to share the results/ impressions of your 26" wheel experiment? 


So the bike has Stans rims and Stans Crow tires run tubeless.

The wheels are really peppy - you wouldn't think you were on 2" wide tires. Climbing out of the saddle the bike seems to take off.

The supple tires are crazy smooth. Switching back to a bike with regular 29" tires and tubes was suprising - much noisier ride. It really smooths out the dirt roads. I only have to run ~30psi which seems low but works great.

The extra floatation is really nice - the bike barely sinks in when things get sandy. It's also not fishtailing as much - when you get that little built up berm of gravel next to where the car tires run you roll diagonally across it without getting tankslapped.

On rougher stuff - washboard and rocky trails, you start to notice there's less rollover than a bigger wheel once you get past what the tire can soak up. But compared to something closer in diameter with a smaller tire, say a 700x32 run at higher pressures, it's probably a wash. The fast tire can absorb some of the bump size making it effectively smaller so the rollover angle is similar.

The smaller wheel size makes it easier to cram into a frame and still get a low q-factor. If you want something that has the position and pep of a road racing bike but isn't a royal pain to ride when things get loose then it's worth exploring.
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Sort-of a beater, pieced together on a 2007 Redline Conquest frame:IMG_3402.JPG  
I'm gradually trying to get this setup 'dialed' for my first ever gravel century this spring. 



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RLT 9 Steel, built up from the frame a couple of months ago.

DT Swiss 240 & Belgium HED+.  Teravail Cannonballs.  Salsa Cowbell, Fizik gel, & LizardSkins tape.  Force 1 1x11.  TRP HY/RD.  Cambium C17.  Niner Biocentric II PF30 BB.

Lowering the BB 8.5mm with Niner's EBB tuned handling from cross to stable gravel.  I took it on 50 miles at Land Run, am doing 80 tomorrow at the Red River Riot, and aim at the DK Half-Pint.  It rides great.




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2013 CAADX Tiagra.  Swapped out the brakes (huge difference), added a WTB saddle, threw on fatter tires and was ready to roll.  

Here she is with a miniature deer balancing on the top tube.  
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Been riding this rig since 2013. It has over 4500 miles on it so far. Not a ton of disc frames available back then, but I wanted 70mm BB drop and shorter stays, and this had both and it was cheap. The Revelate Tangle bag went on soon after I built it and has never come off! I love that thing, it's a like a huge glove compartment for your bicycle. I am using a old Deore LX mtn triple crank off my first good mountain bike: a 1994 Specialized Stumpjumper. 1x? No thanks. Rings are 46/34/26 i think, and the cassette is 11-30. Triples are great because you have huge range, and can run a smaller cassette that has tighter jumps and really get your cadence dialed in. I rigged up a 9sp Shimano mtn derailleur with my 10 sp shifters which works for 10 sp. I live in SW Montana and there are plenty of steep forest service roads and trails that the granny is really nice for. I recently built up the KOM I23 rims which I got on sale for $50 each! A few incidents involving hitting things (like a mail truck) required new rims. Wide rims are great, you get more volume for any given tire and can run lower pressures. Especially good for frames that have limited clearance. I am running an old set of Captain CX's for the winter. I never ran these before on my old rims (A23) because I had to run too high pressure. I prefer Challenge Gravel Grinder 38's but they aren't good when its wet so I wait till after spring to mount those up. I love this bike as it lets me get out and ride all the great backroads here in Montana while I wait for the mountain bike trails to dry out, or when I don't have time to get to the trails. I think the geometry is perfect. 72 HA 73 SA 435 CS and 70 BB drop. My only major gripe is the downtube shift routing. I don't want any bike of mine that sees dirt to have any cables on the downtube! That is on the list for next time. The only thing that makes me want to replace this frame is when Mike at Black Mtn Cycles comes out with a production disc cross frame, or maybe someday getting a custom frame from Paul Sadoff at Rock Lobster. 
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2016 Niner RLT 4 1/2 star build [biggrin].  Blues sky over northern Colorado!

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My 2016 Ridley X-trail

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My first foray into the word of "gravel bikes"...2016 Cannondale SuperX CX1 Rival. No real complaints but not many miles on it yet. With it had TA but otherwise...I'm ok with it. Need to get used to the 1x11 on the road which at the moment makes up most of my mileage. I got such a killer deal on the bike it was hard to say no...but I'm not 100% sure it's a keeper. Time and my bike shop will tell.

Swapped seats and it will definitely need new bartape...I'll just double wrap for some extra cushion. Swapped out the stock r/d and cassette for a long cage and pie plate (40T Shimano XT cassette). I'm fat and out of shape and need that low low gearing to make the climbs that I was able to do on my Synapse with 34/32 gearing. 

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Elmar, my self-made rando/gravel bike. Designed for 650Bx48 tires with the ability to use 700x50 (without fenders) to 26x2.3" tires. Very comfortable and versatile. Only issue has been pedal clearance with the low BB and 650Bx38-42 tires.

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Elmar, my self-made rando/gravel bike. Designed for 650Bx48 tires with the ability to use 700x50 (without fenders) to 26x2.3" tires. Very comfortable and versatile. Only issue has been pedal clearance with the low BB and 650Bx38-42 tires.


I was going to bug you to post that here! What's the geometry?
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I was going to bug you to post that here! What's the geometry?

MINE! [wink] fits me and my needs perfectly.

Roughly, 73/74, 60mm fork offset, 80mm BB drop, 435mm CS, can not remember the front center, never checked the TT length. 120mm stem. 180mm cranks.

Built on the not-really-a-jig. Fourth frame to comes off of it.
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 Built on the not-really-a-jig. Fourth frame to comes off of it.


Haha, forgot about all that! Can't wait to take a closer look at it in Gothenburg.
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All City Nature Boy converted to 1x9 with Vassage Gear Plug2.  38 ring up front, 11-34 in back. Sunrace shifter.  

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Greetings from the UK.

This is my On-One Bish Bash Bosh.  Not the most subtle of of bikes but good enough to make the other 3 do nothing but gather dust.

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