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FranzAM
jeanjacques wrote:
It's not all about esthetic (or a bike in particular, it's like this since the beginning of the thread). More lever on the fork steerer and right choice about geometry. More than 2cm of spacer just show a wrong bike choice. Geometry isn't the first criteria ? If people learned a little bit more about geometry and choice consequently, maker will take more care about it. Look at the gravel market today, that's crazy, we see road race bike or CX bike geometry, steep head angle with low rake fork, hight BB, hyper short chainstay, etc.


people are different, riding styles are different.
from which kind of sport you start graveling is an issue too
It´s a difference of your " perfect bike geometry" when you come from downhill, xc-racing, triathlon or moto trial.

So I prefer more reach and a higherBB, others a shorter frame, but higher bars.
For the most riders it´s to much science to work with reach, stack, lenght of the chainstays  and head tube, seat and head tube angle, fork rake...
If You change one parameter, it changes all!

So ,they should drive the frame geometry they like
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Volsung

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62mm of headset spacers.  Deal with it.

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smithe68
Pretty tame conversation compared to fit conversations on some tri forums I am a part of. I haven't had a full fit on my Diverge yet, haven't had it long and only 3 rides so far. I am very comfortable on it as it sits and comfort is important!
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FranzAM
my girl´s new one:

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Now waiting for bottle cages and a second wheelset in 650b
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TiGeo
2015 Specy 52 CruX E5 (read aluminum) Evo (that was their "gravel" version back then...just an extra bottle cage mount on the bottom of the down tube and compact road gearing vs. CX race gearing).  19.62 pounds.  Sram Force 1 shifters/brakes/derailleur.  160 Centerline rotor up front, 140mm out back.  Sunrace 11-42 CSMS8 cassette.  42t Wolf Tooth narrow-wide ring.  Praxxis Works braze-on chain guide.  Easton EC70 AX bars (42s).  Specy CGR post.  Specy S-works cranks.  XTR pedals.  Custom Light-Bicycle RG922 rims laced to DT350s (54t star ratchet).  Panaracer Gravel King SCs TLR 700x38.
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LewisQC
TiGeo wrote:
2015 Specy 52 CruX E5 (read aluminum) Evo (that was their "gravel" version back then...just an extra bottle cage mount on the bottom of the down tube and compact road gearing vs. CX race gearing).  19.62 pounds.  Sram Force 1 shifters/brakes/derailleur.  160 Centerline rotor up front, 140mm out back.  Sunrace 11-42 CSMS8 cassette.  42t Wolf Tooth narrow-wide ring.  Praxxis Works braze-on chain guide.  Easton EC70 AX bars (42s).  Specy CGR post.  Specy S-works cranks.  XTR pedals.  Custom Light-Bicycle RG922 rims laced to DT350s (54t star ratchet).  Panaracer Gravel King SCs TLR 700x38.
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Nice build TiGeo. I'm wondering about the chain guide. Have you experience dropped chain or is it just for extra security? I'm using 1x with NW and sram derailleur on my fatbike and FS 29er. I don't think I ever dropped a chain.
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vdubgeek
Hi, new to this forum.  I just purchased my first gravel bike, a new Niner RLT9 Steel.  Been out on a couple short rides on it, and it's quickly becoming my new favorite, replacing a hardtail  that I'd been riding previously.  

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TiGeo
LewisQC wrote:

Nice build TiGeo. I'm wondering about the chain guide. Have you experience dropped chain or is it just for extra security? I'm using 1x with NW and sram derailleur on my fatbike and FS 29er. I don't think I ever dropped a chain.


Before this upgrade I was running ghetto Shimano 1x so chain retention was not great, I ride some rowdy stuff on mine and would loose the chain all the time.  With this clutch derailleur, I won't need it but it's not like it's hurting anything so I'll just keep it on.
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MountainMike11


Meet Ceclia, she's my new ride. My first drop bar bicycle. Based on a 2017 Lynskey Urbanskey M/L frame, carbon bar/fork, Panaracer Gravel King SK tires 38c front 35c rear, mixed Shimano 11 speed (11/34)  50/34 compact components Hope rx4 hydraulic brakes, ESI bar tape, Look X-Track pedals.
Mix of old and new parts, generic and name brand parts, trying to hit a target value point and built it up myself (first time ever)
Main purpose is to have a rig to handle central Arizona farm roads, mixed surface and do more exploration training rides, with an occasional commuting (30 mile) city ride. so far I have been very happy with the results. I look for getting prepped and doing some local grinders as well in the future.

any insight tips, tricks, etc is welcome. IMG_6712.jpg  IMG_6727.jpg   IMG_6757.jpg  IMG_6758.jpg  IMG_6764.jpg  IMG_6770.jpg  IMG_6771.jpg  IMG_6782.jpg    IMG_6746.jpg
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FranzAM

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How are the Shimope brakes working? On my CX bike I drive Shigura brakes -great!
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MountainMike11
I love it so far strong modulation and wasn't terribly challenging to setup. I only have just over 100 miles so far so we will see how she ages. at first I was a little worried since it was dragging bad, but I adjusted it (and put the rotors back on the right direction) and its smooth!

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jabberwocky
Heres mine.  Its a Motobecane Century Ti frameset with TRP fork I picked up used and then built with an Ultegra hydro groupset.  So far its been perfect for the Virginia farm roads I like to ride.

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MountainMike11
jabberwocky wrote:
Heres mine.  Its a Motobecane Century Ti frameset with TRP fork I picked up used and then built with an Ultegra hydro groupset.  So far its been perfect for the Virginia farm roads I like to ride.

Nice! That bike was on my short list. I used to live in Fauquier County VA and man I would have loved to have a gravel bike then. 



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Christ D.
My Fearless Vulture

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OffB10Path
Gordito.jpg Cross bike gone 650b. 
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Skldmark
OffB10Path wrote:
Gordito.jpg Cross bike gone 650b. 

I like it. But I can’t identify it. Aluminum from the U.K. perhaps? rear brakecable stops on drive-side, forward facing seatpost clamp slot...???
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OffB10Path
Skldmark wrote:

I like it. But I can’t identify it. Aluminum from the U.K. perhaps? rear brakecable stops on drive-side, forward facing seatpost clamp slot...???


It’s a Salsa Las Cruces cross bike with a Whisky fork. Stripped and painted white, with some custom decals. Little winter project.
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BorregoJames
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2015 MASI CX Comp. Cranks swapped to Tiagra, big chainring swapped to a 44T. Titanium Hardware BB7s (just chose them because they matched the Tiagra's polished aluminum) Shimano SPD's also in aluminum finish. Bruce Gordon ROck'n'Road 44's, knobs trimmed on rear to clear the chainstay, Specialized saddle chosen because blue..and aslo is comfortable luckily.
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TimmyR
First ride across the causeway on my "other" gravel bike....(Salsa Vaya Tiagra)

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Tim

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Skldmark
What causeway? And why didn’t the Vaya catch on as the near ideal gravel bike?
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Zurichman
So not being the techy guy how do I post a pic here from my puter?

Zman
If it was easy it wouldn't be a memory. You just hope you don't have all your memories in the same ride. been there dun that Zman
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TimmyR
Skldmark wrote:
What causeway? And why didn’t the Vaya catch on as the near ideal gravel bike?


Miami Causeway is where I was (from Alice Wainwright Park to Bill Baggs Cape). My Vaya lives in FL since I spend a couple of weeks a month there working. At home I am riding a '14 Crux. Honestly, I love the Vaya so far. It's a little heavy at 27# but rides great and is a lot of fun. I am looking to replace my Crux with something similar to my Vaya in the not so distant future.
Tim

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TimmyR
Zurichman wrote:
So not being the techy guy how do I post a pic here from my puter?

Zman


Zman - look at top of reply box and select the little icon next the link
                                                 

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Tim

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Zurichman
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If it was easy it wouldn't be a memory. You just hope you don't have all your memories in the same ride. been there dun that Zman
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Zurichman
Thanks TimmyR Yes you can teach an old dog a new trick. This is a 10-12 mile ride from my house just to get to this gravel and a 2 mile climb at least @ a 7% grade to just to get there.

Zman
If it was easy it wouldn't be a memory. You just hope you don't have all your memories in the same ride. been there dun that Zman
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