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    [QUOTE=RFC;16354217]





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    How to you like the rack on this surly? Is having the weight so high up weird?

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    Just another Vaya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Cowbell View Post
    Just another Vaya.
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    Love the orange Vaya.

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    Ready for the Texas Chainring Massacre this weekend. Pake C'Mute with Velocity A23's, Conti 32mm X-Kings, fenders and frame bag.









    the DT waterbottle barely fits under the frame bag, so the plan is to fill both bottles and drink from teh ST bottle first. when it's empty, switch them. the frame bag is there to hold my snacks and layers of clothing that I have to take off as the day warms up.

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    Nice build, please provide a ride report next week :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Ready for the Texas Chainring Massacre this weekend. Pake C'Mute with Velocity A23's, Conti 32mm X-Kings, fenders and frame bag.

    the DT waterbottle barely fits under the frame bag, so the plan is to fill both bottles and drink from teh ST bottle first. when it's empty, switch them. the frame bag is there to hold my snacks and layers of clothing that I have to take off as the day warms up.
    Very nice bike! Might want to consider a sideswipe bottle cage in the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
    Thia ia mine, in Dirty Kanza 200.

    Just a cheap Bikes Direct Cross bike, with the addition Psimet built wheels (Chris King Hubs, and Hed Ardennes rims)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
    As of yesterday I can now call this my gravel grinder:

    Looks familiar!

    When I ride gravel as opposed to commuting: Stan's Iron Cross wheelset, Ritchey Speedmax 32mm tires. I also have a CX70 double crank/FD, BB7s and 105 shifters. 46T is great for most commutes - I rarely use the FD.

    I quite like the stock dropbars on the Jake. At first I wasn't sure but I've found I use them a lot - the curved shape gives a lot of easy small adjustment points in your grip.

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    My (demo) Volagi Viaje:




    Review here.
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    TX Chainring Massacre-

    I had a blast. I rode slowly.

    things I did right- brought enough food and water. set up my bike up pretty well.

    things I did wrong that really slowed me down: too much clothes, had to stop a few times to strip off layers. tire choice and pressure it critical! i had 32mm CX tires at about 65 psi and it was way too much for my 160 pound self. I should have chosen some fatter tires or just rode my rigid 29" mountain bike. my tires just sunk down into a lot of the muckier stuff, but it was nice and fast when I found a dry, relatively smooth section. I dropped my pressure to about half at one point and felt much better. I think the fenders were excessive too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MileHighMark View Post
    My (demo) Volagi Viaje:



    Review here.
    I always thought these frames had a cruiser look to them.

    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    TX Chainring Massacre-

    I had a blast. I rode slowly.

    things I did right- brought enough food and water. set up my bike up pretty well.

    things I did wrong that really slowed me down: too much clothes, had to stop a few times to strip off layers. tire choice and pressure it critical! i had 32mm CX tires at about 65 psi and it was way too much for my 160 pound self. I should have chosen some fatter tires or just rode my rigid 29" mountain bike. my tires just sunk down into a lot of the muckier stuff, but it was nice and fast when I found a dry, relatively smooth section. I dropped my pressure to about half at one point and felt much better. I think the fenders were excessive too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by palu View Post
    Yes, old school rocks. Here is my almost-complete gravel bike. Just need a front brake and different handlebar. The Pasela TG 32's fit fine with 3-4mm clearance on each side (rear). Long reach front brake works, but I'd like to get my hands on some Paul Racer brakes.

    That's a sweet-looking machine! What crank and bottom bracket length are you using?
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    I think there was a hired photographer near the beginning of the race but I have not seen the photos yet.

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    gettin Massacred

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    148. about to start boiling alive in that jacket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    That's a sweet-looking machine! What crank and bottom bracket length are you using?
    I'm using a UN55 BB (110mm) and 170mm Shimano 600 cranks with a 48T chainring.

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    Soma Doublecross DC with Retroshift shifters, VeloOrange cranks, and BB7 MTB disc brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grindill View Post
    Soma Doublecross DC with Retroshift shifters, VeloOrange cranks, and BB7 MTB disc brakes.

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    I almost went with a VO crank when I built my Surly. It looks great with that frame.
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    Soma Triple X

    MN State Gravel 2013 TripleCross.jpgSomaWinter3.jpgSoma Triplecross. Tange Prestige carbon fork and bars help dampen the road vibration, HED Belgian+ wheels, Surly beers.
    It's a fun ride. Gravel grinders are popping up all over the country now and it's a good crowd just out to challenge themselves and enjoy the camaraderie.
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    60Cycles - I absolutely love the Soma Triple Cross, but then I am partial to shiny bikes too. That frame has been saved to my favorites folder for quite sometime now, but I am sure they will be sold out before I can save up. Enjoy that ride!

    Here is my drop bar converted Jamis Coda that serves as my latest gravel rig.
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    The Triple Cross does not use Tange Prestige tubing. As per Soma's website: Fillet brazed KVA MS2 double butted stainless steel tubing. Really nice frame btw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaliayev View Post
    The Triple Cross does not use Tange Prestige tubing.
    I believe he was referring to the fork.

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    Oops, poor reading comprehension. Really do like the frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaliayev View Post
    The Triple Cross does not use Tange Prestige tubing. As per Soma's website: Fillet brazed KVA MS2 double butted stainless steel tubing. Really nice frame btw.
    Yep... the fork and bars are carbon. I should have mentioned the KVA stainless tubes. Thanks though.
    It cleans up real nice.
    Anyone going to Almanzo?

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    Nice rig. How are you liking the shifters? I have known a couple of the brifters to develop problems and sometimes think less (moving parts) may be more on an unsupported ride, miles from nowhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaliayev View Post
    The Triple Cross does not use Tange Prestige tubing. As per Soma's website: Fillet brazed KVA MS2 double butted stainless steel tubing. Really nice frame btw.
    Thanks. It was an impulse when I discovered that it was being built and distributed. A friend of mine has a DoubleCross and I was looking on the Soma site for something with more BB drop then what most cross racers offer.

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