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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 04-10-14, 05:07 PM   #1
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My first Gravel Grinder

I am usually over on the C&V forum and that is where I first saw the All City Macho Man Disc in another thread. I knew I had to have it and I accomplished my goal yesterday.



So far I put a Brooks on it and the rest is stock and I am loving the bike. Any suggestions on a better tire then the Kenda Small block 8's?
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I'd ride the heck out of it and then worry about tires. Nice bike.
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I'd ride the heck out of it and then worry about tires. Nice bike.
Thanks, And definitely gonna do just that. Just curious what others are riding.
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Small Block 8 ought to be pretty good for gravel grinding. I'm using Clement LAS right now. I'm pretty happy with them so far, but I worry that the knobs might wear away quickly on hard surfaces.
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Bruce Gordon Rock 'n Roads. Check fit first. Should be ok.

Also, Challenge has a new tire coming called the "Gravel Grinder."

I also run a Slant Six/Small Block 8 combo.
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Kenda happy mediums have been working really well for me this spring. The knobs disappear quickly if there's a lot of pavement in between you and the gravel though. Nice bike. I saw quite a few of them at my last gravel event.
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Kenda Small Block 8

I ran Small Block 8's at the AntiEpic 50 nine days ago. They were pretty good for the whole course, which had seen some precipitation earlier in the week but then dried out. They were good on hard pack, fast enough on the initial blacktop, and got me though the mud on the N side of Monument Hill without coating my whole drive train in gunk. I wouldn't have wanted anything narrower than the 35 mm width I was running on the softest stuff shortly after the half-way point, and I felt pretty confident on a couple fast descents involving marble-sized gravel.

FYI, I ran 65/70 PSI with tubes.

I've been looking at various new purpose-built gravel tires, too, but they cost way more than these Kenda's and I have to admit that my primary issue at AntiEpic was me, not my tires.

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I am usually over on the C&V forum and that is where I first saw the All City Macho Man Disc in another thread. I knew I had to have it and I accomplished my goal yesterday.



So far I put a Brooks on it and the rest is stock and I am loving the bike. Any suggestions on a better tire then the Kenda Small block 8's?
+1 on the LAS'. I used them all last year on training rides and 4 gravel races with no flats. The file tread is half way gone on the rear now but I did limit the paved road use. Over this past winter I built up another set of wheels and have Conti 4 Seasons on them for my road riding.
The Clement LAS floats well over gravel and more so if you have a wider profile rim. Kenda Happy Mediums are about the same price. The new Challenge Gravel Grinders look nice and may be lighter in weight but as we all know, you pay for speed.

Nice rig.
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Thanks everyone for tire suggestions. Gonna tear up the Small blocks first then get something new like others have suggested. Just got some Continental Gator Hardshells for street riding though.
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funny, I just bought one of those frames and got it yesterday. Hoping to have it all together tonight, I didn't have enough casing.

I have some Marathon Cross tires I'm going to use for a while, I'm looking at the Rock 'n' Road.
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