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    Good point, Andy. But I doubt, unless I've made a...

    Good point, Andy. But I doubt, unless I've made a terrible mistake, that I'll be doing any steep descents or anything approaching hard core. In reality, I am looking for a winter bike - wide tires,...
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    Bought a Trek hybrid and realized I really wanted...

    Bought a Trek hybrid and realized I really wanted a road bike. Sold the DS at a horrible loss and got the Domane. Like going from a truck to a sports car. But I forgot about winter - where that DS...
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    After talking with some of the folks at the lbs,...

    After talking with some of the folks at the lbs, I'm going with the Crossrip ltd. Over $200 cheaper, plus those extra levers, which, in my mind, should let me keep my hands up on the bars for...
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    Crockett 5 Disc or Crossrip Ltd?

    I am looking for a second bike, one for winter riding (which my Domane, where I live and for my wants, is not suitable) and something I can maybe do some very limited off-road riding.

    I get the...
  5. I did just as you did and for much the same...

    I did just as you did and for much the same reasoning. After 6 months, tho, I never rode off road and finally sold the 8.3 and got a Domane 2.0 and I love it. I had also replaced tires with road...
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    Sticky: giantcfr1 - at the risk of ridicule... what's the...

    giantcfr1 - at the risk of ridicule... what's the 41?
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    It's kind of interesting to me... I started out...

    It's kind of interesting to me... I started out riding last November after a 30 year plus hiatus. Mostly ride the very hilly area where I live (foothills of the Sierras) and get in a 10-15 mile ride...
  8. Love the 'about' page on the 3f website. Sounds...

    Love the 'about' page on the 3f website. Sounds like a fun ride. The LOVE ride (Feb 10) did a 40 mile around the Buttes. I drove it recently and looks like a nice route, but narrow - and lots of...
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    I'm also about 5'11" but I only have about a 28"...

    I'm also about 5'11" but I only have about a 28" inseam. I'm riding a 17.5" DS 8.3 and tried the 19" but felt that forced castration on a crash was not for me. It seemed the 52cm was best in the road...
  10. What about the Norco Threshold A1? 105 gear,...

    What about the Norco Threshold A1? 105 gear, $1500.
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    Yeah..... no. $3500 is slightly out of my budget....

    Yeah..... no. $3500 is slightly out of my budget. Like about $2000 out of my budget. :-) But it is a gorgeous selection! Right now, my focus is on the Norco Threshold Alloy for a cyclocross or...
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    I'm going to keep mine for the hills up here and...

    I'm going to keep mine for the hills up here and the surrounding trails. But yeah - road bike time. I'm just having a hard time finding a road bike with good components, a non-carbon frame and disc...
  13. I have a related question if I might for the OP:...

    I have a related question if I might for the OP: Since you have a cx bike now and are considering a road bike, does the road bike offer that much difference in rolling resistance, etc to make you...
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    Got 22 and 21 miles over the past two days....

    Got 22 and 21 miles over the past two days. Finally broke that elusive 20 mile mark! All flat land, sadly. Out through the dormant orchards of the Central Valley. Even with the new Marathon Supremes,...
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    It's not that there's anything wrong with the DS!...

    It's not that there's anything wrong with the DS! You replaced the rd (and I sent you a pm about that, did you get it?) - I'm just wondering if, given the responses I've received from bike shops,...
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    Pierce - you were right. I don't say that (and...

    Pierce - you were right. I don't say that (and mean it) too often. Thankfully, I don't have to. But I have spent the past three days riding the flatlands. Up till then, I'd spent two days total not...
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    I'm just going to replace the triple with an...

    I'm just going to replace the triple with an Alivio triple (M410), so I'll get the 22t for now, but everything stays the same so I can swap back in the standard one once I can climb a bit better.
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  18. So if I just move to the Deore MTB (M571)...

    So if I just move to the Deore MTB (M571) crankset for now, will I need to change out anything? Will the front derailleur handle the 22t (super) granny ring? I think that's my best move to begin -...
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    11-32 on the rear. But that's a good point. A...

    11-32 on the rear. But that's a good point. A 11-36 might end up doing the same thing without changing up the crank...
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    I'm thinking of just the Deore M591 (9sp) or...

    I'm thinking of just the Deore M591 (9sp) or Alivio M410 (8sp) crankset. Like I said, I'd like to upgrade to Deore for just a component upgrade. The extra gear isn't going to help much and I know the...
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    Pierce - my legs simply aren't strong enough yet...

    Pierce - my legs simply aren't strong enough yet to climb the hills I live in/near. I'm much more needing the 22t than the 48t. I tried to ride up to a local lake and discovered I can't stand on the...
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    Running a 8sp chain on XT crankset?

    I am still thinking of upgrading my DS 8.3 to Deore/XT components. I also want to lower my gearing in the crankset, so I'd like to do that first.

    Can I switch out the crank with a Deore or XT MTB...
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    I do have a 11-32, which is stock on the 2013. I...

    I do have a 11-32, which is stock on the 2013. I was thinking of switching to the MTB crank (which typically sport a 22t on the low end). I really need the low gear for now while I'm...
  24. Hey CabinDweller - sent you a pm about the Deore...

    Hey CabinDweller - sent you a pm about the Deore change you made. Love to hear about it as I'm continually told it's a lot more work than I think...
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    Is the DS 8.3 worth upgrading?

    OK, so I know that a lot of folks here have Trek bikes - and so do I. When I decided to ride, I went out and checked around - a very, very little. I "knew" I wanted a front suspension and disc...
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