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Old 05-26-20, 06:21 PM
Paul Barnard
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Join Date: May 2007
Location: Louisissippi Coast
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Bikes: Lynskey Backroad, Litespeed T6, Lynskey MT29, Burley Duet

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Litespeed Gravel GRX 400 Calling Me

I have been kicking around the idea of getting a gravel bike. I have a camp on some acreage over in Mississippi. It is surrounded by Forest Service gravel roads and lightly used county roads. The bike would stay there save for a trip to the Colorado mountains every summer. The camp is pretty secure, but I am slightly concerned about theft since I now live in NOLA. My video cameras have never shown a trespasser though. The club I used to ride with does multi-surface rides there and does paceline stuff on the paved parts. I'd join them on occasion.

I thought about doing it on the cheap with something like this. It would serve me just fine, but the gearing isn't ideal for me for the Colorado trip. I like the mechanical discs.

This Breezer seems like a pretty good bike for the money, and it's just $300 bucks more. The gearing is slightly better, but it has hydraulic discs

Today I started looking at Litespeed. I already have a Litespeed and two Lynskey bikes and LOVE titanium. The subject bike comes in at $2700. It has better gearing yet. Not ideal for my bad flat-lander knees, but manageable.

If there were a 2X gravel bike with good parts, good gearing and TRP Spyre (dual pistons) mechanical discs, It'd have my attention. Actually $200 would put a Deore 9 speed RD, TRP Spyre brakes and an 11-36 9 speed cassette on the Diamondback.

Talk me into or out of any of the options.

I should add that I don't want a black or a dark gray bike an that I slightly prefer external cable routing.

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