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Old 08-12-13, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by gomango View Post
I hear you.

I checked on the weight of the Ritchey Swiss Cross frameset before I bought it.

I wasn't concerned in the slightest, as it came in just over five pounds with the Ritchey CF fork.

I should be able to get this into the 18-20 lb range with the Fulcrum 5 cx's and the Centaur gruppo.

I have a Ritchey WCS seatpost and stem that are hardly svelte, but should be fine.

Frankly, I never worry or care about the weight of the bike that much.

I do need to lose another twenty pounds to hit 165 lbs and that will take care of itself as I keep racking up the miles.

That's the real issue for me versus bike weight.
Looking forward to see that build Grady, those swiss crosses are nice.

For me, weight is not much of an issue, but strength and endurance. I mean, I can ride a 10 pound bike made of pure unobtanium, but as long as I spend more hours yakking about bikes on the internet instead of riding, it won't help me
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Originally Posted by Italuminium View Post
Looking forward to see that build Grady, those swiss crosses are nice.

For me, weight is not much of an issue, but strength and endurance. I mean, I can ride a 10 pound bike made of pure unobtanium, but as long as I spend more hours yakking about bikes on the internet instead of riding, it won't help me
It's a neat frameset, but hardly pristine.

It was raced hard the last two seasons and I picked it up from a friend that had it hanging on a hook for a great price.

I agree on the yakking part as well.

Fun to do though, especially when a person is stuck in airports.
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Here's my Meech "Cannibal"...handles all gravel/dirt/cross duty:



This is an older pic...It now sports Athena 11 silver bits, Salsa Cowbells, Kenda Smallblock8s, and a modded Truvativ triple (now super compact)...46/30 with a 12-29 out back.
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I can't tell you how often I look at Nature Boy Zona framesets for an all season ss build....
Same here.

I built this up last year and it was fun, but I wasn't happy with the fit and have stripped it. Frame and fork are still hanging in the basement.


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Originally Posted by gomango View Post
I hear you.

I checked on the weight of the Ritchey Swiss Cross frameset before I bought it.

I wasn't concerned in the slightest, as it came in just over five pounds with the Ritchey CF fork.

I should be able to get this into the 18-20 lb range with the Fulcrum 5 cx's and the Centaur gruppo.

I have a Ritchey WCS seatpost and stem that are hardly svelte, but should be fine.

Frankly, I never worry or care about the weight of the bike that much.

I do need to lose another twenty pounds to hit 165 lbs and that will take care of itself as I keep racking up the miles.

That's the real issue for me versus bike weight.
Normally I'd agree, but when you're also carrying it over obstacles, getting it 4 lbs lighter is a definite advantage. I think my Vanilla checks in at around 23 lbs (never weighed it)...granted, I didn't build it for weight, or CX. Dyad rims, heavy spokes, clinchers, 3 lace pattern, leather saddle, SPDs and pauls = not a weight weenie. I'd guess it has a pound or two on my old JTS, and that bike was a bit heavy for cross-x.

It's GREAT as an all 'rounder and gravel bike though.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
Normally I'd agree, but when you're also carrying it over obstacles, getting it 4 lbs lighter is a definite advantage. I think my Vanilla checks in at around 23 lbs (never weighed it)...granted, I didn't build it for weight, or CX. Dyad rims, heavy spokes, clinchers, 3 lace pattern, leather saddle, SPDs and pauls = not a weight weenie. I'd guess it has a pound or two on my old JTS, and that bike was a bit heavy for cross-x.

It's GREAT as an all 'rounder and gravel bike though.
Aaron,

You could easily pull pounds off that Vanilla at a price.

As for weight of the frame, my buddy Peter was one of the top tier finishers at Almanzo this spring.

He rode a Cross Check!

He'll be riding an All City next year, but they still aren't that light.

They are reasonable for the money.

For me, it's all in the legs and lungs.

As long as the overall weight of the bike is reasonable, the guy who can go hard the whole way gets the flag.
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Originally Posted by gomango View Post
Aaron,

You could easily pull pounds off that Vanilla at a price.

As for weight of the frame, my buddy Peter was one of the top tier finishers at Almanzo this spring.

He rode a Cross Check!

He'll be riding an All City next year, but they still aren't that light.

They are reasonable for the money.

For me, it's all in the legs and lungs.

As long as the overall weight of the bike is reasonable, the guy who can go hard the whole way gets the flag.
No doubt...and call me a wimp, but if I were actually doing another cross ex, I'd want a much lighter bike.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
No doubt...and call me a wimp, but if I were actually doing another cross ex, I'd want a much lighter bike.
Not wimpy at all.

Just for reference though Aaron, we did a 85 kilometer ride a week ago in Austria.

That's no biggie, but 7,000' of total climbing was, for sure.

What did I ride?

A Rivendell Rambouillet.

Not too heavy, not too light.

Again, conditioning and base miles were the reason I had a successful ride.

...and let's not forget, weight or lack of it, on a bicycle comes at a price!

So, for me, an 18-20 pound bike will have to suffice.
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In you guys' opinion what makes a gravel grinder different than a cross bike?
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To me a gravel grinder usually doesn't have to be carried - so durability is more critical and weight less so. Cross ex needs something lighter in my mind. Gravel grinders are going to see less extremity in obstacles, so a lower BB is probably preferable with more road'ish manners.
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
In you guys' opinion what makes a gravel grinder different than a cross bike?
gear range, equipment, position, fit, saddle choice, luggage capacity, bottle capacity. Think of GG's as rando/light touring bikes with more or less knobby tires.
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Cyclocross bikes typically have more aggressive geometry. I'd prefer a gravel grinder to be more of a "fat tire century bike". Aaron, WTF is "cross ex"?
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Originally Posted by Italuminium View Post
Think of GG's as rando/light touring bikes with more or less knobby tires.
Ah ok this brings it home. True cross bikes are intended for racing so they don't need the luggage capacity, but need to be light (relatively speaking) and have a little different geo. Got it. So I'm actually looking at turning an old steel bike into a GG, not a cross bike.
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
Cyclocross bikes typically have more aggressive geometry. I'd prefer a gravel grinder to be more of a "fat tire century bike". Aaron, WTF is "cross ex"?
A cell phone auto correct.

Most of the time when I use the word cross, it's related to cross examination...so it auto corrected.

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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
Ah ok this brings it home. True cross bikes are intended for racing so they don't need the luggage capacity, but need to be light (relatively speaking) and have a little different geo. Got it. So I'm actually looking at turning an old steel bike into a GG, not a cross bike.
yup, that's it. When I did the build I started out with creature comfort in mind, so I read up a lot on bicycle fit and cycling related injuries and watched many youtube vids explaining fit. I also went with a slightly more padded saddle than on my road bike. I'm happy to report that 60 km+ rides over mixed terrain pose little problem, so mission accomplished!
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A cell phone auto correct.
yeah, I hate it when my ex gets cross!
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Originally Posted by Italuminium View Post
yup, that's it. When I did the build I started out with creature comfort in mind, so I read up a lot on bicycle fit and cycling related injuries and watched many youtube vids explaining fit. I also went with a slightly more padded saddle than on my road bike. I'm happy to report that 60 km+ rides over mixed terrain pose little problem, so mission accomplished!
Thanks I'll do the same!

I do have a question about wheels though. I have a pair of tri-color hubs laced to your typical 32h rim. Would these be sufficient for a gg? How wide of a tire can be installed on a typical road rim?
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The latest purchase I made is a Bianchi Boardwalk (Superset2 lugged). The current plan is to run period parts with fat sew-up cross tires. I've no idea what I'll be doing about a fork, though. A 1" touring fork with canti mounts would work best, but those are kinda hard to find anymore... Ideas, anyone?
I am confident that Niagara Cycles will have a fork that will work.
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In you guys' opinion what makes a gravel grinder different than a cross bike?
Riding on gravel is different from tearing up what are usually grassy /wet courses and because of the obstacles a cross bike needs to be light enough to be carried easily.

My Pugsley is the penultimate gravel grinder but my older road bikes that run wider tyres are also very competent on gravel and clay (we have a good mix of this) and the Moulden was built as an XC racing bike and when it was built, a lot of folks used mountain bikes in cross racing... it curbs out at 23 pounds so it is pretty tossable.

My '51 CCM runs 700:38 Avocet cross tyres which are simply brilliant on gravel and bad roads, I am tempted to use these tyres on another build which will essentially be a 29'r light.
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In you guys' opinion what makes a gravel grinder different than a cross bike?
I want a road frame that will take 700x30s.

I tend to ride distances on farm roads in the 40-75 mile range several times a week.

I love Challenge Eroicas. They handle packed gravel beautifully at lower psi, roll well on blacktop and have been crazy durable.

I don't need cross geo, I like more a traditional sport touring geo to smooth out washboard roads.

I like plenty of headtube to sit more upright.

Plenty of sights to see in the countryside.

I want braze ons for water bottles and fenders.

Nothing worse than riding in slurry in Minnesota's springtime.

Wet gravel turns into a fine muck that gets everywhere when wet.

I want a frame that can fit a bag or two.

For instance, Revelate frame bags and a Banjo Bros. top tube bag for my Garmin/iPhone/snacks.

I just picked up a Revelate frame bag that fits three of my bikes to carry rain gear/select tools/a tube or two and co2.

I also carry two el cheapo Cree 2300 lumen spotlights in case we stay out late on the ride.

If I am riding shorter rides I hang my Revelate Viscacha on the saddle.

Cross bikes?

Get rid of the braze ons, fenders, bags etc.

Carry the bare min. of crapola.

I treat cross bikes pretty much like I treat my mtbs.

Muck, sand, some single track, logs, decent sized rocks and surprises!

Fast and aggressive.

They should handle a little more tire and it should have an aggressive knobby pattern.

The Grigo XS works well for me.

I like fairly quick handling.

Water bottles are fine and a tool roll if I am riding down on our river trails.

Travel light with the cross bikes!
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In you guys' opinion what makes a gravel grinder different than a cross bike?
It seems like every subgenre in bicycling gets highly-specific quickly these days. On the gravel rides (last I checked, "gravel grinding" meant any kind of rides on primarily-gravel roads, competitive or not) I've done around the Midwest, you'll see anything from MTBs, to cross bikes, to Pugsleys, to any other kind of mutant that people slap together. I like the grassroots, independent, ride-what-ya-got ethos, and would be very sad if it turned into yet another thing where some sanctioning body told you what you could or couldn't ride.

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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
Thanks I'll do the same!

I do have a question about wheels though. I have a pair of tri-color hubs laced to your typical 32h rim. Would these be sufficient for a gg? How wide of a tire can be installed on a typical road rim?
They are fine.

I have run 700 x 35s on an Open Pro and they worked great.

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