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Let's see your CX/Gravel bike set up for road use

Old 02-25-16, 01:08 PM
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Let's see your CX/Gravel bike set up for road use

My Ridley X-Night is now my only bike, with the exception of my 29er. So I'll not only be using it for CX and Gravel but, as my road bike as well, this Summer. Other than tires, is there anything else different y'all do to your bikes for road use?
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Tires. In this case, Challenge Strada Bianca 30c.

Maybe a lower stem. Maybe a tighter cassette (11-28 instead of 11-32). Usually just tires.

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I did all my road riding on CX bikes for years before my N+1 habit put a couple of pure road bikes in the garage. Setup doesn't need to be different in any way other than tires, but depending on your intended use there might be other things you'd like to do. For me, that's usually different wheels and a saddle bag for long summer rides or fenders and a rack for commuting. A gearing change could also be in order. Here are a few pics from my archives:





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Great looking bikes guys, and very good advice!
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By the way, don't be afraid to use wide road tires. You can get Conti Grand Prix 4000S IIs in 700x28, which will be at least as fast as the skinnier versions and provide better comfort on chip seal. I also hear great things about Compass tires which are available in sizes up to 700x38, but I haven't tried them yet.
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Wide tires.
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Here are my pair, the one even serves duty as my general touring bike.



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I've got two sets of wheels with different tires that I use on my Ritchey Breakaway Cross. For road use, I generally run 32 mm Paselas or Jack Browns. For unpaved trails, I usually run Ritchey Crossmax Pro 32s. The bike always has a Carradice Bagman rack attached, and I've got several Carradice bags of various sizes that I use depending on whether I'm commuting, daytripping, etc.
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I went the wheel route as well with a cheap set of tubulars and training tires. It is easy to swap wheelsets and the rolling difference is amazing. The Conti black chili tires are wearing like iron. Ignore the PT wheel for the trainer.

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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
By the way, don't be afraid to use wide road tires. You can get Conti Grand Prix 4000S IIs in 700x28, which will be at least as fast as the skinnier versions and provide better comfort on chip seal. I also hear great things about Compass tires which are available in sizes up to 700x38, but I haven't tried them yet.
Many single speed guys run Compass. They seem to rave about the ride quality.
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This bike is used for both gravel and road, sometimes on the same ride. Last Saturday I did 60 miles, split about half gravel and half pavement. I'm always looking for a "do everything" tire.
I am riding 30mm Challenge Strada Bianca clinchers. Most of the gravel I rides isn't too brutal so I usually have little trouble with the 30mm width (although they have gotten a little spooky in some sandy stretches) and the tires seem to roll well on the pavement. Depending on the ride I vary the tire pressure quite a bit. I've run them as low as 45 psi on a gravel day up to 105 psi when I was riding the road with a group. I'm still fooling around with the tire pressures out on the gravel.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
By the way, don't be afraid to use wide road tires. You can get Conti Grand Prix 4000S IIs in 700x28, which will be at least as fast as the skinnier versions and provide better comfort on chip seal.
I've loved them in road, but wasn't aware they went beyond 25 mm. Thanks!
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Here are my pair, the one even serves duty as my general touring bike.

Have any complaints about that Sette? There is one for sale near me for a really good price.
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Have any complaints about that Sette? There is one for sale near me for a really good price.
It depends, is it a 56cm frame? If so they are garbage and you should tell me where the crummy frame is located so as not to allow another to be so foolishly taken as I

Actually, this is a favorite of mine and what I log most of my non-touring miles on. No complaints other than Sette no longer exists.
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Beautiful bikes every! I'll post pics of the X-Night as soon as swap tires.
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My current faves, Maxxis Re-Fuse TR in 700x32.

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By the way, don't be afraid to use wide road tires. You can get Conti Grand Prix 4000S IIs in 700x28, which will be at least as fast as the skinnier versions and provide better comfort on chip seal. I also hear great things about Compass tires which are available in sizes up to 700x38, but I haven't tried them yet.

Also curious about the compass tires. Since there doesn't appear to be any built in flat protection, wondering about using them for predominantly gravel rides given that I'm flat averse. Anybody with experience?
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Also curious about the compass tires. Since there doesn't appear to be any built in flat protection, wondering about using them for predominantly gravel rides given that I'm flat averse. Anybody with experience?
In general, the flat protection in a wide tire is that the tire is wide. If properly inflated, a wide tire with a supple casing will tend to deform rather than puncture for all but the sharpest of objects. Given equal casing and compound (but not equal inflation!) a 700x35 tire will be more puncture resistant than a 700x23 tire. I'm nearly certain that's the thinking with the Compass tires because Jan Heine is an old school guy who thinks this way (see his remark about punctures in the comments following this blog post: https://janheine.wordpress.com/2014/...nd-fast-tires/).

That doesn't mean you'll never puncture with these tires. If you're concerned about punctures, the new tubeless model (Bon Jon Pass) might be the best of all worlds, assuming you have tubeless ready wheels.
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In general, the flat protection in a wide tire is that the tire is wide. If properly inflated, a wide tire with a supple casing will tend to deform rather than puncture for all but the sharpest of objects. Given equal casing and compound (but not equal inflation!) a 700x35 tire will be more puncture resistant than a 700x23 tire. I'm nearly certain that's the thinking with the Compass tires because Jan Heine is an old school guy who thinks this way (see his remark about punctures in the comments following this blog post: https://janheine.wordpress.com/2014/...nd-fast-tires/).

That doesn't mean you'll never puncture with these tires. If you're concerned about punctures, the new tubeless model (Bon Jon Pass) might be the best of all worlds, assuming you have tubeless ready wheels.

Thanks for the link. I've read some of Jan's blogs, but
not that particular one.
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I use my 2015 Raleigh RX 2.0 as my do anything bike from gravel grinding to road riding with my club. I use Clement X'Plor USH 60tpi 700x35c tires which has 2,500 miles. I hope to get another 1,500 out of rear tire before I swap with the front tire.
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