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There is gravel and there is GRAVEL.

Old 10-10-16, 12:47 PM
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There is gravel and there is GRAVEL.

After some unusually heavy downpours this summer the serviceroads in the backwoods of Oslo has been repaired with some pretty coarse gravel. CX-bikes are no fun on this surface. Bought a GT Xizang last month that works very well.
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I like that bike!
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I didn't do BMX when I was a kid, and never had a real mountain bike. So I've never had any exposure to GT frames. This past spring I brought their Grade road/gravel bike. I have the same "triple triangle," started noticing it in other peoples' bikes since I had mine.

How does the Xizang ride?

Have any more photos of where you ride?
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Op, That Gravel road Is begging for some foot out sliding,

Stand up, about third gear, lean forward a little tall over the bike, mash hard and do a burn out

Get up some speed, lock the rear end slide 'er sideways and be ready to crank on the power as she slows to a crawl ~~~~
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"How does the Xizang ride?"

This was a layover 2014 model, so the price was ok . It is made with a 73 degree seat tube angle and a 72 degree head. Combine that with a very stiff rear end you end up with a bike unsuited for modernday mtb-racing. However it is a very nice gravelgrinder for someone turning sixty in march. I will change the seatpost to carbon to make the rear a bit more forgiving, aside from that I really like the way it handles. It is slower than my CX-bikes but I like the sense of control. More rubber on the ground means way better braking .
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That looks like the kind of road where you could find some trolls.

Også jeg elsker den sykkelen!
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Thanks for nice comments (kudos for upholding the Norwegian Heritage in Minnesota !)



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Recalling there are Pebble beaches on the Moray Firth entirely made of Rounded stones ..

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I built up an old but very nice Bridgestone MB4 for that kind of work. I did not want a front suspension so it has a solid, traditional fork and rolls nice on rough gravel roads. It even has fenders to keep the mud off of me. New Mavic wheels. I just ordered a new handlebar, not arrived yet, has a two inch rise as this bike is fairly aggressively set now.



Of course the TJ behind it also eats gravel for an appetizer. Good thing because I live down a gravel road at the end of a gravel drive.

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Yup, some of our rural roads and service roads are normally covered in that sort of rough gravel. It's almost as coarse as railroad track ballast. That's where I prefer my compact frame bike with front suspension and 700x45 tires.

There's a car dealership nearby that uses those large smooth beach stones in place of turf around the block. Interesting challenge for balance.
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Originally Posted by Loose Chain View Post

Total badness, both rides,, Very Nice
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Originally Posted by Loose Chain View Post
I built up an old but very nice Bridgestone MB4 for that kind of work. I did not want a front suspension so it has a solid, traditional fork and rolls nice on rough gravel roads. It even has fenders to keep the mud off of me. New Mavic wheels. I just ordered a new handlebar, not arrived yet, has a two inch rise as this bike is fairly aggressively set now.



Of course the TJ behind it also eats gravel for an appetizer. Good thing because I live down a gravel road at the end of a gravel drive.

J
That is one nice bike.
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