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What did you just buy for your gravel bike?

Old 08-10-19, 08:57 PM
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Got around to mounting the new cockpit pieces, but haven't cabled it up yet...



Just came in the last couple days, new rear derailleur and cassette.



The new derailleur (Alivio T4000) looks similar to the old one (Alivio M360), but has more wrap.

The new cassette is 11-32 8-speed, whereas the old cassette was 11-28 7-speed. Besides the added 32-tooth big cog, the cogs are exactly the same between them, so my 1.5-step-plus-granny gearing scheme will still work fine.
The tricky part will be chain clearance. Right now in small-big, the upper run of the chain rubs the fender, and the lower run of the chain might ever-so-slightly brush the tire. I've got a ton of room between the small cog and the dropout, so I might be able to shove a super-thin spacer inboard of the cassette, if the lockring is still able to get good thread engagement. I guess it probably wouldn't be a big deal to file a tiny amount of material off the fender either.
Alternately, a compelling fix might be to switch to a narrower BB spindle, but overcompensate for the spindle narrowness by throwing a spacer on the drive side of the BB. I could solve all chain clearance problems and reduce the bike's probably-too-large q-factor with one stone. Win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win? Maybe.

If I can make this work, my low gear will drop to 19.5" without sacrificing the monster 113" top-end, and I'll have tightly-spaced gearing all the way from 35" to 96". Basically 18 or 19 unique useful ratios. Glorious.
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Old 08-11-19, 10:57 AM
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I bought my bike a set of 650b wheels fitted with 48mm gravelking SKs. Also got a pair of avid Centerline rotors and a Sram 10-42 cassette.
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Old 08-11-19, 06:49 PM
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Purchase not yet made, but my plan as it stands:

-Get a BSA ST BB that has a flangeless NDS cup, a few millimeters narrower than the current 118mm BB. (115mm IRD QB-75?)
-Get a 4mm BB spacer, stick it on the NDS.

Should hack 5.5mm off the NDS and add 2.5mm to the DS.

hmm
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Old 08-11-19, 07:57 PM
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a few things for my upcoming new frame.

Some new tires- going out on a limb and trying something besides my Clement MSO 120tpi 40mm tires that have been so reliable and nice. Gonna get wild and run the WTB Resolute tubeless.

An r7000 front derailleur since my current front derailleur is a top pull CX model.

An Ultegra RX rear derailleur for the clutch feature.


Hopefully this all ends up being worthwhile and not just money spent to try something lateral.
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Old 08-12-19, 09:27 AM
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New wheelset and smooth tubeless 28mm tyres for my local group ride. Swap it back to the factory default 40mm tyres for weekend gravel rides.
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Old 08-14-19, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by richard.susanto View Post
New wheelset and smooth tubeless 28mm tyres for my local group ride. Swap it back to the factory default 40mm tyres for weekend gravel rides.
It's a great way to go so your gravel bike can pull double duty.

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Old 08-14-19, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Rides4Beer View Post
It's a great way to go so your gravel bike can pull double duty.

Nice Wheelset. I almost got the same one, but decided to go cheap
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Old 08-14-19, 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by richard.susanto View Post
Nice Wheelset. I almost got the same one, but decided to go cheap
Merlin has a good deal on them: https://www.merlincycles.com/dt-swis...0c-112361.html

I wanted the 350 hubs and 20mm internal width, the 28's measure 30mm on these. Might bump up to the 32's when these wear out, since there's room.
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Old 08-14-19, 08:21 PM
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I have these on all my bikes- the style with the bolt they then right eye. Went with orange outer and a black bolt.
If it matches the orange on the new frame, great. If it doesnt, I'll move it to a road bike with some orange on it and use the black caps currently on that bike for my new gravel bike with a spare orange bolt.

sugar skulls have been a long time fascination.
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Old 08-14-19, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/758x758/wtb_resolute_tcs_light_fast_rolling_6961edb6f80d2e6f8a7ac0d15c756ea19127ea4b.jpg
Some new tires- going out on a limb and trying something besides my Clement MSO 120tpi 40mm tires that have been so reliable and nice. Gonna get wild and run the WTB Resolute tubeless.
I like these tires a lot, after a short adjustment period - I pinch flatted the rear and damaged it such that it needed two large patches and then could not remove the front from the rim (Kinlin TL-23) until I built up additional hand strength. That's a weird sentence to write but I'm not joking, it was odd - they don't play with Kinlin bead seat for some reason. Now I run them on non-Kinlin rims and have adjusted my air pressure they're good tires. Very supple, they required only slightly less air than my Compass tires - running tubeless. Good traction, roll fast and don't weep sealant. Thumbs up from me, hope they work for you as well.
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The tan sidewalls look good with those wheels.
correction, tan sidewalls looks good with any wheels
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Flatmount juintech. Wanted something compatible with my 11sp Gevenalle shifters.
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Changed the 100mm stem that came with my Topstone to a 80mm, to accommodate my relatively short reach. After just one ride i can feel a huge difference.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post

Flatmount juintech. Wanted something compatible with my 11sp Gevenalle shifters.
Using the R1 at the moment but will probably get the 4pot at some stage.
There's a guy on WeightWeenies who machined an adaptor to fit a 180mm rotor on the front (160mm rear) with the 4pot. Would be a nice combo to run, I'd think.
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Using the R1 at the moment but will probably get the 4pot at some stage.
There's a guy on WeightWeenies who machined an adaptor to fit a 180mm rotor on the front (160mm rear) with the 4pot. Would be a nice combo to run, I'd think.
I thought about going with the 4piston, but the cheapest i found was $90 more and without discs. I wont use the included discs, but they could be good to have as spares for other bikes in our family(admittedly not a big reason to buy the f1 2 piston).

$150 vs $240 once all costs were applied. I wish there was more detail online about the 4 piston. They are apparently lighter too?...detailed pics are nearly nonexistent. Unfortunate.
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