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Old 10-09-17, 08:30 PM   #1
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'Light Gravel' Bike - Road bike with 32mm tires

I'm looking for a road bike i can put 32mm tires on. I'd like to do some road biking but be able to also go on relatively flat but rough roads, some with cracks in black top, or some gravel, minimal mudding. I've seen two road bikes go down fast when they their super skinny tires got wedged in cracks. One sold his bike immediately because he almost got run over. I've seen some of the gravel bikes and they seem to make too many compromises on the geometry and gearing to make them more suitable for off roads hills - trails. I don't need that, just let me put 32mm tires on a road bike and I'm happy. The bike i like best so far is the SYNAPSE DISC SORA, Synapse Disc Sora Cannondale Bicycles, its sold with 28mm tires and disc brakes, but doesn't look like it can handle much wider tires due to some of the clearences I see on it. Any other recommendations?
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Old 10-09-17, 08:49 PM   #2
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I have been riding an All-City Mr Pink for about a year. It has killer clearance (I have gone all the way up to 35mm slicks and 33mm knobbies with Paul Racer Medium brakes). I usually ride 32mm road tires, though. I have only wished for disc brakes on really wet and muddy trails.
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I'll add the Focus Paralane to your list.

An older bike is the Jamis Xenith Endura. They've been out for a few years now. Carbon frame. Fits 32mm tires easily. Pretty sure the fork can fit around 35mm. Rim brakes. You can still find an older NOS one around for a good price.
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I'll add the Focus Paralane to your list.

An older bike is the Jamis Xenith Endura. They've been out for a few years now. Carbon frame. Fits 32mm tires easily. Pretty sure the fork can fit around 35mm. Rim brakes. You can still find an older NOS one around for a good price.
I use Jamis with Vittoria Hyper 32mm tires. It will also fit Clement USH 34mm tires, but not the Conti Speed in 34mm(rear brake bridge rubs,the fork is fine though)

It does a fine job for occasional trail/gravel rides. I may need to change the crank to 46/30 instead of 50/34 if I want to use it for gravel, but no need at this point yet.
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Any other recommendations?
Since the Synapse is right at $1000, im guessing thats about what you want to spend.

https://www.rei.com/product/106343/c...es-ard-12-bike
this is $1300, but comes with a 105 drivetrain, room for up to 35mm tires, and quality brakes.

https://www.raleighusa.com/willard-10656
this is $730, comes with a Sora drivetrain, 32mm tires standard, and quality brakes.



There are tons of road bikes that can fit 32mm tires. A $1000 budget, or around that, gets a little trickier, but there are still a lot of options.
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Boy, that is an open ended question.

If you want an agile bike, any CX oriented bike will do. If you want something more stable -you can get more of a "gravel" bike.

Lots of manufacturers have been making frames that can take wider tires these days - especially with the popularity of disk brakes (giving more flexibility in tire sizing). Specialized Diverge and GT grade are some examples.
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trek Domane disc is the perfect bike for that.
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Boy, that is an open ended question.

any CX oriented bike will do.
I really don't want a CX bike, i dont like the frame changes like bottom bracket higher off the ground (I don't need the clearance, I'm on rough road but not that rough) also i want the gear ratios that a road bike has. Too many CX and gravel bike don't have enough on the top end. Specifically i'm looking at endurance road bikes given their wider tiires but minimal compromises real road biking.
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I really don't want a CX bike, i dont like the frame changes like bottom bracket higher off the ground (I don't need the clearance, I'm on rough road but not that rough) also i want the gear ratios that a road bike has. Too many CX and gravel bike don't have enough on the top end. Specifically i'm looking at endurance road bikes given their wider tiires but minimal compromises real road biking.
Sounds like a road bike with "long reach brakes" would be your friend.
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I really don't want a CX bike, i dont like the frame changes like bottom bracket higher off the ground (I don't need the clearance, I'm on rough road but not that rough) also i want the gear ratios that a road bike has. Too many CX and gravel bike don't have enough on the top end. Specifically i'm looking at endurance road bikes given their wider tiires but minimal compromises real road biking.
My CX bike gives up nothing on my road bike. In fact, the road bike has been gathering dust since I got the CX.

These days, CX bikes have the same BB drop as a road bike, and I do hard group rides with some of the fastest guys in the state and don't have gearing problems. Not that it is hard or expensive to change a chainring if you need taller gears. How fast are you sprinting at anyway?
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I started to go down that path myself, but if he is riding as hard and fast as he says, he won't want to degrade the braking performance that much. Long reach brakes are putting a lot of torque on those brake arms.
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I started to go down that path myself, but if he is riding as hard and fast as he says, he won't want to degrade the braking performance that much. Long reach brakes are putting a lot of torque on those brake arms.
With decent pads and aluminum rims, Tektro 521 and 559 long reach calipers feel no different than SRAM Red short reach caliper brakes to me. I much prefer them to cantilever brakes. Mini Vs have a little more leverage. I've never wished for more braking power from my long reach calipers or mini-Vs. I have wished for more power from cantilever and mechanical disc brakes. YMMV, of course. My purchasing decisions reflect my experience.
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I thought I read that the 2018 Synapse takes 32mm tires. Is that the model you linked?

Anyway, couple items: 1. I have a somewhat hard time imagining 4mm making a difference preventing a tire from getting into a crack. 2. If it comes with 28s, there’s gotta be at least 4-5mm clearance. And that means Conti GP4ks2, their 28s mount up 30mm, and they’re awesome.
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Not sure how prevalent they are in your area but Brodie's Élan Vitale comes stock with 32mm tires and handles great.
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Significant difference for me going from 28mm to 32 mm, although yeah, the 28mm 4000S2 effectively splits the difference.
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I thought I read that the 2018 Synapse takes 32mm tires. Is that the model you linked?

Anyway, couple items: 1. I have a somewhat hard time imagining 4mm making a difference preventing a tire from getting into a crack. 2. If it comes with 28s, there’s gotta be at least 4-5mm clearance. And that means Conti GP4ks2, their 28s mount up 30mm, and they’re awesome.
I'm pretty sure the Synapse Carbon will take 32mm tires, but haven't read if the Synapse Alloys will.

As for the 4mm difference, that is about 15%, which is not great but ok. After see the two people with skinny tires go down hard when their wheel got stuck, its enough to give me some more peace of mind.
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I'm pretty sure the Synapse Carbon will take 32mm tires, but haven't read if the Synapse Alloys will.
LBS have one on the floor? Borrow a ruler/caliper?
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I'm pretty sure the Synapse Carbon will take 32mm tires, but haven't read if the Synapse Alloys will.

As for the 4mm difference, that is about 15%, which is not great but ok. After see the two people with skinny tires go down hard when their wheel got stuck, its enough to give me some more peace of mind.
For what its worth, a 32 circle is more than 15% bigger than a 28mm circle. Its about 30% larger, actually.
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