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Originally Posted by Breadfan
Love this bike. I want one one!



Thanks!

Here are some recent pictures of it in gravel mode where I swap in some 27.5 wheels with 2 tubeless tires.

Wow, I just realized how much Id changed since the previous picture:
ISM Saddle
Salsa Wood chipper bars
105 shifters for under wrap cabling
2x Cranks
Red Mallet DH pedals & matching red bash guard

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650x47

Thing is even good on tarmac.
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Got some bars and a stem that will work for now. (still building some to my own spec).





Can't believe how much fun I am having on this build. Have some other bikes I really love. This one has been sitting
on the rack in back of the motorhome with only 2 trips to the local trails.
Coming from MI and CO, it is shocking the quality and quantity of good trails here in Central Florida. (some may not agree)
Live 3 miles from Croom Rd. / Rec/ Area.
Shop is in Inverness. Been going to Santos trails. (Cross Florida?)
JM
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Originally Posted by Mitkraft



Thanks!

Here are some recent pictures of it in gravel mode where I swap in some 27.5 wheels with 2 tubeless tires.

Wow, I just realized how much Id changed since the previous picture:
ISM Saddle
Salsa Wood chipper bars
105 shifters for under wrap cabling
2x Cranks
Red Mallet DH pedals & matching red bash guard
I love it!

I'm a steel and Ti guy @ heart, but his era of Conquest is highly underrated in my experience (maybe I'm saying that to justify me having three framesets). I have 2003-ish Conquest Pro that clears 40's, a 2009 canti/disk that clears 700x38 and 650x47 and my favorite, a 2005-ish Conquest Disc-R...the road offering...that clears 700x32, 650x47 and 26x2.3 Rene Herse Rat Trap Pass! The DIsc-R frame weighs in @ only 1310g (2.89lbs)!
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I'm considering switching this bike from 1x to 2x. After doing some weight calculations, I can break even in terms of weight and keep the same low gearing if I go with a non-clutch RD paired with an 11-36t cassette. My shifters are already 2x, so those stay the same. I somewhat miss the faster top speeds and smoother chain line of a 2x setup. Though I also appreciate the simplicity of my current 1x setup. Decisions!

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50th Anniversary Ritchey Outback

I wanted a new bike, but love that vintage bike esthetic. I wanted something a bit fancier than an:
all city/surly/fairdale/ soma etc...
But I don't think I could afford a full custom steel bike. By no means is this an all out dream build, but for me this is pretty close.

Frame: Ritchey Outback (50th Anniversary) Wheels/hubs: Velo Orange VoyagerTires: Ritchey Alpine JB (700x35)Stem: Velo OrangeHandlebars: Grand Cru (VO)Handlebar Tape: HandleBra Leather TapeSeatpost: Grand Cru (VO)Saddle: Brooks B17 Champion Special Components: Shimano GRX 810 LimitedPedals: Grand Cru (VO) SabotBottle Cages: Velo Orange ModernisteBag: Topeak


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^ You dont see a lot of bikes that small with a bottle mount under the downtube. Pretty versatile setup!
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I'm loving it so far - only wish it had mounts for racks etc. It has fender mounts but that's it.

The 3rd bottle mount is a great place to put the air tank fro my horn. lol The front tire is actually as close to that air bladder as the picture looks - no way a fender would fit in that gap.

I'm now running a small 1/2 frame bag so I had to remove the water bottle cages as there is no way to add bottles. But the 2L hydration backpack takes up that slack and then some.

The "joys" of having 28" legs.
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New frame bag, no more bottle cages. lol


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So I realized that I don't like drop bars anymore. Also around the same time I decided I don't like sleeping indoors anymore either. My Specialized AWOL has gone... AWOL.

Before: Walmer Bar 750mm, 34t x 9-46t




After: VO Crazy Bar, 30t x 9-46t (still couldn't get up a 20% grade tho)

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Just got this wee beast...



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Originally Posted by RALEIGH_COMP
I wanted a new bike, but love that vintage bike esthetic. I wanted something a bit fancier than an:
all city/surly/fairdale/ soma etc...
But I don't think I could afford a full custom steel bike. By no means is this an all out dream build, but for me this is pretty close.

Frame: Ritchey Outback (50th Anniversary) Wheels/hubs: Velo Orange VoyagerTires: Ritchey Alpine JB (700x35)Stem: Velo OrangeHandlebars: Grand Cru (VO)Handlebar Tape: HandleBra Leather TapeSeatpost: Grand Cru (VO)Saddle: Brooks B17 Champion Special Components: Shimano GRX 810 LimitedPedals: Grand Cru (VO) SabotBottle Cages: Velo Orange ModernisteBag: Topeak


That bike ticks all the right boxes in my book! Very nice!
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Originally Posted by jonathanf2
I'm considering switching this bike from 1x to 2x. After doing some weight calculations, I can break even in terms of weight and keep the same low gearing if I go with a non-clutch RD paired with an 11-36t cassette. My shifters are already 2x, so those stay the same. I somewhat miss the faster top speeds and smoother chain line of a 2x setup. Though I also appreciate the simplicity of my current 1x setup. Decisions!

I really like this build, could you elaborate on the frame and parts?
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Originally Posted by Breadfan
I really like this build, could you elaborate on the frame and parts?
This frame was laying around being unused. I decided to re-purpose it for gravel using budget frame parts mostly from AliExpress:

2017 Motobecane Sprint CF Comp post mount CX/gravel frameset / fork was replaced with carbon flat mount fork with additional bottle cage mounts
Wide flare carbon drop bars / Serfas cork bar tape
31.6 carbon seat post
Ryet 3D printed carbon saddle
Ryet carbon computer mount
Uno 7075 lightweight 90mm stem / with aero spacers / 6g carbon top cap w/titanium screw
GRX 400 10 speed shifters converted into 1x
GRX 400 hydraulic brake calipers w/rear A.S. Solutions post-to-flat adapter
GRX 812 RD w/2x 14t Fovno jockey wheels + 10 speed Goatlink
Microshift 11-48t 10 speed chainring with alloy 48t cog
Shimano 11 speed 105 chain
Shimano RT-MT800 2x 160mm ice rotors
Ultegra PF bottom bracket (frame includes alloy BB shell)
Goldix 24mm alloy axle crankset (478g)
Xpedo SPD single sided pedals (245g)
Pass Quest 40t Aero chainring w/3mm offset
Elite Wheels ENT 38mm depth carbon wheels
Gravelking SS 38c front and 43c rear tires running tubeless
2x magnetic water bottles
Muqzi rubber bar end and shifter protectors
Alloy stem phone holder
Replaced majority of all screws to titanium
Matte carbon fiber-look protection tape
Clamp on bell
Seatpost clamp recently upgraded to 7g alloy clamp w/titanium screw (not pictured)

Total weight is about 18.5 lbs. or 8.3kg with pedals, bottle cages, pump holder, computer + phone mount and 100ml sealant total both tires. I could probably cut more weight with a smaller cassette, lightweight wheelset and narrower tires, but in it's current form it's well suited for the hilly terrain in my area.

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Originally Posted by jonathanf2
Uno 7075 lightweight 90mm stem
IMO, the Uno stem is a low-key gem. I'm using one on my gravel bike, too. This was one of the few I found with the -17 drop I needed, and it's quite light, but well-built.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
IMO, the Uno stem is a low-key gem. I'm using one on my gravel bike, too. This was one of the few I found with the -17 drop I needed, and it's quite light, but well-built.
With titanium stem screws, mine are sub 100g. I have them installed on all 3 of my bikes. I also feel the screw mount plates are easier to install and are well-suited for carbon drop bars.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
IMO, the Uno stem is a low-key gem. I'm using one on my gravel bike, too. This was one of the few I found with the -17 drop I needed, and it's quite light, but well-built.
Yes, I should have stocked up on more of these back 4 years ago when Uno7 Ultralight stems were $18-22 on ebay. For a couple years after, every vendor was constantly out of stock of the angle and length I wanted.
I have Uno7 UL stems on my main 4 bikes. The old red 7 style also had paint that easily wiped away with nail polish in 15 seconds.

No idea why people spend $40 more for a branded aluminum stem that also weighs 50g more.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
Yes, I should have stocked up on more of these back 4 years ago when Uno7 Ultralight stems were $18-22 on ebay. For a couple years after, every vendor was constantly out of stock of the angle and length I wanted.
I have Uno7 UL stems on my main 4 bikes. The old red 7 style also had paint that easily wiped away with nail polish in 15 seconds.

No idea why people spend $40 more for a branded aluminum stem that also weighs 50g more.
I'm using the one marked as Uno "Advanced Project" (UNO 19AP) on eBay for $28. It looks like the red 7 one is $30. Other than the graphics, I'm not sure what the difference is. If I can find the right color, I'd like to spray my stem to match my frame.
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