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Getting rid of my MTB in favor of a cyclocross or gravel bike. Advice?

Old 03-18-20, 01:09 PM
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Getting rid of my MTB in favor of a cyclocross or gravel bike. Advice?

right now i am working with a tight budget. thinking < $1000 all-in. this has me perusing both CL and FB Marketplace as well as some of the cheaper retailers.

it's led to me to a few affordable options that i would appreciate feedback on:

Marin Nicasio

Marin Gestalt


thoughts on the above and/or any other models to look at? should i keep hoping a used gem pops up?

thanks!
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Old 03-18-20, 02:11 PM
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Salsa Journeyman has been a great bike. Comes in at the top end of your budget. Surprisingly nice ride quality, versatile setup, and decent parts buildup. Upgrade things as needed, but I've got about 6000 miles on mine, which is being used as a rain/winter commuter and gravel bike, and have only upgraded the crankset (personal preference) to GRX, and the disc calipers just this last week, as the rear made it through two winters of slop before giving up the ghost. If you're looking at brand new bike options, the Journeyman has been a good value and durable bike, in my opinion.

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Old 03-18-20, 02:32 PM
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thanks. i forgot to add the Journeyman to my list. it's definitely on there. think the list is shaping up as such:

Marin Nicasio
Kona Rove
Salsa Journeyman
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Had a buddy snag a Trek checkpoint alr4 for about $1100 last spring. I think he may have gotten lucky, I haven't really seen much used "gravel" bikes.
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... I haven't really seen much used "gravel" bikes.
Gravel is a bit too new to have many used bikes. I started off with a used cross bike, and that worked well. There is not a "huge" difference between a CX and gravel (unless you like to bomb fast down hill on a long low slack bike). The problem there is many older CX bikes can't fit anything larger than 35mm tires (new CX bikes can).
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Old 03-19-20, 04:15 PM
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If you can conjur up a few more $, the Kona Rove ST is hard to beat - you might find a sale.
I also rented a Rove NRB while on a trip last year, and it was very nice, same super comfy fit, playful ride - I'm just a steel guy and prefer 1x.
I got rid of my mountain bike too. I ride my Rove ST like a mountain bike (and a road bike, and . . . . ).
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Jamis Renegade A1 is another that will leave you with some change in your pocket after tax, and is a great choice to look at side by side with the Salsa Journeyman.
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think i'm going with a used 2018 Kona Rove NRB. seller wants $900 + $50 shipping.

any reason not to?
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Why do you want to change your MTB for a gravel bike, I have both but found very little advantage of the gravel bike over the MTB which is probably a better all rounder.
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What MTB do you currently have? Chances are you might be able to get it to act more like a "gravel" bike with a few small changes, such as tires. Personally, I like the older mountain bikes, which can be very good at many things, depending on components and some thought. Good luck!
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