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Tour Divide on gravel bike?

Old 03-12-21, 11:49 PM
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Tour Divide on gravel bike?

Anyone try this? Seems like pimped-out fargos are popular, but what about a roadish gravel bike with say 40mm tires?
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I wanna say Lael Wilcox raced on a Specialized Epic hardtail with Gravelking SK+ 700x43c tires.

I know a somebody did really well on a single speed mountainbike, but I think the only "mountain bike" thing about it was the flat handlebars. A rigid with road bars is a gravel bike, is it not?

I imagine all the bikes of the winners ought to be readilly accessible.

I would think tires too wide might make things harder than they need to be. Likewise with heavy high travel front suspension...just a bunch of weight when there isn't any reason for 120-200mm of impact to absorb. Rear suspension seems like it would take up too much storage room in the main triangle to be useful.

If pushed to identify a trend, I'd say Lauf Forks or similar low travel/high frequency front suspension on a hardtail with fatter tires (1.75 inches or 42mm width minimum) & a dynamo with a Sinewave Cycles charger of some variety on a hardtail or generic gravelbike is the tool for the job.

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Originally Posted by base2 View Post
I wanna say Lael Wilcox raced on a Specialized Epic hardtail with Gravelking SK+ 700x43c tires.
I just watched her video last night (second time) before I posted that.

I know a somebody did really well on a single speed mountainbike, but I think the only "mountain bike" thing about it was the flat handlebars. A rigid with road bars is a gravel bike, is it not?

I imagine all the bikes of the winners ought to be readilly accessible.
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Salsa Fargos seem to dominate.

​​​​​​​I would think tires too wide might make things harder than they need to be. Likewise with heavy high travel front suspension...just a bunch of weight when there isn't any reason for 120-200mm of impact to absorb. Rear suspension seems like it would take up too much storage room in the main triangle to be useful.

If pushed to identify a trend, I'd say Lauf Forks or similar low travel/high frequency front suspension on a hardtail with fatter tires (1.75 inches or 42mm width minimum) & a dynamo with a Sinewave Cycles charger of some variety on a hardtail or generic gravelbike is the tool for the job.
I saw a lot of Lauf forks. I tried one once and it pogo-ed all over the place. Maybe they behave better with a large load.
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Recently ran across a Duzer video doing the Divide last year. He does a nice job with filming and editing...you may want to take a look to see some of the terrain. He was sort of doing an RDE test ride with..for Priority..with the intent (I'd guess) of showing some of the more challenging segments.
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
Salsa Fargos seem to dominate.



I saw a lot of Lauf forks. I tried one once and it pogo-ed all over the place. Maybe they behave better with a large load.
Really? We sell them and I have used one for about 2 years and I haeve never heard that description. Most folks find them fantastic for gravel.
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Originally Posted by dwmckee View Post
Really? We sell them and I have used one for about 2 years and I haeve never heard that description. Most folks find them fantastic for gravel.
I wanted to like them, so I rented the Lauf gravel bike with the fork and the bottle cap lifter. I did my usual ride here. Afterwords I posted a review. One issue might be the tires that came with that bike probably had too much air in them. I suspect that might have influenced my perception somewhat. Maybe I should give it another try?

I do find it hard to believe the divide racers would use them if they were problematic.
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