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Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like : "Unbound Gravel". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 09-25-13, 06:52 PM
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Stopped by the house on the test ride to introduce the Duc to her soon-to-be new stablemate.





Won't take delivery until after my wife and I get back from vacation in a couple of weeks, but put a deposit down on a '13 Bianchi Zurigo. It'll be my first pedal bike of any kind, but narrowed it down to a cross bike as a way to get into offseason endurance & leg training for my sportbike track/race hobby. A cross bike will give me a few options for riding/training. Also gear shopping before taking delivery so I have the proper riding attire for the cooler season....before the snow falls.


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Fresh from having the steerer cut, I took it from the LBS straight to Alpenrose Dairy to race it...my new 2013 Kona Jake the Snake singlespeed.

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Originally Posted by Andy_K
Fresh from having the steerer cut, I took it from the LBS straight to Alpenrose Dairy to race it...my new 2013 Kona Jake the Snake singlespeed.
Nice! what do you use to get the chain tension right?
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The frame has a PF30 BB shell, and I'm using a Problem Solvers E46 eccentric bottom bracket.
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I've three bikes that can serve as gravel grinders with the appropriate tires -- Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Bob Jackson World Tour and Waterford RST-22.
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Just finished building this bike tonight - thought I'd post a photo before it gets dirty and never looks the same again.


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^ Love the look of the Ritchey bike.

Just finished building my cross / gravel grinder bike tonight. I say both because I'm not sure yet which it will be better suited to. We don't have a lot of gravel roads / paths around these parts ... unless poor asphalt with no shoulders qualifies.


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Not sure how I missed this thread before. Gravel-grinding is a fun way to challenge your bike-handling skills and explore the roads less taken. Thankfully, we have lots of gravel here in the Midwest.

Fixed-gear drop-bar Diamondback:


'91 Bianchi Eros with 700x30 Kenda Kwick tires:


You'll have to forgive the unfortunate facial expressions. I had a blast on both of these rides.
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I've got a Volagi Viaje coming next week. Pics to follow.
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Currently testing the All-City Space Horse:

How did you like the All-City Space Horse?
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How did you like the All-City Space Horse?
Still working on the review. Handling reminds me of my Vaya.
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Originally Posted by MileHighMark
Still working on the review. Handling reminds me of my Vaya.
Understood.
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Originally Posted by h2oxtc
Just finished building this bike tonight - thought I'd post a photo before it gets dirty and never looks the same again.
52/11, what do you think this is, the road forum?!

Seriously though, that is a really sharp looking bike. I love those Campy black and red parts. I stole the idea and put red chainring bolts on the 105 crank on my road bike.
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Originally Posted by Adrianinkc


Picked up this Crux Evo last week.
What do you think of the SRAM S700 Shifter/Brakes setup? I'm looking at getting a bike with that setup as well and I was wondering how the performance stood up. I haven't found many reviews yet on the 10spd setup. Nice bike.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K
52/11, what do you think this is, the road forum?!

Seriously though, that is a really sharp looking bike. I love those Campy black and red parts. I stole the idea and put red chainring bolts on the 105 crank on my road bike.
At 22.9 lbs just the way you see it, it's too heavy for a road bike. Besides, it has a compact crank with a 12-30 cassette and cx tires. The road thread would tell me to take it elsewhere. When I bought the frame I didn't realize that the frame was a mix of road and cross geometry. The chain stay length is quite short and accommodates the 30c cross tire, and I have a 35c up front.

Thanks for the compliment. It took 5 months to build. I'm just sorry that it's the end of the season and won't get to ride it much. Something to look forward to for next spring.
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Originally Posted by h2oxtc

Thanks for the compliment. It took 5 months to build. I'm just sorry that it's the end of the season and won't get to ride it much. Something to look forward to for next spring.
The season is just starting, what are you talking bout?
Might be over for roadies, but not CXers.
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Originally Posted by Ghost Ryder
The season is just starting, what are you talking bout?
Might be over for roadies, but not CXers.
Exactly!
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Originally Posted by Andy_K
Exactly!
Its that time a season to change my signature too.
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Originally Posted by jdeane4
What do you think of the SRAM S700 Shifter/Brakes setup? I'm looking at getting a bike with that setup as well and I was wondering how the performance stood up. I haven't found many reviews yet on the 10spd setup. Nice bike.
LOVE IT, the braking is so good and have spoiled me so much that I now think the 6700 Ultegra brakes on my Roubaix suck. The modulation and power cannot be matched by a caliper brake, no regrets.
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Originally Posted by Adrianinkc
LOVE IT, the braking is so good and have spoiled me so much that I now think the 6700 Ultegra brakes on my Roubaix suck. The modulation and power cannot be matched by a caliper brake, no regrets.
How about comfort?
Those shifters/oil reservoirs look a little uncomfortable.
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Originally Posted by Ghost Ryder
How about comfort?
Those shifters/oil reservoirs look a little uncomfortable.
Actually other than being taller they feel pretty much the same as regular sram hoods.
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Originally Posted by jadias
Trek Ion CX Pro frame, with Shimano 105-based 1x10 gearing (38 up front, 11-28 in the back) and a Paul chain keeper. Running tubeless 32mm Vittoria knobbies on (last year's) Ultegra wheels. Brakes are TRP CX8.4 Mini-Vs (which are insaaaaaane).


What a wicked bike. I've been rolling through post-typhoon debris this past week or so like it's nothing.


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Thats a lovely looking machine Jadias... agree 100% about those 8.4s....

Should also treat that bike to an ultegra/dura ace shifter/Rr mech...
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Originally Posted by RolandsuperX
Thats a lovely looking machine Jadias... agree 100% about those 8.4s....

Should also treat that bike to an ultegra/dura ace shifter/Rr mech...
Thanks! Honestly compared to the SRAM Rival on my road bike I don't really like Shimano, and I don't think going higher will fix that. Mainly it's the fact that the brake lever moves laterally - I just don't like that. Ideally I'd switch this all out to Rival or even just Apex, but I think I'll probably give Retroshift CX1s a shot actually.

Given the abuse this bike is taking/will take, I can't really justify high-end shifting components like Ultegra/DA/Red.
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