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Old 12-10-13, 02:28 AM
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More common mechanics to hide the big alloy nut on the other side of the rear brake , but suit yourself..

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Originally Posted by UnfilteredDregs
Too much, and worth every penny. Wheels were 1k, bike - OEM wheels about 4k. So 5k right off the bat. My wife wants me to sell a kidney.

I haven't settled on a saddle yet, right now I have an Italia Selle C2 gel Flo...I have a Fizik Aliante VSX coming in to try.. I just settled on pedals and shoes as well. I think I'm going to change the crank...I want a little more low end..
Damn!!!
She looks like she worth it!
What a beauty!
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv
A good hand-built lugged steel-framed bike adds a little individuality to the ride.1997 Simoncini Special Cyclocross is ready for the road or trail. Everyone needs a retro lugged Columbus steel CX bike.

That is certainly a rare classic! Be careful calling it "Special" with that "Roubaix" text on the bars, the other S may get litigious.
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Nice! Have you weighed it yet?


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Classified as a gravel grinder but deployed as a cab dodging pothole skipper:

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Originally Posted by Brougham
Nice! Have you weighed it yet?

With those giant honking pedals- 21#.
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My Cube Cross Race Disc 2014. Really like it, been out riding everyday since I got it last weekend..

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Originally Posted by UnfilteredDregs
Classified as a gravel grinder but deployed as a cab dodging pothole skipper:

Gorgeous bike!

I can't see myself dodging potholes and taxi's on a bike worth that much.
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Originally Posted by h2oxtc
Gorgeous bike!

I can't see myself dodging potholes and taxi's on a bike worth that much.
It's a fun bike...
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As far as tires go, using the Clement LAS on the Schwinn right now, the tight diamond pattern gives just a little bite in the loose surface dust. The new rig is going to be running Conti TravelContact tires, wide smooth center with some good teeth on the edges.
Very very nice, why don't you use a Veloce rear?
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Sixty Fiver, nice bike. What brand is the stem?
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Originally Posted by cc700
great photo.

Originally Posted by jsigone
just picked this up last night and put it through the paces w/ a mixed 68 mile ride today


this thing looks hype
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Very very nice, why don't you use a Veloce rear?
Wanted to be able to use a 32 or even 34t cassette if the situation called for it. Think I have a 32 on it right now. Plus it opened up a lot of options for wheels at the price point I wanted to spend.

A few recent pics, still need to get the rear rack on it, wanted to make sure I had the rear brake dialed in first. I do think a new saddle may be in order for the spring.



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Originally Posted by UnfilteredDregs
Classified as a gravel grinder but deployed as a cab dodging pothole skipper:

Great looking bike, but one of the worst picture ever.
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Originally Posted by linus
Great looking bike, but one of the worst picture ever.

Yeah, I know...it sucks...lmao. I'll get some better pics once I have it completely settled in...I changed the saddle, I need to put my clipless on, I want to rotate the brifters down a little bit because I'm not confident about being able to grab the brakes when I'm in the drops...I'd like to be able to get the first knuckles of my pointer and middle fingers around them... I want white bar tape as well...
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white bar tape on a gravel grinder? You must like brown.
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Originally Posted by corwin1968
Do you have two Moulden customs or are the photos of a blue and a black bike the same bicycle? Both are awesome looking bikes.
The Moulden got fresh powder last fall... the original paint was trashed and I wanted to build up a stealth bomber so went with a flatter black powder and some new reflective black decals are in the works.

The stem is a Nitto.... the integrated stop makes for a really solid set up.

It is a great bike... the hurricane tyres are really versatile as they roll out very quickly on the road @ 75 psi and when I hit the trails will drop them down into the low 40's so they get a better bite.
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Originally Posted by cuda2k
white bar tape on a gravel grinder? You must like brown.
Agreed.

One 50-75 miler on our muddy spring Minnesota roads would make your new bar color brown.

Permanently.

Btw The Fuji, All City and the Salsa all look like great choices guys. Very cool!
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Originally Posted by cuda2k
white bar tape on a gravel grinder? You must like brown.
There's one in every crowd...

I'm not gravel grinding! lmao... city cycling.

Besides, Salsa does it so... it must be right!:


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Originally Posted by cuda2k
Wanted to be able to use a 32 or even 34t cassette if the situation called for it. Think I have a 32 on it right now. Plus it opened up a lot of options for wheels at the price point I wanted to spend.

A few recent pics, still need to get the rear rack on it, wanted to make sure I had the rear brake dialed in first. I do think a new saddle may be in order for the spring.



Can't you use a Campy long cage rear? Velomine has a nice selection of very affordable wheels with Campy compatible hubs. Whatever you do good luck. That is a really nice bike.
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Originally Posted by UnfilteredDregs
There's one in every crowd...

I'm not gravel grinding! lmao... city cycling.
There may be more than one! You did post in, "show us your Gravel Grinder."
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Originally Posted by cs1
Can't you use a Campy long cage rear? Velomine has a nice selection of very affordable wheels with Campy compatible hubs. Whatever you do good luck. That is a really nice bike.
A 32t on a campy long cage would be iffy. I've heard a few accounts of people claiming to have made it work, but Campagnolo cassettes max out at 30t sizes and 3rd party versions that are bigger are few and far between not to mention expensive from what I recall. I wanted as close to a 1:1 low gear as I could manage for some of the steep rollers we have around (yes they can be found in N. Texas, and the guy who coordinates our gravel rides often goes looking for them. Not steep enough to need a 1:1 if I was on a road bike, but with the gravel you really can't stand and mash a gear so sitting and spinning a really low cog is the best bet. The shift-mate isn't perfect, but it's about as good of a solution as I was able to find when I did this build.
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question about gravel bikes:

I have a Pake C'mute steel cross/commuter that I built up as a mutt with random parts. it weighs a ton (at least it does to me, 150 pounds of skin and bones)! It has friction 2x9 shifting. I mostly use if for commuting to work but I also take it on long road rides and I would like to do some gravel grinders starting with the Texas Chainring Massacre in January. This bike can handle 40mm+ tires but I think it's overkill. I do not have the space or the budget for multiple bikes, so I need a true do-all bike that can handle the above duties. I have a mountain bike for true off-road riding.

I would like to get a more road-ish bike that can handle a rear rack for commuting, but will take some gravel-worthy tires for the occasional gravel race. I have been eyeing the Novara Verita and, as an REI employee, I can get a great deal on it. I can probably sell my C'Mute and get a Verita with that money. the Verita should be able to handle 28mm tires with the included fenders and I think I can get some 32mm knobbies in there without fenders. I am going to experiment with that today. the medium Verita has a 540mm ETT, 70.5 HA and a 73 SA. that's a slack HA! if 32mm knobbies fit in that frame and fork, would the geo of that bike be suitable for the occasional gravel race, or would the handling suck?

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Originally Posted by mack_turtle
question about gravel bikes:

I have a Pake C'mute steel cross/commuter that I built up as a mutt with random parts. it weighs a ton (at least it does to me, 150 pounds of skin and bones)! It has friction 2x9 shifting. I mostly use if for commuting to work but I also take it on long road rides and I would like to do some gravel grinders starting with the Texas Chainring Massacre in January. This bike can handle 40mm+ tires but I think it's overkill. I do not have the space or the budget for multiple bikes, so I need a true do-all bike that can handle the above duties. I have a mountain bike for true off-road riding.

I would like to get a more road-ish bike that can handle a rear rack for commuting, but will take some gravel-worthy tires for the occasional gravel race. I have been eyeing the Novara Verita and, as an REI employee, I can get a great deal on it. I can probably sell my C'Mute and get a Verita with that money. the Verita should be able to handle 28mm tires with the included fenders and I think I can get some 32mm knobbies in there without fenders. I am going to experiment with that today. the medium Verita has a 540mm ETT, 70.5 HA and a 73 SA. that's a slack HA! if 32mm knobbies fit in that frame and fork, would the geo of that bike be suitable for the occasional gravel race, or would the handling suck?
At 150 lbs you can ride a smaller tire at lower air pressure than a larger rider. A 700x32 tire would work very well on almost any gravel road or path, even badly maintained trails that are not too steep. A 700x28 tire might require very good bike skills and slower speeds on badly maintained trails, but it could be done.

The Shimano BR-R650 brake is a long reach brake with a reach long enough for a 700x32 tire. If the fork and chainstays are designed for a larger tire, a 700x32 should fit.

The slack head-tube angle might cause the steering to feel slow, but that's not a critical issue on gravel.

The bike might be ideal for you.
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