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 :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 07-10-15, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by jtbadge View Post
Switched out the Cowbell 3s for Cowchipper 2s. Hitting some gravel on Thursday.

how are the bars? on paper they look amazing.

edit: awesome photo too
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Old 07-19-15, 03:48 PM
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Finished the build yesterday. I was on a tight budget, but I chose the parts wisely. Reminds me of my old cyclo-cross bike.
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cute grinders!
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Just got this yesterday. Specialized Diverge A1 Sport. Took it out of local rails to trails. A whole lot of fun. What a difference to compared to my mountain bike. Like riding a Ferrari.

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Originally Posted by jtbadge View Post
Switched out the Cowbell 3s for Cowchipper 2s. Hitting some gravel on Thursday.

How do you like those retroshifts? What were you using before?
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Originally Posted by justin1138 View Post
how are the bars? on paper they look amazing.

edit: awesome photo too
I am a fan. Between sizing up (went from a 42 to a 44) so I can actually use the bar tops while cruising around, and the extra flare for more confident descents and rough surface riding, I am definitely sold.

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How do you like those retroshifts? What were you using before?
They have definitely been my favorite upgrade to this bike. The stock Tiagra brifters had sloppy brake lever feel, and were not very sensitive, so I often had to make sure I pushed the lever to its full range or else I would have to shift again. These are smooth, quick, precise, and allow multiple shifts in one motion. Love them.

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Retroshifts are great. I have them on my grinder.
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Old 07-24-15, 12:34 PM
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Just posted a few photos/comments over in Road. (http://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycli...omponents.html)

Here's a pic of my gravel bike taken on her maiden voyage.

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Originally Posted by jtbadge View Post
They have definitely been my favorite upgrade to this bike. The stock Tiagra brifters had sloppy brake lever feel, and were not very sensitive, so I often had to make sure I pushed the lever to its full range or else I would have to shift again. These are smooth, quick, precise, and allow multiple shifts in one motion. Love them.
Yeah I run DA barends with interrupters right behind them, totally agree with the awesomeness of the shifters. Good to hear the braking function is intact; initial reviews of gevenalle/retroshifts were not good...wondering if this should be one of my next upgrades.
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Only had her two days, but she's seen three rides and at least 40 miles. Only thing I want to change is the tires for something more gravel (Clement MXP). I don't trust their traction on fast turns, even with minimum PSI. Even though they are great on grass, like in the picture.
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Niner RLT9 with 2016 Build

Here's my RLT9. I've changed the spec since this year's DK200 based on what I learned there. The Cowchipper 2 bar replaced the stock carbon Thomson cyclocross bar. (Nerve damage in the hands was my biggest issue at this year's DK200.) A 1x Quarq Red crank and Shimano XTR Di2 rear derailleur replaced my Ultegra setup. I've gone with a DT Swiss thru-axle conversion. And an auxiliary shifter allows for shifting from the tops. I love the bike. Looking forward to next year's Dirty Kanza!
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This is my Kona rove al, in my morning ride.
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This is my dad's creation. He bought this Dean MTB softail frame used, and since it has odd geometry (short TT, very steep angles) that make it perfect for a drop bar conversion, he did just that. It's built up with Ultegra 6700 shifters, which oddly play nice with an ancient XTR rear derailleur and a triple MTB top pull front derailleur. The shock has 1.25 inches of travel, and the rest of the parts are picked from his parts bin. It weighs sub 24lbs as pictured, and my dad says it rides great!

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Originally Posted by Soundtallica View Post
This is my dad's creation. He bought this Dean MTB softail frame used, and since it has odd geometry (short TT, very steep angles) that make it perfect for a drop bar conversion, he did just that. It's built up with Ultegra 6700 shifters, which oddly play nice with an ancient XTR rear derailleur and a triple MTB top pull front derailleur. The shock has 1.25 inches of travel, and the rest of the parts are picked from his parts bin. It weighs sub 24lbs as pictured, and my dad says it rides great!

Quite a monster!
But more odd to me is the idea of any rear suspension with a rigid fork. And it also looks like there's no BB drop! I'm sure it handles like no other gravel bike.
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another gravel "monster"

I went the opposite direction from Soundtallica's Dad's Dean, putting drop bars on a 2013 Stumpy Marathon hardtail. The 90mm travel fork soaks up hits, and a Pave seatpost provides a little give in the back when seated. The BB is relatively high for ground clearance (63.5mm drop), but relatively slack 71.5° head angle and 435mm chain stays help with stability. Modern mtb top tubes are longish (615mm effective on my large frame), but a 60mm stem put everything in reach. I think of it as a hooligan's gravel grinder.

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Originally Posted by lvick View Post
I went the opposite direction from Soundtallica's Dad's Dean, putting drop bars on a 2013 Stumpy Marathon hardtail. The 90mm travel fork soaks up hits, and a Pave seatpost provides a little give in the back when seated. The BB is relatively high for ground clearance (63.5mm drop), but relatively slack 71.5° head angle and 435mm chain stays help with stability. Modern mtb top tubes are longish (615mm effective on my large frame), but a 60mm stem put everything in reach. I think of it as a hooligan's gravel grinder.
That's a bit different. Do you ever use the drops?
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Originally Posted by bowermb View Post
That's a bit different. Do you ever use the drops?
Yes, I use the drops for control - anytime I'm descending, and often on flatter pavement sections.

Bars are Salsa Cowbell 2, 46cm with a 12° flare in the drops - very comfortable.
Not as much control as a 700mm flat bar, but more aero and more hand positions.
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Originally Posted by lvick View Post
I went the opposite direction from Soundtallica's Dad's Dean, putting drop bars on a 2013 Stumpy Marathon hardtail. The 90mm travel fork soaks up hits, and a Pave seatpost provides a little give in the back when seated. The BB is relatively high for ground clearance (63.5mm drop), but relatively slack 71.5° head angle and 435mm chain stays help with stability. Modern mtb top tubes are longish (615mm effective on my large frame), but a 60mm stem put everything in reach. I think of it as a hooligan's gravel grinder.

That's quite a bike! I'm surprised that it looks so well finished because you've definitely taken some different routes in the build. I'll bet it descends like nobody's business.

One comment, helpful critique, "matching bags". Haha
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Originally Posted by lvick View Post
I went the opposite direction from Soundtallica's Dad's Dean, putting drop bars on a 2013 Stumpy Marathon hardtail. The 90mm travel fork soaks up hits, and a Pave seatpost provides a little give in the back when seated. The BB is relatively high for ground clearance (63.5mm drop), but relatively slack 71.5° head angle and 435mm chain stays help with stability. Modern mtb top tubes are longish (615mm effective on my large frame), but a 60mm stem put everything in reach. I think of it as a hooligan's gravel grinder.

How fast you go with that small chain rings? IMO you should upgrade it too.. BTW it looks great.
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Originally Posted by Soundtallica View Post
This is my dad's creation. He bought this Dean MTB softail frame used, and since it has odd geometry (short TT, very steep angles) that make it perfect for a drop bar conversion, he did just that. It's built up with Ultegra 6700 shifters, which oddly play nice with an ancient XTR rear derailleur and a triple MTB top pull front derailleur. The shock has 1.25 inches of travel, and the rest of the parts are picked from his parts bin. It weighs sub 24lbs as pictured, and my dad says it rides great!

I love that its disc front and V back.
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That is a classic ride. Very nice build.
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