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Old 01-02-20, 01:53 PM
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My Revolt fitted with 700 x 48mm Ground Controls. Basically the biggest tire that fits in this bike. Also going to GRX 1x11, but I got impatient so itís 1x9 right now 😁




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What frame and bartape is that?
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My brother was gifted this hybrid and passed it along to me. I swapped the flat bars for drops, exchanged the triple for a compact, and threw on some 105 and sora bits I had lying around. It's the heaviest bike I own, but it handles and rides incredibly.
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Old 01-03-20, 07:17 PM
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What frame and bartape is that?
Frameset is a steel KHS Urban X with a Kona Project 2 aluminum disc fork and the tape is Cinelli Mike Giant Volee
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
What frame and bartape is that?
https://www.cinelli-usa.com/mash-vol...ar-tape-white/

The mike giant tape a couple people I know use is Americana tattoo images.
this might be more mike giant design, I'm not sure.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
https://www.cinelli-usa.com/mash-vol...ar-tape-white/

The mike giant tape a couple people I know use is Americana tattoo images.
this might be more mike giant design, I'm not sure.

Indeed it is,it's been a while since I picked this tape up. I should have double checked before answering.
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My Revolt fitted with 700 x 48mm Ground Controls. Basically the biggest tire that fits in this bike. Also going to GRX 1x11, but I got impatient so itís 1x9 right now 😁




What pedals are those?
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Old 01-03-20, 11:56 PM
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Love this color. Did you paint this yourself? What color code?
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What pedals are those?
Pedaling Innovations Catalyst. Definitely a conversation starter 😁
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Pedaling Innovations Catalyst. Definitely a conversation starter 😁
I thought so. I'm looking at options for pedals due to a bad ankle, now in an AFO brace. this will require me to adopt a more mid foot cleat position. Or, use a longer pedal like these to better support my whole foot.

SO, how did you choose them? How do you like them? Would you ride them on a road bike?
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Love this color. Did you paint this yourself? What color code?
Thank you.Yep did it myself. Just a cheap rattle can of Rust-Oleum Satin Lagoon. Took most of the paint off with wire cup on my grinder then used Aircraft stripper for the hard to reach places. From dissassemly to finished paint took about 2 hours. I'll admit I could have took more time to paint and the couple of imperfections show it.
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Old 01-04-20, 01:37 AM
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Originally Posted by BoozyMcliverRot View Post
Thank you.Yep did it myself. Just a cheap rattle can of Rust-Oleum Satin Lagoon. Took most of the paint off with wire cup on my grinder then used Aircraft stripper for the hard to reach places. From dissassemly to finished paint took about 2 hours. I'll admit I could have took more time to paint and the couple of imperfections show it.
Ah, a good 50/50 paint job. 50 feet or 50 mph... I've painted cars in my garage with a cheap Harbor Freight paint gun, with tractor paint. 50/50...


I believe that "lagoon" is a close match to my original paint on my 86 KHS... Poor Old Friend needs new paint.
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Originally Posted by zjrog View Post
I thought so. I'm looking at options for pedals due to a bad ankle, now in an AFO brace. this will require me to adopt a more mid foot cleat position. Or, use a longer pedal like these to better support my whole foot.

SO, how did you choose them? How do you like them? Would you ride them on a road bike?
I chose them cause I was getting foot cramps when trying to run standard flat pedals for extended rides. When I switched to these I felt like my feet finally had better support and no cramping. I did multiple group rides with the Catalyst pedals and they held up very well in my experience.

The only thing for me is that on road cranks the Q factor is so narrow that I have to run these with pedal spacers. That said because of the narrow Q factor on the pedals Iím thinking about taking my large Stamp pedals from my fat bike and swapping the Catalysts to that.

Thats the other thing. I like the size large Crank brothers Stamp pedals (not the plastic ones) as an alternative to the Catalyst pedals. They arenít as long but they are longer than most flat pedals, and they are wider which is great for me so I donít have to run extenders.
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Originally Posted by DarKris View Post
I chose them cause I was getting foot cramps when trying to run standard flat pedals for extended rides. When I switched to these I felt like my feet finally had better support and no cramping. I did multiple group rides with the Catalyst pedals and they held up very well in my experience.

The only thing for me is that on road cranks the Q factor is so narrow that I have to run these with pedal spacers. That said because of the narrow Q factor on the pedals Iím thinking about taking my large Stamp pedals from my fat bike and swapping the Catalysts to that.

Thats the other thing. I like the size large Crank brothers Stamp pedals (not the plastic ones) as an alternative to the Catalyst pedals. They arenít as long but they are longer than most flat pedals, and they are wider which is great for me so I donít have to run extenders.
Thanks! Dealing with my new normal, I have to change habits. Catalyst pedals are suggested on many podiatry related sites. I never liked clipless 25 years ago, and after breaking my back in a cycling crash, I can't imagine using them now. Though I do indoors on my trainer...

I have used extenders for years. Size 13 feet frequently have heel strikes on chain stays. Might happen less as I move to a midfoot style. And of course, my AFO brace in my shoe I need the clearance to keep from hitting the brace on the crank arm. I'm getting a bicycle fit through my Orthopedics physical therapy program in less than 2 weeks. See how far out of whack I am I guess.
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Too much money in it but a fun time building it and a fun ride while it lasts.
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Attachment 363619Attachment 365142Soma Triplecross. Tange Prestige carbon fork and bars help dampen the road vibration, HED Belgian+ wheels, Surly beers.
It's a fun ride. Gravel grinders are popping up all over the country now and it's a good crowd just out to challenge themselves and enjoy the camaraderie.

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Took the new diverge out for a rainy day feast. The muddier, the better!
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Took the new diverge out for a rainy day feast. The muddier, the better!
How do you like the stem shock? Does it work?
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How do you like the stem shock? Does it work?
Yeah...well. ummm...sortof...
I have tried a bunch of things in the past to endure in the land of endless gravel washboard.
1. Suspension forks. I've modified all my forks to remove all compression / even rebound damping and run lightest springs to react to washboard. Even modified, they simply cannot react fast enough. Even though they can't handle the small high frequency stuff, they are best for big hits.
2. Softride/ softflex suspension stems. Better than forks for gravel, but not as well for big hits. I've got a whole drawer full of them. They don't react fast enough either. They also wear out fast.
3. Specialized stem suspension thingee. Better than softride ( in reacting to washboard- and it's also new (not warn out bushings) -yet at least), but not as much travel. Not for big stuff at all. It is very subtle. It takes the edge off of things, but isn't suspension in the sense a fork or soft flex stem is. I have no idea how it will hold up over time (probably not well- but who knows). I bought the diverge despite the suspension thingee. When I ride a gravel road with one hand on the bar, and the other hand over the stem suspension thingee, you can feel it is moving a lot, so it is taking some of the jarring out. If you have not ridden with one before, when you get on it, the feeling is your front tire is 1/3 way flat in the way the bars feel- except the tire is not flat, it's the stem reacting with that much travel, which (for me) is LESS slop than a worn out softride stem. I find myself stopping at the beginnings of rides thinking "Oh crap, my front tire pressure is too low" - but it's fine when I check it, it's the stem compressing. I'm getting used to it now. The concept is that it is taking the edge off of 10000000000 little hits over time, which ads up over the long run.
4. Bigger tires with lower pressure. I think this might be the biggest winner for gravel washboard. Bigger tires can soak up the endless bumps faster than the forks/suspension stems can react to them. There's a fine line between narrow and high pressure vs. wide and low pressure (fast/ no bump absorption vs. too soggy/heavy) though.

Again- I bought this bike DESPITE the stem. Since the stem was mandatory for this bike, I figured it would be fun to experiment with. I have no idea if I will keep up with it, or jury rig a fixed stem option in the future. So far, so good though!

Just my 2 cents....

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Another thing I forgot to mention was another bike I ride on gravel a lot- This. These bars have so much flex at the grips, they give almost as much suspension as the Specialized stem thingee. Not applicable for every setup, but, they are super plush, with no bearings/pivots to wear out.


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Originally Posted by dualresponse View Post
Yeah...well. ummm...sortof...
I have tried a bunch of things in the past to endure in the land of endless gravel washboard.
1. Suspension
I hear lauf forks work well on washboard despite dubious looks... No compression carbon leaf spring
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