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Show off your flatbar gravel grinder/cross bike

Old 04-01-17, 10:33 PM
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Its the frame that can take wider tires, too.

Your Giant Roam 1 qualifies as a gravel flat bar road bike because you can ride it on multiple surfaces.
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@dgodave what handlebars are you using? I'm thinking about some Soma moustache bars for a build up, though not exactly sure what stem length/angle I'd need with it, never having used this type of bar before. Did you need to swap out the stem?
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Originally Posted by Craptacular8
@dgodave what handlebars are you using? I'm thinking about some Soma moustache bars for a build up, though not exactly sure what stem length/angle I'd need with it, never having used this type of bar before. Did you need to swap out the stem?
Mine are Soma Oxford bars. Basically a copy of the Nitto Albatross.

Cant recall the numbers but I'm sure Soma has clamp diam data on the website. Clamp and grip diams are different than typical drop bars. So levers, shifters, stem all could be affected by a swap depending on what youre starting with.
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@dgodave thanks for the info. I was looking at a build with the flatbar compatible soma moustache bars, so similar.
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Originally Posted by Craptacular8
@dgodave thanks for the info. I was looking at a build with the flatbar compatible soma moustache bars, so similar.
For sure. If I recall, the Moustache bars have diameters compatible with traditional road drop bars, while the Oxford is trad mtb bar compatible. I've tried both. Ended up Oxford because it feels even more upright and old-man stlye.
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IMG_8894.jpgGood times machine
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Originally Posted by Wolf Dust
Good times machine
Looks like some incredible scenery.
What is the frame of your bike?
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
Looks like some incredible scenery.
What is the frame of your bike?
The frame is a Surly Cross Check with 40c Schwalbe Mondials....Sorry for the poor image quality, it's the best I can figure out how to do.
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Stock Giant Roam 1 Disc. I suppose the lockout allows the added rigidity you'd want up front in a gravel bike, forgive me though i'm not all that versed in these subcategories they are kind of new to me. Like someone said, it appears most hardtails with the right tires could be cut for the job? Geometry of the bike appear similar to the Toughroad for instance.


Anyhow i'm far from a hardcore gravel grinder but i cruise through this kind of surface just fine at good speed and stability, quite fun actually.





Carved through some deeper road gravel sections that day too. Haven't ridden on anything like up/downhill rock formations and the stuff you see in more mountaineous areas though. I could probably use more adept rubber upgrade for that kind of riding if it was my go-to surface riding.

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I put this in the other "show off your gravel grinder" post so may as well post here since it IS a flatbar. Nothing special. 1999 Trek 800. Completely stock except for cheapo knobbies, Terry saddle. Debating upgrading components or getting new bike.



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