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Gravel grinder build

Old 01-05-15, 10:15 PM
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Gravel grinder build

I starting a gravel grinder build with a Raleigh M60. It came with with a rock show Judy TT front fork. I would like to switch to a rigid fork. It has an axel to crown measurement of 457.5 mm. What size fork could I get away with and who makes a good one. Carbon would be nice but not required. Im also thinking about switching to 27.5 inch wheels.
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They have a good se;ection. Your LBS can order them for you.
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Old 01-07-15, 11:05 PM
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here is the build after I serviced the headset. The drop bars and shifters came in today. Hopefully I can get them installed tomorrow. It's got 26" wheels right now but I'm thinking about changeing them to 650b or 700c. Any suggestions as to which one would work better? I'm planning on using disk breaks. Should be fun
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The handle bars and shifters are installed. I got the fit adjusted and I'm already to go except the mtn bike front derailer won't work with the road shifters. Bummer but we are getting there.
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Seems like something is telling you to go 1 x 8/9/10!
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Well I changed my mind and went in a different direction. I installed a shimano deore 10 sp rear derailer and ordered a set of Gevenalle GX shifters. I'm leaving the 26" wheels and up grading the tires to schwalbe CX pro's. This should make a serviceable gravel grinder/single track bike. I will post some pictures when it's done. Not much to look at right now.

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If your using rim brakes then 700s are going to be tough to find brakes with reach you need. 650b would be more ideal if you want to try a different wheel size.
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Paul component engineering has a set that will work but they are like $375. So im sticking with the 26" wheels for that and some other reasons
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I got the bike finished. The Gevenalle GX shifters are nice but will take a little getting use to. Shifting is crisp and spot on but working the shifters is much different than standard brifters. However that being said that, I think I will like them. I have a gravel ride planned for Friday. I will post pictures then and give a report on the bikes performance.
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Here is the finished project.
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Sweet! A real "go anywhere" ride. Enjoy!
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Did some gravel riding and single track today. Bike did a lot better than I did. It's a nice gravel bike and is a capable single track bike. I needed wider tires and less tire pressure for single track but all in all it did very well.
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Well after a couple rides I'm fixing a broken shifter, up grading the rear cassette from a 12-30 to a 11-36, getting disk brakes to include wheels and replacing a worn out bottom bracket. In a few more rides I just might have a completely new bike minus the frame. Lol
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Cool build using an old raleigh ht frame.
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