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Old 01-07-22, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
The difference between a 'cross bike and what is now called a gravel bike can be subtle. I think 'cross bikes tend to have more aggressive geometry, maybe higher gearing, too. You could certainly use a 'cross bike for trail riding and I think the modern ones have disk brakes since the UCI made it legal for racing.
My Colnago World Cup has mechanical discs. I think it's somewhere around a 2017 model. I love the bike and have become a fan of discs although I have to admit that rim brakes don't trouble me at all.

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Old 01-07-22, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
I am having a difficult time understanding the whole "gravel bike" thing. I have a cross bike. That's all I need.
The only thing to "understand" is that not everyone rides how and where you do.

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Old 01-07-22, 03:33 PM
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My 1995 Marin Muirwoods spent most of it's days riding paved roads with ThickSlicks.
When I put the knobbies back on my son claimed ownership of the bike. He loved the feel of steel and was amazed how the bike(one year older than him) handled off road better than his modern mtn bike. He's thinking about converting it to 1x
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Old 01-07-22, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
My Colnago World Cup has mechanical discs. I think it's somewhere around a 2017 model. I love the bike and have become a fan of discs although I have to admit that rim brakes don't trouble me at all.

That's a great looking Colnago.
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Old 01-07-22, 08:56 PM
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LOL thank you father!
No problem my son. Was ordained back in the 70s.
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Old 01-16-22, 03:25 PM
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My dedicated gravel bike. Since the mountains got ground down by the last of the glaciers a few years back.
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Old 01-16-22, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by iowa mark View Post
My dedicated gravel bike. Since the mountains got ground down by the last of the glaciers a few years back.
Interesting seat tube, never seen one like that before
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Old 01-16-22, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by gthomson View Post
Interesting seat tube, never seen one like that before
I think it's angled like that to clear the suspension. GT (and others) tried all sorts of weird designs over the early years of rear suspension. That bike also has a double tripleclamp fork, something you wouldn't see on anything but a downhill or some freeride bikes today. Suspension has come so far and mtb geometry changed dramatically starting in about 2017.

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Old 01-16-22, 05:26 PM
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I took a picture of my KHS.
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Old 01-18-22, 09:50 AM
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[QUOTE=gthomson;

Now I can't decide whether I like a drop bar conversion or a straight bar. The advantage of the straight bar would be that I don't have to switch over the group set and could use the existing handlebar shifters, brakes and group set.
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Sirly has the “corner bar”. It’s a drop bar that will let you keep your flat bar controls.
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Old 01-18-22, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by gorillimo View Post
Sirly has the “corner bar”. It’s a drop bar that will let you keep your flat bar controls.
is that a conversion or a new bike? I would really like to see more of that. Are there other configurations similar to that? I think this work.
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Old 01-18-22, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by gthomson View Post
is that a conversion or a new bike? I would really like to see more of that. Are there other configurations similar to that? I think this work.
Not my bike, I’m running sweptbacks. Pic is off the Surly site. Search Corner Bars. They look interesting. They’re not cheap, but would save a lot of money and work by not replacing controls! Here’s my current setup.
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Old 01-18-22, 11:01 PM
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I started this path with changing a vintage Rockhopper to an all arounder, Riv type bike. Liked it a lot. Got convinced on tourist bars. Rode the crap out of it. Then, wanted more. Was about to hit the button on a deno Riv.This Surly came up locally. Less then 150 documented miles. Pro mechanic/owner. 1/3 the price of the Riv. 9/10 of the bike. Been good. I rode a favorite trail loop. Made switchbacks i didn't on my full sus Specialized. Not MT Dew crazy fast. But, I'm not, either. Had a 3 level cervical fusion, can't afford to crash! But, it does steer more accurately, and ride better then the converted Rockhopper. Just a better bike. Rolls really well. Sold the Hopper.......

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Old 01-19-22, 07:54 AM
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gorillimo what size tires do you ride with those bikes? do you prefer the thinner tire over the usual thicker ones?
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Old 01-19-22, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by gthomson View Post
gorillimo what size tires do you ride with those bikes? do you prefer the thinner tire over the usual thicker ones?
Tried 26” x 1.5” on the Rockhopper. Ok on the road, not so good off. 700 x 42cm Conti Speedrides on the Surly. Very versatile and good riding.


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Old 01-19-22, 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by gorillimo View Post
Tried 26” x 1.5” on the Rockhopper. Ok on the road, not so good off. 700 x 42cm Conti Speedrides on the Surly. Very versatile and good riding.
YMMV, but I kinda expect 26ers to not be at their best on skinny tires. My RockHopper is a beast with 2.2” Continental tires. I’m running the nice versions with Black Chili compound. Currently RaceKing in front and SpeedKing in the rear. I have a spare rear wheel with a Race King for when things get really messy on our trails.

That said, I think a Cross Check with 700x40 and touring bars would be awesome! 😀

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Old 01-19-22, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by ofajen View Post
That said, I think a Cross Check with 700x40 and touring bars would be awesome! 😀

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I like mine a lot..
The Contis roll well. Trails, road, running downtown. All good!

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Old 01-19-22, 10:10 PM
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Cool pictures of these bikezillas lol. Why not create and build a bike for what you need and or like? A 29er MTB frame with a rigid fork I was thinking into making a gravel grinder out of. Maybe in the future.
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