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Old 06-22-16, 07:28 AM
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Anyone using this bike as a gravel bike? I'm thinking about purchasing this bike for gravel racing.
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Old 06-22-16, 02:08 PM
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My adventure with the bike began yesterday, is still difficult to say. Today we drove up the gravel and behave very predictably.
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Old 06-24-16, 11:03 AM
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Anyone using this bike as a gravel bike? I'm thinking about purchasing this bike for gravel racing.
The decision really comes down to flat vs drop-bars. The AnyRoad is essentially the same bike with drop bar vs flat bars. The conversion tends to be expensive so you should consider carefully.

I would imagine for any serious racing drop-bars would probably be better, unless it's highly technical riding.
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The AnyRoad is essentially the same bike with drop bar vs flat bars.
You may be confused with another model - the Anyroad shares the same blue/yellow paint, yet nothing else.
All of the components (Tiagra) are road-based, yet it has slightly wider tires (32mm) than pure-road usage.
Gorgeous bike tho
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Old 06-27-16, 07:21 AM
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Yeah...anyroad isn't the same at all and I don't like drop bars.

Took my fatbike and put some smaller light weight tires on it and think I will use that for my gravel bike for now.
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Can't stop upgrading my Toughroad 2. I recently upgraded my recently upgraded SLX groupset to XT 1x11. After purchasing my mountain bike with SRAM 1x11 XO1 groupset, I can't see myself going to back to 2-3X chainrings and a front derailleur. Will pick up my bike later today and post some pics.
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1x is the way to go.

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Think I'm finally done upgrading my Toughroad 2. To me this bike is no longer a hybrid but a rigid 29er. With all the weight shedding upgrades the bike is down to 21lbs. Man I love this bike for commuting and hitting fire roads.
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Old 06-30-16, 12:59 AM
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Think I'm finally done upgrading my Toughroad 2. To me this bike is no longer a hybrid but a rigid 29er. With all the weight shedding upgrades the bike is down to 21lbs. Man I love this bike for commuting and hitting fire roads.
You should list the full changes you made to the stock bike.
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"You should list the full changes you made to the stock bike"

Here's the list.

Shimano XT 1x11 Groupset (SLX Brakes, XT Ice Tech 180mm F, 160mm R, Rotors)
Stan's Notubes Arch EX 29" Wheelset
Spank Oozy Handlebar
Spank Oozy Stem
Shimano XTR Trail Pedals
Selle Italia SL Saddle
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Originally Posted by Noctilux.95 View Post
"You should list the full changes you made to the stock bike"

Here's the list.

Shimano XT 1x11 Groupset (SLX Brakes, XT Ice Tech 180mm F, 160mm R, Rotors)
Stan's Notubes Arch EX 29" Wheelset
Spank Oozy Handlebar
Spank Oozy Stem
Shimano XTR Trail Pedals
Selle Italia SL Saddle
Specialized Grips
Very nice.
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Old 06-30-16, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Noctilux.95 View Post
"You should list the full changes you made to the stock bike"

Here's the list.

Shimano XT 1x11 Groupset (SLX Brakes, XT Ice Tech 180mm F, 160mm R, Rotors)
Stan's Notubes Arch EX 29" Wheelset
Spank Oozy Handlebar
Spank Oozy Stem
Shimano XTR Trail Pedals
Selle Italia SL Saddle
Specialized Grips
Very nice!!! If you don't mind me asking how much money you have into upgrades?

Reason I ask, is that I have been looking at this bike. Bike shop weighed it for me and it's 21 lbs. stock.

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bi...e-sl-29/106470

The downsides are.

1. It's $1350
2. It's singlespeed
3. Adding gears can be done, but at a cost. Probably close to $1500 by the time you are done adding cassette, derailleur shifter, cables etc

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bi...e-sl-29/106470
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Very nice!!! If you don't mind me asking how much money you have into upgrades?

Reason I ask, is that I have been looking at this bike. Bike shop weighed it for me and it's 21 lbs. stock.

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bi...e-sl-29/106470

The downsides are.

1. It's $1350
2. It's singlespeed
3. Adding gears can be done, but at a cost. Probably close to $1500 by the time you are done adding cassette, derailleur shifter, cables etc

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bi...e-sl-29/106470

The Specialized Crave looks really nice though I'm not sure if I want a single speed bike for commuter/fire road rides. I live in a hilly area and don't always wear synthetic clothes when commuting. I can see myself walking into a bank or Starbucks all sweaty after climbing a 12% grade hill on a single speed bike

My Toughroad has ended up costing me around $1900 total after all the upgrades and selling the old parts. I purchased the bike for $850 OTD and the rest were in upgrades. I purchased everything on sale.
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Old 06-30-16, 02:02 PM
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Thanks for the reply.

My local bike shop will give me the ToughRoad SLR 1 for $1100

The SLR1 already has carbon seat post and fork so I think the only upgrade I would do would be carbon bars, different seat and tubeless setup.

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us...specifications
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Very nice!!! If you don't mind me asking how much money you have into upgrades?

Reason I ask, is that I have been looking at this bike. Bike shop weighed it for me and it's 21 lbs. stock.

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bi...e-sl-29/106470

The downsides are.

1. It's $1350
2. It's singlespeed
3. Adding gears can be done, but at a cost. Probably close to $1500 by the time you are done adding cassette, derailleur shifter, cables etc

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bi...e-sl-29/106470
I would be very clear about how you add gears. As pictured it doesn't have a hanger for a rear derailluer, so you'd need to get an adapter from Specialized.
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I would be very clear about how you add gears. As pictured it doesn't have a hanger for a rear derailluer, so you'd need to get an adapter from Specialized.
It's all set up for derailleur. Specialized includes the derailleur hanger with the bike when you buy it. The regular Specialized Crave, which use the same exact frame, comes with gears and front shock.


https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bi...rave-29/106557

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Anyone have any issues with seat post noise?
YES! Lots of creaking. Have taken mine to the LBS about 4 times for various things and they have greased it each time and the noises come back within a day or so. Maybe the D-Fuse technology has some issues ? I think i might contact Giant as it's really annoying and the LBS have been fantastic, so it's over to Giant!
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YES! Lots of creaking. Have taken mine to the LBS about 4 times for various things and they have greased it each time and the noises come back within a day or so. Maybe the D-Fuse technology has some issues ? I think i might contact Giant as it's really annoying and the LBS have been fantastic, so it's over to Giant!
A few weeks back I had them replace the entire part that holds the seat in place replaced and so far so good.
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A few weeks back I had them replace the entire part that holds the seat in place replaced and so far so good.
Oh really!? Was this because of the noises ? Was this done under warranty ?
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Oh really!? Was this because of the noises ? Was this done under warranty ?
Yes, the clicking sound. 1st time it happened they greased it fixed for a bit started again. I guess it was under warranty my lbs didn't charge me. Only had the bike 4 months.
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Yes, the clicking sound. 1st time it happened they greased it fixed for a bit started again. I guess it was under warranty my lbs didn't charge me. Only had the bike 4 months.
I'm in exactly the same boat, I've only had mine 4 months too! It's been like that since the very early days!

How do you find the bike otherwise ? I think it's fantastic but I have had a couple of issues here and there. I have had the freehub body replaced, and the bike was stripped down and cleaned/re-greased as it was making some seriously bad squeaking in the front fork, and crank area. I think these days bike manufacturers put a minimal amount of grease on the bikes to save money. LBS have been great though.

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I'm in exactly the same boat, I've only had mine 4 months too! It's been like that since the very early days!

How do you find the bike otherwise ? I think it's fantastic but I have had a couple of issues here and there. I have had the freehub body replaced, and the bike was stripped down and cleaned/re-greased as it was making some seriously bad squeaking in the front fork, and crank area. I think these days bike manufacturers put a minimal amount of grease on the bikes to save money. LBS have been great though.
Overall I like the bike a lot, few minor issues. The seat that came with the bike a couple screws came out while
Riding but I had planned to change saddles anyway. In a few short months I've put almost 1k miles on it have done a lot of long trail/canal rides this year.
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Lately I have been noticing what I would call "crank creak" I'm 220 lbs and I imagine the forces on the pedal assembly are quite severe. The bike sat all winter and I just starting riding it last month and noticed the noise a couple weeks ago. The best way to describe it is a creaking sound when pedaling. I've never brought it back to Giant of Boston, it's a 2 hour drive into the middle of Town, not zakly fun.
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Lately I have been noticing what I would call "crank creak" I'm 220 lbs and I imagine the forces on the pedal assembly are quite severe. The bike sat all winter and I just starting riding it last month and noticed the noise a couple weeks ago. The best way to describe it is a creaking sound when pedaling. I've never brought it back to Giant of Boston, it's a 2 hour drive into the middle of Town, not zakly fun.
Acera cranks are probably disposable these days. Is there no other Giant dealer near you for warranty work?
My old Raleigh has that noise if I'm pushing hard, but it is all original stuff (Nexave SIS) with a ton of miles.
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Lately I have been noticing what I would call "crank creak" I'm 220 lbs and I imagine the forces on the pedal assembly are quite severe. The bike sat all winter and I just starting riding it last month and noticed the noise a couple weeks ago. The best way to describe it is a creaking sound when pedaling. I've never brought it back to Giant of Boston, it's a 2 hour drive into the middle of Town, not zakly fun.
Try tightening up your chainring bolts. If that doesn't fix, then you have bottom bracket creak.
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