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Old 01-24-22, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Sardines View Post
I would fix that spoke. It's simple to do and cheap to true the wheels. Always nice to have spare wheel to keep riding when things like spokes or tires go.
I will when I get chance to get it back to shop , local bike shop hasn't right spokes so declined 😏
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Old 02-02-22, 01:47 PM
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I would fix that spoke. It's simple to do and cheap to true the wheels. Always nice to have spare wheel to keep riding when things like spokes or tires go.
Well Sardines , here we are at long last , my tools arrived today and I finally got the wheels sorted.

Couldn't wait to get it out for spin , on way home looked down to see if saddle making noise looked up to be 30cm away from high pavement curb and on direct Collison course at speed, pulled both brakes, bike stopped dead and I flew over the handlebars 🤣, I don't think I will be cycling for a bit , but the good news is I managed to save the bike and my head, I must get one of those helmet things 😆, and a new Bluetooth speaker as I broke that, but could have been worse, and the wheels are GREAT!!!




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Old 02-02-22, 05:16 PM
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Yikes! I almost feel bad for giving speed advice now! haha Sorry for your "tumble"! And yes a good MIPS helmet helps with making sure you get to a ripe old age with your faculties intact. My very wise wife won't let me out of the house without my ANGI MIPS helmets. Speedy recovery and enjoy the bike... but pay attention on the road! haha
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Old 02-02-22, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Sardines View Post
Yikes! I almost feel bad for giving speed advice now! haha Sorry for your "tumble"! And yes a good MIPS helmet helps with making sure you get to a ripe old age with your faculties intact. My very wise wife won't let me out of the house without my ANGI MIPS helmets. Speedy recovery and enjoy the bike... but pay attention on the road! haha
😆Thanks sandines, will do , a much needed lesson on taking eyes off the road do it too often
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Old 02-03-22, 05:59 AM
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I weighed the bike , it was coming up 1.5kg lighter, I couldn't believe it , weighed the old wheels , without discs and cassette they are 3.6kg. 1/3 of total weight

I'm not sure if I had speaker on bike when I weighed it b4 new wheels think I did , it was 11.6 kg
With new wheels and no speaker it 10.2 now
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Old 02-03-22, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Masonchat View Post
I weighed the bike , it was coming up 1.5kg lighter, I couldn't believe it , weighed the old wheels , without discs and cassette they are 3.6kg. 1/3 of total weight

I'm not sure if I had speaker on bike when I weighed it b4 new wheels think I did , it was 11.6 kg
With new wheels and no speaker it 10.2 now
Could you give your impressions of what the bike is now like to ride with these lighter wheels, please.
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Old 02-03-22, 08:09 AM
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Could you give your impressions of what the bike is now like to ride with these lighter wheels, please.
It's definitely a little more nippy, but I'd imagine biggest benifit will be saved energy over longer distances
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Old 02-05-22, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Masonchat View Post
I weighed the bike , it was coming up 1.5kg lighter, I couldn't believe it , weighed the old wheels , without discs and cassette they are 3.6kg. 1/3 of total weight

I'm not sure if I had speaker on bike when I weighed it b4 new wheels think I did , it was 11.6 kg
With new wheels and no speaker it 10.2 now
That's pretty unbelievable. I'd expect 600-700g loss but 1.4kg?!?
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Old 02-05-22, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Sardines View Post
That's pretty unbelievable. I'd expect 600-700g loss but 1.4kg?!?
As I said sardines I'm not sure but, I'd imagine I had Bluetooth speaker on when weighed with old wheels

But still at least 1100g , I suppose the switching to 28mm continental tyres helped a little as well,

I'm saying goodbye to my last bike today 😢 will miss it but can't justify keeping 2
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Old 02-05-22, 10:54 AM
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Old 02-06-22, 11:16 PM
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Never knock a gift horse in the mouth I say! haha Glad the wheels worked out and you're enjoying your new ride.
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As I said sardines I'm not sure but, I'd imagine I had Bluetooth speaker on when weighed with old wheels

But still at least 1100g , I suppose the switching to 28mm continental tyres helped a little as well,

I'm saying goodbye to my last bike today 😢 will miss it but can't justify keeping 2
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Old 02-07-22, 06:19 PM
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How do you like that device?
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Old 02-08-22, 07:34 AM
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How do you like that device?
Xbimmers the bike or the wheels??
I have few bug bears with bike one being the correct fenders no longer seem to be available
And I got the crud mk3 and find as useful as a chocolate fireguard.

For some reason that I don't know, the fastroad flings water and muck absolutely everywhere even on just damp roads, you would have to see it to believe it.

Other than that it is a very good bike , but I would say definitely heading more for the road bike side of things , it feels wrong to be on anything but road.

The wheels are great, but the 28mm tyres not for me , I went down a secondary road on giant, I often traveled on the trek , I was instantly sorry I sold the trek .

really like the giant for what it excells at but if I had to pick between the two , the trek for me , half the money , twice as strong almost as fast , I would highly recommend giant fastroad over trek if you are someone who rides mostly road and regular distances over 40miles

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Old 02-08-22, 02:51 PM
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I think you should blame the tires for that. 28c is mainly for asphalt and solid gravel. I'd stick to 32c, which I believe are still smaller than the 35c on the FX2. And choosing the right tire for your non-asphalt bits will be crucial, depending on how often you do it. Panaracer Gravel King SKs are reasonably priced and can handle light compact gravel or other non-asphalt decently. You can always go 3rd party with fenders like SKS, PDW or Curana. I personally would measure the gaps carefully to ensure clearance is adequate for the appropriate tire size.


The fenders you have on here are too narrow and you need to cover the fronts too to prevent splash. Coverage should be at least 5mm over tire width each side.

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Old 02-08-22, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Sardines View Post
I think you should blame the tires for that. 28c is mainly for asphalt and solid gravel. I'd stick to 32c, which I believe are still smaller than the 35c on the FX2. And choosing the right tire for your non-asphalt bits will be crucial, depending on how often you do it. Panaracer Gravel King SKs are reasonably priced and can handle light compact gravel or other non-asphalt decently. You can always go 3rd party with fenders like SKS, PDW or Curana. I personally would measure the gaps carefully to ensure clearance is adequate for the appropriate tire size.


The fenders you have on here are too narrow and you need to cover the fronts too to prevent splash. Coverage should be at least 5mm over tire width each side.
Yeah I agree with you on every point sardines.

I didn't have front fender on in that photo , I've just tried resetting the rear 10 min ago , but the mk3 is a very bad design the rear one narrows at the back half way down and wouldn't cover any tyre .
The front one had a stupid little narrow nose , again making it useless, I've just cut down and super glued a piece for the front 😆
I don't see any other fenders that would be compatible , it needs full cover .

Here in Ireland we are notorious for poor roads , I mainly ride asphalt but even main roads can be bone shaking , it was a shock to the system for me , I also didn't feel too confident cornering in the wet , I won't give Up On them just yet , the wheels and tyres have definitely helped quite a bit , I was impressed with it against the wind.

80 psi enough for them ? I am 184 lb found

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Old 02-08-22, 11:50 PM
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I'm 171lbs and I ride 52f/54r PSI tubeless on 32/35c, when commuting, loaded with about 10-12lbs of gear. My 80PSI days are way behind me, and my teeth and bones thank me. Start from 60PSI, you'll be surprised.
As for fenders, I use SKS Alu, PDW Full Metal Fenders, and Curana C-lites, which cover all the bikes in my house, from my tourer to my wife's e-bike. I like the PDWs because they actually tell you the clearances needed for the fenders, something other fender makers hide like trade secrets!
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Old 02-23-22, 03:35 PM
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I'm 171lbs and I ride 52f/54r PSI tubeless on 32/35c, when commuting, loaded with about 10-12lbs of gear. My 80PSI days are way behind me, and my teeth and bones thank me. Start from 60PSI, you'll be surprised.
As for fenders, I use SKS Alu, PDW Full Metal Fenders, and Curana C-lites, which cover all the bikes in my house, from my tourer to my wife's e-bike. I like the PDWs because they actually tell you the clearances needed for the fenders, something other fender makers hide like trade secrets!
hi sardines , the gp5000 32nm arrived, I was surprised to see minimum psi is rated 85 psi ?

I plan on using only on asphalt and would avoid the bad roads with them , but I was hoping the 32mm would provide a less jarring ride than the 28s

Assumed, wrongly I suppose that all wider tyres would run on lower psi ?
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Old 02-24-22, 12:57 AM
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I ride my 30 f /32 r GP5k @ 60/58 +/- 3 lbs tubeless on my century rides. I care more about comfort than ultimate speed and the point is to stay with the group and improve your fitness. I believe those recommendations are for tubes to avoid pinch tears. Going tubeless for me makes all that moot.
As I suggested before, if you're running tubes, just run at minimum and lower even more. Going tubeless has advantages, but also mounting disadvantages.

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I ride my 30 f /32 r GP5k @ 60/58 +/- 3 lbs tubeless on my century rides. I care more about comfort than ultimate speed and the point is to stay with the group and improve your fitness. I believe those recommendations are for tubes to avoid pinch tears. Going tubeless for me makes all that moot.
As I suggested before, if you're running tubes, just run at minimum and lower even more. Going tubeless has advantages, but also mounting disadvantages.
Thanks sardines , I'll be a little braver so , I was just surprised was expecting 50/60 - 100 even 70psi was very harsh ride on the 28s
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Old 02-24-22, 05:06 AM
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You'll find the 32s quite a bit more compliant but I think nothing more than 75. Also check if your wheels has max PSI for each tire size. Some designs have these limits.
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You'll find the 32s quite a bit more compliant but I think nothing more than 75. Also check if your wheels has max PSI for each tire size. Some designs have these limits.
thanks sardines,
I think I read wheels are max 100 psi , especially at my weight,
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Old 02-24-22, 06:35 AM
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Umm no. I have Hunt UD wheels and I distinctly remember they have specific limits for each tire width range for each wheel type. When I went from 25/28 to 30f/32r, there are a limit of 100 to 70psi. I'd check properly. You always read online about how tires leak etc "mysteriously". It's often because of over inflation due to width of tire limits.
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Umm no. I have Hunt UD wheels and I distinctly remember they have specific limits for each tire width range for each wheel type. When I went from 25/28 to 30f/32r, there are a limit of 100 to 70psi. I'd check properly. You always read online about how tires leak etc "mysteriously". It's often because of over inflation due to width of tire limits.
DIdnt see anything about specific widths, I should be ok around 70ish any I hope
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Old 02-24-22, 07:25 AM
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I think you look for used bikes with more care than tire pressure info on your new wheels!😜😂
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Old 02-24-22, 07:35 AM
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I think you look for used bikes with more care than tire pressure info on your new wheels!😜😂
😆 oh wow , good job I asked you so , that's very good to know
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