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Old 08-31-18, 07:41 AM
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Looks pretty handy.


I take it that is a carbon fork you have?


What size is your cassette?

Right ColonelSanders the entire bike frame is carbon. I bought the bike to ride on the many trails and bike paths in and around Metro Atlanta. We also owned and operated a 12 acre dog park with trails. I have working dogs who need exercise so I exercised myself and the dogs with the bike on the relatively flat, in a creek valley, trails.

I am in the process of moving to the North, GA mountains. There is a network of narrow paved/gravel roads with tight turns and steep hills at my back door. I have a Mtn bike and the wife has one too. The Mtn bikes are geared lower and have less issues with the steep hills and tight turns. I wanted to be able to ride the lighter bike on the same roads.

There are steep drops offs on the sides of these roads, there are also black bear roaming the area. I wanted a bike that visiting family and friends could ride that could be easily exited. The gearing on the Cyclocross bike was too high to make it up hills, especially when I was riding with the wife on her Mtn bike. Thus I modified the Cyclocross bike to better fit my new conditions.

I wanted to try shorter cranks and grip shifting too. I put a Eagle GX 1 x 12 (32 X 10-50) speed group set on the Focus bike. The 1 x 11 (11-42) speed Mtn bikes get used at the low end of their cassets more often than may be advisable. My Mtn bike has a 32t CR, the wifes bike has a Race Face 30t CR. The 12 speed has an extra cog or two even on the steep hills more of the time.

So far I am very pleased. Being able to shift through several cogs quickly is helpful on tight turns, particularly when they are followed by steep hills. I think I am going to like the shorter 170mm cranks too. I am 5’7”- 5’8” tall with a short inseam. Still playing around with stems and handlebar height.

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Old 08-31-18, 01:57 PM
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So although I built my Volare( 2010 model I just found out) for the winter I have been riding it constantly because it really is super dialed into my fit and riding style. I did the math and came up with these numbers. I first rode it on July 31 and as of today have accumulated approximately 480 miles so far. This does not count the other bikes I grab to get around town on as well.

this one tops them all!
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Old 08-31-18, 08:39 PM
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Right ColonelSanders the entire bike frame is carbon. I bought the bike to ride on the many trails and bike paths in and around Metro Atlanta. We also owned and operated a 12 acre dog park with trails. I have working dogs who need exercise so I exercised myself and the dogs with the bike on the relatively flat, in a creek valley, trails.
Heh, that sounds like so much fun, I'll bet the dogs loved it too.
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Old 09-01-18, 08:48 AM
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This was my second trip out around my neighborhood. Taking it on the bike trail this laborday
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Old 09-08-18, 12:42 PM
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Well here are the bikes (my wife's and my 2015 Giant CoMax 1s) after the latest update: (Vuelta Corsa SLX Disc wheetsets, TRP-33 rotors, Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tires, Shimano Ultegra R8000 cranksets, front and rear deraileurs.
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Old 09-09-18, 09:52 AM
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More mods...

Moved the spacers to raise the handlebars, more like my MTN bike. Added a water bottle, added a place to carry gear. The brakes were not working as well as I would like, they seemed rough and surged. The brake rotors had large holes in them, my bike suggested replacing them which I did./left]

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Old 09-09-18, 06:45 PM
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McMitchell, is looks great. Are the new rotors SRAM Centerlines? How do you like them? I also like your handlebar. It has a nice moderate backsweep to it; I get it's comfy.
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Old 09-09-18, 09:15 PM
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Hi Hokiefyd,

The new rotors are SRAM “ Rotor Cntrln 160mm, rounded“. They work much better on the Hy-Rd disc brakes, than the lighter ones that had larger gaps that were rubbing & stuttering.

I am thinking about a 35-45 degree stem to get the bar up closer to the height on my MTN bike, although I may ride it as is for a while.

The handlebar is carbon and does seem to help with vibrations on the gravel roads here. I have some permanent nerve damage that causes my hands to go numb.

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Old 09-13-18, 09:06 PM
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Bianchi Camaleonte 1 (2015)

It has undergone a conversion to drops and then back to flat bars.
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Bianchi Camaleonte 1 (2015)

It has undergone a conversion to drops and then back to flat bars.

Nice looking bike.


What is the stem you have on it?
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Old 09-14-18, 11:27 AM
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Nice looking bike.
What is the stem you have on it?
XLC Comp, 110mm, 40 degrees. Not the lightest, budget stem.
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Old 09-14-18, 01:21 PM
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Nice Bianchi! Is that a Topeak MTX rack painted silver? I can see what appears to be a sliding track on the top of the rack, but I also know that Topeak do not currently offer these in silver. If you painted it yourself, I'm interested to know what paint you used and how it's holding up. Thanks!
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Old 09-14-18, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by McMitchell View Post
Finally have a picture I took of my modified Cyclocross bike. Just finished the maiden voyage.
I am thinking about a few other mods. Water bottle holder would be nice, some place to carry things.....
Modified Cyclocross bike


I just got a 2nd hand mountain bike with those same tires (40mm). what do you think about them?
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Old 09-14-18, 04:43 PM
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Nice Bianchi! Is that a Topeak MTX rack painted silver? I can see what appears to be a sliding track on the top of the rack, but I also know that Topeak do not currently offer these in silver. If you painted it yourself, I'm interested to know what paint you used and how it's holding up. Thanks!
Topeak Super Tourist DX non-disc. I bought it from CRC 2 years ago, they still have it in silver: Topeak Super Tourist DX Rack | Chain Reaction Cycles
Definitely not painted myself
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Old 09-14-18, 05:03 PM
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I just got a 2nd hand mountain bike with those same tires (40mm). what do you think about them?
I like mine very much. I ride on narrow paved roads in the community I live in, which have lots of gravel on them. The gravel in the tight corners gets especially deep and can cause skids. I feel much more stable on the 40Cs. I also have 28mm Continentals for those occasions I may decide to ride on paved roads.

My bike has a few new features.....



End Bars, 35 degree stem, bell, new water bottle holder & water bottle.
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Topeak Super Tourist DX non-disc. I bought it from CRC 2 years ago, they still have it in silver: Topeak Super Tourist DX Rack | Chain Reaction Cycles
Definitely not painted myself
Cool; thanks. It looks great!
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Old 09-22-18, 03:12 PM
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Bianchi Camaleonte 1 (2015)

It has undergone a conversion to drops and then back to flat bars.
What didnít you like about the drop bar conversion?
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What didnít you like about the drop bar conversion?
I watned to raise the bars a bit higher, and the steerer was cut from the very beginning. I was using a 40 degree stem. Not that I did not like it, it was OK, but I got the Double Cross frame and moved the parts to it. I know, I could have swapped the fork, but Double Cross can take wider tires and it has uncut steerer. Overall I like it better.
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Old 09-24-18, 06:26 PM
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Reasonably happy so far with this 2019 Giant Escape 1 Disc. Tires are a little noisier than I expected, but otherwise I'm in love. Added a 4" riser stem and oddball "antelope antler" handlebar extenders which ... I just ... like, though I guess they're probably a bit weird. They're roughly in the same position as the handles on an elliptical exercise machine haha. But I like 'em. That's a Topeak rack with an MTX basket. Son has a Topeak rack, too, so we can share the basket depending on who needs it.
Here's a vid: https://www.flickr.com/gp/[email protected]/NK38Vz

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Reasonably happy so far with this 2019 Giant Escape 1 Disc. Tires are a little noisier than I expected, but otherwise I'm in love. Added a 4" riser stem and oddball "antelope antler" handlebar extenders which ... I just ... like, though I guess they're probably a bit weird. They're roughly in the same position as the handles on an elliptical exercise machine haha. But I like 'em. That's a Topeak rack with an MTX basket. Son has a Topeak rack, too, so we can share the basket depending on who needs it.
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Nice.


I like the changes you have made to customise it to what works for you.
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Nice.


I like the changes you have made to customise it to what works for you.
Aw, thanks! I ride 90% for fitness on roads in a four-season temperate climate (rain, snow, leaves, clear tarmac), but occasionally gravel and across rustic parks and grassy fields. I find myself using the "antelope antlers" on gentle climbs and cruising on flats -- and they REALLY help cut down on lumbar pain for me. It's that ability to switch positions that brings the comfort.
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