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New Road/Endurance bike day !

Old 11-08-22, 11:28 AM
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New Road/Endurance bike day !

Brought home my new Road/Endurance bike to replace my faithful 2011 Orbea Terra. After many happy miles, I simply needed a bike with disc brakes as the rim brakes just didnít cut it anymore.
I bought the Diverge Expert Carbon with the SRAM Rival ETap 1x12 speed. It came equipped with Pathfinder 42ís ( to be replaced with 32mm GP5000 TL) Roval Terra C wheels and the Futureshock 2.0
Its my first bike with electric shift and it ruined me ! I had no idea how effortless this style of shifting is. It came in a cool teal green color thatís pretty subdued until it hits the right light. The bottom tube storage area is much larger than I thought it would be, really no need for a tool bag so now that rear bag is for food or clothing items. It was about 2k more than I intended to spend but I do quite a bit of riding so it wonít be sitting idle.
Taking it out for its first double metric century later this week🚴🏻‍♂️


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Awesome! Stoked for you!
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After many happy miles, I simply needed a bike with disc brakes as the rim brakes just didnít cut it anymore.
Can you elaborate more?
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Can you elaborate more?
Glad to !

Ive never been a fast cyclist but I find Iím not bad at climbing or distance so Iíve become focused on that. On a recent climb in the Lake Tahoe area I needed to ride my brakes down a descent that was nearly 10 miles long. By the time I reached the bottom my hands were so cramped up I nearly crashed. While the center pull rim brakes on my old Orbea work great for most riding, they are pretty lacking for what Iím doing.

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Originally Posted by Tomm Willians View Post
Glad to !

Ive never been a fast cyclist but I find Iím not bad at climbing or distance so Iíve become focused on that. On a recent climb in the Lake Tahoe area I needed to ride my brakes down a descent that was nearly 10 miles long. By the time I reached the bottom my hands were so cramped up I nearly crashed. While the center pull rim brakes on my old Orbea work great for most riding, they are pretty lacking for what Iím doing.
Found the same after going down Big Savage Mt in western MD. With Campy Chorus sidepulls my hands were cramping but with Ultegra hydraulic discs much better.
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that's a great bike. my best riding bud has one, and likes it very much. He's ruthless to his and it takes it no prob.
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Originally Posted by Tomm Willians View Post
Glad to !

Ive never been a fast cyclist but I find Iím not bad at climbing or distance so Iíve become focused on that. On a recent climb in the Lake Tahoe area I needed to ride my brakes down a descent that was nearly 10 miles long. By the time I reached the bottom my hands were so cramped up I nearly crashed. While the center pull rim brakes on my old Orbea work great for most riding, they are pretty lacking for what Iím doing.
Good info! Thanks! I'm mostly riding flat roads and rarely do any major descents, so I couldn't think of any situation that rim brakes didn't work out.
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