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Old 04-23-24, 08:06 AM
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After looking at all my rides on the CheckPoint since it got built up, I have never used any of the cogs over the 36 when I ride in my local area, only when I took the bike to GA once, where it worked out extremely well, so I decided to pick up the XPLR setup to run with my 1x Setup. I run a 46 tooth chain ring, so this should work out well and will give tighter cogs spacing on the flats and then when I head somewhere extremely hilly, I can just swap out the cassette, chain, RD, and hub body and be ready to go in less than 30 mins.

Rival XPLR eTap AXS Rear Derailleur 12 speed
Rival XPLR XG-1251 Cassette 10-44 12 speed - figure this would give me more options for areas with smaller hills and terrain versus being hamstrung with a 36 tooth.
Force AXS Flattop chain 12 speed
Bontrager Rapid Drive 12-Speed XDR Driver Body
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Originally Posted by jaxgtr
After looking at all my rides on the CheckPoint since it got built up, I have never used any of the cogs over the 36 when I ride in my local area, only when I took the bike to GA once, where it worked out extremely well, so I decided to pick up the XPLR setup to run with my 1x Setup. I run a 46 tooth chain ring, so this should work out well and will give tighter cogs spacing on the flats and then when I head somewhere extremely hilly, I can just swap out the cassette, chain, RD, and hub body and be ready to go in less than 30 mins.

Rival XPLR eTap AXS Rear Derailleur 12 speed
Rival XPLR XG-1251 Cassette 10-44 12 speed - figure this would give me more options for areas with smaller hills and terrain versus being hamstrung with a 36 tooth.
Force AXS Flattop chain 12 speed
Bontrager Rapid Drive 12-Speed XDR Driver Body
any change with the front brifter or leaving it as is?
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Old 05-05-24, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by jaxgtr
After looking at all my rides on the CheckPoint since it got built up, I have never used any of the cogs over the 36 when I ride in my local area, only when I took the bike to GA once, where it worked out extremely well, so I decided to pick up the XPLR setup to run with my 1x Setup. I run a 46 tooth chain ring, so this should work out well and will give tighter cogs spacing on the flats and then when I head somewhere extremely hilly, I can just swap out the cassette, chain, RD, and hub body and be ready to go in less than 30 mins.

Rival XPLR eTap AXS Rear Derailleur 12 speed
Rival XPLR XG-1251 Cassette 10-44 12 speed - figure this would give me more options for areas with smaller hills and terrain versus being hamstrung with a 36 tooth.
Force AXS Flattop chain 12 speed
Bontrager Rapid Drive 12-Speed XDR Driver Body

Sounds fancy. I too hate my current gear selection on my checkpoint. Current plan, power2max crankset with 50T on the big chain ring 39 on the little. That would work for almost everything I want to do in my area. Also allow me to do hard interval training without running out of gears as well as not get dropped on group rides if I so choose to ride that bike. I’ll keep the old crank set for big mountain days. I don’t plan on going as crazy as you. Instead i’ll just get a BMC kaus……
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Old 05-05-24, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Troul
any change with the front brifter or leaving it as is?
Nope, no changes what so ever, Shifters and Crank all compatible. When I built up the frame, I started to put Force shifters, but it was not that long after they released the D2 versions with the smaller form factor, so the difference in pricing was sort of ridiculous when the Rival shifters only had a minor weight penalty, so I just opted for the Rival version. Plus, I am not racing, and not a weight weenie, so a couple of grams here and there, no big deal.

Originally Posted by bampilot06
Sounds fancy. I too hate my current gear selection on my checkpoint. Current plan, power2max crankset with 50T on the big chain ring 39 on the little. That would work for almost everything I want to do in my area. Also allow me to do hard interval training without running out of gears as well as not get dropped on group rides if I so choose to ride that bike. I’ll keep the old crank set for big mountain days. I don’t plan on going as crazy as you. Instead i’ll just get a BMC kaus……
Wait, XPLR is fancy, compared to the BMC,
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Originally Posted by jaxgtr
Nope, no changes what so ever, Shifters and Crank all compatible. When I built up the frame, I started to put Force shifters, but it was not that long after they released the D2 versions with the smaller form factor, so the difference in pricing was sort of ridiculous when the Rival shifters only had a minor weight penalty, so I just opted for the Rival version. Plus, I am not racing, and not a weight weenie, so a couple of grams here and there, no big deal.



Wait, XPLR is fancy, compared to the BMC,

One I am eye balling is force with a mullet.
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Old 05-05-24, 06:25 PM
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Old 05-06-24, 10:10 AM
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so, a week or so back I posted a newly purchased TREK Emonda SL5.
After a couple of longer rides, and reviewing the bike more - and in comparison to what I already have, I decided it wasn't really what I was looking for...
so, per TREK's purchase agreement, I returned the bike to the TREK shop where I purchased it.
No problem, bike was clean, and without any marks or use indications, so dealer was happy to accept the return.
Truthfully it really wasn't a potential step up from what I already have... just 'newer'.
So after some more shopping and comparison, I decided that it would be tough to better my current Tarmacs.
But I did want to try a newer road bike design, w/ CF wheels, but NOT Electronic shifting and using the custom cassettes and ratios I already have...
SO after much looking and reviewing I decided a Tarmac was, again, going to be my best bet.
SL6, with Mech 11 spd shifting...
This...

2023 Specialized Tarmac Sport SL6
So, this, a Tarmac 'Sport' with 105 mech 11 spd. same geometry as with all new tarmacs, and the SL6 CF construction.
A bit different than my daily rider - 2009 Tarmac Expert.
Very nice. have put on 200 + miles in the past 5 days, and lovin the ride.
Stock wheels are alloy, with Spec Turbo 26mm tires... actually quite nice for moderate OEM level stuff.
I have ordered some 45mm CF wheels and hope to have them in-hand in a few days...
Fully almost 2.4 lbs lighter than the Emonda, quite nice riding for OEM wheels & equipment, a much quicker handling and riding experience.
It's not black, it's not gray, it is what Spec calls 'Cast Blue Metallic', which is really still quite 'toned down' - only thing I'm not crazy about... but it does have a more subdued LOGO marking.
RIding, the bike 'disappears' under me, which I truly love. I can't wait to get some quality time when the CF wheels arrive !
In the meantime I'll enjoy it exactly as it is!
Ride On
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This just arrived. Specialized Allez Sprint.
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Picked up a small hydration pack, Osprey Katari 1.5L. And SRAM Force AXS chain 120 links as I was not paying attention on the original order which was the 114 link which does not work on the XPLR setup... But hey, now I have a chain I can rotate with my road bike setups.
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Succumbed to a 13-34 (from a 13-28) for my Orbea - plus a new chain for the extra reach. More cross chaining requires more frequent front mech shifting, but I’m fine with that. Note the new teeth and chain from the river-side. PS: And those skinny rims may not be aero - like my 60s - but they sure don’t slow me down either. Bought it from a friend with fewer than 200 miles for a steal. It’s good to have friends.

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Picked this up for an absolute steal of a price. There is a crack in the seatpost clamp that the previous owner never got around to addressing and his wife was sick of looking at it. I don't know that I'd risk a fondo with the crack, but it holds well enough for a quick spin around the neighborhood.
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A pair of white bibs to complete my Wimbledon kit (white helmet, lens, jersey, bibs, socks, shoes).

I do get a lot of looks!
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Had to replace the Bontrager Aeolus Pro 51 rear wheel on my Domane as it was damaged when I hit something and it cut the rim right at the bead wall pretty good. Trek is still running their sale to reduce stock, plus I got a long time customer discount so I got close to 35% off retail price, which works out for me as it was far better than the crash replacement cost.

Also picked up a Pirelli P Zero Race TLR in Tan sidewall to replace the tire that was cut.

Edit: I also ended going back today on Saturday and picked up some Aeolus Pro 37v's for the Domane.
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Old 05-26-24, 02:12 PM
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My New Wheel Set for my 2013 CAAD 10



Front Kinlin XR31T 18 spokes Rim
Back Kinlin XR31RT 28 spokes Rim
White Industries T11 Hubs
Sapim CX Ray Black Spokes
Sapim Polyax black alloy nipples
Zipp Quick Release Skewers
Conti 5000 28c Tires
Pirelli Road Tubes

I bought these rims to go wider, 24mm wide, 31 mm deep and fit a 28c tire on my bike. I had to change the rear Ultegra 6800 brake to a 8100. The 6800 works fine in the front. The total weight of the rims without skewers, inner tubes and tires is 1552 grams. The rims are also very Aerodynamic beating out the Zipp 303 in wind tunnel testing.

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