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12-26-15, 11:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,916
Posted By IcySmooth52

OP, this is quite true. The Diverge is more of an...

OP, this is quite true. The Diverge is more of an enduro bike with larger than roadie tire clearance, while the Cross-Check is a jack-of-all-trades. So of course the Cross-Check is going to be better...
12-26-15, 10:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,925
Posted By IcySmooth52

Upgrading to hydraulic is a BIG investment and...

Upgrading to hydraulic is a BIG investment and $$$. If you'll want hydraulic eventually, get a bike that comes with it. You'll need way more than brakes to get a system that works unless the adaptors...
12-26-15, 09:29 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,925
Posted By IcySmooth52

You got it right then! That Merida looks more...

You got it right then! That Merida looks more gravel grinder style to me than cyclocross. I'd recommend more cyclocross racer style if you want something to do the road as much as the dirt, because...
12-24-15, 07:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,925
Posted By IcySmooth52

I think you need to make sure you realize what a...

I think you need to make sure you realize what a 29'er can handle that a CX bike cannot. CX is a much broader range of ideal situations, but I would say on a real trail...
12-20-15, 11:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 946
Posted By IcySmooth52

I have TRP Hylex brakes on my CX bike, and I have...

I have TRP Hylex brakes on my CX bike, and I have to say I'm quite impressed with quality of build. Nicer than Hayes & Avid, but not Shimano.
12-18-15, 04:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,861
Posted By IcySmooth52

Exactly. There'll be a $3k lower modulus...

Exactly.

There'll be a $3k lower modulus carbon and 105 groupset of this bike in one or two years. They just have to get the most they can out of being one of the first solely racer makers to...
12-09-15, 07:16 PM
Replies: 17,602
Views: 2,730,653
Posted By IcySmooth52

I'd offer $5 for it: "Give me $5 with the...

I'd offer $5 for it:

"Give me $5 with the hub and I'll throw it away for you!"
12-09-15, 04:00 PM
Replies: 17,602
Views: 2,730,653
Posted By IcySmooth52

Maybe they meant "crumbling" bike?

Maybe they meant "crumbling" bike?
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Views: 666
Posted By IcySmooth52

Ridiculous Craigslist Finds

A thread to share the ridiculous things you find on Craigslist.

To start, not a classic or vintage bike, but someone who's obviously trying to make a profit:
Specialized Allez (like new)...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-15, 07:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,407
Posted By IcySmooth52

I named her Roxanne because of her color scheme,...

I named her Roxanne because of her color scheme, and how I ride her a night a lot.
11-14-15, 06:37 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 508
Posted By IcySmooth52

Winter Setup

A thread on how you keep rolling through the snow.

I got my RXS for the winter with it's belt drive. (Seen around 2k warm miles already) But getting her all set for snow and ice roads is around...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-15, 06:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,407
Posted By IcySmooth52

I put more attention in the cyclocross forum, and...

I put more attention in the cyclocross forum, and ride Roxane more. (Cross bike)
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-15, 03:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,399
Posted By IcySmooth52

Accell Group (http://www.accell-group.com/en) ...

Accell Group (http://www.accell-group.com/en)

They're Redline & Diamondback as well. Doesn't include some Dick's Sporting Goods Diamondbacks.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-15, 03:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,399
Posted By IcySmooth52

Lapierre will be more common not only due to a...

Lapierre will be more common not only due to a price more can reach, but they will be distributing more. More LBS will be having them in shop.

I have the previous Xelius (remake this year), and...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-15, 12:33 PM
Replies: 18,750
Views: 3,737,994
Posted By IcySmooth52

Fast + balanced ride + not screaming attention...

Fast + balanced ride + not screaming attention from bling and/or color + durable components that aren't another bike in cost to replace = Perfect bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-15, 11:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,399
Posted By IcySmooth52

Lapierre USA Presence Growing

Just noticed Lapierre's new 2016 lineup, and they've brought a lot more from France!
Cycles Lapierre (http://www.lapierrebikes.com)

Lapierre's lineup was something like BMC before. Wide range of...
11-02-15, 10:24 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,867
Posted By IcySmooth52

I really think the OP should consider two bikes...

I really think the OP should consider two bikes with all the bases he wants to cover, even with little storage. If you really can only have one bike, get two wheelsets for it so you don't have to...
11-02-15, 09:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,576
Posted By IcySmooth52

SS, $1,500, CX. Sounds exactly like my cross...

SS, $1,500, CX. Sounds exactly like my cross bike! Raleigh RXS.
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Served me quite well so far, and she's seen ABUSE weather and where. Really nice wheels for the price, and have never needed...
10-26-15, 11:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,393
Posted By IcySmooth52

Installing Bottle Cage Bosses

My RXS is made to be a beauty in simplicity, but this simplicity didn't only take away shifting! It also doesn't have any place to put a bottle cage. I tried out a saddle-rail cage setup, but I had...
10-26-15, 11:02 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 15,322
Posted By IcySmooth52

It's because toeing in collects tiny things when...

It's because toeing in collects tiny things when the pads aren't all against the rims, and holds little things against the rim when braking. So setting the pads to be closer to the rims doesn't...
10-26-15, 10:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 794
Posted By IcySmooth52

I've had that mud lockup before! Good memory...

I've had that mud lockup before! Good memory actually. But I'd recommend buying a clamp-on rear fender as an option.
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10-26-15, 10:34 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 15,322
Posted By IcySmooth52

I've had this setup before on last generation...

I've had this setup before on last generation 105s and Apex with stopping success, but I feel obliged to point out that this setup is the only time I've had a rim worn out on the brake track. I being...
10-17-15, 12:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 778
Posted By IcySmooth52

Solé Mystery Bike

When I found this detail, I felt like I had to share it here. Not only are Solé Bikes on par with WalMart, but this option lets them get the ugliest ones out of the warehouse!
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Solé Bicycles...
10-07-15, 10:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,087
Posted By IcySmooth52

The wheels aren't actually bad. Just not a big...

The wheels aren't actually bad. Just not a big name like Mavic that's paranoid about every gram of mass. Weinmann makes fine rims that have seen abuse under me and stayed true. As for the brakes,...
Replies: 7
Views: 1,949
Posted By IcySmooth52

I know this bike was junk with a vinyl sticker of...

I know this bike was junk with a vinyl sticker of Lamborghini. It just gave me a good laugh to see someone try to sell it for $250, and I thought I'd share the concept.
Replies: 7
Views: 1,949
Posted By IcySmooth52

Lamborghini Bike Value

They say on their Craigslist ad that it says Lamborghini on it!
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Is this bike worth $250? :p (Stated sarcastically)
09-13-15, 07:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,305
Posted By IcySmooth52

Like other's have said, ride with brakes. You...

Like other's have said, ride with brakes. You should consider using your shoe's rubber on the rubber to slow down will make the cost of your Converse go up, and possibly your medical expenses.

But...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-15, 06:59 PM
Replies: 3,380
Views: 438,427
Posted By IcySmooth52

That's a hot one to me! The Breezer is an...

That's a hot one to me! The Breezer is an underappreciated brand on the road of course, but I think they need more attention on the trail too these days.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-15, 06:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,172
Posted By IcySmooth52

I use to own a 2011 Endura as my first carbon...

I use to own a 2011 Endura as my first carbon bike. It was a bit dead in the road feel compared to other bikes I've owned, but it certainly was comfortable.

Like others have pointed out, check out...
09-13-15, 06:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 664
Posted By IcySmooth52

As with every tube installation, check the inside...

As with every tube installation, check the inside of the tire casing for any debris. It would also be helpful to take a look at the rim tape placement, even though it looks like these holes are on...
09-13-15, 02:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,624
Posted By IcySmooth52

It's the new 105 Hydraulic.

It's the new 105 Hydraulic.
09-13-15, 09:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,083
Posted By IcySmooth52

The CAAD X is very aggressive in body position....

The CAAD X is very aggressive in body position. Within milimeters of the CAAD 12, a crit racer! (Reach:stack ratio) The handling is on the aggressive size for a cross bike too, so I highly don't...
09-12-15, 05:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,888
Posted By IcySmooth52

I've never put fenders on a Willard specifically,...

I've never put fenders on a Willard specifically, but I've found a polycarbonate fender without the bolts holding it on the rails is better for any unpaved surface due to less rattling.
Left image...
09-12-15, 08:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,083
Posted By IcySmooth52

I wouldn't worry about 32c tire clearance on any...

I wouldn't worry about 32c tire clearance on any real gravel or cyclocross bike, but if you're talking about all-day comfort and you don't like a stretched position I would take cyclocross out of the...
09-11-15, 09:30 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 30,117
Posted By IcySmooth52

Was going through Felt's 2016 lineup, and I think...

Was going through Felt's 2016 lineup, and I think this cross's color scheme is a HOT ONE!
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Might even look better with mud...
09-11-15, 08:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,335
Posted By IcySmooth52

It wouldn't be insensible to me, but what do you...

It wouldn't be insensible to me, but what do you already have on the bike? If it were the current Tiagra or 10s 105, I wouldn't bother. Not worth the cost. I personally wouldn't want over 105 on my...
09-09-15, 02:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,248
Posted By IcySmooth52

3-Pulley Derailleur

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Does anyone have any info on these, and why? I have one of these from a used 12 speed I bought (and refitted with other components), but now I have this oddball RD.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-15, 11:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 710
Posted By IcySmooth52

My bike is fine & I love how it feels. Soft is a...

My bike is fine & I love how it feels. Soft is a bad adjective for what I'm trying to describe. It's dampening, not suspension.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-15, 09:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 710
Posted By IcySmooth52

Road Dampening a +?

Published reviews all seem to think the stiffest bottom bracket, along with the most 'plush' vertical compliance is what everyone wants. But I've found many plush rides to be 'dead', and actually...
09-07-15, 09:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,810
Posted By IcySmooth52

Consider the Lapierre Xelius 2016 instead of the...

Consider the Lapierre Xelius 2016 instead of the Cannondale Six. Still aggressive geometry like you want, but with FAR BETTER road dampening design than simple hourglass stays. The stays don't touch...
09-07-15, 09:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,998
Posted By IcySmooth52

Downside to 15mm Thru-Axles Found.

I spent the morning going through my Raleigh RXS because I had ridden it through many intense weather situations intentionally. Good thing I did, because I found the front cartridge bearings to have...
09-07-15, 09:16 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,080
Posted By IcySmooth52

I think having an OCD of having to choose one or...

I think having an OCD of having to choose one or two brands and using only their products is a heavy weight. (And weight matters a lot in cycling :p) You really have to just look at the role you have...
09-07-15, 08:53 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 30,117
Posted By IcySmooth52

Nice, but not hot. So like the Kona, it's a...

Nice, but not hot. So like the Kona, it's a perfect balance of cool and unafraid to ride HARD! :thumb:

BTW: To keep things/H2O out of the holes better than tape, put the bolts back in. But put...
09-04-15, 04:28 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 30,117
Posted By IcySmooth52

It's HOT in my book! :love: Makes me think...

It's HOT in my book! :love:

Makes me think of my Altamira road bike. I often wonder, was the Fuji Altamira (Raven) or Lapierre Xelius (Layla) better under me?
09-04-15, 12:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,038
Posted By IcySmooth52

I'd just go with what makes you 'feel' best! The...

I'd just go with what makes you 'feel' best! The SLR might look cooler when you're off the bike, but you wouldn't look better on the bike if you like the Flite better... :eek:
09-04-15, 09:15 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 30,117
Posted By IcySmooth52

Exacto-ly! I could've gone to a carbon cross...

Exacto-ly! I could've gone to a carbon cross bike, but intentionally didn't because I was getting it to be my bad-weather/winter bike in addition to dirt roads.
09-03-15, 08:00 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 30,117
Posted By IcySmooth52

Even with the mud, I have to say it's not hot.

Even with the mud, I have to say it's not hot.
09-03-15, 06:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,510
Posted By IcySmooth52

That's a perfect bike in my mind :thumb:

That's a perfect bike in my mind :thumb:
09-03-15, 08:28 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 30,117
Posted By IcySmooth52

Back on topic now. The above is for a thread like...

Back on topic now. The above is for a thread like "Where does a cross bike go?"


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Is the Bianchi Zolder hot? It's only on the fence for me. Cyclocross obviously isn't Bianchi's forte.
09-02-15, 08:32 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 30,117
Posted By IcySmooth52

No insult taken. I certainly know the question...

No insult taken. I certainly know the question "XC or CX?" and have a few riding locations where I can't decide weather it's ideal to take my hard tail or cross bike. But my RXS has far different...
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