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Forum: Touring
06-18-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 379
Posted By Lava

I'm newly curious about the Edge Explore as well....

I'm newly curious about the Edge Explore as well. Hopefully people who've used them for touring can write some thoughts!

How's the battery life in real world scenarios? Trying to decide if it's...
06-18-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 24,675
Posted By Lava

Good to know! Maybe it's something with my...

Good to know! Maybe it's something with my non-stock wheels/rotors. I'll take it in and ask the shop to take a look at it.



Yeah, the calipers are 105 as well. I think the only component that...
06-18-19, 07:52 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 24,675
Posted By Lava

Anyone with the 105 model (or anyone else who has...

Anyone with the 105 model (or anyone else who has the 105 R7000 series hydraulic brakes), have you noticed a really loud resonant sound coming from the brakes in wet weather?

I'm not on the stock...
06-18-19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 536
Posted By Lava

I like the dropped seat stays too. I don't mind...

I like the dropped seat stays too. I don't mind the black so much. It's safe, at least, which is why I was happy ending up buying the 105 model. At least it won't feel out of date as fast, I figured!...
06-16-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 400
Posted By Lava

$600 for that would be a steal in my area. I...

$600 for that would be a steal in my area. I would think $100-200 higher would be reasonable, given that it would still be a pretty big discount from new, and it's in great shape (aside from the...
06-16-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 536
Posted By Lava

The sand colored 105 model is a little better,...

The sand colored 105 model is a little better, but yeah, still a bit uninspired. Looks like it's trying to be the Diverge.
06-14-19, 10:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 775
Posted By Lava

Good to hear! The shifters have me excited. I'm...

Good to hear! The shifters have me excited. I'm generally happy with the 105 group on my Topstone, but the hydraulic shifters are as long as the Sphinx, and not super comfortable.
06-12-19, 08:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,726
Posted By Lava

The Topstone has more tire clearance (42) than...

The Topstone has more tire clearance (42) than the Checkpoint AL (38), but the ALR might have it beat by just a little (45). Neither go super huge. The Topstone was definitely a more relaxed ride...
06-11-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,761
Posted By Lava

A few of us here have gone with Mill City Cycles...

A few of us here have gone with Mill City Cycles built wheels, and at least I'm pretty happy with mine. See here ...
06-10-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 586
Posted By Lava

I'm not sure you'll have a much different...

I'm not sure you'll have a much different experience on the Spyres if they're also not bedded in correctly. My girlfriend recently got a bike with TRP Spyre-C mechanical brakes, and they weren't...
05-20-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 24,675
Posted By Lava

I may be mistaken, but I thought the allen key...

I may be mistaken, but I thought the allen key only loosened the black lever so that you can reset its position. At least, if you unscrew the allen bolt, the axle remains in the wheel, and the lever...
05-19-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,125
Posted By Lava

I posted this in the Topstone thread, but I'll...

I posted this in the Topstone thread, but I'll add my experience here too in case people come across it searching.

A Cannondale rep confirmed the clearance issue in a thread, here...
05-18-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 24,675
Posted By Lava

I went through this with my rack-equipped...

I went through this with my rack-equipped Topstone 105 recently. The axle levers are adjustable, so theoretically you can loosen it little by little, adjusting the lever every time, but that's a time...
05-09-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,217
Posted By Lava

I've been using Revelate's Mag-Tank...

I've been using Revelate's Mag-Tank (https://www.revelatedesigns.com/index.cfm/store.catalog/Cockpit/MagTankBoltOn) bolt on bag, and the bolt on connections with the top tube seem pretty secure, for...
05-05-19, 08:04 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 24,675
Posted By Lava

I went Revelate with my Topstone, buy only frame...

I went Revelate with my Topstone, buy only frame and top tube bolt-on bags. The Mag-Tank bolt-on is pretty great so far, but I'm a bit disappointed that I was only able to fit the small half-frame...
04-22-19, 09:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 673
Posted By Lava

I recently decided on the Topstone, but for a...

I recently decided on the Topstone, but for a while the Diverge was in the running because of it's fit. It felt great on a test ride, but I ultimately ruled it out for a number of reasons:

...
04-19-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,089
Posted By Lava

I rode on some Greenwich Village cobbles (I think...

I rode on some Greenwich Village cobbles (I think it was Clarkson St?) last weekend for the first time on my Topstone. I was expecting a bigger difference in comfort compared to my old 23mm tired...
04-15-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 669
Posted By Lava

I have similar body proportions to you, and...

I have similar body proportions to you, and prefer a higher stack/lower reach fit. The only bike I can think of in your price range that fits those geometry details is the Salsa Journeyman, but it's...
04-13-19, 04:11 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,447
Posted By Lava

Congrats! I imagine it was a little more than the...

Congrats! I imagine it was a little more than the initial $2000 budget, even with clearance prices? Still, good work, and enjoy the heck out of it!

I grew up in Reno by the way, if your location...
04-04-19, 05:52 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 24,675
Posted By Lava

I think it's speculation at this point, but if it...

I think it's speculation at this point, but if it is indeed as popular as it appears to be (hard to find everywhere), a carbon tier seems a likely eventuality.

The Apex model gets you upgraded...
04-02-19, 08:35 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 24,675
Posted By Lava

It seems pretty smooth for me so far, but I've...

It seems pretty smooth for me so far, but I've yet to take mine off-road. NYC streets give plenty of opportunity to feel the road, however, and as someone who has back/neck pain from an old injury,...
04-01-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,389
Posted By Lava

What's more, if you find a frame that fits you...

What's more, if you find a frame that fits you really well at a lower component level (could be the Topstone, could be something else), you can upgrade the components down the line. Just make sure...
03-30-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 24,675
Posted By Lava

God help us if we ever have to service the bottom...

God help us if we ever have to service the bottom brackets on our Topstones ourselves! This is a Herculean effort, thanks for sharing your pains!
03-28-19, 07:58 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 24,675
Posted By Lava

I get the feeling they specced them more for...

I get the feeling they specced them more for durability rather than for lightness. WTB rims with Formula hubs isn't the worst combo in the world, right?

That is pretty heavy, though, and...
03-27-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 526
Posted By Lava

The way of riding definitely appeals to me too,...

The way of riding definitely appeals to me too, so I'm excited to be a part of it! And to have a modicum of peer pressure to actually do some gravel rides, and not just stick to the normal road...
03-27-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,176
Posted By Lava

I would have thought long and hard about this...

I would have thought long and hard about this model prior to deciding on the Topstone, due to most of my riding being primarily on the road. The price for a Tiagra build, similar to the Warbird, is a...
03-26-19, 02:40 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 24,675
Posted By Lava

It comes with 700C wheels. I think the bottom...

It comes with 700C wheels. I think the bottom bracket is a little low for Cannondale to officially recommend 650b, but have seen Topstones with them online, so it's probably doable.

I'm...
03-26-19, 05:50 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 24,675
Posted By Lava

Yeah, I've been happy with the GK slicks as a...

Yeah, I've been happy with the GK slicks as a narrow winter tire on my beater bike, so I may go that route eventually. I've never worked with tubeless setups before, so there's a little bit of a...
03-24-19, 08:09 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 24,675
Posted By Lava

Oh no, I'm sure you're aware that there is a...

Oh no, I'm sure you're aware that there is a blue/SRAM Topstone!

I'm really loving the snappiness of it so far: that's what sold me on it over a heavier steel bike with higher trails. I...
03-24-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 24,675
Posted By Lava

That's what I ended up with too! It has 105...

That's what I ended up with too! It has 105 shifters though, so way to go lucking out with those Ultegras! The shop took their time to fit me to the bike, including shortening the stem for a better...
03-22-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 24,675
Posted By Lava

Yeah, that seems right. This comparison between...

Yeah, that seems right. This comparison between the Caad12 & Topstone (https://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=153130&start=45#p1449173) might be helpful too. I don't know how...
03-22-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 24,675
Posted By Lava

Not the person you asked, but I test rode a...

Not the person you asked, but I test rode a medium a month ago and felt it was a "big" medium. I'm 5'11", and don't think I would fit on a large at all given my fit on the medium.

I'm planning on...
03-13-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,187
Posted By Lava

Looks uber plush, love it!

Looks uber plush, love it!
03-10-19, 01:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,187
Posted By Lava

Gotcha, maybe it is the compactness of the frame...

Gotcha, maybe it is the compactness of the frame combined with my particular riding position. I was surprised, since the chainstay length is longer than the Felt road bike I'm used to riding, so I...
03-09-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,187
Posted By Lava

Jari owners, a question: I just got done...

Jari owners, a question:

I just got done test riding a 54. I barely fit over the top tube, so yeah, the standover height on these things is on the extreme end of the spectrum. The fit felt good...
03-01-19, 08:46 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,897
Posted By Lava

I love this point. Ten years ago when I was...

I love this point. Ten years ago when I was shopping for bikes, I ended up with a far racier bike than I ever needed, and while I've loved it as a road bike, my life has taken me to different...
03-01-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,089
Posted By Lava

You'll have to choose what's more important to...

You'll have to choose what's more important to you for the type of riding you do. If you value comfort, and lightness above all else, the carbon sport (with Tiagra components) is probably the better...
02-28-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,187
Posted By Lava

Huh, it's a (R e d d i t) link. I guess BF has a...

Huh, it's a (R e d d i t) link. I guess BF has a filter to avoid people referencing it? I had that happen with the word of the website, but didn't think it would happen in a link. Anyway, it's on the...
02-28-19, 06:40 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,187
Posted By Lava

Here's another thread...

Here's another thread (https://www.******.com/r/FujiJariClub/comments/aokw3r/dat_squish_650b_on_2018_fuji_jari/) about tire clearance. This person got 650 x 48s on an aluminum frame, but clearance in...
02-26-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,187
Posted By Lava

I'm strongly considering one! There's a great...

I'm strongly considering one! There's a great deal on a 2018 1.7 in the area that JayNYC was nice enough to key me into, and I'm hoping to test ride it this weekend. It might be a bit small for me,...
02-25-19, 10:05 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,447
Posted By Lava

The Giant Revolt Advanced 2...

The Giant Revolt Advanced 2 (https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/revolt-advanced-2) sort of fits the bill, if you consider the hybrid brake system they have on there hydraulic.
02-25-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 873
Posted By Lava

Just to throw out a third option to complicate...

Just to throw out a third option to complicate your choice, I've been riding Gravelking slicks for the last 6 months on my fixed gear, and they seem pretty durable so far. No flats yet, but their use...
02-24-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,034
Posted By Lava

That's great to hear! I've been looking forward...

That's great to hear! I've been looking forward to hearing more about it after seeing it mentioned in Bikepacking's 2018 review (http://www.bikepacking.com/gear/2018-bikepacking-gear/). Did you have...
02-18-19, 09:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,040
Posted By Lava

If you do end up finding a way to estimate the...

If you do end up finding a way to estimate the total cost of wheelbuilding, 718 Cyclery (http://www.718c.com/free-classes) in Brooklyn does free classes once a month. It's not the most convenient...
02-14-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 19,002
Posted By Lava

I wonder if this explains the ALR/AL discrepancy...

I wonder if this explains the ALR/AL discrepancy in tire clearance, since the AL came out after the ALR and had reduced clearance?

Has anyone experimented with tire size on the AL this early in...
01-30-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 887
Posted By Lava

I'm a big fan of the Carradry ...

I'm a big fan of the Carradry (https://www.carradice.co.uk/bags/saddle-packs-sqr-bags/carradry-sqr-bag)saddlebag with the SQR retention system by Carradice. It's a more organized pack than the long...
01-21-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,994
Posted By Lava

The Salsa Vaya is a bike with similar less...

The Salsa Vaya is a bike with similar less aggressive geometry, if the fit of the Diverge appealed to you. Not sure what Salsa's availability is like overseas, but it's worth a thought. It's steel...
01-18-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 19,002
Posted By Lava

The new AL (not ALR) models seem to have those...

The new AL (not ALR) models seem to have those attachment points on the top tube, while the ALRs do not. I don't see a red version like that on the Trek website, however.
11-22-18, 10:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,710
Posted By Lava

A while back I did a lot of research on this and...

A while back I did a lot of research on this and a lot of people recommended Sporthill XC Pants (http://www.sporthill.com/mens-xc-pant/). Not cycling specific, but they've worked really well down to...
11-20-18, 11:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,353
Posted By Lava

What percentage or riding will you be doing on...

What percentage or riding will you be doing on the road/off-road? I have a theoretical similar plan, to buy a lightweight/aero set of wheels to optimize road speed, and use whatever stock wheels come...
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