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09-03-16, 10:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,586
Posted By flargle

I've run Clement gravel clinchers, cyclocross...

I've run Clement gravel clinchers, cyclocross tubulars, and road clinchers, and they've all been excellent. But the weird, lengthy road to getting their tubeless-ready tires on the market suggests...
07-05-16, 05:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,434
Posted By flargle

Weigh them on a scale FFS.

Weigh them on a scale FFS.
06-29-16, 01:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 938
Posted By flargle

What stem are you currently using on your road...

What stem are you currently using on your road bike? If a 130mm, then I'd think maybe the CX bike was too short.
06-27-16, 07:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 516
Posted By flargle

I'm not convinced that the amount of play between...

I'm not convinced that the amount of play between the boss and the brake arm really influences the squeal at all, because it is a low-magnitude high-freq squeal, and when the brakes are applied, the...
06-20-16, 11:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 15,689
Posted By flargle

Just to be clear, the reason to push lower spoke...

Just to be clear, the reason to push lower spoke counts is aerodynamics, not weight.

If it were me and I could choose, I would go 24 front and 32 rear, even with disc wheels.
06-13-16, 11:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 892
Posted By flargle

Seems like OEMs are always tweaking with their...

Seems like OEMs are always tweaking with their specs, so even if you thought you were buying the same thing, you might end up with slightly different spacing.

If it were me...I'd just buy the new...
05-26-16, 01:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,107
Posted By flargle

Every time I've dumped a chain on a road bike, it...

Every time I've dumped a chain on a road bike, it was from a front shift. The clutch der combined with narrow-wide chainring greatly reduces the chance of dropping a chain under all conditions, even...
05-23-16, 12:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,259
Posted By flargle

Rolling resistance & pinch flats.

Rolling resistance & pinch flats.
05-21-16, 03:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,259
Posted By flargle

75psi for a 32mm tire seems excessive even for...

75psi for a 32mm tire seems excessive even for smooth pavement. Recommended pressures are usually conservative at the lower end, probably so you don't get people complaining if they ever hit a...
05-10-16, 08:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,173
Posted By flargle

If I were doing DK, I would ride a rigid 29er...

If I were doing DK, I would ride a rigid 29er with tires in the 40-50mm range and some sort of trekking bars, like the Jones H-Bar, or maybe even a standard MTB flat bar with aero clip-ons. I would...
04-15-16, 04:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,253
Posted By flargle

"I've had this bike for over a year and it's been...

"I've had this bike for over a year and it's been nothing but trouble. I demand a refund!" :roflmao2:

Almost all bikes are designed to have some flex in the seatstays. Otherwise they would ride...
03-28-16, 04:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,974
Posted By flargle

This is a good point. Of course, this isn't a...

This is a good point. Of course, this isn't a fault of the tire, simply part of having knobbies. The smooth rolling surface on the crown of the tire might make you forget that the shoulders will be...
03-20-16, 11:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,078
Posted By flargle

Here's one more reason: cantis have gotten better...

Here's one more reason: cantis have gotten better and easier to set up in the past several years.

- Better carbon rim braking surfaces and brake pads.
- V-brake-style pads make for easy...
03-18-16, 02:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,078
Posted By flargle

Lordt this again. Maybe cantis will go away...

Lordt this again.

Maybe cantis will go away when people stop winning world championships with them.
02-29-16, 09:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,486
Posted By flargle

I don't quite get this. Do you already have road...

I don't quite get this. Do you already have road shoes & pedals? Speedplays are very nice but are really finicky if you get even a small amount of grit in the cleats. I've switched to Looks because...
02-12-16, 08:49 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 9,593
Posted By flargle

I really like having bartop levers for the long...

I really like having bartop levers for the long descents.

If I were building a rig dedicated for gravel riding/racing, it would be a rigid 29er with Jones Loop H-bars.

Take your cross bike on...
01-28-16, 04:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,215
Posted By flargle

It's a little confusing but the information is...

It's a little confusing but the information is there on the righthand column of specs. So ... these wheels are not rim-brake compatible. The hubs look they come in different flavors. And down the...
01-25-16, 12:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,656
Posted By flargle

Cross Check, man. Fatties Fit Fine. Sorry...

Cross Check, man. Fatties Fit Fine.

Sorry about the Volpe, though.
01-24-16, 02:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,778
Posted By flargle

That is a really good-looking bike.

That is a really good-looking bike.
01-13-16, 04:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,873
Posted By flargle

I agree that they are covering themselves, but I...

I agree that they are covering themselves, but I think road tubeless tires ought to work fine in that rim. The forces against the rim depend on PSI but also on the size of the tire (i.e. the SI in...
01-13-16, 04:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,873
Posted By flargle

In the BQ article linked above, they put it more...

In the BQ article linked above, they put it more clearly than I did:
"As pressures increase, tires roll faster, but the performance levels off at a certain pressure. Beyond this point, higher...
01-13-16, 10:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,873
Posted By flargle

I have read that Stan's has no problem with...

I have read that Stan's has no problem with higher PSI on that rim with tubes. You might wish to contact them directly.

To be honest, I don't understand why there is a PSI limit on this rim. It...
01-13-16, 09:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,873
Posted By flargle

All good stuff. I guess my assumption was...

All good stuff.

I guess my assumption was that if you're running 40mm tires, you're interested in more than a nice smooth dirt path. I also think that while squishier tires might subjectively feel...
01-13-16, 07:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,873
Posted By flargle

You have to unlearn this if you want to go fast...

You have to unlearn this if you want to go fast off pavement.

In terms of the original post, here is a good article:
TESTED: Rolling Resistance of Tubeless Mountain Bike Tires...
01-02-16, 11:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,965
Posted By flargle

Yes, exactly. I've ridden dirt drops,...

Yes, exactly.

I've ridden dirt drops, moustache bars, riser bars, and H-bars, and the H-bars are the most comfortable and versatile of the bunch, by a big margin. They feel spot-on on singletrack,...
01-02-16, 07:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,965
Posted By flargle

Hardtail 29er with Jones H-bar is the way to go...

Hardtail 29er with Jones H-bar is the way to go for this application.
12-28-15, 08:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,455
Posted By flargle

That's great to read. Ride on.

That's great to read. Ride on.
12-07-15, 10:03 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,455
Posted By flargle

Scanning through this whole discussion, my...

Scanning through this whole discussion, my takeaway remains what it's always been: the frequency of checking sealant really depends on context.

If I'm riding local trails for fun, I don't bother...
12-07-15, 09:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,455
Posted By flargle

RTFM: Sealant...

RTFM: Sealant (http://www.notubes.com/Sealant-C14.aspx)

"Stan's Tire Sealant will stay liquid in a mountain bike tire with a thin casing for 2-7 months on average. Riding in arid climates or...
12-04-15, 09:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,866
Posted By flargle

Wider tires have lower rolling resistance, but...

Wider tires have lower rolling resistance, but narrow tires are lighter and have lower air resistance.
Rolling Resistance | Schwalbe North America...
11-27-15, 10:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,455
Posted By flargle

Look at the graph in this article, which shows...

Look at the graph in this article, which shows that tubeless at 25psi had less rolling resistance than a butyl tube at 55psi:
TESTED: Rolling Resistance of Tubeless Mountain Bike Tires...
11-25-15, 09:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,104
Posted By flargle

I would call it realistically priced. There is...

I would call it realistically priced. There is plenty of stuff out there that costs less, certainly.
11-25-15, 09:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 668
Posted By flargle

Pay it forward by repairing busted tape whenever...

Pay it forward by repairing busted tape whenever you encounter it while you're not racing.

Even better, volunteer to help build the course at your next local race.
11-24-15, 08:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,104
Posted By flargle

That Carver fork doesn't have a hole to mount a...

That Carver fork doesn't have a hole to mount a cable hanger.

Take a look at Whisky Parts. Their stuff is great.
11-22-15, 04:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,455
Posted By flargle

Man that WTB Nano 40c looks really good to me....

Man that WTB Nano 40c looks really good to me. Anyone here try it?
11-22-15, 04:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,455
Posted By flargle

According to this article, tubeless does have...

According to this article, tubeless does have lower rolling resistance, and less of a penalty for low pressure vs high pressure on pavement:
TESTED: Rolling Resistance of Tubeless Mountain Bike...
11-22-15, 03:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,455
Posted By flargle

I say go for it. The first setup will be a...

I say go for it.

The first setup will be a bit of a hassle & learning curve but after that it's really not that big a deal. I recently set up a pair of A23 with Specialized Terra 2Bliss and they...
10-29-15, 03:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,383
Posted By flargle

Oops, my bad. I misunderstood your post.

Oops, my bad. I misunderstood your post.
10-29-15, 02:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,383
Posted By flargle

That's nonsense. In fact the A23 (23mm exterior,...

That's nonsense. In fact the A23 (23mm exterior, 18mm interior) is specifically designed with 23mm clinchers in mind:
Velocity Wheels - Hand Made in USA...
10-05-15, 08:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,151
Posted By flargle

The bars that come on the bike. If you are...

The bars that come on the bike.

If you are building something up, take a good look at Jones Loop H-bar.
10-02-15, 10:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,178
Posted By flargle

Practice your dismounts, remounts, and carries as...

Practice your dismounts, remounts, and carries as much as you can. It'll give you more confidence going into the race if you feel reasonably competent at it.
10-02-15, 07:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 854
Posted By flargle

I'm not sure what point you are trying to make....

I'm not sure what point you are trying to make. Your original post explicitly discusses putting money into the bike in order to sell it.

I am going to make this crystal-clear: Whatever it is you...
10-01-15, 01:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 653
Posted By flargle

It would depend primarily on aerodynamics. A 29er...

It would depend primarily on aerodynamics. A 29er with low, narrow straight bars could easily be more aero than a crossbike with high, wide drop bars.

If you want a bad-ass bike that can go...
10-01-15, 12:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 653
Posted By flargle

No and no. Horses for courses.

No and no. Horses for courses.
09-29-15, 01:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 854
Posted By flargle

I think it's a ridiculous idea to dump money into...

I think it's a ridiculous idea to dump money into a used consumer-level bike before selling it.
09-29-15, 07:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,178
Posted By flargle

Start with the cat 5 race. My basic advice is,...

Start with the cat 5 race. My basic advice is, Just do it. Pin your number through the paper, not through the die-cut holes. 8 pins: 4 corners, 4 sides. Don't fold it, don't crumple it. Make sure you...
09-28-15, 08:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 19,614
Posted By flargle

I think rigid 29ers make excellent gravel bikes...

I think rigid 29ers make excellent gravel bikes and you can build them up as light as anything else. I'm a big fan of the Jones Loop H-Bar. I've had really good experiences with the Stan's Raven...
09-26-15, 05:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,325
Posted By flargle

It's all about wheels and tires, man. On a retail...

It's all about wheels and tires, man. On a retail bike, that's almost always where they skimp to make their pricepoint. You keep the stock wheels as backup.

105/Rival is great stuff, and it's...
09-15-15, 09:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,885
Posted By flargle

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09-15-15, 07:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,885
Posted By flargle

Just a couple more points: (1) CX-50 is same...

Just a couple more points:
(1) CX-50 is same design as CX-70 but less expensive
(2) If you really want a shorter straddle than the supplied linkwire, it's a $10 purchase
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