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Forum: Commuting
10-31-19, 11:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,799
Posted By Lava

I tried commuting on the Gravelking slicks this...

I tried commuting on the Gravelking slicks this last summer, and would advise against them. I had several flats in a few month period between a set of the regular Gravelkings, and a replacement set...
10-16-19, 05:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,540
Posted By Lava

Update thanks to a Nor'easter fueled rainstorm...

Update thanks to a Nor'easter fueled rainstorm this evening. It was a real downpour with huge puddles everywhere, so it was as bad of a test scenario I could have come up with!

Unfortunately,...
10-11-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,540
Posted By Lava

I got a pair! They arrived two days ago and I...

I got a pair! They arrived two days ago and I rode with them yesterday. I'll reply back with more detailed thoughts once I have a chance to ride with them more, and in different weather conditions.
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10-09-19, 08:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,131
Posted By Lava

Just to clarify, since it wasn't clear whether...

Just to clarify, since it wasn't clear whether the OP is looking for the carbon or aluminum models. This is true for the Carbon Topstone, but I don't think the Aluminum model has the wheel dish or...
10-08-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 702
Posted By Lava

Oh nice, glad to see a new bikepacking route in...

Oh nice, glad to see a new bikepacking route in the northeast!

I've been wanting to do the Green Mountains Gravel Growler for a while, but this makes the choice for where to go on a bikepacking...
10-04-19, 08:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 800
Posted By Lava

It's a fun bike! I bought one earlier this year...

It's a fun bike! I bought one earlier this year to be a commuter/do-anything bike, and I'm still really happy with it.

If you want to liven up the ride, a lighter set of wheels and faster rolling...
09-27-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 621
Posted By Lava

I did the same thing, also going through Mill...

I did the same thing, also going through Mill City, but for the lightest and cheapest aluminum wheelset solely for road use. They ended up ~$450, and have been super solid.

Like chas said, Brett...
09-24-19, 11:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,540
Posted By Lava

That's a great idea. Gaiters wouldn't be as faffy...

That's a great idea. Gaiters wouldn't be as faffy as the full shoe covers usually are, and I'd still get the versatility of the three season shoe. I already have some pretty heavy duty socks from...
09-23-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,540
Posted By Lava

Fizik's New Terra X2 Cold Season Shoes

Fizik is releasing a couple of new cold season appropriate off-road focused shoes. The Terra Clima X2 (https://www.fizik.com/us_en/terra-clima-x2.html), and the Terra Artica X2...
09-10-19, 08:03 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,537
Posted By Lava

How was your experience plugging the hole? I...

How was your experience plugging the hole? I tried using dynaplugs on my GK slicks a few months ago, and even after reaming the puncture quite a bit, I had a hell of a time getting the plug to seat....
09-03-19, 07:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,408
Posted By Lava

Anecdote and small sample size alert, but since...

Anecdote and small sample size alert, but since I've used both versions (albeit in the slick model), I figure it might be useful to relay my experience.

After getting a few punctures on my...
08-26-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,537
Posted By Lava

I've had issues, to put a tally on the other end...

I've had issues, to put a tally on the other end of the spectrum. I had set them up tubeless and experienced the same thing as the OP. I tried to plug it myself but the plug just didn't work.
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08-06-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,506
Posted By Lava

Thanks for the photos too! In my post above I...

Thanks for the photos too! In my post above I speculated that flat mounting points on the rack might let the stock skewer clear, but given that your Salsa rack looks to have those, it seems like the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,928
Posted By Lava

Virginia Tech...

Virginia Tech (https://www.helmet.beam.vt.edu/bicycle-helmet-ratings.html) has a good list of how different helmets compare to each other safety wise. It's a good source to consider if you're...
07-15-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,373
Posted By Lava

I tried out one of the Pace caps today and was...

I tried out one of the Pace caps today and was pleased with the brim! It's definitely more rigid than the brim on my Giro cap, despite still being a cooler mesh material. It stayed put for the ~1hr...
07-11-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,373
Posted By Lava

Oh, those look pretty great. Thanks for this...

Oh, those look pretty great.

Thanks for this thread, I've also been in the market for caps like this. I have a Giro which is great for the summer, but the brim never stays put.
Forum: Northeast
07-10-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,583
Posted By Lava

Good to see it's progressing, and hopefully...

Good to see it's progressing, and hopefully they'll be finished sooner rather than later! I work out on that side of the river and take a shuttle, so have a nice view of the progress. I liked this...
07-09-19, 08:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,071
Posted By Lava

The Bitex hubs I have on the wheelset Mill City...

The Bitex hubs I have on the wheelset Mill City built aren't exactly silent, but they're not nearly as loud as some of the hubs I hear out there. I'm not sure which model hubs they were exactly. The...
Forum: For Sale
07-08-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 1,361
Sticky Saddle swap
Views: 323,742
Posted By Lava

Looking for: Brooks Cambium (black or...

Looking for:

Brooks Cambium (black or natural)
Fizik Antares (black)
Fabric Scoop/Line Shallow or Flat (maybe one of these will work better than the Radius?)

Have:
Fabric Scoop Radius Sport...
07-07-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,384
Posted By Lava

Oh nice, that seems more or less like a tubeless...

Oh nice, that seems more or less like a tubeless version of the Conti 4 Seasons, which I've had good luck with in the past.



Have you had good luck with them? I do feel like if I want to size...
07-06-19, 08:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,384
Posted By Lava

I tried! It just didn't hold. I even asked the...

I tried! It just didn't hold. I even asked the LBS to take a look at it to make sure I did it correctly, since I'm new to all things tubeless. They said it looked good and should hold, but on the way...
07-05-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,384
Posted By Lava

Wide, Tubeless, Slick, Puncture Resistant Tire

TLDR; What are your suggestions for a 32mm+, slick and fast rolling, tubeless, and relatively puncture resistant tire?

I've been using 38mm GravelKing Slicks for my road riding, but recently had a...
06-25-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,722
Posted By Lava

I haven't had a problem with the GK slicks in wet...

I haven't had a problem with the GK slicks in wet weather-they seem grippy enough riding them on pavement in the rain. At least, I haven't felt much slippage through normal riding scenarios.

I...
06-22-19, 05:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,811
Posted By Lava

Bikepacking has a couple of good articles on...

Bikepacking has a couple of good articles on these if you poke around. https://bikepacking.com/index/cargo-cages-anything-bags/ and https://bikepacking.com/index/add-cage-mounts-bike/ for instance.
06-20-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 15,825
Posted By Lava

Huh, less tire clearance than the aluminum model,...

Huh, less tire clearance than the aluminum model, or at least less official clearance. Interesting!
Forum: Touring
06-19-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,557
Posted By Lava

Well, I'm happy to be the guinea pig! I ordered...

Well, I'm happy to be the guinea pig! I ordered one from REI just now, thinking the same as you: if it doesn't work out REI is great about the returns, so there's not too much risk.

I probably...
Forum: Touring
06-18-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,557
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: 191
Views: 55,573
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: 191
Views: 55,573
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: 76
Views: 15,825
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: 1,068
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: 76
Views: 15,825
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: 1,678
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: 32
Views: 19,076
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: 3,230
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: 5,212
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: 191
Views: 55,573
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: 10
Views: 7,506
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: 191
Views: 55,573
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: 11,132
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: 191
Views: 55,573
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: 840
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: 3,892
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: 939
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: 8,885
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: 191
Views: 55,573
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: 191
Views: 55,573
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: 6,520
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: 191
Views: 55,573
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: 191
Views: 55,573
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...
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