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02-23-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 780
Views: 184,186
Posted By csrpenfab

My Silca Mattone from Amazon Prime arrived...

My Silca Mattone from Amazon Prime arrived yesterday. I really like this compact bag! It was big enough to handle my Park multi-tool, CO2 kit, Stan's Dart tool, and Wolf Tooth chain pliers. Once...
02-18-21, 12:37 PM
Replies: 780
Views: 184,186
Posted By csrpenfab

Thanks for the tip! I've been looking for a...

Thanks for the tip! I've been looking for a compact and secure saddlebag for my Niner, and this fits the bill perfectly! Just ordered one from Amazon.
02-18-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 319
Posted By csrpenfab

I live right near Archibald/River Road in...

I live right near Archibald/River Road in Eastvale and ride it frequently. Eastvale has great bike lanes around the city and on Archibald. The newly redone bike lines on Archibald have a buffer...
02-12-21, 12:09 PM
Replies: 4,906
Views: 3,467,537
Posted By csrpenfab

About 4 miles of the 22 miles is paved, and...

About 4 miles of the 22 miles is paved, and that's when you're riding across either of the two huge damn areas. The remainder is a mixed of packed gravel and some rocky dirt. A perfect gravel bike...
02-09-21, 11:23 AM
Replies: 4,906
Views: 3,467,537
Posted By csrpenfab

Nice 24 mile gravel loop around Diamond Valley...

Nice 24 mile gravel loop around Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet CA on the Niner. Plenty of other riders on full squish MTB's, but a good gravel bike is the perfect tool for this loop:
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02-07-21, 04:20 PM
Replies: 922
Views: 72,372
Posted By csrpenfab

Gorgeous day yesterday for some gravel. I took...

Gorgeous day yesterday for some gravel. I took the Niner to Diamond Valley Lake and had a great 24 mile loop around the lake.

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01-14-21, 03:50 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,712
Posted By csrpenfab

My backup gravel bike is a flat-bar Trek FX6S. ...

My backup gravel bike is a flat-bar Trek FX6S. It's now got tubeless Schwalbe 38c G1's and does pretty well on the gravel. It's not quite as nimble as my main gravel bike (Niner RDO RLT9), but it...
07-18-20, 10:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,254
Posted By csrpenfab

Zero issues. I run a pipe cleaner down the valve...

Zero issues. I run a pipe cleaner down the valve stem before replacing the Presta core. Well over 3000 miles now across two bikes, and I have yet to open the 10-pack of Stanís cores I bought for...
07-17-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,237
Posted By csrpenfab

Schwalbe G-1's in 38c would be my choice. I've...

Schwalbe G-1's in 38c would be my choice. I've got about 3k miles on a couple of bikes set up with these and I love them for all around use. I've ridden some nasty singletrack on these and 38c...
07-13-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,254
Posted By csrpenfab

I've been running Orange Seal Endurance in both...

I've been running Orange Seal Endurance in both my gravel bikes. My spare gravel bike is a flat bar Trek FX6S and I recently swapped new tubeless tires onto it after it had been well over a year w/o...
06-11-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 741
Posted By csrpenfab

Totally agree. I've put over 3,000 hard miles on...

Totally agree. I've put over 3,000 hard miles on my Niner RDO and it's holding up just fine. It's a gravel bike, meant to be ridden and enjoyed. I was not worried about helicopter tape. I give it...
03-17-20, 10:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 650
Posted By csrpenfab

Nice Niner! Now go get it dirty! ...

Nice Niner! Now go get it dirty!


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03-17-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 922
Views: 72,372
Posted By csrpenfab

Sunday I rode gravel at the Wetlands park about a...

Sunday I rode gravel at the Wetlands park about a mile from my home in Eastvale. It had rained all night and the gravel was nice. I did however venture onto a clay based dairy farm road to traverse...
01-06-20, 01:29 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,084
Posted By csrpenfab

No more electrical tape used here... I use this...

No more electrical tape used here... I use this nifty silicone self fusing tape from Amazon. Holds tightly and never has any gooey reside:
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01-04-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,794
Posted By csrpenfab

I have the Ultegra RX800 on my Niner, and I run...

I have the Ultegra RX800 on my Niner, and I run the clutch engaged 100% of the time. I see no difference in shift quality with the clutch on;off, and I get zero chain slap.
01-01-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 922
Views: 72,372
Posted By csrpenfab

Gorgeous NY day for a 30 mile gravel ride along...

Gorgeous NY day for a 30 mile gravel ride along the Santa Ana River near Norco. Perfect conditions after the rains.

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12-28-19, 03:25 PM
Replies: 922
Views: 72,372
Posted By csrpenfab

I tried to ride some gravel, errr dirt, at Irvine...

I tried to ride some gravel, errr dirt, at Irvine Regional park today, but trails were closed due to mud from rains. Still had a nice 20 miles lapping the various paths around the park.

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12-27-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 922
Views: 72,372
Posted By csrpenfab

25 miles of wet gravel along the Santa Ana River...

25 miles of wet gravel along the Santa Ana River near my home in Eastvale. Gorgeous day, but a chilly 40 degrees at 8am. Snow down to 2500’ all around me.

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11-22-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 780
Views: 184,186
Posted By csrpenfab

Today I took advantage of the REI 20% coupon to...

Today I took advantage of the REI 20% coupon to add a new Kuat NV 2.0 rack to carry my Niner to far away gravel. Iím very impressed with the quality and ease of function on the Kuat. Itís rock...
11-05-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,179
Posted By csrpenfab

Well said. Plastic is extruded, try that with...

Well said. Plastic is extruded, try that with CF... I usually hear the "plastic" line from someone who has never ridden a good CF frame or can't afford one.
11-04-19, 09:10 PM
Replies: 1,828
Views: 584,349
Posted By csrpenfab

Since my Niner gravel bike is getting 100% of the...

Since my Niner gravel bike is getting 100% of the pedal time lately, I decided to add fenders to the FX6S for messy day duty. I picked up the Bontrager NCS fenders for 38-45c. Pretty snug fit on...
10-27-19, 07:16 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 24,712
Posted By csrpenfab

My carbon framed Trek FX6S is pretty much a flat...

My carbon framed Trek FX6S is pretty much a flat bar gravel bike. Room for 38’s. Currently set up for road with 32c tubeless. I just ordered fenders and 38c Schwalbe G1’s to use on wet days when...
10-22-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,657
Posted By csrpenfab

My Niner is right under 20lbs and I don't obsess...

My Niner is right under 20lbs and I don't obsess over the weight. I'm cycling for excercise, so dropping 50 grams here and there means nothing. I have a buddy who obsesses over grams and it cracks...
10-17-19, 05:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,936
Posted By csrpenfab

Interesting take on adding up all of the parts...

Interesting take on adding up all of the parts cost vs. factory build. That's what drove me to the Niner RLT 9 RDO 4 star build for $2800 at Excel Sports. At that price, I couldn't buy the Ultegra...
10-14-19, 03:42 PM
Replies: 780
Views: 184,186
Posted By csrpenfab

I added a few new tools to the box to deal with a...

I added a few new tools to the box to deal with a light click on the Bottom Bracket of my Niner RDO. The Wheels Mfg. BB socket is a work of art!
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10-09-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,133
Posted By csrpenfab

I was seriously considering the carbon Topstone...

I was seriously considering the carbon Topstone 105 and the Trek Domane until I stumbled upon the carbon Niner RDO 9 RLT 4 star build for $2800 from Excel Sports. Full Ultegra, threaded BB, great...
10-04-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,882
Posted By csrpenfab

I run Schwalbe G-one's in 38c tubeless on my...

I run Schwalbe G-one's in 38c tubeless on my Niner. At 50-60 psi they roll great on the road and stick like velcro in the dirt. I'm very happy with these tires. Nearly 1,000 miles in and they're...
10-03-19, 09:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,259
Posted By csrpenfab

For $2900, I’d ditch the Trek and get a Niner...

For $2900, I’d ditch the Trek and get a Niner with full Ultegra RX80. I have a carbon trek and a Niner. The Trek sits idle since the Niner does everything much better.
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10-02-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,308
Posted By csrpenfab

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The Trek is a solid bike, but after riding both, the Niner just felt so much...
10-01-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,308
Posted By csrpenfab

I was really close to pulling the trigger on a...

I was really close to pulling the trigger on a new Domane for my "gravel" bike. I already owned a carbon Trek FX6S flat bar road bike, so I know the brand well. While looking around, I ran across...
09-30-19, 10:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,708
Posted By csrpenfab

I built my wife a step through hybrid for her bad...

I built my wife a step through hybrid for her bad hip. She couldn’t swing a leg over her standard hybrid anymore, so it was canabalized and parts were added to a Random Bike Parts Marin frame I...
09-26-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,882
Posted By csrpenfab

Agreed on the Schwalbe G-1's. My Niner RDO came...

Agreed on the Schwalbe G-1's. My Niner RDO came 38c with them set up tubless, and they've been great tires so far. I ride about 50/50 road/gravel, and on the road they roll just fine. For serious...
08-28-19, 01:28 PM
Replies: 1,401
Views: 261,790
Posted By csrpenfab

I called an audible and took a PTO day Monday to...

I called an audible and took a PTO day Monday to get some gravel in. The 14,000 acre Chino Hills State Park is about a 30 minute road ride away from my home. The entry from the Chino Hills side has...
08-15-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 922
Views: 72,372
Posted By csrpenfab

Took the new Niner gravel bike out for some dusty...

Took the new Niner gravel bike out for some dusty gravel along the Santa Ana River near my home in Eastvale. No rock garden trials riding yet, need to break in the new bike!
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08-12-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 1,401
Views: 261,790
Posted By csrpenfab

Took the new Niner out for 40 miles of break-in...

Took the new Niner out for 40 miles of break-in gravel. Damn I love this new bike! It just does everything well, and it's quite comfortable doing it. I avoided trying to ride over the rock garden;...
08-07-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 4,906
Views: 3,467,537
Posted By csrpenfab

The man in the big brown truck came by this...

The man in the big brown truck came by this afternoon bearing gifts. Two boxes from Excel Sports containing my new Niner RDO gravel bike.

Even though Excel said these heavily discounted 4 star...
07-31-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 1,828
Views: 584,349
Posted By csrpenfab

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I hear you on the black bikes! I pulled the trigger this week on a new high end...
07-29-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 4,906
Views: 3,467,537
Posted By csrpenfab

I upgraded my game a bit today, going from my...

I upgraded my game a bit today, going from my used Giant TCX SLR 2 to a brand new Niner RLT 9 RDO 4 star build from Excel Sports Boulder. I've been looking around for an upgrade, and this deal was...
07-23-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 4,906
Views: 3,467,537
Posted By csrpenfab

Here's my latest addition to the fleet. 2014...

Here's my latest addition to the fleet. 2014 Giant TCX SLR2 I picked up slightly used for a song. Running tubeless Vitorria Terreno Zero's in 37c. I'm really liking this bike!
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07-22-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 1,828
Views: 584,349
Posted By csrpenfab

I took my FXS6 out Saturday for a ride with my...

I took my FXS6 out Saturday for a ride with my hardcore road riding buddy. He was shocked how well the FX6 kept up with his drop bar road bike! We did 40 miles total; 20 miles straight up Euclid...
07-17-19, 04:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,173
Posted By csrpenfab

Get the 105 and don't look back. I have the new...

Get the 105 and don't look back. I have the new 105 7000 series stuff on both my Giant SLR2 gravel bike and Trek FX6S flat bar road bike and it's great. Shifts just as well if not better than prior...
07-02-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 1,828
Views: 584,349
Posted By csrpenfab

Thanks, I really like the bike! As for the wheel...

Thanks, I really like the bike! As for the wheel upgrade from the 5 to the 6, your guess is as good as mine. My LBS did say that they were lighter and had better hubs, but who knows. Originally I...
06-25-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 1,828
Views: 584,349
Posted By csrpenfab

The stock Bontrager Hardcase tires on your FXS6...

The stock Bontrager Hardcase tires on your FXS6 do a pretty good job at preventing flats. In 1500 miles on the stock tires, I only had one rear flat, and that was due to a small shard of glass I...
06-24-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,922
Posted By csrpenfab

With rides on my hybrid ranging from 20 to 50...

With rides on my hybrid ranging from 20 to 50 miles each time I hit the road, yes, always cycling shorts. If not, I'd not be riding those miles pain free.
06-24-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 1,828
Views: 584,349
Posted By csrpenfab

I hear you on the Bontrager Montrose. I tried to...

I hear you on the Bontrager Montrose. I tried to like it on my FXS6, but even though I wear cycling shorts 100% of the time, it was still a major PITA. I tried a Brooks Cambium, and it got a bit...
06-24-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 1,409
Views: 288,902
Posted By csrpenfab

Today I added a back-up bike to the quiver. ...

Today I added a back-up bike to the quiver. Found a great deal on a like new Giant TCX SLR2 gravel bike in my size on FB marketplace, and only about 5 miles away. 30 minutes later it was in my...
06-10-19, 05:15 PM
Replies: 1,828
Views: 584,349
Posted By csrpenfab

Good plan, and you won't need to do much to it...

Good plan, and you won't need to do much to it beyond basic cleaning and lubing and gear adjustment. Check out the Park Tools videos on youtube and you can easily maintain it yourself. The FXS6...
06-10-19, 03:27 PM
Replies: 1,828
Views: 584,349
Posted By csrpenfab

It will be worth the wait! Very cool that...

It will be worth the wait! Very cool that they'll let you supervise the assembly! I guess I was lucky when I got my FXS6. My store didn't have one in stock, but the main Trek warehouse in Ontario...
06-09-19, 09:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,682
Posted By csrpenfab

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I think the Trek FXS6 fits the “gravel hybrid” role...
05-28-19, 06:14 AM
Replies: 1,828
Views: 584,349
Posted By csrpenfab

Hard no on the kickstand for an FX6. Also be...

Hard no on the kickstand for an FX6. Also be careful leaning it against things since you donít want to damage the carbon frame. At home, my FXS6 is held by a front wheel stand.
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