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09-24-20, 05:52 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,061
Posted By DarKris

So I rode my Toughroad on some singletrack this...

So I rode my Toughroad on some singletrack this past weekend and It made me realize just how much bike setup can impact riding capabilities. I was messing around and decided to drop my stem a bit and...
09-18-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,061
Posted By DarKris

So I appreciate everyone sharing their...

So I appreciate everyone sharing their experiences. I will say that after taking both of my gravel bikes to my local bike park, I have a feel for both bikes on rough and slightly technical trails....
09-15-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,061
Posted By DarKris

Anyone Successfully Ride Their Gravel Bike on Single-Track?

Long story short: my dedicated MTB got stolen, so I'm back at square one riding my gravel bikes for everything. I had a few trails that I would ride that I wouldn't consider doing on my gravel bike...
09-11-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,737
Posted By DarKris

700c minimum: 47mm. 650b minimum: 50mm. 40s, 42s,...

700c minimum: 47mm. 650b minimum: 50mm. 40s, 42s, and even 45s in a 700c just wasn't cutting it for me. I run Teravail Rutlands in 47mm width and it feels like a good sweet spot for me.

With 650b,...
09-11-20, 07:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 445
Posted By DarKris

I'm 5'11" with a 32" Inseam with a size.........

I'm 5'11" with a 32" Inseam with a size...... large Revolt. I did shorten the stem but that was because I went with wider 50cm bars. I prefer my gravel bike with a longer top-tube, but if you find...
09-05-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,170
Posted By DarKris

I too dislike the idea of going by the “diet”...

I too dislike the idea of going by the “diet” name as people tend to have negative connotations when you say “x” diet. I much prefer referring to the foods that I’m eating at the time. Which...
08-29-20, 06:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 326
Posted By DarKris

Yes. It has to do with ride feel due to the...

Yes. It has to do with ride feel due to the larger diameter tires. I've tried 650b tires from 41 mm to 55 mm and I prefer the feel of the larger diameter tires. Since my bike maxes out at a 50 mm for...
08-23-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 326
Posted By DarKris

Hutchinson Black Mamba CX+ 650b x 50

Anybody have experience with this tire or any other Hutchinson CX tires?
...
08-11-20, 06:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 604
Posted By DarKris

I have the Revolt 2 and I am plenty happy with...

I have the Revolt 2 and I am plenty happy with it. The low-ish price allowed me to get a second 650b wheelset (which I care about) and a GRX 1x11 Groupset. I think all the parts kept the total...
08-11-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,170
Posted By DarKris

So for those of you finding success with calorie...

So for those of you finding success with calorie counting, I'm glad it works for you! I will say though my personal strategy similar to VTBike involves mostly focusing on the "what" I'm eating and...
08-08-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,170
Posted By DarKris

“You can’t out(ride) a bad diet”

At the start of the year I made changes to my diet and constantly went back and forth with eating well and eating not so well. Six months later at the beginning of June I had somewhat of a health...
07-26-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,837
Posted By DarKris

My gravel bike is a 29er :D ...

My gravel bike is a 29er :D

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Actually fun fact I used to only want a gravel...
07-22-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,221
Posted By DarKris

When I was around 360+lbs I had a entry level...

When I was around 360+lbs I had a entry level 29er that had a 100mm Suntour fork. When I got on it with the preload maxed it was at around 50+% sag. Ideally you would want 20-30% sag but what this...
07-18-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 509
Posted By DarKris

Front fork can fit a 52mm with mud clearance or...

Front fork can fit a 52mm with mud clearance or 55mm dry.

Aluminum model can fit 47mm or 50mm rear with 4-5mm around the stays. I believe the carbon model is restricted to ~47mm.
07-18-20, 07:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 706
Posted By DarKris

I can speak on removing the wheel. Since it's...

I can speak on removing the wheel. Since it's thru axle it shouldn't have issues lining up with the disc brakes when re-inserting the tire. What you have to make sure of is to have it shifted into...
07-18-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 793
Posted By DarKris

Spoiler: The TCX always could fit a 45mm tire....

Spoiler: The TCX always could fit a 45mm tire. Hell you could go 650B x 47 (50 with little/no mud clearance) and the front could fit a 2.1/2.2. Plus the Revolt has similar clearance.

I honestly...
07-12-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 430
Posted By DarKris

Since the only reason I have gravel bikes is...

Since the only reason I have gravel bikes is because of their large tire clearance I don't really have goals associated with them. I just use them like I would any old bike.

That said, riding them...
07-06-20, 06:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,675
Posted By DarKris

Thanks to everyone who gave suggestions on pants...

Thanks to everyone who gave suggestions on pants and materials to look for. I was able to get some pants that work very well and I was also able to find some casual pants that are made of stronger...
07-05-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 1,560
Views: 669,876
Posted By DarKris

So it's been a while of tinkering with my bikes...

So it's been a while of tinkering with my bikes but I think I finally have my bikes dialed in for the type of riding I do. Here are my Giant "Gravel Bikes":
...
07-05-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 447
Posted By DarKris

In my experience, I have had zero issues mounting...

In my experience, I have had zero issues mounting tubeless-ready tires to non-tubeless ready rims. The way most non-tubeless rims are designed generally make mounting any tire straightforward if...
07-02-20, 08:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 873
Posted By DarKris

Close - I settled on 32 psi front and 37 psi...

Close - I settled on 32 psi front and 37 psi rear. I’m actually pretty heavy (~355 lbs) so that’s as low as I’d want to go.



It is fun for sure! For now however I just got my other rear tire in...
07-02-20, 04:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 447
Posted By DarKris

I think OP was asking about the Raddlers, not the...

I think OP was asking about the Raddlers, not the Riddlers. I say that bc the Raddlers have taller knobs closer to the Gravelking SKs. (WTB, why did you name your tires like this?!).

Another...
07-02-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 873
Posted By DarKris

How could I commit such heresy! Nah it's super...

How could I commit such heresy! Nah it's super fun and I love it lol
07-01-20, 09:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 873
Posted By DarKris

Gravel “Mullet” Bike..... The OTHER Mullet

Not the 10-50t cassette w. MTB derailleur mullet, but the 29er front, 27.5 rear mullet:

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07-01-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 695
Posted By DarKris

Only issue is the tire clearance being limited to...

Only issue is the tire clearance being limited to 50mm. With how aggressive the Geo is you’d think it’d have the tire clearance to boot.
06-20-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,210
Posted By DarKris

How big are those tires & do you know the max?

How big are those tires & do you know the max?
06-20-20, 05:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,045
Posted By DarKris

Slightly off topic but both of my gravel...

Slightly off topic but both of my gravel "specific" bikes are now set up with the bars just about level with the saddle. It's a comfort thing and it allows me to actually run the drops without...
06-18-20, 07:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,045
Posted By DarKris

Note on the 11 speed, You need an 11 speed...

Note on the 11 speed, You need an 11 speed freehub body for ROAD 11 speed cassettes. Mountain 11 speed cassettes (11-40+) fit on standard 10 speed freehub bodies.

OP, You can try and shop around...
06-14-20, 09:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,675
Posted By DarKris

Thank you as this is more of what I was looking...

Thank you as this is more of what I was looking for. I was primarily annoyed with the response suggesting that I just “do ‘x’ and figure out the rest yourself” without pointing me in a good direction...
06-14-20, 05:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,675
Posted By DarKris

Okay well I’m definitely annoyed with the...

Okay well I’m definitely annoyed with the condescending “advice”. The point of me posting in the Clyde sub-forum was to see if anyone else like me has had these issues. The fact is most, if not all...
06-13-20, 08:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,675
Posted By DarKris

Can you give some examples? What material to look...

Can you give some examples? What material to look for? Any brands that make durable, casual big & tall pants? Suggestions?
06-10-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,675
Posted By DarKris

Unfortunately I don't really have the option to...

Unfortunately I don't really have the option to change on breaks. I'm also around a size 48-50 waist so that severely limits my pants choices. It sucks because riding for 10 mins on breaks helps me...
06-10-20, 11:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,675
Posted By DarKris

Cycling is Destroying my Pants. Help!

Ever since I started cycling a few years back, my pants started to look like this:

...
06-06-20, 08:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 176
Posted By DarKris

Cassette Spacing - What do I need?

I have 3 bikes with 2 wheelsets each for a total of 6 different rear wheels that I need to keep track of. All of the cassettes that I run are Sunrace except for 1 which is Shimano. The hubs are...
06-06-20, 05:39 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,855
Posted By DarKris

Well since I don't want this thread to continue...

Well since I don't want this thread to continue to being de-railed:

Got new Teravail Rutland 700c x 47mm tires in durable casing/tan sidewalls. A bit on the expensive side, but they fit & provide...
06-03-20, 06:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,580
Posted By DarKris

Currently running the Vittoria Terreno Dry in...

Currently running the Vittoria Terreno Dry in 650x47 and they have really surprised me with how well they roll and their off-road grip especially in wet grass/light mud. I assume that the 700c...
05-29-20, 04:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 856
Posted By DarKris

Maxxis Rambler 700x45mm Roll well on pavement in...

Maxxis Rambler 700x45mm Roll well on pavement in my experience
05-23-20, 05:15 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,855
Posted By DarKris

That’s fine. Maybe if more people did long term...

That’s fine. Maybe if more people did long term reviews on more budget friendly bikes like this, then there would be more talk.
05-23-20, 04:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,855
Posted By DarKris

Like I said it’s not something that affects me in...

Like I said it’s not something that affects me in a way where I cannot ride the bike. And honestly it doesn’t bother me at all nor does it’s existence offend me in any sort of way. It’s very...
05-23-20, 06:37 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,855
Posted By DarKris

After I saw the 2020 RLTs I was considering them,...

After I saw the 2020 RLTs I was considering them, although even the aluminum frame is out of my budget.

Looking at it though it seems that the aluminum RLT frame also has a hole at the bottom of...
05-16-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 436
Posted By DarKris

I have 650b on my Revolt 2 as well. Will fit up...

I have 650b on my Revolt 2 as well. Will fit up to a 50mm tire in my experience so not as much as the Toughroad. The front could go wider to say a 54mm tire
05-15-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 436
Posted By DarKris

Giant Toughroad 650b Setup

Running Maxxis Ikon 2.2s Skinwall tires.

Currently have them on a 21mm Internal rim with tubes. Once I'm able to get my tubeless wheel rebuilt I plan on having those on here.

Paired with the...
05-15-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,342
Posted By DarKris

I've gone 1x on all my bikes but the reasoning...

I've gone 1x on all my bikes but the reasoning for me made sense. Before I was running 2x9 on the road with a 46-30 front ring and a 12-36 cassette. I knew I wasn't strong enough to push a 46-11 at...
05-09-20, 07:41 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 270
Posted By DarKris

I assume the Revolt (Aluminum) isn't an option...

I assume the Revolt (Aluminum) isn't an option for you? If it is then I would highly consider it. It's basically a slacker more comfortable TCX.
02-26-20, 08:13 PM
Replies: 1,560
Views: 669,876
Posted By DarKris

Found out my Nashbar frame is no-good for me to...

Found out my Nashbar frame is no-good for me to be using, so I decided to rework my Toughroad to something I'd wanna use.
...
02-26-20, 07:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 600
Posted By DarKris

+1 for the Tanpan. If you already have the...

+1 for the Tanpan. If you already have the derailleur then it's easier and cheaper to make that work with the shifter
02-21-20, 10:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 388
Posted By DarKris

Yes. WTB Venture 50 (casing is 47mm but the tread...

Yes. WTB Venture 50 (casing is 47mm but the tread is 50mm) fits in the front but runs in the rear.

I now have the Soma Cazadero 50 (these are closer to 47mm all around) and they fit much better....
02-09-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 628
Posted By DarKris

So just to reconfirm some things, I ended up...

So just to reconfirm some things, I ended up mounting my Gravelkings again on my 30mm rims and tested them in the snow.

Since the rims are wide I can confidently run 30-36psi without tire squirm...
02-09-20, 07:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 846
Posted By DarKris

I started with commuting around a college campus...

I started with commuting around a college campus with MTBs that were overbuilt for my needs and hybrids that were underbuilt for my needs (and weight) and so the middle ground for me turned out to be...
02-09-20, 12:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,298
Posted By DarKris

Since I didn’t see much input for the Revolt I...

Since I didn’t see much input for the Revolt I thought I’d add some since I own the Revolt 2:

The BB is in fact threaded not press fit (the square tapered crankset was a big red flag)
Tire...
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