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Forum: Road Cycling
02-28-21, 07:45 PM
Replies: 1,686
Views: 278,582
Posted By BluFalconActual

The new bike, which has been named “Shadowfax”. ...

The new bike, which has been named “Shadowfax”.
Canyon Ultimate CF SLX
Force AXS with Quarq PM
November Cafe Racer wheels laced to Chris King hubs
K-Edge computer mount
Specialized Power...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-20, 10:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,245
Posted By BluFalconActual

I run 105/grx on the gravel bike and AXS on the...

I run 105/grx on the gravel bike and AXS on the road bike. No issues at all.
08-19-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 17,072
Posted By BluFalconActual

The Revolt is a superb bike. I also tend to shy...

The Revolt is a superb bike. I also tend to shy away from proprietary suspension bits. The Giant has a ton of flex in the right spots to make it really comfortable on dirt and rough roads. I have...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,620
Posted By BluFalconActual

I know it's one of the "rules", but I bought a...

I know it's one of the "rules", but I bought a Camelbak Chase vest for gravel riding. I also ended up using it for summer rides in Joshua Tree National Park when I was stationed there as well as the...
08-18-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,269
Posted By BluFalconActual

On the Hope's, I know it says on the Merlin site...

On the Hope's, I know it says on the Merlin site that they come with QR's standard, but mine shipped with the end caps for 12mm axels as well. The Hope website also says that they ship with the...
08-18-20, 03:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,751
Posted By BluFalconActual

The size/pressure may place a factor. With 42's...

The size/pressure may place a factor. With 42's running at 40 psi max, I feel I have plenty of traction. Now, that is personal preference based on a number things such as riding style and terrain...
08-18-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,604
Posted By BluFalconActual

Frame: Allied (Made in Arkansas) Wheels: Enve...

Frame: Allied (Made in Arkansas)
Wheels: Enve (Made in Utah) with Chris King hubs (Made in Portland)
Groupset: SRAM Force AXS (Made in Taiwan, USA company)

I understand that this build is...
08-18-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,269
Posted By BluFalconActual

For a bomb proof set of alloy wheels that don't...

For a bomb proof set of alloy wheels that don't break the bank, look into the Hope 20Five's. I got a set from Merlin cycles for around 400 bucks. Really good quality hubs made in England, double...
08-18-20, 08:49 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,751
Posted By BluFalconActual

Yeah, part of the "problem" with the gravel scene...

Yeah, part of the "problem" with the gravel scene is that it is such a wide spectrum of what is considered "gravel". For where I live and where I like to ride, a subcompact 2x drivetrain and 42c...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-20, 06:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 739
Posted By BluFalconActual

Im 190 lbs and run 28c GP5ks at 75 psi on a...

Im 190 lbs and run 28c GP5ks at 75 psi on a 21mm wide (internal) rim. I feel no spring when I sprint. I think the wider rim bed helps with that substantially.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-20, 11:10 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,223
Posted By BluFalconActual

I just did a super non-scientific test using a dB...

I just did a super non-scientific test using a dB meter on my phone. Spun up the pedals and let it spin and saw the max dB on the app. This was inside my garage so louder than outside.

Chris King...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,223
Posted By BluFalconActual

I dont know why everyone says that CK hubs are...

I dont know why everyone says that CK hubs are loud. Maybe their MTB offerings are but my R45’s are only slightly louder than my old Shimano hubs. No where near as loud as the Hope hubs that I have...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-20, 08:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,726
Posted By BluFalconActual

Just a reminder, you’ll probably have to change...

Just a reminder, you’ll probably have to change the chain as well to get the right size if going from 48 to 53 teeth
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-20, 04:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,829
Posted By BluFalconActual

Ive owned top of the line stuff from Sportful,...

Ive owned top of the line stuff from Sportful, Castelli, Assos and Pearl.

The Castelli and Sportful both had stitching start to come undone at the chamois within a few months of wearing. This...
07-03-20, 09:46 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,751
Posted By BluFalconActual

Specialized Pathfinder Pro.

Specialized Pathfinder Pro.
06-26-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,413
Posted By BluFalconActual

I weigh 185 and run 42's tubeless at 40 psi.

I weigh 185 and run 42's tubeless at 40 psi.
06-25-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,731
Posted By BluFalconActual

I dont have the Conti GP5000’s on my Revolt, but...

I dont have the Conti GP5000’s on my Revolt, but they are on my road bike and they are superb.
06-23-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,643
Posted By BluFalconActual

Here’s the problem, a gravel bike is awesome...

Here’s the problem, a gravel bike is awesome because it can do 90 percent of what a road bike can plus a lot that it cant, but they are still not as fast as a dedicated road race bike on the road. ...
06-21-20, 02:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,299
Posted By BluFalconActual

Im stationed here :)

Im stationed here :)
06-19-20, 06:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,327
Posted By BluFalconActual

I have the X1 Terras and theyve been great.

I have the X1 Terras and theyve been great.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,550
Posted By BluFalconActual

Here’s mine. Now, etap makes it a lot easier to...

Here’s mine. Now, etap makes it a lot easier to make everything clean but it does seem that more and more bikes are going fully internal cabled. Sadly, if you want a mechanical drivetrain, changing...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,408
Posted By BluFalconActual

Ill echo with what almost everyone has said here....

Ill echo with what almost everyone has said here. Hitch mount is usually a better option.
I have a car (2019 Honda Insight) and still went with a hitch rack even though the car is plenty low enough...
06-18-20, 09:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,299
Posted By BluFalconActual

*Laughs in San Diego*

*Laughs in San Diego*
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,624
Posted By BluFalconActual

Topstone requires a special dishing on the rear...

Topstone requires a special dishing on the rear wheel which will greatly reduce any future wheel choices. My Giant has been great. Even though it has 42’s and a new GRX rear mech for off road duty,...
06-17-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 12,435
Posted By BluFalconActual

I roll them on my Giant so no shame in that. ...

I roll them on my Giant so no shame in that. Colin Strickland rolls around on them on his Allied and he’s faster than all of us here lol
06-16-20, 08:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 12,435
Posted By BluFalconActual

I was running the Specialized Sawtooth and really...

I was running the Specialized Sawtooth and really liked them but have recently switched to the Specialized Pathfinder Pro. Both in 42’s because running 40 PSI is like riding a magic carpet.

...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,931
Posted By BluFalconActual

Any guesses on the gearing strategy? Something...

Any guesses on the gearing strategy? Something more traditional like Campy or something different like SRAM?
06-15-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,314
Posted By BluFalconActual

My 2 bolt Fizik X1 Infinito’s that I use for my...

My 2 bolt Fizik X1 Infinito’s that I use for my gravel bike are every bit as stiff as my carbon soled Giro Empires that I use for my road bike. I still prefer 3 bolt for my road bike because it...
06-15-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,309
Posted By BluFalconActual

Also just as a heads up, the carbon version of...

Also just as a heads up, the carbon version of the Topstone requires a specific wheel dish for the rear wheel. If you were ever to upgrade the wheels, you would have to get it built to fit your bike...
06-15-20, 02:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,309
Posted By BluFalconActual

The carbon version of the Topstone has “Kingpin”...

The carbon version of the Topstone has “Kingpin” suspension which is a pivot point with a bushing that allows the rear to flex like 30mm or something like that. It probably can go a long time without...
06-15-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,309
Posted By BluFalconActual

I did not. The Topstone was never really on my...

I did not. The Topstone was never really on my radar because of the propriety suspension as well as the max tire clearance being only 40s.
06-15-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,309
Posted By BluFalconActual

I have a Revolt Advanced 2. It’s a GREAT bike....

I have a Revolt Advanced 2. It’s a GREAT bike. Yes, the seat post is proprietary, but as stated before, it works great and I have never even thought about changing it. Out of all the gravel bikes...
06-14-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 616
Posted By BluFalconActual

Figured it out. If you notice on the first...

Figured it out.

If you notice on the first post, I am missing the driver dust cap. Upon further inspection, it was jammed in the cassette. I took it out of the cassette and realized that it...
06-14-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 616
Posted By BluFalconActual

Chris King XDR broken tabs

Hi all. I bought a set of wheels laced to CK R45D hubs. I noticed on my ride yesterday, that I was hearing a small clunking noise coming from the cassette. The bearing preloads were good an so I...
06-12-20, 06:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,351
Posted By BluFalconActual

That's awesome stuff. I have force AXS on the...

That's awesome stuff. I have force AXS on the road bike and love it. I’m tempted to go AXS wide on my Revolt but the 105/GRX I have now works so well as is.

EDIT: Just realized that you have...
06-12-20, 05:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,577
Posted By BluFalconActual

It’s all personal preference but I like having a...

It’s all personal preference but I like having a large gear range AND closer gear steps so 2x for me. I have the Revolt 2 and just put on a GRX rear mech for gravel duty. Works perfectly. Shimano's...
06-09-20, 08:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 867
Posted By BluFalconActual

I was nervous about carbon frames for gravel use,...

I was nervous about carbon frames for gravel use, but I have beaten the crap out of my Giant Revolt and it has laughed at everything I’ve thrown at it.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 1,686
Views: 278,582
Posted By BluFalconActual

Oh man, major fail on my part. I knew they were...

Oh man, major fail on my part. I knew they were directional too, I just botched it. Yeah, Im NOT changing them though lol. They were not fun to get on.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-20, 08:41 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,763
Posted By BluFalconActual

I’m the same as a lot of guys. I had an Elemnt...

I’m the same as a lot of guys. I had an Elemnt Bolt and even though it worked perfectly, it didnt tie in with Garmin Connect which was a deal breaker because I use my Fenix 6 watch for all my other...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 1,686
Views: 278,582
Posted By BluFalconActual

Here's my addition now that I am "done" with the...

Here's my addition now that I am "done" with the build. Fezzari Empire Sl, November Cafe Racer wheels with CK hubs. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,243
Posted By BluFalconActual

If you get a high end cross-country MTB shoe,...

If you get a high end cross-country MTB shoe, they are just as stiff as a road shoe. I use Fizik X1 Infinitos for my gravel bike and they are every bit as stiff as my Giro Empire’s that I use on my...
04-26-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,876
Posted By BluFalconActual

I bought a helmet from them a couple years back. ...

I bought a helmet from them a couple years back. No issues at all. I would buy from them again.
04-20-20, 01:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,918
Posted By BluFalconActual

No worries at all. That's what forums are for. ...

No worries at all. That's what forums are for. I dont have a specific weight for it unfortunately. It is not heavy by any means nor is it as light as a proper road race bike. Personally, even if...
04-20-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,918
Posted By BluFalconActual

Thanks. The more I read about it, the more I...

Thanks. The more I read about it, the more I think that 2x is better for me. I see how 1x has some merits, but being a roadie first and foremost, I love to keep my cadence and I love to go fast be...
04-20-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,918
Posted By BluFalconActual

Specialized Sawtooths in the 42c variety, setup...

Specialized Sawtooths in the 42c variety, setup tubeless. Ive had them for almost a year now and have not gotten a single puncture (that I can tell). Theyre heavier than most choices but they have...
04-20-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 1,747
Views: 367,667
Posted By BluFalconActual

It's been a really good steed. I know everyone...

It's been a really good steed. I know everyone likes to brag about their bike being awesome but I think Giant really did a good job on this. It is a superb gravel bike. Tons of room for fat tires...
04-19-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,918
Posted By BluFalconActual

Thanks for the input. Merlin has a really good...

Thanks for the input. Merlin has a really good deal going on right now which would allow me to make the jump for about 650 bucks. What I really want though is a 12 speed mechanical version of SRAM...
04-19-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,918
Posted By BluFalconActual

I think that may be my biggest problem. I don’t...

I think that may be my biggest problem. I don’t really have a good excuse to go to 1x besides the fact that I see a lot of people going over that way. My gravel bike was originally bought as an N+1...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-20, 06:58 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 11,841
Posted By BluFalconActual

I bought 2 kits from Wiggle 2 weeks ago and they...

I bought 2 kits from Wiggle 2 weeks ago and they were at my door 8 days later. It was actually quicker than normal.
04-19-20, 06:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,918
Posted By BluFalconActual

105 2x vs GRX 1x

Hi all. I am toying with the idea of swapping the stock 105 2x group on my Revolt Advanced with a 1x GRX setup and was curious if anyone has any experience with both. This is not really a need as...
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