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02-23-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 780
Views: 184,129
Posted By csrpenfab

I have not been carrying a tube for the past 5k...

I have not been carrying a tube for the past 5k miles, and so far so good! As tight as the Schwalbe G1's fit on my Stan's rims, I doubt I'd be successful fitting a tube on the road anyhow. I carry...
02-23-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 780
Views: 184,129
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: 184,129
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: 4,914
Views: 3,467,468
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, 12:26 PM
Replies: 4,914
Views: 3,467,468
Posted By csrpenfab

It's 22.5 miles around the lake. Relatively flat...

It's 22.5 miles around the lake. Relatively flat for the most part, lots and lots of turns. There are a few steep climbs, but they're short.
02-09-21, 11:23 AM
Replies: 4,914
Views: 3,467,468
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: 72,358
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: 24,702
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...
12-03-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 494
Posted By csrpenfab

There really shouldn't be any rear mech issue you...

There really shouldn't be any rear mech issue you can't fix yourself with a little effort. Head over to YouTube and watch some videos on the Park Tool channel. It sure beats being bikeless and...
09-03-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,010
Posted By csrpenfab

Totally normal. Here's a pic of my Niner after a...

Totally normal. Here's a pic of my Niner after a 25 mile gravel ride. The bike had been bathed/lubed prior to the ride. The gravel I ride on has a lot of DG sections that have this wonderful...
08-25-20, 01:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,124
Posted By csrpenfab

Agreed on the Relevate Mag Tank bag and just...

Agreed on the Relevate Mag Tank bag and just about any bag they make. I've got the "strap on" ;) version on my Niner and love it. The magnetic closure works very well and it's easy to open and...
08-25-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,237
Posted By csrpenfab

I find that the G1 all-round works just fine for...

I find that the G1 all-round works just fine for pavement. I run them tubeless, and if I know I'm doing an all pavement ride I'll air them up to 55psi and they roll great. I've ridden road rides...
08-19-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,830
Posted By csrpenfab

Correct! My Niner RDO carbon frame was "Handmade...

Correct! My Niner RDO carbon frame was "Handmade in Vietnam". Fine by me, they seemed to do a damn good job based on the past few thousand miles!
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07-21-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,371
Posted By csrpenfab

I feel your pain! This beast was blocking the...

I feel your pain! This beast was blocking the path along the river near my home. I asked if I could borrow it for about 5 minutes to "renovate" my neighbor's crappy landscaping!
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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...
06-25-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 455
Posted By csrpenfab

On my Niner RDO, the tubeless G1's go on pretty...

On my Niner RDO, the tubeless G1's go on pretty easy by hand. Now on my Trek FX6S, you're not getting the tubeless Bontrager tires on without some mechanical assistance. I've found this handy...
06-19-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 780
Views: 184,129
Posted By csrpenfab

Ordered a new set of tubeless Schwalbe G1's and...

Ordered a new set of tubeless Schwalbe G1's and XTR SPD's for the Niner. Found some great prices on bikebling.com, but then they told me both were backordered! I hate online sellers that don't tell...
06-16-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,531
Posted By csrpenfab

I'll second the vote for the Schwalbe G-1 all...

I'll second the vote for the Schwalbe G-1 all around tubeless for your needs. I have them in 700x38c tubeless on my Niner RDO and they have been perfect for my needs. About 40% road and 60% gravel;...
06-16-20, 10:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,000
Posted By csrpenfab

Yes and yes. When I bought my Niner RDO 4 star...

Yes and yes. When I bought my Niner RDO 4 star build on clearance for $2900, I figured the cost of the Ultegra Group, Stan's Wheels, tires, etc... would run more than that if I tried to build it up...
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...
04-27-20, 06:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 782
Posted By csrpenfab

+1 to that. I have blackwall tubeless G-ones...

+1 to that. I have blackwall tubeless G-ones (700x38c) on my Niner and I love that tire! I've got over 3k miles on them and just about ready for a new rear pretty soon. I'll be going with Skinwall...
04-02-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,319
Posted By csrpenfab

I had the Terreno Zeros in 37c Tubeless on a...

I had the Terreno Zeros in 37c Tubeless on a prior Giant TCX gravel bike. They were great on the road, and okay for hardpack and smooth dirt. Anything beyond that, they ran out of grip. I now run...
03-31-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,978
Posted By csrpenfab

My experience with Excel was nothing short of...

My experience with Excel was nothing short of perfect. Prior to this bike, I had purchased a hand built set of MTB wheels from them and that was an excellent experience as well. Although the Niner...
03-30-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,978
Posted By csrpenfab

Wow, didn't know the Niner RDO bare frame ran...

Wow, didn't know the Niner RDO bare frame ran $2300! Makes me even happier I scored a full Ultegra 4 star build when Excel was closing them out for $2800 delivered with no tax. About 3,000 miles...
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: 72,358
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...
03-16-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 4,914
Views: 3,467,468
Posted By csrpenfab

Not a problem. I quickly washed the entire bike...

Not a problem. I quickly washed the entire bike when I got home and all was well with the CF frame. Zero paint damage, err, not really paint on the frame... I didn't continue trying to ride once it...
03-16-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 4,914
Views: 3,467,468
Posted By csrpenfab

I got out for a post-rain gravel ride Saturday. ...

I got out for a post-rain gravel ride Saturday. The gravel was fine, but when I tried to cut across a dairy farm road between two gravel paths, I ran into some very deep thick clay laden mud. Let's...
03-09-20, 09:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,063
Posted By csrpenfab

How about a Niner RLT 9? Seems to fit all your...

How about a Niner RLT 9? Seems to fit all your check boxes. I love mine!

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02-15-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 664
Posted By csrpenfab

Totally agree. The $2800 price point for...

Totally agree. The $2800 price point for carbon/105 drew me in and when they launched they were giving another $200 off. Then I found the full Ultegra Niner for $2800 and went that direction. No...
02-15-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 664
Posted By csrpenfab

I heard some very positive reviews from a local...

I heard some very positive reviews from a local rider who knows the builder well. I was all set to pull the trigger on one, and then I stumbled across my Niner RLT 9 at a blow out price. They look...
01-30-20, 11:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,036
Posted By csrpenfab

56cm 2019 Niner RDO RLT gravel bike; size 12...

56cm 2019 Niner RDO RLT gravel bike; size 12 feets, zero toe overlap. The frame is sized well for my frame, and I don't see how you could have overlap issues on this bike unless you're riding a...
01-11-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 969
Posted By csrpenfab

The Stan’s Grail wheels that came on my Niner RDO...

The Stan’s Grail wheels that came on my Niner RDO use a 15mm front TA, bit they also shipped 12mm end caps that fit the hubs.
01-07-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,083
Posted By csrpenfab

Yes. Just be careful with it... once it sticks...

Yes. Just be careful with it... once it sticks to itself, itís not coming unstuck! Works great and no adhesive at all. I also used it to wrap the chainstay on my prior gravel bike. It held up...
01-06-20, 01:29 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,083
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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01-05-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,794
Posted By csrpenfab

Iíll have to disagree with your comment that a...

Iíll have to disagree with your comment that a clutched rear mech costs watts. Chain is still going around same pulleys, all the clutch is doing is holding the rear cage tight to prevent chain slap,...
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.
01-02-20, 11:01 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,224
Posted By csrpenfab

I could not agree with you more. Iíve owned a...

I could not agree with you more. Iíve owned a few high end AL bikes and now I ride two carbon, a Trek FXS6 and Niner RDO 9. At 52 I fully appreciate the ride quality of carbon vs AL!
01-02-20, 05:50 PM
Replies: 1,401
Views: 261,773
Posted By csrpenfab

I got out for some glorious weather So. CA gravel...

I got out for some glorious weather So. CA gravel over the past two days. NY day was absolutely perfect with gravel, err dirt, packed down from the recent rains....
01-01-20, 10:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 807
Posted By csrpenfab

30 miles of New Years gravel on a textbook...

30 miles of New Years gravel on a textbook perfect So CA chamber of commerce day! 60’s and blue sunny skies.

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01-01-20, 10:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,044
Posted By csrpenfab

I think I scored one of their last 56cm bikes...

I think I scored one of their last 56cm bikes four months ago... Jenson USA has the Niner RDO RLT for $2500 with their own build, not quite as sweet as Excelís 4 star build, but still a pretty damn...
01-01-20, 09:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,044
Posted By csrpenfab

Yep, thatís where I got mine. At that price itís...

Yep, thatís where I got mine. At that price itís like getting the frame for free. Excellent build with full Ultegra RX800 group with clutched rear mech.

The bottom bracket says ďPF30Ē, but...
01-01-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 922
Views: 72,358
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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12-31-19, 06:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,044
Posted By csrpenfab

Step up to a Niner RLT 9 RDO then. Great wheels...

Step up to a Niner RLT 9 RDO then. Great wheels mfg threaded BB. Mine has been bulletproof over 3k hard miles. Can be had with full Ultegra for under 3k unless you absolutely have to have GRX. ...
12-28-19, 03:25 PM
Replies: 922
Views: 72,358
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: 72,358
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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12-17-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,999
Posted By csrpenfab

Zero overlap on my Niner RDO RLT9, and the head...

Zero overlap on my Niner RDO RLT9, and the head angle is not slack like that Evil. At that price I could buy a carbon Niner and put Di2 on it and still have money in the bank.
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