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06-04-18, 04:06 AM
Replies: 395
Views: 102,457
Posted By ATPAH

I use the 40mm Nano for this application. They...

I use the 40mm Nano for this application. They are not fast on the road, but they aren't' as bad as some skinnier CX knobbies that I've used either because the center ridge does a decent job of...
06-04-18, 03:44 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 15,472
Posted By ATPAH

What Lennski said. I have the Expert, but if I...

What Lennski said. I have the Expert, but if I put a set of nice road wheels on it, the bike would not be out-of-place alongside the Madones and Pinarellos of the local shop's fast group. It's plenty...
01-09-18, 05:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,837
Posted By ATPAH

Aerodynamics is not my interest, but you...

Aerodynamics is not my interest, but you referenced the migration to use of shorter crank arms on some pro teams, and aerodynamics is always going to be central to their thinking. Shorter cranks...
01-09-18, 09:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,837
Posted By ATPAH

Of course, if you're in the pro peleton, you're...

Of course, if you're in the pro peleton, you're moving at 40 kph all day and are experiencing 4x the aerodynamic drag that the average gravel rider gets at 20 kph, so you want to squeeze-out every mm...
12-12-17, 10:10 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,662
Posted By ATPAH

That's a pretty bike, Spoon. Is that a 100mm...

That's a pretty bike, Spoon. Is that a 100mm Fox32 overkill for the terrain into which you take that bike?
12-07-17, 04:59 AM
Replies: 395
Views: 102,457
Posted By ATPAH

That's pretty much how I do things with an 11-36t...

That's pretty much how I do things with an 11-36t cassette and the stock 50/34t crank - road ring, trail ring. It's not like there are any useful gears hiding in the middle of one ring's range that...
11-29-17, 09:30 AM
Replies: 395
Views: 102,457
Posted By ATPAH

Yowsa, that's light. No wonder my buddy's bike...

Yowsa, that's light. No wonder my buddy's bike feels so zippy. Still, the Hurricanes are a fine wheelset. Price seems to have gone-up a little post-cyber Monday, but still it's a sweet price...
11-29-17, 06:32 AM
Replies: 395
Views: 102,457
Posted By ATPAH

FWIW, I saw somebody selling American Classic...

FWIW, I saw somebody selling American Classic Hurricane wheelsets for $400 on a Google shopping search yesterday. Those are fine wheels at a killer price, assuming they are available with the right...
11-29-17, 06:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,534
Posted By ATPAH

Ha! Fast is fun, eh? I brought my old GS race...

Ha! Fast is fun, eh? I brought my old GS race skis to the mountain last night for some "recreational" skiing, but maybe that was poor word choice. I was simply thinking about non-UCI bike setups...
Forum: Northeast
11-28-17, 11:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 815
Posted By ATPAH

You've posted in a quiet corner of the forums. ...

You've posted in a quiet corner of the forums. You might want to try the family biking or junior racing sub-forums. I have a few thoughts, but they may not be particularly helpful.

You're...
11-23-17, 05:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,534
Posted By ATPAH

Nice. The redesign to allow greater tire...

Nice. The redesign to allow greater tire clearance really makes the Crux a fine alternative to the Diverge and the Sequoia for recreational gravel riding.
11-20-17, 04:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,108
Posted By ATPAH

Ayup, and "questionable" is understating the...

Ayup, and "questionable" is understating the case. It's simplistic horse****. As noted, it does get you to a workable starting point, but feel free to vary substantially.

I've experimented on...
11-20-17, 11:36 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,574
Posted By ATPAH

This. I thoroughly enjoy plotting-out routes...

This. I thoroughly enjoy plotting-out routes that serve no purpose but to avoid the main roads and find the hidden lanes and secret corners of areas that I thought I already knew. I love also being...
11-12-17, 06:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,629
Posted By ATPAH

This.* The guy who used to love mtbing who...

This.* The guy who used to love mtbing who recommended otherwise is not you friend.
*Although you certainly can sit down on a steep climb and will need to do so to maintain traction on those...
11-10-17, 08:00 AM
Replies: 395
Views: 102,457
Posted By ATPAH

The approximate break point on my friend's bike...

The approximate break point on my friend's bike is indicated on my bike with a blue piece of tape. There were no indications of impact just a crack that got progressively worse and became crushed...
11-09-17, 06:33 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 25,328
Posted By ATPAH

Actually, it's an 85mm BB drop, but that's not...

Actually, it's an 85mm BB drop, but that's not unheard of for road riding.
11-08-17, 05:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,174
Posted By ATPAH

I like exploring forgotten places and finding new...

I like exploring forgotten places and finding new ways around. I like riding a bike on which I can cover lots of ground on the roads and still navigate technical mtb trails (albeit slowly) to avoid...
11-08-17, 01:14 PM
Replies: 395
Views: 102,457
Posted By ATPAH

High up on the seat stay below the bridge.

High up on the seat stay below the bridge.
11-08-17, 04:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,142
Posted By ATPAH

Yep. We'll see if hedging things works or...

Yep. We'll see if hedging things works or whether I need to go higher and just get on board with being in the drops all the time, like some in the gravel cognescenti suggest. Regardless, I'm not...
11-07-17, 03:04 PM
Replies: 395
Views: 102,457
Posted By ATPAH

For those of you considering a carbon Renegade, I...

For those of you considering a carbon Renegade, I now know two people who have had their seat stay break in the same spot JRA. One of them is 225# and rides aggressively, but the frame shouldn't...
11-07-17, 02:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,142
Posted By ATPAH

Thanks, Ryder1. I looked at the Ritchey but just...

Thanks, Ryder1. I looked at the Ritchey but just ordered a 90mm 25-degree Salsa guide stem based on my own estimation of where I wanted to land geometry wise without changing my forward position too...
11-07-17, 01:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,629
Posted By ATPAH

This is good advice. Definitely get flats. It's...

This is good advice. Definitely get flats. It's way less scary if you have the option of instantly letting your bike crash without you attached or putting out a foot if your tires break loose in a...
11-06-17, 01:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,142
Posted By ATPAH

Considerations for Riser Stem

I have a relatively new Jamis Renegade, 54cm, and I have the intention of mounting a riser stem to get the bars approximately level with the seat. I find the current setup with the stock stem...
11-04-17, 04:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,024
Posted By ATPAH

Awesome. Glad to hear it. The alum build won't...

Awesome. Glad to hear it. The alum build won't be quite as stiff or light but it will still be super capable and more bike than you need, which is just want we all need - a bike to make us better...
11-02-17, 04:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,631
Posted By ATPAH

In the interest of getting back to the OP's...

In the interest of getting back to the OP's question, I was in the same boat a couple of months ago and decided on the Jamis Renegade Exploit. It's steel and is at the top end of your price range,...
11-01-17, 08:27 AM
Replies: 560
Views: 140,322
Posted By ATPAH

Yeah, I've done some of that on my 34x32,...

Yeah, I've done some of that on my 34x32, although I have a 36t cassette awaiting installation to take the stress off on longer steep climbs. I could see someone going lower than that, but I can't...
11-01-17, 05:24 AM
Replies: 560
Views: 140,322
Posted By ATPAH

This. At some point, the hill is so steep and...

This. At some point, the hill is so steep and your gearing is so low that no matter how easily you can spin it, you can't overcome gravity and you tip over backwards. This happens on slopes that...
10-30-17, 05:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,024
Posted By ATPAH

The tendency to pedal strike also depends on the...

The tendency to pedal strike also depends on the suspension. A Tall Boy with a 330mm BB height and 110mm travel is different from a FSR 6 Fattie with 135mm travel and 330mm BB height and a well...
10-29-17, 04:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,480
Posted By ATPAH

This. A gravel road I was riding yesterday...

This. A gravel road I was riding yesterday devolved into technical, rocky singletrack and that last downhill would have gotten ugly if I didn't have three fingers free to grip the bars. I then took...
10-27-17, 04:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,024
Posted By ATPAH

It's great for improving cornering, too. You can...

It's great for improving cornering, too. You can really lean the bike over without a seat in the way. I like to tell folks that I view it as more essential equipment than rear suspension (but not...
10-26-17, 08:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,024
Posted By ATPAH

That's a fine bike. I hopped on one for a short...

That's a fine bike. I hopped on one for a short while and was impressed. The modern geometry has you inside the bike more, especially with a dropper, which made it excellent for moving through...
10-25-17, 04:01 AM
Replies: 395
Views: 102,457
Posted By ATPAH

There Exploit is a beautiful bike. The stock...

There Exploit is a beautiful bike. The stock components are super solid. The wheels are the same as in the Expat and could be upgraded, because nice wheels are awesome. Otherwise, the only changes...
10-23-17, 06:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,480
Posted By ATPAH

The Hy/Rd is a solid upgrade. You do need the...

The Hy/Rd is a solid upgrade. You do need the compressionless housing for then to work optimally. It won't be as good as full hydros, but it will be better than any mechanical disc.
10-22-17, 05:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 651
Posted By ATPAH

Ignore the marketing jargon. Find a set of bikes...

Ignore the marketing jargon. Find a set of bikes that can do what you want with compromises that you can tolerate given the amount of investment required to not make them. There are differences in...
10-22-17, 05:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 717
Posted By ATPAH

When it gets really steep and loose, but you...

When it gets really steep and loose, but you aren't quite sitting, more hovering over the nose of the saddle to get your weight more directly over the contact patch on the rear wheel.

I haven't...
10-19-17, 07:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,745
Posted By ATPAH

I love the 40mm Nano. It's a little slow on...

I love the 40mm Nano. It's a little slow on pavement, but not bad considering how much grip it has in the dirt. I almost picked-up a road KOM on it earlier this week riding them at 35-40 psi. ...
10-19-17, 06:20 AM
Replies: 560
Views: 140,322
Posted By ATPAH

Or wipe the mouthpiece off and drink from it. ...

Or wipe the mouthpiece off and drink from it. Dirt is full of electrolytes.
10-17-17, 06:04 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,673
Posted By ATPAH

This is the obvious truth that makes it odd that...

This is the obvious truth that makes it odd that this thread has such a long shelf life. Maybe it's just a fun thought experiment for everyone. For example, yesterday, I rode half pavement over the...
10-10-17, 10:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,560
Posted By ATPAH

I got a 54 despite wanting a more upright...

I got a 54 despite wanting a more upright position. I'll probably get a riser stem, as the drops are too low for my old man back.
10-10-17, 04:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,560
Posted By ATPAH

I'm 5'10" with a 32-inch cycling inseam, and I...

I'm 5'10" with a 32-inch cycling inseam, and I fit neatly on a 54. The 56 is too long. It may be a bit too tall, but I didn't notice that, as I was also coming from a too large bike. You could...
10-05-17, 06:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 735
Posted By ATPAH

Craigslist is very dependent on local...

Craigslist is very dependent on local marketplace. Some markets cater to the $250 bike and nobody can move a decent bike at a decent price. It often depends on other local outlets. Local mtb...
10-02-17, 08:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,148
Posted By ATPAH

I had this issue on my Renegade. I have long...

I had this issue on my Renegade. I have long tended to push my cleats all the way back and I'd be getting stopped on the twisty singletrack that I sometimes ride, if I left them that way. I moved...
10-02-17, 07:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,676
Posted By ATPAH

I'm almost entirely on the hoods, although I'm...

I'm almost entirely on the hoods, although I'm giving thought to getting more of a riser stem and a flared bar, so I can utilize the drops more often in the rough bits. It will take me a while to...
09-30-17, 03:59 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,692
Posted By ATPAH

Shimano XTs. I've been riding them since they...

Shimano XTs. I've been riding them since they were the 747s 20 years ago. Indestructibly reliable.
09-29-17, 04:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 919
Posted By ATPAH

Shoot. That's what I used before I got a gravel...

Shoot. That's what I used before I got a gravel bike. The fun balance has shifted.
09-28-17, 10:42 AM
Replies: 560
Views: 140,322
Posted By ATPAH

I suppose that could be true to some extent. I...

I suppose that could be true to some extent. I don't see how the HTA itself affects the responsiveness, but the corresponding change in offset could cause a somewhat slower response. With a longer...
09-28-17, 09:07 AM
Replies: 560
Views: 140,322
Posted By ATPAH

The lower HT angle increases trail, which...

The lower HT angle increases trail, which increase stability and slows steering. You were right to focus on trail. There is no "also."
09-26-17, 05:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 919
Posted By ATPAH

I use Google Maps to find roads and OpenStreetmap...

I use Google Maps to find roads and OpenStreetmap to find biking trails. I know the geology well enough to avoid major rock gardens, but I have bungled into extensive areas of roots on my CX bike...
09-25-17, 04:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 918
Posted By ATPAH

What Panza said, more or less. However, the...

What Panza said, more or less. However, the generation of 29er trail bikes with slacker front ends are plenty easy to manual. The 27.5s are still easier to throw around when lifting both wheels, if...
09-22-17, 06:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 15,472
Posted By ATPAH

They do finally seem to be turning that around. ...

They do finally seem to be turning that around. The 2017 Expert and Exploit looked sweet, and the 2018s have all looked similarly fine so far. I settled for the less attractive 2016 Expert, due to...
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