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12-30-15, 11:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,492
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

My statement (please re-read it) is that a cheap...

My statement (please re-read it) is that a cheap floor pump has worked well with my 40c tubeless tires, and I have definitely not needed to use a huge, expensive pump or a air compressor (though I...
12-30-15, 10:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,492
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

If there is an inexpensive option that will work...

If there is an inexpensive option that will work as well as an expensive one, then I'm going to recommend it on this forum. I've had good luck seating my tubeless beads with a cheap floor pump, as...
12-29-15, 11:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,492
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

I use a ~6 year old $35 Serfras pump...

I use a ~6 year old $35 Serfras pump (https://www.serfas.com/products/view/47/referer:products%7Cindex%7Cpumps%7Cfloor-pumps%7Cpage:2) for both seating tubeless beads, and pumping my road bike tires...
12-28-15, 12:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,716
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

A typical Ozark gravel ride has lots of grades in...

A typical Ozark gravel ride has lots of grades in the 10-25% range, and total climbing somewhere in the 3,000-4,000 ft range for a 50 mile loop. There are no climbs more than 2-3 miles like you all...
12-28-15, 11:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,399
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

Continental Cyclocross Speed in 700x35 will fit...

Continental Cyclocross Speed in 700x35 will fit the bill. They aren't tubeless ready, however (not sure if you are looking for tubed or tubeless). They have a more or less solid ridge down the...
12-28-15, 07:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,970
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

Since this thread is still active, I'll post an...

Since this thread is still active, I'll post an update - tubeless is still awesome. I've done some additional pavement, gravel, and singletrack riding. At 65 psi, the tubeless Nanos roll awesome on...
12-23-15, 11:10 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 17,722
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

My preference for a wide-range 2x10 is definitely...

My preference for a wide-range 2x10 is definitely biased by the terrain where I live, as well as my riding style. In the 46x11, a cadence of 100 will get me all the way to 34 mph with a 40c tire. I...
12-23-15, 08:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,197
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

It looks like the GravelKing has kind of large,...

It looks like the GravelKing has kind of large, square lugs - if your rides have a lot of pavement, you may want to consider a file-tread tire like a Continental SpeedRide (which I have used), a...
12-23-15, 07:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,197
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

What pressure did you use on pavement? Assuming...

What pressure did you use on pavement? Assuming you are running tubed, we are about the same weigh, and I typically pumped my tubed gravel tires all the way up to 80-85 psi for long pavement...
12-20-15, 06:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,889
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

I haven't ridden the Slate, so I can't offer an...

I haven't ridden the Slate, so I can't offer an opinion on if it is actually a cool, versatile bike, or just an oddball fad. I wouldn't get to hung up on weight though - my gravel bike weighs a...
12-20-15, 11:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 17,722
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

I concur, and that is similar to the 46/30 and...

I concur, and that is similar to the 46/30 and 11-36 combo that I run. The 42/28 would be better for more off-road riding, as it would spin out easily on long descents.
12-20-15, 08:19 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 17,722
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

The best option would be to objectively look at...

The best option would be to objectively look at the comfortable min/max cadeances ride at, then use one of the online gearing calculators (like this one: BikeCalc.com - Speed at all Cadences for any...
12-19-15, 11:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,889
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

The Stigmata C Rival build is $3,500, and only...

The Stigmata C Rival build is $3,500, and only weighs 2 lbs more than the Red build, despite being $3k cheaper. Unless you are using it for actual CX racing, you could swap the 36t ring on the...
12-18-15, 04:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,716
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

At the end of the day, many of the bike companies...

At the end of the day, many of the bike companies sell an image first, and a bike second. Five to ten years ago it was the TDF, pro-roadie image, now it is the "adventure riding/gravel" image of...
12-18-15, 09:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,716
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

Concur, the UP looks much more versatile due to...

Concur, the UP looks much more versatile due to the larger tire clearance. However, the geometry is still pretty aggressive - looks great for going fast an quick handling, but that short of a bike...
12-17-15, 04:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,716
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

For the record, I'm sure it is an awesome bike...

For the record, I'm sure it is an awesome bike and I'd probably love one if I rode it (just like a Santa Cruz Stigmata or a Moots Routt, both of which retail for ~$6-7.5k). I suppose what I really...
12-17-15, 02:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,433
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

I prefer frame pumps over mini pumps, especially...

I prefer frame pumps over mini pumps, especially if your bike has a pump peg. Topeak makes one for around $25 that I use. You'd be looking at several hundred strokes with a mini pump to fill a 38c...
12-17-15, 02:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,716
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

Agreed. For $9k one could purchase a sweet $3k...

Agreed. For $9k one could purchase a sweet $3k gravel bike, a lightweight $3k road bike, and have enough left over for a MTB and accessories. Gravel riding is now an official, commercialized fad...
12-15-15, 07:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,889
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

The Stigmata received glowing long-term reviews...

The Stigmata received glowing long-term reviews on the Radavist:
Seven Months of Shredding on the Santa Cruz Stigmata | The Radavist...
12-11-15, 09:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,749
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

It shifts fine with a Shimano CX-70 FD - just as...

It shifts fine with a Shimano CX-70 FD - just as good as a normal road crank. The jump is the same as a 50-34t compact road crankset. Shifting isn't quite as good as a 46-36 'cross crank, but I...
12-10-15, 11:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,749
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

As requested, photos of the RD cable routing and...

As requested, photos of the RD cable routing and setup, Shimano downtube cable adjusters (used for both FD and RD, and the only adjustment I have for either), and I also threw in one of my Sugino...
12-09-15, 10:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,749
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

I'll snap some pics tonight. It is virtually...

I'll snap some pics tonight. It is virtually identical to the pics that Andy_K posted (same RD, though mine is a short cage). You'll really be happy with that setup and 10-speed STI levers with a...
12-08-15, 08:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,749
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

The derailleur you mentioned in your first post...

The derailleur you mentioned in your first post appears to have very similar routing to the XT M772 SGS I have on my bike, and it works fine with a chainstay-routed shift cable, 10-speed 11-36...
12-08-15, 01:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,749
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

I have a direct mount RD on my gravel bike...

I have a direct mount RD on my gravel bike (Shimano XT 9-speed shadow). The only adjustment for the RD I have are Shimano CS50 adjusters on the downtube cable stops. The setup works flawlessly with...
12-06-15, 07:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,970
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

I'll try 40-45 psi for my next ride, after...

I'll try 40-45 psi for my next ride, after re-taping my front rim. The only reason I ran 55 was because I don't like going below 55 on tubed tires and wanted the same pressure in both. I couldn't...
12-06-15, 03:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 22,662
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

All-City Space Horse - My personal gravel...

All-City Space Horse

- My personal gravel bike that has performed excellent.
12-06-15, 03:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,970
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

On Saturday I took my semi-tubeless setup on its...

On Saturday I took my semi-tubeless setup on its maiden voyage. I say "semi" because the night before the ride, I noticed the front tire was flat. After messing with it for 15 minutes and getting...
12-04-15, 02:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,869
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

Neither will really be ideal for rough gravel...

Neither will really be ideal for rough gravel roads, due to the tire clearance. You'll want to run a 40c tire minimum for the rougher stuff, and clearance for a 45c tire would be even better. I...
12-03-15, 12:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,188
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

25-32c tires will be rideable on smooth hardpack....

25-32c tires will be rideable on smooth hardpack. However, if loose rock is ever dumped on the road, they will be very harsh, slow, and unstable. I have successfully ridden down smooth gravel...
12-02-15, 09:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,318
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

Agree that it looks like a roadbike that can fit...

Agree that it looks like a roadbike that can fit fatter tires - not a gravel bike. The wheelbase is too short, and the tires and tire clearances are too narrow. It would be a good road bike for...
12-01-15, 02:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,214
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

If you are happy with it now, I'd just leave it...

If you are happy with it now, I'd just leave it as-is other than swapping tires, and wheels if you have a decent pair laying around. Any real money spent on it would probably be better put towards a...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,299
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

All-City Space Horse. Checks all of your boxes...

All-City Space Horse. Checks all of your boxes except for the straight top tube (it as a slight slope to it). The bike has low bottom bracket (75 mm drop) and long chainstays (440 cm), so it is...
11-30-15, 09:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,277
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

Continental SpeedRide's are $30 a tire, come in...

Continental SpeedRide's are $30 a tire, come in either 700x42 or 700x35 (note that the 35's may be labeled as "Cylcocross Speed" but they are identical to the SpeedRide), and are excellent on gravel,...
11-28-15, 08:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,970
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

Yesterday I received a bottle of Stan's sealant...

Yesterday I received a bottle of Stan's sealant in the mail, along with some tubeless valve stems. A pair of WTB Nano 40 TCS's will be here next week, so I'll be giving it a shot!

After reading...
11-28-15, 08:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,512
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

The CX70 is designed for a double crankset, so it...

The CX70 is designed for a double crankset, so it probably would not work with a triple. You would probably have to move the limit screws all the way in and out to get it to work, and the shifting...
11-22-15, 04:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,970
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

Thanks for the info - I think I'm going to give...

Thanks for the info - I think I'm going to give it a shot. The rims already have the blue Velocity tubeless tape in them, and I have an air compressor, so I'm already most of the way there.
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11-22-15, 08:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,970
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

Tubeless - Is it worth it?

I'll be needing a new set of tires in the next month or so. After realizing my A23 rims are tubeless compatible, I'm thinking of giving it a shot. The question is, is the added complexity of...
11-20-15, 10:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,341
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

Hadn't heard of those yet - they, and the...

Hadn't heard of those yet - they, and the Schwable G-One look like a nice alternative to the Conti Speed Ride. File tread tires rock (no pun intended) for all gravel conditions except for sticky...
11-16-15, 05:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,353
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

Leg-killing climbs, riding til I bonk, and dusty,...

Leg-killing climbs, riding til I bonk, and dusty, loose gravel don't bother me too much - but that mud and wet, windy weather are where I draw the line :). More power to those who can finish these...
11-16-15, 09:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,353
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

If it is anything like that for 2016, I'll cancel...

If it is anything like that for 2016, I'll cancel my hotel room in Stillwater and skip the 7 hour drive :). I definitely want to hit up some Oklahoma red-dirt gravel, but don't want to destroy my...
11-11-15, 04:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,780
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

Don't get the Nashbar steel CX bike, unless you...

Don't get the Nashbar steel CX bike, unless you plan to cannibalize the components for another bike. I had one, and the headtube became ovalized after less than 1,000 miles of riding. It is also a...
Replies: 7
Views: 1,872
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

Front handlebar bag and rack recommendations

Does anyone have recommendations for a reasonably priced front rack and handlebar bag? I would like a ~1,000 cubic inch bag that mounts to the top of a front rack. Something like the VO Campange...
11-10-15, 07:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,353
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

I think I talked to you at the last checkpoint...

I think I talked to you at the last checkpoint when we were roasting hot dogs. Definitely an epic effort to complete the CGC on a 48t ring! The LR looks flat on a Strava ride I found from last...
11-09-15, 08:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,353
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

The course I saw from last year looked like it...

The course I saw from last year looked like it had maybe 4,000 ft of climbing on it, which corresponds to a ~50-60 mile ride around here. That being said, I'm still going to train on the hills so...
11-09-15, 08:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,353
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

I'm in! Looking forward to it. I did a gravel...

I'm in! Looking forward to it. I did a gravel century last month (Cuban Gravel Crisis in Cuba, MO) and am looking forward to some more next year. The LR course looks relatively flat (compared to...
11-03-15, 07:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,999
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

Keep in mind that a gravel bike will get beaten...

Keep in mind that a gravel bike will get beaten and abused - lots of paint chips, rocks hitting the downtube, mud covering, etc. You certainly can spend $3500 on one, but realize that it will be...
11-03-15, 07:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,779
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

Is that in Forest Park? I thought you lived in...

Is that in Forest Park? I thought you lived in KC :)

I would personally go with a geared bike unless you live somewhere flat or want to try out SS CX racing - I've seen folks ride SS bikes on...
10-23-15, 09:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,202
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

I'm usually a naysayer about hydro brakes, but if...

I'm usually a naysayer about hydro brakes, but if you are getting significant water in your brake system after a few days of riding, it isn't sealed correctly, and you have water getting in where it...
10-20-15, 06:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 755
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

I just took an entire week off prior to a 100...

I just took an entire week off prior to a 100 mile gravel race. I find that taking off a whole week before a race allows my body to fully recover from training, and both my power and endurance are...
10-09-15, 11:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,341
Posted By DirtRoadRunner

Having worn out two sets of SpeedRide's on gravel...

Having worn out two sets of SpeedRide's on gravel roads, I completely disagree that they are a street tire or anything like a slick. The small file tread (each with a little + indentation on it)...
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