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04-08-18, 03:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,727
Posted By Ben I.

I've been running Clement MSO 36mm tubeless for...

I've been running Clement MSO 36mm tubeless for over a year now and love them. Except for very muddy conditions, I've never had any issues with them.
04-08-18, 03:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 972
Posted By Ben I.

I personally don't like the look of fenders BUT I...

I personally don't like the look of fenders BUT I do put them on in fall and spring when there's more rain and the trails are wet. It's either that or I hose my bike off after every ride. To me...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-28-17, 06:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,112
Posted By Ben I.

I'd also add these to the list. Used them for my...

I'd also add these to the list. Used them for my gravel bike wheelset build and they've been fantastic. I've been running them tubeless for a year now with no issues, although I had Clement MSO's on...
09-18-17, 02:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,591
Posted By Ben I.

I ended up getting the SKS Commuter II fenders in...

I ended up getting the SKS Commuter II fenders in the wider width, believe they're called the B53 set. They work well although attaching them to the bike isn't perfect because my X-Trail doesn't have...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-17, 06:32 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,661
Posted By Ben I.

I normally carry my license, insurance card and a...

I normally carry my license, insurance card and a CC with me just in case plus $10 cash. I've had Road ID for a few years now and like the piece of mind. It's only about $20 as I remember for the...
05-21-17, 06:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 727
Posted By Ben I.

Recently had a friend do a wheelbuild for me with...

Recently had a friend do a wheelbuild for me with Hope Pro 4 hubs, DT Swiss Comp Race spokes and HED Belgium Plus disc rims. I have about 700 miles on them so far and no problems at all. Really good...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-17, 06:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,148
Posted By Ben I.

Guy on Youtube that has his own channel, Clint...

Guy on Youtube that has his own channel, Clint Gibbs, had this happen. Believe he had a Honda Civic coupe and a Transit platform rack. Ruined a nice set of carbon mtb wheels. Made the tire blow and...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-02-17, 06:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,463
Posted By Ben I.

I've tried two different years of the Pearl Izumi...

I've tried two different years of the Pearl Izumi sun sleeves and I couldn't ever make them stay up. A little more handy than sunscreen but really annoying when they keep sliding down. Now I just try...
04-22-17, 08:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 521
Posted By Ben I.

I just set up my wheels as tubeless last Friday...

I just set up my wheels as tubeless last Friday and this Saturday (8 days later) was working on my gravel bike and the front wheel actually rotated to what I assume was where they were sitting for...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-17, 02:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,234
Posted By Ben I.

I'm a roadie but like walking around if I need to...

I'm a roadie but like walking around if I need to and not have to worry about destroying the sole of road shoes. I have a road bike and a gravel grinder and have SPD's on both.

I've had Pearl...
03-13-17, 02:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,021
Posted By Ben I.

Stan's especially is known for having "Stanimals"...

Stan's especially is known for having "Stanimals" which are globs of dried sealant. Admittedly, I'm haven't done tubeless yet, waiting til the weather isn't... snowing but planning on using Orange...
03-02-17, 07:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,552
Posted By Ben I.

That is kind of a shame. I personally am fine...

That is kind of a shame. I personally am fine with running tires that are 32-40mm wide but I know a lot of people like having bigger than a 40mm on their gravel/adventure bikes which rules the...
02-19-17, 07:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,388
Posted By Ben I.

I got it from Performance and they called it the...

I got it from Performance and they called it the CR1. It was full carbon but have never actually weighed it so I can't help you there but I'd say in the low 20s.

Admittedly, the build was a...
02-18-17, 09:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,388
Posted By Ben I.

I have an X-Trail in a Large which I think is a...

I have an X-Trail in a Large which I think is a 56. I'm 6' 2" and it fits me great. Love the ride, comfort but still fast. Even though it comes with Challenge Gravel Grinder 38mm tires, I noticed...
02-14-17, 07:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,552
Posted By Ben I.

I've had a X-Trail for about a year and a half...

I've had a X-Trail for about a year and a half and really like it but think Ridley was being a little optimistic about them claiming it could fit 40mm tires. It came with Challenge Gravel Grinder...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-14-17, 07:16 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,006
Posted By Ben I.

I actually have mtb style (Pearl Izumi X-Project...

I actually have mtb style (Pearl Izumi X-Project 1.0) shoes that have 2 Boas and absolutely LOVE them. They're by fair the most comfortable shoes I've owned and can be adjusted on the fly which is...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-17, 04:42 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,045
Posted By Ben I.

Clearly both were bad. Young kids acting stupid...

Clearly both were bad. Young kids acting stupid is unfortunately nothing new in the world and most of us would have reacted similarly.
02-08-17, 05:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,057
Posted By Ben I.

I did the Michigan Mountain Mayhem last year (40...

I did the Michigan Mountain Mayhem last year (40 mile route) and had an absolute blast. It was my first time doing a gravel "race" and was a great ride. I'm already planning on doing it again this...
02-07-17, 06:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 13,833
Posted By Ben I.

Little surprised to hear that the G-Ones would...

Little surprised to hear that the G-Ones would have better traction than the MSO but good to know. I ordered a pair of MSO's that should be here in a day or two but now maybe I should try out the...
02-07-17, 03:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 13,833
Posted By Ben I.

Thanks for the update Kona. I've decided to try...

Thanks for the update Kona. I've decided to try out the Clement MSO's 36mm tubeless and if those either, don't fit my frame or I don't care for them then I'll try out the Kenda Flintridge 35mm.

I...
01-29-17, 07:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,524
Posted By Ben I.

Thanks Tim! I did see it was an old thread but...

Thanks Tim! I did see it was an old thread but figured it wasn't going to hurt to see. Thanks for the link, definitely give that a read. I'm leaning towards the Kenda Flintridge 35mm because I like...
01-27-17, 06:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,524
Posted By Ben I.

Were you able to measure the tires? I'm looking...

Were you able to measure the tires? I'm looking at getting a new set of gravel tires and the 35mm version is one of the ones I'm looking at. Thanks
01-21-17, 02:02 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 24,689
Posted By Ben I.

I've been using the Challenge Gravel Grinders...

I've been using the Challenge Gravel Grinders (marked 38mm width and about true to size) that came stock on my Ridley X-Trail and really like them but planning on going tubeless with my new...
01-21-17, 07:30 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 24,689
Posted By Ben I.

What rims were you measuring them on and what's...

What rims were you measuring them on and what's the internal width? Looking at getting a new set of gravel tires but have a slight limitation of frame clearance in the rear. Thanks
01-21-17, 07:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,102
Posted By Ben I.

When I had my cheap mountain bike I was the same...

When I had my cheap mountain bike I was the same way, I never used the small ring either. Now I have 2 bikes with doubles and I love it... SOOOO much easier to tune. I like the simplicity of 1x but...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-17, 04:52 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,880
Posted By Ben I.

As someone else mentioned, I'd also reconsider...

As someone else mentioned, I'd also reconsider getting Mavic. They have proprietary everything so if you ever break a spoke you'll spend awhile tracking down a replacement.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-17, 03:41 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 16,198
Posted By Ben I.

I have a Ridley Fenix road bike that I love but...

I have a Ridley Fenix road bike that I love but ride on limestone and other very non pavement paths a lot on longer rides and centuries so I finally decided to look at a gravel bike and have never...
01-01-17, 05:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 921
Posted By Ben I.

I've had Pearl Izumi X-Project 1.0 for a year or...

I've had Pearl Izumi X-Project 1.0 for a year or two now and love them. They're expensive (got them at a good price) but are on sale often. They have two Boa dials so the fit is very comfortable and...
01-01-17, 07:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 13,833
Posted By Ben I.

I'm also wondering what they measure on those...

I'm also wondering what they measure on those rims. I'm having a friend build a new wheelset with HED Belgium + rims and am wondering what tires will fit since HED says it'll make tires 2-4mm wider...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-17-16, 02:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,812
Posted By Ben I.

I live in Illinois so I have no scenic pictures...

I live in Illinois so I have no scenic pictures haha but have had a lot of great rides. Picking just one, it would probably be a charity ride I did called Ride 2 Recovery or Honor Ride. They have...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-16, 02:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,499
Posted By Ben I.

Thank you for all of the responses, much...

Thank you for all of the responses, much appreciate the opinions and suggestions, however as FBinNY mentioned, I need to trust my wheelbuilder which was mainly a problem with me only being able to...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-16, 02:01 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,499
Posted By Ben I.

I definitely see where you're coming from. To be...

I definitely see where you're coming from. To be fair, I haven't had a chance to talk with my friend in a couple weeks and when we did talk it was somewhat quick because he had somewhere to be. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-16, 01:37 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,499
Posted By Ben I.

Yeah, regardless of which spokes I end up with I...

Yeah, regardless of which spokes I end up with I plan on having at least a couple extras on hand in each length. Where I'm most likely going to get them from has Aerolites and Aero Comps in boxes of...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-16, 01:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,499
Posted By Ben I.

The friend that will be doing the wheelbuild said...

The friend that will be doing the wheelbuild said it would look weird if I had different cross patterns on the front and rear and I can see how it would. He also suggested 2X but I can't remember if...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-16, 01:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,499
Posted By Ben I.

It sounds like with all the varying opinions on...

It sounds like with all the varying opinions on bladed vs double butted it partially comes down to personal preference. Although I still can't decide between the Aero Comp and the regular Comp. Are...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-16, 07:17 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,499
Posted By Ben I.

I have no problem with Sapim spokes but at least...

I have no problem with Sapim spokes but at least for me, DT Swiss spokes are easier to find and a bit cheaper as well. From all the advice I'm getting it seems like whether I go with bladed or double...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-16, 07:12 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,499
Posted By Ben I.

First, thank you for all of the advice! ...

First, thank you for all of the advice!

Second, the friend that will be building them for me actually suggested double butted spokes but as I mentioned, I have no experience with truing them. To...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-16, 03:29 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,499
Posted By Ben I.

That's my thought process as well, if it's a...

That's my thought process as well, if it's a round spoke, how can you see and fix a twist in the spoke? But I'm also not an experienced wheelbuilder so I'm speaking from the little I do know haha.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-16, 03:27 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,499
Posted By Ben I.

I'm a fairly light rider so doing 28 front, 32...

I'm a fairly light rider so doing 28 front, 32 rear with 2 cross. At the suggestion of the person that'll be building them, already planning on using brass nipples but thank you for mentioning it!
...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-16, 03:25 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,499
Posted By Ben I.

Thanks for the reply Clifford! I do my own...

Thanks for the reply Clifford!

I do my own basic maintenance but a wheelbuild is a little over my level and I'd rather have someone do it at least this time around.

One reason I'm looking at...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-16, 01:51 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,499
Posted By Ben I.

Spoke choice for a wheelbuild

Hi all,

I'm working on getting all the necessary stuff together for a wheelbuild, which a friend will build for me. I've decided on the rims and hubs but going back and forth on the spokes.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-16, 04:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,987
Posted By Ben I.

I don't have personal experience with Gatorskins...

I don't have personal experience with Gatorskins but I've heard from a few people that they aren't great on wet/damp pavement. I've been running Continental Gran Prix 4000S II on my road bike for a...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-16, 12:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,987
Posted By Ben I.

Ah gotcha. The majority of road bikes don't have...

Ah gotcha. The majority of road bikes don't have the clearance for knobbier tires due to the brake calipers and frame clearance at the rear. For instance, my road bike barely fits 25mm tires with the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-16, 11:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,987
Posted By Ben I.

Cyclocross bikes are good all-arounders but some...

Cyclocross bikes are good all-arounders but some are better than others. First differences between road bikes and cross bikes...

-cross bikes typically have a higher bottom bracket and sometimes...
11-10-16, 07:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,339
Posted By Ben I.

pholuvr - glad to hear that, thanks for the...

pholuvr - glad to hear that, thanks for the reply.



I have no problem with the Shimano rotors or going up to 160 in the rear but if I don't have to run new brake line and put an adapter on,...
11-10-16, 03:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,339
Posted By Ben I.

Shimano rotors vs. Hope rotors

Hi all,

First off, although I'm actually a roadie/gravel grinder, I figured I'd get better answers in this forum.

So, I'm getting stuff together to build a second wheelset and move the stock...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-22-16, 07:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 578
Posted By Ben I.

From the articles I've found, people like them...

From the articles I've found, people like them but they haven't been around all that long so a little hesitant to go with them instead of a more established company like DT Swiss.

What do you...
10-21-16, 06:24 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 464
Posted By Ben I.

Help selecting a hub for wheel build

Hey guys, I also posted this in the "road cycling" section since it gets more traffic but someone suggested posting it here too. So after breaking a spoke on my road bike and still trying to get it...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-16, 06:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 578
Posted By Ben I.

Points of engagement (POE) is how long does it...

Points of engagement (POE) is how long does it take the the hub to engage the wheel after you start pedaling. More POE and you'll feel it engage almost immediately, lower POE, you'll have to turn the...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-16, 05:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 578
Posted By Ben I.

Help selecting a hub for wheel build

Hey guys, after breaking a spoke on my road bike and still trying to get it fixed because Shimano wheels are apparently a pain to deal with, I'm further realizing the advantages of two wheelsets....
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