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Discussion in 'General' started by RTT, 8 May 2008.

  1. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    Groupset, yes full madness, If I upgrade this I'll stick with mechanical mainly owning to cost. New shifters an possibly new brakes and rotors (140mm is a bit rubbish) Plus these are RS505 shifters an brakes so they are alright but the shifter will break eventually.

    Yeah I went kind of the other way wheel wise, so my 700's have some G ones on them, of I have a set of Rubino slick's where the 650s are Vittoria Teranno Zeros, so fat 47c slicks.

    I stuck with tubes as I am lazy, plus I never had luck with tubeless, ended up stuck middle of no where no signal an a tyre that basically tore itself in half. long old walk home that was! Since then, tubes for me.
     
  2. bawjaws

    bawjaws Well-Known Member

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    Aye, I went a bit OTT with the budget for this build, but in my defence I have been very good recently :) I've been saving hard and I don't have any vices other than my bikes (even the PC hasn't been upgraded meaningfully for a few years now). To be honest I think I'd have been absolutely delighted with GRX mechanical or 105 hydro but ended up splurging on Di2. Hard to justify the premium for Di2, so I've just mentally blanked out the extra cost!

    I did look at G-Ones (although I can't quite remember which variant) as a tyre option but read some conflicting reports about wear rates - I do take this stuff with a pinch of salt, of course! They do look very nice in terms of rolling and grip, though. I'll see how the Gravelkings fare and take it from there. Another option I considered was 32mm GP 4 Seasons as I run 28s on my hybrid commuter and they've been superb, but having clearance for bigger rubber on this new frame, I thought I'd go a bit bigger :D My main rationale for sticking with tubes was that I know what I'm doing with them, and short of catastrophic tyre damage I know I that I can get home with a change of inner tube. Tubeless seems like one of these ideas that might end up being better in theory than in practice, or alternatively might be a dream when it works but a 'mare when it doesn't.
     
  3. Cookie Monster

    Cookie Monster Well-Known Member

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    Yes, but their site usually updates a week or two before the UK, maybe more. As far as I'm aware, they aren't that far in the future. :lol:

    Is that like a cyclist equivalent of having a lifted truck in the US?

    Interested to see your Mason Bokeh, I do like the sound of them. I'm looking for something similar which will accept a dropper as a replacment for my Trek Crockett.
     
  4. fix-the-spade

    fix-the-spade Well-Known Member

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    Can't you just drill a hole in the Crocket or fit an externally routed dropper?
     
  5. Cookie Monster

    Cookie Monster Well-Known Member

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    Of course but OCD wont allow me to run a cable where it's not ment to be ran and I couldn't bring myself to drill the frame.

    As with most CX bikes it also has a seatpost diameter of 27.2 which limits the dropper choice. Add all that to the fact the Crockett has a rear QR and won't easily fit a 650b wheel means upgrade time to something new.
     
  6. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    I've managed to get a 9 & 10mm through bolt onto a couple of QR only bikes, infact its my plan with my next builts to give me some extra stiffness though the MTB front will have a chonki 15mm Maxle
     
  7. bawjaws

    bawjaws Well-Known Member

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    Woohoo, after a longer wait then hoped, I have finally had confirmation that the frame I've had on order for a couple of months is in country and being prepped for delivery. Bloody Covid causing all sorts of issues that can't be helped! Super excited to get my hands on it. Photos to follow in due course :)
     
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  8. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    @bawjaws if you are having trouble getting those tyres look up Smart Sam.

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    My bike is "finished" again lol. Got a carbon saddle

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    And the carbon Box bars.

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    It's now even lighter than it was before.
     
  9. bawjaws

    bawjaws Well-Known Member

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    Sorry fella, I don't follow. The last time I mentioned tyres was two months ago :grin:
     
  10. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    Did you get them OK? that was what I was getting at. You said stuff had been delayed etc.
     
  11. bawjaws

    bawjaws Well-Known Member

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    Ah, sorry, I get you now! :happy:

    The delay was with the frame itself. All of the other parts are accounted for and waiting for the frame (and wheels) to arrive.
     
  12. Vault-Tec

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    Ah OK cool. Well if you get stuck in future they are Schwalbe Smart Sam. They're LK too lol.

    Probably a bit cheaper than Panaracer too, I know Panasonic's stuff ain't cheap.
     
  13. bawjaws

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    Hmm, they look much more like mountain bike tyres than the GravelKings, which isn't what I'm after... Also looks like the 700c versions only come as wire bead, which I absolutely hate, and they are about 40% heavier than the SKs. They are about £10 a skull cheaper than the Panaracers, though.
     
  14. MLyons

    MLyons Half dev, Half doge. Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Bike has now officially been ordered through cyclescheme. Big thanks to @Cookie Monster and @legoman for listening to all of my dumb complaints and questions on discord which I'm sure will increase ten fold once the thing arrives.
     
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    Cookie Monster Well-Known Member

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    Who do I talk too about closing my account?
     
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    No.
     
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    They're like 70s track bike tyres tbh. I thought they might be rough or noisy but they're actually really good. Mind you I guess my fat arse does a good job of ironing them out lol.
     
  18. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    Most gravel tyres do look like 90's MTB tyres though
     
  19. bawjaws

    bawjaws Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, @Vault-Tec , I meant to say thanks for the recommendation, even if it's not quite ticking the boxes for me :happy: I'm always keen to hear about kit that other people have tried and enjoyed :thumb:
     
  20. MLyons

    MLyons Half dev, Half doge. Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    After help from various bit-tech members on multiple different platforms I now have my bike and it's setup. Not great mind you but it is setup. Gave it a ride and managed to do 20MPH in the car park so I think the assist works :rock:. Need to tweak the seat height, get a torque wrench, suspension and I should be golden.
     
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