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10-09-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 493
Posted By csrpenfab

I was seriously considering the carbon Topstone...

I was seriously considering the carbon Topstone 105 and the Trek Domane until I stumbled upon the carbon Niner RDO 9 RLT 4 star build for $2800 from Excel Sports. Full Ultegra, threaded BB, great...
10-08-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,018
Posted By csrpenfab

The FX6S is a great bike, and I've been nothing...

The FX6S is a great bike, and I've been nothing but happy with my 2019. The biggest improvement was changing out the stock tires to tubeless. I've put about 3k miles on it in a little over a year...
10-07-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 490
Views: 130,011
Posted By csrpenfab

Around Town Flat Bar Road Bike, Trek FX6S ...

Around Town Flat Bar Road Bike, Trek FX6S
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For Gravel/Road duty, Niner RLT...
10-07-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 475
Views: 54,162
Posted By csrpenfab

I went out Friday afternoon to scout a bit of...

I went out Friday afternoon to scout a bit of gravel riding. I parked at the SART parking lot near Green River/91 and proceeded up the hill to the course, across the railroad tracks, and then on...
10-06-19, 09:30 PM
Replies: 598
Views: 101,573
Posted By csrpenfab

You will love the mag bag. Iíve had mine for a...

You will love the mag bag. Iíve had mine for a few thousand miles on 3 bikes and itís great. So easy to open/close while riding. ...
10-05-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 370
Posted By csrpenfab

Agreed. When I mounted the G-ones on Stanís...

Agreed. When I mounted the G-ones on Stanís Grail rims for my Niner, they went on so smoothly. I hit them with the compressor and they seated perfectly and held air with no sealant. So much...
10-04-19, 12:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 369
Posted By csrpenfab

Any of those three listed would be on my list,...

Any of those three listed would be on my list, well above Trek for the $$, and I own a Trek in addition to my Niner. For that large purchase, you'd be better off exploring the offerings listed. I...
10-04-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,667
Posted By csrpenfab

I run Schwalbe G-one's in 38c tubeless on my...

I run Schwalbe G-one's in 38c tubeless on my Niner. At 50-60 psi they roll great on the road and stick like velcro in the dirt. I'm very happy with these tires. Nearly 1,000 miles in and they're...
10-03-19, 09:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 369
Posted By csrpenfab

For $2900, I’d ditch the Trek and get a Niner...

For $2900, I’d ditch the Trek and get a Niner with full Ultegra RX80. I have a carbon trek and a Niner. The Trek sits idle since the Niner does everything much better.
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10-03-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 709
Posted By csrpenfab

After getting tired of dealing with multiple...

After getting tired of dealing with multiple computers, I've nixed them all and I actually find riding much more enjoyable not staring at a damn computer! I just use Strava and an Apple Watch. I...
10-02-19, 10:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 848
Posted By csrpenfab

Thanks. Iíll get it up on the stand and take a...

Thanks. Iíll get it up on the stand and take a look. I also have a Trek, but with 105, and the link looks to be in the same orientation as the Niner.
10-02-19, 08:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 848
Posted By csrpenfab

Not sure I follow you. The bike was built up by...

Not sure I follow you. The bike was built up by Excel Sports Boulder and it shifts perfectly. I’ll have to take a closer look at it.
10-02-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 696
Posted By csrpenfab

What small front fender is that you're running on...

What small front fender is that you're running on the Salsa? I've been looking for something like that for my Niner RDO. Thanks.
10-02-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 848
Posted By csrpenfab

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The Trek is a solid bike, but after riding both, the Niner just felt so much...
10-01-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 848
Posted By csrpenfab

I was really close to pulling the trigger on a...

I was really close to pulling the trigger on a new Domane for my "gravel" bike. I already owned a carbon Trek FX6S flat bar road bike, so I know the brand well. While looking around, I ran across...
09-30-19, 10:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,009
Posted By csrpenfab

I built my wife a step through hybrid for her bad...

I built my wife a step through hybrid for her bad hip. She couldn’t swing a leg over her standard hybrid anymore, so it was canabalized and parts were added to a Random Bike Parts Marin frame I...
09-26-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,667
Posted By csrpenfab

Agreed on the Schwalbe G-1's. My Niner RDO came...

Agreed on the Schwalbe G-1's. My Niner RDO came 38c with them set up tubless, and they've been great tires so far. I ride about 50/50 road/gravel, and on the road they roll just fine. For serious...
09-25-19, 05:12 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 15,975
Posted By csrpenfab

I got out for 25 glorious sunrise miles of gravel...

I got out for 25 glorious sunrise miles of gravel along the Santa Ana River near Eastvale/Norco. Perfect cool crisp fall morning. The sheep even came by to check out the new Niner gravel bike...
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09-24-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 889
Posted By csrpenfab

Very true. Thatís why I pulled the trigger on a...

Very true. Thatís why I pulled the trigger on a 2019 Niner RDO RLT 9 for $2800 with full Ultegra.
09-06-19, 10:56 AM
Replies: 598
Views: 101,573
Posted By csrpenfab

I had those 37c Terreno Zero's on my prior gravel...

I had those 37c Terreno Zero's on my prior gravel bike, set up tubeless, and they were great mixed used tires. A bit more road oriented, but still did decent on hard packed trails.
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09-04-19, 10:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,269
Posted By csrpenfab

Carbon RLT frame, full Ultegra 8000 drivetrain,...

Carbon RLT frame, full Ultegra 8000 drivetrain, Stanís wheels already set up tubeless. These were ďnew in boxĒ demos for $2888, but they still have 4 star builds now for $2998....
09-04-19, 08:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,269
Posted By csrpenfab

I guess that explains why I scored my 2019 Niner...

I guess that explains why I scored my 2019 Niner 4 star build for $2888 on clearance at Excel. Fine by me, I love the bike and don’t really need the added features of the 2020.
08-30-19, 12:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,510
Posted By csrpenfab

Agreed. My "Demo" Niner from Excel was brand new...

Agreed. My "Demo" Niner from Excel was brand new in the box, sealant never added to the pre-mounted tires.
08-30-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,510
Posted By csrpenfab

I'd say get the Niner RLT RDO 4 star build from...

I'd say get the Niner RLT RDO 4 star build from Excel for under $3k, but I'm biased! The Ultegra works flawlessly, and it has the clutch if you choose to engage it. For that price, I'm beyond happy...
08-28-19, 01:28 PM
Replies: 1,196
Views: 170,319
Posted By csrpenfab

I called an audible and took a PTO day Monday to...

I called an audible and took a PTO day Monday to get some gravel in. The 14,000 acre Chino Hills State Park is about a 30 minute road ride away from my home. The entry from the Chino Hills side has...
08-15-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 15,975
Posted By csrpenfab

Took the new Niner gravel bike out for some dusty...

Took the new Niner gravel bike out for some dusty gravel along the Santa Ana River near my home in Eastvale. No rock garden trials riding yet, need to break in the new bike!
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08-12-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 1,196
Views: 170,319
Posted By csrpenfab

Took the new Niner out for 40 miles of break-in...

Took the new Niner out for 40 miles of break-in gravel. Damn I love this new bike! It just does everything well, and it's quite comfortable doing it. I avoided trying to ride over the rock garden;...
08-08-19, 08:24 AM
Replies: 1,377
Views: 546,218
Posted By csrpenfab

For sure, that pic was before I had done any...

For sure, that pic was before I had done any "dialing in" of the adjustments....
08-07-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 1,377
Views: 546,218
Posted By csrpenfab

The man in the big brown truck came by this...

The man in the big brown truck came by this afternoon bearing gifts. Two boxes from Excel Sports containing my new Niner RDO gravel bike.

Even though Excel said these heavily discounted 4 star...
08-02-19, 04:05 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,661
Posted By csrpenfab

So true! I started my gravel venture on a used...

So true! I started my gravel venture on a used $700 Giant TCX SLR2. I loved it so much I just dropped $3k on a Niner RDO. No worries, I'll sell the Giant to another person and the saga will...
07-31-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 421,422
Posted By csrpenfab

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I hear you on the black bikes! I pulled the trigger this week on a new high end...
07-31-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 598
Views: 101,573
Posted By csrpenfab

This week I bought a gravel bike (Niner RLT 9 RDO...

This week I bought a gravel bike (Niner RLT 9 RDO 4-Star build) to keep my other gravel bike company (Giant TCX SLR 2). The blowout price of under $3k was too good to pass up, and something tells me...
07-29-19, 10:35 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 31,677
Posted By csrpenfab

Thank You for posting that! I ordered one...

Thank You for posting that! I ordered one today. Thatís a smoking deal and pretty damn close to what just the bare RLT 9 RDO frame costs!
07-29-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 1,377
Views: 546,218
Posted By csrpenfab

I upgraded my game a bit today, going from my...

I upgraded my game a bit today, going from my used Giant TCX SLR 2 to a brand new Niner RLT 9 RDO 4 star build from Excel Sports Boulder. I've been looking around for an upgrade, and this deal was...
07-29-19, 12:58 PM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 421,422
Posted By csrpenfab

I'm not sure I'd call Trek's "Trade Up" policy...

I'm not sure I'd call Trek's "Trade Up" policy "liberal". It uses "Bicycle Blue Book" for values and my 2019 Trek FXS6 that was over $2k new 11 months ago has a top end value of about $800 if in...
07-23-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 1,377
Views: 546,218
Posted By csrpenfab

Here's my latest addition to the fleet. 2014...

Here's my latest addition to the fleet. 2014 Giant TCX SLR2 I picked up slightly used for a song. Running tubeless Vitorria Terreno Zero's in 37c. I'm really liking this bike!
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07-22-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 421,422
Posted By csrpenfab

I took my FXS6 out Saturday for a ride with my...

I took my FXS6 out Saturday for a ride with my hardcore road riding buddy. He was shocked how well the FX6 kept up with his drop bar road bike! We did 40 miles total; 20 miles straight up Euclid...
07-19-19, 11:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,288
Posted By csrpenfab

I really like my Revelate Designs top tube mount...

I really like my Revelate Designs top tube mount "Bento Box" Easily holds my phone, wallet, an energy bar, etc. with room to spare. Both my road and gravel bike have flat top tubes, so it stays put...
07-17-19, 04:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,339
Posted By csrpenfab

Get the 105 and don't look back. I have the new...

Get the 105 and don't look back. I have the new 105 7000 series stuff on both my Giant SLR2 gravel bike and Trek FX6S flat bar road bike and it's great. Shifts just as well if not better than prior...
07-17-19, 04:24 PM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 421,422
Posted By csrpenfab

No issues with hitting knees on the Revelate...

No issues with hitting knees on the Revelate bento box. The top tube on the FX6 is wide and flat, and just about the same size as the bag. It sits nice and flat and stays put. I was just at REI...
07-17-19, 10:02 AM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 421,422
Posted By csrpenfab

Good call on the BV tail bag. I got it from...

Good call on the BV tail bag. I got it from Amazon and it's the large size. Great bag for the price: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MWD2AJ2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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07-17-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 421,422
Posted By csrpenfab

Good call on the BV tail bag. I got it from...

Good call on the BV tail bag. I got it from Amazon and it's the large size. Great bag for the price: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MWD2AJ2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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07-11-19, 11:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,555
Posted By csrpenfab

Burned through the Bontrager stock tires on my...

Burned through the Bontrager stock tires on my Trek FXS6 (32mm Hardcase Lights) and then converted the TLR wheels to tubeless with Bontrager AW2’s in 32mm. Best upgrade I’ve done to the bike. The...
07-08-19, 03:36 PM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 421,422
Posted By csrpenfab

I know how your FX feels! My FX6S was feeling...

I know how your FX feels! My FX6S was feeling lonely, so I scored a sweet deal on a used Giant TCX SLR gravel bike on Facebook marketplace. The problem now is I'm having so much fun riding this...
07-02-19, 09:56 PM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 421,422
Posted By csrpenfab

Agreed. Iíve owned road bikes with Ultegra and...

Agreed. Iíve owned road bikes with Ultegra and Mtn Bikes with XTR, and the new 105 is just a smooth and slick.
07-02-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 421,422
Posted By csrpenfab

Thanks, I really like the bike! As for the wheel...

Thanks, I really like the bike! As for the wheel upgrade from the 5 to the 6, your guess is as good as mine. My LBS did say that they were lighter and had better hubs, but who knows. Originally I...
06-29-19, 01:03 PM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 421,422
Posted By csrpenfab

32mm was the stock tire size and I like that...

32mm was the stock tire size and I like that profile. I do a bit of dirt and gravel riding, so I definitely would not do 28ís. Is he telling you 28mm because thatís what he has in stock? On my...
06-27-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,027
Posted By csrpenfab

I own one of each (Hybrid and Gravel), and I like...

I own one of each (Hybrid and Gravel), and I like them both! Some days it's the Trek FXS6 and others it's the Giant ALX gravel bike with bigger...
06-25-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 421,422
Posted By csrpenfab

The stock Bontrager Hardcase tires on your FXS6...

The stock Bontrager Hardcase tires on your FXS6 do a pretty good job at preventing flats. In 1500 miles on the stock tires, I only had one rear flat, and that was due to a small shard of glass I...
06-25-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 1,664
Views: 421,422
Posted By csrpenfab

Excellent! Glad the new saddle is working out...

Excellent! Glad the new saddle is working out for you. Once you burn through those stock tires on the FXS6, I can't recommend going to tubeless enough! It's the best single upgrade I've done to my...
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