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Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 860
Posted By Lava

Virginia Tech...

Virginia Tech (https://www.helmet.beam.vt.edu/bicycle-helmet-ratings.html) has a good list of how different helmets compare to each other safety wise. It's a good source to consider if you're...
07-15-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 728
Posted By Lava

I tried out one of the Pace caps today and was...

I tried out one of the Pace caps today and was pleased with the brim! It's definitely more rigid than the brim on my Giro cap, despite still being a cooler mesh material. It stayed put for the ~1hr...
07-11-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 728
Posted By Lava

Oh, those look pretty great. Thanks for this...

Oh, those look pretty great.

Thanks for this thread, I've also been in the market for caps like this. I have a Giro which is great for the summer, but the brim never stays put.
Forum: Northeast
07-10-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 721
Posted By Lava

Good to see it's progressing, and hopefully...

Good to see it's progressing, and hopefully they'll be finished sooner rather than later! I work out on that side of the river and take a shuttle, so have a nice view of the progress. I liked this...
07-09-19, 08:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,352
Posted By Lava

The Bitex hubs I have on the wheelset Mill City...

The Bitex hubs I have on the wheelset Mill City built aren't exactly silent, but they're not nearly as loud as some of the hubs I hear out there. I'm not sure which model hubs they were exactly. The...
Forum: For Sale
07-08-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 1,349
Sticky Saddle swap
Views: 302,820
Posted By Lava

Looking for: Brooks Cambium (black or...

Looking for:

Brooks Cambium (black or natural)
Fizik Antares (black)
Fabric Scoop/Line Shallow or Flat (maybe one of these will work better than the Radius?)

Have:
Fabric Scoop Radius Sport...
07-07-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,315
Posted By Lava

Oh nice, that seems more or less like a tubeless...

Oh nice, that seems more or less like a tubeless version of the Conti 4 Seasons, which I've had good luck with in the past.



Have you had good luck with them? I do feel like if I want to size...
07-06-19, 08:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,315
Posted By Lava

I tried! It just didn't hold. I even asked the...

I tried! It just didn't hold. I even asked the LBS to take a look at it to make sure I did it correctly, since I'm new to all things tubeless. They said it looked good and should hold, but on the way...
07-05-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,315
Posted By Lava

Wide, Tubeless, Slick, Puncture Resistant Tire

TLDR; What are your suggestions for a 32mm+, slick and fast rolling, tubeless, and relatively puncture resistant tire?

I've been using 38mm GravelKing Slicks for my road riding, but recently had a...
06-25-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,150
Posted By Lava

I haven't had a problem with the GK slicks in wet...

I haven't had a problem with the GK slicks in wet weather-they seem grippy enough riding them on pavement in the rain. At least, I haven't felt much slippage through normal riding scenarios.

I...
06-22-19, 05:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 975
Posted By Lava

Bikepacking has a couple of good articles on...

Bikepacking has a couple of good articles on these if you poke around. https://bikepacking.com/index/cargo-cages-anything-bags/ and https://bikepacking.com/index/add-cage-mounts-bike/ for instance.
06-20-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,567
Posted By Lava

Huh, less tire clearance than the aluminum model,...

Huh, less tire clearance than the aluminum model, or at least less official clearance. Interesting!
Forum: Touring
06-19-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,342
Posted By Lava

Well, I'm happy to be the guinea pig! I ordered...

Well, I'm happy to be the guinea pig! I ordered one from REI just now, thinking the same as you: if it doesn't work out REI is great about the returns, so there's not too much risk.

I probably...
Forum: Touring
06-18-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,342
Posted By Lava

I'm newly curious about the Edge Explore as well....

I'm newly curious about the Edge Explore as well. Hopefully people who've used them for touring can write some thoughts!

How's the battery life in real world scenarios? Trying to decide if it's...
06-18-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 30,774
Posted By Lava

Good to know! Maybe it's something with my...

Good to know! Maybe it's something with my non-stock wheels/rotors. I'll take it in and ask the shop to take a look at it.



Yeah, the calipers are 105 as well. I think the only component that...
06-18-19, 07:52 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 30,774
Posted By Lava

Anyone with the 105 model (or anyone else who has...

Anyone with the 105 model (or anyone else who has the 105 R7000 series hydraulic brakes), have you noticed a really loud resonant sound coming from the brakes in wet weather?

I'm not on the stock...
06-18-19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,567
Posted By Lava

I like the dropped seat stays too. I don't mind...

I like the dropped seat stays too. I don't mind the black so much. It's safe, at least, which is why I was happy ending up buying the 105 model. At least it won't feel out of date as fast, I figured!...
06-16-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 909
Posted By Lava

$600 for that would be a steal in my area. I...

$600 for that would be a steal in my area. I would think $100-200 higher would be reasonable, given that it would still be a pretty big discount from new, and it's in great shape (aside from the...
06-16-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,567
Posted By Lava

The sand colored 105 model is a little better,...

The sand colored 105 model is a little better, but yeah, still a bit uninspired. Looks like it's trying to be the Diverge.
06-14-19, 10:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,441
Posted By Lava

Good to hear! The shifters have me excited. I'm...

Good to hear! The shifters have me excited. I'm generally happy with the 105 group on my Topstone, but the hydraulic shifters are as long as the Sphinx, and not super comfortable.
06-12-19, 08:24 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,774
Posted By Lava

The Topstone has more tire clearance (42) than...

The Topstone has more tire clearance (42) than the Checkpoint AL (38), but the ALR might have it beat by just a little (45). Neither go super huge. The Topstone was definitely a more relaxed ride...
06-11-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,524
Posted By Lava

A few of us here have gone with Mill City Cycles...

A few of us here have gone with Mill City Cycles built wheels, and at least I'm pretty happy with mine. See here ...
06-10-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 828
Posted By Lava

I'm not sure you'll have a much different...

I'm not sure you'll have a much different experience on the Spyres if they're also not bedded in correctly. My girlfriend recently got a bike with TRP Spyre-C mechanical brakes, and they weren't...
05-20-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 30,774
Posted By Lava

I may be mistaken, but I thought the allen key...

I may be mistaken, but I thought the allen key only loosened the black lever so that you can reset its position. At least, if you unscrew the allen bolt, the axle remains in the wheel, and the lever...
05-19-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,267
Posted By Lava

I posted this in the Topstone thread, but I'll...

I posted this in the Topstone thread, but I'll add my experience here too in case people come across it searching.

A Cannondale rep confirmed the clearance issue in a thread, here...
05-18-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 30,774
Posted By Lava

I went through this with my rack-equipped...

I went through this with my rack-equipped Topstone 105 recently. The axle levers are adjustable, so theoretically you can loosen it little by little, adjusting the lever every time, but that's a time...
05-09-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,590
Posted By Lava

I've been using Revelate's Mag-Tank...

I've been using Revelate's Mag-Tank (https://www.revelatedesigns.com/index.cfm/store.catalog/Cockpit/MagTankBoltOn) bolt on bag, and the bolt on connections with the top tube seem pretty secure, for...
05-05-19, 08:04 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 30,774
Posted By Lava

I went Revelate with my Topstone, buy only frame...

I went Revelate with my Topstone, buy only frame and top tube bolt-on bags. The Mag-Tank bolt-on is pretty great so far, but I'm a bit disappointed that I was only able to fit the small half-frame...
04-22-19, 09:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 695
Posted By Lava

I recently decided on the Topstone, but for a...

I recently decided on the Topstone, but for a while the Diverge was in the running because of it's fit. It felt great on a test ride, but I ultimately ruled it out for a number of reasons:

...
04-19-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,224
Posted By Lava

I rode on some Greenwich Village cobbles (I think...

I rode on some Greenwich Village cobbles (I think it was Clarkson St?) last weekend for the first time on my Topstone. I was expecting a bigger difference in comfort compared to my old 23mm tired...
04-15-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 701
Posted By Lava

I have similar body proportions to you, and...

I have similar body proportions to you, and prefer a higher stack/lower reach fit. The only bike I can think of in your price range that fits those geometry details is the Salsa Journeyman, but it's...
04-13-19, 04:11 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,917
Posted By Lava

Congrats! I imagine it was a little more than the...

Congrats! I imagine it was a little more than the initial $2000 budget, even with clearance prices? Still, good work, and enjoy the heck out of it!

I grew up in Reno by the way, if your location...
04-04-19, 05:52 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 30,774
Posted By Lava

I think it's speculation at this point, but if it...

I think it's speculation at this point, but if it is indeed as popular as it appears to be (hard to find everywhere), a carbon tier seems a likely eventuality.

The Apex model gets you upgraded...
04-02-19, 08:35 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 30,774
Posted By Lava

It seems pretty smooth for me so far, but I've...

It seems pretty smooth for me so far, but I've yet to take mine off-road. NYC streets give plenty of opportunity to feel the road, however, and as someone who has back/neck pain from an old injury,...
04-01-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,037
Posted By Lava

What's more, if you find a frame that fits you...

What's more, if you find a frame that fits you really well at a lower component level (could be the Topstone, could be something else), you can upgrade the components down the line. Just make sure...
03-30-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 30,774
Posted By Lava

God help us if we ever have to service the bottom...

God help us if we ever have to service the bottom brackets on our Topstones ourselves! This is a Herculean effort, thanks for sharing your pains!
03-28-19, 07:58 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 30,774
Posted By Lava

I get the feeling they specced them more for...

I get the feeling they specced them more for durability rather than for lightness. WTB rims with Formula hubs isn't the worst combo in the world, right?

That is pretty heavy, though, and...
03-27-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 545
Posted By Lava

The way of riding definitely appeals to me too,...

The way of riding definitely appeals to me too, so I'm excited to be a part of it! And to have a modicum of peer pressure to actually do some gravel rides, and not just stick to the normal road...
03-27-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,830
Posted By Lava

I would have thought long and hard about this...

I would have thought long and hard about this model prior to deciding on the Topstone, due to most of my riding being primarily on the road. The price for a Tiagra build, similar to the Warbird, is a...
03-26-19, 02:40 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 30,774
Posted By Lava

It comes with 700C wheels. I think the bottom...

It comes with 700C wheels. I think the bottom bracket is a little low for Cannondale to officially recommend 650b, but have seen Topstones with them online, so it's probably doable.

I'm...
03-26-19, 05:50 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 30,774
Posted By Lava

Yeah, I've been happy with the GK slicks as a...

Yeah, I've been happy with the GK slicks as a narrow winter tire on my beater bike, so I may go that route eventually. I've never worked with tubeless setups before, so there's a little bit of a...
03-24-19, 08:09 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 30,774
Posted By Lava

Oh no, I'm sure you're aware that there is a...

Oh no, I'm sure you're aware that there is a blue/SRAM Topstone!

I'm really loving the snappiness of it so far: that's what sold me on it over a heavier steel bike with higher trails. I...
03-24-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 30,774
Posted By Lava

That's what I ended up with too! It has 105...

That's what I ended up with too! It has 105 shifters though, so way to go lucking out with those Ultegras! The shop took their time to fit me to the bike, including shortening the stem for a better...
03-22-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 30,774
Posted By Lava

Yeah, that seems right. This comparison between...

Yeah, that seems right. This comparison between the Caad12 & Topstone (https://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=153130&start=45#p1449173) might be helpful too. I don't know how...
03-22-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 30,774
Posted By Lava

Not the person you asked, but I test rode a...

Not the person you asked, but I test rode a medium a month ago and felt it was a "big" medium. I'm 5'11", and don't think I would fit on a large at all given my fit on the medium.

I'm planning on...
03-13-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,389
Posted By Lava

Looks uber plush, love it!

Looks uber plush, love it!
03-10-19, 01:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,389
Posted By Lava

Gotcha, maybe it is the compactness of the frame...

Gotcha, maybe it is the compactness of the frame combined with my particular riding position. I was surprised, since the chainstay length is longer than the Felt road bike I'm used to riding, so I...
03-09-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,389
Posted By Lava

Jari owners, a question: I just got done...

Jari owners, a question:

I just got done test riding a 54. I barely fit over the top tube, so yeah, the standover height on these things is on the extreme end of the spectrum. The fit felt good...
03-01-19, 08:46 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,111
Posted By Lava

I love this point. Ten years ago when I was...

I love this point. Ten years ago when I was shopping for bikes, I ended up with a far racier bike than I ever needed, and while I've loved it as a road bike, my life has taken me to different...
03-01-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,136
Posted By Lava

You'll have to choose what's more important to...

You'll have to choose what's more important to you for the type of riding you do. If you value comfort, and lightness above all else, the carbon sport (with Tiagra components) is probably the better...
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