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07-19-19, 04:13 AM
Replies: 74
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Posted By sweetspot

:) maybe I should add: most exciting for a mere...

:) maybe I should add: most exciting for a mere mortal :)

But indeed new Electric spec is fantastic!
07-16-19, 05:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,115
Posted By sweetspot

Yes this was done by me to See how far can I go...

Yes this was done by me to See how far can I go in terms of comfort but you are right 20 psi is a bit extreme so in in future I will conduct additional tests but this time comparing 60 psi to 30 psi.
07-15-19, 05:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,115
Posted By sweetspot

Yes. Going too low can be dangerous but it is...

Yes. Going too low can be dangerous but it is also very tempting. I have tested benefits of going from 40 psi to 20 psi and they are huge. ...
07-14-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,115
Posted By sweetspot

It is all explained in the methodology section....

It is all explained in the methodology section. Let me know if you think that aparat from percentage you would like to get also an exact measurement numbers?
07-14-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,115
Posted By sweetspot

Yes I know! I have tested it. ...

Yes I know! I have tested it.
https://gravelbikes.cc/tests/redshift-shockstop-stem/
07-14-19, 10:35 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,115
Posted By sweetspot

No. I own one bike that I have made as much...

No. I own one bike that I have made as much comfortable as possible in terms of gravel ridding. And I want to test other bike to see how they perform comparing to mine.

And yes I claim that i do...
07-14-19, 05:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,115
Posted By sweetspot

going back to the point I made with this thread....

going back to the point I made with this thread. I have created a testing methodology and conducted a series of test to see if I was right and the data shows that I was. There is a lot more to gain...
07-12-19, 07:24 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,432
Posted By sweetspot

Unfortunately it looks like 2020 Specialized...

Unfortunately it looks like 2020 Specialized diverge will be very similar to current model - no big changes....
07-09-19, 03:27 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,432
Posted By sweetspot

Bikerumor has an overview of the 2020 rondo ruut...

Bikerumor has an overview of the 2020 rondo ruut range and new bikes looks very interesting. What i like the most is the bigger tire clearance - now they allow 700x50c tire. I am glad that more and...
07-09-19, 03:02 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,432
Posted By sweetspot

Try on your mobile. It works for me. ...

Try on your mobile. It works for me.


Cool. Can you tell me how comfortable this bike is on rough surfaces? And how do you evaluate tire clearance? Do you think that there is a possibility to put...
07-08-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,432
Posted By sweetspot

IT is amazing how big tire clearance this bike...

IT is amazing how big tire clearance this bike has!

But going back to main subject:

BMC has a new soft tail gravel bike with MTB like long geometry. Similary to new Rondo bike:...
07-05-19, 11:02 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,432
Posted By sweetspot

Rondo is cooking another interesting gravel /...

Rondo is cooking another interesting gravel / bikepacking bike: Bogan ST with massive 2.1 700c tire clearance and yet quite short chainstays (435)....
06-21-19, 12:36 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,405
Posted By sweetspot

The only explanatoion I can think of is cost. But...

The only explanatoion I can think of is cost. But again if they sell models with carbon SAVE stem and handlebar for over 5k then it should be doable to offer a Lefty in that price range. Maybe they...
06-20-19, 08:15 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,405
Posted By sweetspot

The more I think about this bike the more I am...

The more I think about this bike the more I am convinced that this should be called a slate 2 rather than gravel topstone. It has road (synapse) geometry with very short chainstays and high bottom...
06-20-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,115
Posted By sweetspot

Yeah they said that but this is True for rear end...

Yeah they said that but this is True for rear end and in front you just have to deal with 40c tire. I am also interested in cannondale explanation of making so short chainstay (415 mm). If they went...
06-20-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,115
Posted By sweetspot

Cannondale says that what they have done with...

Cannondale says that what they have done with carbon topstone adds comfort like 9 mm wider tire. So you are totally right. We need more gravel bikes with bigger tire clearance.
06-20-19, 06:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,115
Posted By sweetspot

Actually they both did that is why they made a...

Actually they both did that is why they made a D-FUSE handlebar and headshok.

My point is that they all should seek the right balance between front and rear comfort. Try to lock the front...
06-20-19, 05:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,115
Posted By sweetspot

The race for comfort is rear biased but it should be now about front of the bike...

Both new GT Grade and Cannondale Topstone Carbon use a very sophisticated solutions to provide a suspension like comfort focused on the rear of the bike. But the comfort comes mostly from the front...
06-20-19, 01:08 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,432
Posted By sweetspot

Finally we have a carbon topstone with 30 mm...

Finally we have a carbon topstone with 30 mm kingpin rear suspension!
https://m.startfitness.co.uk/cannondale-topstone-carbon-105-mens-gravel-bike-2020-black-c15600m10.html
06-05-19, 03:01 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,432
Posted By sweetspot

To be honest I don't see this as an extraordinary...

To be honest I don't see this as an extraordinary achievement. Look at Specialized Diverge which has 421 mm chainstay and clears 42s tires without any chainstay trickery at all. Fitting 46s tires...
06-02-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,432
Posted By sweetspot

Could you tell me more about comfort of your...

Could you tell me more about comfort of your stigmata? Is front of the bike comfortable? What tire are you using? What bikes you have ridden before stigmata?
06-02-19, 11:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 887
Posted By sweetspot

the ultimate quest for comfort: open wi.de. vs niner mcr 9 rdo

I am a huge fan of bikes that makes the ride as comfortable as possible and I believe that we are now approaching the limit of what is possible in terms of comfort of our gravel bikes. I mean we have...
05-31-19, 06:13 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,432
Posted By sweetspot

from I have read it can take 2,4 650b tire.

from I have read it can take 2,4 650b tire.
05-31-19, 04:44 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,432
Posted By sweetspot

The most exciting gravel bike for 2020 is...

It is still may and we already had a 3 very exciting new bike announcements:

1. New Santa Cruz Stigmata with a great combination of short chainstay, very ample tire clerance and overall frame...
04-25-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 685
Posted By sweetspot

I think that owners of compass tires would kindly...

I think that owners of compass tires would kindly disagree :)
04-25-19, 06:19 AM
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Views: 685
Posted By sweetspot

It is time to try 650b - Gravelking, Strada USH or Terreno Zero tire?

I think that I am finally ready to try 650b tires. I will be buying new set of wheelset and I am looking for a best tubeless tire that will be:

1. Fast on pavement but also safe on dry gravel. ...
04-14-19, 04:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 857
Posted By sweetspot

30 PSI or even less. So to be honest I already...

30 PSI or even less. So to be honest I already use pressure dedicated for tubeless. That is why I don't see the point in changing to tubeless but maybe I am missing something?


How did you set up...
04-13-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 857
Posted By sweetspot

My quest for comfort is finally over, or is it?

I have a Jamis Renegade Exploit bike and from the begining I was trying to make this bike as comfortable as possible. The frame was a good starting point because it is steel and offers a lot of nice...
04-13-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,441
Posted By sweetspot

I totally agree with Niner that we need some sort...

I totally agree with Niner that we need some sort of suspension in order to have a blast in hard gravel rides but I do not buy their solution just yet. I think that Specialized with new Roubaix is...
03-30-19, 02:40 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,818
Posted By sweetspot

I am always confused when people say that they...

I am always confused when people say that they use two sets of wheels on a bike that is advertised as go anywhere bike - do you go with a spare set of wheels in the bag just in case you want to go...
03-28-19, 04:12 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,818
Posted By sweetspot

an interesting, dare to say an unique bike but to...

an interesting, dare to say an unique bike but to be honest it tries too hard to meet road and gravel worlds. Who will enjoy road riding with friends when you have over 2 inch 650b tire? And who will...
03-26-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 989
Posted By sweetspot

Yeah, I was quite pleased as well untill I went...

Yeah, I was quite pleased as well untill I went to more hilly terrain. Then resin pads that are recommended to this setup failed miserably. So I changed to metalic one and I encounter another problem...
02-23-19, 05:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,573
Posted By sweetspot

Actually thanks to reach+ and stack+ measurement...

Actually thanks to reach+ and stack+ measurement it is quite easy to emulate grail position on your current bike. Just use bike geo net calculator to establish your current stack and reach with stem...
02-18-19, 04:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 784
Posted By sweetspot

I ride recreational a lot on typical flat gravel...

I ride recreational a lot on typical flat gravel roads (often washboard) and most of the time I am on tops to be more comfortable. In more challenging terrain I use hoods but this is max 20% of my...
02-18-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 784
Posted By sweetspot

I am running gravelkings SK with tube but still...

I am running gravelkings SK with tube but still use pressure around 30 psi, sometimes even lower. I weigh 84 kg. I was seriously considering going for 50c Soma Cazadero tire for front but there will...
02-18-19, 04:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 784
Posted By sweetspot

Redshift Shockstop stem seems to work only when you are on hoods...

I am still looking for ways of improving comfort on my Jamis Rengade steel. I have Panaracer Gravelking SK 43c tires, Combined with Ergon CF3 Pro carbon seatpost rear of my bike is very comfortable....
02-14-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 395
Views: 102,409
Posted By sweetspot

45 mm easily in the front. Maybe even 50c. More...

45 mm easily in the front. Maybe even 50c. More issue than tire clearance will be toe overlap because of renegade geometry. In the back 43mm panaracer gravel king is a tight fit with old 105 front...
01-08-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,437
Posted By sweetspot

Nordest Albarda Ti - one of a kind gravel bike

This bike is someting special : 420 mm chainstay and yet a 700x50c tire clerance. Titanium frame and unique geometry with very slack head angle (70) and big BB drop (85mm). Would you buy it? ...
12-04-18, 03:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,060
Posted By sweetspot

Great! And how about the Hoover bar? Do you feel...

Great! And how about the Hoover bar? Do you feel real comfort improvment when using it? I have read opinions that it is more the case of upright position and thus less weight on hands than the Hoover...
11-30-18, 01:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,060
Posted By sweetspot

From Pictures I found fork indeed will take 45c...

From Pictures I found fork indeed will take 45c tire easily but the question is more relevant in terms of rear wheel. Again from Pictures it seems that 42c tire is already a tight match. And when I...
11-30-18, 12:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,060
Posted By sweetspot

Do you think that front and especially rear will...

Do you think that front and especially rear will take WTB riddler 45c tire? Or 42c is already a very tight match? If you could post a picture showing the space between chainstay and current tire, it...
10-24-18, 07:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 605
Posted By sweetspot

I want to go as wide as possible. So that is why...

I want to go as wide as possible. So that is why I prefer 50mm over 47 mm of Byway. It is not only about added comfort but also about a slightly higher BB height. Ideally I would use Schawlbe G-one...
10-24-18, 05:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 605
Posted By sweetspot

I am also considering those tires because they...

I am also considering those tires because they are a very rare example of 650b 50 mm tires available on the market. But I am more interested in Strada. My riding is 50% gravel and 50% pavement so I...
10-13-18, 01:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 645
Posted By sweetspot

You are right. Now when i am looking at bombtrack...

You are right. Now when i am looking at bombtrack Hook ext carbon chainstay near BB i see how unusually thin and tall it is on the side of chainrings. They had to make it that way to acommodate...
10-13-18, 12:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 645
Posted By sweetspot

I am just interested in bike frame limitations....

I am just interested in bike frame limitations. My personal choice is to go with even wider 650b tire but during my research i started to wonder why is that new generation of gravel bikes improved...
10-13-18, 07:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 645
Posted By sweetspot

Is there a gravel bike with chainstay max 430 mm and clearance for 700x50c tire?

When i look at my jamis renegade exploit bike i see length just enough to fit 50c tire. But the width is not enough for sure. I have found bombtrack Hook ext carbon which takes even 52c 700 tire but...
10-11-18, 09:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,199
Posted By sweetspot

Another bike with big tire clearance: 509 cycles...

Another bike with big tire clearance: 509 cycles Necessary evil that will work with 650b 2.3 inch tire.
10-11-18, 09:28 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,398
Posted By sweetspot

Another question: Why is that fairlight secan or...

Another question: Why is that fairlight secan or bombtrack Hook ext can acommodate even 57 mm tire without dropped chainstay and bike you mentioned can't? Is it the "carbon" issue because both bike i...
10-11-18, 05:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,398
Posted By sweetspot

I think that the very interesting case is with...

I think that the very interesting case is with new giant revolt 2019. It can take 45 mm 700c tire but only 47mm 650b according to what Giant has told me on their FB profile. It is a proof that not...
10-11-18, 02:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,874
Posted By sweetspot

One thing worth considering: If you are thinking...

One thing worth considering: If you are thinking about going 650b you have to know that new Revolt will take only 47mm or so regardless of wheel size. It is rather dissapointing to say the least....
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