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11-05-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,399
Posted By csrpenfab

Well said. Plastic is extruded, try that with...

Well said. Plastic is extruded, try that with CF... I usually hear the "plastic" line from someone who has never ridden a good CF frame or can't afford one.
11-04-19, 09:10 PM
Replies: 1,682
Views: 438,811
Posted By csrpenfab

Since my Niner gravel bike is getting 100% of the...

Since my Niner gravel bike is getting 100% of the pedal time lately, I decided to add fenders to the FX6S for messy day duty. I picked up the Bontrager NCS fenders for 38-45c. Pretty snug fit on...
10-27-19, 07:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,428
Posted By csrpenfab

My carbon framed Trek FX6S is pretty much a flat...

My carbon framed Trek FX6S is pretty much a flat bar gravel bike. Room for 38’s. Currently set up for road with 32c tubeless. I just ordered fenders and 38c Schwalbe G1’s to use on wet days when...
10-22-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,235
Posted By csrpenfab

My Niner is right under 20lbs and I don't obsess...

My Niner is right under 20lbs and I don't obsess over the weight. I'm cycling for excercise, so dropping 50 grams here and there means nothing. I have a buddy who obsesses over grams and it cracks...
10-17-19, 05:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,872
Posted By csrpenfab

Interesting take on adding up all of the parts...

Interesting take on adding up all of the parts cost vs. factory build. That's what drove me to the Niner RLT 9 RDO 4 star build for $2800 at Excel Sports. At that price, I couldn't buy the Ultegra...
10-14-19, 03:42 PM
Replies: 646
Views: 117,193
Posted By csrpenfab

I added a few new tools to the box to deal with a...

I added a few new tools to the box to deal with a light click on the Bottom Bracket of my Niner RDO. The Wheels Mfg. BB socket is a work of art!
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10-09-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,071
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...
10-04-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,413
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: 656
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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10-02-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,502
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: 1,502
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: 2,723
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: 72
Views: 7,413
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...
08-28-19, 01:28 PM
Replies: 1,222
Views: 185,410
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: 200
Views: 21,812
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: 1,222
Views: 185,410
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;...
08-07-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 1,401
Views: 567,221
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...
07-31-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 1,682
Views: 438,811
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...
07-29-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 1,401
Views: 567,221
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...
07-22-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 1,682
Views: 438,811
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...
07-17-19, 04:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,585
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...
07-02-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 1,682
Views: 438,811
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...
06-25-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 1,682
Views: 438,811
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...
06-24-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,361
Posted By csrpenfab

With rides on my hybrid ranging from 20 to 50...

With rides on my hybrid ranging from 20 to 50 miles each time I hit the road, yes, always cycling shorts. If not, I'd not be riding those miles pain free.
06-24-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 1,682
Views: 438,811
Posted By csrpenfab

I hear you on the Bontrager Montrose. I tried to...

I hear you on the Bontrager Montrose. I tried to like it on my FXS6, but even though I wear cycling shorts 100% of the time, it was still a major PITA. I tried a Brooks Cambium, and it got a bit...
06-10-19, 05:15 PM
Replies: 1,682
Views: 438,811
Posted By csrpenfab

Good plan, and you won't need to do much to it...

Good plan, and you won't need to do much to it beyond basic cleaning and lubing and gear adjustment. Check out the Park Tools videos on youtube and you can easily maintain it yourself. The FXS6...
06-10-19, 03:27 PM
Replies: 1,682
Views: 438,811
Posted By csrpenfab

It will be worth the wait! Very cool that...

It will be worth the wait! Very cool that they'll let you supervise the assembly! I guess I was lucky when I got my FXS6. My store didn't have one in stock, but the main Trek warehouse in Ontario...
06-09-19, 09:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,000
Posted By csrpenfab

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I think the Trek FXS6 fits the “gravel hybrid” role...
05-28-19, 06:14 AM
Replies: 1,682
Views: 438,811
Posted By csrpenfab

Hard no on the kickstand for an FX6. Also be...

Hard no on the kickstand for an FX6. Also be careful leaning it against things since you donít want to damage the carbon frame. At home, my FXS6 is held by a front wheel stand.
05-14-19, 03:05 PM
Replies: 1,682
Views: 438,811
Posted By csrpenfab

After riding my FXS6, my neighbor was sold on the...

After riding my FXS6, my neighbor was sold on the Trek hybrids. He was looking at the FX3 disc, but wound up with the FX4 for just a bit more $$. It was worth the upgrade for him since the 4 has...
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