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07-06-20, 11:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 483
Posted By sweetspot

you will be better off with a redshift suspension...

you will be better off with a redshift suspension stem. Seriously. After testing both extensively I can tell you that Lauf Grit SL is too much of a compromise when handling is considered. It is...
07-05-20, 02:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 483
Posted By sweetspot

exactly in that order. If you want to know what...

exactly in that order. If you want to know what exactly works and not, just visit my site: gravelbikes.cc where I have tested a lot of things that should improve riding comfort.
06-05-20, 07:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 772
Posted By sweetspot

very interesting thread indeed! I had a steel...

very interesting thread indeed! I had a steel bike, tested many carbon gravel bike and now I own Enigma Escape titanium gravel bike. My thoughts are that Enigma titanium Escape is far superior in...
05-16-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 237
Posted By sweetspot

it is interesting that you are saying that a...

it is interesting that you are saying that a smaller size will not be more flexy. Is this due to the fact that the tubes are shorter and this will compensate for thinner tube walls?

And regarding...
05-16-20, 12:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 237
Posted By sweetspot

help me choose the right size of the frame

Hi,

I am currently riding a Jamis Renegade Exploit 54 size bike with 30 mm spacers and 100 mm -6 stem. It fits me well but I am switching to titanium Enigma Escape and I have a big dilemma what...
04-24-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 775
Posted By sweetspot

I have no experience with the previous Barlow...

I have no experience with the previous Barlow Pass but the new Endurance casing is quite impressive. On pair in terms of comfort with a very supple Soma cazadero but much, much faster. Yet you have...
03-29-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,666
Posted By sweetspot

Thank you for your comment. I totally agree that,...

Thank you for your comment. I totally agree that, although Spec motor is one of the best in business right now, it is still far from perfect. You said about the problems when you are out of the...
03-29-20, 03:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,666
Posted By sweetspot

No love for electric gravel bikes? This is my review of Specialized Creo

Trying an electric gravel bike was one of my biggest goals since I began my gravelbikes.cc project where I test gravel bikes and bike parts that helps improve the overall comfort without losing the...
03-23-20, 01:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,722
Posted By sweetspot

I have bought and tested a set of Spinergy GX...

I have bought and tested a set of Spinergy GX 700c wheels. They are indeed slightly more comfy on a bumpy road than my previous set of wheels but on a fast gravel road the difference in comfort was...
03-20-20, 10:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,664
Posted By sweetspot

If you want to know how well cushcore performs,...

If you want to know how well cushcore performs, just read my review:
https://gravelbikes.cc/tests/cushcore-comfort-improving-inserts-review/

In my opinion if you want to improve the comfort,...
03-08-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 594
Posted By sweetspot

Argon 18 Dark Matter - my review of this bike

Hi all,

I don't know if you already had the chance to read my reviews but my goal is to find the most comfortable gravel bike (and gravel parts) possible. But in my quest for comfort, I sometimes...
02-24-20, 02:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 309
Posted By sweetspot

crankset arm length

I am going to switch from 2x Shimano 105 to 1x GRX and I will be changing the crankset in the process. I am 178 cm height with 85 cm inseam and my current crank arm length is 172,5 mm. I am wondering...
02-18-20, 02:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,751
Posted By sweetspot

Yes, I am familiar with ReneHerse tires but they...

Yes, I am familiar with ReneHerse tires but they are very hard to get in Europe, where I live. But for sure I want to test them and compare to my Cazadero's which I value greatly in terms of comfort.
02-11-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,751
Posted By sweetspot

Fair point but to be honest I did not even think...

Fair point but to be honest I did not even think that I should mention that (maybe I do too much of testing and sometimes forget that my readers do not need to be as well informed as I am).

Of...
02-09-20, 03:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,751
Posted By sweetspot

Hi, I got the answer from Erik. The saddle that...

Hi, I got the answer from Erik. The saddle that is attached only to the saddle rails will work just fine. The more traditional saddles that are mounted both on rails and seatpost should work also...
02-08-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,751
Posted By sweetspot

It protects the mechanism from debris but...

It protects the mechanism from debris but Redshift told me it was done just to make people sure that anything wrong will happen and you can run the post without the cover. To be honest, it looks kind...
02-08-20, 04:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,751
Posted By sweetspot

Redshift suspension seatpost review

As you may already know I am very much into finding the most effective (in terms of improving comfort) bike parts. I already tested many suspension seatpost so I had great expectations towards a...
02-02-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,722
Posted By sweetspot

Just out of curiosity. Do you offer a discount on...

Just out of curiosity. Do you offer a discount on Atalaya bikes? From what I have heard this brand does not want to offer any, especially when bikes are selling quite well. Not that I will benefit...
02-02-20, 09:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,789
Posted By sweetspot

I am just saying that accelerating from...

I am just saying that accelerating from standstill is much quicker on a carbon bike and I can reach greater speed than on my steel bike with the same tires and the same air pressure. And I want that...
02-02-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,722
Posted By sweetspot

how would you evaluate the front end comfort of...

how would you evaluate the front end comfort of Atalaya? The fork looks rather stiff (especially compared to the fork of Vielo V+1) so is there any compliance build in it?

The durability of...
02-02-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,722
Posted By sweetspot

Thank you very much! Very informative. But it got...

Thank you very much! Very informative. But it got me thinking. It looks like Atalaya is the titanium bike that offers plenty of stiffness, but at the cost of compliance (you said that it is not the...
02-02-20, 03:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,789
Posted By sweetspot

not a typo. This bike has a specially machined...

not a typo. This bike has a specially machined chainstay yoke that allows for such a big tire clerance. Yeah, it looks like a titanium version of the Wi.De. bike.
02-02-20, 03:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,789
Posted By sweetspot

Exactly my thinking! I want to get the shortest...

Exactly my thinking! I want to get the shortest possible chainstay that will clear 700x42 and 650x48. So somewhere between 425 and 430 mm. And slacken the head tube angle to something like 71 for...
02-02-20, 01:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,789
Posted By sweetspot

Thank you for reminding me that bike is a sum of...

Thank you for reminding me that bike is a sum of its parts and I should not focus solely on the frame in search of a better power transfer (and more importantly, subjective feeling of it).

But you...
02-01-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,789
Posted By sweetspot

Jamis Renegade Exploit 2016.

Jamis Renegade Exploit 2016.
02-01-20, 01:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,789
Posted By sweetspot

Question for titanium gravel bike owners

I currently ride on a steel bike and although it is very comfy it seriously lacks in terms of power transfer (too much flex when pedaling hard, especially from standstill). So now I look for a new...
01-30-20, 12:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,493
Posted By sweetspot

the question is: would you use the rack on a...

the question is: would you use the rack on a carbon bike to mount a child seat and carry a child there? Becase this is what I am thinking about and trying to decide between carbon and titanium for...
01-29-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,493
Posted By sweetspot

Yes, but I am not after the weight savings but...

Yes, but I am not after the weight savings but after better power transfer. And I do not plan to carry 20 kg all the time, usually it will not be the case.
01-28-20, 03:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,493
Posted By sweetspot

Carbon gravel bikes with rack mounts and 20 KG carrying capacity

It is said that carbon bikes are not good for the rear rack but I have found Willier Jena, Jamis Renegade, Bombtrack Hook EXT-C, Fuji Jari Carbon, Specialized Diverge, Norco Search and Tifosi Cavazzo...
01-25-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,722
Posted By sweetspot

Yes, I know but I still want to know what makes...

Yes, I know but I still want to know what makes bike a comfortable one and how I can improve the compliance without loosing the fun ****or (power efficency, short chainstay etc).

I have one more...
01-25-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,722
Posted By sweetspot

thank you very much for your answer. If you don't...

thank you very much for your answer. If you don't mind I have a few more questions to you:
1. How would you rate the compliance decrease between 430 and 420 mm chainstay of a steel frame? The common...
01-24-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,722
Posted By sweetspot

Thanks. There is also bombtrack Hook ext with 425...

Thanks. There is also bombtrack Hook ext with 425 mm chainstay and Surly midnight special (also 425 mm)
01-24-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,722
Posted By sweetspot

Looking for a titanium or steel gravel bike with a short chainstay

It seems that titanium gravel bikes have a rather long chainstay (430 mm+). I found J. Guillem Atalaya with 420 mm chainstay and Litepseed Ultimate Gravel with 425 mm. And Bearclaw Thunderhawk with...
01-12-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 709
Posted By sweetspot

thank you! thanks, this looks quite...

thank you!


thanks, this looks quite interesting!
01-11-20, 02:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 709
Posted By sweetspot

Thanks It looks like it Will not work.

Thanks
It looks like it Will not work.
01-11-20, 09:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 709
Posted By sweetspot

It is DT Swiss m1900 spline 650b. Not the newest...

It is DT Swiss m1900 spline 650b. Not the newest version because this wheel is at least 3 years old.
01-11-20, 05:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 709
Posted By sweetspot

Can I use 15 mm thru axle wheel with a 12 mm thru axle fork?

Can I use some sort of shim to make it happen or I need to rebuild the wheel and if so, can I use the same spokes or do I need a new one (when rebuilding I would also change the rim itself). What do...
12-08-19, 04:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 897
Posted By sweetspot

this is a very interesting topic for me. I feel...

this is a very interesting topic for me. I feel that today's gravel bikes are not balanced in terms of front and rear comfort. It is much easier to engineer compliance at the rear. Front of the bike...
12-03-19, 05:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,259
Posted By sweetspot

Specialized Diverge Comp 2020 - my review

Hello,

as you may already know I run a gravelbikes.cc (http://gravelbikes.cc) project where I test different bike part and whole bikes to find out how comfortable they really are. This time I got...
10-11-19, 02:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 591
Posted By sweetspot

Kinekt 2.1 suspension seatpost from Cirrus Cycles

My seatpost of choice was and still is a Ergon CF3 Pro (aka Canyon VCLS 2.0) seatpost but I had an opportunity to test and compare it to Kinekt spring based suspension from Cirrus Cycles. As it...
10-11-19, 02:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,312
Posted By sweetspot

yes it was just for the sake of testing (I wanted...

yes it was just for the sake of testing (I wanted to now how much Lauf Grit helps when the tire is stiff). And I like it but after I lowered the tire pressure and put a shockstop stem to allievate...
10-11-19, 10:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,312
Posted By sweetspot

I have tested a Lauf Grit SL suspension fork

As you may already know I am a huge fun of any comfort improvements that are available on the gravel market and Lauf Grit SL promises to be one of the best one so I really wanted to test it and...
10-11-19, 04:00 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,176
Posted By sweetspot

GT Grade Carbon Expert 2020 - my review

Hello,

I have managed to test this bike and to me its rear flexing triangle is an engineering wonder! On a daily basis I ride a steel Jamis Renegade Exploit bike with a Ergon CF3 (aka Canyon VCLS...
08-21-19, 03:45 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,660
Posted By sweetspot

no, it is not only lack of vibrations but for me...

no, it is not only lack of vibrations but for me this is a big component of a really comfortable ride (by vibration I mean rather big perceptable hits than small, high frequency vibrations that for...
08-20-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,660
Posted By sweetspot

with this I can't fully agree (scientific yes but...

with this I can't fully agree (scientific yes but any.. no). Many professional bike reviewers draws conclusion about bike compliance based purely on a subjective feelings. I want do this too but back...
08-20-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,660
Posted By sweetspot

I think it is time to chill out a little because...

I think it is time to chill out a little because things went too far. I never aspired to a real scientific measurements because those are near to immpossible in real life conditions and real life...
08-20-19, 04:16 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,660
Posted By sweetspot

I was not talking about a difference between 20...

I was not talking about a difference between 20 and 30 psi there. I was talking about feeling a difference between tubeless and tubed at 30 psi on 650b 47mm tire :)
08-20-19, 04:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,660
Posted By sweetspot

Not an Iphone, an android one :) And do you...

Not an Iphone, an android one :) And do you asking about frequency of each measurement? I don't have an exact data but it measures changes many times per second and it measures vibrations constantly...
08-20-19, 02:44 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,660
Posted By sweetspot

yes, but to be more exact it is an android app...

yes, but to be more exact it is an android app called Vibration meter and tubed tires are generally more comfortable but with small exepctions like 50mm tire run at 20 psi in the back. Another note...
08-19-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,660
Posted By sweetspot

from my measurements (at least for 700c 43 and...

from my measurements (at least for 700c 43 and 50mm Gravelkings) going tubeless is in most cases not beneficial in terms of comfort. But ability to safely ride on tire with 20 psi is a huge bonus of...
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