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Forum: Road Cycling
12-07-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,885
Posted By CarloM

As a fellow Los Angeleno I was surprised to see...

As a fellow Los Angeleno I was surprised to see LA as #4 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=4) in US cities for cycling friendliness (most recent GCN video covered that...
12-07-19, 07:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,015
Posted By CarloM

Beautiful bikes Justinitus and Grasschopper! ...

Beautiful bikes Justinitus and Grasschopper!

I had hoped hoped to have my 160mm rotor and 11-34T cassette for my new Aeolus Pro 3V wheels (with 38c GravelKing SK) by today, but it looks like USPS...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-19, 06:59 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,725
Posted By CarloM

As someone who has recently had two very bad shop...

As someone who has recently had two very bad shop mechanic experiences, I can certainly sympathize. But I've had very good ones too, so I wouldn't cast aspersions on the entire bike shop mechanic...
12-05-19, 06:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 301
Posted By CarloM

Yeah it's misleading as well as old. Because it's...

Yeah it's misleading as well as old. Because it's implying "safety" issues and so in my case, on a 25mm internal rim, Trek says I can run a 32c on it, but according to that it's "unsafe" to run...
12-05-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 301
Posted By CarloM

That chart looks a little off to me. For example,...

That chart looks a little off to me. For example, Bontrager (Trek) released the Aeolus Pro 3V which is aimed at the "high volume road and gravel tire" market (not MTB) and it's a 25mm internal width....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,435
Posted By CarloM

I don't have either bike so I have no dog in this...

I don't have either bike so I have no dog in this race, but I do hope the tires/wheels/PSI were somewhat similar or comparable between the two, because in my experience they can make a world of...
12-05-19, 10:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,015
Posted By CarloM

I do agree they roll well, since they were the...

I do agree they roll well, since they were the ones on the bike when I fell in love with the ride. I just didn't realize how heavy they (and the tires) were. I figured "hey it's a gravel bike...
12-04-19, 08:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,015
Posted By CarloM

My stock tires on the S-X2 wheels (which I assume...

My stock tires on the S-X2 wheels (which I assume will weigh as much or more than your P-X2 since you have the next highest build to mine, came with Crosscut AT1 38c. So being a little smaller, may...
12-04-19, 05:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,015
Posted By CarloM

Wow, that's 529g total (or just shy of 1lbs 3oz)....

Wow, that's 529g total (or just shy of 1lbs 3oz). And mine is the step down wheel from yours (S-X2 which I can't find specs for online) so I bet the weight difference will be even higher. And I'm...
12-04-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,015
Posted By CarloM

Agree on the boat anchor wheels! :lol: I thought...

Agree on the boat anchor wheels! :lol: I thought the Revolt was just a heavy bike until I swapped to my Aeolus Pro 3 carbon wheels and Panaracer GK slicks (which I'm sure also weigh much less than...
12-04-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,650
Posted By CarloM

If you have a need or use for it, yes it's...

If you have a need or use for it, yes it's definitely a good bike. For me it was just languishing and I don't have anyone else who would make use of it, so off it went. Surprisingly few of my friends...
12-04-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,650
Posted By CarloM

I just got an email saying they received and...

I just got an email saying they received and checked out the bike and are honoring the quote, so "the check will soon be in the mail". The quotes are non-binding (you have 72 hours to take action) so...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,725
Posted By CarloM

I agree that a short test ride won't tell you...

I agree that a short test ride won't tell you everything you need to know about a bike. Fortunately, for one thing my LBSs now know me so I'm free to take it out on extended rides. Nothing crazy, but...
12-03-19, 06:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,650
Posted By CarloM

I had a very similar experience, but I ended up...

I had a very similar experience, but I ended up trading in my FXS6 to The Pro's Closet. The FX was the first bike I purchased after a long hiatus from cycling. I thought I was too old in my forties...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,725
Posted By CarloM

Same. Worked at food service in college, and...

Same. Worked at food service in college, and right after graduating lived with a friend who was a waitress for a couple of years who would bring home nightmare stories of customer behavior. It...
12-03-19, 03:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,015
Posted By CarloM

Good to know! Also I do think a lot of the weight...

Good to know! Also I do think a lot of the weight was in the stock wheels and fat stock tires. I wasn’t kidding it feels maybe a pound or two lighter with the Aeolus Pro 3 and Panaracer GravelKing...
12-03-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,015
Posted By CarloM

That's a beautiful color! My local shop had that...

That's a beautiful color! My local shop had that one and I found it very attractive, especially in the light. But alma mater's colors took precedent. :lol:...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 18,930
Views: 3,863,218
Posted By CarloM

Black Friday deals from Excel Sports. ...

Black Friday deals from Excel Sports.
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Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,725
Posted By CarloM

I've never had one outright refuse me a test ride...

I've never had one outright refuse me a test ride on a built bike in-store.

Early on, I had one shop who's floor model of a bike I was interested in, but was a size too large, say they had one in...
12-01-19, 04:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,015
Posted By CarloM

Ok I made peace with the decision to revert to...

Ok I made peace with the decision to revert to 105. It’s a great groupset mechanically and will be more than enough for the type of riding I’ll do on the Revolt. I did however have them put the blue...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-01-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,260
Posted By CarloM

According to page 6 of the operating manual:...

According to page 6 of the operating manual: https://si.shimano.com/pdfs/dm/DM-AL0001-11-ENG.pdf


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-10C = 14F. So you don't have much leeway between 20F and 14F for the official...
12-01-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 1,678
Views: 436,709
Posted By CarloM

Congratulations! Can't wait to see it, especially...

Congratulations! Can't wait to see it, especially in that color!
12-01-19, 11:32 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,099
Posted By CarloM

As someone who contemplated going the other...

As someone who contemplated going the other direction (drop bar on a Trek FX S6) the best decision I made was to abandon that idea, re-sell the bike (through Pro's Closet, in case you're like me and...
11-30-19, 05:13 PM
Replies: 643
Views: 115,749
Posted By CarloM

Good news and bad news on purchasing front. ...

Good news and bad news on purchasing front.

Good news: LBS was having a 20% off Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3V wheels, which have the 24mm internal rim width and the 108 point hub, which sounds like a...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,646
Posted By CarloM

Just to give you an idea of the look of the DA...

Just to give you an idea of the look of the DA rotors on an all black bike (sorry about the poor quality night photo, and not staging the cranks at 3 and 9 o'clock and valves at 6 o'clock :lol: was...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-19, 12:40 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,646
Posted By CarloM

Some Dura Ace rotors would really complete that...

Some Dura Ace rotors would really complete that all black look :thumb:
11-27-19, 10:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,015
Posted By CarloM

It’s a new bike so I’m wary of drilling a hole...

It’s a new bike so I’m wary of drilling a hole into the frame or trying to widen the already existing one where the mechanical cable goes through. I just don’t want to give any reason for an...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-19, 04:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,260
Posted By CarloM

Had to google the Cube. Very nice looking bike,...

Had to google the Cube. Very nice looking bike, although that transition from top tube to seat stays is...an interesting design. I have both a TCR with Di2 and an S3 with the older 11spd Red eTap. I...
11-27-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,015
Posted By CarloM

Slight setback on my journey to transfer my spare...

Slight setback on my journey to transfer my spare Di2 to the Revolt. Shop informed me that there is no hole in the frame large enough for the Di2 connector to the front derailleur. The wire itself...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,260
Posted By CarloM

Agreed. New 2020s have made (and are still...

Agreed. New 2020s have made (and are still making) their way into stores so 2019 bikes are being put on sale. I'd recommend looking at Giant Defy as well, it's their endurance model with discs, and...
11-26-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,648
Posted By CarloM

As now a former owner of a SuperSix, I’m pretty...

As now a former owner of a SuperSix, I’m pretty much done with that brand. Most of the other manufacturers have a model or two that I’d love to own, but I think I’m done w Cannondale especially with...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-19, 11:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 166
Posted By CarloM

I'd also wager that rim design also has something...

I'd also wager that rim design also has something to do with it. My first set of "aero" wheels were some relatively inexpensive Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3 wheels which were 35mm deep. I noticed in...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-19, 09:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,592
Posted By CarloM

The truth is any of these bikes above 2-3K is...

The truth is any of these bikes above 2-3K is likely more bike than any of us who aren’t competing are likely to fully take advantage of, so buy the one that gives you the best piece of mind and...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,592
Posted By CarloM

Isn't the current wisdom now that aero trumps...

Isn't the current wisdom now that aero trumps weight for all but the steepest climbs? I seem to recall seeing that somewhere, maybe a GCN video. In any case I don't think the 64s are going to make...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,592
Posted By CarloM

Stunning bike, well done and safe riding!

Stunning bike, well done and safe riding!
11-25-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,648
Posted By CarloM

A lot of colors (not just Cervélo's) don't...

A lot of colors (not just Cervélo's) don't photograph well. Or, rather, the photo may look good...but doesn't do it justice when compared to how it looks in person. The gold Aspero is a prime...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-25-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 883
Views: 95,984
Posted By CarloM

They seem to be called the Classic (I just went...

They seem to be called the Classic (I just went to their site and narrowed the filters down to Road bike and Centerlock options and those were the only ones left.

As OP says, it's just up to the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-19, 09:55 PM
Replies: 883
Views: 95,984
Posted By CarloM

Yeah I'm definitely leaning towards buying a...

Yeah I'm definitely leaning towards buying a small pancake air compressor. They're only slightly more expensive than a pump + flash charge canister, or an all in one pump that includes that canister...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-19, 11:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By CarloM

As a Giant fan, I would second this...

As a Giant fan, I would second this recommendation, assuming you can get last year's model on clearance for near that $1500 you list for the CAAD. The R7000 105 is really bulletproof. I've been...
11-23-19, 09:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,015
Posted By CarloM

Thanks, and will do! This build isn't...

Thanks, and will do! This build isn't particularly light but I also wonder how much of that is the 105 mechanical and mass-market level Praxis groupset. Also I'll be swapping out the stock rims...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-19, 09:23 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,474
Posted By CarloM

I've run the gamut of experience on these tires,...

I've run the gamut of experience on these tires, and yet I keep buying them because I really like the way they roll!

First attempt to mount 5K TLs on my Bontrager Affinity TLR aluminum wheels (set...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,646
Posted By CarloM

As the happy owner of Pro 3...if your bike can...

As the happy owner of Pro 3...if your bike can accommodate a 3V I would consider going that route. The hub has decreased angle of engagement (it actually sounds like the DT Swiss 54T ratchet) vs the...
11-22-19, 03:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,015
Posted By CarloM

I am moving my Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3 carbon...

I am moving my Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3 carbon wheels over when the shop installs my Di2 drivetrain. But I'm still going to put 38c Panaracer Gravel King SKs on there. If I really need speed, that's...
11-22-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,015
Posted By CarloM

Thank you! I actually went with this build...

Thank you! I actually went with this build specifically for the color. I knew the Di2 was going to be moved so the groupset didn't matter much to me. It's my alma mater's colors (well, very close to...
11-22-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,015
Posted By CarloM

NBD: Giant Revolt Advanced 2 (soon to be Di2!)

Extremely excited to be joining the Gravel community! Just traded in two bikes to Pro's Closet that I no longer use (Trek FX S6 because I discovered I prefer riding drop bar bikes, 2018 Cannondale...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-19, 03:58 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,927
Posted By CarloM

Good points Kimmo. Yeah the SRAM Cervélo S3 combo...

Good points Kimmo. Yeah the SRAM Cervélo S3 combo was super finicky in comparison to the Shimano Giant TCR combo. That was very easy to align.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-19, 03:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 391
Posted By CarloM

Agree on the 105 to ultegra quality comparison....

Agree on the 105 to ultegra quality comparison. They’re very close. The only upgrade I would make, if one had the cash, would be to Di2.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,646
Posted By CarloM

+1 on fit and optimized position. A few weeks ago...

+1 on fit and optimized position. A few weeks ago I matched my saddle position (with relation to my crank spindle) on my S3 to my TCR (which was pro-fit to me). That involved moving the saddle...
11-21-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,648
Posted By CarloM

So full disclosure: I own a Cervelo S3 so I'm not...

So full disclosure: I own a Cervelo S3 so I'm not a hater on the brand. Right after I purchased mine, I came across the Hambini video where he roasts them for their excessive acceptable tolerance for...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,646
Posted By CarloM

Those look like Ultegra rotors as part of a...

Those look like Ultegra rotors as part of a complete Ultegra drivetrain. Very sleek looking!
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