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Nice to see other builds.
Took it out for a bit of mud bashing yesterday and a couple of things I observed. First in really thick mud it will clog the brakes and you have to stop and clear it so it's definitely a gravel bike rather than cross but it's too old and heavy to race anyway. The second is my lowest (easiest) gear (32 fr and 26 rear) is not low enough for steep hills and a 30+ on the rear cassette would not go astray. If doing again I might also put on bigger tires (38mm?) as there is clearance for them. But as a bike for dirt/gravel trails it is ideal this is a great way to re-purpose those 2000 era race bikes with Al frames and 8, 9 or 10spd STI shifting that are languishing in every second basement.
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