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Old 08-18-19, 06:39 PM
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Oil slick cages are made by Supacaz. They also make bar ends and top caps in the same finish. I have their top cap and really love it!
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Old 08-18-19, 07:02 PM
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I guess this is officially a gravel grinder after grinding 150 miles of Nebraska gravel yesterday. Itíll resume itís CX racing duties in a couple of weeks

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Old 08-18-19, 08:58 PM
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The oil slick effect on those cages is pretty cool. What are they?

I like where your saddle bag is located. Is that a B-Rad?


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Oil slick cages are made by Supacaz. They also make bar ends and top caps in the same finish. I have their top cap and really love it!
Yep, Supacaz cages. And I have the matching stem cap and bar ends too. It matches the oil slick green/purple paint accents on the frame.

The frame bag set up was found here on BF. B-Rad rail and medium accessory mount with the smallest Lezyne saddle bag. I'm not sure who exactly figured it out first but I copied it and really like it there.



You can see the color change paint pretty well here. We called it chameleon paint in the 90's.
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Old 08-25-19, 06:50 PM
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I took my Checkpoint in for the first tune up last month, and asked them if they could make some adjustments to the reach on my gears. They ended up swapping out the handle bars completely. Itís such a minor difference but itís really made the fit just about perfect. This bike didnít come in a wsd so I appreciate my local shop putting in the effort to help me get it there. Also new tape, I like the Bontrager gel cork tape a lot better than the trippier tape that came with it


Iím seriously considering picking up a set of mountain bike pedals, I like my clip ins but when I do fun rides it would be nice to not be clipped and I see most of the other Gravel riders in my area seem to be having fun on flats. To be honest I may just be swayed by the hot pink race face pedals REI has in stock Has anyone gone from clip in to flats and been really happy with it?
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Old 08-26-19, 10:43 AM
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Specialized Sequoia straight from the shop. Eventually I'll replace the usual suspects, pedals, saddle, tires, probably bar tape - I'm not sure how I feel about this tape.

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Old 08-27-19, 02:26 PM
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Specialized Sequoia straight from the shop. Eventually I'll replace the usual suspects, pedals, saddle, tires, probably bar tape - I'm not sure how I feel about this tape.

Needs more black.
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Old 08-27-19, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by striker_dj View Post
Specialized Sequoia straight from the shop. Eventually I'll replace the usual suspects, pedals, saddle, tires, probably bar tape - I'm not sure how I feel about this tape.

Interesting mix of components to make the drivetrain. Creative. Are the brakes post mount of flat mount?...the website claims both.
I was going to question why such a large head tube is used with a steel fork, but see that the same frame is used on a model higher that has a carbon fork. Makes sense to use 1 frame then.
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Old 08-27-19, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Interesting mix of components to make the drivetrain. Creative. Are the brakes post mount of flat mount?...the website claims both.
I was going to question why such a large head tube is used with a steel fork, but see that the same frame is used on a model higher that has a carbon fork. Makes sense to use 1 frame then.
should have gotten the carbon fork version, the headtube / fork mismatch is a eye sore
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Old 08-28-19, 08:46 AM
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Cannondale Topstone 105 here.







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Stig 2020, stock Ultegra except Redshift stem and Snoqualmie Pass tires. 20.5 lbs as pictured


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Old 09-16-19, 03:45 PM
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man that thing makes those 700x42 resolutes look small
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Updated Toughroad SLR GX. Full hydro levers, better bars + crankset from my CX bike, and 50mm tires which are really bigger than that 😅
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Old 09-30-19, 07:06 PM
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Old 10-01-19, 06:55 AM
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Updated Toughroad SLR GX. Full hydro levers, better bars + crankset from my CX bike, and 50mm tires which are really bigger than that 😅
How do you like the Panaracers compared to the stock tires, and what psi do you run them at? I might swap out my tires this winter.
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Old 10-02-19, 11:09 AM
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How do you like the Panaracers compared to the stock tires, and what psi do you run them at? I might swap out my tires this winter.
Haven't put more than a couple miles on them but theyíre really nice. Probably too big if I was planning on riding somewhere with a lot of mud but thatís more of a frame clearance issue. Sidewalls feel pretty durable which is reassuring as well.
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Old 10-02-19, 06:57 PM
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Yes! I finished it today! It's a gravel bike!

Still left to do:

- Align the rear so it's centered. It's way off to the right after spreading it.
- Rack, fenders, lights.
- Handlebar tape, after I determine the brake levers are in the right place.
- Maybe change the handlebars or stem or both. The bars are high, and the reach is short.
- Eventually, I'll sand and refinish the frame.

















That looks like a pretty nice frame under there! How are you liking the Claris group? Are you ready to pull out the Arcteryx Atom jacket yet?
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Old 10-02-19, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by chief9245 View Post

Here's my newest baby. 2019 Bombtrack Hook EXT-C. What an amazing machine. Only changed out the stem, seatpost, tires, and brake rotors. Rest of this bike is perfect. Happy with the Rival 1, for the price was hoping for at least Force, but so far it's been pretty bulletproof. Doing the Great Alleghany Passage with this during the week of the 22nd.
The Bombtrack Hook EXT and Hook EXT-C are both really outstanding bikes. They had the ba@@s to go wide (2.1") 650b stock and push the geometry limits. Really well built machine. I have taken an EXT steel version on an extensive singletrack ride and honestly it makes you think about ditching the MTB...
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I really can't say the American Classic RACE 29 wheels were great.

Yes, they were light and 32 spokes held them together pretty well. In fact, I think the fact that they were 32 spoke is what made them last as long as they did. The hub was bad from the factory and the front seal design was such that the bearings dried out very quickly. Then there was the whole interoperability issue with tires blowing off the rim. 3200 miles and they are ready to be retired.

I've only ridden the new wheels around the subdivision. They are almost as light as the AC wheels. I9 hubs are LOUD!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4OvCqibzQA


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Nice I9 wheels. Appalling sound though. How could anyone could stand to listen to that all day riding around in the woods?
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Old 10-03-19, 10:15 AM
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That looks like a pretty nice frame under there! How are you liking the Claris group? Are you ready to pull out the Arcteryx Atom jacket yet?
It is a nice frame. It's a 1971 Raleigh Super Course. I love it.

The Claris rear derailleur and shifter work great. The front isn't working yet. I haven't figured out why. The shifter seems not to have enough pull, though the derailleur can move the chain to the big ring when I move it with my hand.

I've decided I don't like these bars on this bike, though I have them on my commuter bike. Changing the bars involves installing all new cables. Grr. That's the job I dislike the most.
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This is my current bike. A mid-90s Specialized Crossroads. I stripped the bike down to the frame/fork/BB and built it back up with better parts from roughly the same 1990's era. Many of the parts came from Bridgestones (an XO-2 and MB-5). Super comfy bike. The 22" frame Crossroads has a very long top tube compared to the seat tube which is very difficult to find. Great frame for those with long torsos. I measured the seat tube at 56cm (c-c) and the effective top tube at 59cm (c-c). Great for light touring, trails or gravel roads. You can find out more about the bike at my Pedal Room page. Just search for "analogkid71".


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My Diverge now shod with 650b and Specialized Pathfinder Pro tubeless in 47c. The ride on the trails is greatly improved!



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