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Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like : "Unbround Gravel". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 03-02-21, 10:04 AM
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Here’s mine. One month old and needs some tweaking with fit and some new tires




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Old 03-02-21, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Not at all what I think of when I hear 'lipstick on a pig'.
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I couldn't agree more, that trek's been lovingly given a new life. That build looks fantastic!
Thank you both, its a nice bike and I'm digging it so far.

I guess I'm not used to a touring based framed, as I find the rear a bit harsh, even compared to my Tange 2 road bike with 28mm tires. Riding seated transmitted more bumps than I ever remember. The weight is 23lbs 15oz with pedals so its acceptable so its not too piggish.

Perhaps "pig" was a bit harsh.


Trek 750 gravel conversion
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Old 03-02-21, 05:00 PM
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Single speed gravel.

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Old 03-02-21, 07:10 PM
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A brutal midwest winter is finally letting go!
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Old 03-02-21, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by DorkDisk View Post
Thank you both, its a nice bike and I'm digging it so far.

I guess I'm not used to a touring based framed, as I find the rear a bit harsh, even compared to my Tange 2 road bike with 28mm tires. Riding seated transmitted more bumps than I ever remember. The weight is 23lbs 15oz with pedals so its acceptable so its not too piggish.

Perhaps "pig" was a bit harsh.


Trek 750 gravel conversion
That's a really sharp looking bike. How well do the mini v-brakes work with STI levers?
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Old 03-03-21, 06:17 AM
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That's a really sharp looking bike. How well do the mini v-brakes work with STI levers?
So, Sora R3000 levers with TRP 8.4 mini V's. I was expecting a lot more bite to be honest after hearing all the "on/off" stories. I don't feel that to be the case at all; these don't have the same bite as proper long Vs, the pad to rim distance is very tight, and the fender clearance on the 38s is a bit tight - all well documented. Braking is much better than with calipers on the hoods but not what I was expecting. Overall, they're adequate if the drawbacks are tolerable. Quality control was a bit lacking as one pad holder's allen head was not broached properly. I also think they are overpriced for what they are but oh well. My background is with MTBs so have been on cantis in the 90s, switched to V's in 95 and then discs in 99. I haven't taken this thing off road yet
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Old 03-03-21, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by DorkDisk View Post
So, Sora R3000 levers with TRP 8.4 mini V's. I was expecting a lot more bite to be honest after hearing all the "on/off" stories. I don't feel that to be the case at all; these don't have the same bite as proper long Vs, the pad to rim distance is very tight, and the fender clearance on the 38s is a bit tight - all well documented. Braking is much better than with calipers on the hoods but not what I was expecting. Overall, they're adequate if the drawbacks are tolerable. Quality control was a bit lacking as one pad holder's allen head was not broached properly. I also think they are overpriced for what they are but oh well. My background is with MTBs so have been on cantis in the 90s, switched to V's in 95 and then discs in 99. I haven't taken this thing off road yet
I gone and done this conversion twice - I'm pretty pleased with how mini v-brakes match up with road levers.

On one bike I have Sensah shifters/brakes pulling 80mm mini v-brakes, and on the other I have Claris shifters/brakes pulling 84mm mini v-brakes - both feel alright to me. If you can set the pads close to the rim (like 1.5 mm away), the pull and bite feel should be pretty great. If it's not, maybe you have to lose the fenders to set the pads a tiny bit closer?
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My spouse has an All-City Macho Man. It has 700c wheels and mini-V brakes (made by Paul) and Shimano 105 levers. I haven't ridden her bike extensively but my impression is excellent. She is happy with the brakes, and she has very weak hands. She thinks the brakes on my bike "don't work" because she can't work them.
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After another day of commuting, it seems like the pads took a bit to wear in. It doesn't help that I've been wearing 2 layers of gloves this whole time. Braking is good.
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Old 03-03-21, 09:59 PM
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Nice morning ride around Independence, TX
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Old 03-04-21, 12:57 PM
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Nice morning ride around Independence, TX
That looks amazing. Can you show us a better pic of the 'cockpit' ? For the life of me, I can't figure out what's going on there, and google searches haven't come up with anything! :-) Nice bike!
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Old 03-04-21, 02:57 PM
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You're looking for the Canyon Hoverbar

https://www.bikeradar.com/features/s...new-hover-bar/
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Old 03-04-21, 05:12 PM
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Thanks!
See the post above, it shows the biplane handlebars. It's pretty comfortable and I got used to it quickly.
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Old 03-04-21, 06:39 PM
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Found a new 2017 Bombtrack Hook 2 steel frame and built it up with some new wheels and my older 6700 triple groupset + mech discs. One ride down done, and I am enjoying the wider rubber compared to my road bikes. Nice and comfortable. Not the lightest bike though @11kg.

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Old 03-04-21, 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by esarhaddon View Post
Found a new 2017 Bombtrack Hook 2 steel frame and built it up with some new wheels and my older 6700 triple groupset + mech discs. One ride down done, and I am enjoying the wider rubber compared to my road bikes. Nice and comfortable. Not the lightest bike though @11kg.

That blue is real nice. My steel gravel bike weighs about the same but should be around 1.5lbs lighter with new wheels
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Old 03-04-21, 08:30 PM
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The old:




The new (mostly set up):

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Originally Posted by franswa View Post
That blue is real nice. My steel gravel bike weighs about the same but should be around 1.5lbs lighter with new wheels
The blue was probably more than half of the reason I purchased the frame when I saw it. Measuring the weights before I built the bike up, the bare frame was 2.35 kg(!), the fork is 0.53 kg and the wheels themselves are 2.01 kg, so it all adds up pretty quickly!
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