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Getting close to 29er territory

Old 09-05-18, 08:31 AM
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Getting close to 29er territory

I love my gravel bike but sometimes the roads get close to MTB terrain. Sometimes I get a more comfortable ride on my 29er with suspension. Hitting a cattle guard with suspension and 2.3 tires feels better I can lock out the front fork on smooth sections. The gravel bike is faster and more comfortable at longer distances like on the Katy Trail. Too many different bikes design for a specific discipline. Like bass fishing rods.
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Old 09-05-18, 09:19 AM
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N+1! I only have a road bike and 29er, so the 29er gets used alot on gravel/trails. Locking the fork out makes it stiff, but the fork weight and stock wheelset make it heavy!! Not noticable when riding but holy cow it's like 15lbs heavier then the road bike when picking it up.

I dream of carbon fiber and a rigid setup
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My gravel bike has 29'er wheels.


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at least 2 bicycles. a light weight carbon Gravel bike with a 700x38 slick, and then an all new F-SI lefty carbon 29er for when things are a little more rough.
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I ride green/blue single track for cross practice all the time with 40c or 33c tubulars, never felt the need for a 29er
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My dropbar mtb "gravel racer" is overkill for 85% of the gravel roads around here. But man does it really excel when I get to the other 15%.

Few things as fun as heading down a loose rough 15 minute descent with a suspension fork on 2.25s and drop bars.
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My gravel bike can fit up to a 700x45 so that is what I will do for rougher gravel. I won’t be riding until January due to foot surgery so I have too much time to over think the simplicity of cycling I had 700x40 WTB Nanoraptors with MTB rims mated to an 11 speed road hub and it worked out well. My new wheelset can accommodate larger tires so that is good. Sometimes I just like cruising the MTB on gravel to mix things up and get more conflicted.
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You've got far worse roads than Michigan then! Around here, the roads are generally OK for a compact car to go the 55mph speed limit on. Well, if the driver doesn't care about potholes. Riding my 29er on gravel roads here never made me conflicted. I put woodchippers on it, but still prefer a rigid bike with road geometry.

What tire pressures do you run?
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here in Georgia, most of the country gravel rides are just fine on my gravel bike (e/w 40's) But when I head up to the forest service roads up in the mountains, the rocks and ruts can beat the snot out of me. On some of the steeper descents, my calf muscles can absolutely sting from absorbing so much impact & my eyes are rattlin' so much in the sockets that I can't see. I have an old 29'er that one day will build back up as a mountain gravel grinder. A front fork will REALLY help
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
My gravel bike can fit up to a 700x45 so that is what I will do for rougher gravel…
My gravel bike can fit up to 38mm (and meet ISO standards), but I put a 54mm on the front for rougher gravel (or sand, or fast descents). Its impressive the difference a big tire makes on the front of the bike (especially with psi in the low 20’s)

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You've got far worse roads than Michigan then! Around here, the roads are generally OK for a compact car to go the 55mph speed limit on. Well, if the driver doesn't care about potholes. Riding my 29er on gravel roads here never made me conflicted. I put woodchippers on it, but still prefer a rigid bike with road geometry.
Michigan dirt roads are much, much smoother than Michigan asphalt roads (well, in the dry season at least). Its a wierd state road wise. I gave up driving to work with all the summer construction as its faster just to bike the 12 miles (and much more fun)
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I have every intention of riding the White Rim trail on mine. I'll smile and act like it's way more fun than it is whenever I see a mountain bike.
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