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What did you just buy for your gravel bike?

Old 06-28-17, 12:49 PM
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What did you just buy for your gravel bike?

The single speed and road forums have threads for those specific genres so why not gravel?

I'd love to see the new cool stuff people are buying so post your gravel or adventure bike specific purchases here.


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Brooks C13 Carbon Cambium (145mm wide). Not nearly as comfy as leather, but I guess I'll keep it.
CGR and Thudbuster ST seat posts (one for road, one for gravel)
32mm Conti 4 seasons for the road/trail, 40mm Maxxis Rambler for rougher gravel and single track.
New bar tape! ;-)
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Salsa Cowchipper bars.
Ordered em on Monday.


Just cuz I wanna try em and see how they feel compared to my Origin8 Gary OS Sweep bars.
I might like the slightly less canted levers and less flare on the drops.
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Just ordered new cranks for my vintage Stumpy drop-bar conversion. I'm keeping the gearing the same, but reducing the arm length to make the pedal stroke feel more like my road bikes, and hopefully eliminate some weird hip pain I've been having.
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I just came back from a trip to Santiago and that's always good news for my bike. Lots of bike stores means a lot of variety on parts and great prices (compared to my city).

- Shimano 48-36-26 crankset (will replace the 26 with a 24t chainring for that ultra low gearing).
- New front derailleur
- A front rack so I can ditch my rear rack for commuting (N=1)
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Originally Posted by kuroba View Post
- Shimano 48-36-26 crankset (will replace the 26 with a 24t chainring for that ultra low gearing).
If your cassette uses an 11-13-15-18 pattern, you could also replace the 36T with a 38T to give yourself a decent 1.5-step offset in the road cruising range. If it's a 12-14-16-18 pattern, a 39T would be more appropriate. Some people don't care about that sort of stuff, but I find it to be convenient when I need it, and oftentimes it doesn't really "cost" anything in other functionality.

(If your cassette has a straight block at the small gears, never mind.) (FD compatibility is also a potential issue; the inner plate on the FD needs to be able to clear the middle ring when shifting to the big ring, which can be an issue on some triple FDs if there's too small of a difference between middle and big ring.)
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Schwalbe G-One 38's. Should measure >40 mm when mounted.

$44 each at Merlin.

Running 35's now. Will be interesting to see what the extra weight does for riding on pavement vs the extra width when riding on gnarly offroad.


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Shockstop stem

I bought a Shockstop stem for my Lemond Poprad. It has worked out well so far.
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I just did a tubeless install of some Maxxis Rambler 40mm tires.
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Last week, it was Brooks leather bar tape.

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New brake pads. Looking at some tubeless road tires for my spare wheelset next.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Schwalbe G-One 38's. Should measure >40 mm when mounted.

$44 each at Merlin.

Running 35's now. Will be interesting to see what the extra weight does for riding on pavement vs the extra width when riding on gnarly offroad.
A buddy had those- they are really light and he said the tread pattern on pavement was fine. Get those 40s and tackle some tough gravel! You will be able to get onto all sorts of forest roads now.
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Originally Posted by mtn_cyclist View Post
I just did a tubeless install of some Maxxis Rambler 40mm tires.
And what do you think? I'm seriously considering these.
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Most recent Clement Strada USH 32mm tires and a K-edge holder for the Garmin 520.
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
And what do you think? I'm seriously considering these.

I'm happy with these tires. Installed on non tubeless rims. I used Gorilla tape, Stan's valves, Orange Seal. Moderately difficult to install on rim. I used a compressor and they inflated and seated immediately. Comfortable ride, good traction in gravel and hard pack. I doubt they would be very good in mud but no experience. After a couple hundred miles I expect minimal flat problems and medium tread life. I recommend them.
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Deore low-mount btm pull front derailleur.

To replace the Tiagra that the shop had spec'd for my build. The Tiagra was a terrible match for the 40-32-22 XT crankset, as there had to be a full inch btwn big ring teeth and btm of derailleur cage.
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A new (to me) gravel bike. Only 100 miles on my 2016 GT Grade carbon Ultegra. Get it tomorrow! Ordered tires today and received my 34t chain ring yesterday. Still need my 50t and I'll be ready to rip.
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Hey, @BigPoser. I've been riding a GT Grade Carbon Force 22 for a year and a half. My only regret is that I didn't pony up for the Ultegra version. You should start a thread and post lots of pics, I'd love to see! Really hope you enjoy yours.
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Rhinodillo Blue tire liners to fix a recurring flat issue.
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Originally Posted by dgodave View Post
Deore low-mount btm pull front derailleur.

To replace the Tiagra that the shop had spec'd for my build. The Tiagra was a terrible match for the 40-32-22 XT crankset, as there had to be a full inch btwn big ring teeth and btm of derailleur cage.
I hope it plays well with your shifter.
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Old 07-03-17, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
I hope it plays well with your shifter.
Thanks. Works perfectly with my microshift non-indexed front thumb shifter. Its so good I want to do front der shifts all the time whether I need to or not.
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