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Old 04-13-20, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by jlaw View Post
Pretty cool - like the color.

I'd like to know what you think of it.

I have recommended that particular bike many times on BF to people looking for a nice all-around/gravel bike - a good value for a steel bike and solid components. The Compass tires are a good choice - not the most robust tire in the world (although Compass now offers 'Endurance' and 'Endurance Plus' casings), but very cushy - are you running tubeless?



Love the bike thanks. Wanted something I could ride far and comfortably for hours at a time and I think I made a good choice.

If I kept the stock WTB Riddlers I would have gone tubeless - would have had to really because they were nearly impossible to remove from rim. Changing a tube out far from home would have been a disaster. I have used extralite Snoqualmies with tubes in the past and was very happy with them performance and durability wise.
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Old 04-14-20, 08:19 AM
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Just have to say, after going for a mixed surface ride this weekend, these Gravel kings are fast!

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Old 04-17-20, 07:16 PM
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retro gravel
rail trail and fire roads only, anything rougher and shifting would be a nightmare

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Old 04-17-20, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by droppedandlost View Post
retro gravel
rail trail and fire roads only, anything rougher and shifting would be a nightmare

Nice - what size tires?
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Old 04-18-20, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by antmaster5000 View Post
Nice - what size tires?
38mm They don't rub but there's no clearance.
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This isn't a proper gravel grinder bike but it's the bike I ground gravel on this week. My gravel grinder is still under construction. This bike has 28mm tires, so I have to work a little harder to keep upright on gravel slopes and through mud puddles. But I did it, and I had a grand time.

It's a (rare) 1982 McLean with modern-ish components except for the original Campagnolo Record brake calipers. Only a few of them were made before the builder died suddenly at age 29. I had the frameset repainted in 1991 and had braze-ons added.

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Old 04-23-20, 07:57 AM
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2020 Santa Cruz Stigmata, size Large. GRX DI2 with Shimano XT DI2 Rear derailleur and 11-46 Cassette, 40t oval Absolute Black front Chainring. Tires are Vittoria Mezcal 2.1 on 650b wheelset. Also have a 700cc wheelset with Continental Terra Speed 40mm tires.




Gnarly setup! Do you know how wide those tires actually measure? Looking at the 29x2.1 version here but thinking the knobs will be too big at the front, and then I might go with the slicker Terreno Dry.
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Old 04-23-20, 12:49 PM
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Hi autonomy

i measured the tires and they are exactly 2.1 wide. But they are 650b, not sure if you could squeze 29x2.1 tires in there.
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Old 04-27-20, 05:57 PM
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Updated the cockpit on the '79 Royale with some 600 levers and double wrap

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Old 04-30-20, 05:58 PM
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They are great on Gravel
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Old 05-01-20, 04:56 AM
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Updated the cockpit on the '79 Royale with some 600 levers and double wrap

That bike is super nice! Love the lugs. Don't ever get rid of it

Dave
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Old 05-01-20, 05:21 AM
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Originally Posted by bonsai171 View Post
That bike is super nice! Love the lugs. Don't ever get rid of it

Dave
Thanks!! I love it so much and I am definitely planning to keep it forever!
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Old 05-01-20, 06:49 AM
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Its a work in progress, 40-47mm tires, mavic rims, deore hubs, drop bars, so i am using the one from the second photo.


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Old 05-01-20, 05:46 PM
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Looks great!!!
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Old 05-02-20, 03:21 PM
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No gravel around me, but here's my just-finished gravel racer in a parking lot, converted from an old Schwinn Tourist hybrid:






cabling/brake closeup:




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Old 05-04-20, 08:54 PM
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My new ride. XC mtb, but I ride gravel 🙂
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Old 05-05-20, 11:18 PM
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That Schwinn is nice!
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Old 05-08-20, 08:43 AM
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Here's mine. Its a 2015 Kona Jake the Snake.


I impulse bought this frame new back in 2015 because I wanted to race cyclocross and I built it up with a bunch of random stuff I had laying around. Since then its gotten some newer brakes and a carbon seatpost. I love the geometry of this particular bike, though this will likely get replaced at some point with something carbonated with a bit more tire clearance and through axles. I've been saying that since I got it though, and I'm going on 5 years with this frame. It just works so well in so many situations.
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Old 05-08-20, 02:20 PM
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Ultegra 6700 derailleurs with 105 5700 shifters
Bitex hubs--Kinlin wheel set- Conti 700X28C
FSA 36/46 crank to 11/28 cassette
Avid shorty ultimate
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Old 05-08-20, 02:26 PM
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The Purple Peril is nearing completion!

2020 Otso Warakin Ti frame, GRX 600 Groupset, DT Swiss C1800 wheels, WolfTooth Ti bottle cages and... well... Purple anodized components, Purple Bar tape and Purple Panaracer GravelKing SK Tires!


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Ritchey Swiss Cross



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That Schwinn is nice!
Thanks!

I think its best feature is the kickstand - for easy bike photography of course:

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Originally Posted by owenfinn View Post
My new Breezer Radar Pro with Compass Snoqualmie Pass tires.



I am thinking about buying a set of Snoqualmie Pass tires for my Hunqapillar. It will easily fit the larger Antelope Hill tires but I'm finding I agree with Jan Heine that a big wheel/tire radius detracts from handling. I love the cush of the large 50+ mm tires I've been riding but I much prefer the handling of the bike with 38mm tires.

My decision is whether to go 700 x 44 or invest in another bike and go the 650b x 47 route.
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Old 05-25-20, 07:27 PM
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I’ve only gotten a couple rides on it so far but I like it.
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Old 05-26-20, 08:53 PM
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I’ve only gotten a couple rides on it so far but I like it.
Didn't even know that I wanted that frameset. Awesome bike. What's the wheelset?

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