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05-23-22, 08:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 195
Posted By dwmckee

We have tested the Redshift stem at our shop for...

We have tested the Redshift stem at our shop for a few hundred mikes. It works very well. Not as well as teh Lauf fork, but as a lower-cos solution is is pretty good. Definitely sucks up most of...
05-23-22, 08:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 235
Posted By dwmckee

We have been heavily considering the Tuscany...

We have been heavily considering the Tuscany Trail or Tuscany Road route on the Bombtrack bikes website. That may be worth a look!
05-18-22, 09:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 435
Posted By dwmckee

For road use with other vehicles or pedestrians...

For road use with other vehicles or pedestrians around the cutoff and no light wasted on illuminating the sky this is plenty bright. If you are offroad trail riding then one of the inexpensive...
05-18-22, 09:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 287
Posted By dwmckee

The stock Giant tires are horrible by the way as...

The stock Giant tires are horrible by the way as they have a very stiff casing and a pretty mediocre tread compound. Most any tire is going to be a huge improvement, and low tire pressure is always...
05-17-22, 07:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 435
Posted By dwmckee

Here is what I use - Rather phallic looking, but...

Here is what I use - Rather phallic looking, but an excellent light and it has a strong horizontal cut-off so you do not blind everything that is headed toward you. From Busch & Muller...
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05-17-22, 07:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 256
Posted By dwmckee

Yup! Or contaminated pads and/or rotors also.

Yup! Or contaminated pads and/or rotors also.
05-09-22, 07:04 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,873
Posted By dwmckee

So, we should be calling these multi-surface or...

So, we should be calling these multi-surface or mixed-surface rides instead then? I bet I can guess where that will go if you put it to a vote.
05-06-22, 05:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 966
Posted By dwmckee

There are so many good gravel bikes out there and...

There are so many good gravel bikes out there and Felt was late to market with the Breed so hardly anyone pays attention to it.
05-01-22, 08:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 966
Posted By dwmckee

The 3T is probably the one with the most aero...

The 3T is probably the one with the most aero testing and development. It is supposed to be faster dirty than when clean (turbulent air can follow sharp bends better than smooth laminar flow). ...
04-28-22, 07:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 838
Posted By dwmckee

Nice build BTW!

Nice build BTW!
04-28-22, 07:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 838
Posted By dwmckee

Open WI.DE. handles 2.4 inch. Salsa Cutthroat...

Open WI.DE. handles 2.4 inch. Salsa Cutthroat may be close to that. Bombtrack Beyond maybe is in there too.
04-28-22, 07:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,760
Posted By dwmckee

We are a 3T dealer and we love the bike for...

We are a 3T dealer and we love the bike for certain riders, but based on your description I'd be recommending a different bike for you. The 3T is very stiff and more suitable for younger racers that...
04-19-22, 09:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 329
Posted By dwmckee

As FYI. We have done a few conversions for...

As FYI. We have done a few conversions for customers at our shop, but mostly flat bar to drop bar. The frame geometry for flat bar and drop bar frames is often quite different. Often finding the...
04-13-22, 04:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,499
Posted By dwmckee

If you wait to May you may not have a choice as...

If you wait to May you may not have a choice as many bikes will be out of stock for the remainder of the season. As far as GRX 8 vs Di2 - If you are driving a Lexus would you still be lusting for...
04-11-22, 06:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 796
Posted By dwmckee

Oops, I'm sorry, the question was about GRX Di2...

Oops, I'm sorry, the question was about GRX Di2 upgrades. They told us the firmware upgrade for 11 to 12-speed will be available just for the later model non GRX Di2 shifters, and I believe they had...
04-09-22, 04:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 796
Posted By dwmckee

I was informed of this directly by Shimano in a...

I was informed of this directly by Shimano in a Di2 seminar organized by Shimano employees.
04-08-22, 05:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 796
Posted By dwmckee

This is not exactly true. later model 11 speed...

This is not exactly true. later model 11 speed shifters can have a firmware update to convert them to 12 speed.
04-03-22, 04:07 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 23,913
Posted By dwmckee

By the way, if the extender drops the derailleur...

By the way, if the extender drops the derailleur too low then sometimes you can raise the original mount to make the extender in needed position.
04-03-22, 09:02 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 42,657
Posted By dwmckee

I would not spend a lot of time thinking about...

I would not spend a lot of time thinking about it. Supply for both is far less than demand and you may have to wait for them to be in stock. A good local dealer will let you place an order and...
04-01-22, 06:03 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 42,657
Posted By dwmckee

Yeah, GRX or FSA wheels over the Hunts. We are a...

Yeah, GRX or FSA wheels over the Hunts. We are a dealer for all three and can tell you that the Shimano and FSA wheelsets are far better made and just a wee bit more expensive. They are far worth...
04-01-22, 05:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 796
Posted By dwmckee

No updated GRX Di2 in the works this year. And...

No updated GRX Di2 in the works this year. And very few parts available right now. Shimano production has been drastically impacted over the past year (and continues to be) by COVID shutdowns...
03-30-22, 04:02 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 42,657
Posted By dwmckee

The GRX wheelset ($440) is only TA so go with the...

The GRX wheelset ($440) is only TA so go with the FSA set which is about the same price and has QR & TA axles. I think around 1700 grams or so total for the set.
03-28-22, 06:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 362
Posted By dwmckee

Even the big brands cannot get parts for product...

Even the big brands cannot get parts for product line production right now. There are a few around in some local bike shops but they are holding on to them for regular loyal customers and custom...
03-25-22, 07:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 707
Posted By dwmckee

When we work with new gravel riders one of the...

When we work with new gravel riders one of the first things we cover is tire pressure. Raodies think dropping to 65 PSI is really low; 25 PSI is unimaginable to them. We encourage them to take a...
03-24-22, 08:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 961
Posted By dwmckee

Also, the TRP Hy/Rd and Spyre calipers work WAY...

Also, the TRP Hy/Rd and Spyre calipers work WAY better if you use compressionless housing (as they recommend).
03-22-22, 07:28 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,739
Posted By dwmckee

I know press-fit BBs get a bad rap, but I think...

I know press-fit BBs get a bad rap, but I think most of that is bad internet over-hyping the problem. We repair a few thousand bikes a year and see maybe 1 - 2 creaking press-fits each year. If it...
03-22-22, 07:12 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,739
Posted By dwmckee

The Rodeo Labs Flannimal is a great choice as...

The Rodeo Labs Flannimal is a great choice as well.
03-21-22, 08:09 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,739
Posted By dwmckee

Sorry, a quality carbon gravel fork of course,...

Sorry, a quality carbon gravel fork of course, not just any carbon road fork.

You can find a lot of bad advice mixed in with the good out there.

Only the cheapest steel gravel bikes still...
03-20-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,739
Posted By dwmckee

Based on your criteria I'd go either Jamis...

Based on your criteria I'd go either Jamis Renegade (great value) or Ritchey Outback (rated most compliant steel gravel bike). I am contemplating a Ritchey build right now actually as a backup...
03-18-22, 07:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 735
Posted By dwmckee

Several of us at our shop rode the SS. We all...

Several of us at our shop rode the SS. We all came to the same conclusion that they are kind of slick on pavement, especially wet pavement. They do not have as much traction as the Vittoria Terreno...
03-16-22, 05:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 961
Posted By dwmckee

Mineral Spirits are derived from petroleum and...

Mineral Spirits are derived from petroleum and can leave an oily residue. I would use brake cleaner or alcohol as recommended by brake manufacturers.
03-13-22, 02:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 887
Posted By dwmckee

As a quick note, the OP is riding 2 inch wide...

As a quick note, the OP is riding 2 inch wide tires in South Florida where there are no hills at all. And does not currently have a lot of traction problems. Probably just about any good 2 inch or...
03-13-22, 02:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 961
Posted By dwmckee

Huh? No need to light them up. Just a very clean...

Huh? No need to light them up. Just a very clean cloth and several wipings with alcohol or brake cleaner. Do not touch the rotors or pads with your hands as even that can cause some contamination....
03-11-22, 08:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 961
Posted By dwmckee

If pads are that low I would just replace them....

If pads are that low I would just replace them. $20 and you do not have to worry again for 2K miles (YMMV of course). Some folks do get better mileage out of pads, especially if they do not ride a...
03-11-22, 08:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 670
Posted By dwmckee

If you reuse old tape you will miss out on the...

If you reuse old tape you will miss out on the delightful pleasure of new bar tape. And it is cheap; why skimp with the new bar? Also, see the Park Tool video for wrapping bars, Calvin does a great...
03-10-22, 09:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 961
Posted By dwmckee

Brake fade could be from contaminated rotor or...

Brake fade could be from contaminated rotor or pads, glazed pads, pads near worn out, grit embedded in the pads, damaged cable or housing, getting them really, really hot, etc. Sanding the pads and...
03-09-22, 09:26 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,841
Posted By dwmckee

The new Scott has a beautiful paint job!

The new Scott has a beautiful paint job!
03-09-22, 09:23 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,324
Posted By dwmckee

Beautiful bike! I wonder if TI frames will...

Beautiful bike!

I wonder if TI frames will be harder to get with so much of the supply coming from Russia...
03-08-22, 09:58 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,324
Posted By dwmckee

Ah, my mistake then. I thought Rodeo Lab frames...

Ah, my mistake then. I thought Rodeo Lab frames were US-made...
03-06-22, 08:43 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,803
Posted By dwmckee

If you search online enough, you can hear just...

If you search online enough, you can hear just about everything. Often opinions intertwined with facts. We install the Hy/RDs on a lot of bikes with heavy riders that want better performing cable...
03-03-22, 08:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 774
Posted By dwmckee

When MTB you may be riding much shorter distances...

When MTB you may be riding much shorter distances where a standing climb mat not be a big deal, but on a longer gravel ride folks tend to sit and conserve energy for a more endurance sort of ride. ...
03-03-22, 08:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 847
Posted By dwmckee

Nice video! It looks like 40MM all the way on...

Nice video! It looks like 40MM all the way on day 1 at least. IMHO of course. It looks flatter than teh climbing elevation suggests.
02-27-22, 02:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,803
Posted By dwmckee

Promax is... er.... something to upgrade from...

Promax is... er.... something to upgrade from...
02-23-22, 05:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 998
Posted By dwmckee

We are in Western PA and have about 75 gravel...

We are in Western PA and have about 75 gravel bikes in stock - most sizes. We carry Giant, Liv, Open. 3T, Bombtrack, Willier, Salsa, Jamis, Cinelli and are non-stocking for Felt and Surly. Most...
02-21-22, 07:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 830
Posted By dwmckee

Have you ridden the G1 Speed to make a good side...

Have you ridden the G1 Speed to make a good side by side comparison? I have ridden both, and I can say that they both are fantastic tires in this width range. And the Rene Hearse is also a...
02-20-22, 06:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 563
Posted By dwmckee

Yes, you are right. Very confusing. Teh G-one...

Yes, you are right. Very confusing. Teh G-one Speed tires are all that I have experience with. That would be the one for someone that rides occasional gravel and loves road.
02-19-22, 09:48 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,841
Posted By dwmckee

I have a Large (57.5) blue Open U.P with Ultegra...

I have a Large (57.5) blue Open U.P with Ultegra groupset used but in very good shape if you are interested. PM me if you are interested. May be in your price range.
02-19-22, 09:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 563
Posted By dwmckee

Schwalbe G-One is a faster tire and rides smooth...

Schwalbe G-One is a faster tire and rides smooth if that is what you are looking for. Gravel Kings are a decent do-all tire, but not best at anything. G0One is quite smooth on tarmac despite the...
02-18-22, 06:48 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 42,657
Posted By dwmckee

Well, we have now serviced several of these in...

Well, we have now serviced several of these in our gravel shop. Our verdict - They are right on the price-value continuum. They are acceptable for the price. They are not a $1500 bike for $900. ...
02-18-22, 06:36 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,803
Posted By dwmckee

Yep, this is #1 and the Spyres are #2. I ride...

Yep, this is #1 and the Spyres are #2. I ride both. We install the Hy/RD on many Ultegra bikes with cable levers when the customer wants a top performing disc. Use COMPRESSIONLESS HOUSING with...
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