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10-31-22, 05:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,401
Posted By chas58

I got a canyon inflite when they came out. It's...

I got a canyon inflite when they came out. It's as fast as a road bike with road tires weighs 7.8 kg and cost about half what a crux cost. I put 54 mm tires on the front when I'm feeling rowdy.
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09-14-22, 03:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 355
Posted By chas58

yep, 20 is pretty standard for that tire size. ...

yep, 20 is pretty standard for that tire size. ETRTO standard lists it from 17 to 23. I've run it from 20 to 29 internal.

For reference, you can always search for the standard: etrto tire chart...
Forum: Great Lakes
09-09-22, 06:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,546
Posted By chas58

Last time I rode around Belle Isle (a few weeks...

Last time I rode around Belle Isle (a few weeks ago) I was surprised to drop what looked to be a strong cyclist (although I was pretty maxed out). Probably a good thing that I didn't realize he was...
09-06-22, 02:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 403
Posted By chas58

I do like having my batteries come with a switch....

I do like having my batteries come with a switch. Failing that, the controller can work, but I usually just jump the wires, or go to home depot and get a simple low voltage switch to plug in there.
08-26-22, 03:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 805
Posted By chas58

I made one. Haven't ridden it much, as its too...

I made one. Haven't ridden it much, as its too hilly around here. Maybe I'll try it at a CX race, as for the most part I never shift at a race.

I've spent years doing fixed - not sure I'd do...
08-01-22, 09:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,108
Posted By chas58

I could be wrong, but its looking to me that...

I could be wrong, but its looking to me that these tires are not being mounted properly.

With tubeless wheels, mounting is much more critical and a PITA.

I've learned the hard way to:
- put...
07-25-22, 01:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,108
Posted By chas58

Yeah, thanks for that. I did remember there are...

Yeah, thanks for that. I did remember there are two ways to make carbon hookless - couldn't remember what the second way was - using a throwaway bladder.
Sounds like ENVE probably has a higher...
07-25-22, 01:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,985
Posted By chas58

Well, fads always change in the bike world. ...

Well, fads always change in the bike world. Gotta have a new shiny object.

You are correct though. In the last few years, the industry touted having wide 650b or narrower 700c rims, so you could...
06-30-22, 11:13 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,287
Posted By chas58

Make sure you understand the warranty. Lynskey...

Make sure you understand the warranty. Lynskey is "reputable" but I still hear of their frames cracking occasionally (presumably because of the difficulty welding the stuff).
06-27-22, 09:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 664
Posted By chas58

I run 50mm Front, 38mm rear. Any problems you...

I run 50mm Front, 38mm rear. Any problems you expect?
Iike I said, it reduces the trail and makes the bike more stable, which is what I want when running big tires.
When running GP5000s, I want...
06-27-22, 03:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 664
Posted By chas58

Advantages: Better steering and flotation...

Advantages:

Better steering and flotation in the soft stuff
more shock absorption (a little like adding a small front shock)
Noticeably more trail, making the bike more stable in the rough...
06-01-22, 06:21 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,405
Posted By chas58

Gravel bike is anything you want it to be. I...

Gravel bike is anything you want it to be. I guess the question is, what to you want it to be? In the most Generic terms, it is a drop bar bike that can take 33mm or larger tires. But like with...
05-26-22, 07:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,519
Posted By chas58

Sounds like you want the smallest motor possible....

Sounds like you want the smallest motor possible. A strong biker does 250 watts, so a small 250 watt motor will give you plenty of power in bike terms. The smaller the motor, the lighter the bike...
05-26-22, 06:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 747
Posted By chas58

I had an Ergon like that, if you are looking. I...

I had an Ergon like that, if you are looking. I loved it for the track where I was pulling high G forces and the flat surface was comfortable (they make road and gravel versions). Unfortunately...
05-26-22, 06:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 788
Posted By chas58

Correct, given your assumptions. but if OP...

Correct, given your assumptions.

but if OP is considering buying a new bike that can take 700x60mm tires (as stated above), 650b isn't gonna be needed. If you already have a bike that maxes out...
05-20-22, 06:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 654
Posted By chas58

+1 Redshift. yup, I've heard nothing but good...

+1 Redshift. yup, I've heard nothing but good for redshift.

My bike maxes out at 38mm, but I can easily put a 50mm on the front, so I do that - at about 27psi it is pretty absorbent.

I find...
05-17-22, 05:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 863
Posted By chas58

shoot, anything from cygolite or night rider...

shoot, anything from cygolite or night rider would work fine. I've found my light in motion were not very durable, but the first two are pretty bomb proof.
05-11-22, 08:11 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,493
Posted By chas58

Yah, I wanted S-works cruz too but ended up...

Yah, I wanted S-works cruz too but ended up getting a Canyon Inflite for 1/2 the price. It's perfect for my riding. I do race training rides with roadies (pacelines @20-30mph), and cross country...
05-10-22, 01:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 637
Posted By chas58

Yah, I've created some 36mm Conti GP5000 tires...

Yah, I've created some 36mm Conti GP5000 tires that rule on a fast group ride, yet eat up class 1 & 2 gravel and horrid chip seal. Its been a long time grail to have a bike as fast as my track...
05-05-22, 06:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,781
Posted By chas58

Me too. LOL. lord knows I don't wear aero...

Me too. LOL. lord knows I don't wear aero clothes on gravel either.
04-29-22, 02:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,781
Posted By chas58

I think Aero for gravel is rather silly, but if...

I think Aero for gravel is rather silly, but if you are looking at aero for the road portion of your ride that makes sense.

Aero really starts to make a difference over 20mph. Below 15 it isn't...
04-26-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 864
Posted By chas58

yah, I kept going too fast and having to coast so...

yah, I kept going too fast and having to coast so I didn't hit the car in front of me. ;-) mostly it was bursts of 300-700 watts. But those tires (and wheels) are crazy fast (36mm Grand Prix...
04-25-22, 03:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,225
Posted By chas58

Well, I'm not the normal ebike guy (as anyone on...

Well, I'm not the normal ebike guy (as anyone on endless-sphere will tell ya).

It would depend on a lot of things. For me:
I designed and built a light bike for commuting - one that road at...
04-25-22, 02:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 864
Posted By chas58

I draft behind trucks. Small trucks with...

I draft behind trucks. Small trucks with trailers, or delivery trucks are the best. I look for a line of 3+ cars - because if I draft off on one car, they will always speed up - but if it is 2+...
04-25-22, 05:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,010
Posted By chas58

Yah, I'm gonna say this seat post will not be...

Yah, I'm gonna say this seat post will not be very effective for ya. I have a bike with 5" of exposed post and the CGR did nothing at all. With the Canyon, there is a bit of a lever arm going...
04-22-22, 01:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,010
Posted By chas58

I've had rockshock telsscoping for a mountain...

I've had rockshock telsscoping for a mountain bike (not great for Gravel)
Thudbuster great for gravel, but kinda big and heavy
Specialized CGR - horrid
Canyon/Ergon (single piece) ideal for gravel...
04-20-22, 05:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,010
Posted By chas58

It's worth it. Its amazing. I was gonna buy...

It's worth it. Its amazing. I was gonna buy one, but it came on my bike, lol. Ergon sells it too. It is a 10 out of 10. Couldn't be better.

I bought the Specialized version (CG-R). Biggest...
04-12-22, 08:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 350
Posted By chas58

I do that all the time - in a fashion. I like...

I do that all the time - in a fashion. I like going fat on my front tire, and may run 54mm front, 38mm rear.

Generally, doing this adds more trail (effectively reducing the head tube angle...
03-24-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,142
Posted By chas58

Yah, my Canyon is that weight too. Mine never...

Yah, my Canyon is that weight too. Mine never looks that shiny though - its always full of mud, dirt, scratches, sweat, and blood. I clean it, but it always goes back to its natural state.
03-24-22, 02:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 546
Posted By chas58

With aluminum hooked rims, you can almost do...

With aluminum hooked rims, you can almost do anything you want (in the day we put mountain bike tires on rims that width). 40mm should be fine, if not ideal.

DT Swiss 1800 are a great option for...
03-22-22, 06:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,142
Posted By chas58

Yah, my bike weighs about 17.4lbs (less with road...

Yah, my bike weighs about 17.4lbs (less with road tires/wheels). It is insanely fun. The biggest difference is in out of the saddle acceleration. At a steady 150-200watts, it doesn't really make...
03-22-22, 06:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 939
Posted By chas58

OH, that sux. In the US, they have free return...

OH, that sux. In the US, they have free return shipping, so I was out of pocket nothing (and if I hit my credit card cycle right, I never had to pay the bill). I live 18 miles north of canada, FYI....
03-16-22, 08:58 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,493
Posted By chas58

The new Specialized Crux would fit the bill...

The new Specialized Crux would fit the bill nicely. Its an endurance road bike that fits wide tires. Basically an Aethos with larger tires. I'm guessing anything with the "S" is out of your price...
03-16-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 939
Posted By chas58

I'm basically your height. If I do the "jam the...

I'm basically your height. If I do the "jam the book" method above, my inseam is 86cm - although I wear 32" jeans

IMHO, the critical distance is my reach to the handlebars - Top tube length +...
03-15-22, 05:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,071
Posted By chas58

Basstar, it would be good if you would describe...

Basstar, it would be good if you would describe what area of riding you want to improve.

IMHO, the best tire for your condition is the 60mm wide Schwalbe G-one (speed). That tire was specifically...
03-04-22, 03:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,185
Posted By chas58

Even better if your OEM uses 650b in their small...

Even better if your OEM uses 650b in their small sizes and 700c in their larger sizes
02-22-22, 04:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 984
Posted By chas58

Agreed, they are all great tires. I have the...

Agreed, they are all great tires. I have the original G-one allround, original speed, and original GP5000. Yeah, the GP5000 is significantly faster (roughly 10%).
02-16-22, 04:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,480
Posted By chas58

OP - IMHO, there is no such thing as a 250 watt...

OP - IMHO, there is no such thing as a 250 watt bike - unless you are using a 24v battery
assuming the smallest battery is 36v and the smallest possible controller giving 10amps continuous = 360...
02-09-22, 04:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,086
Posted By chas58

See answers below in red Just gonna...

See answers below in red



Just gonna say the german mags tested the G-one Allround as faster than the speed. I'd say its within the margin of error (i.e. they are realistically about the...
02-01-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,424
Posted By chas58

Click bait so it comes up in a google search, I...

Click bait so it comes up in a google search, I mean, they have advertised this out of stock item for years now.
01-07-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,055
Posted By chas58

I was thinking in pounds, so their "casual...

I was thinking in pounds, so their "casual riding" bikes are £2,899 - £3,299. Considering the qualiy of the base bike, and the integration of the electronics, it is a good buy.

But then again...
01-06-22, 10:56 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,055
Posted By chas58

Well, for 3K, you can get some nice stuff. I...

Well, for 3K, you can get some nice stuff. I think Electric did a nice review of a Yamaha a while back. But if I had that coin, I'd get a Canyon endurance or Grail ebike. Those things are...
01-06-22, 10:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 859
Posted By chas58

The question I have on this thread is - is this...

The question I have on this thread is - is this question for riding, storage, or charging?

For riding, don't worry about it. if it starts off at room temperature, it will generate its own heat. ...
01-03-22, 04:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,298
Posted By chas58

I find skinnier tires work a lot better in deep...

I find skinnier tires work a lot better in deep heavy snow, as they slice right through it. wide tires mean more snow has to be pushed out of the way.

Fat tires work on hard packed bumpy stuff...
01-03-22, 04:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,298
Posted By chas58

Yeah, I checked the radar once, everything was...

Yeah, I checked the radar once, everything was clear for the next hour. I went out and it started drizzling. No problem, just made the roads wet. But a wet road and black ice look the same. I...
12-30-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,298
Posted By chas58

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/892x1582/snow_road_ee09867390514fe8edc287066cb23e1e3870b22e.jpg
12-15-21, 10:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,469
Posted By chas58

I think you got it above. It was "invented" for...

I think you got it above. It was "invented" for MTB because it freed up frame design options.
downsides: More wear and tear on chain/chainring/cassette, bigger jumps between gears, you REALLY need...
12-03-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,151
Posted By chas58

Agreed. I'd add redundancy. on a hub...

Agreed.

I'd add redundancy.
on a hub motor, I have ridden home with a dead battery and with a broken chain. Can't do the broken chain bit on a mid drive. ;-)
12-03-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,151
Posted By chas58

I'll recommend the Rad rover. Building your own...

I'll recommend the Rad rover. Building your own bike can be "fun" but it takes a fair amount of time, research, trial, and error that all dissapears with an off the shelf solution. Unless you are a...
11-30-21, 05:06 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,003
Posted By chas58

Jonathan, I guess you got your answer then. My...

Jonathan, I guess you got your answer then.
My gravel bike climbs like a scalded cat, but it is light & stiff (in the right areas) - short chainstays, stiff BB, very efficient power delivery).
...
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