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06-28-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 489
Posted By Bryan C.

Sheldon Brown disagrees with that statement: ...

Sheldon Brown disagrees with that statement:

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/chains.html



I'm on fence about this to be honest. I have a brand new Shimano XT chain ready to be installed. I'm...
06-21-21, 04:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 14,385
Posted By Bryan C.

Great video, thanks for sharing.

Great video, thanks for sharing.
06-09-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 597
Posted By Bryan C.

2019 Specialized Diverge carbon frame I...

2019 Specialized Diverge carbon frame

I wasn't the first one to try a big MTB cassette on a road RD. I agree that some frames may not be compatible with this set up. But based on the posts that I...
06-09-21, 07:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 597
Posted By Bryan C.

I run an 11-42 xt cassette with a GRX 815 RD with...

I run an 11-42 xt cassette with a GRX 815 RD with 48/31 chainrings without the need for a roadlink. Zero shifting issues in any gears. Proper chain length and b-screw adjustments took some trial and...
05-23-21, 04:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 948
Posted By Bryan C.

I think the current bike boom and hot market is...

I think the current bike boom and hot market is on its way out. Just my opinion based on my own experience. Nothing wrong with setting a high sale price and letting the market do its thing. They're...
05-23-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 948
Posted By Bryan C.

I just recently sold a couple low mileage high...

I just recently sold a couple low mileage high end bikes, road and MTB. I didn't get a response to my ad until the sale price was down to 50% of retail. $6500 road bike sold for $3000 and the $4000...
03-28-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,194
Posted By Bryan C.

Merlin cycles still has the Addix microskin...

Merlin cycles still has the Addix microskin version in your preferred 700x35c size.

https://www.merlincycles.com/schwalbe-g-one-allround-microskin-tl-easy-folding-gravel-tyre-700c-91923.html

...
03-28-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,194
Posted By Bryan C.

Bicycle rolling resistance did not have a...

Bicycle rolling resistance did not have a favorable review of the new G-one with the super ground compound. They also never tested the original one-star or addix compound versions.
...
03-13-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 596
Posted By Bryan C.

They do ship shimano to the US. Did you really...

They do ship shimano to the US. Did you really expect every option to be available right now?
03-13-21, 08:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 596
Posted By Bryan C.

I would have to say the GRX Di2 levers really are...

I would have to say the GRX Di2 levers really are that much better. The braking power is definitely an improvement over the DA 9120 brakes on my road bike, which are supposed to be better than the...
03-13-21, 08:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 596
Posted By Bryan C.

You correct that they are hard to find. Merlin...

You correct that they are hard to find. Merlin has the whole 2x GRX 815 Di2 groupset in stock right now.
...
03-12-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 976
Posted By Bryan C.

I'll suggest getting your sit bones measured at a...

I'll suggest getting your sit bones measured at a local bike shop if you haven't already. Changing to a slightly wider seat made a big difference in comfort.

I use Specialized Phenom Expert seats...
03-08-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,160
Posted By Bryan C.

I recently picked up a CK ceramic bottom bracket...

I recently picked up a CK ceramic bottom bracket for my new MTB. It spins nice, but as many have said I'm not sure I can tell the difference. And for the record I didn't buy it expecting anything...
03-06-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,287
Posted By Bryan C.

Funny you should ask that. Once the 815 was...

Funny you should ask that. Once the 815 was installed the semi-synchronized shift became enabled without my knowledge. The presence of the former 817 RD shut off all those features even though they...
03-04-21, 12:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,287
Posted By Bryan C.

And the real reason for the thread bump.... ...

And the real reason for the thread bump....

As of today, GRX Di2 2x drivetrain is in stock at Merlin.
...
03-04-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,287
Posted By Bryan C.

How about another update nobody asked for? I...

How about another update nobody asked for?

I located a GRX 815 derailer and swapped that onto my Diverge.

Other than needing a slightly longer chain the system is working well with the 11-42...
02-22-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,180
Posted By Bryan C.

One thing that has yet to be pointed out is there...

One thing that has yet to be pointed out is there are a number of adjustments that can be made to Shimano hydraulic levers. Free stroke and reach adjustments can affect the feel of the lever while...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 794
Posted By Bryan C.

I ran into the same issue finding the DA 9170...

I ran into the same issue finding the DA 9170 calipers. My Ultegra shifters were replaced under warranty with a set of DA shifters. The original ultegra calipers were left on. The DA calipers were...
01-05-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,974
Posted By Bryan C.

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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2021 Specialized Stumpjumper
12-17-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 20,435
Views: 3,511,632
Posted By Bryan C.

Not really a bike related item...but this is a...

Not really a bike related item...but this is a legendary dad joke.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/tls/d/san-francisco-manual-chainsaw/7248441628.html
...
12-12-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 771
Posted By Bryan C.

I recently ordered one. My current Kuat Sherpa...

I recently ordered one. My current Kuat Sherpa 2.0 can't accommodate my Stumpjumper's long wheelbase.

Still waiting for delivery. They are 45 days out for orders unless you pay for expedited...
12-08-20, 06:04 AM
Replies: 1,565
Views: 130,647
Posted By Bryan C.

I think it's just the off season for many...

I think it's just the off season for many cyclists. My own lack of involvement is purely based on my hectic personal schedule at the moment. Time will tell I guess....
11-23-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,608
Posted By Bryan C.

Maybe, maybe not. The SF Bay Area is a different...

Maybe, maybe not. The SF Bay Area is a different market with a fairly high demand for bikes in general.

I know that bike parts in general are difficult to source right now. But it seems that that...
11-23-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,608
Posted By Bryan C.

Seems like a few small retailers here and there...

Seems like a few small retailers here and there have parts in stock. Obviously all the major retail outlets are out of stock but I was able to find an 815 RD recently at The Colorado Cyclist.
...
11-16-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,362
Posted By Bryan C.

I opted for a renter's insurance policy to cover...

I opted for a renter's insurance policy to cover my bikes for just this reason. I don't want to add a claim to my homeowners policy if I don't have to. Between carrying my bikes inside my vehicles...
11-04-20, 12:30 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 26,826
Posted By Bryan C.

That's a valid point to make. I've often wondered...

That's a valid point to make. I've often wondered about how they would fare with a more robust solid stainless brake rotor. I still have the calipers and Force 1 groupset waiting for a new build,...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-03-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,547
Posted By Bryan C.

I'm using the RX815 rd with an 11-42 cassette and...

I'm using the RX815 rd with an 11-42 cassette and the 48/31 chainset. Works great, shifts perfectly. Plenty of b-screw left if needed. Some people will say it isn't the "correct" way but it does...
11-03-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 26,826
Posted By Bryan C.

Hope does make an RX4 post mount caliper. ...

Hope does make an RX4 post mount caliper.

https://www.hopetech.com/products/brakes/road/rx4-postmount-caliper/
11-03-20, 07:45 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 26,826
Posted By Bryan C.

Replacement pads for the Sram calipers are...

Replacement pads for the Sram calipers are limited to Hope pads only. I was able to track them down through Merlin Cycles in the UK. My issue with them is the lack of aftermarket pads available....
10-26-20, 05:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,287
Posted By Bryan C.

The dynamo hub seems versatile enough to be used...

The dynamo hub seems versatile enough to be used by bikepackers and commuters to charge their phones and bike lights. I would assume a power bank of some sort would be charged while riding and then...
10-08-20, 06:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,131
Posted By Bryan C.

I use a hand spray bottle with a very diluted...

I use a hand spray bottle with a very diluted dish soap and water solution. Spray it on, and wipe it off with a microfiber cloth. The dish soap does well at removing grease and oil. It will also...
10-04-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 903
Posted By Bryan C.

:roflmao:

:roflmao:
10-04-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 903
Posted By Bryan C.

So your opinion is the only one that counts? Get...

So your opinion is the only one that counts? Get real. The question was asked and answered by people who have actually done what the OP asked. It's fine to put forth your opinion, but stop acting...
10-03-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 903
Posted By Bryan C.

Lol, ok. :thumb:

Lol, ok. :thumb:
10-03-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 903
Posted By Bryan C.

Just because Shimano says it won't work doesn't...

Just because Shimano says it won't work doesn't actually mean it won't work. Their super conservative specs are designed around optimal operating ranges. Not necessarily real world specs.

Maybe...
10-03-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 903
Posted By Bryan C.

It is possible but you will need a new rear...

It is possible but you will need a new rear derailleur as well.

It has been done before with an Ultegra RX derailleur and also with the GRX 810 derailleur. Both of these are compatible with your...
09-09-20, 06:17 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,287
Posted By Bryan C.

Interesting to see that the M8000 cage will swap...

Interesting to see that the M8000 cage will swap over. I may look into that as that would help with the big/big combination.

My system reacts the same way if you are on the 11t cog and want to...
09-09-20, 06:11 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,287
Posted By Bryan C.

I thought the 817 would be a better fit for the...

I thought the 817 would be a better fit for the system with the 42t rear cassette. Turns out the 817 has an SS length cage and didn't have quite as much chain wrap as I had expected. Overall it seems...
08-31-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,749
Posted By Bryan C.

https://www.jensonusa.com/Genuine-Innovations-Side...

https://www.jensonusa.com/Genuine-Innovations-Side-Of-Bacon-Plugs

This is the refill kit. The regular kit has the applicator tool.

I have used them several times with great success.
08-27-20, 07:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,911
Posted By Bryan C.

I have a road bike with DA 9120 that has been my...

I have a road bike with DA 9120 that has been my own gold standard for drop bar braking. Everything gets compared to them. When I installed the GRX I immediately knew that they were superior in every...
08-26-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,911
Posted By Bryan C.

The GRX Di2 ergonomics are nice. But the real...

The GRX Di2 ergonomics are nice. But the real value of the GRX are the brakes. Much better than DA or Ultegra. You will be very happy with your decision.
08-11-20, 09:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,254
Posted By Bryan C.

The service interval was said to be 500 hours but...

The service interval was said to be 500 hours but from my understanding that claim was never substantiated in any official form.. The funny part is when I have asked at the shops, and from the...
08-10-20, 08:49 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,254
Posted By Bryan C.

I have a drop bar diverge. I like the future...

I have a drop bar diverge. I like the future shock system but I have had mixed results. My Roubaix road bike with the future shock 1.0 has had thousands of trouble free miles. My diverge? Not so...
08-09-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,254
Posted By Bryan C.

Did you try swapping in the stiffer helper...

Did you try swapping in the stiffer helper spring? I had the same bottoming out issue and changing to the stiffest spring solved that issue.
08-08-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 2,442
Views: 254,762
Posted By Bryan C.

I swear those two look like they could be related...

I swear those two look like they could be related to the two kittens I just adopted. Crazy. These girls are 13 weeks old.

Say Hi to Nefi and Cleo...
08-03-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,418
Posted By Bryan C.

Common issue with that style FD. Get a Shimano...

Common issue with that style FD. Get a Shimano 105 or Ultegra derailleur as noted in the pics zen posted above. The modern versions of those FD have addressed that issue with a newer design.

For...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 24,694
Posted By Bryan C.

I have a few of there jerseys and some bib...

I have a few of there jerseys and some bib shorts. The shorts don't fit me well so I don't wear them much. I have 2 of their brevet jerseys. I really like them but don't wear them much either. I do...
07-22-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 516
Posted By Bryan C.

I prefer a 2x set up on my gravel bike as well. ...

I prefer a 2x set up on my gravel bike as well.

A mid length cage derailleur should work with the 2x. But each set up is a bit unique when going beyond the published limits of the equipment. This...
07-22-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 516
Posted By Bryan C.

I regularly ride hills in the 10%+ range. Sure on...

I regularly ride hills in the 10%+ range. Sure on a road bike with smooth tarmac I can climb some pretty steep hills with a 34x32 low gear. But on dirt and gravel I want low gears.

A Force 1 RD...
07-21-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 26,276
Posted By Bryan C.

So at this moment I have 2 bikes with similar...

So at this moment I have 2 bikes with similar range drivetrains. My Giant Escape is a flat bar hybrid, for that I use a 46/32 chainset, a Tiagra 4700 FD and an SLX 7000 MTB derailleur with an 11...
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