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Old 03-16-20, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by csrpenfab View Post
I got out for a post-rain gravel ride Saturday. The gravel was fine, but when I tried to cut across a dairy farm road between two gravel paths, I ran into some very deep thick clay laden mud. Let's just say the Niner with 38c Schwalbe G1's struggles in shedding mud! Progress quickly came to a full stop and it was time for some hike-a-bike to get back to the gravel! Fun was still had, but it took a solid hour to clean the Niner of mud!


You are likely going to be missing some paint when you wash away that mud.
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You are likely going to be missing some paint when you wash away that mud.
Not a problem. I quickly washed the entire bike when I got home and all was well with the CF frame. Zero paint damage, err, not really paint on the frame... I didn't continue trying to ride once it loaded up. I found a stick to clean the mud blockage and get the wheels rolling for the mile ride home.

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csrpenfab I think you went over the legal limit of fun for the day.
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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.








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Originally Posted by DavidfGR View Post
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.
Nice build! A lot of people were awfully quick to write off 650b/27.5 but it's nice to have the option of a large volume tire without the weight of a full-blown 29er. And the Mezcal is a great tread- fast rolling but predictable.
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Old 03-18-20, 07:45 AM
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Here's my first ever. It's a budget grinder. Everything free. Bike was a free Crossroads in stock form. Took most parts from a Winter beater mtb dropbar conversion I had and put them on this.
Have taken it out a couple of times and had a blast!
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Ha, I just now saw I have some toe warmers in the outside mesh pocket of my feed bag left over from a ride i did a month ago.

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Social distancing ride with my gravel bike in Norway.



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Duuuuuuude. Hell yes. How easy/hard was the spray paint prep/application?
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Duuuuuuude. Hell yes. How easy/hard was the spray paint prep/application?
Super easy. I used a wire disc on my angle grinder for most of it and aircraft stripper for the hard to reach spots. "Sanded" the bare steel with Scotch bright and layed the paint. No finishing afterward. Pit it together an hour after I sprayed it.

This is how it looked before. I sprayed it on New Years Eve and while cruising Amazon I saw the purple and had to redo it.



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Old 04-07-20, 11:33 PM
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I'm going to seriously look into some of this paint for one of my bikes. Nice! Hope it's durable!
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Old 04-08-20, 04:32 PM
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I'm going to seriously look into some of this paint for one of my bikes. Nice! Hope it's durable!
No idea if the pure is durable or if its like most spray paint..

I've hone sprayed a few bikes with spray.bike paint and all have been durable. Its 85% prep and finish work that makes a good looking job also be durable.
There are tons of colors and its easy to use.
i did one 2.5 years ago and use it for road ride and on my trainer in the winter. No scratches yet, much less flakes. One of my kids has an mtb painted with it and its held great for a year. She is harder on any bike in 1 year than I am in 4.
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Old 04-08-20, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by DavidfGR View Post
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.








I love those Mezcal tires.
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Originally Posted by DavidfGR View Post
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.
The more research I do into components the more spot-on your build seems for my preferences. If work was more stable right now I'd be making my Topstone into a mostly identical twin.
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Old 04-09-20, 11:00 PM
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Black Mountain Cycles Road+ steel frameset in the two largest sizes is available in a similar violet as the bike above.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
No idea if the pure is durable or if its like most spray paint..

I've hone sprayed a few bikes with spray.bike paint and all have been durable. Its 85% prep and finish work that makes a good looking job also be durable.
There are tons of colors and its easy to use.
i did one 2.5 years ago and use it for road ride and on my trainer in the winter. No scratches yet, much less flakes. One of my kids has an mtb painted with it and its held great for a year. She is harder on any bike in 1 year than I am in 4.

Montana paints are designed for graffiti. There are different nozzles for different spray patterns. I'm sure durability is pretty meh.
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With some warm weather I finally finished my SS GG.

An older Apollo, stripped down and refinished with gun blue acid and then clear coated with epoxy. Left the decal on the DT as homage.
A 700c flipflop wheelset instead of the original 27" rims allows for some 35mm Panaracer Gravel Kings.
When I can get them I want to replace the clipless pedals with some track pedals and metal toe clips to jibe with the vintage vibe.

Found some closely matching spray paint laying around for the frame pump too.









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My Salsa Fargo got some custom wheels and frame bag.
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Breezer Radar Pro

My new Breezer Radar Pro with Compass Snoqualmie Pass tires.


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My new Breezer Radar Pro with Compass Snoqualmie Pass tires.


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?

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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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retro gravel
rail trail and fire roads only, anything rougher and shifting would be a nightmare

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