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Old 03-09-21, 05:42 AM
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For V-brakes I found these ‘pipe adjusters’ easily the best, much better than the ones that go inline in the housing. They were only £2 I think.
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2021 Giant Revolt Advanced 3
Added a PRO Discover bar & stem, and a Power2Max NG Eco crankset/power meter. Would like to switch to Di2, but that's impossible at the moment. Maybe when the supply chains aren't so ridiculous. Also going to switch out these heavy Giant PR-2 wheels.
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Beautiful Revolt, just curious, what wheels would you upgrade to?
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Beautiful Revolt, just curious, what wheels would you upgrade to?
Thanks! I'm looking at some Light Bicycle AR36.
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Old 03-23-21, 03:40 PM
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Thank you both, its a nice bike and I'm digging it so far.

I guess I'm not used to a touring based framed, as I find the rear a bit harsh, even compared to my Tange 2 road bike with 28mm tires. Riding seated transmitted more bumps than I ever remember. The weight is 23lbs 15oz with pedals so its acceptable so its not too piggish.

Perhaps "pig" was a bit harsh.


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I'm in love. This is great.
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I'm in love. This is great.
Thanks; its now down to 23lb 11oz due to a Ti quill bolt and a swap from XT to Ultegra front derailleur.


with pedals

Interestingly, this is comparable to a stock M 2021 Diverge Elite E5 at 22lb 15oz without pedals

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My vintage MTB to drop bar conversion. Eventually, I'd like to buy a true modern gravel bike, Not in the cards right now.

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Was this thread re-titled, or did the term "gravel bike" exist in 2004?
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Old 03-25-21, 12:15 PM
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Was this thread re-titled, or did the term "gravel bike" exist in 2004?
Thread got merged with the "cyclocross" bike thread after non CX bikes were posted there.
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My vintage MTB to drop bar conversion. Eventually, I'd like to buy a true modern gravel bike, Not in the cards right now.

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Neat! Based on the seat post clamp and fork crown, Im guessing that is the High Sierra you have listed under your name. Did you repaint it or is that powdercoated?
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Old 03-25-21, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Neat! Based on the seat post clamp and fork crown, Im guessing that is the High Sierra you have listed under your name. Did you repaint it or is that powdercoated?
Powdercoated. Jeep Refuge Green color. I bought the bike with the original cream/brown paint scheme for $30. A quite a bit rusty and scratched up. The bike was a mess. New paint, new components, wheels from another bike...and this is what I made. Fun to ride and very comfortable on Michigan gravel roads.
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Old 03-26-21, 12:27 AM
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One week on...I finally upgraded my 2015 Diverge (Gen1) (it will remain in the stable as a rain bike). This new 2021 Diverge (Gen3) is hard to describe as simply an "upgrade." It is so different. The FutureShock 2.0 is fantastic at smoothing out the rough chatter on gravel/dirt/rough pavement, the Terra Seatpost is loads better as smoothing out the hits at the back end than he CG-R post ever was. It handles at the front end like a mountain bike. It changes direction easily, and predictably. It handles single track as well as the "fire" roads, the steering makes it easy to quickly change the line and maintain the speed, with the lengthened wheelbase providing a stable platform that is not squirrely or unpredictable. I did swap out the GRX crank for a SRAM/Quarq DUB based crank that carries a DZero PM, and went from 40t to 46t in the front...I am contemplating reducing to 42t and pairing with a SRAM XX1 10-42 cassette, to lower the climbing end of the cassette, while recovering some of the top end. DT Swiss GRC1400 wheel set is inbound, will set it up tubeless with the spec'd Specialized Pathfinder Pro tires in 38mm width to keep the benefit of a really well planted tire for my local conditions that is also very fast. I absolutely love this bike!

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One week on...I finally upgraded my 2015 Diverge (Gen1) (it will remain in the stable as a rain bike). This new 2021 Diverge (Gen3) is hard to describe as simply an "upgrade." It is so different. The FutureShock 2.0 is fantastic at smoothing out the rough chatter on gravel/dirt/rough pavement, the Terra Seatpost is loads better as smoothing out the hits at the back end than he CG-R post ever was. It handles at the front end like a mountain bike. It changes direction easily, and predictably. It handles single track as well as the "fire" roads, the steering makes it easy to quickly change the line and maintain the speed, with the lengthened wheelbase providing a stable platform that is not squirrely or unpredictable. I did swap out the GRX crank for a SRAM/Quarq DUB based crank that carries a DZero PM, and went from 40t to 46t in the front...I am contemplating reducing to 42t and pairing with a SRAM XX1 10-42 cassette, to lower the climbing end of the cassette, while recovering some of the top end. DT Swiss GRC1400 wheel set is inbound, will set it up tubeless with the spec'd Specialized Pathfinder Pro tires in 38mm width to keep the benefit of a really well planted tire for my local conditions that is also very fast. I absolutely love this bike!

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Nice! I was on the fence between this and the Crux, but due to the pandemic, I couldn't test ride anything. I was scared to change too much on the geometry front because of that, so I went with the more traditional Crux. What's the built up weight of your rig?
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Old 03-27-21, 04:15 AM
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Nice! I was on the fence between this and the Crux, but due to the pandemic, I couldn't test ride anything. I was scared to change too much on the geometry front because of that, so I went with the more traditional Crux. What's the built up weight of your rig?
You definitely can't go wrong with a Crux, though it is a purebred CX racer, so it'll definitely ride and handle like it. I was definitely surprised by how differently this Mk3 Diverge felt from my Mk1 Diverge...which was essentially a Roubaix with capability for wider tires. This bike is for sure a different breed. Not slower, or less responsive, in fact I'd say on gravel/singletrack (non-technical stuff, not XC courses) it is exactly the right tool for maximizing the fun and speed.

As for built up weight... I hung it when I got it home, no mods other than swapping the BB and crankset as described above and it weighed in at 10.63kg (23.44 pounds) with XT pedals and two side pull bottle cages. This morning, I finally had the time to swap the wheelset (now it rides on DT Swiss GRC1400) and converted it to tubeless (using the 38mm Pathfinder Pros that came on it), and it weighted 9.39kg (20.70 pounds) with pedals and cages!!! The weight loss is entirely unsprung, rotating mass...the place most critical to the feel of a bike. I'm confident that it only got a lot more "funner."
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Not the biggest change, but swapped the wheelset (aero gravel???) and converted the tire setup to tubeless, and the is the resulting look. As I said above, saved about 1.3kg (3.70lbs) off the total bike weight. Slightly more susceptible to crosswind with a 42mm rim depth, but overall handling is a tad sharper, with the overall acceleration vastly improved.
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Hows the gravel around Brussels? Good looking bike!
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Hows the gravel around Brussels? Good looking bike!
Well, every ride ends with good Belgian beer (I stock the fridge myself)...so there's that. Being serious, there is a rather large forest, that is well managed, with lots of logging roads and single track, as well as a fair number of gravel paths and ways sprinkled throughout the area. If you know where they are, you can put together some fantastic rides with decent elevation and varied terrain. I like to think so, and it's every bit as fun as it looks. I just got back from a 70km ride with about 65/35 gravel/pavé to pavement, and I can honestly say, until this bike I never thought I'd go single tracking on a drop bar...now I'm actively looking for it!
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Well, every ride ends with good Belgian beer (I stock the fridge myself)...so there's that. Being serious, there is a rather large forest, that is well managed, with lots of logging roads and single track, as well as a fair number of gravel paths and ways sprinkled throughout the area. If you know where they are, you can put together some fantastic rides with decent elevation and varied terrain. I like to think so, and it's every bit as fun as it looks. I just got back from a 70km ride with about 65/35 gravel/pavé to pavement, and I can honestly say, until this bike I never thought I'd go single tracking on a drop bar...now I'm actively looking for it!
don’t drink beer much these days but a maredsous tripel sounds nice right about now
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Well, every ride ends with good Belgian beer (I stock the fridge myself)...so there's that. Being serious, there is a rather large forest, that is well managed, with lots of logging roads and single track, as well as a fair number of gravel paths and ways sprinkled throughout the area. If you know where they are, you can put together some fantastic rides with decent elevation and varied terrain. I like to think so, and it's every bit as fun as it looks. I just got back from a 70km ride with about 65/35 gravel/pavé to pavement, and I can honestly say, until this bike I never thought I'd go single tracking on a drop bar...now I'm actively looking for it!
Awesome! Sounds a lot like Paris. Unexpectedly great gravel riding here. I hope to make it over there for some cobbled road rides as soon as travel becomes less complicated!
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Awesome! Sounds a lot like Paris. Unexpectedly great gravel riding here. I hope to make it over there for some cobbled road rides as soon as travel becomes less complicated!
Message me when you can head this way, I've been here 9 months, and have 8k kms down, despite two crashes and a COVID infection last fall. I'm happy to offer routes and advice.
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Aspero as a road bike


my Aspero setup as a road bike... FFWD F4D wheelset with 32mm gp5000s; a stages powermeter got added as well

Aspero's make for a decent road bike when equipped nicely.
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