What Gravel bikes to try?
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martini henrie



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:30 pm    Post subject: What Gravel bikes to try? Reply with quote

I'm looking at getting a gravel bike, just for the extra tyre clearance over a classic CX bike. Size large or 56cm.

I have a 2011 giant tcx that I've been using and I feel I've wasted a bit of cash putting new bars and a second hand 105 group set on it due to having issues on some single track where I was taking it easy on Racing Ralph's.

Though I did have a splendid day, I had several other issues highlighted like a lack of low end gearing...which I've solved with a better cassette

What bikes would you recommend that are at the cheaper end of the spectrum that can fit a bigger tyre?

Cheers

Cool


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've done more than you would think possible on my Saracen Hack, it's been a great bike.

Fast road rides, gravel rides, cx racing etc..

It's currently got some 650b wheels and 47mm tyres on it.

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martini henrie



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just been looking at those bikes, I didn't realise they were 650b wheels, will have to have a second and better look at them.

I was also looking at the Whyte Glencoe as well. The Maring and GT bikes leave me cold and the Spesh Sequoia was quite heavy in comparison.
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martini henrie



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a look at a Sonder today, that was quite nice, going to try and find somewhere to view a Light Blue Darwin.
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martini henrie



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a Cannondale Slate Apex at nearly half price, from Wheelbase. Getting winter tyres has been a farce, but I have them now. I'm considering getting some 700c wheels made up for it, Evans think that they can get some wheels from another Cannondale bike so waiting on that idea.

It's a lovely bike out of the box, but the handle bars are a bit narrow so I've got some wider ones waiting in the wings to go on.

Thanks for your input Cool
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Richard A Thackeray



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Ribble CGR?

Plus-Sides

Customisable, at build, in every aspect
Groupset
Hydraulic, or cable discs (I have hydro)
Gearing (chain-rings & cassette)
Crank length
Stem length
Bar width
Tyre choice (heck!!, even the inner-tubes!!, unless you spec tubeless)


I have one; http://www.mtbe.co.uk/invited-to-buy-a-new-bike-t53058-30.html


It does the odd bridleway, towpath & woodland, even to the extent of clogging the mudguards up!



Downsides
1.
A bit heavy, but it's not the highest spec
Then again, I guess 'gravel bikes' are?
(I wouldn't want to use it, for the 'C' section of its name.... Cyclo-Cross!)

2. Only the single colour

3. Watch out with certain componants
Check carefully, I ordered my usual bar width (42cm), & on arrival, that brand was measured outer-outer
No warning on website

4. Not 'through-axles', if a problem?

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