Time for a winter/gravel bike: Boone RSL

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Imaking20
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by Imaking20

Well, after a very enjoyable summer and fall in my new locale of Central Oregon, enjoying a variety of terrain and surfaces with glee aboard my "do it all" Tarmac disc, reality has set in that winter here is a different beast. I've tended to include gravel into my rides on a weekly basis (sometimes 3+ days) and the Tarmac setup has held up fantastic. But now, with intermittent snow, the gravel has come to me (everywhere). This normally beautiful and spacious shoulder (as with seemingly every one within 30 miles) is now rougher than many of the typical dirt/gravel sections:

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And (lesson learned), the typically beautiful dirt/gravel sections are even worse:

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This ain't going to work out - so what's a girl to do? Naturally, build up something with 1x, 38mm tires and pseudo suspension!

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While the immediate focus for me is something to use/trash in the current conditions (I'm still warming back up from the ride pictures above), for as many nice gravel roads as I've discovered here, there are countless more that I'd love to explore. However, the idea of dozens of consecutive gravel miles on my 25s sounds like it may get old. There are also many appealing single tracks around that could be useful to connect - and some awesome gravel events (and series) in my immediate vicinity this spring and summer.

Still waiting on a few parts to roll in, but hoping to get this guy up and running in the next few weeks. If you're antsy about what the final will look like, I'll tell you it'll be a damn close rip off of plpete's excellent build.
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by Mr.Gib

I rode a Boone for a few years as a winter bike - very good for road duties as well as off road ventures. However, IIRC the newer models do not have fender mounts and looking at your photos that is the real issue. Welcome to the PNS - we ride full fenders up here in the winter and stay pretty clean and dry.
wheelsONfire wrote: When we ride disc brakes the whole deal of braking is just like a leaving a fart. It happens and then it's over. Nothing planned and nothing to get nervous for.

Imaking20
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by Imaking20

Nah, didn't want fender mounts. I've lived and trained in the PNW long enough to be over rain rides. Dont get so much rain on this side of the mountains- now I just need to wait a little longer to avoid snow melt :)
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by jbaillie

That backsplash is A+ stuff, accents the cabinetry so well!

Imaking20
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by Imaking20

Thanks! The kitchen is probably the main thing that sold us on the house.

Crank arrived today. Now just need to order a larger chainring!

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This kind of thing is why I built my crux. White and brown will be an interesting mix haha.

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Imaking20
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by Imaking20

You mean brown on the saddle or... ?

:D

Definitely thought about a Crux given my obvious affinity for the big S but, surprisingly, the Boone is actually closer to my road stack and reach numbers than the Crux. Go figure.
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Mr.Gib
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by Mr.Gib

That Easton crankset has a 30mm spindle does it not? Will that fit in a Boone? Trek BB90?
wheelsONfire wrote: When we ride disc brakes the whole deal of braking is just like a leaving a fart. It happens and then it's over. Nothing planned and nothing to get nervous for.

Imaking20
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by Imaking20

Yes and yes.

Edit: Then again, maybe not. First modern Trek. Didn't realize BB90 wasn't 41mm ID :hmm:
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by flying

Nice look forward to seeing the build.
That crank is a nice weight

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by dudemanppl

are you doing lightning bearings to fit this? if so then yikes, esp for a wet weather bike. return the cranks before you use them.

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by Mr.Gib

This is the frustrating thing about Trek, and BB90 in particular. The main issue with the Boone is that the bottom bracket shell is carbon. There is a good chance that it will be out of spec just enough to cause problems in the long run. The non-drive side is particularely susceptible to wear. Take some time to research the best choice for bearing installation - grease or loctite. Loctite sounds attractive except that there is the risk that anything applied to the shell (activator) could get pushed up against the bearing seal during installation.

My real grievance with this bb standard is that AFAIK it eliminates the use of any thread-together option which while heavier, is the only guaranteed (almost) solution to bb issues, and something that I would accept on a winter bike.
wheelsONfire wrote: When we ride disc brakes the whole deal of braking is just like a leaving a fart. It happens and then it's over. Nothing planned and nothing to get nervous for.

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^^ go with the heaviest seals possible on the drive side, they always blow out fast on wet weather bikes as the design sort of makes a pool for the bearing to live in.

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by Imaking20

Eh, I'm not actually one who has a problem with press fit bottom brackets. And I'm not really a fan of thread together. Of the last dozen or so bikes I've had, the only one I can remember making much noise was a thread together BBright setup (which never actually shut up - I sold the bike). Well, that's not touching Colnago's mess. Sold that bike too.

I'll probably just start with the BB dry. If it makes noise, I'll throw on a little grease. This approach has worked well for me so far.


Edit: it's also not really a "wet weather bike" as I'm not a wet weather rider. This muddy little adventure pictured above wont be the norm. If its wet out, I'm usually happy to hit the Kickr or find a different exercise for the day.
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by simoncx

Token make a thread together option for bb90 similar to wheels manf, I have one that came in for my boone not long ago but havent installed it yet.

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