New gravel bike for 85% road

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gSporco
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by gSporco

owlbass wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:18 pm
gSporco wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:35 am
Another hat in the ring for an Aspero. Lately im riding 85% on road with my 4.5AR wheels with 32mm gravel king slicks and im just as fast as my roadie group. Then i swap to my g23 wheelset with gravel king sk 38mm for rocky single track. This bike does it all, its pretty much an R5 that' takes big tires

I do the same but on my Parlee Chebacco. AR 4.5's with Schwalbe 30mm pro ones and G23's with 38mm Hutchison override. I haven't touched my road bike in weeks and wondering if I should just unload it.
Same dual wheel set up 4.5AR with 32 GK SLick and G23 with 38 GK SK

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Arvid
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by Arvid

saba wrote:
Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:05 am
Arvid wrote:
Mon Aug 17, 2020 5:37 pm
saba wrote:
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:27 pm
Fairlight Secan with deep sections and 28/30/32s for road riding.
Awesome or stupid?
That's the setup I'm using and it's pretty great but it looks a bit weird from the front with a skinny tire. The only other gravel bike I can compare it to is my wife's canyon grail which feels a lot more stable and less like a roadbike than the secan. (But I get envious of the carbon and di2).
Please show me a photo of your Secan with deep sections, I beg of you. Push me over the edge.
Sorry for the late reply, it seems my account can't respond to PMs, I'll get you some pictures later this week work has been a bit hectic.

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by MarkoP

Just purchased a 2019 (lightly used) 3T Exploro Team. Need to decide how to spec it but I'm leaning to GRX Di2 (or Sram Force), and a 2x system with 700 tyres.

This might be the dumbest question ever but I like to ride bikes, not work on them :) Does the bike have to be set up with the hanging derailleur or is it possible to put on a fixed one? The hanging derailleur is the only thing I'm not keen on.
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MattMay
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by MattMay

Yeh the hanging derailleur is a solution in search of a problem. You’re stuck with it unless you want to risk gluing it into the frame. I’ve toyed with the idea of using 3M Emblem adhesive which is removable.

It’s fine if you work on the bike in a stand. But on the road fixing a flat it’s a royal pain in the butt.

tepextate
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by tepextate

This might be a stupid question, but if I'm looking for a gravel bike, can I pick one that fits the same as my road bike (i.e., similar stack and reach that will allow me to get into the same position)?

Debating whether or not I need to get a new fit done ahead of getting a gravel bike, or if I can use the same fit coordinates as my very recent road bike fit! :)

I'm sure the answer is "it depends," but I'm wondering what most folks do. For what it's worth, my intended use case is the same as OP (85% roads).

saba
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by saba

If you're riding the same roads, there's nothing to change.

But you aren't buying a gravgrav to ride roads.

I found my fit changed slightly, bicycle geometry meant a longer toptube, shorter stem, wider handlebars, a little higher for control offroad.

tepextate
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by tepextate

saba wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:37 am
If you're riding the same roads, there's nothing to change.

But you aren't buying a gravgrav to ride roads.

I found my fit changed slightly, bicycle geometry meant a longer toptube, shorter stem, wider handlebars, a little higher for control offroad.
Makes sense - thank you! Is there any reason why one would need to change crank length for a gravel bike?

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by bikewithnoname

Nope
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