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Cyclocross Frames, Wheels & Components / Re: Wide road / Cyclocross rims
« on: September 11, 2017, 09:33:44 PM »
This thread hasn't seen love in a long time!

I'm looking for some new gravel rims. I really like the Stan's Grail rim. Is there anything similar (~20mm internal width, 700c, 32 hole, clincher) out there?

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29er / CS-057 Low Profile Headset?
« on: September 09, 2017, 07:48:52 PM »
My fork steerer tube is about 1/4" too short for my CS-057. Does anyone know of a lower profile headset than the NECO that comes with the frame?

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29er / 057 BB30 Question
« on: July 31, 2017, 10:32:21 AM »
Just ordered a CS-057 with the BB30 option (wanted the versatility of BB30). What's everyone doing for BB on these? I was planning to go with theWheelsMFG bb30 kit and a SRAM XO (technically S2200) crank with an absoluteBLACK flat/BB30 chainring.

I really like the idea of a threaded BB though and am considering a Shimano crank with a BB30>24mm conversion or a SRAM GXP crank with a BB30>GXP bb.

What are your thoughts and experiences?

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29er / Re: Vendors with the Cheapest Frame like the CS-057?
« on: July 26, 2017, 08:59:24 PM »
Yeah, I pulled the trigger on the CS-057 from Peter. Looking forward to building it up.

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29er / Re: Vendors with the Cheapest Frame like the CS-057?
« on: July 26, 2017, 11:12:20 AM »
I think he means the "057" model in general. Sadly I don't know the prices, but you can always ask them ...

Precisely. I wasn't sure the differences between the ip-057 and the cs-057, but it seems concensus that Peter's frame is stiffer. Just curious who else is producing frameset with this same mold.

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29er / Vendors with the Cheapest Frame like the CS-057?
« on: July 26, 2017, 07:52:44 AM »
As the topic asks: Which vendors sell the cheapest CS-057 frame? I might still go with Peter, but he's considerably more expensive than every other Chinese vendor.

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29er / Re: My CS-057
« on: April 20, 2017, 12:29:27 PM »
What are those rotors?

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29er / Re: Another CS-MB01 Build has started!
« on: April 06, 2017, 10:18:57 AM »
- Is that a chiner seat? How do you like it? I'm curious about longterm durability with those, but interested due to the price, weight, and surprisingly positive reviews in regards to comfort that I've read.

I've definitely wondered the same about that saddle, and I'm curious to hear OP's thoughts.

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I ordered my first piece of Chinese carbon; some MIRACLE 44cm compact drop bars. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Miralce-New-Ful-Carbon-Fiber-Road-Bicycle-Cylcing-Bike-Compact-Handlebar-Drop-Bars-Carbon-31-8/32525694729.html

I really liked the layout of the bar, so I'm excited to see how it handles. Hopefully I keep all my teeth through the cyclocross season.

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Component Deals & Selection / Re: Chinese hubs?
« on: March 14, 2017, 02:22:10 PM »
http://www.bitexhubs.com/htm/index.php Large manufacturer that gets rebranded a lot. MTB180 and MTB270 are very popular (https://www.bikehubstore.com/MTB180-MTB270-Hubset-w-Logo-p/mtb180270btx-red.htm)

Same with http://www.formulahubs.com/

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I've tried a few more small components.

Red annodized QR skewers: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-Pro-Road-MTB-Bike-Bicycle-Hubs-Quick-Release-Cycling-Bike-Quick-Release-Axle-Skewers-Seat/32458095975.html - These are pretty meh. The axle is semi rough, like it was made from cheap aluminum, and the screw is made of plastic. I would not recommend these.

Wire end caps: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/30Pcs-Bike-Bicycle-Brake-Shifter-Derailleur-Inner-Cable-Wire-End-Cap-Crimps-free-shipping/32598865290.html - Can't really go wrong here. They work just fine.

Chainstag protector: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Cycling-Frame-Chain-stay-Protector-Guard-chain-protector-Bike-Sport-Tool-Parts-Road-Bicycle-Chain-Protector/32228731365.html - Not bad. It's a padded fabric material, so I'm curious to see how it does when it gets wet. They didn't have a Niner logo, unfortunately.

Silenyond bib and jersy: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Siilenyond-Lancelote-Pro-Maillot-Rock-Bicycle-Wear-Summer-MTB-Cycling-Clothing-Ropa-Ciclismo-Bike-Clothing-Racing/32679893065.html - The same guys that make X-Tiger. Quality is excellent. Again, I definitely recommend these. Fitting can be weird though, but after your first order you'll get it figured out.

Pulley/jockey wheel: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2pcs-MEIJUN-MTB-Road-Bike-Ceramic-Pulley-7005-Aluminum-Alloy-Rear-Derailleur-11T-13T-Guide-Cycling/32658360558.html - NOT ceramic, but at this price, whatever. Pay attention to your current wheel tooth count. I tried to run the 11T on my 12T SRAM Force CX1 rear derailleur and it did not work out so well. The set I put on my MTB is just fine though. I did break my first chain after installing these, but I'm not sure what the cause was. I'll update this if it happens again.

Crank boots: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/MEIJUN-8-Color-Mountain-Bikes-Road-Bicycle-Cycling-Crankset-protector-Crank-Protective-Sleeve-Cover-Parts/32302294375.html - These fit my SRAM Force CX1 cranks pretty nicely. There's a bit of overlap of the pedal spindle, but it's not problematic since it stretches out of the way.

Warm riding gloves: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/ROCKBROS-Winter-Gloves-Fleece-Thermal-Warm-Bike-Sport-Gloves-Motorcycle-Cycling-Bicycle-Equipment-Gloves-Full-Finger/32579893837.html - Minimal padding, but they've done a great job keeping my hands warm on a couple of 40*F rides. They also work with touchscreens.

Windbreaker: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/ROCKBROS-Cycling-Clothing-Men-Women-Wear-Riding-Breathable-Reflective-Jersey-Bicycle-Bike-Wind-Rain-Coat-Jacket/891011759.html - This is badass. It's perfect for temps into the high 30s. I just wear this and a jersey, and I still sweat. It's very, very thin, so I was kind of bummed at first. But it's comfortable, reflective, has pockets, a fleece collar, elastic cuffs/hem, etc. Definitely recommend this.

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29+ & 27+ / Re: 29er/27,5+ boost frame
« on: December 29, 2016, 08:50:59 AM »
Looks like this will fit the bill:
http://www.xmcarbonspeed.com/Productinfo.asp?f=1438

Any feedback on boost-compatible hard tails? Peter has a few it seems:

http://www.xmcarbonspeed.com/Productinfo.asp?f=1414
http://www.xmcarbonspeed.com/Productinfo.asp?f=1460

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29+ & 27+ / Re: Carbon Speed 2017 27.5 plus FS frame CS-FS27
« on: December 25, 2016, 09:58:08 PM »
Whoa! Cool!

Dang it. I had almost settled on the 821 and now I see this. Any idea how this would do setup as an xc 29er with say 120mm of travel front and 100mm travel in the rear?

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29er / Full Suspension WCB-M-108 / LCFS902 / CS-821 Experience?
« on: December 24, 2016, 03:17:45 PM »
Have anyone built up one of these frames? I'm thinking about building one myself with a set of carbon wheels. I'm curious how stiff and/or loose the frame is, especially side to side. I'm a bigger rider (6'3", 220lbs), so I'm a little anxious about it. Also curious for those that did build this up, what suspension did you go with (what size shock)?

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