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Cyclocross Frames, Wheels & Components / Re: New Gravel Bike
« on: February 24, 2018, 11:23:16 PM »
Nice new bike.  Gravel will be my next bike, but easily a year out and actually thinking of building a lugged steal frame next year.

Cyclocross Frames, Wheels & Components / Re: Carbonda Gravel CFR505 build
« on: January 26, 2018, 12:40:30 AM »
Has it been ridden yet?

Cyclocross Frames, Wheels & Components / Re: Carbonda Gravel CFR505 build
« on: January 16, 2018, 11:04:37 PM »
Looks like some options for a dropper post.  Wonder if you can request no front mech mounting and holes.

Can we see tire clearance?  Would a 42 fit?

Cyclocross Frames, Wheels & Components / Re: Carbonda Gravel CFR505 build
« on: December 21, 2017, 08:20:41 PM »
Looks like they did a good job on the fade..

What is the component build plan?

29+ & 27+ / Re: Power of the Forum to find Frame info???? 27.5+ FS
« on: December 08, 2017, 01:53:34 PM »
At the time, the Ican wasn't really out there yet.  He ended up with a Santa Cruz Hightower 27.5+.

I think an Ican P9 would be the choice, but not sure if it will take plus tires.

Nice, definitely want to follow that build.

Only issue I'm reading about is some sestpost rocking and cracking.  Not sure if they are related.

Road Bike Frames, Wheels & Components / Re: Noob
« on: December 03, 2017, 06:07:38 PM »
Tools will mostly be standard.  Allen wrenches, torque wrench, bottom bracket tool (either wrench or press), cable cutter

You'll probably be in a 58cm frame, you can go to real bike shop and do some demo rides to figure out your size.

Either way buying a complete bike or building is pretty fun.  So many options.

Do you want a full road bike or gravel bike?

If you don't have the knowledge, maybe a local forum member would help build it or a mobile repair shop (Velofix) will assemble for you.

Nice looking build, but why no dropper post?  (won't fix your problem, but proper setup for that bike)

Component Deals & Selection / What Black Friday Deals??
« on: November 24, 2017, 09:16:59 AM »
What Black Friday or Cyber Monday Deals are you taking advantage of?

Here's one I saw, but not using.

LiteSpeed Black Friday, some of thier older 2012 road bikes are priced reasonably.

29er / Re: shifting problems CS-057
« on: November 18, 2017, 07:29:41 PM »
The 057 has an internal carbon tube running inside the frame.  I had similar problems from day 1, I think I caused my initial issues by trying to drill in plans of installing full length cable.  Initially things didn't go well, so I stuck with original routing, but I always had shifting issues toward the top of the cassette.

I recently drilled out the holes completely to run full housing.  It was very difficult to get the new housing in place.  As someone else mentioned, I think the internal housing may not be strong enough and flexes.  There may also be some imperfections that cause drag.

All said, I don't have a good solution

29er / Re: Chinertown's Holiday Giveaway!
« on: November 18, 2017, 07:10:59 PM »
If building a new bike today, I'd probably be going with a Carbonda CFR505.  I'd want to build a gravel road usage bike.


There looks to be a bunch of these out there, once you start searching.

As mentioned, if I was allowed to build another bike at the moment, this is what I'd be building.

I'd probably build a hybrid MTB/Road groupset.  Probably a mix of Ultegra and XT, essentially an Ultegra cockpit and front mech, with road brakes, then an XT Rear Mech and cassette.

If you build one, make sure you keep us updated.

Here's an alternate.  Different look, but similar numbers, even shorter mainstays.

I don't have one, but this is the way I'd go if I was allowed another bike at this time.

Might take a while to post video and pictures, but I rode the infamous FLOW Trail in Santa Cruz on my fill rigid 057.

What nobody tells you is that it requires nearly 1000 ft of climbing to get to the top, then another 1000 back to the trail head from the bottom.

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