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alexdi mikelevy's article
May 26, 2020 at 21:04
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First Look: Specialized's 1,240 Gram Roval Wheels Are Designed to Protect Your Tires
I've put 2000 miles on the set of EIE rims I built two years ago. Not a single issue. Their A29C30D29S is competitive with this Roval rim. However, Roval's hubs must be incredibly light to manage a 1280 build at the same rim weight.
alexdi danielsapp's article
May 12, 2020 at 5:40
May 12, 2020
Review: HED's Raptor 29 XC Carbon Wheelset
The subheading was the giveaway for this one. "The Raptor 29 wheels are a lightweight, XC-oriented option that's made in the USA." That bare fact recitation is typical for a press release, but ominous for a review. If there were anything good to say about them, you'd expect to see at least a passing reference.
alexdi mikelevy's article
May 10, 2020 at 6:31
May 10, 2020
Specialized Diverge EVO: Gravel Shredder, High-End Hybrid, or Just a Rigid Mountain Bike?
@zedpm: If you're going all the way back before disc brakes (a mid-90s 26er?), I don't know what to tell you. This Diverge is essentially a circa-2010 29er hardtail with a carbon fork. There are thousands to choose from for peanuts that would accept a similar aftermarket fork.
alexdi mikelevy's article
May 10, 2020 at 6:16
May 10, 2020
Specialized Diverge EVO: Gravel Shredder, High-End Hybrid, or Just a Rigid Mountain Bike?
@RonSauce: Scott Addict / Metrix Fuji Gran Fondo / Absolute Giant AnyRoad / FastRoad DB Haanjo / Haanjo Cannondale Synapse / Synapse Five off the top of my head. If the flat-bar bike isn't likely to have the sales volume to merit a new frame SKU, they absolutely will use a road frame. (Given that 'road' encompasses cross and gravel bikes, it's not like the cupboard is bare of options.) I don't know what "real" means and we're not talking about mountain bikes.
alexdi mikelevy's article
May 9, 2020 at 18:57
May 9, 2020
Specialized Diverge EVO: Gravel Shredder, High-End Hybrid, or Just a Rigid Mountain Bike?
@RonSauce: What? If a road frame is anything, it's shorter. That's one reason they're used as flat-bar frames; you get a more upright ride when you don't have the extended reach of drop handlebars. The reuse of road frames isn't some big industry secret, it's the status quo for most manufacturers.
alexdi mikelevy's article
May 9, 2020 at 15:15
May 9, 2020
Specialized Diverge EVO: Gravel Shredder, High-End Hybrid, or Just a Rigid Mountain Bike?
> It's surprisingly hard to find a good modern frame to build a flat-bar gravel bike from. Seriously? You can use almost anything. With most brands, the flat-bar road bikes are just road bike frames with flat bars.
alexdi mikelevy's article
Apr 20, 2020 at 15:18
Apr 20, 2020
Field Trip: Is Buying a Used Mountain Bike Worth It?
Where I live, good used mountain bikes in the $500-$100 range are almost impossible to find through CL or FB Marketplace. It's universally ancient hardtails with elastomer forks or a custom carbon whatever at $2000+. EBay has some good stuff, but not many deals. Pinkbike B&S is promising, though sellers tend to be less responsive than other venues. It's much easier to find a decent road bike (mostly because they didn't change much for 20 years in the pre-disc era) than anything fit for bumps. And people don't service bikes generally, so unless you know what you're looking for, the first purchase after a helmet could be $200 in deferred maintenance.
alexdi danielsapp's article
Apr 9, 2020 at 11:35
Apr 9, 2020
alexdi danielsapp's article
Apr 9, 2020 at 11:33
Apr 9, 2020
alexdi jamessmurthwaite's article
Dec 18, 2019 at 7:45
Dec 18, 2019
4 Takeaways from the CyclingTips Ultimate Chain Test
Can’t speak to the chain, but the sprockets are about 10% thicker with 9S. And tuning doesn’t have to be as precise to keep the thing working.
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