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9 minutes ago, mack_turtle said:

I'm pretty sure that putting flat-mount calipers on a post-mount frame/fork would be impossible, right?

Definitely impossible.

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46 minutes ago, Barry said:

What am I missing? It seems like the Ass Olutions adapters are a solution. 

I only have 15mm of clearance, not 24. The calipers I have are fine. 

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5 hours ago, TheX said:

That's backwards of what I need. I need the post mount fork/frame to use flat mount calipers.

Ahhh... yes you are right. Sorry. I have this stuck in my head because I was looking at getting the Chamois Hagar and would have needed these if I did that.

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Rode Walnut today, on the WTB Riddler 700x45's. MUCH better than the 33's, not bone jarring anymore. The only place the short wheelbase kinda spooked me was going down Endo Valley. I walked part of the climb out also.

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Oh yeah, first ride on flats. Geared up like any other MTB ride, best way to see how it works.

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Got a 15 miler in today starting at Suburban Ninja. A couple of spooky spots and some slick rocks make for an exhilarating ride. @TheX If you'd like to check out that trail system I'd be happy to do a ride together.

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I tore up my share of sidewalls on the back of the jake and ended up having to run what was basically a DH tube for CX bikes. Definitely think these would be worth looking into for those days off the path.

https://bikerumor.com/2019/06/03/panzer-shapes-up-anti-flat-tire-inserts-for-gravel-adds-slick-new-sealant/

https://bikerumor.com/2018/12/20/mariposa-tyreinvader-blasts-away-tubeless-pinch-flats-from-gravel-to-trail-plus/

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19 minutes ago, ATXZJ said:

I tore up my share of sidewalls on the back of the jake and ended up having to run what was basically a DH tube for CX bikes. Definitely think these would be worth looking into for those days off the path.

https://bikerumor.com/2019/06/03/panzer-shapes-up-anti-flat-tire-inserts-for-gravel-adds-slick-new-sealant/

https://bikerumor.com/2018/12/20/mariposa-tyreinvader-blasts-away-tubeless-pinch-flats-from-gravel-to-trail-plus/

It took me an hour to get that tire and tube off of the wheel. Thickest tube I have ever seem.

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1 hour ago, ATXZJ said:

I tore up my share of sidewalls on the back of the jake and ended up having to run what was basically a DH tube for CX bikes. Definitely think these would be worth looking into for those days off the path.

https://bikerumor.com/2019/06/03/panzer-shapes-up-anti-flat-tire-inserts-for-gravel-adds-slick-new-sealant/

https://bikerumor.com/2018/12/20/mariposa-tyreinvader-blasts-away-tubeless-pinch-flats-from-gravel-to-trail-plus/

I run HuckNorris in both the 5010 and the ChamoisHagar. In over 10,000 miles combined, I haven't had a single tire pinch flat. Although that Mariposa looks lighter and cheaper, so that may be worth checking out when it's time for a change. 

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2 hours ago, AntonioGG said:

The SC Stigmata is replacing my totaled road bike.  I love this thing.  Very impressed with the GRX group too.

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I put the GRX stuff on my Kona, love it as well.

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16 hours ago, AntonioGG said:

The SC Stigmata is replacing my totaled road bike.  I love this thing.  Very impressed with the GRX group too.

 

It's always a good choice to go with SC. And I'm really liking the GRX group as well on the EVIL, And I've seen all but the most dedicated of roadies ditching their road bikes in favor of gravel/touring/adventure bikes. 

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4 minutes ago, Barry said:

It's always a good choice to go with SC. And I'm really liking the GRX group as well on the EVIL, And I've seen all but the most dedicated of roadies ditching their road bikes in favor of gravel/touring/adventure bikes. 

Yeah, to be honest, my favorite thing to do on the road bike was crits, but when I was doing that, my wife got to see, almost every race someone with a broken collarbone or blood or both.  It's one of the most fun and dangerous thing I've ever done.  If I could still do crits, I would have picked up a pure road racing bike.  

 

Last time I bought the Roubaix, I was thinking it's made for the cobbles of Belgium (super rough) and thus I thought I could put some 32c and use it as a gravel bike, but after reading the Specialized warranty description on it, I was extremely disappointed--basically unless you're Peter Sagan, it's meant for smooth paved roads only.  So it was almost an instant regret for me since I'd rather have bought a pure road bike like a Tarmac, or a true all purpose bike.

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2 hours ago, AntonioGG said:

Yeah, to be honest, my favorite thing to do on the road bike was crits [...]

Whoa. So what you're saying is that even dedicated roadies are going the gravel/touring/adventure bike route! 😉

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32 minutes ago, Barry said:

Whoa. So what you're saying is that even dedicated roadies are going the gravel/touring/adventure bike route! 😉

I wouldn't say I'm a dedicated roadie at all. I don't shave my legs and I wear MTB shoes while on the road.  I guess what I am is a racer at heart.  I love racing, and I had to quit racing cars.  Now I stick to MTB racing.

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Is Suburban Ninja easy to follow for someone that has never ridden it? 

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I've ridden SN a few times and it seems pretty easy to follow. Most of it just parallels the creek. I don't recall much that is too technical for a skinny tire bike.

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Yes.  Main SN trail goes from Red Horn to Kati Lane.

There are four off shoots.  3 will bring you back to the main trail. 1 is a short Lollipop loop. These are generally by the creek.  

From SN, you can access some single/double track behind Christ Church.

I'm usually about 11-12 miles riding SN and Christ Church trails.

 

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Pretty easy to find your way around. You'll need to explore a little to ride all the trails. Like @st.bernardo said most of the offshoots bring you back to the main trail. If you get up into the church area you can spend quite a bit of time trying to find your way back out.

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Yep, SN is pretty much perfect for the Kona. I think a single speed would be great out there too. I took a wrong turn about half a mile in, and ended up at the FR 512 area. The Karoo got me back on track.

 

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