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Can't really call it a gravel bike anymore. It's a short travel hardtail XC bike?

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48 minutes ago, AntonioGG said:

How much did the wheelbase change?

About 1/2 inch. I just changed the stem for a shorter one, and made a few other adjustments. I'm going back out tomorrow. It's way less sketchy going down places like Endo now. It's only 30mm of travel, but it makes a big difference in overall bone jarring.

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I don't see widths on the Rimpact gravel inserts. My small HuckNorris is advertised for 2.1-2.4 tires, so it's little bit too big for my 25.5mm rims with 50mm tires. It works well to protect my EIE ChiCharbon rims, and while the foam gets a bit distorted, it seems to hold up fine. And I think HuckNorris remains the lightest and cheapest option for inserts. 

HuckNorris recently put out several new versions of their insets as well, so that's worth looking into. 

Between the 5010 and the ChamoisHagar, I have no damaging impacts in over 12,000 miles running HuckNorris on carbon rims at lower pressures. 

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I've been exploring Mary Moore Seawright Park a bit more lately and I've noticed that the park has a large network of technical singletrack that would overwhelm most skinny tired bikes, but it also has a large network of relatively tame walking paths. Those surfaces seem to be very old roads of some sort that are so broken down that they would be un-fun on a pavement bike, but could be part of a fun gravel loop. will report back when i have a chance to try it.

 

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Used to hit that place a lot on the private jake. Good times 

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44 minutes ago, ATXZJ said:

Used to hit that place a lot on the private jake. Good times 

 

Nice bike!

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On 1/26/2021 at 1:04 PM, Austin Smithey said:

Hey yall I am hoping to get my very own gravel bike in Feb/March. Are there any groups/trails that you would recommend?

 

Don't know of any particular group.  Here's a good resource:

https://stormgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=b8781dd1d4b1406bbf62827c65241e41&extent=-99.7819,28.5091,-97.1040,29.9959

I ride in the RR area if you want a multi-surface tour.

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I y'all see the old guy on the bright orange bike, say hello.

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On 1/26/2021 at 1:04 PM, Austin Smithey said:

Hey yall I am hoping to get my very own gravel bike in Feb/March. Are there any groups/trails that you would recommend?

 

There's a Texas Gravel group on Facebook.

The shop fka BSS hosts Holey Roller and they appear to have some gravel training rides.

Capitol City Racing has all their routes available on their site.

I have some south Austin mixed-surface routes that are good for gravel bikes. Much of SATN is rideable on a gravel bike if you know which gnarly segments to avoid.

The same goes for Walnut Creek.

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2 hours ago, mack_turtle said:

. Much of SATN is rideable on a gravel bike if you know which gnarly segments to avoid.

 

It's also super fun too. Every time I'm out there, I miss my cross bike.

Speaking of which, looks like nukeproof of all companies, has a couple affordable options. Probably wont be in stock for a year at this rate😒

https://nukeproof.com/collections/adventure/products/2021-digger?variant=35459277848730

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