A grovel bike is a fat bike for roadies.As someone fairly new to modern mountain biking, what makes a gravel bike, with rigid or very short travel forks more suitable for fire roads/gravel, than a normal hard tail mountain bike with 100mm XC forks?
Nothing. It’s just a ploy to make idiots like me buy more stuff we don’t need.As someone fairly new to modern mountain biking, what makes a gravel bike, with rigid or very short travel forks more suitable for fire roads/gravel, than a normal hard tail mountain bike with 100mm XC forks?
So I could definitely go faster on the asphalt. Felt way more natural not feeling like I was dropping into angel-gear when spinning away "downhill" toward the "lower" end of town. It could happily go a 38t in future but 36 was a marked improvement as it was and I wasn't sure how chainstay clearance was going to pan out before buying (there's heaps as it turned out...). Best bit though was it got me two cogs up from the 11t on flat gravel path, so less side-load on the chain. Love this bike, even though it is 'just a gravel bike'. Having a working dropper again means so much more fun in flat loose corners as I can actually commit and trust the front grip without the saddle hinting it wants to kick me off with a swift shunt up the backside...Now I'm living in the flat-lands the GTB (Gravel Terrain Bicycle, lol), I kept 'spinning out' with the 32t chainring. Jumped to a 36t on a WolfTooth Camo spider. Should mean either more speed or at least less time in the 11t cog. Also added some drillium and re-routed some cabling. Fingers crossed I don't regret it in future...
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Also accidentally scared the bejeezus out some old bloke out for his arvo stroll when I went for the first grab of the brakes (after giving the bike a long-overdue wash) and forgot about the almighty goose-honk that was about to follow. Sorry ol' mate...
Get an XD driver and get something with a 10t top end.
Smoother ramping when climbing into larger cogs from memory:There's different shifting feels!?
Just buy the Lycra and get those pins shaved.the chainring swap was as much about trying to get out of the 11t at least some of the time to reduce the chain side-loading (I want those two free Watts and the reduced chain wear dammit!) - and it would be easier to change the ring again in future if needed. That bike's Hope hub also has a steel HG driver fitted, the cassette is still really fresh, and I prefer the HyperGlide shifting feel anyway - there's a method to my madness.
Ya what?Only if your quick link is on the right way..
Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck no. Road is just a means of getting to the gravel. Ain't no curly bars in my world.Just buy the Lycra and get those pins shaved.