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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent.ff View Post
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    Thoughts on these components vs the Rove DL?

    https://www.mec.ca/en/product/6009-0...e?colour=BK058
    Does it have to be steel? Trek checkpoint or giant revolt are around that price point

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    Quote Originally Posted by riander5 View Post
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    I finally found a bike for a decent deal, got this thing for $1100 https://www.opusbike.com/en/product/...?CouleurId=224

    Great for riding into work, wish i had a few more gears but oh well.

    Good god though did it hurt my taint. Sore for like 3 days after. Should I get a completely new seat or a seat cover?
    looks like a solid commuter bike for the price, when was the last time you rode?
    my butt gets sore after a couple of months of not riding but yeah if it still feels uncomfortable to ride might be a good idea to find a saddle that works for you.

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    Thoughts on these components vs the Rove DL?

    https://www.mec.ca/en/product/6009-0...e?colour=BK058
    where is she planning to ride this?
    Mec is a 2x11 bike with 700c wheels, Rove is a 1x11 with 650b wheels

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    Quote Originally Posted by taemo View Post
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    where is she planning to ride this?
    Mec is a 2x11 bike with 700c wheels, Rove is a 1x11 with 650b wheels
    Would be nice to get her on some gravel, but mostly going to be things like highwood pass, elbow pass, hwy 1a by banff..

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    Does it have to be steel? Trek checkpoint or giant revolt are around that price point

    biggest challenge is finding a 2xs or 1xs in stock. most manufacturers just put these to the bottom of their list for actually being built

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent.ff View Post
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    Would be nice to get her on some gravel, but mostly going to be things like highwood pass, elbow pass, hwy 1a by banff..




    biggest challenge is finding a 2xs or 1xs in stock. most manufacturers just put these to the bottom of their list for actually being built
    What size frame would you be after? Sporting life has a revolt 0 in a L and a 3 in a medium (3 is a blah build, but cheap!) the bike shop has a checkpoint 4 in 54cm-58cm, decent grx build for less than the mec

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    Quote Originally Posted by ercchry View Post
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    What size frame would you be after? Sporting life has a revolt 0 in a L and a 3 in a medium (3 is a blah build, but cheap!) the bike shop has a checkpoint 4 in 54cm-58cm, decent grx build for less than the mec
    Small or XS (for the wife). XXS on the Canyon site (~755 mm leg length)

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    Hrm, at that size I’d think she’d probably have more confidence leaving the paver on the 650b bike?

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    So kinda a run-about way to get a bike, but managed to find a Small Cannondale Topstone 1 on the sporting life website. They had it listed for $2800 (retail is 3000). My wife called last week and they just say 'oh no we dont have the bike'. She gave up and started looking at brodies and others. I checked the sporting life site and it was still showing in stock, so i just ordered it online. Got a call that 'oh hey we have that bike, but the rear brake is broken.. we'd sell it to you for $2000'. So bought it, took directly to Bow Cycle who are now looking at it. Even if needs a whole new lever, we're ahead at least ~$400 (and $1000 vs the brodie). She is happy.

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    Bow Valley Parkway is restricted to just cyclists again starting this weekend until June 25

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calga...erta-1.6434800

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    sweet, lame that it is only until June 25 though.

    also bike to work day is next Friday May 6, unfortunate that I'm going to miss it
    http://www.biketoworkdaycalgary.ca/

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    Quote Originally Posted by taemo View Post
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    also bike to work day is next Friday May 6, unfortunate that I'm going to miss it
    http://www.biketoworkdaycalgary.ca/
    Yeah I saw that, but there's no swag, breakfast, vendors, or tune-ups at Eau Claire again.

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    Hey all, I'm thinking about replacing my two current rigs, Cervelo S2 for weekend warrior road riding and Kona JTS commuter. They each have been ridden about 7000kms since summer 2016. I'm scheduled for a bike fit at TCR weekend after next to drill down the geometry. My plan is to finalize my orders by mid-late summer so that they're ready to go by early next season. I've landed on the following two but am open to suggestions:

    Road:
    Factor Ostro VAM with 2x12 Ultegra 8170 Di2 (172.5mm, 48/35, 10-33). I can also option the oversized CeramicSpeed Pulley Wheel system which seems kinda neat.
    The factory included wheelset is Black Inc 40mm depth. I've done some research and they don't seem that exciting so I was thinking about opting out of those. I had my eyes on the Zipp NSW 353 but they are just so... expensive, almost unjustifiably so. Thoughts on the newly updated Enve SES 4.5? The aim is to run 28-30mm width tubeless tires, with view towards all day comfort. The Hunt Aerodynamicist wheelset lineup is also a consideration.
    I like the Soho Mix color.
    https://factorbikes.com/products/ost...ero-road-bike/
    Other considerations: Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod or S-works Tarmac

    Commuter:
    Cervelo Caledonia-5 2x12 SRAM Force AXS. Thoughts instead of a 1x12 set up?
    Would keep this pretty stock with the included Reserve 40-44 wheels and tubeless 32mm tires
    https://www.cervelo.com/en-CA/bikes/caledonia-5
    Other consideration is the Trek Domane with IsoSpeed, though this hasn't been updated in a while, and a new model is apparently being released in 2023

    Any feedback or things that I'm missing? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kJUMP View Post
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    I had my eyes on the Zipp NSW 353 but they are just so... expensive, almost unjustifiably so. Thoughts on the newly updated Enve SES 4.5? The aim is to run 28-30mm width tubeless tires, with view towards all day comfort. The Hunt Aerodynamicist wheelset lineup is also a consideration.
    How about the latest Zipp 303 or 404 firecrest? Those should be a bit cheaper than the NSW. Sram lifetime warranty as well. However, the list of "compatible" tubeless tires are quite limited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kJUMP View Post
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    Hey all, I'm thinking about replacing my two current rigs, Cervelo S2 for weekend warrior road riding and Kona JTS commuter. They each have been ridden about 7000kms since summer 2016. I'm scheduled for a bike fit at TCR weekend after next to drill down the geometry. My plan is to finalize my orders by mid-late summer so that they're ready to go by early next season. I've landed on the following two but am open to suggestions:

    Road:
    Factor Ostro VAM with 2x12 Ultegra 8170 Di2 (172.5mm, 48/35, 10-33). I can also option the oversized CeramicSpeed Pulley Wheel system which seems kinda neat.
    The factory included wheelset is Black Inc 40mm depth. I've done some research and they don't seem that exciting so I was thinking about opting out of those. I had my eyes on the Zipp NSW 353 but they are just so... expensive, almost unjustifiably so. Thoughts on the newly updated Enve SES 4.5? The aim is to run 28-30mm width tubeless tires, with view towards all day comfort. The Hunt Aerodynamicist wheelset lineup is also a consideration.
    I like the Soho Mix color.
    https://factorbikes.com/products/ost...ero-road-bike/
    Other considerations: Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod or S-works Tarmac

    Commuter:
    Cervelo Caledonia-5 2x12 SRAM Force AXS. Thoughts instead of a 1x12 set up?
    Would keep this pretty stock with the included Reserve 40-44 wheels and tubeless 32mm tires
    https://www.cervelo.com/en-CA/bikes/caledonia-5
    Other consideration is the Trek Domane with IsoSpeed, though this hasn't been updated in a while, and a new model is apparently being released in 2023

    Any feedback or things that I'm missing? Thanks.

    Nice bikes, I assume you are planning on riding your commuter during the summer only or all season/weather?
    Love the simplicity of 1x setup for community and I can ride most of Calgary no problem with 42 + 11-28 although I haven't tried Edworthy yet.
    If you can, try the bikes first to see how they feel.

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    Anyone have experience with Traban/Decathlon bikes? On the hunt for a gravel bike that fits me and the prices seem good


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    The benefit of masks is not known at this time. But we do know it is some non-trivial amount more than zero.

    We also know that the cost of mask use is, essentially, zero.

    So the cost:benefit of mask use is approaching infinity. I'll take that every time. And every time I see someone without a mask, I think they are stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipstah View Post
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    Anyone have experience with Traban/Decathlon bikes? On the hunt for a gravel bike that fits me and the prices seem good
    I'm sure the frames are made in the same factories as other bikes.

    One of their less expensive gravel bikes comes with Microshift components. Never heard of them even though they have been around for 23 years. https://www.microshift.com/models/rd-m665m/

    They offer a 4 year warranty! https://www.microshift.com/warranty/

    I'm sure it's fine. If you opt to spend $1500 on the shimano 105 spec bike, there are many more options out there.

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    Yeah I was checking out their bikes when I was at the store last month. Some of those Microshift dropbar shifters have an interesting design to them. Like some of them have a thumb button that I think is used to downshift and others have two inner levers, I'm assuming one to shift up and one to shift down.

    Some of those Decathlon bikes look nice, though I can't comment on their build or ride quality. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for any shiny new bike in the store haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by benyl View Post
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    I'm sure the frames are made in the same factories as other bikes.

    One of their less expensive gravel bikes comes with Microshift components. Never heard of them even though they have been around for 23 years. https://www.microshift.com/models/rd-m665m/

    They offer a 4 year warranty! https://www.microshift.com/warranty/

    I'm sure it's fine. If you opt to spend $1500 on the shimano 105 spec bike, there are many more options out there.
    Yeah I'm thinking of $1000-1500 as my budget so I'll be looking around to see what's around.

    Saw these two:

    https://www.decathlon.ca/en/enduranc...jectID=4095861

    https://www.decathlon.ca/en/enduranc...jectID=2471313


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    The benefit of masks is not known at this time. But we do know it is some non-trivial amount more than zero.

    We also know that the cost of mask use is, essentially, zero.

    So the cost:benefit of mask use is approaching infinity. I'll take that every time. And every time I see someone without a mask, I think they are stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipstah View Post
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    Yeah I'm thinking of $1000-1500 as my budget so I'll be looking around to see what's around.

    Saw these two:

    https://www.decathlon.ca/en/enduranc...jectID=4095861

    https://www.decathlon.ca/en/enduranc...jectID=2471313
    I know the BTWIN brand that's in there were in the Pro Peleton before. I'm pointing this out as that's the only time I've seen those bikes.

    For the Tribans, I am not sure either. They do look good and they are available. I am not familiar with some of their components also. I've heard of microshift but just not familiar with them.

    There are other gravel bikes out there that are around the same price range for your budget like this (as an example):

    https://www.trekbikes.com/ca/en_CA/b...ode=blue_black

    But again, we'll be going back to the question of availability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flipstah View Post
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    Yeah I'm thinking of $1000-1500 as my budget so I'll be looking around to see what's around.

    Saw these two:

    https://www.decathlon.ca/en/enduranc...jectID=4095861

    https://www.decathlon.ca/en/enduranc...jectID=2471313
    looking at the spec - $1500 for a 105 group set 24lbs ALU bike is almost unbelievably affordable and I would have no issues with the Microshift cassette neither.

    That said... when compared to other Gravel/Road bikes from Giant, Trek, Specialized would be the quality of the wheelset (as that's where honestly you'll gain most efficiency) and the high-touch parts as Specialized and Trek Bontrager usually have really nice bars, seat etc.. out of the gate

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    I know the BTWIN brand that's in there were in the Pro Peleton before. I'm pointing this out as that's the only time I've seen those bikes.

    For the Tribans, I am not sure either. They do look good and they are available. I am not familiar with some of their components also. I've heard of microshift but just not familiar with them.

    There are other gravel bikes out there that are around the same price range for your budget like this (as an example):

    https://www.trekbikes.com/ca/en_CA/b...ode=blue_black

    But again, we'll be going back to the question of availability.
    In comparison, I feel you get better value with the Decathlon Tribal bike than this trek... BUT is the Trek frame a better starting point to hang better parts on.

    Without a doubt the 105 is infinitely superior to the Claris groupset. Brakes on both are cable meh, and while Trek may have an advantage on finishing parts the real differentiator is how good or bad are the wheelsets/hubs, even tires on the Decathlon
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