Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by iLB, 6 Feb 2018.
I was impressed with the Sora groupset. Shifters seem as good as the 105s I'm used to.
ive just built what im going to call a 650b all road bike........its based around an cube attention sl 27.5 mtb frame, carbon forks, disc brakes, di2 and 650b wtb horizon tyres and flatbars...........in the winter it will have full mudpluggers.
36t upfront and 11/40 rear gives a cracking gear range. its not quite finished yet, but will psost a picture when its done
WTB have compiled a (long) list of frames that clear 47-584 tyres. I´ve just ordered those Horizons along with wheel bits. Can´t wait.
I too considered exactly this route (cheap 27.5 frame, PX suspension geo rigid fork), but wanted drop bars so stalked Bike Discount for ages for a tiny Cube 27.5 frame. Alas, to no avail. They do do cracking deals on those frames for non-vertically challenged folk though. Monster cgroad anyone?
Yes the price on the frames make it a real good option to build bikes......delivery is a tad steep though
These are the muguards that fit the Pyrolite. They were easy to fit and adjust.
Thanks. Are those plastic or plastic/aluminium laminate?
Look at that, even Evans doing a 584-rimmed groadbike as well as a city bike. Well done Evans for not skimping on tyres as that is some of the most expensive rubber out there.
These road plus marketing blurbs read like back issues of Bicycle Quarterly, right down to the vocabulary (supple this and that, herringbone etc). The only word that´s missing is "spirited". Behold the power of Herr Heine.
Seriously though, I´m a massive groad/road plus fanboy and fully agree with Heine that this trend (hopefully it lasts) is a massive improvement on the silly hegemony of the narrow-tyred roadbike that began some time in the nineties.
Friends keep asking me what one-bike policy machine they should buy and I keep telling them to get one of these. Do they listen? Do they f&#%. They go out and buy a front suspension hybrid and then moan that they´re too slow.
Discs obviously acted as the catalyst to this boom, but I´d like something as cheap as the London Road framest (picked up mine for 110 quid) with V-brake bosses at the correct height. Vs are powerful enough and cheap and don´t make that awful noise for miles after ploughing through a muddy field.
Fatter tyres I understand but what's the theory behind the smaller wheels? Is it just to accommodate the larger tyres?
I'm not knocking it, just curious.
Just ignore the rambling over low-trail geometry.
Woo. Lots of wurdz. I'll have a read over the weekend.
Good lad. There´s going to be an exam first thing Monday morning.
I am being thick (and someone already alluded to it) but why not just get a gravel bike an fit a different wheel set?
You´re not being thick. If you look at WTB´s list of road plus bikes you´ll find that many are marketed as gravel bikes. It´s just that the bulk of the Mamil herd may feel squeamish about picking up a bike with one size of hoops and then going out again and buying another set of wheels and tyres, hence the likes of Kona Rove in both wheel flavours. I haven´t looked at the geometry charts but I´d be surprised if the two variants weren´t in fact the same bike.
Trail is another matter though.
Spoke to someone who might know something about something today. There's almost certainly a 650b bike in the pipeline from Fairlight...
I'm looking at at least £500 to get the tourer back on the road properly.
Can't decide what to do.
There's also a new gravel bike coming from Trek, announcing Thursday I think.
Could do with some more input to help make up my gravel vs tourer mind.
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