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I have spent the last 2-3 days trying to get all the info I can on gravel grinding bikes. Like handyhannah and others on this forum I have my eye on some eye candy. It's not the question of whether I am going to buy a gravel grinding bike or not, It's what kind of gravel grinding bike I am going to buy.

Of also interest is a ride in the Ozark mts. on Sept. 8-10

Pig Tail Gravel grinding. Sure looks like a blast to me and although I thought I would love to do cyclocross at one point in my life I think this looks like a blast.

Anybody else on here done any gravel grinding races/rides?

Any input is greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Zman
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Well I have the bug bad as I have spent the last 3 days looking for bikes and this morning leading into this afternoon I have already been looking into 12HR/24HR/200 milers and more gravel grinding races.

Zman
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Yeah the Leadville 100 will be on the bucket list but I have to get some other rides in 1st and probably would want a lighter bike than this one which weighs 24.5 lbs without anything added.

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I asked my bike mechanic whats difference between my cross bike and the new gravel grinders. He said geometry. He said gravel grinders could be more relaxedin comparison to cross..
-- posted by handyhannah



By "cross" bike, I assume you mean "cyclocross"?

Some stuff I've heard/read suggests that cyclocross bikes typically have a more "race-oriented" geometry than enduro or gravel grinding road bikes have. I suppose that makes sense when cyclocross has developed as a short duration race discipline and needs fewer concessions to long duration fit/comfort/handling in the geometry.

Tangentially, I just started watching the "Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club" anime series and it seems that in Japan (or at least in the minds of the translators/subtitle-writers) a "cross" bike is what we in the U.S. would call a "hybrid" bike, hence my clarification question above. It's a cute (although sometimes beyond PG-13) series that's quite a bit less intense than the "Yowamushi Pedal" anime series that has some dark characters.


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Yeah vkan you are right in when you say that the cyclocross bike is a more aggressive frame set up.

This bike is kind of listed as a do anything go anywhere kind of bike.My bike is listed as 24.5 lbs in the 56cm frame so it's a tad bit on the heavy side and although some people use it all the time as a road bike that isn't my interest for this bike. It has 3 water bottle bosses and bosses for a rear rack and panniers which I already own.

I bought this bike for the following.

Taking out in nasty weather when I wouldn't take out my road bike. This includes in the winter time after the 1st salt application here in the tundra land.

possible daily commuter

bike/camping on the C & O Canal

After doing research for the last 2 days I now see that there is gravel grinder rides all over the USA which for sure I am interested in. After being hit the 2nd time since 1998 on roads I am no longer as comfortable on the roads especially at night. From what I have read the gravel rides/races has very low traffic because who wants to ride fast on a gravel road in a car.

Zman
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We should keep this thread going somehow. Like the fatbike thread. Daily Blog. Which i like the daily Blog. The Daily Blog lets there be more open conversation imo.

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GeeWiz; Lovely photo of the gravel road ahead. Zman; Great topic; and what a great way to buy a new ride.

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I will change the thread title then to tell us about your gravel grinder ride then. I don't know if anybody else saw this but there is a National gravel grinder calendar with all the rides listed in the world. I plan on doing a few of them this year. One being the Whiskey Rebellion in Pa. and possible another one in the Ozarks in Sept. a 2 day event.

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Good idea on changing the title. I am not as adventurous as you but i may have to see what the Whiskey Rebellion is all about.

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... you could go on Raleighs website and set up a corporate account and get a killer deal on a bike.
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Zman
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Just wondering if there's a catch to acquiring a bike via a corporate account, e.g. does it not come with a warranty (i.e. you are the responsible party for warranty support)?


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... you could go on Raleighs website and set up a corporate account and get a killer deal on a bike.
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Zman
-- posted by Zurichman


Just wondering if there's a catch to acquiring a bike via a corporate account, e.g. does it not come with a warranty (i.e. you are the responsible party for warranty support)?


-- posted by vkan


Vkan not sure why Raleigh is selling the bikes under the Corporate account to customer's instead of selling them cheaper to the LBS shops. What I do know is I found this info over at Bike Forums when I was doing the Research for gravel grinding bikes and a lot of them said some Raleigh dealers found this out they quit being Raleigh dealers. When I went to my Raleigh dealer to try out sizing his price was still $1300 for the left over bike(Tamland) from 2016 that I bough for $799 + $48 sales tax. I liken it to Schwinn selling cheapo bikes to Walmart to get some ready cash when they were hurting. I hope that it doesn't come back to bite Raleigh in the butt but I couldn't pass up the deal. It still comes with the warranty and they change the code what looks like every 6 months or so. I found it listed on a thread again on the Bike Forum website. I have no clue what I am going to tell my LBS when I take it to him to do the full assembly for $75 as for sure he is curious and sells lots of Raleigh's.

Zman

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So I called my Raleigh dealer today and he is kind of booked up for the next 10 days or less. I decided to try and assemble the bike by myself. Pretty much great success at my end except for knowing how to assemble the disk brake system. My first look at this bike it looks to be possibly what you would call a seconds bike. My bike has one small scratch on the top of the tube collar where the seat post slides into. I can live with that for the $500 difference as Tammy Lane will see some scratches with use. I can't wait to take her out. My old Schwinn must weigh 30 lbs + as this bike feels like a race bike compared to it.

Happy 66th birthday to me.
Zman
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