Posted by: heckler
6061, what do you mean by ‘handle’? Be stable and safe to ride at speed? Pick slowly around the rocks? Get down multiple times without breaking?
Old Buck and Baden Powell up to Powerlines and back; Hyannis trail to Bridal down to Fishermans/Twin Bridges and back, no problem.
XC singletrack around the Seymour golf course and the techy parts of Bridal, sure, but at your own risk, picking your way slowly through. Challenging and slow for sure.
Expresso, Empress, High School certainly not recommended. Get a mountain bike.
Please read the Giant website about what a gravel bike is intended for. IMO, green circle Shore trails are pushing the limits if they aren't crushed gravel.
“Whether you’re racing a gravel grinder or exploring backcountry roads, we have the perfect gravel endurance bike to ride variable terrain.”
If I could actually buy a gravel bike (easier said than done currently!), I'd be looking at the monster cross end of the spectrum (e.g. Kona Sutra LTD is front runner from what I've seen so far...)
The idea is to get out and explore off-the-beaten-path using FSRs to access rather than just crushed gravel on the edge of urban areas, so reasonably able to handle pretty rough stuff whilst being efficient getting into the backcountry.
I have a 160mm FS for mountain biking duties so anything at the limits of a gravel bike would be slow and steady, or get-off-and-walk but not something I'd be trying to ride regularly.
I also want to do something stupid like the BC trail (there, I've said it!) and I think a drop bar bike would be more efficient for that type of riding...
I'd anyone has any leads on any suitable bikes in L/XL (58-61cm) actually in stock locally (Lower Mainland/FV/S2S), let me know. Am also considering slightly used. Must have clearance for 2.0"/50mm tires!
I'm also considering an XC MTB (rigid or HT) onto which I could put some Surly Corner bars that provide a variety of hand positions (and vaguely aero) like a drop bar but allow MTB shifters and brakes to be used...
Again, any leads on something in stock gratefully received...
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