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July 15, 2021, 6:14 a.m.
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Re: Gravel Bike Thread

Posted by: craw

Totally. My mountain bike rides require a drive and then tend to be super intense due to the nature of the shore. An instant steep long climb with no warmup then white hot intensity the whole way straight down. I prefer my mountain bike when I want to 100% clear my brain, replace it with 100% focus. My gravel bike is for the opposite experience. Ride straight out the door. Look at stuff, cruise, drift in and out or maintain tempo, explore new places, at intersections opt for the way I haven't been before, etc. I find if I need to clear my head I ride the mountain. If I need to think and work through stuff the gravel bike is a better choice for turning stuff over. Reconnecting with spaces is a nice change to riding defined trails. There are so many spots around Vancouver you would never bother to ride on an enduro bike.

Sums up my experience exactly, got into gravel riding as a side effect of lockdown, but it's a different experience to mountain bikes in exactly the way you describe. Can just roll out the gate and explore.

Nov. 9, 2020, 4:45 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

@bicycle_batman - what size is the Bardino? They normally have a seat tube brace, yours looks much cleaner without it.

Dec. 17, 2018, 8:29 a.m.
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Re: Carbon Cranks On The Shore?

Rode XO DH for years, sold the bike with them intact. Replacement bike had SixC - I sold the third warranty set of SixCs and replaced them with Hope. Weight penalty was worth it, the SixCs just couldn't be trusted. Friend had the same experience.

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