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  1. #51
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    My neighbor lent me a Masi CXR-Comp for the week. I did my first gravel road ride yesterday; about 19 miles of 95% gravel. I owned a road bike years ago, and do a charity road ride once a year on whatever roadie I can borrow, but beyond that, I have very little to compare it to.

    Initially it felt like road riding, only rougher. However, as I got comfortable and the speeds increased, I kinda started to "get it". Compared to the road, there are very few cars to deal with, better scenery, tighter turns, fast rollers, varied terrain. Railing those loose corners was terrifyingly fun. As I mentioned, I don't have much to compare it to, but I could see the value in the slightly lower BB, longer wheelbase and slacker HTA offered by a so-called gravel road bike. The mechanical discs were total shit. This definitely could be helped by some adjusting and replacing the cables, but it's also a reminder of why I dislike mechanical disc brakes.

    I've got a couple more rides planned, including some mellow singletrack. I'll decide then whether or not this is something I "need" to own.
    Last edited by bagtagley; 07-30-2015 at 01:25 PM.
    Remind me. We'll send him a red cap and a Speedo.

  2. #52
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    Feb 2005
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    Damn that Norco Search looks really nice for a do it all. I've been happy with a Felt F3X as my 'utility' bike (commuting, all round road, some gravel here and there) but this may be the winter where I get frustrated enough by the clip on fenders to consider a new rig.

  3. #53
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    Dec 2003
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    Quote Originally Posted by powtario View Post
    Decision has been made!

    Norco Search XR 58cm.
    2300 retail
    -250 for their trade in offer.....I spent 20 on this thing but than had to get it back to my buddies place so I attached it to the rack on the public bike like this.....Attachment 166282
    +Conti GP 4000's x28c 60 for the pair.
    -350 VAT (tax) because I'm leaving the EU within 90 days.
    =new bike with new tires (after losing a few % on the credit card forex fee) for $3200 Canadian....not bad for a bike that has a CAD $4700 retail. Stoked!
    Attachment 166283
    Sorry it's not the red one......
    Hey powtario - how are you liking your Search? My brother-in-law is thinking about getting one and he asked me for advice.

  4. #54
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    May 2008
    Location
    Oakland, CA
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    Just bought a Diamondback Carbon EXP and can say quality and build are really good compared to recent rides. Ratings from reviewers are equally praising. Touring drops and full carbon on a cross touring platform?!? I have a few cx bikes to sell now.

  5. #55
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Oakland, CA
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    Building up a 60cm SOMA DoubleCross with campy parts and avid disc brakes. Thompson and Ritchey parts and some options on parts. If you are interested, let me know!

  6. #56
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
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    Spotted this today. Cross perfection!


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