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RFD Cycling Thread [OFFICIAL]

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differing wrote:
Sep 10th, 2017 6:36 pm
Has anyone encountered a SRAM 1x11 setup on a stock road bike? I'd really love to see it in action, but I haven't seen any road/tri bikes that come built with that groupset, just CX bikes currently: (ex http://www.sweetpetes.com/product/giant ... 4118-1.htm).
i personally don't think the 1x11 gearing is wide enough range for an actual road bike unless there are no hills whatsoever.

I ride mostly in the Collingwood area and it wouldn't work for me.

Just my $0.02.
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Swerny wrote:
Sep 13th, 2017 11:03 am
i personally don't think the 1x11 gearing is wide enough range for an actual road bike unless there are no hills whatsoever.

I ride mostly in the Collingwood area and it wouldn't work for me.

Just my $0.02.
I guess it depends on how low you need to go. The C3 Cervelo I linked above has a 44 with 11-36 which gives you a 32-105 gear inches range. My bike with Ultegra has 11-28 with 50/34 has a range of 32-115. So the low gear is actually the same. The big gaps between the gears might be annoying though.

but then again, the biggest hill I ever tackled is Gatineau park
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differing wrote:
Sep 10th, 2017 6:36 pm
Has anyone encountered a SRAM 1x11 setup on a stock road bike? I'd really love to see it in action, but I haven't seen any road/tri bikes that come built with that groupset, just CX bikes currently: (ex http://www.sweetpetes.com/product/giant ... 4118-1.htm).
I have a SRAM Rival 1x11 setup on my CX bike, TCX Advanced Pro 2. I find it fine for my style of cycling as I don't really go that fast on the road, usually using it on trails and light offroad. However, if you do go really fast, I have maxed out before.
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What does everyone think of doing a bike fit before purchasing a bike? For my last road bike, I had one done after I bought the bike and everything worked out. But now I'm reading about people doing the fits before buying a bike... has anyone done this?
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bunnyfoo wrote:
Sep 14th, 2017 11:24 am
What does everyone think of doing a bike fit before purchasing a bike? For my last road bike, I had one done after I bought the bike and everything worked out. But now I'm reading about people doing the fits before buying a bike... has anyone done this?
I am just starting out this year, and I wish i did do a bike fit first. (Or at least sync with an experienced rider) I did my bike fit after the fact, and came to know that my bike doesn't fit me well. I should have gotten something else as the reach on my bike is too long and resulted in me needing a shorter stem.

Now that I know my measurements, what sort of bike fits me and how the process works, i dont think i would do another bike fit.
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warpdrive wrote:
Sep 13th, 2017 1:53 pm
I guess it depends on how low you need to go. The C3 Cervelo I linked above has a 44 with 11-36 which gives you a 32-105 gear inches range. My bike with Ultegra has 11-28 with 50/34 has a range of 32-115. So the low gear is actually the same. The big gaps between the gears might be annoying though.

but then again, the biggest hill I ever tackled is Gatineau park
in your case, the low is fine, but you may spin out at the high end.

If it works for you, that's great, but my setup is 11-32 with a compact 50/34 and i feel i could climb anything while rarely spinning out. I'm a poor climber and weigh about 215 BTW
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Swerny wrote:
Sep 14th, 2017 11:55 am
If it works for you, that's great, but my setup is 11-32 with a compact 50/34 and i feel i could climb anything while rarely spinning out. I'm a poor climber and weigh about 215 BTW
definitely a few times I wished I had a bailout gear like a 32.

I do kind of like the idea of a 1x front setup, looks so clean and extra cool and also save some weight in the process. But in my experience with a Shimano Affine 8 speed setup, there were too many gaps in the gears I stay in 80% of the time. For a city bike, it would definitely be do-able.
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warpdrive wrote:
Sep 20th, 2017 3:43 pm
definitely a few times I wished I had a bailout gear like a 32.

I do kind of like the idea of a 1x front setup, looks so clean and extra cool and also save some weight in the process. But in my experience with a Shimano Affine 8 speed setup, there were too many gaps in the gears I stay in 80% of the time. For a city bike, it would definitely be do-able.
Agreed, I have 1x11 on my fat bike and love it. The new 1x12 systems seem to solve the "problem" of insufficient range
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Sep 20th, 2017 3:01 pm
Any ever used Bike Discount out of germany?

https://www.bike-discount.de/en

Prince on tires seems really good, but they ship with DHL (which is bad!)...
I did last year. Did not get hit with extras, but your mileage may vary. Just like with all the shipping from overseas, sometimes you win sometimes you lose. In the end you win because there is SOOOOO much savings to be had.
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stendzme wrote:
Sep 20th, 2017 3:01 pm
Any ever used Bike Discount out of germany?

https://www.bike-discount.de/en

Prince on tires seems really good, but they ship with DHL (which is bad!)...
German DHL (unlike oversea private DHL) hands over to national postal services such as Canada Post, you "may" get dinged CBSA handling fee and tax, not DHL's own handling fee (this is absolutely not the case if ordered using DHL from outside Germany). For road tires, go for merlincycles.com instead, free shipping with purchases over $100.

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