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Are carbon road bikes robust enough to use off-road?

Regardless of the tire clearance, could I use my carbon road bike off road too? Can it handle the stress and load? Wont it break ? Does a road bike needs to be more robust to handle the offroad, ...
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How to be certain a Boardman ADV 8.8 would fit without prior road bike experience?

I'm looking to buy my first road bike - an adventure/gravel road bike. Question: How can I be certain it's okay or not? And should I be looking for a bike that's closer to my estimated frame ...
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Ultra road machine or a CX/gravel bike to replace/augment my MTB? [closed]

I currently own a flat bar, hardtail 29er MTB. I can pretty much ride it anywhere. The thing is I usually ride on tarmac anyway with some gravel segments if I take a shortcut through the woods. Where ...
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Correct frame bike for me

I’m trying to measure a cyclocross bike. I’m 172 cm, leg length 77.5cm. Some websites like ebicycles say that my bike frame size is 53cm. I’m already looking for this bike with seat tube 54cm. A ...
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Monster-cross build on the road, will it be fun? [closed]

Don't ask why, don't ask how much but this is what I'm aiming at: 29er entry level MTB with light Al frame stripped down Carbon rigid MTB fork (for clearance) Carbon drop-bar handle bars 35c tires ...
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Is there any difference between road and mtb discs?

I'm trying to find which discs should be used with a 105 hydro groupset but I can´t find anything. When I search for 105 dic brakes I'm always redirected to the calipers and not the disc it self, or ...
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Fatigue after changing bike type?

My hardtail MTB was stolen. As a result I started looking for a new bike. After much research, I realized that most of the biking I have been interested in over the last few years seems to fit the ...
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How to improve braking with hands on hoods?

I have gravel bike for around 3 months now with mechanical disc brakes and one thing I have problems with is braking. When I ride on drops (which I do rarely) I can brake well -- I pull the brake ...
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Deore Derailleur w/ Tiagra STI Shifter Compatibility

I have Shimano Deore RD M591 Rear Derailleur (http://www.jensonusa.com/Shimano-Deore-M591-9-SPD-Rear-Derailleur) that I am having trouble dialing in shifting when used with Tiagra 4700 2x10 STI ...
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Monstercross gravel bike: Will a Salsa Warbird frame fit 45mm Riddlers on wide 28mm rims?

Will 45mm WTB riddlers on wide 28mm internal width rims fit between the rear chainstays of the Salsa Warbird? I'm building a set of monstercross wheels for my Salsa Warbird, but before purchasing the ...
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Ways to protect suspension from wear

I'm looking at getting front suspension for my bike for long (several months +) off-road tours (think Great Divide). I was thinking about whether it would prevent requiring maintenance/servicing to ...
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Gravel Riding: Why gravel wheel over lighter XC mtb wheel?

What is the rationale for using a gravel-specific wheel for a gravel bike over a lighter cross-country mountain bike race wheel? Background I'm looking for a wheel with an internal width of 20mm to ...
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How should I train for gravel rallies?

I would like to start riding gravel rally events like these: http://www.dirtyboar.be/ https://www.dirtyreiver.co.uk/ So far the maximum I did like this was about 3 days doing 60 km a day on similar ...
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Generally can I fit 650b wheels on a modern CX frame?

I know this depends a lot on the model and the shape of the stays and fork, but on the average CX disc frame would it be possible to use 650b wheels with thicker tires, for a more comfortable offroad (...
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What are the best ways to start gravel biking for a complete novice (in the Bay Area)?

I recently got a Cannondale Slate and because I’m a complete novice, I’m a little hesitant in starting to ride on trails alone. I’m mostly wondering if I’d have to perform many jumps (which I don’t ...
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optimal trail/monster-cross tyre width solution for 19mm rims on rigid bike

background I have a rigid 'adventure cross'/gravel road bike (Genesis Croix de Fer) though i run it with velo orange 'crazy bars' which have a bullhorn and a wide swept back position. it has 19mm (...
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Map app for avoiding gravel roads [closed]

I use Google for mapping out long distance tours in areas I don't know. Often it takes me on gravel roads. I can't tell from the app that is not really road bike friendly till I get there. This can ...
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Can a carbon fiber bike have rack eyelets?

With the new generation of gravel bikes, I was curious if any of them are being made with carbon fiber frames and rack eyelets. Are carbon frames capable of bearing the weight of racks installed on ...
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Going to race a 29er MTB in a 200 mile / 320 km gravel race. Bike preparation?

I have a Specialized Camber Comp 29er full suspension MTB. I want to use this bike for the DK200 (a one day 200 mile / 320 kilometre gravel race through the Flint Hills of Kansas, USA) and would like ...
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Expanding the range of capabilities of a gravel bike

I'm a believer in having just one bike that i can use for anything I do, mostly club rides and light touring. I currently have a Giant Defy 1 with 28c tires, but am intrigued by the new gravel grinder ...
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Gravel road bike fit

Looking at gravel racing what should I look for in fit compared to a normal road bike setup? I'm concerned about stack and reach angles of head tube and seat tube, bottom bracket drop, fork rake and ...
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Are road bikes capable of being ridden on gravel?

I am new to road bikes and was wondering if these bikes are capable of riding on light gravel or whether I will get flats? Does it depend on the tire material or are generally all road bike tires for ...
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How to avoid riding on a gravel on the road sides? + Riding through traffic lights

I'm commuting to work almost every day. The roads on my way are quite thin so I have ride on the edge of it. But there is usually some gravel and it's quite hard to ride on that especially when riding ...
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Resources for finding dirt roads for planning gravel grinding rides

What are good resources to use to find dirt roads, fire roads, gravel roads, or disused paved roads for planning a gravel grinder or ultracross style ride. Any particular atlases, online mapping ...
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Are these Xero Lite XSR-3 Wheels suitable for cross riding / racing?

I have a set of Xero Lite XSR-3 Wheels. I tend to ride dirt, gravel, and some singletrack on my cross bike and sometimes some cross races. Would I be able to swap this wheelset on to my cross bike ...