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Re: Super light gravel bike

Post by BigdummySteve » Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:06 pm

I quite like the look of this
https://www.planetx.co.uk/c/q/bikes/gra ... h-mystique
Mainly it looks very nice :-bd but it seems a decent spec for the price and can take wider tyres. With a bit of upgrading over time it could end pretty light as well.
After riding my Fargo for over a year I could see a place for a ‘gravel’ type bike.
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Re: Super light gravel bike

Post by pistonbroke » Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:33 pm

Yes the Mystique looks a nice bike and unlike the very similar Space Chicken frame, it has the option for a double chainset with braze on front mech mount and, I assume routing for a gear cable. I'd want a close look at the internal cable routing as if it's not guided as many of these cheaper Taiwanese catalogue frames are, trying to change a gear cable is a nightmare of fishing around to get the inner to come out of the right hole by the bottom bracket. Trust me I've been there dozens of times, we used to use strong magnets and lots of patience. The new frames come with little straws for the builder to route the inners which are pulled through once the cable is located, a bit like climbing a rock face and pulling out all the protection as you go. I'd also want confirmation it's not a press fit bb for obvious reasons. Pity the Ultegra 2x11 build hasn't got hydro brakes but I assume this would increase the cost significantly. The black/orange colourway is prettier imo.

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Re: Super light gravel bike

Post by BigdummySteve » Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:07 pm

Proper bottom bracket :-bd
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Re: Super light gravel bike

Post by ZeroDarkBivi » Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:08 am

The SRAM Force looks like a lot of bike for the money, although, looking at the phots, I can’t help thinking they have cocked-up the bottle cage positions - looks like you could not have 2 bottles in simultaneously, unless my eyes have been deceived...

Always worry a bit when ‘cheap’ frames claim high modulus carbon, as that might equal light and stiff, but it is also very brittle as I found out to my cost with a lightweight CF Radon MTB frame.

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Re: Super light gravel bike

Post by Dave Barter » Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:07 am

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Re: Super light gravel bike

Post by Dave Barter » Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:24 pm

Holy thread resurrection!

What do you all think of the Salsa Cutthroat? Could this be an answer and can you actually get them in the UK?
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Re: Super light gravel bike

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:26 pm

Dave, talk to Shona. They seem to build more Cutthroats than anyone and get their Salsa stock direct ... ooh and very nice too.
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Re: Super light gravel bike

Post by ScotRoutes » Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:41 pm

Lyon Equipment have just picked up Salsa and Terravail so supply should improve (though given my previous experience with QBP........)

https://cyclingindustry.news/lyon-equip ... ail-tyres/

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Re: Super light gravel bike

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:55 pm

I believe a full transition is going to be a reasonably steady process though Colin.
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Re: Super light gravel bike

Post by jay91 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:06 pm

Dave Barter wrote:Holy thread resurrection!

What do you all think of the Salsa Cutthroat? Could this be an answer and can you actually get them in the UK?

I think Karl&greg may got one from k p
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Re: Super light gravel bike

Post by Jurassic pusher » Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:33 am

Dave Barter wrote:Holy thread resurrection!

What do you all think of the Salsa Cutthroat? Could this be an answer and can you actually get them in the UK?
I`ve got a Cutthroat in Medium that you are welcome to try Dave, I dont think you are a million miles from me?
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Re: Super light gravel bike

Post by Dave Barter » Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:51 pm

Jurassic pusher wrote:
Dave Barter wrote:Holy thread resurrection!

What do you all think of the Salsa Cutthroat? Could this be an answer and can you actually get them in the UK?
I`ve got a Cutthroat in Medium that you are welcome to try Dave, I dont think you are a million miles from me?
It came from Ghyllside cycles, Ambleside, They posted my frame, a long drive otherwise!
That would be ace! I just need to shake off this injury I have then will be in touch. Cheers
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Re: Super light gravel bike

Post by ootini » Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:58 pm

johnnystorm wrote:Image
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I may be oversimplifying this, in fact I almost certainly am. But from what I can gather the Bombtrack Hook EXT C that jonnystorm posted above, is the lighter weight gravel bike equivalent of the Salsa Cuthroat, which is in essence the same bike but scaled up a touch to accept much larger tyres. I think the build quality of both Bombtrack and Salsa will be beyond question, and the builds available look very nice. If I were in the market, and had the where-with-all, these would be my two bikes of choice. And the question would then be, gravel or mountain bike?

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Re: Super light gravel bike

Post by voodoo_simon » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:16 pm

Trek Checkpoint SL 5, many retailers have it at £2200, full 105, can run upto 45mm (I’m pretty sure) and a carbon frame etc

Yes, the name is less sexy than Salsa and Bombtrack but does come a lifetime guarantee on the frame... :-bd

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Re: Super light gravel bike

Post by lune ranger » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:26 am

For Salsa isn't it the Warbird that is the superlight weight gravel bike and the Cutthroat a superlight weight drop bar MTB?

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Re: Super light gravel bike

Post by FLV » Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:44 am

I have an Aluminium warbird, its not superlight. Somewhere around 9kg built with decent kit

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Re: Super light gravel bike

Post by sean_iow » Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:18 pm

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Obvioulsy it's not 1x11 as per the original request and it's also not under the £3K of the KTM which started this but a carbon di2 Warbird? If you write another book it would pay for it and I'd have something good to read :grin:
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