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Ok just fitted the rear. 1st off yes a 27.5×1.95 mtb tyre does fit……. Just
You need dead straight rims and tyres though – I bought the cheapest 1.95 pair of suitable tyres I could find at 25 the pair, just to experiment with. Some Kenda ‘dirt jump’ tyres from eBay .these:
And although they fit, they have some serious wobble (wheel was straight) and buzz the driveline chainstay. I’ve corrected by tweaking the wheel to suit and there’s approx 2or3mm clearances either side.
Looks like I’ll try some other tyres as I specifically want tyres with more grip than dedicated gravel tyres.
Ill keep the Kendal as spares and get a pair of 1.9 specialized crossroads to try.Posted 5 months ago
Hopefully the image will work. Turned out the 29r tube I’d stuffed in the rear tyre to try out the tyres was giving the bulge. Two 27.5 tubes later and they’re fitted!</span>
Rear only has about 2mm clearance either side though…. Just need some new 160/140 discs and I’m ready to try them.
Posted 5 months ago
The 1.9 specialized crossroads has arrived, will fit and get pics later – but it certainly isn’t as tall as the Kendal so should be a better fit. Decided to just buy one specialized tyre for the rear and leave the slightly larger Kenda on the front.
Discs for the 650bs also arrived so I’ll have the first propper on/off road test tomorrow.Posted 5 months ago
That’s not good news, i’m probably going to skip 650B. 🙁
Meanwhile I just went from winter mode to summer mode. Lost the fenders, and put on some bigger GravelKing SKs, tubeless for the first time. The front one is labeled 43C or 43-622, the back one is 40C 38-622. The fronts measure around 42mm, and the back one is around 39.5mm on my 20mm ID rims. Plenty of clearance at the front, at the back… The usual.
Forgot how good this thing is with some proper meat!
Also got a setback seatpost and a way too overpriced Salsa seatpost clamp instead of my “Gineyea” eBay special.Posted 5 months ago
This is a brilliant thread. I’ve been using my Grinduro (SS Plug with TRP Hylex) over the winter for various things and it’ll now get used for evening jaunts and school runs with the kids. Its been great. I did think the Alu fork would be harsh but its not.
Talking of which who’s going to buy the Grinduro in the classifieds? I would have thought it’d be flying off the shelf…Posted 4 months ago
Bit of an update on mine. Made the switch to drops, along with a some XT cranks, a pair of TRP Spyres, and then a slightly more exciting paint job from a rattlecan. Getting it prepped for the Torino-Nice Rally, just need to sort a light/usb charger to pair with the dynamo hub.
The highrise stem makes me feel a bit ill but makes it a lot more comfortable for all day rides.Posted 2 months ago
as mentioned above, I didn’t get on with them – I found them significantly slower on the road (although this could be down to tyre choice) and not enough gains on a good 700c tyre off road to warrant them.
Ended up selling my set and invested the cash into a set of TRP Hylex’s, first ride on them today and they are so much better than cable discs.Posted 3 weeks ago
I’m getting on very well with the Horizons. Ride really well once up to speed, smooth and very comfy. Probably helped by being tubeless too. Mine are on 21mm internal Crests. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend 650b given the slightly limited clearance with 700c. Not a fast road bike but perfect for long rides on gravel/rough lanes.
I’m off this weekend to ride the Torino-Nice Rally with it, where the extra cush of the wider tyres sounds like it’ll be really welcome.
My main issue with the bike is that the headtube could do with being a little longer for all day comfort (5/6 hrs+), I’ve now got a longer fork steerer and a huge stack of spacers.Posted 3 weeks ago
See if this works…
Getting close with Torino-Nice Rally prep, bike's pretty much ready, just some dynamo wiring left to fiddle for the @busch_und_muller light/usb charger and a rear tyre to set up tubeless. Not so sure my legs are ready for 20,000m of climbing in 700km, better get on the pasta @benconnolli #torinonicerally #3rdtnr #chargeplug #gravelgrinder
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My main issue with the bike is that the headtube could do with being a little longer for all day comfort (5/6 hrs+), I’ve now got a longer fork steerer and a huge stack of spacers.
What you need is some Specialized Hover bars. I have them on my Plug 1 as it’s got the versatility of a winter mile muncher, but the geometry of a track bike…
My Plug 1 (not a Plug 5, but as a Charge fanboi I’m jealous of not being included in this thread!)
Posted 3 weeks ago
Over the weekend I installed some i23 WTB KOM rims and 47mm Byways to my OEM Charge Plug 5. I managed to get them set up tubeless without too much trouble with just a floor pump. Clearance at the chainstays is pretty tight, maybe 4 mm of clearance. The Byways run absolutely amazing so far, they roll just about as fast as the stock Kenda Kwick Tendrils. At 30 psi front, 35 back, I had a blast on some dirt mtb trails. Traction is a bit lacking on some of the dusty loose terrain, but for the most part I was really impressed how well the small nubs handled.
Posted 2 weeks ago
How is everyone liking the 1X setups? I have been looking into upgrading from the stock 11-28 cassette to an 11-32, but that would require going to a medium-cage derailleur. I figure if i have to upgrade the derailleur anyway maybe I should just go Rival1 instead and the only extra thing I need is the X-sync chainring. That way I can get a big 11-42 cassette for steeper dirt climbs.
I don’t have a dedicated road bike, so plan to still do road rides with this bike (Still have a 700c wheelset to throw on for that), but definitely no racing, just casual rides with friends in pretty hilly areas (Bay Area, California). I could see the occasional sportive event but again not really into competing, just in it for fun.Posted 1 week ago
I love 1x, but IMO 1x starts at a 10-42 cassette, I wouldn’t go with anything that has a smaller range. Yes that means switching to XD, but that 10T does make a difference.
I’ve been riding Rival 1 on my Plug since last October. There are some things that I like and some things that I don’t like. I love the shape of the levers, love Doubletap, I love the very positive click of the shifter, despite all the bad rep I really like GXP, and i’ll never use a non clutched derailleur again. The crankset is nice, haven’t dropped a chain yet, and I did ride the bike on terrain where I would have needed an MTB plenty of times. (Although you are familiar with most of this since you’re on Rival 22)
Things I don’t like. The gear changes could be a little quicker, the hoods ripped at the gear lever after a couple of months, and the drivetrain runs a bit loud. What I really don’t like is that the drivetrain gets really, really loud after it sees some offroad miles. I’ve tried like 6-7 different lubes from Squirt wax lube to wet lube, nothing works. If I ride in dusty conditions offroad after a few miles the drivetrain just starts making a racket like I haven’t cleaned it in 5 years.
Overall I like the groupset, but it could be definitely improved. I’m waiting for drop bar Eagle. 🙂Posted 1 week ago
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