Which Carbon Gravel/Adventure frameset?
Picked up a Bish Bash Bosh a few months back and other than being concerned about crap building up in the odd hole under the BB which the cables run out of I’d say its a very well finished frame and feels great fun on what it is intended for – think someone posted a pic of a more recent version which had rack mounts on the rear – earlier ones didn’t so be careful. Think space chicken is 1x only – ok if that is your thing but isn’t mine – but check I might be wrongPosted 8 months ago
Focus Paralane is only gravel(ish) flatmount carbon bike can think of and available as a frameset but pleased to be proved wrong
– think that it looks like the limited market with early adoption of disk and hence postmount seems to mean that manufacturers will be waiting a while to switch to flatmount – meanwhile gravel bikes will look ugly at the coffee shop
edit Ridley x-trail seems to be available as a framesetPosted 8 months ago
The Open Upper is a carbon gravel frameset with flat mount brakes, but at €4,500 it’s more than twice the price of the Niner!!
Oddly they don’t seem to be fans of the flat mount system:
We don’t like how the bike industry keeps “inventing” new standards, so we always investigate if they are an improvement before we use them.
Post-mount brake calipers work very well, and the main argument for flat-mount is that it looks better (sigh) while a significant drawback is that the front brake always requires an adapter for mounting, adding weight and reducing braking efficiency.Posted 8 months agocrashtestmonkeyMember
I don’t know much about it or what it’s suppose to offer over post mount.
Unfortunately genuine benefits are irrelevant, it’s the new standard, you’ll struggle to find a hydro road groupset with post mounts now so you’re buying a bike/frame locked into obsolete spec (as you can’t get adaptors to fit flat brakes to PM frames).
Is the GT Grade flat mount and available frame only?Posted 8 months ago
Not all new standards are long termers (we seem to have come back to threaded bottom brackets from press fit) but I take your point.
I’m interested in building something gravelish to replace my rigid hardtail (which has essentially been a gravel bike for years) but I know very little about road kit. A drop bar Swift kind of intrigues me but a complete bike may be more cost effective.
I take it that you can’t use road levers with mtb callipers?Posted 8 months agocorrodedMember
Is the GT Grade flat mount and available frame only?
No, and I don’t think so. On the other hand it’s a superb gravel bike for pretty much the same price as the Niner frame…Posted 8 months ago
You can also find Ultegra post-mount disc groupsets. I don’t think 105 is available with post-mount but the new Tiagra discs are also an option. It’s not deal breaker IMO.
Did you get sorted with anything?
These look interesting:
Not a fan of the big logo, but they do offer custom paint 🙂Posted 7 months ago
My racing bike is a workswell and it has certainly lived up to it’s name. You’ve got a blank canvas if you want to do your own design on it too!Posted 7 months agohousehusbandSubscriber
My racing bike is a workswell and it has certainly lived up to it’s name. You’ve got a blank canvas if you want to do your own design on it too!
Thanks for mentioning them… looks interesting! May I ask roughly what yours cost, nathb..?Posted 7 months ago
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