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  • Premier Icon njee20
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    I’ve got a Chinese road disc frame (Deng Fu R04) and it’s bloody good. Can’t imagine a Niner being 2k better.

    To answer the question though, Trek Boone?

    …with flatmount brakes and thru-axles?

    There’s the Niner RLT at £2,300, and the chinese stuff at tuppence ha’penny.

    Is there anything in between?!

    PJay
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    If you specifically want carbon, On-One have the Bish Bash Bosh and Space Chicken (available as complete bikes or framesets); I don’t know what they’re like though.

    antigee
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    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 wrong

    drlex
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    (ignore – missed Crabon requirement, as the Capt did.)

    jonk
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    I have a bish bash bosh, great bike but doesn’t have flat mount brakes.

    breninbeener
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    Ive just built up a Genesis Datum frameset. It has just come back from the NC500 where is was fabulous bike to ride.

    antigee
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    ^^^^^and i missed the flatmount bit

    PJay
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    The flat mount standard is new to me (a quick Google shows that it’s a new road only standard) and I don’t know much about it or what it’s suppose to offer over post mount.

    antigee
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    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 frameset

    PJay
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    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.

    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?

    PJay
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    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?

    I take it that you can’t use road levers with mtb callipers?

    You can. I bought a flat mount Shimano 105 groupset and substituted BR-R785 calipers which look (and I believe essentially are) identical to XT calipers.

    Leigh2612
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    What would be a mountain bikers cross bike…?

    ChunkyMTB
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    Norco Threshold

    PJay
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    You can. I bought a flat mount Shimano 105 groupset and substituted BR-R785 calipers which look (and I believe essentially are) identical to XT calipers.

    That’s useful to know, thanks!

    corroded
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    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…
    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.

    Premier Icon AlexSimon
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    Did you get sorted with anything?

    These look interesting:
    https://handslingbikes.com/collections/cyclocross-frames/products/handsling-cex-cyclocross-disc

    Not a fan of the big logo, but they do offer custom paint 🙂

    nathb
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    Any use?

    http://www.workswellbikes.com/PRODDUCT/ROAD/ALL/Gravel/2017/0323/112.html

    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!

    Premier Icon AlexSimon
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    Hmmm – I’m playing a game of spot the difference with the workswell and handsling. Haven’t found one yet…

    nathb
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    Handsling:

    Workswell:

    The difference is the paint & marketing 😆

    Workswell offers tax free shipping via the netherlands too 😈

    Premier Icon AlexSimon
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    Exactly – identical apart from the rounding in the table 🙂

    Oh – actually the weights differ with the Miracle one. Significantly so.

    Premier Icon househusband
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    Any use?

    http://www.workswellbikes.com/PRODDUCT/ROAD/ALL/Gravel/2017/0323/112.html

    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..?

    nathb
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    $500 landed with no fees inc headset, bottom bracket, spare hanger, di2 cable stops, carbon seatpost and seatpost clamp.

    Premier Icon househusband
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    Thanks… looks very tempting.

    Have has my eye on the Bowman PilgrimsX but in all honesty I can’t really justify it, especially if I can get the ‘workswell’ for half that.

    Cheers!

    Premier Icon AlexSimon
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    I think I might give the WorksWell one a go.
    They’ve given me a choice of 3 bottom brackets: 112-49-BB30, 112-52-BSA, 112-56-BSA
    I prefer threaded, all else being equal, but does it impact on q-factor?

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