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Old 01-08-2019, 04:47 PM
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Looks very nice.
How's it ride?
A G Road is in first place on my N+1 list. Ride report, please.
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Old 01-08-2019, 09:00 PM
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My rides on the B-Road are about 70-80% road with the balance being on dirt. I'm also only 135-140 lbs. That being the case, most of the time the bike has 700x32 mm Compass Stampede Pass tires.

Overall, I love the way the frame rides. It has plenty of tire clearance. I don't have much need for rack or fender mounts, but the bike has them. It also has a third bottle mount.

On the road with 32mm tires, the bike feels like a slightly more forgiving road bike. It's incredibly comfortable in that situation. I did a 70 mile road ride on it in Sonoma County (where the paved roads are not really that well maintained). It was the perfect bike for that ride. The B-Road conveys a sense of being an efficient tool for the job at hand.

On dirt, mostly I have used the B-Road on climbs or to traverse across a ridgeline. I don't generally descend on the B-road on dirt given my more road oriented tire selection. That said, when climbing on singletrack or fire roads the bike reminds me a lot of a rigid hardtail mountain bike with the old Ritchey Speedmax tires.

While it is not a purpose built pure road bike, the B-Road doesn't make you feel overly penalized for having the extra off road(ish) capability available.

I don't really have any complaints about the frame/fork in terms of the ride or the fit. If I were doing this again, I'd probably go with either eTap or mechanical shifting instead of Di2. That is purely just an ergonomic preference for the mechanical shifters.

Also, just for anyone that cares about the overall weight, my bike as shown sits right around 20.3 lbs
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Old 01-09-2019, 06:41 AM
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Great ride report.
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Old 03-23-2019, 01:46 PM
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Old 03-23-2019, 06:21 PM
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^ Are those Supple Vitesse tyres?
If so, what width, please?
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Old 03-23-2019, 06:31 PM
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^ Are those Supple Vitesse tyres?
If so, what width, please?
They are Compass Stampede Pass 700x32
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Old 03-23-2019, 10:17 PM
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http://www.pathlesspedaled.com

Couple great podcasts with Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira that cover the G Road, B Road, etc. -- for anyone curious...
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Old 03-25-2019, 07:39 PM
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http://www.pathlesspedaled.com

Couple great podcasts with Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira that cover the G Road, B Road, etc. -- for anyone curious...
Thanks for pointing that out! I listened to the one with Ira Ryan today.
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Old 03-25-2019, 10:35 PM
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I had a Rock Lobster with essentially the same geometry as the stock B-Road geo, it rode very much like you describe your B-Road. 32c slicks with a road geometry are a really winning combination in a lot of places for a light rider with some finesse. I really like your bikes, looking great.
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Old 03-26-2019, 10:34 AM
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I had a Rock Lobster with essentially the same geometry as the stock B-Road geo, it rode very much like you describe your B-Road. 32c slicks with a road geometry are a really winning combination in a lot of places for a light rider with some finesse. I really like your bikes, looking great.
This is so true. Kinda wishing I'd kept the Ellis road OS I had - it fit 32-33c under Ultegra calipers and had nice road geometry.. I don't think I appreciated its light-gravel chops at the time and could have pressed it into gravel-racer duty this year.
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Old 03-26-2019, 10:55 AM
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Well Done!
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Old 03-26-2019, 11:28 AM
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That's put together really nicely. What do you think of the Compass tires? Worth the cost?
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Old 03-26-2019, 01:36 PM
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That's put together really nicely. What do you think of the Compass tires? Worth the cost?
My gravel rides are usually 70-80% road with the gravel climbs to link up routes in new ways. For that use they are perfect. That said if I had to descend some of those same gravel trails I would be looking for something with a bit more tread.
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Old 04-06-2019, 05:07 PM
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650B wheelset?
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