Over the last two months (!!) that the final part of this review lasted, I have ridden the Noble GX5 as a “daily driver”, taken it out on some of the nastiest roads we’ve seen in years, and ridden it on “normal” Mid-West roads. Through it all, I have remained impressed with this carbon fiber bicycle with roots going back to another gravel bike I really like.
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My initial impressions were of a laterally stiff wheel with high spoke tension and so the forward drive under prodding was exceptional. They really scoot. I also felt that they were a firm riding wheel and I think that is accurate, but they are not harsh.
Gravel Grinder News: Drop Bar Terms Defined – by Guitar Ted In this post I want to help to clear up some misconceptions and to help readers understand the bits of flared drop bars that help determine their shape and usefulness. I’ve touched on all of these things in past posts, but I realized after […]
Part of the “DNA”, if you will, of a gravel bike’s make-up is a flared drop bar. Traditional styled drop bars are used on many gravel/all-road bikes, certainly, but it is the flared drop bar that you will see most often. These types of drop bars were once rare, and not many people were aware of them until Salsa Cycles started producing them for their seminal bike, the Fargo.
Easton EA70 AX Handle Bars: Quick Review – by Guitar Ted Easton Cycling has made a few items specifically aimed at gravel/all-road cycling. We’ve tested the EA70 AX wheels here, but Easton was also eager for us to try out the new EA70 AX handle bars and an EA70 stem along with that. Handle bars […]
Many bikes are coming out as “dual wheel size” compatible rigs, and if you wanted the 650B wheels, (or the other way around if the new bike was set up with 650B), this option would be high on my list. It provides a solid performing package at a good value. Besides going around and holding up your tires, what more do we really need?
Silca Viaggio Travel Pump: Quick Review – by Grannygear When I was at Sea Otter I was shown the Silca Viaggio Travel floor pump. Designed for travel use and enclosed in a canvas bag that also could be used as a tool storage roll, the Viaggio is a thing of beauty. Machined out of aluminum […]
Okay, so PBO spokes, aluminum rims… how does that work? It actually works out really well. I think the common thought most folks might have is that if the spokes are not steel, then they must be flexy. Well, that just isn’t the case here.
Tioga set out its claimed traits and goals for this tire and in my opinion, they have achieved them. The potential for “more” is the tantalizing bit that is still missing here. Tioga is well aware that riders are thinking this as well. Tubeless ready, maybe something in a wider width, and other possibilities with this design are things we at Riding Gravel would like to see going forward for the Binary.
Saddle Up! Riding Gravel’s Saddle Round Up- Part Two- by Grannygear Is there a perfect saddle? Not likely. But there will be winners and losers as in the first post I set the stage for a sampling of various saddles, all with gravel and or adventure potential. From there we have a pile of saddles […]