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jamesacklin
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I guess this could go in the Conspicuous Consumption thread, but this is my new Rove. I'm a neocon now.

There's something very bourgeois about buying a bike that has 100% of what you want right out of the box, adding pedals, swapping the saddle, and wrapping your favorite bar tape, with little to no fuss. Edit: They're dumb, but I think I like the wide bars.

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:47
jdsmooth
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I'm really curious about these; could you tell me about the ride feels?

Five-foot drops at speed on unstable terrain? Yep.

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:11
jamesacklin
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The aluminum is nice and snappy but I haven't noticed any harshness. Ride feel is exceptionally good, but I'm coming from riding a CAAD9 with 28s on b-roads, so I may be reacting to the volume of the tires. Tubeless at 30psi feels right for the road and singletrack. Our local trails are pretty rooty in sections, but plenty tacky when they're dry, so no issues with pressure or cornering traction. The geo is remarkably stable, I can sit up and take my hands off the bars at ~25mph.

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:27
Wintage Townie
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If my Elephant were broke or stolen today, I'd buy a Rove tomorrow.

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Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:55
kmcdon
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(Reply to #46755)

jamesacklin wrote:
I guess this could go in the Conspicuous Consumption thread, but this is my new Rove. I'm a neocon now.

There's something very bourgeois about buying a bike that has 100% of what you want right out of the box, adding pedals, swapping the saddle, and wrapping your favorite bar tape, with little to no fuss. Edit: They're dumb, but I think I like the wide bars.

Whoa, this is a complete redesign compared to my friend's steel one. I like.

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:01
liquify
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(Reply to #46756)

jamesacklin wrote:
this is my new Rove. I'm a neocon now.

I was going to make a joke about you wanting to go it alone in the world to defend American interests, use war to define American identity, and impose our political values and cultural norms on other countries, coz ours are the best. Then I realized it is a Karl Rove.

Related but not really, I made my students read about neocons for the War on Terror class. Only one had heard of Bill Kristol and David Frum (let alone the rest). Well, at least they now understand it a bit more.

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:04
jamesacklin
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Thanks y'all. I'm really into how it handles and am strangely happy to ride a complete bike out of the box. Shop also set it up tubeless, trimmed the hoses, and faced the BB shell at no extra cost, so that was nice.

I'll save it for the politics thread, but there is no further refutation of God's existence than Kristol and Frum continuing to suck oxygen, to say nothing of their outsized presence and influence in post-Obama politics. :) I was in high school during the invasion of Iraq, but it's still eerie to me that there are kids who have never experienced anything but unending interventionist war.

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:39
jeffro
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(Reply to #46758)

jamesacklin wrote:
Edit: They're dumb, but I think I like the wide bars.

Goddamned right you do! How you gonna Yolo all the gnar-gnar on 38 cm bars? You ain't!

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:38
Rusty Piton
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That Rove is pretty much exactly what a modern road bike should be.

emor wrote:
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Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:18
iwillbe
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(Reply to #46760)

Rusty Piton wrote:
That Rove is pretty much exactly what a modern road bike should be.

Exactly! I've been writing up a piece on the return of sensibile road bike design, looking at 1980-2010 as this interesting, but frustrating period during which road bikes got sort of weird and horrible for their intended use, but are now headed back in a good direction. "Like a Schwinn World Traveller, but with functional brakes" is not the worst thing to do for.

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:44
jamesacklin
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(Reply to #46761)

I feel the same way. It seems like this is a good point in time to get a new bike with an original-owner warranty and so on. Everyone has decided on two thru-axle standards—one for MTB and one for road, Shimano has mostly figured out good wet brakes at the 105 level, there are good widely-available tubeless 650b options, and "endurance" geometry doesn't necessarily need to mean sluggish. (Plus the historical reenactment / rim-brake world has reached such levels of edified self-parody that I can't imagine actually clinging to that for the next 10 years.)

iwillbe wrote:
I've been writing up a piece on the return of sensibile road bike design, looking at 1980-2010 as this interesting, but frustrating period during which road bikes got sort of weird and horrible for their intended use, but are now headed back in a good direction.

Doping Euro peloton superstars and huge endorsements undermining sensible design in the recreational cycling market? Would love to read this.

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:21
fixed
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which one of the 1000 different rove options is that?
http://www.konaworld.com/platform_rove.cfm

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:59
jamesacklin
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(Reply to #46763)

ROVE NRB D(F)L

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 11:05
Wintage Townie
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Too bad they specced the Rove NRB with a legit nerd crank, but cable-dicks. They even have 10-speed Tiagra wet dicks, so it could'a been perfect. Though TBH those Tiagra levers with Spyre C brakes and compressionless housing are going to work great, and the value is very high.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 11:37
Sneaky Viking
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Holy crap I didn't know there was dirt cheap Tiagra hydro

ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 19:04
jeffro
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(Reply to #46766)

Sneaky Viking wrote:
Holy crap I didn't know there was dirt cheap Tiagra hydro

Anything stopping me from swapping these onto the Grinder that has 10s 105?

ETA I'm dumb, whole group only 70 bucks or so more than just levers and calipers.

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 19:28
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #46767)

Sneaky Viking wrote:
Holy crap I didn't know there was dirt cheap Tiagra hydro

Yeah, I knew that, then forgot it... I hate it when that happens. 10 speed. Thats good.

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 19:54
ICU81MI
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Flat mount only though, right?

Or byo calipers, I guess

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 23:21
Wintage Townie
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Yeah, it'd be an easy job to swap the flat-mount calipers for basically ANY Shimano caliper from the past ~10 years, and sell the flat mounts on eBay.

You can't swap these jawns on to ANY old ten speed. The new Tiagra 10-speed uses the same derailleur angle as the new Shimano, hence it's not backwards compatible with any of the old Shimano "cable-pull" ratios. If you have the parts, or can find them cheaper elsewhere, you can get the shifters and calipers elsewhere for less money.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 00:27
Larry Winget
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I would buy the 853 Rove in a hot minute if I had zero bikes and $3500. It would cover just about everything I need a bike to do except for maybe sit outside locked up all day.

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Fri, 09/22/2017 - 01:38
Sneaky Viking
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ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:07
Wintage Townie
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Oh, neat.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:40
ICU81MI
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The copy seems to indicate that there are but when you click into the actual items, those look like adapters to run post mount calipers on flat mount frames.

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:10
Shortpants
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(Reply to #46774)

Larry Winget wrote:
I would buy the 853 Rove in a hot minute if I had zero bikes and $3500. It would cover just about everything I need a bike to do except for maybe sit outside locked up all day.

this is basically my plan. I'm about to sell like 4 bikes and just get a rove. I was debating between a rove and a Niner RLT but the hive mind has convinced me to get a rove.

Unfortunately I think the rove looks like shit. I much prefer the aesthetics of a traditional cross bike. I still feel like ditching the rove idea and just getting a TCX.

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 14:35
eric_ssucks
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(Reply to #46775)

ICU81MI wrote:
The copy seems to indicate that there are but when you click into the actual items, those look like adapters to run post mount calipers on flat mount frames.

They seem to think that you can reverse them? dunno if that even makes sense.

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 14:51
derrayyyvid
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(Reply to #46776)

Wintage Townie wrote:
Yeah, it'd be an easy job to swap the flat-mount calipers for basically ANY Shimano caliper from the past ~10 years, and sell the flat mounts on eBay.

Are Shimano road and MTB hydro calipers interchangeable? I would think shimano would dick it up by having different fluid volumes or something

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:25
newellbt
(Reply to #46777)

derrayyyvid wrote:
Wintage Townie wrote:
Yeah, it'd be an easy job to swap the flat-mount calipers for basically ANY Shimano caliper from the past ~10 years, and sell the flat mounts on eBay.

Are Shimano road and MTB hydro calipers interchangeable? I would think shimano would dick it up by having different fluid volumes or something

Have a friend who was running R785 levers to XTR calipers for a number of years with no trouble.

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:28
chazzwazzer
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IDGI, the Rove is a super slack steel bike. Other than stock 650b and optional wet dicks I don’t see the appeal. Would a TCX instead too, though the last alu one I had was too stiff.

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 19:11
motorbacon
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(Reply to #46779)

Sneaky Viking wrote:
There's flat to post mount adapters
?
https://www.competitivecyclist.com/shimano-flat-mount-disc-brake-adapter

They work great. Used them for a flat bar RLT9 build I did for a customer.

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 23:57
motorbacon
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(Reply to #46780)

Shortpants wrote:
Larry Winget wrote:
I would buy the 853 Rove in a hot minute if I had zero bikes and $3500. It would cover just about everything I need a bike to do except for maybe sit outside locked up all day.

this is basically my plan. I'm about to sell like 4 bikes and just get a rove. I was debating between a rove and a Niner RLT but the hive mind has convinced me to get a rove.

Unfortunately I think the rove looks like shit. I much prefer the aesthetics of a traditional cross bike. I still feel like ditching the rove idea and just getting a TCX.

Get a Coffee Grinder

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 23:58
mander
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Yeah for 3.5 bongs you could build a pretty sweet CG.

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 01:10
motorbacon
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(Reply to #46782)

mander wrote:
Yeah for 3.5 bongs you could build a pretty sweet CG.

Yeah. I think I have about 3600 ish into mine, retail value at least, and it's dialed in. Because of shop deals and stuff, I think I have 1900 ish into it, the majority of that being the frame/fork.

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 01:32
Endpoint
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From what I have found you can put post mount on flat mount but you can't put flat mount on post mount.

I ended up just swapping calipers on a set of Rival1 hydros to use them.

Also... the nomenclature on the TRP adapters for post to flat is either wonky on Q or the front adapter doesn't actually exist. Ended up having to mod the adapter we were shipped heavily to install it (because time crunched).

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 06:48
motorbacon
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TRP mounts have always been slightly different, from what I've seen. I like Shimano and Magura mounts, personally.

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 06:51
Sneaky Viking
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(Reply to #46785)

motorbacon wrote:
Sneaky Viking wrote:
There's flat to post mount adapters
?
https://www.competitivecyclist.com/shimano-flat-mount-disc-brake-adapter

They work great. Used them for a flat bar RLT9 build I did for a customer.

Tbh I have not used these and the more I look at the description and the available options, the less I think a flat-brake-to-post-mount option actually exists.

ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 19:43
aek
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Nateshoe with trimmed dangler housing.

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Sun, 09/24/2017 - 08:55
Goddamnit Gunther
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Sofakinghot

Endpoint wrote:
turdly buttways

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 11:59
JUGE FREDD
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rarely is that SRAM logo on the inner crankarm so appropriate

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Sun, 09/24/2017 - 13:27
Rusty Piton
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Got my Wolverine set up with alfine 8.
Internally geared hub feels like weird magic.
Here's a picture with a camel.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 09:49
Bahamontes
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(Reply to #46790)

chazzwazzer wrote:
IDGI, the Rove is a super slack steel bike. Other than stock 650b and optional wet dicks I don’t see the appeal. Would a TCX instead too, though the last alu one I had was too stiff.

Very much this.
Any modern cross bike and a spare nextie 584 wheelset seems infinitely more appealing.
You have to manipulate the chainstays on the Ritchey to clear Byways, but it isn't hard or very yolo. I don't think the Niner requires similar action.
If I was buying a carbon or alu jawn, I'd borrow a nerd wheel for fitment.

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 23:58
shane.rrr
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(Reply to #46791)

Rusty Piton wrote:
Got my Wolverine set up with alfine 8.
Internally geared hub feels like weird magic.
Here's a picture with a camel.

I've never ridden an IGH, Do you have to shift it or just pedal and it shifts by itself?

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 08:34
Rusty Piton
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You have to shift, but you can do it while you're not pedaling. The gear jumps feel kinda bizarre, like some of them are huge and some are barely perceptible.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 09:24
fixed
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(Reply to #46793)

Rusty Piton wrote:
You have to shift, but you can do it while you're not pedaling. The gear jumps feel kinda bizarre, like some of them are huge and some are barely perceptible.

i think that's because the elf that lives in the hub has some ESP (elf sensory perception) and can feel how hard you want to pedal, and adjusts the hub accordingly.

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 19:45
y
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(Reply to #46794)

aek wrote:

Nateshoe with trimmed dangler housing.

nice bike deserves road pedals

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 20:17
Face
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My Merckx also has mtb pedals. smiley

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Wed, 09/27/2017 - 20:36
Endpoint
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Road pedals are dumb.

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 20:46
Rusty Piton
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(Reply to #46797)

fixed wrote:
Rusty Piton wrote:
You have to shift, but you can do it while you're not pedaling. The gear jumps feel kinda bizarre, like some of them are huge and some are barely perceptible.

i think that's because the elf that lives in the hub has some ESP (elf sensory perception) and can feel how hard you want to pedal, and adjusts the hub accordingly.

No the elf is drunk on thunderbird and smoked a bunch of synthetic weed.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 20:55
Wintage Townie
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(Reply to #46798)

Endpoint wrote:
Road pedals are dumb.

It had taken me like 15 years to finally accept this truth.

But I'll probably still keep my Dura Ace 7800 pedals forever.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 21:21
ckd
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(Reply to #46799)

Endpoint wrote:
Clipless pedals are dumb.

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Wed, 09/27/2017 - 22:16
ckd
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(Reply to #46800)

Rusty Piton wrote:
fixed wrote:
Rusty Piton wrote:
You have to shift, but you can do it while you're not pedaling. The gear jumps feel kinda bizarre, like some of them are huge and some are barely perceptible.

i think that's because the elf that lives in the hub has some ESP (elf sensory perception) and can feel how hard you want to pedal, and adjusts the hub accordingly.

No the elf is drunk on thunderbird and smoked a bunch of synthetic weed.

I didn't know that I was an elf.

-is a sandwich
-is a REAL doctor

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 22:16

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