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Feeling good about aluminum

If I’m totally honest, there have been a few times when I wished that I’d opted for a more expensive carbon frame for the gravel bike. Almost all of those times have involved a scale. Not that I’m dissatisfied with the weight, it’s actually great all things considered. As a bit of weight weenie the lack of potential still pains me a little. But, every time I crash the bike (riding in…

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Giant Revolt 2 – Project Bike Step Two

Calling “done”, at least for now, with the aluminum Giant Revolt 2 gravel bike. Having kept only the frame, there were a lot of changes getting there. While I forgot to mention it in the video, I was able to get the bike down to 8.995kg with Shimano PD-M540 pedals (no bottle cages or other accessories), which is very competitive with other gravel bikes costing significantly more. Amazing bike.…

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Giant Revolt 2 – Project Bike Step One

Giant’s new aluminum Revolt 2 gravel bike is a great value as-is, but my eyes are just on the frame. By swapping the lower end components for a mostly Ultegra setup, the bike gets significantly more capability (e.g. two more gears on the 11-34, and a clutched derailleur) with a durable frame that I don’t have to worry too much about. This is the first step in the process of swapping parts…

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