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BOTM: ORANGE IS BACK - part 4

Andy Kessler - 30-Aug-2019
I am happy that nobody asked for the noisy making-off video. I guess Marc our videographer is also....




The only thing missing for this month BOTM is the detail specifications and here they come. It's really a great spec for a great complete bike price, as you'll see:



size M
frame WI.DE.
headset Cane Creek 40
fork OPEN U-Turn 
stem  3T Apto Team 90mm
handlebar 3T Superergo 44cm
handlebar grip Fizik Tempo Microtex black
seatpost Cane Creek Eesilk
saddle Fizik Antares R3 VS Evo
brakes Shimano GRX DI2
shifters Shimano GRX DI2
crank  Shimano GRX   
BB Rotor 4624
chainrings Shimano 42
front and rear derailleur Shimano GRX DI2
cassette Shimano XT CS-M8000
chain Shimano CN-HG701
wheel DT SWISS ER 1400SPLINE , 29
tire René Herse (formerly called Compass) Snoqualmie 700x44c
weight 8.5kg
price Approx. $5200 / €5200

Comments & Questions

OPEN
Hey Andy, Tires pictured here are ont Schwalbe G-one but Compass/René herse Barlow Pass 700cx38 extra light tires.
Post #1 of 5. Posted by JP on 31-Aug-2019 05:18:46 GMT in reply to blog [0<--19743]
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Actually they are 700cx44 Snoqualmie Pass René herse tires !
Post #2 of 5. Posted by JP on 31-Aug-2019 05:20:26 GMT in reply to post #1 [19743<--19744]
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As JP said, Snoqualmie 44mm. Corrected now.
Post #3 of 5. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 31-Aug-2019 08:54:34 GMT in reply to post #1 [19743<--19746]
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Stunning bike, and the Compass tires suit it really well.

I have a question about the bike and I'm not sure where the best place to ask it is. It looks like the WIDE has a slacker head tube angle than the UP by a degree, making it the same as my current gravel bike, a GT Grade. The trail looks 5mm or so longer on the Grade for the same tires. I love the Grade to pieces, but the handling feels a bit slow compared to my "real" road bike, and when I get a new gravel bike I do want it to feel more lively. How does handling feel between the UP and the WIDE? The UP seems like the perfect bike but for my personal setup the WIDE is better suited (less utility overlap with my road bike, and fender mounts). But maybe the WIDE has the best handling for its application?
Post #4 of 5. Posted by JC on 16-Sep-2019 13:46:59 GMT in reply to blog [0<--19762]
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Hi JC, feel is subjective, but the best way I can describe it is that an UP with 28mm road tires feels quite similar to a WIDE with 35mm road tires. And similarly for other tires sizes. So the feel is designed to be similar for both bikes, once the WIDE is fitted with slightly bigger tires. Does this apply 100%? No, of course there are many factors, including tire weight, casing stiffness, etc, etc, etc that all factor into the feel, and that we try to correct for in the geometry. So the UP will always feel a little quicker than the WIDE, but it's not as big a difference as you would expect.
Post #5 of 5. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 17-Sep-2019 05:41:16 GMT in reply to post #4 [19762<--19763]
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