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endurance bike recs/thoughts?

simonsen77simonsen77 Member, Rooster Endurance Member
Thinking about selling my current road bike (Cervelo R3) to get something with a bit more tire clearance and disc brakes. I'd like to generally ride 28s, but have the option to go up to 30-32. I'd be ok with a more traditional race geometry, but I think to get that clearance I'll be looking at endurance frames. Which is fine - I'm old and slow, and am more likely to do gran fondos than road races.

I'm leaning towards the Canyon Endurace SL - anyone have any experience or otherwise want to weigh in? Other possibilities I think are the Cervelo C3 (hey, I can still use this BBRight crap I've accumulated), Canondale Synapse (seems to hit most marks but the teeny seatpost seems weird), Argon Krypton (CS? GF? they've got to have a gif that explains their lines), maybe a Giant Defy. The new Tarmac disc is dreamy but expensive AF.
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    MattMatt Member, Administrator, Rooster Endurance Member
    The Krypton GF/Krypton CS is our new endurance line. Cosmetics aside, the GF has a lighter layup, and different build spec. Both come with 27mm, but can go up to 32mm.

    Here's how the geometries compare to our road racing (Gallium) lineup.


    MartinKenElPescadoPelado
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    MartinMartin Member, Rooster Endurance Member
    The Krypton is pretty sweet. (@Matt did not pay me to say this.) The Defy is nice because you tend to get a better components package for the price versus some of the other brands. It's around a grand cheaper than the Cervelo in Canada for a similar spec.

    Any consideration given to the 3T Exploro? It's, ahem, reassuringly expensive, but I'm curious to ride one.
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    simonsen77simonsen77 Member, Rooster Endurance Member
    I definitely have eyed the 3T (and Open UP). I have a gravel bike, though, and I’d probably have to sell it to justify going with a 3T. I wonder how it would be in pure road mode (but isn’t there a pro cont team using them 1X this year?)

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    MartinMartin Member, Rooster Endurance Member

    I definitely have eyed the 3T (and Open UP). I have a gravel bike, though, and I’d probably have to sell it to justify going with a 3T. I wonder how it would be in pure road mode (but isn’t there a pro cont team using them 1X this year?)

    I think they are using the Strada and the Exploro. They have a couple of wins already. I was curious how the 1x would hold up with a lot of pace changes, but I guess the gaps aren't too bad.
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    dhrdhr Member
    edited March 18
    I have an Exploro set up 1x. It’s the only bike I ride now.
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    @Matt after looking at this graphic, I can't say that I know anything more about bikes, but I can confidently say I need new prescription glasses.


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    simonsen77simonsen77 Member, Rooster Endurance Member
    dhr said:

    I have an Exploro set up 1x. It’s the only bike I ride now.

    What's your gearing? How do you find it on hilly roads? I'm worried about 1X on this kind of ride:

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    dhrdhr Member
    In fairness, I've only ridden on gravel roads with any regularity the last year or so.

    Mine is currently setup with 42 / 11-46. Works for me, but I also live in southeast Michigan. I don't have a problem with the hills in northern Michigan, though.

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