Gravelgrinding with Christer

This morning I got dressed:

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I mounted a Shimano Sport Camera from Specialized Concept Store Stockholm:

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And I left for a great gravelride with Christer. Was snowing a little yesterday so white on some places but not everywhere. A little bit icy too so had to watch out a little but mostly just good. The sun was shining and both was happy to be back on their bikes outside after a cold each. First ride with a actioncamera so will upload a video from the ride when I finished the edit.

Map and stats meanwhile: Strava

Specialized Allez Sprint

With innovation it will bring us so much more fun. There are some comparing bikes just looking at the components when they aren’t as important as the frame. But there is always a budget, most often at least and that’s why Cannondale has lead the industry of high end aluminium roadbikes with their Caad. They made both Specialized and Trek keeping their alu frames up to date and even Canyon has got on to the train of a good aluminium roadframe, not just cheap.

So what to do when you pushed the limit of a regular roadframe in a material? Like they did with carbon, let’s go aero.

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Specialized spent more time in the Wind Tunnel developing the Allez Sprint than the old Venge. It’s as stiff in the bottom bracket as a Tarmac and the seatpost is straight stolen from the Venge ViAS. A smartweld bottom bracket unit got the stiffness up and the weight down:

1160g in size 56 so when people talk about that aeroframes are heavy they had wrong in this case. Specialized went all the way on the Allez sprint and steepened the seat tube angle, lowered the head tube and got a little higher bottom bracket. All to be good in going fast around Criteriums. So it was perfect to add a Sram 1x drivetrain and skip the front derailleurmount too.

It was launched in the middle of 2015 it’s still cool. And still not available in the Swedish market which is a shame.

But it’s been upgraded. Now also available as a x2 version with front derailleur:

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Can also look like this special for Chris Riekert at Specialized with Campagnolo EPS in the colour that maybe suits Specialized better than Bianchi:

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(did you notice the ViAS handlebar?)

Want to know more, look here: Bikeradar or SBC

Dugast goes tubeless!

Or at least tubeless tubulars, like Tufo:

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Regular tubulars look like on the right side. A cotton tube sewed together with a basetape covering and a thread glued on the other side. Added are a latex tube inside. But Dugast is making progress and gluing and adding latex to the cotton so loosing both seems and tubes. Makes the construction better so riders like Nino Schurter and Wout Van Aert can ride with higher pressure but with same grip and plushness. The solution also saves 10% in weight compared to regular tubulars.

Tufo has always done this but with rubber all the way so have been pretty harsh. But who will follow Dugast now when they soon are releasing their tires leading the industry once again?

More info here: Cyclingtips and the source here: Logan Deborde

The Specialized Allez for you

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The bike I’ve ridden the most is up for sale. Got new wheels, tires, tubes, cassette, chain and bar tape in the end of last season and now it’s just hanging collecting dust. As my heart seems to dream of Italian things all the time I’m selling this beauty for an older more classic bike.

Are you interested?

Size 52.

Price around 16000SEK. Send an e-mail to me at cerrol.jl (at) gmail.com for more info and buying. Can be this years best deal if you want a really good alu frame with very good components.

Ösmo for the pancakes

The options today was an epic gravelride west of Södertälje or a caféride from Le Mond to places like Ösmo. As the weather was really wet yesterday and riding with guys without fenders on wet gravel didn’t seem like an awesome idea for me, so slept a bit longer and left for Le Mond.

Like an early caféride the level is very random early in the year we lost a guy already when we left Stockholm city who thought it was too hard. Left was 6 riders who tried to stay together but with some with studs, some with summer tires, some have been riding all winter and some not it became gaps and waiting sometimes. All as a regular early spring ride. But funny (I thought who didn’t get dropped for real) and I’m happy doing rides I haven’t done in a long time.

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Kalle rode strong with studs and Karim was happy with his Roubaix roadtires :)

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I rode with colour. My new Specialized Deflect H2O gloves was awesome. And I saw the light all the way :D

Was great weather today with around 6° and my Café du Cycliste rainbibs and legwarmers held my dry and warm all the time. Didn’t even needed a windproof west today.

But all good things comes to an end. We got split in two groups, Kalle started to talk about breakfast and that he was tired. My stomach started to question about food. Michael held the speed up. Because we came to this:

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Came to the café in Ösmo 10min before the others and could make our bodies happy again :)

Then 3 guys took the train home. Me and Michael rode the hole way and Karim joined us for the first part to Tungelsta. Great ride on a sunday and now I know what to order at the café in Ösmo :D

Map and stats: Strava