FMB Sprint2 XL graveltubulars

When I first started to think of the build for my S-Works Diverge I thought of a pair of Roval CLX disc tubulars with 36mm A.Dugast Pipisquallo tubulars on. Later I got a set of clinchers and the plan got changed. Got a set of cheap tubulars from China and a set of Challenge Chicane from a friend.

But yesterday Bikerumor got my mind going again showing this:

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a 3T Exploro with 40mm FMB tubulars. Everyone who talked with me about tubulars knows how much I love FMB. Both their roadtires and their cyclocross tires is absolutely the best I’ve tried.

They have made their regular 33mm diamond thread in 40mm, protected them with latex and made the tires of my dreams:

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I have to get a pair when they become available and I think you should too if you want to go fast on gravel. Like you can with an Specialized S-Works Diverge or 3T Exploro 😀

Trick or Gravel

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Selfiegame went strong on todays ride. 3-4h gravel for everyone from Le Mond was announced. Started like this:

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Then we hit the gravel with smiles like if it was dry and the spring came

Awesome weather and with some fast and some slower sections, sometimes we had to get off or just wait for friends:

We also rode into the mist before coming to the gunfire with big guns.

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mostly riding nice gravelroads in the sun:

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Turning around before Häringe slott back to Stockholm, got up some speed to Västerhaninge and then it all went into pieces. People started to long home and the group got split into 3 groups riding and 1 group taking the train. I rode with David who got to see a very tired and low on energy Jonas. Had to take a gel with less than 5km to go to Le Mond as I couldn’t ride straight…

But all in all an amazing day. Feels in my heart and my legs. My bike managed it all great even with me getting it all dirty

Thanks to Emile for pictures and to all who joined for a great Saturday ride 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Le Peloton #171

DSC_0018Yesterday I did some Le Peloton cxloop and Instatraining in the wet with Patrik and a couple of fast guys

Today was a new wet day:

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And darker as Le Peloton starts at 6 o’clock. I tried to put some color on it. It started alright and kept on going alright. I tried to ride hard but didn’t have the turbo on and got followed by a guy almost the complete short loop. At Erstaviksvägen they became 2 as another guy didn’t know the route. 2 keeping my wheel and I just dreamt of dropping them 😉 but not in my shape…

My alrightride went at a lower effort and heart rate compared to last Wednesday but also shorter time. Faster and easier 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Celebrated with a nice breakfast with a perfect egg (thanks Kalle) and a selfie in the sun:

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Did I mention my Diverge rules? And the feeling of going over roots, fast, on a wet gravelroad with 50mm high carbon wheels feels pretty cool too. 😀

CX and Gravel

Today it was a trainingrace in Ursvik and SCS CK joined with 5 riders and me. Me, Patrik and John rode up while the others went by car. I joined the course preview but as my leg isn’t all good I didn’t want to race, stood on the side, took some pictures and cheered a bit instead. And talked to the ones who punctured (many of those).

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And then we had fika 🙂 Lisa asked if anyone was up for an easy gravelspin afterwards and I joined. Wanted to go on a nice gravelride from the beginning and not so often I ride at Järvafältet and the weather was perfect for autumn 😀 love Swedish sunny autumn with all the colors and smiling people.

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A picture from the end of our ride. Riding home from Ursvik I got to know how long time it was since I have ridden over 3h, even with the fika my energylevel dropped and had to eat a couple of bars at work before washing my bike. Closest I’ve been to bonk 😉

Map and stats: Strava

Ending with a nice teampicture, just missing Patrik who escaped home:

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Norco Search XR

Norco has searched in their other frames, they searched by other brands and in the end they came up with a bike made for everything, working with everything and is for everyone. A new gravelbike so to speak with space 45mm 700c tires or 27,5×2,1″. With 2 chainrings and a roadbike group, or why not a Shimano mtb Di2 group? With or without dropper post, with or without fenders.

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Just your imagination that set the stop for how to build it. Or if you buy it complete. You can even get it in steel… Just listen to what they have to say:

No matter how you build it, buy it. Get a proper fit so the bike isn’t getting to big like for the guy on the steelbike, or too small.

Conclusion: I think it’s too much everything and a bit too much small special parts, including the big Das Boot seatclamp. Sounds like a Kia if Open U.P is BMW, you get everything with a Kia but you will always be wanting the BMW…

What do you think?

Danish gravel, with Ice cream

Photo: Martin Paldan | GripGrab Media Crew

In 9 days there is a ”race” in Denmark I would recommend everyone, haven’t done it but is on my bucket list.

Hansens Cykelløb. Hansen is the biggest dairy company in Denmark and producing ice cream, so in the pit you get ice cream:

Photo: Martin Paldan | GripGrab Media Crew

120km gravel with ice creamstops, can it be better? More pictures from last year here: Gripgrab

And some highlights:

The market is growing

Specialized for example is a huge brand with a bike for every purpose. If they found a new purpose they produce a new bike, not making one bike for 2 or more things. N+1

Kona isn’t such a big brand and they got a new Cyclocross made both for racing, gravelgrinding and even commuting:

Then there are smaller brands, like 3T and Open that really makes special bikes built for a purpose. They got 2 models each.

A brand that is even smaller is the Icelandic Lauf. Starting with light carbon spring forks, developing a gravelfork with carbon springs called Grit. And now, a frame they call True Grit:

It’s longer than usual gravelbikes and a bit of new thinking. I like brands who think and goes their own way of what’s best. Pushing the industry forward and making others open their minds.

No matter it’s great with a bigger market of gravelbikes. More to choose from and when you found the right one you know why it’s the best 🙂 (not just the only one in its category)

Which is the best gravelbike according to you and why?

Gravel videos

I’ve seen Thereabouts. And I’ve been thinking this is the best Specialized Diverge advertisement ever made:

Do you have any tips of great videos like these two? Adventures on all types of roads with gravel- or roadbikes. Inspiration for summer dream rides.

Or is every gravelvideo about a race in USA like this:

Any more tips? Is it just Specialized that sponsored riders for these types of videos or any more brands?

#seekandenjoy

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Me, Petra and Martin rode all the way over Ekerö today. After checking the map, timetables and Strava we found out that there was a 15,6km road around Adelsö so we took the ferry and rode that lovely small road. Strava

Summer is for exploring new roads, see new places and meet new people. Got to think about the video with Deux North riding rallygravel in Spain:

And I found out the group is still making videos. Hunt VI is about climbing as high as Mount Everest on bikes, watch it here:

Exploring with Sumo

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Was supposed to come a bit of rain during the day today so when Emil talked about a ride in the morning it seemed like a good idea. When he suggested gravel and I could borrow the Diverge I was all in 🙂

Me, Michael, Claes and Emil rode laps today, laps everywhere, some new roads, some old. Mostly in the opposite direction. Should have been easy but Sumo and easy doesn’t go hand in hand. But great tempo today with a lot of fun 😀

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Passing the ”ocean”, riding around lakes, taking pictures at ”ocean”:

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We finally found the place everyone talks about, Fisksätra:

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And of course we rode beautiful gravelroads, enjoying life, in sun and trying to keep up with Michael:

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At the end we got a bit more quiet, the tempo went down a bit and we rode up a ”mountain” just because:

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Yes, it’s a lake that we rode around in the background…

And yes, we bragged about all this while having ice cream and more or less endless of fika:

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All in all Diverge+Sumo=Win

Map and stats if you also want to do laps: Strava