And here is a thing to consider and debate over a flask of whiskey around a campfire: “When it comes to gravel bikes, smoother is faster.” True or?
I found the Speedmax to be stable on loose gravel, and capable in a bikepacking situation on deeper gravel as well.
As for the Fernflow Shorts, these are the best so far for gravel bike rides and I think they would be quite good for adventure and bikepacking outings. Now, the Lupra is a viable garment for me, as I am not so interested in wet weather protection.
So what is the dealio with all my road bike dissatisfaction? Not sure. I know my wife just shakes her head and smiles. She is a patient woman and I am determined to find that ‘just right’ bike.
It (the Kimberlite) felt less wooden and stiff than the previous versions of American Classic tires and more akin to a tire costing much more.
I am spoiled, I think, and now a floor pump seems like a hand crank telephone in comparison.
I had a sneaking suspicion that I was going to find this to be a firm riding set-up, and once I got into the dirt, I was right.