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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:09 pm 
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This thread may help:

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:50 pm 
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billy_bunter wrote:
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Thank you! For everyone following i went with a diamondback ascent ex frame, want to make a little bit of an adventure bike out of it and just uddate it as i love the look. reference pic attached


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:19 pm 
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Cool. Is that the actual bike? I like it except for the stem.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 3:48 pm 
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@bosa

Just found this thread by chance. Are you still looking for a Sorrento? I have one for sale. It even has my cherished Flex Stem on it!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:09 pm 
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Gobsheen wrote:
@bosa

Just found this thread by chance. Are you still looking for a Sorrento? I have one for sale. It even has my cherished Flex Stem on it!


Hi there, Ive actually managed to get a frame from an ascent ex and have been quietly working away on it, I would still be interested in getting a new frame and trying new things but not yet, although appreciate getting back to me, for everyone else interested in the build please find the rear end and drop out modification attached but please bear in mind i have a lot of cleaning up to do on it. would love to hear thoughts.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:02 pm 
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Here’s a frame that could make a good gravel bike
A Look Mi70
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/233650141867


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:31 pm 
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Bosa wrote:
Hi there, Ive actually managed to get a frame from an ascent ex and have been quietly working away on it, I would still be interested in getting a new frame and trying new things but not yet, although appreciate getting back to me, for everyone else interested in the build please find the rear end and drop out modification attached but please bear in mind i have a lot of cleaning up to do on it. would love to hear thoughts.


Interesting. That's your own work, is it? Did you think about using an A2Z disc brake adapter and, if so, was there a reason for going down the route you've taken?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 12:05 am 
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CassidyAce wrote:
Bosa wrote:
Hi there, Ive actually managed to get a frame from an ascent ex and have been quietly working away on it, I would still be interested in getting a new frame and trying new things but not yet, although appreciate getting back to me, for everyone else interested in the build please find the rear end and drop out modification attached but please bear in mind i have a lot of cleaning up to do on it. would love to hear thoughts.


Interesting. That's your own work, is it? Did you think about using an A2Z disc brake adapter and, if so, was there a reason for going down the route you've taken?


I made measurments and had it welded by a pro and the disk brake section is a lazer cut part but the design is my own, I dont want an adapter as the forces would be too strong and would compress the thing chain stays at the back potentially. I also didnt want it to look like ive just adapted it I want it to have a designed look like its always been like that. I have more images of the process and will continue to post if it helps people


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:19 am 
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Do you want something w/ the right look? Or the right function? Or just a bargain price?

What do you need, really?

A gravel ride does not need suspension. A mountain bike is not the best tool for distance riding while it excells on short loops on tight trails. An old touring bike w/ 700 wheels and rim brakes is a great gravel bike, much better than an mtb w/ susp forks.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:32 am 
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Isn’t a gravel bike just a modern interpretation of a retro MTB ?
For long distance an MTB would do nicely - see this: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=371788


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