Calver, Gambler and Carbon Death Projects in the works!
Calver, Gambler and Carbon Death Projects in the works!
I had a Trek Gary Fisher Marlin, 2010 maybe? I bought it because it 'looked cool' Satin black with gray and white striping...it was a bad ass, thick framed, hardtail! I never offroaded it though. It was a 'street' bike. And I turned into such over the years...padded seat, riser stem, swept back bars, smooth rolling Serfas Drifter tires...my MTB became a bastard street bike, to it's chagrin.
I rode it what I thought was alot. In 5 years I put...300 miles on it?! LOL. Ok, so I didn't ride it alot. I wanted to. But it was heavy and slow...it was mountain bike!
Fast forward to 2018. I was on the hunt for a new bike. Why? Not sure. I think I just decided I wanted something new, faster, fun to ride. My must haves? Flat bar (I HATE drop bars), light, Quick...my budget was under a grand. I looked around. Then I happened into Beat Cycles on a whim one day...ok, maybe not a whim. I was in there a few months prior picking up a Spur Cycle bell. I didn't pay the place much attention. In and out.
So 2 months or so later? My Trek was sold...and I was about to buy another Trek FX. I settled on a 'fitness' style bike. Specialized I did not like. Nothing else was big enough. So..sigh...another Trek? I met Ryan Sheldon. And my life changed.
I spent WAY more on that Quick. Part carbon, aluminum, light as all get out...BIG! I told him point blank "You need to justify to me spending twice what I wanted to on a bike..."
An hour later I left a deposit...for my new Cannondale Quick1! And when it showed up...I rode my ass off! And quickly modded the bike. Carbon this...carbon that...then I got him involved and we did a new set of Velocity wheels. And my mind raced...I wanted unique, different...Onyx Hubs! Yeah. That's it. And what a hub those are! Silent. Instant engagement...
And I rode my ass off! That 300 miles in 5 years turned into 1000 in a few months! But then something happened. Bigger tires. Bags. Commute to work. Ride in the snow. Then came the Cannondale Trail4. Another hardtail. Loved it...parted with it. The Quick was turning into a... Gravel bike...?
See how that all went down? GDP was born. But this is about my first love. My Quick. It, like the GDP, is the BADDEST bike around! That Quick is one of a kind. I love it!
This was what the Quick looked like at the start...sort of. I did work to it right off the bat. But you get hte idea.
The first major upgrade where the wheels. Althought not much can happen after that as it's a big one, but...these were the MOTHER of all wheels! Onyx Hubs: Quiet. Instant engagement! Sooooo sweet!
The first thing I did to the bike was the seatpost. When I got the Quick I was all about weight! And it turned out the creaky noise I heard was the stock seatpost...most likely just needing more lubricant, but this was more fun to do!
Then came the carbon riser bar. Wanted a more upright position, a bit, and...lighter! Worked great. Bike rode fantastic as carbon is 'softer' than aluminum for road feel at least. The Quick was humming along.
Then it got...heavy. Really heavy! I made it a commuter bike. A bikepacking bike. But that's not what it was made for. It did the job well enough...but wasn't the same.
After a few shorts months I had a set of wheels build. Light weight, fast, different. I used Onyx hubs vs some high end brands out there that were market flooded, IMHO. I take a different path. And kind of regret not going this route again on the GDP. These hubs are amazing! The wheels did the job, if they are the 'coolest' looking. Form AND function.
So the annoying thing with drive-trains is noise sometimes. On a 2x11 setup the chain can be so angled depending on what gears you are in, that you will get some guide rub. Just annoys me. To rid of that AND make the bike lighter, I went with a 1x set up. Chained out the front end, lost a shifter and made things tons simpler!
I can't recall who's idea the Elliptical Chainring was...I think mine, you know...gotta be different! So I brought it to Ryan's attention...and? BAM! Wolftooth Oval chainring! The hardest part was trying to decide on a tooth count. Losing 11 speeds was a big deal, sort of. Most of it was top and bottom. I hardly ever actually used the front shifter anyway, so...more on the Elliptical later, but its was worth the money!
Ok, so I love skulls. Heck, I have one! So why not! but I make it my 'mark' on things...and the bikes are no exception. This one was simple. The GDP? More unique and intricate. I grabbed some spray.bike paint, masked the frame off and...presto! A sweet skull!
Different. Yeah. This was sweet! twinsix makes some awesome stuff! Tshirts, this, and tons more. Had to have it...so I got it!
We all know: The wider the tire, the faster it is..and much smoother too. So I found the fastest touring tire I could find, and crammed the biggest version I could in that Quick frame! The winter saw some snow tires and then spring saw gravel tires...that is until GDP came about. BTW? 40mm up front and 38 out back is as big as the Quick1 can take. I know. I tried.
My big fattie WTB Nano up front. Monster tire for that bike. Rode great! But...it's back to street tires as GDP handles all gravel/crap weather duty now.
That Spur Cycle bell and that Bike Shop, Beat Cycles. Where it all began, innocently enough, last June. The ball started rolling before I even realized it had him me full on!
I bought these to use with cleats for flats. and like the cleat on both sides...but it's not as nice with flat shoes as the other Shimano pedals on the GRP. But they work ok.
At one point it was all about weight! I tracked down the lightest of the light. Carbon Ti quick releases! Finicky, but light! Crazy light.
A more recent add was this Ritchey Stem. I replaced a cheap, shiny carbon piece...realizing I'd rather have quality over cost savings.
A great add to the bike at the get go. Made here in the USA as well!
2018 Cannondale Quick1 frame w/carbon fork
Velocity 700c rims
DT Swiss spokes
Onyx Racing hubs front and rear
Shwalbe Allmotion 700x38 rubber, tubed
Shimano Hydraulic disc brakes
Shimano 105 gearset
Wolftooth Elliptical Chainring
RaceFace Turbine Crank
Cheap chinese Carbon bar
Cheap chinese Carbon seatpost
Light and Motion VIA lights front (street use)
See.sense rear bluetooth light (UK)