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    Daniel the Dog
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    Steven's Vapor with TRP brakes

    I'm considering a SRAM equpped Steven's Vapor with SRAM, Stan's cyclocross wheels, and TRP mechanical to hydraulic brakes. Any opinion this bike? It is alloy. Rough riding?

    Thanks guys.

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    Embrocation Cycling Journal: Stevens Vapor

    It's not a test ride, but looks like a nice bike. Alu frames will be harsher than steel or carbon, not that you'll notice if you just use it for racing. Would feel it if you're a gravel grinder, tho.

    What's Steve asking for it? (lame joke)

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    Thats one sexy

    Bike.

    The oversized headtube and carbon fork/steerer will help smooth it out a bit. On my Crosby, ive found that running a shallow amount of seat-bar drop, wide bar, generous amount of bar tape and 35c (r) and either 40c or 35c (f) tires helps. i dont race and have the bike set up for trails, gravel and just plain messing around.YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm View Post
    Bike.

    The oversized headtube and carbon fork/steerer will help smooth it out a bit. On my Crosby, ive found that running a shallow amount of seat-bar drop, wide bar, generous amount of bar tape and 35c (r) and either 40c or 35c (f) tires helps. i dont race and have the bike set up for trails, gravel and just plain messing around.YMMV
    Im not an engineer *yet* but I fail to see how an oversized headtube will help "smooth" out the ride whatsoever.

    A tapered steertube is designed to be stiffer. The headtube is oversized to fit the larger and stiffer steertube.

    The only thing on a cross bike that will ease a "rough ride" is fat tires like you said at the end.
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    I didn't stay @ a Holiday Inn Express last night

    but from my understanding of it its the combination of the dimensions of the tapered HT combined with the material of a CF fork with a CF steerer that dampen the ride better then the same alu set up.
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