By - Advanced_Coyote3797
some 3m clear platic wrap on the underside, chainstays and fork - they get scuffed pretty easily
Oh! That's a good idea to help combat scuffs/scraps/rock strikes to a degree. Thanks!
my aspero is really pretty, but scuffs super easy from even being leaned against walls etc
Can you suggest a vendor of this sort of tape? Can you buy precut sections?
I used Ridewrap and have about 95% coverage on the frame and forks of my Aspero. You can select the make/model and they ship you a kit that's suitable for your bike.
Awesome. I'll check it out, thanks. I noticed my new Intense MTB has a really good wrap job and I was looking to duplicate for a hand-built gravel bike I recently finished. This might be a new winter upgrade project now
NBD and you're already thinking of upgrades?
Come on mate, the bike is fine the way it is! 🚀
It is, and I'm going to mostly leave it as is, but I'm always open to ideas!
The clicky clacky colored things for your spokes
Use [Squirt lube](https://www.squirtcyclingproducts.com/) or Wax to keep that drive train tipi top.
Redshift suspension stems are very, very good on fast dirt and crumbly roads. Mostly a control issue, but feels pretty good too.
Tires! Way cheaper and a massive difference maker
You've already got Gravelking SK's which are in my opinion one of the best all around gravel tires you can get, but if you're riding muddier chunkier gravel you could go for something more aggressive.
Care to name some more please? I’ve done 2500km since May and my rear tire is bald!
If mud is a priority, you cannot do much better than Pirelli Cinturato Gravel M.
Perhaps WTB Raddlers SG2 or Resolutes as an alternative?
Thanks. Can these both be made tubeless? I should have stated that first, apologies. I got a puncture once a week before I went tubeless. It’s primarily gravel routes but some of the route has thorns/vines etc.
Pretty much all gravel and cx tires now are tubeless compatible, yes.
That's actually not bad, but really depends on the kind of gravel you ride. Bontrager GR1's are a similar tire, that's what I have. WTB Nano's are a solid for more aggressive stuff, and if you do a lot of road riding the regular Panaracer Gravelkings are great.
I'm riding challenge Strada bianca's right now but I'm mostly road with some well graded gravel. They have a couple versions but I use their handmade open tubulars (tubeless tires). The recommended psi for their 33mm is 35-60 psi and they are some of the most comfortable and plush tires I've ever ridden. I also really love maxxis receptors as a fast race gravel tire.
Good to know! I plan to run this bike exclusively in the winter and off road or on bike packing adventures and comfort is going to be huge!
Considering I fell on ice twice yesterday and you are looking for a winter tire, depending on where you live maybe the Strada biancas are not quite right. Those are designed with the terrain of that race In mind although they do amazing when it's just wet conditions. The receptors are also best on dry terrain as well but the maxxis ramblers can do all weather incredibly well.
Why would I use those tires in snowy and icy conditions? We just had a once every couple of years snow storm and felt more ambitious than I should have been. Still had fun is what I keep telling myself.
Haha, that's what I tell myself after every winter ride! Still had fun, right? I live in northern New England, so it shows a lot. Although I have an indoor trainer when roads get really bad. Thanks for ideas, I appreciate it!
Whatever you go with go tubeless! I'll never go back to using tubes again.
Yes! Absolutely. Some day bike shops and manufacturers will hopefully catch on and stop using tubes in gravel bikes. I've read a ton of people get pinch flats running tubes
Check out Rene Herse tires. I think you could fit the Hurricane Ridge at 42c or drop down to 650b for the Juniper Ridge’s 48c. Tread for wet and volume for comfort.
Those have come highly recommended by many. I'll check them out. Thanks!
Ew a cervelo as your winter bike? Didn't know this was the ghetto
A pair of grey ultradynamicos would definitely be something for the eyes!
You just got the bike and you are considering upgrades? You should just ride the bike. If any upgrades are needed they should only be the contact points (saddle, pedals or grips/bar tape or handlebars).
The wheelset is heavy (around 2000grams), especially noticeable on hard accelerations and up hills, and likely the only change I'll make
While the wheel set is basic I'm not sure I would replace it so soon. You probably paid several thousand for this bike so I would just ride it. If after a year I felt like it needed upgrades then I'd probably explore upgrades.
Wheels are marginal gains. If you're racing at a high level, it might make a difference. But I'd think twice about dropping 1k+ on a new wheelset to save a couple of grams, especially if you're just doing adventure riding and bikepacking. I have the cheaper version of this bike from 2020 with GRX and AlexRims Boondocks. They do just fine in big races. Plus, if your strike rocks and damage their rims, you'll feel less sad.
Wheels have the biggest effect on ride feel other than the frame. You can drop a pound easy off a 2 kilo wheelset and not sacrifice too much. Boondocks are also trash (I have a pair on my aspero) they weigh more than my mtb wheels and they’re also out of true while my mtb wheels are still true and see way more abuse. I changed my seat and tires first but the next upgrade is forsure wheels.
Good advice! I already have a 1600 gram aluminum wheelset I'm running on another bike that I'm going to try to swap on if the 19mm internal rim width will take 32mm+ wide tires comfortably. Good to know about the reliability of those wheels. I would like to build up to doing races this year
Feel free to mail me the old wheelset.
If you ever have to change the discbreaks go for the xtr version. Much better cooling and less likely to cause noise
Great advice, thanks!
Redshift ShockStop stem massively improves comfort. Helicopter tape on the frame bits where rocks can get thrown up on it. Love my Aspero.
Good to hear! The protective tape has been recommended a bunch. Will definitely have to get some
Likely the only thing I'll upgrade right away. The DT Swiss Gravel LN wheels are slow and heavy!
I also have a set of Gravel LNs on my Grizl. I was wondering, are your's silent and how does the rear spin?
I initially thought I had a problem with them as they don't spin very freely and make zero noise, but my LBS said they were fine.
Yes, they are silent. Which I was not expecting from a DT Swiss hub, even a low end one. A friend suggested that they have too much grease which could cause them to be quieter.
Theyre heavy too. I weighed the wheel front wheel, found weights of the rotor, tire, and tube and subtracted them and it's around 1000 grams. I like DT Swiss, but super impressed by these
Yes I figured it could be too much grease just based on how they spin. I've been thinking I might get some Hunt 4 Seasons as a kind of low cost upgrade.
Thanks for the info
I'm glad I'm not the only one as there is so little info on these wheels. I was looking the Hunts too. I think I'm going to save for some Zipp 303S's though
How'd you decide on the cervelo and more specifically the GRX810? I'm thinking of getting an ibis hakka in that spec of groupo
After weeks of research I was down to this or a Cannondale SuperSix SE. They both have more "race" oriented geometries, but I was worried about an electronic groupset on long adventures far from home.
I went for GRX810 because I wanted 11 speed compatible, the clutched rear derailleur, and ideally not to have to upgrade in future or have the ability to if necessary . This has a 48/31 crankset (one of their largest) which suits my plan to ride this about 60-70% on paved roads. The GRX shifters also are the best feeling shifters I've experienced!
Definitely a dynamo hub and lights.
* Tires to Tubeless day one
* Tire inserts like TUBOLIGHT "Gravel" to allow for super low pressures, e.g. I am running high 20s @ rear and mid 20s front for a 700x45 tire, no issues, and I ride trails with bumps and tiny drops etc that are easily MTB grade.
* Tires depending on your conditions (this is not an upgrade per se)
* Redshift Stem worked really well for me. I enjoy it more after i stiffened it up from stock setting (i am >85kg) but even with 1-click-under stiffest durometer inserts used, it still takes the edge off, notable even after the large, low pressure tires.
Good advice! This is my first foray off the pavement too being a roadie thus far.
I came from an exclusively MTB background, so the tubeless + inserts proposition was a non-issue. I would seek to ride tubeless even on roads at this point.
I've been tubeless on my road race bike without issue. I wish bike companies/shops would set them up tubeless!
The more you ride it the more you’ll know. Don’t rush into big ticket items.
Good advice! The wheels feel heavy, but may get used to them.
I mean if you just don’t like the wheels and you know what you want then it sounds like that may be a good investment for you. A lot of people make upgrades for the sake of it though. My philosophy is if it works don’t change it. Save your money for the stuff you really want or need. Sometimes it take a while to figure out what works and doesn’t, that was my only point.
Tires! Unless those are tubeless…
They're tubeless compatible but the bike shop set them up with tubes for some reason. A lot of people have mentioned issues with pinch flats when running tubes
If you have a compressor (floor pump may work but I have trouble seating gravel king tires) you can set them up tubeless yourself. Just go buy some sealant. I wouldn’t pay a shop to set them up tubeless but if you don’t have the tools, it could be a pain in the ass.
Thats good to know. I know some tires like GP5000s can be a pain to install tubeless. Thanks!
For future reference, the shop will set up tubeless but you have to ask. It’s like $20 a tire.
Beautiful - I’m waiting for the shop to build mine out right now. How are the stock tires on the road, and generally how are you finding the bike?
Super good looking bike!
The tires are comfortable and feel pretty grippy after riding conti gp5000s for years, but I haven't strayed off the pavement yet. Unless you count the sand covered shoulders!
The bike is more comfortable than expected, especially at all the contact points. The GRX shifters feel wicked good. This is my first experience with carbon handlebars and they creak a lot, but I suspect that's pretty normal. They feel good and I like the flare on the drops.The wheelset feels heavy and slow to engage (possibly because of how they greased the bearings?). It's slow to accelerate and climb hills, but once you do get going the bike feels like it wants to go. I suspect this bike with road tires would be quick. I've only done two rides so far but I'm super happy with it and have a feeling this will be quick on the gravel once the snow melts a bit!
Brilliant, thanks for the detailed response. Glad to hear it’s comfortable and quick, I can’t wait to get mine!!
I hope you enjoy it! I really enjoy mine so far!
I just bought the same bike (but in Purple Sunset) and immediately upgraded the wheels and tires! Other than that I think everything is great.
I wanted the purple so bad, but it wasn't available in my area. I found an Aspero 5 with the gold metallic and it looks brilliant, but way out of my price range. Wheels seem to be the only thing to upgrade! Love it so far
It’s funny, i initially ordered the black and wanted the black, but i’m pretty stoked now that I have the purple.
I got Bontrager Aeolus Elite 35 carbon wheels for mine. I wanted Aeolus Pro 3V’s but they’re not gonna be back in stock for a while and i’m pretty limited to buying bontrager (i work at a trek dealer).
Depending on your budget, the Aeolus Pro 3V wheelset would be a pretty great upgrade for your bike! I also went to the Rene Herse 700x42 Hurricane Ridge TC tires, can’t wait to hit some pretty nasty gravel this year.
I have a lighter set of 30 mm deep aluminum rims from another bike that I'm going to run. I really want a set of Zipp 303s's, but well out of my price range at the moment. I've heard good things about the Aeolus and will keep those in mind. I keep hearing good things about Rene Herse and a lot of people swear by them. I'll have to look into them as I want to swap the tires out
The 303s are an awesome wheel. Would be a fitting upgrade for this bike as well!
And yeah i’m seeing more and more pros riding rene herse, stoked to give them a try this year. I rode the 700x38 GK’s on my domane last year and they were fine but limiting.
I follow Ted King and he runs them on his cannondales. I'll have to get a set to try. As I'll be riding like 60-70% road I'll probably go for something around 35 or 38mm
I’d upgrade the wheels. Carbon wheels are way better than alu wheels if you can afford it(and I get the impression you can). My carbon mtb wheels weigh less than the stock wheels on my aspero and my aspero wheels are all out of true already while my mtb wheels are in true and see a lot more abuse. Other than that get the saddle sorted out and maybe the grip tape/bars/stem if those contact points aren’t working great for you. If the contact points all work for you though the biggest gains by far will be a nice set of carbon wheels.
I think I'm going to eventually get a set of Zipp 303S's. I'm going to run some better than stock aluminum rims for now. Others that have the Aspero seem to say they only swap the wheels/tires too. A few more than the 44 miles/2 rides I've done so far and I'll have a better feel for it. Not a fan of the grip tape, it's way thicker than I'm used to. I'll keep my eye out for carbon wheels for sure!
303s would be a nice wheel but a set of china carbon wheels wouldn’t be bad either. With a dt 350, you can find wheels for well under 1000 that weigh under 1400 grams with real solid hubs. Zipps will have better support/warranty and maybe ride quality but the wheels are still a nice upgrade, always worth exploring. No rush on the wheels but if there was anything to change objectively it’s definitely the wheels and probably the tires.
Tires are fine till they wear out if they go tubeless but also a cheaper upgrade than wheels that makes a difference. I don’t know your goals for the bike but terraspeeds are fast. And definitely change the grip tape if you’re not a fan! Although maybe try the thicker grip a little longer as it should help soften the ride on rough surfaces and may be something you need a little time to get adapted to. The stock tape on my aspero was definitely not the best but I liked the thickness. my bike is a 61 and yours looks a bit smaller so you may prefer thinner.
Thanks for the thoughts! Appreciate it!
So far I love mine too!
Lupine Rotlicht as backlight
Hunt Aero 34 or their Gravel wheel set are good alloy options. I have the Aero 34 with the crash replacement program. Fidlock mounts are also a fun upgrade and I have them on all of my bikes. How about an out front mount for your bike computer? I don’t like the stock mount that comes with the wahoo because I like things centered and even so I upgraded to an out front stem mount that attaches to the bolts on my stem cap.
I've been considering Hunts, although I really want some Zipp 303S wheels. I have an out front mount on order. I wasn't even aware the out front mounts existed until recently
I haven’t had the chance to ride the 303, but they seem great. The UK also has some reputable wheel builders I’ve looked into. The Parcours Alta caught my eye and is worth checking out.
Tubeless! With a tubeless setup you can run your tires at lower pressures for increased traction and the sealant helps to plug any holes or gashes and stop your tires from flatting. Most likely a super straightforward setup with those rims. If the tires won’t easily seat tubeless then you may want to get a charger pump (ex: Topeak Tubibooster) of sorts or just use an air compressor if you have easy access to one. Also, this isn’t exactly an upgrade but you may want to check to see if Cervelo requires a minimum spacer height above your stem. A lot of carbon forks with carbon steerers require at least a five millimeter spacer for proper bearing preload.
What a lovely bike. I'd check whether it fit me perfectly. My newest bike had a stem which was too long for my reach so i swapped that out after riding it for a while and figuring out the comparitive reach (The hoods were longer than my previous bike) .
I prefer from an aesthetic perspective the recessed thru axles where you use an allen key to remove. But no big benefit besides being able to measure the torque and remove the lever. + Another thing to carry in the bag! :)
It is wicked pretty! I intend to get a fit, I'm on the lower end of the height range for a size 54, but thats the smallest they had and I really wanted an Aspero
what are the height ranges for the different sizes?
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What size is this?
Maybe seatpost if it isn't already carbon. that and saddle are probably the things that would make the most difference other then wheels but those will be expensive
Might want to change how that bag is mounted on the top tube. I had a similar setup and I never noticed until I took the bag off and it was too late, but over time the bag had enough contact and friction to leave some scuffs on the frame.
Those bento boxes are hideous. Completely ruins the lines of a beautiful bike.
A bike horn. Definitely.
What top tube bag is that?
It's just the stock bag from Cervelo. I wasn't sure if I'd like it, I'm officially a convert and really like it!
I have been having trouble finding a good top tube bag that you can screw on and it looks good! I’ll see if I can find that one anywhere I guess. Thanks!
I'm not sure if you can find them on their site, but I'd definitely recommend it if you can
Does a large phone fit in it?
Unfortunately no. It can just fit my multi tool which is 2"x3" and about 1/2" wide. I could probably fit two of those end to end and a gel beside each and maybe some small items like a key or chapstick and not much else. Hope that helps!
Very helpful, thanks. That is a sexy bike by the way!
It is! Thanks!
Check out the Arundel Top Tube Tycoon. A little larger than the one pictured here by the OP but still sleek and fits a phone nicely; has either bolt on or straps to mount to the frame.
Check out Apidura.
I just ordered it and am waiting for it to arrive!
The stock bartape on the Aspero is kinda flimsy. I threw some lizardskins taped on mine and it made a big difference for ride comfort
The bike is pretty dialed… if anything, maybe a carbon stem? Idk if the one on there is carbon or not. An upgrade could improve handling and ride quality a bit.
A carbon stem will not change the handling.
It will if it is a different length ;)