It is now setup with tubeless wheels (Sun Ringle Black Flag Expert), dirt drop bars (Origin 8 Gary bars), 1x10 Shimano drivetrain (SLX 11-36 cassette, SLX 9 speed rear der). For shifting, I am using Retroshift CX1V (now Gevenalle). I like this setup a lot. Shifting is easy and I have 5 hand positions. I could still use a good set of mechanical brakes. These are low end stuff and they squeal, a lot. I also want to narrow the tires down. 2.3 is super comfy, but a 1.9 or even 2.0 tire could drop a pound and perhaps be faster.
Since gravel biking is suddenly "in", it means there are some good events to be had for this style riding. Athens Bicycle hosts the Grvael Rouser each year, set for March, it is an early event to burn the legs after a long winter. After that, there are a couple of Roubaixs within a couple hours drive, the Amish Country Roubaix and the Hilly Billy Roubaix. The Hilly Billy has replaced the Wayne Ultra on my list of try to get to events this year (since the Ultra was also dropped from the schedule).
I managed a few miles over the weekend of some frozen, some thawing back roads after the temps got above freezing and we even saw the sunshine.
Photos from the Garmin Virb, mounted on my bars. Fun little camera to play with. #getoutside