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  1. Hi all, i stay in Bedfordview and am keen to do some gravel rides nearby (i dont mind driving a little bit and then riding). Are there any good gravel routes in the East Rand or South of Jhb? Are any of the mtb parks more gravel friendly Thanks
  2. The official route starts and ends in the town of Citrusdal on the N7, but you can really start from wherever you like as it is a circular loop. If you are keen to ride over three days, it is actually better, from a cycling point of view, to not start in Citrusdal. Let’s start with the fastest options and work our way down. For me, there are three great options for tackling this route that will appeal to most levels of cycling fitness. Option 1: The non-stop ride This is obviously for the seasoned cyclist looking for a good challenge. Taking on the 247km route non-stop takes some planning, unless you ride with a support vehicle, of course. If you are tackling it unsupported from Citrusdal you can bank on the longest section between shops of around 70km. From the start, at Citrusdal you have around 70km to cover before getting to Algeria. There is a small permit office here with a basic shop with cokes and chips etc. More substantial food only comes at Krom Rivier at 105km or Cederberg Oasis at 115km. Mount Ceder at 125km also has a restaurant when you can get a good meal. There are rivers and streams along the way that you can fill up on water once in the Cederberg, especially in winter when there is good rainfall. Summer is a different story though, temps can hit 40 degrees plus and there are probably only three perennial rivers on the 247km loop. So if you tackle the route in summer, be prepared for the heat. My favourite times for riding the route are Autumn and early Winter before it gets too cold and muddy. Once you leave the Cederberg Oasis you have about 30km before the first stream that you can get water at, and then about another 35km after that till you hit the town Op Di Berg which has a Spar and nice coffee shop where you can get food. After Op Die Berg there is pretty much nothing till you hit Citrusdal 70km later. There is a stream just before you hit the dirt road going up Middelberg Pass, it flows pretty much all year round, but after that there is nothing. If you are relatively fit you can tackle this route with two 750ml bottles, obviously it also depends on how hot it is but with cool weather you shouldn’t need to have more than 2 bottles on the bike if riding unsupported. Option 2: The two-day ride. My favourite starting point for a 2-day ride is in the Cederberg, at the legendary Cederberg Oasis. It’s not always practical for a quick weekend trip, though, as it does add quite a lot to the drive time. Starting in Citrusdal does mean you drive-through after work on a Friday, stay over, and then start riding early in the morning. There are quite a few options to sleep over just outside of Citrusdal on the descent of Middelberg Pass, which would also be a safe spot to leave your car. I have left my car on the main road in town for a night and didn’t have any issues, so there is also the option of driving up early on a Saturday morning from Cape Town, parking in town, and riding the route. The town of Citrusdal is very busy with farm vehicles and trucks going through non-stop so it is a bit of a shock to the senses coming out of the peaceful and quiet Cederberg into a bustling small town. Finishing just outside of town will help you keep that sense of calm a little bit longer. For a 2-day ride, the Cederberg Oasis is a fantastic spot to sleep. It’s really affordable and the food is amazing, especially the Pork Ribs. They have several different accommodation options so you don’t need to carry bedding etc. The first day from Citrusdal to the Cederberg Oasis is roughly 115km if you take the detour through Krom Rivier and you climb around 1900m for the day. Stopping in Krom Rivier for Burgers and Beer is an absolute must, there is a stunning restaurant there with great food and beer (Nieuw Brew) that has been locally brewed in the Cederberg using fresh mountain streams. There are some great accommodation options here too if you like something a bit fancier, but it does make Day 2 a little bit longer. The last 10km from Krom Rivier to Cederberg Oasis takes you past Truitjieskraal which is renowned for its Rock Art and 37 world-famous rock climbing routes. It’s quite loose and technical through here but nothing that can’t be accomplished after a few beers at Krom Rivier. Day 2 is a mammoth day, really hard in the beginning, easy in the middle, and a hard climb at the end. Although it is a 134km day, the last 18km to Citrusdal is all downhill. So technically it’s only a 115km day with 1800m of climbing. The first 22km after leaving Cederberg Oasis sees you climbing most of the day’s elevation gain, 1100m to be exact. You have four proper climbs which max out at 16.5% gradient only to descend again once you hit each summit. It is a very nice wake-up call. After you have done the 1100m of climbing the route is pretty rolling with no major climbs till you get to Middelberg Pass. Once you leave the Cederberg you have about 55km of tar before you get to the base of the Pass. Middelberg Pass is a proper climb, around 5km long with a max gradient of 16%, it is the ultimate test of how hard you pushed the last two days. If you haven’t left much in the tank for this last climb it can hurt in all kinds of ways, but once you get to the summit and you know it is 18km of downhill to the finish, all that suffering is replaced with the excitement of cold beers waiting for you at the finish. Option 3: The three-day ride For those wanting to take a more leisurely attempt at the Cederberg Circuit, there is a nice three-day option that splits the route up into 3 manageable days on the bike. Kunje Guesthouse at the base of Middelberg Pass is the start and endpoint of the loop. Granted, it’s not ideal starting straight up Middelberg Pass but at least you get it done early. Day 1 is roughly 83km to the town of Clanwilliam where there are many options for sleeping as well as restaurants for a good supper. You do go off the “official” Circuit loop for about 6km to go into town but it does give you the most options. Day 2 is roughly 80km from Clanwilliam to the Cederberg Oasis with the main challenge on this day being Uitkyk Pass. Again, stopping at Krom Rivier and wine tasting at the Cederberg Wines are two great highlights for this day. Day 3 is roughly 110km from the Cederberg Oasis to the finish back at Kunje Guesthouse. The main challenge of this day would be the first 20km or so with 1100m of climbing. Each option, whether you want to hit it non-stop or go over 3 (or more) days, has its own challenges and rewards. I will say though that taking things slowly will enable you to truly take in the majestic beauty of the Cederberg and enjoy some of its attractions. There are so many hikes in the area that are a great way to spend a day if you want to slow things right down. Jamaka, Sanddrif, and Mount Ceder are great camping options if you prefer to tour with a tent and your own food. It’s safe to say the Cederberg pretty much has something for everyone! Starting Point: Citrusdal Finishing Point: Citrusdal Distance: 247km Elevation Gain: 3700m Terrain: Roughly 80km tar and the rest, gravel
  3. For many riders local to the Western Cape the Cederberg needs no introduction as a riding destination. The Cederberg Circuit is a 247km circular route which offers riders the opportunity to explore this majestic area in their own time. It is a proper gem and only 2 hours from Cape Town. For those reading this who aren’t based in the Western Cape, or if you are but haven’t had the chance to venture out to this beautifully challenging part of the country yet, this article should provide all the info you need to plan a great a weekend or week of adventuring through the area. View full article
  4. Press Release The XPLR collection from SRAM, RockShox, and Zipp celebrates a new era of drop bar riding with three product sets to make gravel yours. Every upgrade works great by itself or all together. So pick a path, or mix and match galore. After all, gravel is what you make it. View full article
  5. XPLR DRIVETRAIN Tailored to the needs of drop bar riders, SRAM’s new 1x-specific wireless drivetrains target a gearing sweet spot. With a 10-44T cassette and matching derailleur, you get big range for gravel climbs and tight jumps for fast riding on road. Choose from three levels—RED, Force, and Rival—that all feature SRAM’s innovative AXS wireless shifting, chain management, and refined hydraulic disc brakes. XPLR ETAP AXS REAR DERAILLEURS If your ride doesn’t feel complete until you get a little dirt on your tires, you know the importance of capable components that can tackle anything. The SRAM XPLR eTap AXS rear derailleur is a dedicated 1x specific unit designed for use with XPLR 10-44T cassettes. It makes for an uncluttered drivetrain that takes on pavement and singletrack with equal aplomb. Wireless and proven eTap shift logic, AXS connectivity, and advanced chain management mean this derailleur does exactly what you want when you need it. Available at SRAM RED, Force, and Rival levels Wireless electronic eTap shift logic for intuitive shifting, easy setup, and reliability 1x specific for use with 10-44T XPLR and 10-36T cassettes SRAM AXS enabled, allowing easy personalization Chain management keeps the drivetrain quiet and secure Larger X-SYNC pulleys for increased durability and efficiency Compatible with existing eTap batteries XPLR 10-44T CASSETTES Make that daily ride from your front door a little spicier with some dirt. The 440% range of the XPLR 10-44T cassette provides smooth gear progression when you’re sweating up gravel climbs, and tight jumps on the high end for when it’s time to drill it on asphalt. Shift features on each cog are optimized for electronic shifting, so you’ll get fast, smooth, and precise shifts every time. Available at XG-1271 and XG-1251 levels X-Range gearing gives you more range and a smoother gear progression, so you’re always in the right gear 440% range gives the coverage 1x gravel riders want For use with XPLR 1x rear derailleurs Compatible with Flattop chains Compatible with XDR driver body MINI CLUSTER technology for light weight and durability NEW DIRECT MOUNT 1X CRANKSETS We originated the 1x drivetrain, and the SRAM RED and Force 1 cranksets evolve the innovation. Lightweight and stiff direct mount 1x chainrings in sizes from 38-46T mate with durable carbon arms to place your bike’s gear range in the sweet spot for your needs, with minimal complications. Our game-changing X-SYNC narrow-wide chainring technology keeps your chain where it needs to be, a new wide stance option provides maximum tire clearance, and our XPLR 10-44T cassettes take care of the range. So you can focus on the fun. Single-ring drivetrain simplifies functionality and reduces weight New direct mount chainrings shed weight compared to a traditional spider SRAM X-SYNC wide-tooth, narrow-tooth chainring technology provides maximum chain control Laser-etched chainring finish is more durable DUB bottom bracket adds durability, simplicity and broad compatibility Can be upgraded to a power meter FORCE 1 WIDE CRANKSET We originated the 1x drivetrain, and the SRAM Force 1 Wide crankset evolves the innovation. It’s lighter, stronger and simpler and are direct mount for less weight. Wide variant cranks accommodate the largest of tires for your 1x gravel machine. Direct mount chainrings in 38t through 46t DUB bottom bracket adds durability and simplicity Wide chainline crankset to fit the biggest gravel tires Longer DUB crank spindle accommodates both Road and MTB width frame bottom bracket standards for unmatched cross-compatibility across brands Compatible with 135, 142 and Boost rear spacing Can be upgraded to a power meter XPLR SUSPENSION RockShox brings the party to gravel with a new fork and dropper post. The allure of the open gravel road might be paradise for adventurous riders, but it still comes with its own set of tiny speed bumps. With so many gravel riders getting off-road, it was only a matter of time before we found our small-rock rhythm. The all-new XPLR collection is designed specifically to make dirt road journeys extra efficient and more enjoyable. Suspension adds more comfort to take the edge off. It adds confidence and more control when the terrain gets challenging. And it means riding faster while maximizing your grip on rough roads. Built from the ground up to gravel, the new Rudy features enough travel to keep your ride comfortably in control when curiosity takes you off the beaten path. Matched with the fresh Reverb AXS XPLR, we’ve created a gravel specific design complete with built-in compliance to really open it up on new terrain. Rudy Ultimate XPLR The new Rudy is a perfect match for your gravel bike. It’s energy-efficient for straightaways and offers enough travel to keep you comfortably in control when things get rough. Featuring all-new 30mm upper tubes built around the Charger Race Day damper (our lightest damper ever) and our proven SoloAir spring. Rudy offers precise steering, full or short fender compatibility, and the looks to make your road bike proud. Everything designed with the needs of gravel riders in mind. Purpose-built and laser-focused on gravel and e-gravel bikes 30mm upper tubes are light and look the part 30mm or 40mm travel options Charger Race Day damper tuned for gravel needs with rock-solid lockout and a full range of rebound adjust Solo Air spring perfectly tuned for shorter travel and efficiency over bumps Short fender compatibility with a 3-bolt system Full fender compatibility with custom stealth stay bosses Lightweight machined and anodized crown offers a premium and durable finish Maxima Plush damping fluid reduces friction and silences damper noise Up to 700x50 tire clearance Available in new Kwiqsand Signature colorway or Gloss Black E-bike approved Reverb AXS XPLR The new Reverb AXS XPLR dropper post delivers more control, confidence, and fun on gravel roads everywhere. Getting the saddle out of the way means more room to move, saving you from awkward manoeuvring and sketchy descents. We created an all-new design complete with lightweight air-only internals featuring built-in compliance we call ActiveRide. It’s like travel for your saddle. Enabled by SRAM AXS technology, Reverb AXS XPLR is part of the ultimate personalized cockpit. New 27.2mm Reverb AXS XPLR delivers more control, confidence, and fun for gravel ActiveRide - Air only internals provide a fully rigid top-out position. With the touch of your AXS controller, you’ve got built-in compliance to ensure comfort and control over the roughest sections of gravel Two travel options to choose - 50mm or 75mm Saddle clamp options compatible with 7mm round rails, 7x9mm oval rails, and 7x10mm oval rails Seat post length includes 400mm and 350mm (50mm drop only) AXS Technology allows rider customization via the AXS Mobile App AXS handlebar controls (drop or flat bar) Shared battery with all other SRAM AXS enabled components System is completely waterproof and dustproof to IP69K - take it anywhere SRAM AXS battery and charger included 101 XPLR wheelset The 101 XPLR is our first purpose-built wheelset for gravel. Thanks to our MOTO Technology, this wheelset arms gravel cyclists with more control and durability over harsh terrain, providing a smooth ride quality that helps reduce rider fatigue. That means a more comfortable ride. Think of it as a magic carpet ride over primitive roads, especially with large tubeless tires at lower tire pressures. This wheelset is ideal for gravel racing, adventure or any long day in the saddle. ZR1 hubset for better seal design, improved durability and quicker response with 66 points of engagement Our MOTO Technology, the 101 XPLR’s single-wall rim construction, provides excellent compliance and vibration damping TyreWiz is an add-on option for 101 XPLR to dial in your pressure for an even more compliant ride Available in 700c or 650b with a 27mm wide internal profile Weights: 700c: 1,665g / 650b: 1590g Available in two colors, Standard and Kwiqsand Lifetime Warranty G40 XPLR tire The tire’s casing and bead-to-bead puncture protection strip navigates the fine line between supple and stiff so that grip and performance do not suffer while making an incredibly durable gravel tire The G40 XPLR 40mm width was carefully selected to be most effective with its tread pattern while also fulfilling riders’ evolving preferences for wider tires for gravel events and off-pavement riding Weight: 480g Tubeless Ready and Hookless compatible, tube compatible ETRTO: 40-622 (700x40c) Tan sidewall Service Course SL-70 XPLR handlebar Updated distinctive Zipp cosmetics 70mm reach and 115mm drop allow a comfortable hoods position and a shallow drops position 5° drop flare and 11° drop outsweep creates a drops position 6cm wider than hoods Ergonomic top with 3° backsweep Matte Black nano blast aluminum ISO 4210 compliant. See Declaration of Conformity for details. Lifetime warranty
  6. SRAM is launching ‘XPLR’ – a gravel groupset with a pretty comprehensive range and depth of components https://singletrackworld.com/gritcx/2021/08/10/sram-launches-xplr-its-wireless-suspension-gravel-groupset/
  7. Hi Guys, our first frame model - the FARR OUT - is available NOW for pre-order. these are Double Butted Cromo ( yes, Steel for the purists ) Gravel Frames with updated "Gravel-specific" geometry ( ie. NOT A CX Bike made to look like a GRAVEL BIKE! ) and feature a host of modern frame standards enabling a versatile and fun bike: - 142 x 12 Rear Thru-Axle - 100 x 15 Front Thru-Axle - Taller Headtube for All-Day Comfort - Multiple Bottle Cage Bosses - Wheel Clearance for 700 x 28 to 45c Tyres ( also fits 650 x 50 tyres ) - Lowered Bottom Bracket for Stability with Longer Rear Centre - Internal Tapered Headtube - Rear FlatMount - Front PostMount ( can also run FlatMount with Adaptor ) First frames should be shipping next week ( for those that Pre-Order ) and we can't wait to see some of these on SA Gravel Roads real soon!!!! Unfortunately the pics we have been suppled are NOT GREAT - but give an idea of the overall look and visuals of the frame-kits. Once we get stock we will get some much better photos taken ... If anyone would like to pre-order, we are offering the FRAME-KITS at a PRE-ORDER price of R 6995 ( normal price will be R 8500 ). These can be here in 2 weeks, if no pre-orders then the normal shipping time of 6 to 8 weeks will apply. Please visit our website to find out more and also see geometry and frame-sizing : https://ridefarr.com/product-category/frames/
  8. Any of you had success with converting an older model road bike to a gravel bike?
  9. After turning heads and dividing opinions with the launch of the Grail and its "hover bar" in 2018, Canyon have added a new, more adventure oriented gravel bike dubbed the Grizl. The Grizl builds on the successful formula of the Grail in sticking closely to a geometry mix that Canyon found works well, but amps up the accommodation for burlier tyres - up to 50mm on 700C wheels with 45mm fitted out of the box. The Grizl also brings mounting options on the fork legs, top tube, the usual bottle cage mounts, another below the top tube and a traditional handlebar setup. You should not be short of options when it comes to stowing extra gear, snacks or spares. View full article
  10. We had the opportunity to get a first look at the Grizl on a few rides ahead of the launch to share some initial impressions. While not having the time to do an all out gravel adventure that the Grizl is built for, we did some exploring closer to home to test the capabilities and comfort of the new gravel addition from Canyon. Specification highlights: Our test model is the Canyon Grizl CF SL 8 which comes equipped with two-by Shimano GRX 800, DT Swiss G 1800 wheels, Schwalbe G-One 45mm rubber, Canyon's VCLS 2.0 seatpost and an alloy bar and stem. Weighing in at 9.3kg. At the time of publishing this model would set you back R 71,290 all-in. The combination of more tyre volume and the unique flexy VCLS seatpost do wonders to soak up the bumps. It offers a remarkably smooth and comfortable ride feel. On even the bumpiest rocky or eroded fire roads we encountered, there was no teeth chattering road buzz. In the spirit of “under biking” we threw it up and down a few mid grade single track trails for a bit of fun. It’s still a gravel bike after all so attention to line choice is critical, but the Grizl with the 45mm rubber does well to soak up the odd bump and is an absolute blast through flowy sections. The 160mm brakes are helpful in slowing things down when needed and the bike will support 180mm rotors if you want some extra stopping power when fully loaded. On the tarmac transitions or even an occasional roadie stint, the Grizl does well to maintain some solid road bike composure. Handling is a little more sluggish than an out and out road racer, but it seems to enjoy smoother surfaces just as much as the dirt. Overall the Canyon Grizl ticks all the right boxes when it comes to versatility and adventure. Plenty of mounting options, and a dependable no-nonsense setup with ample tyre clearance. It is a joy to ride and sports its own spark of personality in the unique colour ways on offer. Whether you're after an adventure ready gravel bike or just a versatile any road bike this one is worth a good look. See the press release from Canyon below for some extra detail and insight into the Grizl origin story. Press Release Much has been said of Gravel over recent years - defining, interpreting, trying to put a finger on just what ‘it’ is. But one thing's for sure. Gravel is fully established. And it's here to stay. The Grail In 2018 we entered the Gravel market with the Grail. This is the bike that broke the internet thanks to its iconic Double Decker Cockpit, embodying a typically Canyon approach to a new world of riding. The Grail is a benchmark Gravel bike for how it combines compliance and efficiency. Using carbon’s material properties, we achieve great comfort without resorting to mechanical suspension at both the cockpit and rear end. This is also what makes the Grail one of the lightest Gravel bikes on the market to this day. Our experience with the Grail shows its strengths lie in blurring the lines between on-road efficiency and off-road capability. For those rides with a 50:50 balance between dirt and pavement, the Grail is the perfect tool. Kit it out with fenders and it’s the ideal ride for all-conditions, all-terrain cruising at any time of year. Put simply, the Grail rips. Expanding Gravel With the Grail now well established on the scene, we asked ourselves, what else do modern Gravel riders need? One area we identified was modularity – giving riders the ability to customise their setup to how they want to ride, be that for bike packing, racing, or everyday fooling around, we wanted to give people the choice. On top of that we saw the progression in Gravel riding with riders tackling more technical terrain and getting their kicks from what the cool kids call “underbiking.” We tried it. It was fun. So, could we justify developing a second Gravel family to complement the Grail? Hell yes. Unleashing the Grizl The Grizl is our interpretation of a do-anything, go-anywhere, all-you-might-ever-need Gravel bike. With everything covered for unforgettable rides, from big days out to week-long trips, the Grizl brings tough Swiss Army Knife functionality to our proven performance DNA. The result is a Gravel bike that’s fast across mixed terrain, at home on the rough stuff, and ready for real adventure. Here’s how we made it. One Wheel Size. No Flip Flops. We’ve always been firm believers that if you create a bike to run both 700C tyres and wider 650B setups, then you’ve probably cut a corner somewhere when it comes to geometry. Instead, our approach is to offer the right wheel size to the right rider. Alongside offering seven frame sizes for one of the broadest ranges on the scene, smaller riders (frame sizes 2XS and XS) benefit from fit and handling proportional to their body size with a 650B setup, while the rest of the size range accommodates 700C. 650B for larger riders? Not for us. Any mountain biker can tell you of the debates that have raged on the topic of wheel size over the years, some former friends still don’t talk to this day – it was that bad. After the dust settled one truth remained – larger wheels are faster and roll better. Fact. What about running wider tyres that lead people to run 650B in the first place? We’ll come to that. More Cushion. More Pushin’. If there’s one component that has fuelled the Gravel revolution, it’s advances in tyre technology. Freed from the shackles of calliper brakes, we now have a broader range of widths and tread patterns available than ever. Our logic with the Grizl was simple: the wider your tyres, the more you can get away with when you take the wrong turn onto a black trail. All Grizl models come equipped with 45 mm rubber as standard mounted on tubeless-ready rims. But that’s only half the story – the Grizl will comfortably accommodate big 50 mm tyres mounted on 700C rims (650B only on 2XS and XS) for those wanting to go wider still. For year-round adventuring, fender clearance is guaranteed with a 45 mm setup so you can enjoy the miles even when the weather doesn’t play along. The advantages of added tyre volume are more traction and cushioning when riding over rough terrain, so you can let off the brakes down loose descents. Extra volume also comes into its own for heavier riders, or for anyone riding with packs that add weight to the overall system, providing a greater pressure window to find the balance between comfort, rolling resistance, and not bottoming out against the rim. Yes, there is a slight weight penalty and pay-off in rolling resistance on smoother surfaces compared to a 40 mm tyre found on the Grail, but what the Grizl loses in on-road efficiency it makes up for in off-road capability – this is a bike that wants to get off the beaten track. Mounts You Need. None You Don't. More mounting options is a good thing, but too many and bikes start to look like some voodoo doll nightmare with rivets for needles. With the Grizl we set out to strike a balance with the right number of practical mounts people would actually use. For this, we focussed on the fork with three mounting points for cages and small packs, or extra water bottles. Each leg can carry up to three kilos, and in case you need reminding, it’s handily printed on the side. In the main frame triangle, we added top tube mounts for a more stable interface for top tube bags, cutting out the need for straps, plus we added a third bottle cage mount beneath the down tube (not on SLX models) for tools, spares, or just for more hydration when you’re seven hours into that three-hour ride your buddy planned. Knowing from experience that bolts can go AWOL at the worst possible moments, we’ve subtly printed all the technical specs and recommended torque settings for when you reach the next hardware store. It’s the little things in life. Integrated Clamp & VCLS They say you should never change a winning system, and the combination of our integrated seatpost clamp twinned with flexible 27.2 mm carbon VCLS seatposts provides some of the best rear compliance in the business. This proven system, comprising a simple synthetic insert and set screw construction, securely clamps the post 110 mm below the top of the seat tube to increase bending length, and with it the amount of seatpost deflection over rough terrain. There’s no added mechanical complexity, and it even saves around 15 g over conventional collar clamp systems. Select Grizl models also feature our signature S15 VCLS 2.0 seatposts, with their standout leaf spring construction and floating saddle clamp, ensuring consistent saddle tilt, for even more seated comfort. Add the Grizl’s higher volume tyres into the mix and you get a system that allows you to stay planted and get the power down over rocks and roots while other riders are getting bounced out the saddle. That saves you energy, which is never a bad thing. Proven Gravel Geometry What set the Grail apart (beyond that cockpit) when we launched it was its incredibly balanced geometry. Here was a bike with the mild manners needed to cope with rough and technical terrain, yet didn’t feel sluggish stringing together apexes down twisting tarmac descents. So why change it on the Grizl? Just like the Grail, the Grizl boasts an extended wheelbase, 40mm longer than our Endurace models for added stability and additional clearance for bigger tyres. Complimenting this stability, the Grizl runs shorter stems than our road models, paired with wider bars (80mm and 440mm on size M respectively) for better responsiveness at the controls. Stack and Reach figures also remain unchanged, making the riding position on the Grizl marginally longer and lower than on our Endurace lines, but not as aggressive as on the Ultimate. Solid Construction The Grizl is built to handle off-road punishment by meeting our 1CX testing protocols that go beyond the requirements of standard road bikes. But to make a robust bike you shouldn’t have to sacrifice making a lightweight bike – riding fully loaded or not, every gram saved helps us along the way. Topping out our Grizl line-up, the Grizl CF SLX employs more advanced materials and layup techniques to create a complete frame weight, including paint and small parts, of just 950 g – that puts many dedicated road platforms to shame. In full build, including load-bearing forks and hardy aluminium bar and stem combos, our Grizl CF SLX models tip the scales just above the 8.5 kg mark. Ragging around off-road is fun as it is, but it’s more funner when you have a lightweight setup. Another standout feature on the Grizl is the dropped driveside chainstay construction to allow broader tyre clearance without disrupting the chainrings. This incredibly sleek section of carbon is not only structurally enforced to handle drivetrain forces, but still manages to house internal cable and line routing to the rear derailleur. Gravel Progression It’s an exciting time on the Gravel scene right now. New components are popping up all the time inspired by all kinds of use cases and ride styles; there’s more choice for how you want to build your bike than ever. Because the Grizl is a bike with principles, we ensured modern Gravel riders have the options they require to run the setups they want, which is why we took care of the following: Dropper Post Compatibility For more confidence down technical trails, there’s internal routing through the down tube and seat tube so you can run a dropper if you want. The USA-specific Grizl CF SL 8 1-By even has an 80 mm dropper post equipped as standard. 1-By & 2-By Gearing Options There’s no definitive answer to the 1-by vs. 2-by debate – because both work and when it comes down to it, it’s a matter of taste. The Grizl works with both. Bigger Disc Rotors If you’re riding fully loaded, especially across hilly terrain, you can really benefit from the extra power and control of larger disc rotors. The Grizl comes with 160mm rotors as standard on most sizes, but will also accept 180 mm rotors when needed. Apidura x Canyon Collaboration Packs Whether you’re out for a sunset blast or a longer escapade, the days of trying to stuff everything into sagging jersey pockets are thankfully over. Performance bikepacking gear provides a more convenient and practical way to carry all the spares, nutrition, clothing and other bits we could possibly need close-to-hand on rides long or short. Founded in 2013, Apidura is a pioneer of ultralight, rackless packing systems and has built a strong reputation for lasting quality using technical materials and precision crafting techniques. It’s with good reason Apidura packs can be found on the bikes of many of the world’s best ultra-distance riders, alongside discerning bikepackers the world over. The Apidura x Canyon Collaboration was established to develop a set of packs for the Grizl that can be used for any ride, not just those once-a-year week-long escapes. The Apidura x Canyon Packs are as ready for adventure and as performance oriented as the Grizl. Drawing inspiration from Apidura’s Race and Backcountry Series, the packs are lightweight, waterproof and rugged enough to tackle anything from the hour-long spin before work to a 200-mile gravel race. The range consists of: A 5 Litre Saddle Pack Two sizes of Frame Pack (2.4 Litre for frames 2XS-L, 4 Litre for frames XL-2XL) A 1 Litre Bolt-On Top Tube Pack The set is made from Apidura’s proprietary and ultralight Hexalon material, with a completely waterproof welded construction. Abrasion-resistant panels and mud-proof zips provide enhanced durability and internal lash tabs keep contents secure and rattle free no matter the terrain. The system is tailored to the Grizl for optimal fit and minimal obstruction while riding. Pricing (May 2021) FAQs WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE GRIZL AND THE GRAIL? Both are gravel bikes. The Grail is optimized for smoother off-road surfaces and the Grizl better suited to rougher terrain. The Grail is more efficient on-road but slightly less capable than the Grizl off it, while the Grizl is more comfortable on the rough stuff but not as fast on the smooth. CAN I FIT WIDER TIRES IF I MOUNT 650B WHEELS? No. On frame sizes S-2XL, we optimized the Grizl’s geometry and handling around 700C wheels. When developing the frame, 50 mm was the maximum width we set out to achieve. Even at 650B the maximum width is still 50 mm. So there is no benefit of switching to smaller wheels. HOW MUCH EXTRA CLEARANCE IS THERE IF I FIT 50 MM TIRES? The Grizl can house 50 mm tires with an additional 6 mm of clearance on each side. We do not recommend using bigger tires. This will reduce clearance and can result in paint or even frame damage if mud or grit carried by the tires contact the frame. CAN I UPGRADE THE BRAKES IN ANY WAY? The Grizl comes with 160 mm discs in all sizes. If you want more braking power and control, you can mount 180 mm rotors. 140 mm rotors are not compatible. IS THE FRAME ONE-BY COMPATIBLE? Yes, all frames are one-by and two-by compatible. IS THE FRAME DI2 COMPATIBLE? Only the SLX version (R083-01) is Di2 compatible. This frame has a battery mount inside the downtube and front derailleur cable exit in the seat tube. This is why SLX frames don’t have a third bottle cage mount underneath the down tube. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN GEOMETRY BETWEEN THE GRAIL AND THE GRIZL? We apply the same geometry concept to both bikes. In terms of handling, both the Grail and Grizl have significantly longer wheelbases than the Endurace road bike, 40mm on a size M, for extra stability on rough surfaces. To keep the steering responsive, we offset this with 20 mm shorter stems than on our road models, while 20 mm wider bars increase leverage for steering input, and ensure more balance when things get bumpy.
  11. With most mass-participation events not able to go ahead the last couple of months there has been a surge of smaller, unsupported events which limit person to person contact to the bare minimum. View full article
  12. One such event is the Sedgefield500, a 500km single stage self-supported bike race. Entrants get 60 hours to complete the route, so they can either ride non-stop or they can use the 2 nights available to get a good night's rest while splitting the 500km up into 3 days of riding. This feature is made possible by Suzuki. We got to spend the weekend following the riders to take photos and were lucky enough to have the Suzuki Jimny 1.5 GLX with manual gearing. The Suzuki Jimny is best described as a 4x4 Go Kart, the 1.5lt engine has plenty of torque. The 4x4 has high range and low range and we spent most of the time in 4H on the gravel roads for the extra grip and stability. The climb up to the Spitzkop viewpoint above the Knysna Forests in low range showed just how capable this car is. There are no aidstations, no support vehicles and no route markings. You get a gps file of the route and you navigate yourself. Aid is available at established shops, restaurants and padstals but riders cannot take any outside assistance from someone not in the event. It is a throwback to the days of bike racing when races like the Tour de France didn’t have team vehicles, massage therapists and mechanics. If you had an issue with your bike you would use a workshop in whatever town you found yourself in at the time. With all the pampering happening at today's popular events this 500km series looks to try balance it all out with some pure hardcore adventure. You decide how you want to race, you plan it, you strategise and you get all the credit when you cross that finish line. Electronic Hill Descent assist is activated by the push of a button. This is for incredibly steep descents, where the car brakes automatically. With a 210mm ground clearance and significant approach angles I am almost convinced this car could drive up a wall. The Sedgefield500 has just over 7000m of climbing and is mostly covered on gravel roads that meander through the Garden Route and the Klein Karoo. Riders start at the Wild Oats Farmers Market in Sedgefield on the Friday morning, anytime between 5 - 8am to limit large clumps of riders forming. After a short trot on the N2 the route turns onto gravel with some sharp climbing up to the Seven Passes Road that takes them to George. After a quick restock in George the Montagu Pass awaits, it is a gradual pass with incredible views of the valleys below. The “Brake LSD Traction Control” is a fancy term that means when 2 wheels diagonal to each other lose traction, the car automatically brakes the slipping wheels and redistributes torque to the other wheels. While on a corrugated corner this happened to us where the Jimny began to slide a bit, as soon as the car applied the brakes it righted itself immediately. Once on top of the pass the riders will now be in the Klein Karoo for the next 280km. Riders head north towards Oudsthoorn through the infamous Paardepoort, a beautiful narrow pass that follows the Doring River. Once out of the Poort the route goes left and takes the riders through Calitzdorp via twisting gravel roads. Calitzdorp offers some great food options to replenish reserves and most riders who opt to cover the route over 3 days choose the town as a sleep over spot as there are some great Guest Houses available. The next 40km out of Calitzdorp take the riders through the Groenfontein Poort and has just over 1000m of elevation gain before the route goes right at the Swartberg Game Reserve and heads towards the half-way mark, Oudsthoorn. Space inside is limited. With four people there is almost no boot space so a roof rack will be needed. For two people, though, with the back seats folded down, there is a lot of space for bags and adventure gear. You will struggle to get a bicycle inside though, a tow bar with bikerack or roof racks will be necessary. Oudsthoorn is around the 250km mark so riders who are going for a 2 day ride usually sleep in this popular Klein Karoo town. The next 120km to Uniondale are probably some of the most brutal sections of the route in terms of road condition, winds, and endless climbing. There are very little flat bits, it’s rolling hills all the way with a prevailing head wind and rutted, rocky road to navigate. There is also next to no aid along this route, except for a few farmhouses that the riders can visit if they run out of water. The GLX is the ‘range topping’ version which is available in automatic as well. The GLX also comes with the large touch screen which has all the usual features like Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity. The route from Uniondale follows pretty much the same route as the Karoo 2 Coast except that it sticks to the tar and gravel roads. A big climb out of Uniondale awaits before the infamous Prince Alfred Pass. Non-stop riders will go through here in the pitch dark of night, missing out on it’s incredible views. Fuel consumption was pretty decent, for the whole trip we got back to Cape Town with an average economy of 8lt/100km. Eventually the riders will arrive in the coolness of the Knysna Forest, a welcome relief provided it isn’t a mud fest after some rain. Once in the town of Knysna the route heads back onto the Seven Passes road via Phantom Pass. The Seven Passes Road is an incredible route to ride with a nice mix of gravel and tar, the seven passes aren’t too brutal in themselves but add them all together and you have quite a tough ride. At the Garden Route Trail Park the riders start to smell the finish as they turn down to head back towards Sedgefield before finishing at the Wild Oats Farmers Market. Non-stop riders have the reward of enjoying food and beer from the Saturday Market if they get there early enough. If someone asked me to drive to Cairo tomorrow only taking off road routes and I could take any production vehicle I wanted, I would without a doubt take a Jimny (with a couple extra Jerry cans of fuel of course). The inaugural Sedgefield500 was a great success with 36 riders starting and 27 finishing. This “new” style of racing had each one of the riders saying how great the challenge was. Hungry for more un-pampered adventure, most have already signed up for the next race in July which takes place in the Natal Midlands, the Burra500. More info can be found at https://www.instagram.com/sedgefield500/ For more on the Suzuki Jimny range visit: https://www.suzukiauto.co.za/cars/jimny
  13. Hi, We live in Ballito and looking to plan an offroad route to the Midlands - a "there and back" route that we could stick to gravel roads. Browsing tracks4africa & gravelmap.com it seems there are ALOT of gravel options to take... any suggestions on a route we could take to midmar dam? (Previous strava activities or gpx files would be a bonus!)
  14. Does anyone have some good contacts or advice on gravel bikepacking bags? Looking for some good quality bags for overnight or two night self sustained trips - We will get meals and drinks at pre booked accomadation so not much space needed apart from some after ride kit and fresh kit for the next day. Advice also welcome on what bag best to get ( bar bag or behind saddle ) Appreciate the help.
  15. Hi Guys, our new website and marketing is in the works but here are some sneak previews of SOME of our new 2019 models. our dealers will be getting updated arrival and pricing within the next 2 weeks. please see our website for a list of dealers in your area. as those of you who have joined our newsletter will already know , we are expanding our GRAVEL range from 2 models to 4 ... we are also bringing back a CARBON 29er hardtail option ... Models shown: 2019 GP500 2019 SL729
  16. I am taking on the Cross Cape route on my Specialized Diverge gravel bike soon. The tyre choice is between the 38mm Panaracer Gravelking SK (small knobs) or the regular Gravelking (light file tread). I am not very familiar with the route, but suspect the faster rolling, regular GK will be the better weapon, considering we probably don't have too many hectic switchback descents in our part of the world. Also, I know some long sections will just be tarmac. Am I being a naïve moron? Any hubbers with some experience with these tyres and the area? Are the regular GK untameable on the dirt? I am a bit of a roadie, and would hate to drag any unnecessary tread along if not necessary. I'm a bit hasty like that. Looking forward to the discussion!
  17. This Friday we have a one day only sale that really is beyond value for money. Book today for the 2-8 Sept 2021 Hessequa/Overberg Cruise, and pay only R4375pp (Normal Price R8750.00), and we will include the 9-11 Sept Stanford Cheese and Wine Ride for free, as well as 1 nights accomodation in Stanford on the 8th to link the two trips together. That works out at R480pp/pn, for a full service, fully catered luxury MTBing holiday. This offer is limited to the first 6 persons to book, thereafter normal pricing applies. You absolutely wouldnt be able to find a better value for money MTB holiday. The Hessequa/Overberg Cruise starts in Stillbay, and over the next 6 days you wind your way along the coastal region, into the Overberg, stopping off at highlights like Arniston and Cape Aghulus, before finally coming to an end in the quiant overberg village of Stanford. The Cheese and Wine Ride, is a weekend riding trip, based out of Stanford, and shows you around to some of the best riding in the region, while sampling wines and cheese, that the area is famous for. This ride allows you access to private property normally not afforded to the public, and even the chance to preview some of the tracks for the 2022 edition of the Cape Epic. If you book this combo package, you get a full ten day MTBing adventure of note, including 9 nights of luxury accomodation on a dbb basis, snacks and refreshements on the ride, support vehicle with mehanical backup, transfer from goerge Airport or from Cape Town on the the first day, and Transfer to Cape Town Airport on the last. We can assist you with assembling your bikes on arrival, as well as boxing for the return flight if needed. This offer is limited to no more than 6 persons - book now to avoid dissapointment - non riding partners are welcome to join @ the same rate as riders. To book now, click here *all our other trips are currently marked down with 35% too, until 31 October 2020
  18. Yes, I just made up a word. Gravelable (adj) - Suitable for pleasant traverse on either a gravel or standard road machine, equipped with rubber exceeding 28 metric millimeters. I was planning a ride from Glentana (George) to Natures Valley. While scouring maps for a possible route that does not involve perishing on the N2, I saw something called the "Seven Passes Road". It looks pretty spectacular, consisting of tar and untarred sections. My question is, does anyone know if these roads are MTB type gravel, or gravel type gravel? I would love to slap on my 28's and have a crack at it. I am just not keen on heave corrugations which will undo the dental work I had done as a child. Any local knowledge would be much appreciated! The route I am talking about can be viewed here: https://goo.gl/maps/9akgRySrfqH2
  19. Press Release Ekar is the world’s lightest gravel groupset: reliable, durable & fast - it's designed from the ground up to give you the very best performance, riding experience and reliability for gravel, all-road and endurance riding on the toughest terrain where you want to challenge yourself Just as Campagnolo’s ground-breaking first quick release lever can trace its origins to the Passo Croce D’Aune climb, the innovative new gravel-focused Ekar groupset was born on another cima local to today’s Campagnolo headquarters: Ekar. With its asphalt giving way to tracks and trails, Ekar epitomises the special challenges of Italian gravel. But Mt Ekar’s influence goes beyond physicality; it represents the spirit of riding gravel, of adventure, and of freedom. Thanks to a 9T sprocket, Ekar’s unique and innovative gravel-specific 1x13 drivetrain delivers a full range of gear ratios with smooth, natural gear progressions for the perfect cadence, whatever your speed, and whatever your style of gravel riding. With four chainring options – 38, 40, 42 and 44T – and a choice of three cassettes – 9-36T, 9-42T and 10-44T – Ekar is ready for however you ride and wherever your adventures take you! Ekar Cassette The precise 13-speed Ekar is available in three gearing variants, reflecting the different specialisms within the diverse gravel scene, and each providing the smoothest gearing progression and the optimum delivery of range. On all three options, single-tooth steps across the six smaller sprockets provide the most consistent cadence progression with smooth, efficient changes. Gradually increasing wider spacing features on the larger half of the sprockets. This delivers a natural riding experience and helps you get the best from your performance on testing trails and tough terrain.Each cassette is built on two blocks, split 4- and 9-sprockets for the configurations featuring a 9-tooth, and 3-/10-sprockets for the range starting with a 10-tooth. For enhanced mechanical resistance, heat-treated carbon steel is used for the core of both blocks, and benefit from a nickel-chrome-satin surface treatment which reduces wear and friction, delivering the optimum durability for gravel riding. Gravel Race 9-42T : 9-10-11-12-13-14-16-18-21-25-30-36-42 (390g) Endurance 9-36T : 9-10-11-12-13-14-16-18-20-23-27-31-36 (340g) Gravel Adventure 10-44T : 10-11-12-13-14-15-17-19-22-26-32-39-44 (410g) It sits on a new freehub driver body – called N3W – that features on the lightweight carbon Campagnolo Shamal wheelset, with a wide range of compatible wheelsets to follow. N3W is highly versatile, featuring the same groove profiles as the classic Campagnolo body, but 4.4mm shorter and lighter. With appropriate lockrings and adaptors, N3W is also compatible with all current and forthcoming Campagnolo 12-, 11- and 10-speed systems, with retro-fit kits available. As all current disc brake Campagnolo HH12 wheelsets are N3W-compatible you can easily update your wheels ready to run them with Ekar – switching wheelsets is easy and quick! Ekar Derailleur While the Ekar derailleur shares a heritage and research route with our Super Record and other systems, this all-new design has been created specifically for gravel, the dedicated 1x system and the 13-speed route that makes it so effective – underpinned by the use of a 9-tooth sprocket, enabling a full gearing range with short, evenly-spaced shifts and well maintained cadence levels.Features: New design for 1x13-speed system – gravel-orientated performance & build 2D parallelogram trajectory – precise mechanical movement for 13 sprockets High grade polymer pulley wheels (12T upper, 14T lower) – smooth chain running & secure retention Carbon fiber-reinforced polyamide & anodised 7075 and 6082 alloys – for light weight, strength & durability Stainless steel bolts – for strength & long-term resilience on gravel Clutch lock – for easy wheel removal One derailleur fits all three cassette options – easy to switch for gearing changes Ekar Crankset The crankset is the heart of the new 1x Ekar system, with its optimised gearing ratios, sensitively spaced across a wide range. Of course, the single chainring is simple to use – no front mech, significantly reduced weight, fewer moving parts to collect dirt or clog, and providing high chain security, with no wasteful gearing overlap – perfect for gravel riding and racing. Features: Lightweight, efficient, secure 1x Ekar system – perfect for gravel riding and racing 2-piece cranks: ultra-torque 630 steel axle & UD carbon arms – strong and lightweight 4 ring options – Adventure (38T); Pure Gravel (40T), Fast Gravel (42T), Gravel Race (44T) Narrow-wide tooth design – efficient drive & maximum chain security ProTech™ strong, efficient, self-aligning Hirth joint semi-axles Easy access to external crank bearings Easily interchangeable alloy rings – no need to disassemble crank 4 crank arm lengths – 165, 170, 172.5 and 175mm Narrow Q-factor – 145.5mm Ekar Ergo Levers For Ekar, we have made detailed gravel-orientated modifications to the popular and ergonomic Campagnolo Ergopowers control levers, and retained the inherent design of the system because of its renowned precision, and comfort with the Vari-Cushion™ hood. With differentiated levers you’ll never get a wrong shift – even in the tough environment of off-road riding and racing, Campagnolo’s tried and tested One-Lever-One-Action philosophy ensures no-confusion control.Features: Comfortable support - Vari-Cushion™ hood provides comfortable, safe grip in any riding position and any off-road conditions Precise, quick shifting – One-Lever-One-Action and positive engagement with the efficient 1x13-speed Ekar drivetrain means a perfect change every time New Lever 3 design – easy to activate from the tops Enhanced grip – additional laser-cut texture on lever blades and controls is sweat- and wear-resistant Multiple action – up-shift 3 gears with Ultra-Shift™ Ergonomic adjustable reach – to suit any hand or finger size Ekar Calipers As with Ekar's Ergopower controls, the other elements of its disc braking system are developments of proven Campagnolo designs – faithful to our philosophy of continuous improvement, high performance and Italian style. The Ekar brake system’s internal hydraulics are shared with other Campagnolo high-performing calipers, using mineral oil and delivering the advanced modulation and distinctive feedback feel that works so well on the road… and works even better when you take to the gravel!Features: Hydraulic system’s internals are shared with Campagnolo’s high-performance ranges – for proven performance Trusted modulation and progressive feel – perfect for all-road control DB310 pads unique organic compound – high braking performance & improved wear resistance in wet or dry conditions Strong, durable & light Ekar Rotors Ekar's rotors are strong 1.85mm thick stainless tempered steel – staying straight and true long-term even under heavy and sustained braking. A choice of 140 and 160mm diameter rotors are available, to suit your riding style, and offering an additional weight saving potential. With the same caliper and pads, the larger rotor produces greater stopping power thanks to increased heat dissipation over its larger surface area.Features: Hydraulic system’s internals are shared with Campagnolo’s high-performance ranges – for proven performance Trusted modulation and progressive feel – perfect for all-road control Tempered stainless steel rotors – strong, light & resistant to corrosion 140 and 160mm rotors – to suit your riding style and bike 140mm rotor 160mm rotor Ekar C13 Chain The new C13 chain is a vital element of the Ekar mechanical groupset; along with providing an efficient drive, in gravel riding a chain must work perfectly to contribute to the derailleur smooth, quick gear shifts, and always remain secure. It must also be strong and durable – and the Ekar C13 chain delivers impressively on all fronts. At just 4.9mm wide the C13 chain is 0.25mm narrower than the highly efficient Campagnolo 12-speed chain but delivers exactly the same high performance and durability that Campagnolo chains are renowned for.Features: New C13 chain – developed specifically for Ekar 1x13-speed gravel system Wide-narrow teeth design – for efficient drive, smooth shifts & high security Narrow profile – light weight, strong & efficient Strong, durable, links – with different grades of steel & coatings for strength and to withstand wear Unique ultrasound bath lubrication impregnation system – for long-life efficiency Classic Pin and C-Link™ options – options for every kind of gravel rider Ekar bottom bracket The new Ekar bottom bracket is designed specifically for the rigors of all-road and gravel riding and racing. It features the robust double-protection of Pro-Tech™ – a patented external sealing ring design protecting a strong, resilient fiberglass-charged polyamide central tube from the harmful ingress of water, mud and grit. Features: Designed specifically for gravel riding and racing – protected from harmful ingress of water, mud & grit ProTech™ – a patented external sealing ring & strong fiberglass-polyamide tube Large, protected external stainless steel bearings attach directly to crank arms – for smooth, fluid performance and easy maintenance Full compatibility – all threaded and Pressfit standards Local availability & pricing Local Campagnolo distributor, Cycling J&J, have confirmed that Ekar should be available mid October 2020 with an expected retail price of R 33,000. Visit the Campagolo website for further information about Ekar.
  20. Campagnolo have revealed all the details of their new 1x13 gravel-specific groupset named Ekar. It aims to meet the demands of gravel riding with a wide gear range, the simplicity of 1x and reliability without a weight penalty. Click here to view the article
  21. I recently got a Gravel frame custom made for me by the awesome guys over at Calculus Bikes. The frame arrived the other day, and after a fairly effortless build of my old parts across, I took her for a spin. The bike immediately feels right, like how you would imagine a bike that was made for you to feel. Being a gravel bike, the fit won't be super aggressive, but it's far from a lounge chair. It's comfortable but also feels like it's rearing to race. The power transfer is great. I loved getting out the saddle and pushing up some of the gravel climbs, and on the road is no different. On the looks side of things, it's gorgeous. Both the titanium itself and the actual lines are beautifully simple. There are places to fasten panniers and ample space for wider tires for long more technical adventures.
  22. Morning. I am from the W.Cape, but spending time in PTA nowadays. Looking for some primarily gravel routes which start as close to Brooklyn as possible. Have been riding in Magaliesberg(roads around v Gaalens recently graded btw) which has been fun. Routes don't have to be all flat dirt and can be a combo of surfaces. Many thanks.
  23. Evening folks! Any of your doing the SxSE Hustle this Saturday, starting from Blockhouse R59? 3 of us will be starting at 7 am, was just wondering who else may have had the same idea. Makes the possibility of getting lost smaller.
  24. So, I have been doing a fair bit of research here on TBH, and see alot of devided opinions on the matter. One half are thinking its a consipiracy theory for bike manufacturers to keep taking our money. The other half sees it as a practical solution to alot of things, ie. Replace your road bike with a gravel bike, its more comfy, you can easily go off the road on dangerous sections of traffic or climb curbs, you can do road races with them, all be it not UCI races, but who is checking. In fact, I saw someone do a sub 3 hour in the CTCT with a gravel bike.... I for one believe this is the bike that is in fact not the N+1 bike, but the bike that can give a person, the best of three worlds. Whats your take on the matter, try and stay positie if at all possible lol
  25. Finally here ... our new FARR OUT CARBON Gravel Bike!!! We're keeping it simple - 1 Model in Carbon, 1 Spec Option! Limited first stock is available NOW --- see our website here for sizing. KEY SPEC FEATURES: Sram Force1 Gravel Drivetrain ( 1 x 11 ) Sram Force Hydraulic Disc Brakes Stan’s ZTR Grails S1 Pro Tubeless Ready Wheels Zipp Finishing Kit KEY FRAME FEATURES: Toray Carbon Modern Gravel Geometry with Taller Headtube for Comfort Internal Cable Routing Flatmount Disc Brake Mount and Floating Derailleur Hanger these bikes are supplied 99% assembled and require minor adjustment to get riding --- gears and brakes are already set up and ready-to-ride! Just insert the saddle/seatpost, turn the handlebars, fit the front wheel and you are READY TO GRAVEL! some pics of the bike below:
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