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  1. 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/
  2. Any of you had success with converting an older model road bike to a gravel bike?
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 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 in a Suzuki Jimny Click here to view the article
  6. 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
  7. 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!)
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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!
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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:
  21. The Titan Switch features a full carbon frame, an Ultegra groupset, and Shimano wheelset with Vittoria tyres for R33,999. Bicycles do come with hefty price tags but, in comparison, the Switch is a beacon of value. Should the Switch Pro be slightly beyond your budget, there is also the Switch Elite that sports the same carbon frame as the Pro but with a more modest component selection. The Switch Elite retails for R23,999. The Frame The Switch frame is full carbon with internal routing and support for mudguards, and racks on the fork. The frame is available in four sizes, Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. I tested the Extra Large frame.The frame is backed by a 5-year multi-user warranty. This means that the warranty can pass onto a subsequent owner, not just the original purchaser of the new bike. An important consideration if you plan to resell the Switch (or any Titan Racing bike) within the warranty period. Build Kit The Switch arrives with an excellent level of parts. The star component is the drivetrain. It’s a full Shimano Ultegra groupset with a 48-34T chainring configuration paired with an 11-34T cassette. More on the gear ratios later. The hydraulic brakes are also Shimano's Ultegra range. As mentioned, the wheelset is also from Shimano's catalogue. At this price point, it is reassuring to see a big label brand behind the wheels. While the RS170 wheelset does tip the scale at close to 2 kilograms, they are suitably tough for gravel road riding. Titan has fitted Vittoria’s Terreno Dry tyres with a comfy 42mm width (on our test model). The Switch is fully kitted with Titan Racing’s in-house cockpit components with a carbon seatpost. The photos are a bit misleading as the bike I tested arrived with a non-standard Easton handlebar. I also replaced the stock bar tape after damaging it in transport. Titan Racing Switch Pro Specifications FRAMECarbon FM606 GravelSIZEXS-S-M-L-XLFORKCarbon FM606 12MM Thru AxleBRAKESShimano UltegraCHAINKMC X11CHAINWHEELShimano Ultegra FC-R8000 46-36TDERAILLEUR FRONTShimano Ultegra FD-R8000DERAILLEUR REARShimano Ultegra RD-R8000 GSFREEWHEELShimano CS-R7000 11-32TGRIPPlain BlackHANDLEBARGravel Drop Bar FOVSTEMTitan TDS-RD403G-8 FOV (XS+S = 90CM / M+L+XL = 105CM)WHEELSETShimano WH-RS170 DISCSADDLESelle Royal 2075HRNSEAT CLAMPAT-83 – TRCSEAT POSTTitan SP-C212 27.2MMSHIFTER FRONTShimano Ultegra Dual control ST-R8020SHIFTER REARShimano Ultegra Dual control ST-R8020TYREVittoria Terreno Dry 700 X 38C Black 120TPI TNT G+ F/VWEIGHT9.3 kgRETAIL PRICER33,999 On the gravel (and road) Titan Racing was kind enough to loan the Switch to us for over six months of testing. This is longer than we usually get with review bikes and it allowed a thorough test of the bike across all conditions. In this time, I raced (well, participated) in two 100 mile events: Swartberg100 and Around The Pot. It also accompanied me on many an adventure around the farm roads crisscrossing the Overberg and Karoo. The Switch even spent several rides serving as a road bike. Getting dirty at the Swartberg100 Gran Fondo in April. Photo credit: Peter Kirk. The Switch cruises with ease on gravel. It is an unashamedly race-focused bike which means the frame is stiff and built for power transfer. Feedback to pedal input is rewardingly sharp and allows the bike to smash out endless miles of gravel road. The Switch frame is strong and robust which contributes greatly to the stiffness. This does mean that the frame lacks some of the compliance that many other gravel frames boast. There is little in the way of flexing tubes or built-in dampening devices on the Switch. It is worth pointing out that the more compliant carbon bikes are significantly more costly than the Switch. The over-built nature of the Switch frame does not make the bike noticeably uncomfortable. Even after completing a hundred-mile race (or two), the bike never became a chore to ride. After seven hours of riding, my perceived fatigue matched my experience with other gravel bikes over such distances. One of the joys of gravel riding is that it affords you time to ponder. My feeling is that the tyres are the real heroes on most gravel bikes. The pair of Vittoria tyres that the Switch came shod with were capable of taking a considerable beating and dispensed with the task of suitably dampening the expected rigidity of the Switch frame. Even descending a corrugated Swartberg Pass after 140 km already ridden, I felt comfortable and controlled on the Switch. The Switch is a surefooted descender. The tough Shimano wheels and grippy Terreno Dry tread pair are a trustworthy pairing and reliable as a tubeless setup. Shimano's Ultegra disc brakes are superb. They showed almost no sign of fade coming down the Prince Albert side of the Swartberg Pass. Just the sort of reassurance you need to hurtle down an unpredictable gravel road. The sharp characteristics of the Switch frame mean that it thrives on gravel and tar alike. The best illustration is the Swartberg100. The race is almost equal parts tar and gravel and the Switch felt superbly suited to both surfaces. It depends where you ride but my gravel explorations include a large portion of tarred roads while transitioning between the gravel sections. The Switch was the ideal partner for these weekend excursions around the Overberg and Karoo. The large tyres do put you at a disadvantage compared to a traditional road bike though. The Titan Racing Switch Pro brought a dash of colour to rather gloomy conditions at Around The Pot. Photo credit: Oakpics. The Shimano Ultgera R8000 series drivetrain has been refined over the years to near perfection. It is an excellent choice for a gravel groupset, if you’re looking for two chainrings up front. I feel that Titan Racing made a slight miscalculation with the chainring choice, however. The 46-36 tooth configuration is Shimano’s cyclocross pairing. Perfect for an hour-long race of maximum effort with short punchy climbs but the 36 tooth small ring is painfully exhausting when hitting a mountain pass after five hours in the saddle. My riding style would prefer a 50-34 tooth setup for long-distance gravel rides. On shorter rides (and even on the road), I was fairly comfortable with the stock setup. As a quick fix, I fitted an SRAM 11-36 cassette to bring easiest gear ratio to one (36-36) but a 34 chainring would not have gone unappreciated. Conclusion If you want a carbon gravel bike with dependable components at a reasonable price, then the Switch is one of the easiest bikes that I have ever had to recommend. The frame might not have the fancy dampening features that some more expensive gravel bikes boast but it gets the job done with equal amounts of purpose and enjoyment. ProsSuperb value Dependable built kit Fast, responsive frame Feels frisky on tar too Gran fondo approved ConsSome might expect more frame compliance Chainring sizing not ideal for endurance racing Reading through the Switch discussion in the forums, it appears that a number of Hubbers have already bought a Switch. It'd be great to hear how your experience compares in the comments below.
  22. Hi All I'm planning on doing a 4 day bike-packing tour on my new gravel bike around the Klein Karoo area, specifically Riversdale - Oudtshoorn area, in a few weeks time. - I'd appreciate any suggestions with regards my proposed routes, places to stay, places to stop for lunch etc. Trying to include a few scenic passes where feasible. - I've kept the distances around 90km, it's going to be my first multi-day trip on my gravel bike so would rather be (relatively) conservative. Quiet gravel roads would be preferable to tar where possible. - I've used Google Maps as my primary route source, but I'm a little concerned as to it's accuracy once you get off the major roads onto gravel. - To keep weight down I'll be packing my credit card rather than a tent etc! - Day 4 might get interesting but I've got an emergency escape vehicle (assuming I have cell signal) if things get too desperate.. Thanks! NC_Lurker Day 1: Buffelsjagrivier - Riversdale Distance: 92km Elevation: 1450m - Overnight in Stilbaai Day 2: Stilbaai - Van Wyksdorp Distance: 92km Elevation: 870m - Overnight in Van Wyksdorp Day 3: Van Wyksdorp - Oudtshoorn Distance: 90km Elevation: 1200m - Overnight in Oudtshoorn Day 4: Oudtshoorn - Albertinia Distance: 125km Elevation: 1750m - Overnight in Stilbaai
  23. Nirvana: lightweight carbon gravel bike with 1x drivetrain Currently on the Hmmm ... let's see list is: Momsen 700 R355 2018 Momsen 700 R355 2019 (more likely) Silverback Siablo CF They are all much the same price (with Momsens on fat sale). Both Momsens are lighter than the Siablo, have better rims and hubs. Otherwise much of a muchness (I think?). Siablo looks great without paint, newer model. Anything with the new Shimano GRX system that my Google-zu cannot unearth? Any other brands/models to consider (in similar – or less – price range)? Anyone with a small carbon gravel bike with 1x system itching to upgrade?
  24. Good afternoon Hubland! Is anyone doing this event? I had a chat with the organizer and she claims that the area where it's being held had some huge rains in the summers, so the roads that the route is going along is not really suited for gravel bikes anymore. Can anyone substantiate that claim? I dearly would like to do this race. It seems to be quite gravel friendly. https://www.highland100.co.za/
  25. Good morning Hubbers, Since I joined the gravel frat lately, I've been looking at gravel races to try out, and this seems to be first on the list. http://www.cycleevents.co.za/mtb-events/the-magalies-citrus-gravel-xpress-2019/ Who is joining for the gravel event?
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