Rumored for some time, Andy Kessler and Gerard Vroomen have been hard at work at their “small” company to bring the 3rd drop bar adventure bike to the world. That day has finally come with the announcement of the all new OPEN WI.DE.
We covered the Rock Cobbler on a previous post here, with a full write up and (almost) all of our photos from the event. With this post we bring you some bonus coverage with 15 gravel bikes from Rock Cobbler 2019. Sam Ames crafted a challenging course with a bit of everything, even some mud!
In its third major overhaul, the storied Traildonkey returns. Originally launched in 2014, Rodeo Labs developed the carbon adventure bike as a do-it-all adventure machine, capable of everything including bikepacking, gravel racing and road group rides. For the TD3, Rodeo is highlighting its improved tire clearance, refined frame design and loads of mounting points.
Our friend Hunter from South Carolina gives us first impressions of his 2019 Salsa Journeyman, an attractive and affordable gravel bike from Salsa.
Kona’s answer to the gravel bike has arrived, and it’s called the Libre. Kona calls this their ultimate carbon dream machine. With a name that inspires freedom on any terrain, the bike was designed to perform on road and gravel, with two very attractive build options starting at just under $3000.
We recently visited the co-founders of gravel bike startup Thesis in San Francisco, California. Randall Jacobs and Alice Liu invited me to their downtown workshop to check out their new any-road machine and take it for a test ride. What became very clear early on is how their values, experience and interests have led them to build Thesis, a truly unique kind of bike company.
Cannondale, today unveiled Topstone. Named after a favorite dirt road section near Cannondale’s global headquarters in CT, Topstone is a capable and highly versatile gravel road rig.
Craig over at The Gravel Ride recently caught up with Benedikt Skulason of Lauf Cycling, an innovative bike brand from Iceland. Learn all about the inspiration, advantages and story behind their unique Lauf Fork.
Rocky Mountain Bicycles, based at the foot Vancouver's North Shore mountains, knows all about making trail capable bikes. In fact they've been fully committed to building high performance mountain bikes since 1981. Head over to bikes.com and you will see a strong portfolio of 17 mountain bikes, and a new Adventure option named the Solo.
We recently met up with the folks from Wolf Tooth Components and were specifically interested in any products gravel specific solutions. One product in particular captured our interest, the B-RAD system. Known for manufacturing innovative hardgoods for cycling, Wolf Tooth created the B-RAD line with function and versatility in mind.
The "Holy Grail", the cup that is said to have been used by Christ at the Last Supper, sought after by knights during the Middle Ages, and escaped from countless archeologists and scientists since then. There is an awakening before us, a new era in the sport of cycling. Two disciplines that have existed independently for decades, road and mountain, are disrupted by the emerging force of Gravel. In their search for the perfect tool for this new day, Canyon Bicycles has said to have found that Grail.
We recently caught up with the crew from Rodeo Adventure Labs, who were visiting us from Denver for a gravel event. It turns out that they were not only here for the race, but to connect with a few local "Rodeoers" who had purchased their bikes in the past, and part of the small but growing Rodeo family.
We recently met Stan while riding down the the PCH on a Friday AM roll out of Campagnolo North America, he was at the front of the pack and I immediately noticed the stunning bike beneath him.
We recently caught up with the Why Cycles crew while at the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival. They were super cool and spent some time to go over a few details of their R+ gravel bike.