Sage Titanium already has a gravel bike, the very capable Barlow, in its lineup, but if you have met founder Dave Rosen then you’ll know that the Beaverton, Oregon-based one man band company is always working on cooking up the next best thing.
I also remember those back-and-forth emails regarding the smallest details while we were getting ready to review the PDXCX cross bike – the guy’s level of attention is simply amazing – and welcoming for a truly customized experience.
As gravel riding trends toward bigger and gnarlier rides, so does the need for a different geometry and bike design. Sage’s new Storm King reflects that change. Gravel 2.0.
Named after a namesake singletrack outside Bend, the Oregon-built Storm King has tire clearance of up to 700×50 or 650×2.4 thanks to a subtly curved seat tube near the standard BSA-threaded bottom bracket with a more off-road based geometry “best-suited for buff single track and rocky fire roads”.
The 3/2.5 titanium-tubed frame also adopts the 148×12 boost thru-axle more commonly found on mountain bikes and is still friendly to those hoping to run a compact 50/34 crankset.
Other amenities include mounting points for three bottle cages, front and rear rack mounts, bosses for a frame bag on the top tube, internal dropper post compatible with Sage’s own proven Cable Clip System for cable management. We were told the 56cm frame weighs around 3.75lbs… Sounds like a sweet monstercross platform made for the long haul.
The Storm King frame will come in seven sizes starting today at $3,200 and complete bikes will be offered starting at $7,500 along with option of going full custom like this $15,000 version with custom paint, ENVE bits running Shimano GRX 1x grouppo. More info on Sage’s website.
Time created its first clipless pedal in 1986 and has brought us quite a few memorable models over the years: The Equipe Titan Mag, DH, Impact, RXS, iClic, ATAC, etc.
I spent most of my time riding Time ATACs on dirt. I still have the original pair that my local shop mechanic, Tyson, recommended back in 1997/8. The bearing’s a bit rough now, but it’s still one of my go-to bikes even though I have a pair of XC6. They perform just as well on mountain as on gravel.
2019 marks the french firm’s entry into gravel-specific pedals and I am pretty stoked. It is as if Time decided to fuse together the best of their road tech with their mountain bike to create the Cyclo.
What you’ll get is a single-sided ATAC clamping mechanism (and together, the proven two-bolt ATAC cleat) with a refined IClic retention system that pre-opens the clamps whenever the user unclips for easier entry. For all you number nerds, the Cyclo comes with a 1090 mm² of contact area, +/- 5° angular freedom, +/-2.5 mm lateral freedom, 19mm stack height, plus a 53mm Q-factor.
Three models will be offered starting late November: A $130, carbon-bodied Cyclo 10 with a claimed 128 grams per pedal; a $110 composite-bodied Cyclo 6 at 129 grams per side; and lastly $70 for the 145 gram Cyclo 2. All three models roll on steel bearings with hollow steel axles. The 10 and the 6 come with micro adjustable tension systems while the 2 will be preset at the factory.
Remember those magnesium-tubed frame that was all the buzz at (really) the last InterBike and subsequently NAHBS with the Weis Manufacturing trackie?
VASST is now bringing a whole lineup of bikes using the same Allite Super Magnesium tubing that is said to be 50% lighter than titanium and 20 times more shock-absorbing than aluminum. It’s also recyclable.
From the $800 20″ Y/1 for your kids to the $2,500 A/1 Gravel in either 700c or 650b wheels, they are definitely a decent alternative to the usual carbon and steel bikes. More on Vaast.
Easton has been quietly adding their part into the ever-growing gravel scene as of late, and now, they are adding two new sets of carbon hoops designed specifically for the unique junction between road and dirt: The EC90 and EC70 AX.
The two new wheelsets follow Easton’s existing nomenclature: E for Easton, C for Carbon, 90 for the top of the line stuff, 70 for the more budget-conscious, and now, AX for gravel.
Both optimized for gravel tires 35mm and up, both the Centerlock only EC90 and EC70 AX feature tubeless-ready carbon rims with 24mm internal depth and low 21mm rim height .
The 1,470g, $1,549.99 flagship EC90 wheels have a wider 31mm external rim width, 24 Sapim straight pull double-butted spokes, and Easton’s very own 60-point, six degree Vault hubs.
Meanwhile, the EC70 is a tad heavier at 1,515 grams but with a wallet-friendlier price tag of $1199.99. Compared to the EC90, the EC70 has a slightly narrower 28mm external width rim, four more spokes per wheel and uses the firm’s X5 hubsets. These race-proven wheels are available today.
They’re never ones to rush a product to the market but instead they take time perfecting their offerings. It’s about time that Continental makes their gravel tire official. Here’s the all-new, handmade in Germany, TERRA Trail and TERRA Speed.
Tubeless ready, available in both 650b and 700c with two tread patterns from the more robust Trail (650x40b (440g) and 700x40c (460g)), and the faster Speed (650x35b (390g), 650x40b (400g), 700x35c (400g) and 700x40c (420g)). There’s also a choice of black or cream sidewalls. Available today.
OPEN’s new WI.D.E gravel steed is getting all the buzz at the moment but the company’s forerunning U.P. is still one heck of a bike to reckon with.
The OPEN x ENVE collaboration started about a year ago with its first limited edition that drew its palette from the mountains around Moab in Southern Utah. Now the two firms are back at it again bringing yet another limited edition U.P., nicknamed the “winter edition” to pay homage to the Swiss Alps where the OPEN was born.
Only 60 are available now for $3790 USD/EUR. You’ll get a frame, fork, headset, ENVE G-Series components (bar, stem, seat post), seat tube collar, front & rear Carbon-Ti thru-axle, 2 derailleur hangers, 1 front derailleur mount, 3 MultiStops (2x, 1x, Di2), chainstay cable exit, BB guide, cable liners, noise-reduction foam sleeves, and of course, a manual.
Improved comfort seems to be a reoccurring theme for the recent crop of gravel bikes, and the latest redesigned Vault from the Tempe, Arizona-based Pivot Cycle aims to make those rough rides better with its tunable ISO FLEX technology that uses a rubberized sleeve to isolate vibration from the seat post.
Don’t fret because you can still run a dropper in there. 1x/2x friendly with space for crank arm-based power meters, clearance for 700x45C and 650b x 2.0″ tires in a lightweight carbon chassis utilizing their cutting-edge hollow-core molding technology.
Welp, we are also having a rough time choosing between the slate blue and the sandstorm paint job. Available today.
First came the G23 and G27 wheels for the gravel-oriented. Now ENVE is upping the ante further with the new G-series handlebar and fork designed to meet the unique demands of off-road drop bar riding.
The new $550, 520-gram flat-mount compatible fork comes with a 50mm rake and a massive 50mm (😍) tire clearance. The 12mm thru-axle fork is also fender compatible, of course.
As for the bar, besides the 80mm reach and 120mm drop, the G-series bar has a 12mm outward flare at the drops for extra stability, plus a wider clamp area to accommodate accessories such as lights… or controversial items *cough* aero extensions. The $350, electronic-shifting friendly bar is available for $350 in four sizes ranging from 42-48cm, weighing 246-281 grams depending on size. Both the fork and handlebar are available now.