All Road Bikes Archives - Road Bike Action https://roadbikeaction.com/tag/all-road-bikes/ Road Bike Action Wed, 30 Nov 2022 06:04:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NEW CARBON FROM ITALY: BASSO ASTRA https://roadbikeaction.com/new-carbon-from-italy-basso-astra/ Wed, 30 Nov 2022 15:27:55 +0000 https://roadbikeaction.com/?p=59992

The latest all-road bike to roll out of Vicenza

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From the outskirts of Vicenza, Italy Alcide Basso has been making high-performance road bikes in his small bike factory for over 45 years.  Starting in January 2023 his new Astra all-road bike will be the latest model to join the parade with wheel clearance for up to 35mm tires.

The new Astra will be available in three striking colorways and you choice of five different drivetrain options.  As usual, Basso Bikes can be had at surprisingly low  prices for bikes that are handmade in Italy.

 

BASSO ASTRA

Press Release

Can a racing bicycle be versatile and performing at the same time? Can it be the expression of a lifestyle, capable of enhancing it in any situation?

At Basso they responded starting from the design. Astra is developed around people’s lives, to make it suitable for various occasions, even very different from each other. Its features are designed with a very specific purpose: to amplify the lifestyle of those who gets on the saddle, whatever their definition of cycling is.

Astra 2023 is an evergreen consistent with its past, but capable of perfecting itself from model to model becoming more versatile. Tackle light gravel with 35 mm tires or tarmac with 28 mm. Its geometry is the most Basso of all, derived from steel models. The platform has been improved year after year, preserving the racing DNA but making it transversal and also suitable for those who are not athletes who ride a bike every day. Careful attention to detail has made it less nervous and more comfortable.

While the carbon frame allows the weight to be reduced to around 980 g, Basso’s high-profile technological solutions make Astra even more versatile:
• Integrated cables with Paradigma technology
• Tire clearance up to 35 mm
• The 3B Gen II seatpost clamp system
• Heart carbon seatpost with two different seatback options: -15 mm or 0 mm
• All Road handlebar by Microtech increases safety and comfort while maintaining clean aesthetics
• Compatible with the Basso Ecosystem, our own system of integrated
accessories: Discover the technology
• Explorer Rear Axle, with integrated key to allow the set up and disassembly of the wheels

 

GROUP SET
• Shimano Ultegra Di2
• Shimano 105 Di2
• Campagnolo Chorus
• SRAM Force AXS
• SRAM Rival AXS

WHEELS
• Microtech MR Lite
• Microtech RE 38

Handmade in Italy, the price of Astra 2023 ranges between $4250 and $5900, making it extremely competitive in its reference market segment. Like all Basso Bikes, Astra is assembled on customer preferences. Choose color, size, groupset and wheels to make it your own.

For more: Basso Bikes

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BIKE TEST: LOOK 765 OPTIMUM+ https://roadbikeaction.com/bike-test-look-765-optimum/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 17:00:53 +0000 https://roadbikeaction.com/?p=59574

Built to go the distance

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When we think of iconic road racing bike brands, Look Cycles is definitely one of the biggest trendsetters of modern times. Let’s recall that Look Cycles pioneered carbon frame design in 1986 when they put winner Greg LeMond aboard the first carbon-tubed frame ever ridden in the Tour de France. Sure, the iconic French brand has come a long way since then, but they knew they were onto something 36 years ago in producing a carbon fiber frame.

Beyond race bikes, Look has been taking their performance-based pedigree for speed to a different category of cyclist—the endurance rider. Look knows not everyone is fixated on a podium finish and that, in fact, most cyclists are happier thinking about long days in the saddle and the achievement of racking up miles. This is where the Look 765 Optimum+ slots into the lineup. 

THE FRAME

The Optimum+ is a full-carbon frame that blends road design with all-road features. The geometry is designed for long-distance riding, with short reach and high stack. Our test bike was a size large and normally we would test a medium. The reach is 38.5cm with a stack of 60.2cm. For us, that means it’s about the same reach, just much higher than we would prefer.

Our favorite part of the bike is the gearing Look chose. It is great for long days in the saddle and has plenty of range for the steepest of grades.

This is also amplified by the fact that the axle to crown on the fork is 39.5cm, that’s almost 3cm higher than we would normally ride. This results in a front end that even with the stem slammed, it’s almost 8cm higher than we normally prefer. Lack of racy positioning aside, we have to admit that it is pretty nice being a bit higher when you get past the four- to five-hour mark of any ride.

The frame uses a traditional round 27.2mm seatpost with wedge-style securing. The frame fits a BB386 bottom bracket for a wide variety of component compatibility. Most striking is the molded carbon head tube with recessed ports for cables and hoses. From there the lines run internal. The oversized downtube adds lateral stiffness to the large triangle. In the rear, the seatstays have two molded indents that aid in controlling rear compliance. These four sections help add in saddle compliance with minimal effect on the performance. 

Our size large has a wheelbase of 103.6cm with asymmetric chainstays that measure 42cm. The overall length is long, and some of that is due to the 70.3-degree head tube. The frame has room for up to 38mm tires if you wanted to hit some dirt roads.

THE PARTS

Look has done their research and has hit the nail square on the head with this build. A 2x SRAM wireless drivetrain is simple and modern with 12 speeds on the cassette. The 10x36t cassette is matched with a 46×33 crankset for a range that fits the rider looking to ride all day. Because it’s SRAM Rival, the value is there with the same quality shift you get from their higher-tier versions. 

The tall front end of the Look Optimum+ left us wanting to lower the stem, even for longer rides.

To help aid in keeping the price down, Look supplies the off-brand LS2 alloy 42cm bars, LS2 110mm alloy stem and LS3 alloy 27.2mm seatpost. Look has partnered with Selle San Marco for a Look-branded saddle with the Short Fit Dynamic open fit. A set of Fulcrum Racing 900 alloy wheels are tubeless-ready. They are a bit heavy at 1950 grams (claimed) and have a 19mm internal width. Look wrapped a set of 30mm tubeless-ready Hutchinson Fusion 5 tires to finish the build. As we said, this is a solid build, and a lighter set of wheels is really the only upgrade we would recommend.

THE RIDE

Tall and long in general, unfortunately, the size-large frame was a bit big for us. In fact, even the medium would have the same ride characteristics. The first thing the 765 Optimum+ reminds us of is a “race” gravel bike with road tires. The front end is higher than a race gravel bike, but the 30mm tires on this bike look tiny with so much room to spare, especially in the fork. 

The in-saddle compliance is remarkably good considering it has a basic alloy seatpost. This means the molded seatstays are working as engineered. We weren’t fans of the stock saddle, because some of that was due to the shape. Since the front is much higher than we normally ride, the added rear-weight distribution had us needing a saddle that fit us better.

The asymmetric chainstays make a bit more room for larger tires for those looking to do a bit more all-road riding.

Out-of-the-saddle efforts feel very rewarding, and the Optimum+ feels quick and lively. Diving into a corner is a bit different, and you can definitely feel the length of the bike. The steering is also a bit muted—nice for long days when fatigue sets in but not ideal for dicing it up with the mates. The bike goes where you tell it, you just have to lean deep and look for the straightest line through each corner.

The SRAM Rival AXS eTap with wireless shifting is a great value. The 12-speed cassette has so much range that you can practically climb a wall. The 44/33t crankset is nice for long days, but mated to a 10t top gear proved a bit small for the fast descents that make up our daily rides. We were spun out on all our long road descents and even a few fast group rides with slight downhill grades. There was enough gear to stay on the group, but not enough to ride at the front.

THE VERDICT

With a full mix of rides on the Look Optimum+, we came away seeing its appeal, but it’s not for us. The ride was a bit too endurance based, and the rider position a bit too upright. When we do a long road ride, we still like to ride a more aggressive geometry. The Optimum+ isn’t slow, but the distribution of weight and more upright position left us feeling like a sail in the wind. 

The gearing and component selection were spot-on for a long day of climbing. Sure, some riders might need to coast a lot of the downhills, but that is a worthy trade-off for many. Since most of the bike’s components are industry standard, customizing the stem, bars and seatpost is easy. Lacking internal routing and a dedicated, frame-specific cockpit make traveling with the bike and servicing brake fluid far less troublesome. Overall, the Look Optimum+ might not be for us, but it is more likely a solid option for the vast majority of road riders who just love logging miles and exploring new roads.

PUNCH LINES

• Not a race bike

• Gearing to go the distance

• Modern and simple

STATS

Price: $5200

Weight: 20.31 pounds

Sizes: XS, S, M, L (tested), XL

www.lookcycle.com

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T-LAB’S R3 OMNI TITANIUM ROAD BIKE https://roadbikeaction.com/t-labs-r3-omni-titanium-road-bike/ Wed, 06 Jul 2022 22:25:51 +0000 https://roadbikeaction.com/?p=55091

The Canadian builder calls it a "no limit" road bike

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Although the term “no limit” for a road bike is new to us, we certainly believe in the concept  which is why we remain fans of the “all-road” bike concept.  One other concept we also remain big fans of is titanium frames, especially when they come across as beautifully made as this Canadian entry from T-Lab.

T-LAB R3 OMNI

Press Release

T-Lab Bikes announced today that it is launching its next generation road bike, the R3 Omni. “This bike was developed with any-road performance in mind,” said Rob Rossi, Co-Founder of T-Lab. “With the new R3 Omni, we’ve dialed-up what no limits means for today’s road cyclist.” The R3 Omni was redesigned from top-to-bottom, starting with a more shapely top tube that combines with a new T-Bone seat stay design to boost overall torsional stiffness. The result: even better responsiveness and out-of-saddle climbing.

The “T-bone” seat stay up close.

Other improvements include a more streamlined head tube / down tube junction, along with a stiffer, yet sleeker, carbon fork. The R3 Omni also delivers 35c tire clearance in a relatively compact, nimble frame configuration. “Whether on the tarmac, cobblestone or dirt, this bike was made to be fast while providing the long-distance comfort and ride quality titanium is renowned for.”

Like every T-Lab, the R3 Omni frame features a unique, radically shaped titanium profile, which is cold-worked to deliver up to 30% more lateral rigidity than conventional round tube Ti bikes. It is completely manufactured in-house, based on rider specifications, within a 6-to-8-week lead time. From there, T-Lab delivers frameset and complete bike orders to passionate cyclists around the world. “A good titanium road bike is made to last a long time,” says Rossi. “As such, we built-in as much capability into the R3 Omni as possible, making it the one and only road bike you’ll ever need.”

The maple leaf says it all.

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FIRST LOOK: BRIDGE BIKE WORKS SURVEYOR https://roadbikeaction.com/first-look-bridge-bike-works-surveyor/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 07:01:43 +0000 https://roadbikeaction.com/?p=54417

A new all-road bike brand takes shape in Toronto, Canada

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It kind of all began at last year’s Sea Otter Classic when Blacksmith Bike Shop owner Mike Yakubowicz approached and said he had something to show me, something that I couldn’t talk about at the time.  I’ve known Mike for a few years from our annual meet-ups at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show and have to say that there are few people who are as totally entrenched in the tech and product details of road bikes as Mike.

In short, Mike is a tried and true bike geek. And now, in addition to the high-end bike shop he’s run for over a decade in Toronto, he and his partners are embarking on new bike project of massive proportions.  When he spoke of coming out with his own bike last fall, the story morphed into a full-scale bike brand and factory build effort initially focused on a single all-road bike dubbed the Surveyor.

The frame molds rely on latex bladders.

Bridge Bike Works is the name of the new brand and most impressively, the bike is not just some open mold model popped out of a factory in Taiwan. No, quite the contrary. The frames are made in a new, purpose-built factory in Toronto where according to Mike, “The first question we asked ourselves was if we could build it here, build it better and build it for a price that people can afford – especially for a domestic made frame.” With that goal in mind, the Bridge team went to work.

The Surveyor all-road frame retains a classic look and uses a threaded bottom bracket.

According to Mike, the next question the team asked themselves was, what kind of bike do we want to build? “I don’t think there’s such a thing as a ‘perfect’ bike,” said Mike, “but what we were after was a really good all-’rounder to be the one bike you could ride for a few years. We know there are a lot of good bikes out there, our goal was to do our own thing and approach things differently.”

The 900-gram frame will be available in five sizes and five colors (plus a ready to paint option at a $200 discount) for around $5000. Complete bikes (with both Shimano and SRAM components) will also be available starting at $8000.  Given that the Surveyor was designed as a modern “all-road” bike, it has tire clearance for up to 40mm tires (still with a 417mm chainstay length). And yet, as modern as the bike is, it’s worth noting that it doesn’t rely on any silly integrated cockpit components or seatpost binder. We like that!  As with the frame, the fork is also a proprietary design and it can be had with one of two different rakes.

BRIDGE BIKE WORKS

Press Release

We are building a product that has the attention to detail and hand-built nature of boutique brands with the dedicated professional engineering, design and production of the big brands. Doing this meant we needed to assemble an amazing team. And, create a facility to make it happen.

We know your bike from the inside-out.

Our framesets are built with premium pre-impregnated (pre-preg) carbon fiber. Our proprietary layup schedule optimizes strength, weight and comfort and our carbon fork has two unique rakes to maintain ride characteristics across all 5 sizes.

We custom form our own latex bladders to produce consistent quality parts and every pre-preg ply is precisely CNC cut on our Autometrix cutting table to maximize material usage and provide repetitive consistency. We wrap these plies around the bladder and insert the raw part into a tool that we mill in-house using our HAAS CNC. The tool with the raw part is then placed in our 50-ton heated press for precision curing.

This process can yield some of the highest quality hollow carbon fiber parts. The parts are then bonded with aerospace-grade epoxy and then prepped for paint.

What does in-house mean to us?  Our Toronto base is a purpose-built, 8,200 sq. ft. advanced composites production facility. We engineer from the ground up. We cut our own tooling. We design our laminate schedule. We hand-lay our carbon fiber. We finish and paint all bikes. And we assemble and ship. All from our Toronto facility.

WHAT ABOUT THE SURVEYOR?

From asphalt, to rugged roads, to gravel, Surveyor has you covered. Designed for optimum performance with 28-40 mm tires, we’ve engineered and hand-built a bike to handle the entire spectrum of your all-road needs. Surveyor was created with the goal of creating a modern classic: mating thoroughly modern technology and thinking to a classic silhouette and timeless features, making Surveyor a unique choice for the distinguished rider.

Images of complete bike builds are for reference only. BRIDGE has secured the parts that we have on offer. Parts availability is still constrained in 2022. If your build is time sensitive we encourage you to order as soon as possible.
Shipments are expected to begin in July/August ’22 and will be based on a first-in-first-out basis. If you need any help with selections, don’t hesitate to reach out via our livechat, email or phone. Framesets come with: Frame, Fork, Headset, Thru-Axles, Seatpost Collar & Front Derailleur Clamp.

BRIDGE TECH DETAILS

COMFORT
It’s (almost) all about the seat-tube! We started with a sloped top tube (8-10 degrees) which allows for more seatpost exposure and thus more compliance. After much engineering and analysis we chose to use a round seat-tube for a 27.2 seatpost: it is lighter, more durable, but more than anything, it is MORE COMFORTABLE.

AERO
Why be slower if you don’t have to? We don’t give up comfort for our aerodynamics, especially since frontal aero is the key.
* Fully internal cable routing
* Wider fork stance for aerodynamics with bigger tires
* D shaped downtube
* Proprietary fork for ideal fork-to-frame transition
* Stack and reach within 5% of most race bikes

STIFF
The downtube is around 60mm in diameter, creating monstrous power transfer. Up front, the proprietary fork with tapered steerer was designed to rail without beating you up. Plus, there are near limitless cockpit combinations that you can choose based on your preferences.

LIGHT
At ~900 grams (no fork or paint) it is close to best in class for the all-road category. Because the Surveyor is handmade to incredibly high standards and quality controlled at every step – achieving light weights without sacrificing durability is a reality.

VERSATILE
BIG. TIRES. RULE. We promise. For most riding, from neglected Canadian roads to light gravel and dirt, a 30-35 mm tire is pretty much perfect. So we kept it simple, we designed a race bike that will take massive tires. Up to 38 mm… officially. Wink.

For more: Bridge Bike Works

 

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PURSUIT CYCLES ALL ROAD BIKE TEST https://roadbikeaction.com/pursuit-cycles-all-road-bike-test-2/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 18:50:31 +0000 https://roadbikeaction.com/?p=52010

Custom carbon bikes made in Montana

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Pursuit Cycles is the latest endeavor from industry veteran and craftsman frame builder Carl Strong. Strong began making frames in junior high and eventually started Strong Frames in 1993 making a name for himself in the world of steel and titanium.

In 2011 Strong began working with carbon and made an instant headline with his award-winning tube-to-tube carbon fiber frame that took home top honors for best carbon layup at that year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS). 

With such notable accolades tucked in his back pocket, Strong began to evolve his carbon art and began to experiment with molded construction, as it permits more control of the finished frame. 

In an effort to expand his carbon abilities, Strong teamed up with some friends in Bozeman, Montana, to launch Pursuit Cycles to exclusively focus on custom carbon frames with the goal of making the highest-quality bikes possible.

THE FRAME

Our All Road is one of three purpose-built frame designs. In addition to the All Road, Pursuit offers the road-race-oriented Pure Road and the mixed-surface-ready Supple Road.

The traditional silhouette of the All Road’s monocoque carbon construction is the canvas for a lava lamp paint job that screams custom finish. Pursuit offers personalized paint options that are worthy of hanging in an art exhibit. But, Pursuit was quick to remind us that it’s just a bicycle and to “ride it like you stole it.” Pursuit offers various levels of paint customization, and this is an example of their highest design tier, which starts at $1000. However, there are less expensive options around $400, as well as a standard option for no additional charge. Strong said most customers opt for the standard paint jobs, but top-tier designs can be personalized and crafted with the variety of designers in town. 

“Pursuit promised road bike-like handling and they delivered. Our roadie test riders were impressed by how quickly the All Road replied to input and muted road imperfections at the same time.” 

All Road framesets start at $4800 in stock geometries, as well as custom sizes at no extra charge. Each frame is tuned specifically for the rider’s needs. Pursuit takes into consideration the rider’s goals, frame size and weight to optimize the layup of the carbon to provide the desired feedback. 

Clearance for up to 700x40mm or 650x48mm tires helps the All Road maintain a compact geometry and the road bike-like feel that designer Carl Strong intended.

Our size 55.5 is one of the 13 stock sizes Pursuit offers. It has a 101.4cm wheelbase with a 55.2cm stack and a 39.6cm reach. The head tube is minimal for a bike this size at 13.5cm thanks to the sleek design of the internal headset and tapered steerer tube. 

The titanium threaded T47 bottom bracket is a sweet touch that is included on all Pursuit frames. Tire clearance maxes out at 40mm, which is where the All Road takes its name. By avoiding design features to accommodate wider tires and an adventure bike feel, the All Road is able to maintain many road bike handling characteristics and remain fully capable on most types of gravel, which we like. 

 

THE PARTS

This bike is equipped with Campagnolo’s 13-speed Ekar drivetrain. We’re big fans of the massive gear range Ekar offers. Our build has a 40-tooth chainring paired to a 9-42 cassette. The gear range added with the small 9-tooth cog sets Ekar apart from the other gravel offerings—from SRAM and Shimano, which are limited to 10- and 11-tooth cogs. The less than 1:1 ratio in the easy gears make spinning up climbs possible, and we need all the help we can get. Pursuit offers a dozen other drivetrain options for riders to build a bike that best meets their specific needs.

Enve supplied the rest of the small parts. Their SES 4.5 AR wheelset comes with Chris King hubs. The rims have an internal width of 25mm with a hookless bead, making them tubeless only. At 49mm deep in the front and 55mm deep in the rear, the 4.5s provide nearly unmatched aerodynamic benefits. The dimensions make them ideal for wide, high-volume tires. Enve’s 27.2 seatpost offers noticeable compliance in the saddle, and their gravel bars flex just right in the drops, though the flare is a bit extreme for us. 

The handmade Berk saddle maintains the traditional aesthetic with its long nose and ties together the entire boutique build with matching green bar tape.

THE RIDE

Pursuit promised road bike-like handling and they delivered. Our roadie test riders were impressed by how quickly the All Road replied to input and muted road imperfections at the same time. Our gravel-focused riders mentioned how plush the ride felt, especially over washboard gravel.  Everyone was impressed with how unique the final build was.

A pair of 40mm Donnelly XPLOR tires paired well with the Enve wheels and felt more like 45s on the dirt. The knobs are grippy and reliable in loose dirt yet short enough to be fast-rolling on the pavement. 

The Campagnolo Ekar drivetrain elevated the utility of the All Road. The gear range is a big plus, and the modulation and efficiency of the brakes remain unmatched. Braking responds directly to the pressure the rider inputs better than any other set of binders on the market. We were able to pedal smoothly at speeds over 36 mph, which we only hit on the pavement. 

We’ve noticed the factory chain lube is a bit sticky, and after a few rides becomes a bit gunky. After about a week, we fully cleaned the chain and applied some of our usual lube, which quickly improved shifting. While riding the Pursuit, we noticed the Campy shift lever would get stuck on the brake lever. A quick twist of the 1.5mm Allen under the lever allowed for adjustment of the shift lever fore and aft, which fixed the problem.

THE VERDICT

Our complete bike weighed in at an impressive 17.62 pounds. Considering the $11,250 price tag, this All Road very well could be hanging on a wall. However, we could see this being the bike for anyone looking for a unique performance-oriented all-road bike that can be laid up to take advantage of the performance characteristics carbon
fiber offers. 

Our hand-built standard layup performs as well as any flagship gravel bike from a major manufacturer, but has an unmatched aesthetic that draws attention from just about any rider on the road. Consider the Pursuit’s Extralite layup to save about half a pound in the frame.

PUNCH LINES

American-made custom

Road bike handling for groomed gravel

Boutique build and price

STATS

Price: $11,250, $4800 (frameset)

Weight: 17.62 pounds

Sizes: 53.5, 54, 54.5, 55, 55.5 (tested), 55.5 tall, 56, 56.5, 57, 57 tall, 57.5, 58, 58.5cm

www.pursuitcycles.com

 

PURSUIT CYCLES ALL ROAD BIKE TEST

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PURSUIT CYCLES ALL ROAD BIKE TEST https://roadbikeaction.com/pursuit-cycles-all-road-bike-test/ Thu, 07 Oct 2021 07:54:35 +0000 https://roadbikeaction.com/?p=51154

Custom carbon bikes made in Montana

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Pursuit Cycles is the latest endeavor from industry veteran and craftsman frame builder Carl Strong. Strong began making frames in junior high and eventually started Strong Frames in 1993 making a name for himself in the world of steel and titanium.

In 2011 Strong began working with carbon and made an instant headline with his award-winning tube-to-tube carbon fiber frame that took home top honors for best carbon layup at that year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS). 

With such notable accolades tucked in his back pocket, Strong began to evolve his carbon art and began to experiment with molded construction, as it permits more control of the finished frame. 

In an effort to expand his carbon abilities, Strong teamed up with some friends in Bozeman, Montana, to launch Pursuit Cycles to exclusively focus on custom carbon frames with the goal of making the highest-quality bikes possible.

THE FRAME

Our All Road is one of three purpose-built frame designs. In addition to the All Road, Pursuit offers the road-race-oriented Pure Road and the mixed-surface-ready Supple Road.

The traditional silhouette of the All Road’s monocoque carbon construction is the canvas for a lava lamp paint job that screams custom finish. Pursuit offers personalized paint options that are worthy of hanging in an art exhibit. But, Pursuit was quick to remind us that it’s just a bicycle and to “ride it like you stole it.” Pursuit offers various levels of paint customization, and this is an example of their highest design tier, which starts at $1000. However, there are less expensive options around $400, as well as a standard option for no additional charge. Strong said most customers opt for the standard paint jobs, but top-tier designs can be personalized and crafted with the variety of designers in town. 

“Pursuit promised road bike-like handling and they delivered. Our roadie test riders were impressed by how quickly the All Road replied to input and muted road imperfections at the same time.” 

All Road framesets start at $4800 in stock geometries, as well as custom sizes at no extra charge. Each frame is tuned specifically for the rider’s needs. Pursuit takes into consideration the rider’s goals, frame size and weight to optimize the layup of the carbon to provide the desired feedback. 

Clearance for up to 700x40mm or 650x48mm tires helps the All Road maintain a compact geometry and the road bike-like feel that designer Carl Strong intended.

Our size 55.5 is one of the 13 stock sizes Pursuit offers. It has a 101.4cm wheelbase with a 55.2cm stack and a 39.6cm reach. The head tube is minimal for a bike this size at 13.5cm thanks to the sleek design of the internal headset and tapered steerer tube. 

The titanium threaded T47 bottom bracket is a sweet touch that is included on all Pursuit frames. Tire clearance maxes out at 40mm, which is where the All Road takes its name. By avoiding design features to accommodate wider tires and an adventure bike feel, the All Road is able to maintain many road bike handling characteristics and remain fully capable on most types of gravel, which we like. 

 

THE PARTS

This bike is equipped with Campagnolo’s 13-speed Ekar drivetrain. We’re big fans of the massive gear range Ekar offers. Our build has a 40-tooth chainring paired to a 9-42 cassette. The gear range added with the small 9-tooth cog sets Ekar apart from the other gravel offerings—from SRAM and Shimano, which are limited to 10- and 11-tooth cogs. The less than 1:1 ratio in the easy gears make spinning up climbs possible, and we need all the help we can get. Pursuit offers a dozen other drivetrain options for riders to build a bike that best meets their specific needs.

Enve supplied the rest of the small parts. Their SES 4.5 AR wheelset comes with Chris King hubs. The rims have an internal width of 25mm with a hookless bead, making them tubeless only. At 49mm deep in the front and 55mm deep in the rear, the 4.5s provide nearly unmatched aerodynamic benefits. The dimensions make them ideal for wide, high-volume tires. Enve’s 27.2 seatpost offers noticeable compliance in the saddle, and their gravel bars flex just right in the drops, though the flare is a bit extreme for us. 

The handmade Berk saddle maintains the traditional aesthetic with its long nose and ties together the entire boutique build with matching green bar tape.

THE RIDE

Pursuit promised road bike-like handling and they delivered. Our roadie test riders were impressed by how quickly the All Road replied to input and muted road imperfections at the same time. Our gravel-focused riders mentioned how plush the ride felt, especially over washboard gravel.  Everyone was impressed with how unique the final build was.

A pair of 40mm Donnelly XPLOR tires paired well with the Enve wheels and felt more like 45s on the dirt. The knobs are grippy and reliable in loose dirt yet short enough to be fast-rolling on the pavement. 

The Campagnolo Ekar drivetrain elevated the utility of the All Road. The gear range is a big plus, and the modulation and efficiency of the brakes remain unmatched. Braking responds directly to the pressure the rider inputs better than any other set of binders on the market. We were able to pedal smoothly at speeds over 36 mph, which we only hit on the pavement. 

We’ve noticed the factory chain lube is a bit sticky, and after a few rides becomes a bit gunky. After about a week, we fully cleaned the chain and applied some of our usual lube, which quickly improved shifting. While riding the Pursuit, we noticed the Campy shift lever would get stuck on the brake lever. A quick twist of the 1.5mm Allen under the lever allowed for adjustment of the shift lever fore and aft, which fixed the problem.

THE VERDICT

Our complete bike weighed in at an impressive 17.62 pounds. Considering the $11,250 price tag, this All Road very well could be hanging on a wall. However, we could see this being the bike for anyone looking for a unique performance-oriented all-road bike that can be laid up to take advantage of the performance characteristics carbon
fiber offers. 

Our hand-built standard layup performs as well as any flagship gravel bike from a major manufacturer, but has an unmatched aesthetic that draws attention from just about any rider on the road. Consider the Pursuit’s Extralite layup to save about half a pound in the frame.

PUNCH LINES

American-made custom

Road bike handling for groomed gravel

Boutique build and price

STATS

Price: $11,250, $4800 (frameset)

Weight: 17.62 pounds

Sizes: 53.5, 54, 54.5, 55, 55.5 (tested), 55.5 tall, 56, 56.5, 57, 57 tall, 57.5, 58, 58.5cm

www.pursuitcycles.com

 

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