Throwback Thursday: Franco’s Road To Gravel Evolution
First seen in 2015, the Repsol color theme has moved on
It was at the Sea Otter Classic back in 2015 when Franco Bikes first rolled out their Balcom S road bike that was slathered in a rich coat of Repsol tribute paint.
Two years later Franco once again used the Sea Otter to launch a new bike. This was the Latigo RS (that appeared in August 2017 issue) and with its bright red paint, SRAM Red drivetrain and minimalist Lightweight wheels, once again, a real head-turner. Of course back then Franco was still all-in on designing pure road geek bikes; light, stiff, skinny tires, with tight clusters and of course, caliper brakes. In fact, if we recall, that was at the same Sea Otter where one of their booth groms was wearing a shirt that said “Disc Brakes Suck”.
THE GRIMES HAS ARRIVED
Well, all that has changed. Welcome to the new Franco Grimes that’s highlighted by wide tires, a wide ratio cluster, and, oh yeah, disc brakes. The Grimes is intended to reflect modern “all-road” technology which first & foremost means that its friendly to bigger tires – up to 38mm (10mm wider than what the wheels on the older Latigo would accept).