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).