The Gravel Bastard is my idea of the perfect drop bar dirt bike – gravel, MTB, touring, bikepacking, skidding around the world, this bike does it all. Based around the concept of forward geometry, the top tube is loads longer than the norm (595mm on the 54cm pictured) for use with a 30-50mm stem. The head angle is 69, fork offset is 60mm for a low trail figure of 64mm. How this translates is a bike that’s super-stable at speed and yet can be whipped around potholes and trail obstacles with the greatest of ease. With clearance for 700×50 or 650×2.3 this baby can be built up as gravel, MTB or World Tour as you like. The truss fork introduces insanely precise steering into the mix, not to mention incredible, bombproof strength for that fully laden adventure. Anything Cage or bottle mounts on the fork legs, triple bottle mounts on the frame, optional tank tube for that klunker vibe and a place to hang your retro pump and socks or pet chimp. This is one supremely rad and capable machine.
NB: The Gravel Bastard is built to order and normally takes about 10-12 weeks, but because of this all manner of things are possible – want to run B+, no problems; 29+, why the hell not. Thu axle or QR, dropper etc. Sizing will also be to fit.