Our test bike came equipped with several options that will not be standard in the factory build, but will be available for an upcharge. The most notable were the Mavic Ksyrium Pro Disc Allroad wheelset paired with WTB Cross Boss 35c tubeless tires. These wheels and hubs were durable in all conditions, yet light and fast enough to feel smooth and efficient under high power riding.
Unfortunately, although these tires performed reasonably well, they were far too fragile. We experienced start-to-finish sealant seepage around the center seam, along with an unacceptable degree of air leakage during 20 hours of ride time. It was a poor pairing for a bike whose temperance is far more robust. Fortunately, the final spec will include the Maxxis Refuse 700x28c, with the WTB Nano 40C tubeless also available at checkout.
The Shimano hydraulic levers performed well and had great ergonomics. The longer grip platform allowed for more hand positions, increased leverage, and delivered a better overall comfort for this critical but often overlooked contact position.
The Shafer Gravel Road is built for long distance performance on roads that a standard road bike just wouldn’t like. No it’s not an ideal high-speed crit racer. But if you’re looking to log miles on a variety of surfaces, the Shafer is a versatile drop-bar machine that can handle just about anything. Use it as a fully rigged bikepacking vehicle, winter training bike, or lightweight race-ready gravel grinder. And because Fezzari is a direct-to-consumer seller, you can customize the build to perfectly fit your budget and riding needs.
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