The gravel-racing scene has exploded in the U.S. and this trend was unmistakable at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Louisville, Kentucky. With many builders stepping away from building standard ‘cross bikes, a huge influx of gravel-specific rigs was seen throughout the show. Some builders shied away from the term “gravel bike” and used “everyday bike” or “adventure bike” to describe this burgeoning category. Whatever you want to call them, they’re on the rise with no sign of slowing down.
Despite the last minute decision to attend NAHBS this year, Retrotec showed up in style. This “everyday bike” has the Retrotec signature arch that travels from the head tube to the very end of the chainstays. The geometry of this Retrotec bike excludes it as a serious cyclocross racing rig, but with smooth lines and a laidback look, racing is the last thing that comes to mind when ogling this bike.
More info: www.ingliscycles.com
Price: $1700-$2400 frames
Availability: 5-7 months
Located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Moots‘ frame builders are no strangers to unpaved roads. The new Moots Routt gravel frames have lower bottom brackets and longer wheelbases to provide smoother and more stable ride when exploring beyond the pavement.
The Moots gravel bike, named Routt for the titanium builders’ home county, provided a first look at the new ENVE gravel-specific carbon fork. Its axle to crown measurement is between a road and cross fork in length. The integrated fender easily snaps into place when conditions turn wet.
More info: www.moots.com
Price: $6500 Ultegra spec’d complete bike
Availability: 4-8 weeks
LoveBaum Bicycles partners Chad Lovings and Bryce Baumann met at Koichi Yamaguchi’s renowned frame building school last year. With special permission from show founder, Don Walker, each of them displayed his own personally constructed bike. Not pictured is Baumann’s impressive track bike.
Chad Lovings demonstrated impressive work in his first showing at NAHBS. Having built just four bikes in his career, Lovings is certainly an up and comer to watch. The NAHBS judges quickly picked up on this young builder’s talents and awarded Lovings the Best New Builder Award.
More info: www.lovebaumbicycles.com
Price: $1850 frame
Availability: 4-5 months
Mosaic joined the gravel movement this year with its G-Series line of titanium and steel custom bikes. With simple yet elegant builds, Mosaic brings performance and style to the gravel bike arena.
Mosaic’s gravel bike geometries are similar to their road performance bikes and will feel nimble and ready to race on any surface. These gravel bikes can also fit tires up to 40mm.
More info: www.mosaiccycles.com
Price: $3400 steel frame, fork, headset or $5150 titanium frame, fork, headset
Availability: 6 weeks
Harvey Cycle Works
Awarded Best New Builder last year, Kevin Harvey of Harvey Cycle Works proved once again he is a builder on the rise. With exceptional attention to detail, Harvey’s gravel bike drew large crowds of onlookers and wishful thinkers.
The striking matte blue enticed passers by into taking a closer look at this gravel machine. Underneath the brilliant blue paint, Harvey’s flawless fillet brazes create seamless tube connections and clean, elegant lines.
Rear rack mounts add versatility and practicality to Harvey Cycle Works’ gravel frame.
More info: www.harveycycleworks.com
Price: $1850 frame
Availability: 9-12 months
Czech frame builders Mikolas Voverka and Robin Fišer of REPETE Cycles combine classical lines and simplistic European styling in their Grizzly cyclocross bike.
The REPETE Grizzly bike boasts immaculate fillet brazing and small artistic details throughout the frame. The matte brown paint job is appropriate for the aptly named Grizzly bike.
More info: www.repetecycles.com/EN/
Availability: 2-3 months