Donnelly Cycling, maker of cyclocross and gravel-specific tires, is expanding its reach by launching gravel and cross carbon frames. Two new bikes will be introduced and on display at Dirty Kanza this weekend in Kansas. The race-ready gravel G//C will also be in action when pro cyclocross racer Jamey Driscoll makes his first DK200 start.
Both Donnelly's new C//C (cross carbon) and G//C (gravel carbon) are designed for racing. The G//C features geometry that blends aggressive angles for gravel racing or fast group rides, with enough comfort for long days in saddle. The frame accommodates up to a 45mm tire on a 700c wheel and a 50mm tire on a 650b wheel, which provides a variety of options based on rider preference and riding conditions.
The C//C also has race-specific geometry, and is designed to deliver superb power transfer and adequate tire clearance, all while being vertically compliant enough for longer distance training rides.
Behind the Donnelly bike project is Rolf Singerberger of RS Development (and the former head of development for both BMC and for Eddy Merckx). Singerberger's innovation with carbon fiber and frame development were recognized with several design awards including the 2005 Eurobike Gold Design award, the 2006 Red Dot Design Award, and the 2006 Volvo Sports Design Award. "We were extremely fortunate that Rolf was available to direct the bike project," said Donnelly Cycling president, Donn Kellogg. "These are world class frames."
The C//C cross frameset retails for $2000 and will come in two color options: black, and Amy D blue. The G//C frameset also retails for $2000 and is available in glossy sand. Both frames will be available in late June on the Donnelly Cycling website and through select bicycle retailers. Complete bikes will be available by mid-July.
Those bikes are being spec'd with either SRAM Rival or SRAM Force, FSA cockpits and cranks, and Donnelly's USHUAIA or USHUAIA SL wheelset, respectively. Both the G//C Rival and C//C Rival will retail for $3000, the G//C Force and C//C Force will sell for $4000. Standard tire spec for the G//C gravel bike is the X'PLOR MSO 700 x 40 tubeless ready. For the C//C cross bike, the MXP 700 x 33mm tubeless ready will complete the package. Frames and bikes can be pre-ordered through the Donnelly Cycling website.
After a decade of designing cyclocross and gravel tires to address nearly every type of terrain or condition, Kellogg believes that frames were the next logical step. "Racing is part of the Donnelly DNA," said Kellogg. "People who know me can attest I've been hands-on, deeply involved in the sport since the early days of my bike industry career."
When Kellogg is not working closely with a team of advisors and athletes designing a new tire he is often driving thousands of miles to another race or event, often to gauge immediate feedback from athletes and field testers, including former pro racer and Donnelly Brand Manager, Brandon Dwight. "This is a culmination of everything Donn has been doing throughout his career," explained Dwight. "It would have been just as easy to scrap the idea and to continue making tires, but it made better sense to bring it all together, to connect the dots between the tires and the wheels, and between the events and people we support."
To learn more, keep an eye on www.donnellycycling.com.