FMB Sprint2 XL graveltubulars

When I first started to think of the build for my S-Works Diverge I thought of a pair of Roval CLX disc tubulars with 36mm A.Dugast Pipisquallo tubulars on. Later I got a set of clinchers and the plan got changed. Got a set of cheap tubulars from China and a set of Challenge Chicane from a friend.

But yesterday Bikerumor got my mind going again showing this:

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a 3T Exploro with 40mm FMB tubulars. Everyone who talked with me about tubulars knows how much I love FMB. Both their roadtires and their cyclocross tires is absolutely the best I’ve tried.

They have made their regular 33mm diamond thread in 40mm, protected them with latex and made the tires of my dreams:

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I have to get a pair when they become available and I think you should too if you want to go fast on gravel. Like you can with an Specialized S-Works Diverge or 3T Exploro 😀

Norco Search XR

Norco has searched in their other frames, they searched by other brands and in the end they came up with a bike made for everything, working with everything and is for everyone. A new gravelbike so to speak with space 45mm 700c tires or 27,5×2,1″. With 2 chainrings and a roadbike group, or why not a Shimano mtb Di2 group? With or without dropper post, with or without fenders.

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Just your imagination that set the stop for how to build it. Or if you buy it complete. You can even get it in steel… Just listen to what they have to say:

No matter how you build it, buy it. Get a proper fit so the bike isn’t getting to big like for the guy on the steelbike, or too small.

Conclusion: I think it’s too much everything and a bit too much small special parts, including the big Das Boot seatclamp. Sounds like a Kia if Open U.P is BMW, you get everything with a Kia but you will always be wanting the BMW…

What do you think?

The market is growing

Specialized for example is a huge brand with a bike for every purpose. If they found a new purpose they produce a new bike, not making one bike for 2 or more things. N+1

Kona isn’t such a big brand and they got a new Cyclocross made both for racing, gravelgrinding and even commuting:

Then there are smaller brands, like 3T and Open that really makes special bikes built for a purpose. They got 2 models each.

A brand that is even smaller is the Icelandic Lauf. Starting with light carbon spring forks, developing a gravelfork with carbon springs called Grit. And now, a frame they call True Grit:

It’s longer than usual gravelbikes and a bit of new thinking. I like brands who think and goes their own way of what’s best. Pushing the industry forward and making others open their minds.

No matter it’s great with a bigger market of gravelbikes. More to choose from and when you found the right one you know why it’s the best 🙂 (not just the only one in its category)

Which is the best gravelbike according to you and why?