With cyclocross/gravel/groad season almost upon us, we have for consideration today three bikes that blur the lines between road-, gravel-, and cyclocross-. Up first:
The Salsa Colossal
The Salsa Colossal, made for the Road+. Comes standard with 28mm tires, and room for up to 32s (depending on the tire). Steel frame with a carbon fork for a comfortable ride, quick release rear axle and thru-axle front for quick and easy wheel removal, and Avid mechanical disc brakes for maximum stopping power. Equipped with a SRAM Apex drivetrain, the Colossal is the closest bike to a road bike on the list, with capabilities far beyond that of most carbon racers. And at $1400, it’s also the least expensive option listed here.
The Foundry Overland
The titanium option, decidedly “greater than gravel,” The Overland is a truly versatile build: thru-axle DT Swiss wheels on the front and rear, matched with a foolproof SRAM Rival drivetrain with hydraulic disc brakes, and clearance for tires over 40mm wide, AND a slick paint job to boot. If you’re looking for something that can handle pretty much any terrain and you already know the wonderful benefits that titanium can provide, the Overland (priced competitively at $3500) ought to be on your radar.
The Kona Private Jake
The racer’s choice: The Kona Private Jake is ready to tear it up, with a stiff and fast aluminum frame, no-fuss SRAM 1×11 Rival drivetrain, carbon fork, adjustable rear-dropouts, and thru-axles front and rear. The race-proven geometry will get you from A to B quick and comfortably, and you may notice that your races (if you’re into that sort of thing) take up less of your time. We’ve also found these bikes to be top-notch city bikes, with wide tires that can navigate any pothole-laden alleyway or surprise-cobbled street on your commute, and double duty suits it just fine. Weighing in at $1999, the Private Jake is practically a no-brainer.