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Let's make a list of gravel bikes with 40c+ tire clearance and around 430mm chainstay

Old 12-06-15, 05:08 AM
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Let's make a list of gravel bikes with 40c+ tire clearance and around 430mm chainstay

i think that bigger tiries (at least 40c) and longer, but not too long chinstays (around 430mm) are perfect combination for not only bike stability and comfort on gravel but also agility and fine handling. This is a bike that not only I, but I think many of us are looking for. So to make things easier for all of us, why don't we make a list of all bikes that meets this criteria (no matter if ALU, Steel or Carbon).

Below is an updated list of all bikes we have already found:

Ridley X-Trail (40c tire clearance and 420mm chainstay)
Open U.P. (40c tire clearance and 420mm chainstay)
Kona Private Jake (40c tire clearance and 420mm chainstay)
Norco Search (40c tire clearance and 425mm chainstay)
Santa Cruz Stigmata (42c and 425mm)
Jamis Nova Pro (42c and 425mm)
Specialized Crux (40x and 425mm)
Bulls Grinder (40c and 430mm)
Kona Jake the Snake (40c and 430mm)
Diamondback Haanjo Trail (42c and 430mm)
Litespeed T5 gravel (40c and 430mm)
Salsa Warbird (42c and 430mm)
Jamis Renegade (40c and 430mm)
Genesis Croix De fer (42c and 430mm)
Surly Stragger (42c and 430mm)
Niner RLT9 (42c and 430mm)
Motobecane omni strada (45c and 430mm)
Motobecane century pro ti (45c and 430mm)
Co-Motion Klatch (40c and 432mm)
Black Mountain Cycles Cross frame (45c and 432mm)
Kona Rove AL and ST (40c and 435mm)
Giant Revolt (47c and 439mm)
Raleigh Roker (40c and 440 mm)
Kinesis Tripster ATR frameset (40c and 440mm)
All City bikes, eg. Space Horse (42c and 440mm)
Fairdale Weekender drop (42c and 440mm)


Can You think about any more bikes like that? Let's focus please on bikes with drop handlebars.

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Old 12-06-15, 08:22 AM
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Specialed Crux has 42.5 mm chainstay length and can do at least 40 mm tires. Available in Aluminum or Carbon.
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OK, and I found another one with price that seems too good to be true. Bulls Grinder 2.
430 mm chainstay and 40c Schwalbe G-One tire as standard. https://www.bullsbikesusa.com/grinder-2-p-208.html

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Old 12-06-15, 09:32 AM
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Kona rove AL as well (I beleive cs and clearance are the same as the rove St)

Also black mountain cycles cross frame (432 cs and 45c clearance)
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Also bikesdirect's motobecane omni strada and century pro Ti, both 430mm chainstay and 45c clearance
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29ers that take 2" wide tires.. (many "Brands " few Factories ) :
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GT Eightball (42c and 425 mm)
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
29ers that take 2" wide tires.. (many "Brands " few Factories ) :
Yes, You can say that but my intention is to focus on drop handlebar bikes. My mistake that I did not clarify that when I started this topic, Sorry for that
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GT Eightball (42c and 425 mm)
Nice bike, but a flat bar one. I want to create with Your help a complete list of bikes that are drop handlebar true grinders

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There are those kinds with Dirt drops also ... or to quote Patrick Stewart, "Make it So" ..

come on by.. It's not summer , the LBS will be quiet Now..

(though the Owner and I will be at the Bar watching the PDX Timbers vs Columbus OH.. Match on the TV today)
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
There are those kinds with Dirt drops also ... or to quote Patrick Stewart, "Make it So" ..

come on by.. It's not summer , the LBS will be quiet Now..

(though the Owner and I will be at the Bar watching the PDX Timbers vs Columbus OH.. Match on the TV today)
There is no need to rush. I, for example, will not be buying before february, or even march, so there is a plenty of time to explore more interesting bikes and find the best one. And I hope there is still a lof of interesting bikes to be found.

Enjoy the game!
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All-City Space Horse

- My personal gravel bike that has performed excellent.
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Originally Posted by b0rderline View Post
Yes, You can say that but my intention is to focus on drop handlebar bikes. My mistake that I did not clarify that when I started this topic, Sorry for that

Nice bike, but a flat bar one. I want to create with Your help a complete list of bikes that are drop handlebar true grinders

Can convert it to drop bars if you don't care for the stock flat bars.
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This might be cheating, but mine is a Lynskey custom. 44mm tire clearance and 435mm chainstays.
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Giant Anyroad: 429 mm chainstay, up to 48 mm tire, Aluminium or carbon.
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Jamis Nova Pro- 425 chain stay 42c conti speedRide
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Originally Posted by DirtRoadRunner View Post
All-City Space Horse

- My personal gravel bike that has performed excellent.
Yup. Nature Boy/Zona/Disc/853 and Macho Man/Disc/King also fit these criteria. Shorter chainstays than the Space Horse, and slightly less clearance, but you can still get a 40c in there easily.
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Originally Posted by Canadian_giant View Post
Giant Anyroad: 429 mm chainstay, up to 48 mm tire, Aluminium or carbon.
Can You really put that big tire on Anyroad? I was told that it can take up to 38mm?
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Yup. Nature Boy/Zona/Disc/853 and Macho Man/Disc/King also fit these criteria. Shorter chainstays than the Space Horse, and slightly less clearance, but you can still get a 40c in there easily.
Very nice bikes this All-City offers. Great find!

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I have an Anyroad, and there is no way that it will fit 48c tires. It is 40c max with minimal clearance.
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Salsa Vaya, 450 mm, 47c
Salsa Cutthroat, 445 mm, 2.4"
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Any KHS offering from 2014-2016, whether it be the CX100/300/500/550 or either of the Grit bikes, all with chainstays 425-432mm, and will fit at least a 40c tire. My CX100 frameset has no less than 12mm of clearance on each side of a 32mm tire front and rear. Sidewall height and rim width might rule out some tires on the Grit 440 and CX550 as they have the 425mm chainstays, so limitation would be to overall tire height rather than width.
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I have an Anyroad, and there is no way that it will fit 48c tires. It is 40c max with minimal clearance.
You're right. I have one too. The marketing info I had about my bike indicated up to 48 mm. Clearly it's wrong, I went and measured mine and I doubt anything over 40 would fit well.
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You would have to build them up yourself:

Handsome Cycles Devil

Mid-90's Trek 730/750 Multitrack
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Niner BSB RDO can do 41c and has 425 chainstay
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General consensus is bikes with a minimum 425 mm to 440 mm chainstays and that can accept up to 45 c tires are the sweet spot for an all-around stable and comfortable gravel road bike.

The market now offers lots of choices at all budget levels.
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Foundry has some 'cross bikes that fit the bill. I ride an Auger (Auger (Archived) | Foundry Cycles) and run 41c Surly Knards in the dirt.
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