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Votec VRC Comp or Ridley Kanzo Speed GRX600?

Old 04-02-21, 10:07 AM
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Votec VRC Comp or Ridley Kanzo Speed GRX600?

Hi! I'm planning to buy my first gravel bike. As the corona situation trimmed my budget significantly i cannot spend more than 3000 euros (roughly the same amount in dollars) on it. I did some research, found two models which i like and could afford. Votec VRC Comp 2021 and the Ridley Kanzo GRX600. I've read some reviews but i'm honestly not sure if i should really trust these, as these portals are mainly sponsored by manufacturers. I'd like to ask if someone has personal experience with these? Thanks!
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The Kanzo Speed and Kanzo Adventure both come in grx600 setups. Which are you looking at?

The Votec is limited to about 35mm tires. The Kanzo speed is about the same.
That'd eliminate both for me. No interest in that limitation for how/where I ride.
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I agree with mstateglfr that both frames are limited in respect to tire clearance. I'd pretty much consider these bikes to be closer to endurance road bikes. The Votec also use's Mavic's Speed Release which is like a hybrid of a thru-axle and QR dropouts, designed to make wheel changes easier. To me, it kind of defeats the purpose of a true thru-axle, and I never have any issues removing wheels on my thru-axle bikes.

I can't vouch for Votec, but I briefly owned a Ridley X-Trail and I would have no reservations owning another one. It was well built and great riding, just the wrong size for me. The Kanzo Adventure might be worth checking out for a similar price and up to 47mm tire clearance.
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If it's down to these two, I'll give you a purely biased opinion...I know the guys at VOTEC, I used to race a nutty local unsanctioned CX series (Die Goldene Ananas) with them in Stuttgart and have ridden the VOTEC Gravel Fondo in 2018 and 2019. Their bikes have gone from well designed and engineered aluminum framed gravel race bikes to high end carbon in about 4 years. I also know a couple of guys who have bought VOTEC frames and built them up in the last year while teleworking...they swear it's the best gravel bike they've ever owned.

For a bit of context, the gravel in that area of Germany is strictly forest maintenance roads (logging, forest ranger access, hunting (yes, Germans hunt))... BaWŁ strictly prohibits riding a bicycle on ANY trail less than 2m wide (fines can be hefty if a cyclist is caught on the "single trails"), reserving them ONLY for walking or horses. Soooo, gravel riding in that part of Germany is fast af, like road fast, the VOTEC bikes are well designed for that. They are not well suited to single trail with lots of rocks and roots trails.
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