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Options for a carbon disc gravel grinder?

Old 12-27-14, 12:27 PM
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Options for a carbon disc gravel grinder?

Been thinking of making the jump to a carbon bike. Since most of my riding is on gravel, not pavement, I'm looking at it being a gravel bike where I'll get the most use of it. While there are plenty of carbon cx bikes out there, I'm looking for a bit more tire for the potholed backroads here and dreams of doing a Dirty Kamza ride... It seems that options are fairly limited for fat-tire road bikes in the carbon area.

What I'm looking for is:
Carbon fiber frame/fork
Disc brakes
clearance for 40mm tires, with fenders
top tube cable routing or full length housing under the BB
large frame sizing, something about 380-400mm reach, 600-620mm stack...
Available with SRAM components or bare frame

Does such a thing exist out there? I can check most of the boxes with some bikes, but not all. Given the cost of a new bike, I really don't want something that's *almost* what I wanted.
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If you have a long wish list, consider getting a custom frame built to your specs. If you aren't set on carbon fiber, you can have a really nice custom steel frame built for around $1600-2000. I'm not as familiar with carbon bikes, but I'm sure you can find a custom carbon builder as well.

Most of the carbon disc cross bikes out there have geometry set up for cross racing, which is NOT always idea for riding 100+ miles of gravel. IMO, a bike with a lower bottom bracket, longer headtube, and longer chainstays (430-440 mm) is much better for all-day rides than an aggressive cross bike.
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The new alloy 2015 Raleigh Willard has 40mm wide tires and market for gravel grinding. It says it has fender/ rack mounts.

Raleigh Bicycles - Willard 2
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maybe... good luck with your search.
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Originally Posted by DirtRoadRunner
If you have a long wish list, consider getting a custom frame built to your specs. If you aren't set on carbon fiber, you can have a really nice custom steel frame built for around $1600-2000. I'm not as familiar with carbon bikes, but I'm sure you can find a custom carbon builder as well.

Most of the carbon disc cross bikes out there have geometry set up for cross racing, which is NOT always idea for riding 100+ miles of gravel. IMO, a bike with a lower bottom bracket, longer headtube, and longer chainstays (430-440 mm) is much better for all-day rides than an aggressive cross bike.
I was hoping to avoid the "C" word, mainly just for cost.

I agree that cross geometry doesn't sound the best for gravel rides. Right now, I use a Schwinn Passage (touring bike ) and a drop bar 29er on gravel. The 29er is my favorite overall, but is a tall bike! All the geometry you mention sounds very good.

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The new alloy 2015 Raleigh Willard has 40mm wide tires and market for gravel grinding. It says it has fender/ rack mounts.

Raleigh Bicycles - Willard 2
The Willard and Tamland really do look good. Wish they came in carbon since "everyone" says it's so awesome. (and wish for SRAM components too, but that can be fixed)

I find it interesting that Raleigh seems to have positioned the steel Tamland above the aluminum Willard (not just price, check the components). Thinking it may be a ride quality factor? (I've got a nice all 531 steel bike, so know how well steel can ride)
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There you go! I want this bike really bad. Carbon, disc brakes, 40c tires, fenders, and perfect geometry. Im drooling.

There are different models. I think the 11sp 105 is around 2100.
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You might want to take a look at the new GT Grade. It comes in both aluminum and carbon frames with Shimano groupsets from Claris to Ultegra. The frame will handle tires to 35mm and beyond, but I'm not sure what the max limit is. Price is determined by frame material and groupset choice, starting at just under $900 and topping out around $3600 all in. I'm pretty sure it ticks all your boxes except for the Shimano rather than SRAM groupset. It also has removable fender mounts which are not shown in the pics.

The carbon with 105 has been getting rave reviews on just about every site I've come across and is the frame/groupset combo that I'm looking at as well.



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I recently got a Giant Anyroad Comax. Comax is some kind of mix of Carbon and polymer.

Comes with BB7 discs and 105 11spd group. I have 42mm tires on it now.

Well under $2,000

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