Dan’s gravel bike is designed for a mix of specific terrains. It was built for riding both single track and bridle paths of the South Downs, plus racing on pure gravel in the UK, US and Europe. The reason we chose this combination of Columbus steel tubes was to provide natural elongation which gives maximum comfort to the rider.
The position of the bike is set very close to a pure road geometry. For when he is racing. The BB is as low as it will go without causing the rider to have contact with rougher single track. By dropping the BB is to achieve a low centre of gravity which gives the rider more stability. The head tube angle sits at 72° and the rake of the fork sits at 47mm.
“Rides really nice. Feels very rapid off road and more so than I expected. Perfect.”
Dan’s bike has an interesting mix of components. For this bike to be truly dynamic we went with two sets of wheels. One set is 700c for racing and one set is 650b for a wider tyre and to tackle more technical singletrack
-Shimano GRX Di2
-ENVE G27 rims, ENVE G23 laced onto bourbon Chris King hubs
-Teravail 700c x 38mm cannonballs, 650B X 47mm Ultradynamico Rose
BB and headset
-Bourbon Chris King
The concept for Dan’s paintwork was based upon the goal of achieving the most subtle and unified scheme possible, with an elegant overall feel.
We went for a vertical fade of two grey tones and jet back for the Saffron on the down tube.
We always factor in the colours of the components in our overall designs, so as well as planning the paintwork the Rose tires have a tan-wall with a grey outer casing. This coordinates with the tones of the fade.
The other colour we brought into the combination is a bourbon pigment of the hubs, headset, and BB. We matched the ENVE decals on the rims with the bourbon Chris King components. The rest of the components are a subtle black colour, leaving the bike aesthetically well balanced.