Bikes of the Bunch – The Curve Grovel
A genre of riding is beginning to emerge which sits somewhere in-between cyclocross, road cycling, and mountain biking. Some call it “gravel grinding”, “adventure riding” and I’m sure there are more terms for it. However you refer to this type of riding, it looks to be a whole lot of fun which brings me to Adam Lana’s ‘Curve Grovel’.
Simple, tough and affordable is precisely the aim of the Curve Grovel. A bike that’s built to be ridden like this is not going to be your typical ‘bike porn’ type of machine. But I have to say, it is interesting because of its intended purpose and for how this bike has come to fruition.
My mate Adam (the man behind this bike) has built this as a prototype to do the type of riding that he feels he can’t do with current bikes on the market. It’s not in production yet, but it has a test pilot program and crowdsourcing model to help with its development and to get off the ground. You can find out more about this here.
Now, about the bike.
Double-butted CR-MO tubing (not light at 2090g, but strong), adjustable dropouts (meaning you can run single speed or geared), carbon fork with disc mount (580g), Curve 24mm 32 spoke Carbon wheels with Challenge Grifo 33mm tyres, Carbon Ritchey Super logic bars and stem, and Avid mechanical disc brakes. All up, it weights about 9kg and comes to about $2600 (frame only $649).
Doesn’t it make you want to get out and ride some different terrain?