Point is, this year up in "Min-no snow-ta" the gravel aficionado would have seen quite a bit to get excited about. Let's dig in...
|Meet the "Macho Man"|
All City Bikes unveiled a new model again this year at Frostbike. This time it was essentially a geared Nature Boy, but the name it was christened with was "Macho Man" in keeping with the Pro Wrestling theme.
The Macho Man gets similar geometry and tire clearances that the Nature Boy has, and even the paint looks somewhat the same, with the lemony-greenish hue not far off the Nature Boy's greenish-yellow color.
The Space Horse, shown last year at Interbike, will finally become available this March, so look for those to be hitting the gravel scene near you soon.
The first Space Horse selections will be in completes and frames should follow soon after. While not specifically a gravel bike, this one of All City's choices seems best suited to all around gravel pursuits. The Macho Man and Nature Boy, while capable, don't have the bigger tire clearances, or braze ons like the Space Horse does.
|Tasty Gravel Tires!|
The tire on the right here is the LAS Clincher. (All new Clement tires use airport codes for model names, by the way.) This tire was found to be fast on gravel, but a tad fragile, so Clement has introduced two newer models. The center tire is the USH Clincher which has a bit more robust casing and tread. Right now this one will be coming in a 35mm width. The far left tire is so new, this is the very first time it was shown. The X'plor MSO Clincher will debut in a full, 50mm casing width. The USH and MSO will eventually both be offered in a couple more widths. Gravel Grinder News hopes to get some of these for testing and review soon. Stay tuned!
That's a wrap on Frostbike 2012. Stay tuned to Gravel Grinder News for more racing, riding, and gear related news.