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True Grit - Ekar
The True Grit - Ekar is easier to ride up hills than similar bikes.
The True Grit - Ekar is geared about the same as similar bikes for riding downhill.
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The Lauf True Grit gravel bike and its SRAM XPLR groupset enter our concept comparison of mountain bikes and gravel bikes. How wide is the Lauf’s range of applications really and can the latest bike tech help to create a coherent overall package? Here’s our test.
Widest range of applications in the test
Comfort, traction and control sensibly combined
High feeling of safety
Sluggish when setting off
Small range of cassette unnecessarily restricts the range of applications
Frame has too little tire clearance
Feb 2022Read Review
This is an initial score and could change as I spend more time on the bike
Race-bred gravel bike that avoids being overly harsh or nervous
Friction-free fork smooths fine chatter impeccably
Rear-tyre clearance could be improved
Fork’s chassis can get caught out in high-load corners
Jan 2022Read Review
The Grit SL suspension fork smoothes out small bumps and takes the edge off unexpected hits.
Sep 2020Read Review
Yesterday, the big news was that Lauf Bikes were going consumer direct with their new DTY program. And while the resulting drop in pricing gained a lot of attention, it was the brief mention of changes to the fork on the True Grit that really piqued our interest. When it was first introduced, their Grit […]
Jul 2020Read Review
5'1" – 5'6"
5'4" – 5'9"
5'7" – 6'1"
5'10" – 6'4"
6'2" – 6'7"
Lauf IRM* carbon frame, 12x142mm thru-axle
Tire Clearance: 45c
Colors: Lava Black - Satin; Pearl White - Glossy; Moss Green - Satin; Purple Craze - Satin; Racing Rocket - Glossy
Lauf Grit SL Carbon, 15x100mm thru-axle, size tuned stiffness
Campagnolo Ekar Pro-Tech
FSA Orbit, IS 42/52 (45°lower)
FSA V-Drive, 6°
Lauf Smoothie (XS/S: 40 M: 42 L/XL: 44)
Fizik Aliante R5
FSA SL-K 27.2mm, Carbon
Campagnolo Ekar 13sp
Lauf Bottle Opener
Campagnolo Ekar Carbon 38t
Campagnolo Ekar Ergopower
Campagnolo Ekar 13 speed, 9-42t
Campagnolo Ekar C13
Campagnolo Ekar Flat mount Hydraulic (160mm rotor front/left and rear/right)
e*thirteen XCX Race Carbon (6-bolt, N3W freehub, tubeless ready)
Maxxis Rambler 40c (120tpi)