The Lauf True Grit started life with the question of, “how could the Lauf Grit fork best work with the growing list of gravel bikes on the market today?” After a considerable amount of testing, the question morphed into “What would be the ultimate gravel bike?” After intense analysis, Lauf Cycling decided that they had to build the ultimate gravel bike, one designed with their unique suspension fork in mind. The end result is the Lauf True Grit gravel bike, race-ready and built to ride long distances efficiently and comfortably.
In making their ultimate gravel bike, Lauf started with a modern approach to gravel bike geometry. The carbon fiber frame features a long top tube, slack 70.5º head angle with low stack and short-ish stem, all in the name of straight-line stability. The frame fits up to a 700 x 45c tire front and rear (40c max with a front derailleur), no small feat considering the relatively short 425mm chainstays. Other neat features include a threaded bottom bracket for greater reliability, three bottle cage mounts as well as a bento box mount on the top tube, and built in bottle opener where there would normally be a front derailleur. The frame uses 12x142mm axle at the rear. Despite meeting the ISO standard for mountain bike frames, the True Grit frame weighs in at just 1070g for a frame with hardware.
Up front, the True Grit receives the Lauf Grit SL, a fork designed specifically for this frameset. Compared to the standard Grit fork, the Grit SL is modified to lower the peak stresses on the fork, while the 7mm shorter leaf springs have a lower risk of delamination under extreme use. As a result, the fork has gained further lateral and fore/aft stiffness, while also losing around 50g compared to the standard Grit fork. The fork uses a 15x100mm axle.
Now for the important question: how does it ride? The first thing to note is that as a gravel bike, this thing feels quick. It feels very stable at high speeds, whether through a high-speed corner filled with loose gravel, or down some singletrack that one wouldn’t normally take a gravel bike. It’s not the idea adventure bike, however, as it’s long reach and short stack place the rider in a position that is more aero and aggressive than most other gravel bikes. The fork is the star of the show; it’s 30mm travel does wonders in making the bike feel much more controllable and confidence-inspiring when the going gets loose. Out of the saddle, the leaf spring fork feels nearly imperceptible. The fork flexes minimally and has none of the bobbing sensation of other suspension alternatives. The Grit SL fork very definitively takes the edge off of bumps that would over the course of a long ride make you want to cut the ride short.
The Lauf True Grit frameset is available in three sizes (Small-Large). Lauf offers the True Grit in Midnight Blue, Cream White, Lime Green, Twilight Red, Curry Orange, and Lava Black colorways. Please note that all colors besides Midnight Blue and Cream White will incur a $400 additional price increase.
If you’re unsure about sizing, or would like to build up your Lauf with us, give us a call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk through geometry and fit. We are more than happy to discuss helping you build your new frameset.