If you’ve ever taken a look at the bikes that Tour Divide riders use every year, you’ll notice over the past few years the popularity of the Lauf Trail Racer fork, with four of them used by racers in 2017 alone. For as popular as they’ve become to the bikepacking crowd, these forks have become just as popular on gravel bikes. Their impressive small bump sensitivity, combined with low weight and zero maintenance make their forks an excellent choice for those going off the beaten path. With such a positive response, Lauf have created the Lauf True Grit Race Edition Wireless gravel bike, a ground-up design that takes the best that the gravel bike world has to offer and combines it with Lauf’s unique suspension technology.
The carbon fiber frame takes aggressive gravel bike geometry and adds on to it: a long top tube, slack 70.5º head angle with low stack and short stem, and stubby 425mm chainstays are added 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). 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 and a 15x100mm axle up front. Despite meeting the ISO standard for mountain bike frames, the True Grit frame weighs in at just 1070g for a frame with hardware.
The key technology on display is the Lauf Grit SL Fork. It’s 30mm of 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 that other suspension alternatives might feel. The Grit SL fork very definitively takes the edge off of bumps, which over the course of a long ride, can cut a ride short due to fatigue. Over rough, technical terrain, it doesn’t work as well as a traditional suspension, but that’s to be expected when the fork feels as stiff as it does when climbing. How does the rest of the bike feel? It’s definitely a gravel bike; it doesn’t have quick turn-in like a race road bike, but it doesn’t need that. The bike accelerates well and maintains speed easily.
All in, the Lauf True Grit Race Edition Wireless is among the best gravel bikes on the market today. It is surprisingly lightweight despite the addition of a suspension fork, and covers gravel roads with a poise that is nearly unmatchable compared to its competition.
The Lauf True Grit is available in four basic kits: The Lauf True Grit Race Edition Wireless (SRAM RED eTap HRD), the True Grit Race Edition (SRAM Force 1), the True Grit Weekend Warrior (SRAM Rival 1), and the Contender True Grit (Shimano Ultegra Di2). The Lauf True Grit Race Edition is equipped with a SRAM RED eTap HRD build, DT Swiss XR1501 29” wheelset, and FSA SLK carbon seatpost. Easton provides their EC90 SL 50/34 cranks, EC70 AX Carbon handlebar, and EA70 stem.
The True Grit is available six sizes: Small Short, Small Long, Medium Short, Medium Long, and Large Short and Large Long, predicated upon three frame sizes. 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.
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