While Lauf Cycles entered the industry with a composite leaf sprung mountain bike fork, Lauf has really found its stride through gravel bikes and gravel racing. It’s there that the small bump compliance and and light weight of their short travel fork design started to really make sense. Through the years, Lauf has become become a more common sight at the shop, and as such it only makes sense that they would want to bring out a gravel bike frameset of their own. The Lauf True Grit Race gravel bike is their interpretation of the ultimate gravel bike.
In making their dream gravel bike, Lauf focused on one key point: a gravel bike that didn’t just tack on their unique leaf spring fork but accentuated it as part of a holistic package that makes the True Grit one of the fastest gravel bikes on the market. The carbon fiber frame sports a long top tube, slack 70.5º head angle with low stack and short 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 a built-in bottle opener where there would normally be a front derailleur. The frame uses a 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.
When Lauf claim that they designed this bike to be one of the fastest bikes on the market, they weren’t kidding. It definitely feels like a gravel bike, but that’s no bad thing. It feels very stable at high speeds, whether through a high-speed corner filled with loose gravel or down some singletrack where one wouldn’t normally take a gravel bike. 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 found in other suspension alternatives. 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.
The Lauf True Grit is available in four basic kits: The Lauf True Grit Ultimate, the True Grit Race AXS, the True Grit Race, and the True Grit Weekend Warrior. The Lauf True Race is equipped with SRAM Force 1 mechanical drivetrain with a 10-50t cassette and Easton EC90 SL 42t crankset, and a DT Swiss XR1501 29” wheelset. A Lauf Smoothie handlebar, Ritchey Trail WCS saddle, and FSA SL-K carbon seatpost complete the build.
The True Grit is available five sizes (XS-XL). Lauf offers the True Grit in eighteen colors. Please note that all colors besides Cream White incur a $600 to $900 additional price increase as well as a four to six-week wait. We also offer our own custom ready to paint option done here in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Have any questions about the Lauf True Grit Race gravel bike? Give us a call during shop hours, or send us a message any time to email@example.com.