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 Edition 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 make 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 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.
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. It’s not the ideal adventure bike, however, as it’s long reach and short stack place the rider in a position that 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 found in other suspension alternative. 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 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/XT Di2 1×11 Drop Bar). The Lauf True Grit Race Edition is equipped with a SRAM Force 1 build, DT Swiss XR1501 29” wheelset, and FSA SLK carbon seatpost. Easton provides their EC90 SL 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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