True Grit isn’t just the name of a John Wayne classic, it’s the name of one of the most intriguing gravel bikes on the market. While all gravel bikes promise excellent straight line speed, a low bottom bracket, and oodles of tire clearance, few bikes offer the unique package of the True Grit gravel bike. Thanks to its unique 30mm leaf spring suspension fork, the Lauf True Grit Weekend Warrior gravel bike promises to be one of the best choices for anyone looking to quickly cover ground on a fast gravel bike in comfort and control.
Lauf Cycling started their carbon fiber frame with one main desire: make the fastest gravel bike possible. As such, the frameset uses 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.
Let’s get to the nitty gritty: how does the Lauf True Grit Weekend Warrior 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 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 one might feel with other suspension alternatives. The Grit SL Fork very definitively takes the edge off of bumps, which over the course of a long ride can be fatiguing.
Overall, the bike is more capable than most other gravel bikes for the sheer reason of having a touch of suspension where other bikes are lacking. The leaf spring fork really does make a difference. The bike shouldn’t just be reduced to it’s trick suspension however, as it’s geometry and performance positions the bike as one of the fastest choices in the gravel bike market today.
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 Di2). The Lauf True Grit Weekend Warrior is equipped with a SRAM Rival 1 build, DT Swiss X1900 wheelset, and FSA SLK carbon seatpost. Easton provides their 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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