Are you a cyclist? If yes, then are you current with new bike releases? If yes again, I bet you have heard of the leading gravel bike on the market; The Lauf True Grit. But in case you haven’t, maybe due to a busy schedule or any other reasons, or perhaps you have heard about the Lauf True Grit but have no idea why or what makes it different from other bikes on the market. Well, don’t worry, sit back and grab a chilled bottle of your favorite drink as we take you through the amazing features of the Lauf True Grit gravel bike. The bike comes in different editions, but in this article, we will review the Race edition. So without wasting time, let’s get to it!
Lauf True Grit Race Edition
The Lauf True Grit is a carbon frame gravel bike built for harsh winter weather and gravel roads by Lauf – an Icelandic company owned by a group of cycling enthusiasts.
The Lauf True Grit comes with an eye-catching improved leaf-spring suspension fork (Grit SL Fork) with 30mm of suspension travel. The new Grit SL fork is slimmer and lighter than the aftermarket Grit fork from Lauf, and it provides a longer, faster ride with less fatigue. The fork is so sleek that you won’t notice it’s there most of the time; yet, once you switch back to a rigid-equipped bike, you’ll notice exactly how much work it does. The fork includes a small rubber bump stop for when the 30mm travel is used up, and it functions well within the frame and fork’s 110kg weight limit.
Aside from the 104cm wheelbase, the carbon frame has a 6.6cm bottom bracket drop, which enables for a long, low, and stable platform with little to no reluctance from the back when you stomp on the pedals to get things moving. The frame also comes with three bottle cage mounts and a bento box mount on the top tube.
The bike comes in three frame sizes, each with the choice of a long or short stem length to customize the fit. It has a low front end of roughly 105mm (small), 133mm (medium), and 164mm (large), with plenty of steerer length to allow you to ride racer slammed or a little taller for greater comfort. The tubeless-ready, 42mm wide Maxxis Rambler tyres have a reasonably squared-off shape. At the same time, the tread provides excellent grip without too much rolling resistance on hardpack conditions, thanks to the XR1501 wheelset’s 22.5mm internal width and decently fast pickup freehub.
The Lauf True Grit features a threaded bottom bracket that holds the cranks in place, and the internal cable routing is wholly sleeved to make cable and hose replacement easy. It has a 100x15mm front axle and a 142x12mm rear axle, with new-style flat-mount brakes on both ends. The bike boasts an SRAM Force 1 groupset for stop-and-go action and a 42T ring that is about perfect for off-road riding. It also has a short headtube that allows competitors to ride in a more aggressive stance and a color scheme that makes it appear more orderly.
In addition to the Easton carbon bars having an excellent slight flare though they could use a little more breadth, the bike’s smaller version weighs in only 7.8kg (with tubes), which is quite good.
The Lauf True Grit provides a comfortable ride by absorbing the pain of rough surfaces and providing enough grip and comfort to soothe your wrist after a long day of riding.
Lightweight with quality build
Excellent gravel-specific geometry gives better handling
Improved fork smooth out bumps effectively and efficiently.
There are no rack or guard mounts.
The Maxxis Rambler tyre is a little brittle.
The Lauf True Grit is a fantastic bike with enhanced versatility, capability, and performance. As a gravel bike with a carbon frame, ultra-high-end components, hydraulic disc brakes, and gravel-specific geometry that matches the Grit SL fork, the Lauf True Grit stands out from other bikes on the market. Despite being a gravel bike, it performs very well on the road. It’s an ideal or top-of-the-line bike for any gravel rider looking for a bike that’s both fast and comfy.