Adventure, gravel and versatile do-everything road bikes are all the rage at the moment, but your choices if you want a titanium version are rather limited. Another to add to the growing list comes from British brand Reilly Cycleworks and its new Gradient. It's just landed in the office so take a look through the key details in the video above to find out more.
Mark Reilly, the founder of Reilly Cycleworks, has years of experience designing and building road bikes with a particular lean towards titanium road bikes. This is his first venture into the growing adventure and gravel bike market, and he's created a frame with huge 44mm tyre clearance, disc brakes, thru-axles and eyelets for mudguards and racks.
It's described as being an ultra versatile bike that can throw its hand to gravel, adventure, road, Audax and touring. Just about anything, then. The frame is sold on its own for £1,399 and the frame and fork costs £1,599, but we've got a complete bike to test costing £2,399. It includes a Selcof carbon gravel fork with a 12mm thru-axle, Shimano 105 groupset with mechanical gears and hydraulic brakes, and Continental cyclocross tyres on Fulcrum Racing Sport wheels.
There’s competition in this titanium adventure bike market from the likes of the new Kinesis Tripster ATR and J.Laverack’s J.ACK, and they’re two bikes we’ve been really impressed with. The price of the Reilly Gradient does undercut those rivals but a little bit so it'll be really interesting to see how it performs.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.