Here’s another new gravel and adventure bike to add to your wish list. British titanium specialist J.Laverack has added a gravel bike to its range called the GRiT which can take up to 700x48 or 650x52 wheels and tyres and costs £2,050 for the frame, with complete bikes priced from £3,850.
The new GRiT builds on the popularity of its original J.ACK allroad bike with bigger tyre clearance and a few geometry changes to ensure it can tackle challenging off-road terrain. The new fork has an increased rake and the chainstays are longer to provide a more stable ride on loose and rough trails at high speed.
Naturally, it’s disc brakes only, with the now commonplace flat mount caliper interface and 12mm thru-axles at both ends. The frame features internal cable and hose routing and it’s compatible with 1x and 2x drivetrains, with a choice of SRAM and Shimano drivetrains on offer including the recently introduced Ultegra RX rear mech.
As with all J.Laverack frames, there are numerous customisation options available to potential GRiT owners. You can specify mudguard and rack mounts, add a third bottle cage and internal dynamo cable routing and there’s a choice of bottom brackets, either a BSA threaded or oversized T47.
"The GRiT has been a long time in development," said designer Oliver Laverack. "We have been determined throughout the design and testing process that this should be a no compromise, aesthetically beautiful gravel adventure bike that will inspire confidence no matter how gnarly the terrain. We also wanted to set our new gravel bike clearly apart from our extremely capable J.ACK, which has abundant off-road capability but is more road and rough road focussed.”
"The ride characteristics of the GRiT have surpassed even our own expectations and combined with super wide tyre clearances, that will allow for up to 52mm 650B tyres and 48mm 700C tyres, this bike is an unstoppable adventure machine. In our eyes, titanium is the best material in the world for a gravel adventure bike; it's the ultimate metal with mettle. The rough and tumble nature of gravel and off-road riding means riders will push their limits and need a material that will stand up to repeatedly being ridden hard.”
As previously mentioned, the GRiT will cost £2,050 just for the frame, or with the company’s own AERA Dynamo Gravel fork for £2,500, and a complete build starting from £3,859. The company has recently branched out with its own range of AERA wheels and it’s offering the ÆRA GR|36 650B wheels or 700C ÆRA GR|28 wheels with Hope RS4 hubs for a £1,100 up-charge.
The new GRiT looks good, and I love the name. If you like what you see you can take a closer look here www.jlaverack.co.uk or you can head to the company’s base in Oakham, Rutland if you want to swing a leg over one for a test ride.
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.