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A £1,475 carbon-fibre gravel bike with Avid BB7 disc brakes

The Tifosi Cavazzo is a new carbon-fibre gravel bike equipped with a Shimano Tiagra groupset and Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes, for £1,474.99.

If you’re not fully up to speed on the whole gravel thing, these are bikes designed for long-ride comfort on less than uniform road surfaces. They come with disc brakes and clearance for wide tyres. 

Check out the buyer’s guide to gravel and adventure bikes.  

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Like you don’t have to ride a mountain bike exclusively on mountains, you don’t have to ride a bike like the Cavazzo only on gravel. You could easily keep a spare pair of wheels equipped with skinnier tyres to swap on to it for more efficient riding on asphalt… but we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s have a proper look at what’s on offer straight out of the box.

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The Cavazzo’s frame and fork are made from unidirectional carbon-fibre. Like many other brands, Tifosi says that the lower elements of its frame are designed to provide stiffness for the efficient transfer of power from you to the bike. You get a chunky down tube, a pressfit bottom bracket, and a tapered head tube.

In contrast, the top tube slims down over its length and the seatstays are super-skinny, the idea being to add comfort and absorb road buzz.

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The wheels are held in place by thru axles front and rear; the front one is 15mm while the rear is 12mm. The market certainly seems to be settling on thru axles for disc equipped road bikes, although 12mm front and rear is becoming the dominant choice.

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Both the frame and the fork offer clearance for 35mm tyres although the disc-specific Weinmann XC180 rims are fitted with 30mm wide gravel-specific Schwalbe S-Ones that you can run tubeless. 

Read our review of the Schwalbe S-One tubeless tyre here.

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If you want to fit full-length mudguards, the Cavazzo comes with inconspicuous eyelets – so inconspicuous that you’d probably not spot them unless you went looking – and a little gizmo (not fitted in this pic) that sits between the seatstays in place of a brake bridge.

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We have the large sized Cavazzo here, coming with a 530mm seat tube (shortened because the top tube slopes), a 570mm effective top tube, and a 180mm head tube. The head angle and the seat angle are each 73°. 

The stack height (the vertical distance from the centre of the bottom bracket to the top of the head tube) is 599mm and the reach (the horizontal distance between those two points) is 387mm.

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That gives you a more upright riding position than you’d get on most road bikes. The equivalently sized Tifosi Andare performance-focused road bike, for example, has a head tube that’s 20mm shorter. The stack is 561mm (38mm lower than the Cavazzo’s) and the reach is 398mm (12mm longer than the Cavazzo’s).

The 56cm version of the GT Grade Alloy gravel bike, for comparison, has a 601mm stack and a 381mm reach, so the ride position is a touch shorter and higher than the Cavazzo’s, although there’s not masses in it.

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In short, the Cavazzo offers a more relaxed riding position than most road bikes, but it’s not as upright as some gravel bikes.

The groupset is Shimano’s fourth tier Tiagra. It’s a 10-speed system and here you get a 50/34-tooth compact chainset matched up to an 11-32 tooth cassette. You get a couple of big jumps between sprocket sizes in there, but the smallest gear is very small and it should keep you moving forward when the road gets steep.

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Check out our Shimano Tiagra 4700 groupset review here. 

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As mentioned up top, the discs are Avid’s BB7s – cable operated callipers – while the handlebar, stem and seatpost are all One Race aluminium options. The saddle is a Selle Italia X1 Flow, the ‘Flow’ bit of the name denoting that it has a cutaway centre to relieve the pressure in that region.

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Our complete Tifosi Cavazzo weighed in at 9.27kg (20.4lb).

Of the gravel/adventure bikes that we’ve reviewed here on, the closest in price to the Cavazzo is the Raleigh Maverick Comp at £1,150. That has a Reynolds 631 steel frame, a SRAM Rival 22 groupset, and TRP Hy/Rd cable-operated disc brakes. 

We described the Maverick Comp as a, “Do-it-all bike that's happiest making the streets survivable during the week and drifting along dirt roads at the weekend.”

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At 11.59kg (25.6lb), it’s quite a bit heavier than the Tifosi, as you might expect, being over £300 cheaper.

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The GT Grade Alloy Tiagra that we reviewed is a lot cheaper than the Tifosi at £849.99. Like the Tifosi, it has a largely Shimano Tiagra groupset but the brakes are TRP’s excellent Spyres. The big difference, though, is that the frame is aluminium alloy whereas the Tifosi is carbon. You can get the GT Grade Alloy in a next-level-up Shimano 105 build with TRP’s HyRd brakes for £999.99.

Anyway, this bike isn’t going to ride itself; we’re heading out to find some gravel. We’ll be back with a full test report on soon.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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Initialised | 7 years ago

"matched up to an 11-32 tooth cassette. That’s the widest ranging cassette that Shimano offers on the road."

I'm running an SLX 11-34 9 speed cassette with a 105 10 Speed derailleur, sometimes you need a 1:1 ratio when it gets steep and rough.

. . replied to Initialised | 7 years ago

Initialised wrote:

"matched up to an 11-32 tooth cassette. That’s the widest ranging cassette that Shimano offers on the road." I'm running an SLX 11-34 9 speed cassette with a 105 10 Speed derailleur, sometimes you need a 1:1 ratio when it gets steep and rough.

SLX is an off-road groupset.   There is an 11-34 Tiagra though.

Lungsofa74yearold | 7 years ago

Agree - Tifosi seem to be turning out some nice looking bikes at the mo.... 

Danzxer | 7 years ago

Evans have the Jamis Renegade expert with midsummer upgrade with 505 hydro brakes for 1400£ right now.

japes | 7 years ago

this was on my short list for a new bike so will be interesting to read the full review.


personally would have been happier spending a bit extra for a hydraulic option, otherwise looks pretty good. 

bendertherobot | 7 years ago

It looks fab. Really nice. And were it hydraulic would be good value. It would be interesting to hear how the finances work on decisions like this. There is Tiagra coming, the RS405 but the RRP on that is £369 all in. That said RRP for Tiagra shifters is £180 and add in RRP  of £136 EACH (lol) for BB7 (SL) and you're looking at more than the cost of Tiagra in the first place.

That's awfully simplistic of course and much will depend on where the kit is coming from. But I do think, given how cheap and good a Bish Bash Bosh is, that this is expensive for cable brakes. 

Luv2ride | 7 years ago

....same.  Otherwise I quite like the new Tifosi graphics.   It does need better brakes though.

bendertherobot | 7 years ago

You lost me at BB7.

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