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Flat Bar Gravel

Gravel bikes have become a thing. But putting a regular flat bar on a gravel bike doesn't always make the best position. If you're wanting a shorter reach to the bars, it's a good plan - but because the normal position for a gravel bike is you riding on the hoods, then putting a flat bar on shortens the reach quite a lot - unless you fitted an incredibly long stem.


This prototype is our first long top tube flat bar gravel bike - we're experimenting with bar width, stem length and rise, to get something that works really well for use on rough trails and the road. 

Compromising for one area tends to make compromises in another, so we'll be seeing what we can do with different tyres too, trying to find the best compromises. Will 650B win out, or will we go back to 700C?

What do you think? Leave your comments below.

20 May 2019

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Comments

  • Andrew W
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    Excellent idea, the existing frames are all a little short for flat handlebar use, in my opinion. Anyone with positive ape index will likely appreciate a slightly longer frame that does not necessitate the use of longer stems, which are an option of course, but not always the ideal situation. Bring it on.

  • Martin D
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    Great idea. We can go back to mountain biking without having to worry about having to go to the expense and hassle of servicing front and rear shocks. I think it's hilarious that you're calling a late 80s/early 90s style mountain bike a 'gravel bike'. People did ride on bridleways and trails, etc. with solid forks!

  • Tom F
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    If this was suitably priced, I think it would sell well...I would buy one for my 3 mile commute where full Lycra and spds arent necessary, also just too keep up with the kids on...leave it with flat pedals as a do-it-all hack bike, could even braze some bosses on for the bike packers/day trippers. Would be more spritely with 650b and a wider width would broaden its scope. Nice!

  • Zoltan K
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    looks a bit strange to me, maybe the smaller wheels do this? I chose the normal drop bar because it has az least 3 different hand positions. I used my flat bar commuter bikes with bar ends because of that.. (wtf is bar end, anyway? /what year is it?/ :) )

  • Andrew O
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    I like the look of this, but with drop bars. At the moment I ride a Whyte Friston, which I'm thinking of changing to 650b. I'm looking for a similar geometry (I seem to need a long top tube - long arms or something?) as an allroad do-it-all bike and this may just be the thing.

  • Petr M
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    There is a very limited selection of Planet X frames for smaller people and many women. This looks like a perfect frame to be available in a smaller size, like 42 cm small.