It seems the offspring of Canada’s now gone Guru Cycles keep popping up. First, HIA Velo purchased all of the carbon fiber manufacturing equipment and moved it to Little Rock, Arkansas. Now, the former titanium team has rebooted their craft as T-Lab, using NAHBS to show off their first model. Any guesses what genre?
Yep, it’s a gravel bike!
The new T-Lab R3 gravel bike uses ovalized and flattened titanium tubing to claim frame stiffness that’s 30% greater than round tube bikes. And it looks really good.
The seat tube is not just flattened, it’s also heavily shaped to make room for a front derailleur.
The chainstays use more traditionally rounded tubes, but end in a rather unique dropout design. The dropout connector holds a bolt-on axle adapter that’s one-piece with the rear brake mount.
The driveside part is one piece with the derailleur hanger. They also make a road bike, and we’re guessing there’s more to come. Check them out at T-Lab-Bikes.com.
TºRED STEEL & TITANIUM BICYCLES
TºRed continues to impress us with the breadth of offerings. In addition to a gravel/cyclocross bike and carbon road bike we’d seen before, they were showing off the new superlight Aracnide Acciaio OOL steel disc brake road bike.
The complete bike came in at just 14.57lb (6.60kg) using a mix of lightweight parts. The steel tubing and their dropped seatstay design make this a race-ready ride that’s also comfortable for fondos and longer distances.
We saw their Hedera titanium mountain bike built up as a do-anything drop bar adventure bike at Eurobike last fall, using a wild Japanese handlebar that’s worth a look. For NAHBS, they kept it trail ready with a unique rear brake setup…
The frame is flat-mount ready, but until the component manufacturers catch up, they simply fitted a SRAM Red road caliper to their mountain bike levers. Check the full range at TRedBikes.com.