Pure Cycles offers affordable steel bikes for a variety of purposes, and they’re launching three new models for 2019 & 2020. First up, the Gravel Adventure Apex is a gravel bike with a 1x SRAM Apex spec, 38mm tires, and 650b compatibility. The Pro Road is a sub-$1k road bike with a value-and-function-focused Shimano 105 build kit. Finally, the Prestige Road is a fully-featured road bike with full Ultegra build (including cranks and brakes) for under $1,500.
Pure Cycles Gravel Adventure Apex Bike
Pure Cycles is dedicated to bringing you high-value steel bikes, and have expanded significantly from their roots in fixed gear commuters. The Gravel Adventure Apex is a new build option for their Adventure series, equipped with (you guess it) – SRAM Apex. The frame is made of Tange Champion 2 tubing, and has a 1 1/8″-compatible head tube with carbon fork.
The 1x drivetrain has a 44t chainring with 11-36 cassette. This range might be a bit narrow for some steeper gravel adventures, and
we’re awaiting confirmation on whether the rear derailleur is spec’ced as a long cage to open up potential cassette sizes – and whether the WTB wheels may be swapped to an XD driver. Update: Pure Cycles let us know that the complete bike comes with a long cage rear derailleur, with capacity up to a 42 tooth big cog. The stock wheels are Shimano HG only, and cannot be swapped to an XD driver, so the smallest cog possible is an 11-tooth.
The cockpit features a 3t Ergoterra bar, ARXII alloy stem, and Stilo 25 Micro-Adjust seatpost. Seating is handled by a Selle Royal Rampage.
The stock tires are Hutchinson Overide 700x38c. Pure Cycles notes 650b compatibility, though they don’t offer a maximum tire size.
Six sizes are available for the Gravel Adventure Apex in two colors: Pearl Black, or Copper. MSRP is $1,099 for the complete bike, with a $99 upcharge for a assembly by your shop, or fully-built delivery. You may also request the bike unassembled to DIY, for no charge.
Pure Cycles Pro Road Bike
The Pro Road is a value-oriented road bike, built with Tange 2 tubing and a Tange 1 1/8″ steel fork.
The build features a mix of Shimano 105 with FSA Gossamer 50/34 cranks. Cassette size comes in at 11-32, for a nice overall gear range. Similar to the Adventure Apex, cockpit spec is all 3T, with a Selle Royal Asphalt GF saddle.
Pure Cycles fits Hutchinson Fusion 5 700x28mm tires into the Promax short-reach brakes, giving improved comfort and control over narrower tires.
Six sizes are available for the Pro Road, with only one color – yellow. Price comes in at $999, with their standard $99 add-on option to have the bike built up by a shop, or delivery fully assembled to your door.
Pure Cycles Prestige Road Bike
The Prestige Road has upgraded steel tubing over the Pro Road model – Tange Prestige. It also swaps out the steel fork for carbon (with an alloy steerer).
Drivetrain spec is an impressive full Ultegra build, including cranks and brakes. Gearing includes 52/36 mid-compact chainrings with an 11-32 cassette out back.
Cockpit spec is identical to the Pro Road – a 3T SuperErgo bar, ARX II stem, and Stilo 25 Pro 27.2mm seat post.
Wheel spec is also identical to the Pro Road, with Mercury S2C alloy 20/24 hole rims and unbranded hubs. Tires upgrade to the Hutchinson Epsilon 700x28mm.
Same as the Pro Road, six sizes are available, but with a notable color difference – purple ONLY. The complete Prestige Road bike can be had for $1,499, with a $99 upcharge for shop assembly or delivery as a complete bike.