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.



  1. Huddy on

    Nice to see more value options to help get beginners into gravel riding but that gearing is out to lunch. 40T or 42T up front and 11-42 or the 10-42 out back; the only combos that make any sense on a 1x gravel bike.

    • Jordy on

      Hey Huddy – Jordan @ Pure Cycles here. You’re totally right – the gearing is setup to be more *commuter-friendly* but if you want to go full gravel, for under $100, with a new cassette and or chainring, you can be ready to roll. In fact, Michael and Traece in our office did exactly that. To each his own 🙂


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