I’ve been talking about how gravel bikes are the ideal modern hybrid bikes, and now Obed’s new Borough reminds that wide-tire gravel or all-road bikes can both make a great performance urban commuter. Throwing a flat bar setup onto the carbon RemōtOcoeenow Obed Baseline frame & Boundary fork transforms them into an upright runabout, making the Borough a light & quick feeling ride with big tire clearance to blur the lines between your bike to work and off-road weekend adventures.

Obed Borough flat-bar carbon urban gravel commuter bike

The new Obed Borough looks like a fun and affordable all-road & gravel mashup. Obed already was a bit sneaky in the fact that their Baseline gravel & Boundary all-road frames shared the same mold – meaning the same relaxed, mixed-surface geometry and big tire clearances. Only the all-road edition got an ever-so-slightly lighter layup, dropped the 3rd cage & toptube bag mounts, and featured a narrower fork without anything cage mounts.

Urban gravel commuter bike – Tech details

Obed Borough urban bike, is a lightweight & affordable flat-bar carbon urban gravel commuter bike, new colors

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Now the Borough starts with that same lighter all-road version of the frame, but swaps in the wider gravel bike fork, so you end up with a light setup but max tire clearance and plenty of carrying capacity.

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The result is a gravel geometry carbon frameset with room for up to 700c x 45mm or 650b x 53mm tires, two bottle cage mounts in the main triangle, 3-pack anything cages mounts on each fork leg, rear rack mounting, and full-coverage fender compatibility.

Obed Borough urban bike, is a lightweight & affordable flat-bar carbon urban gravel commuter bike, frame details

Pretty much all you could want in a fast city bike, that can still hit dirt & gravel roads.

Obed Borough urban bike, is a lightweight & affordable flat-bar carbon urban gravel commuter bike, city bike

Obed Borough – Pricing & availability

The resulting Obed Borough is available in two complete build options, both of which come spec’d with 700c wheels & 35mm Panaracer Gravel King semi-slick tires, although you can boost those up to the 43mm version for no extra charge.

Obed Borough urban bike, is a lightweight & affordable flat-bar carbon urban gravel commuter bike, black details

The bikes are available in the same five size range (XS-XL) as the Baseline & Boundary, but adds new colors like Shadow Matte & decal options since the bikes are all painted in the US.

Obed Borough urban bike, is a lightweight & affordable flat-bar carbon urban gravel commuter bike, new Shadow Matte finish

2020 Obed Borough

The $2350 Obed Borough gets a Shimano 105 1×11 setup (FSA 42T crank & 11-34 cassette) shifted by a MicroShift trigger, with TRP mechanical disc brakes and an FSA alloy low-rise handlebar setup. It comes with Sun Charger Comp alloy wheels, but you can upgrade to Stan’s Grail for an extra $350.

The $3200 Obed Borough Grid upgrades to an Ultegra RX clutched rear derailleur, Shimano trigger shifter & GRX R810 crankset for a 42T x 11-34 1×11, gets MT201 hydraulic disc brakes, and gets the Stan’s Grail MK3 wheels standard.

Obed Borough urban bike, is a lightweight & affordable flat-bar carbon urban gravel commuter bike, built to order

All Obed bikes are in stock now (that’s not something we hear a lot these days), and are ready to get shipped out to you within a few weeks deepening on your customization choices.

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5 comments

  1. Dave on

    $2000+ commuter hybrids? Good luck. You can get all you need in a bike like this for $500-700. Carbon really isn’t one of the things you need.

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  2. Gary on

    Spec’ing mechanical disc brakes on a $2350 flat bar bike is borderline criminal. Hydraulic brakes for MTB’s/commuters are dirt cheap compared to hydraulic drop bar dual control levers.

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    • Evan on

      Why would a commuter even want hydraulic disc brakes? Under what conditions would mech discs be insufficient, or vbrakes for that matter? Only thing hydraulics will do is spill fluid when you accidentally pull the lever while the wheel is off and send you to the shop with a hefty bill.

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  3. Sean on

    Geo looks like they took a generic road bike and slapped flat bars on it. Top tubes are way too short. You can even see how cramped the guy in the first picture is because the bars are so close.

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