Pursuit Cycles’ All Road is their latest rift on the Lead Out/Pure Road, their inaugural small-batch custom carbon road bike they launched with in 2018. The All Road is like a road bike, only more capable. Or, like a gravel bike, only faster. And you can take it mountain biking.
The idea was to build a really fast drop bar bike that could handle all the roads, hence the model name. To do this, they tweaked the geometry a bit, and opened things up to fit 40mm tires.
That’s narrow by today’s crush-anything, go-anywhere gravel bikes. But it’s far bigger than what any road bike can handle, and likely bigger than most cyclocross frames would fit, too. And that’s exactly what they wanted…
Pursuit All Road frame details
“It’s not an adventure bike, it’s a true all road bike that’s geared towards going fast on any surface,” says Pursuit’s co-founder Carl Strong. “Anything from pure road to lightweight mountain bike riding.”
“Instead of a mountain bike gone road, it’s a road bike gone mountain. It seems to me like when you get to a lot of these adventure bikes, they’re like mountain bikes with drop bars on them. This one’s a road bike that isn’t going to limit you to pavement, but be ridden fast like a road bike on whatever you surface you want.”
And with the ability to swap to 650b x 50mm tires, that means singletrack is on that list, too.
Two layup options are offered, the Standard and the Extralite. The Standard layup adds a bit more, and different, material to reinforce lower sections against rock chips and reduce vibration. The Extralight sheds material and refines the small parts (cable guides, bottle bosses, etc.) to drop unnecessary grams…up to 200g in some cases.
All of the modern road and gravel standards are here and include:
- T47 threaded BB with titanium frame inserts
- 27.2mm seatpost diameter for a smoother ride
- 12×100 / 12×142 thru axles
- Flat mount disc brakes
- Mechanical or Electronic shifting compatibility
- Fender mounts are optional
How much does it weigh?
Strong says they’re 925g on average, unpainted, for the standard frame in a size 56. They also make an extralite version that saves about 125g, coming in around 800g, depending on what the customer’s needs are.
As a refresher, Pursuit’s unique feature is that they all have custom layups, but use stock sizes and geometry. This lets them offer semi-custom with much quicker turnaround times, US manufacturing, and lower prices than full custom. But, also, they’ve just started offering custom sizing, too.
They list weights without paint because all of the custom paint jobs are so different that it’d be impossible to have a meaningful average. For example, this Sex Pistol’s paint job? Strong says it added about 160g.
Pursuit All Road geometry chart & pricing
The main differences between this and the Lead Out road bike are:
- Slightly longer wheelbase to add tire clearance
- Slightly lower bottom bracket so it will work with 650B wheels, too
- Slightly taller headtube & stack height for a more upright riding positions
Complete bikes start at $7,985 (and go way up from there), and they build each one with the components and drivetrains you specify. That build means every little detail, so if you order a bike with Di2, you’ll have ports for a hydraulic rear brake hose and the shift wire…and that’s it. Each bike’s cable or wire ports have only what that particular build needs, so you don’t have any accommodations for things that aren’t being used.
Framesets start at $4,800 for the standard layup and $5,200 for Extralite. These include your choice of ENVE All Road or Columbus Futura Gravel forks, Chris King Dropset headset and bottom bracket.
What else are they working on?
Want something in between this and their road bike? Stay tuned for the Supple Road, which will fit up to a 32mm tire and likely be more of an endurance road bike. That’s planned for early in 2021, but they might be willing to take a pre order now if one was so inclined.