With “gravel grinder” becoming one of the hottest buzzwords in the industry, Bruce Gordon is taking things back, all the way back to 1988 when he built quite possibly the very first gravel grinder – the Rock ‘n Road. Bruce built the bike specifically to run his 700 x 43c Rock ‘n Road tires which were developed after seeing a tire from Finland called the Hakkapelitta that was found by Gary Helfrich. The Rock ‘n Road bike is now 25 years old, and to celebrate Bruce is offering a limited run of numbered, signed 25th Anniversary Rock ‘n Road bikes. There will only be 10 of these made, so you had better act fast if you want to get your hands on one.
Check out the history of the Rock ‘n Road plus more details on the 25th Anniversary after the jump.
The special edition 25th Anniversary bikes will carry the same geometry they’ve used for the past 25 years, though the bikes have been updated with 135mm rear spacing, and a 1 1/8″ threadless head tube. The frames will be made in Bruce’s shop and the forke will be built with Pacenti bi-plane lugged fork crowns. The 10 bikes will come with Bruce Gordon’s Signature Rust powdercoat with other options available for an additional charge. Fillet brazing is also offered for an additional fee, with TIG welding standard.
25th Anniversary Frames will run $1988, paying homage to the first year they were built – and they will include a set of the Rock ‘n Road tires as a bonus.