Building on years of frame design experience both for themselves and others, the new Culprit RAD combines road bike performance with trail capability to deliver an all-in-one road, gravel, adventure, bikepacking, touring bike. With mounts for most anything and tire clearance for days, it’s designed to fill in any holes in your drop bar quiver (or replace it altogether) and look good doing it.
RAD, which stands for Road And Dirt, is a full carbon frame and fork combo that’s being sold as either a frameset or rolling chassis. It’s built around the latest 12mm thru axle standards front and rear, and flat mount brakes. There are three water bottle cage mounts, fender and rack mounts on both ends of the bike, and bento box mounts on the top tube. It even ships with the quick access bento box.
The frame and fork are moderately aero shaped, and funnel all cables and hoses inside to reduce drag and improve looks. Any drivetrain and braking setup will work, with multiple cable ports on the top tube (directly behind the steerer, feeding down toward the downtube…which takes advantage of their new integrated stem concept shown below) or letting you run things through the steerer with compatible bars and stems.
The bike is built and tested to handle anything you’ll take it on, and by simply swapping wheelsets, you can easily transition from pure road to fast gravel to backcountry dirt road touring or more. The frame and fork will fit up to 700×45 tires (700×32 with full fenders), or 650×2.1 gravel or mountain bike tires.
Rack mounts can handle up to 25kg in the rear, and 9kg up front. Use those plus a saddle bag and handlebar roll and you’re ready for multi-day touring. It an extremely versatile frameset that somehow pulls off looking good in any configuration.