Back in January, Fara Cycling teased their new F/AR adventure bike, blurring the lines between all-road versatility and fast gravel, with its integrated strapless & quick-release bikepacking bags. Now we get a first true look at the real bike and those magnetically attached bags, which you can pre-order now to become your ultimate mixed-surface adventure endurance bike this summer…

Fara F/AR carbon endurance adventure all-road gravel bike

2021 Fara F-AR all-road bike ltd Signature Edition, carbon endurance gravel road bike with integrated bikepacking bags, angled

c. Fara Cycling

Now that Fara has the first new F/AR adventure all-road bike production samples in-house from Taiwan, they’re sharing a closer look at what you get if you pre-order now. As we shared a few months ago, buyers who put down a 1000€ deposit can secure one of the limited edition raw carbon finish Signature Series F/AR bikes, including the custom integrated Roswheel bikepacking bags and fenders for no extra charge.

Fara says that there are a number of the limited edition bikes still available to pre-order, with shipping for current pre-orders expected to head out in August 2021.

2021 Fara F-AR all-road bike ltd Signature Edition, carbon endurance gravel road bike with integrated bikepacking bags, Roswheel bag detail

Those custom-made integrated bags are based on Roswheel’s standard road line. Each Signature Edition pre-order bike will include a frame size-specific frame bag (2.3L-3.6L), a 15L seat pack, and a 12L handlebar bag.

2021 Fara F-AR all-road bike ltd Signature Edition, carbon endurance gravel road bike with integrated bikepacking bags, Fidlock detail

All of the bags feature a combination of Fidlock magnetic stub mounting and Fidlock dial-retention – no conventional straps required, although the bar bag does appear to stabilize with a loop around the headtube.

2021 Fara F-AR all-road bike ltd Signature Edition, carbon endurance gravel road bike with integrated bikepacking bags, red detail

Custom-fit to the F/AR, Fara says the bags will also be available separately as they can be used with conventional strap mounts, as well.

Adventure road & gravel – Tech details

Fara founder Jeff Webb breaks down the details of the new all-road & gravel bike in the video above, and we covered it in-depth back in January.

2021 Fara F-AR all-road bike ltd Signature Edition, carbon endurance gravel road bike with integrated bikepacking bags, angled

Our key takeaways are the up to 700 x 38mm slick or 35mm knobby tire clearance…

Fara F-AR carbon adventure all road bike, geometry

…fast all-road geometry, and the Fidlock magnetic mounting & quick-release of the integrated bags setup.

2021 Fara F-AR all-road bike ltd Signature Edition, carbon endurance gravel road bike with integrated bikepacking bags, no bags

Go from multi-day weekend gravel bikepacking mode to fast mid-week all-road riding in under a minute…

Fara F/AR all-road gravel bike – Pricing & current availability

2021 Fara F-AR all-road bike ltd Signature Edition, carbon endurance gravel road bike with integrated bikepacking bags, 

2021 Fara F/AR Signature Edition with included bags

Fara says they will ship the bikes anywhere in the world once they are ready later this summer. Those first pre-orders are still on track to ship in May, but those who order today will be looking at August, later if you keep waiting. Fara seems to be keeping buyers regularly updated about when to expect their shipment.

Fara F-AR all-road bike, carbon endurance gravel road bike with integrated bikepacking bags

2021 Fara F-AR frameset, in Fjord Green

F/AR framesets are still on offer from 2500€ for those looking to build a custom adventure bike. Compete bikes start at ~3500€ with Shimano Ultegra mechanical & Fulcrum RapidRed 3 alloy wheels, then the prices start climbing once you customize with Shimano or SRAM electronic shifting or carbon wheels & cockpit. The full bike customizer tool will go online in June for buyers to finalize those more complex builds before they start to ship.

Fara F-AR all-road bike, carbon endurance gravel road bike with integrated bikepacking bags

2021 Fara F-AR Ultegra mechanical, in Winter Sky Blue

The raw carbon pearl reflective Signature Edition is only available to those who pre-order now, with Fjord Green, Wet Asphalt, Winter Sky Blue & Morell Red coming with the online configuration tool in midsummer.

FaraCycling.com

3 comments

  1. mud on

    Odd they would equip this model with Fidlock attachments and custom bags, but limit clearance to 35c. Even Europe has some pretty rough trails.

    Reply
    • r0b0tat0ms on

      In the US, the duty rate for bikes is determined by wheel size and tire clearance. Its difficult to design a bike for US market that will allow a tire in excess of 35mm from the factory. (5.5% vs 11%) Might be a big reason….

      Reply

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