All-new Obed GVR aero gravel bike goes the distance, faster & unbound by limitations

Obed expands their gravel bike lineup with an all-new aero-inspired GRX, a racer at its heart. Developed and tested at iconic gravel bike events like the Unbound XL and Belgian Waffle Ride, the new GVR was designed for riders looking for that aero speed and integrated advantage, without really sacrificing the all-day comfort and affordability of Obed’s direct-to-consumer carbon gravel bikes…

Obed GVR all-new carbon gravel bike

Obed GVR all-new carbon gravel bike, complete

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The new GVR is something of a middle ground between an ultra aero gravel race bike and a fully-loaded, fat tire adventure bikepacking bike. In that in-between, the new Obed GVR looks like a solid all-rounder gravel bike with clean aerodynamic optimization and quick-handling geometry, but not at the expense of fun or some adventure capability.

Obed GVR all-new carbon gravel bike, wind tunnel

Aero optimized tube profiles, slightly dropped seatstays, no external cables, rack mounts, fender mounts & plenty of bottle bosses, and room for 48mm tires… everything you need for modern gravel racing or a weekend of friendly bikepacking and gravel riding.

Allrounder, All-Day Gravel Geometry

Obed GVR all-new carbon gravel bike, non-driveside

Geometry of the new bike is very similar, but not an exact copy of Obed’s Boundary – head tube angle & fork offset is unchanged.

Obed GVR all-new carbon gravel bike, geometry

It generally tries to shift rider weight forward a bit with a slightly steeper seattube to offset the 10mm shorter chainstays, and a resulting slightly shorter wheelbase overall. But the Stack & Reach numbers are almost the same as before, so fit won’t change much.

Tech details

Obed GVR all-new carbon gravel bike, frameset

Obed says the new gravel bike is their lightest & fastest yet. The new carbon GVR has a 1525g claimed frame + fork weight, in all likelihood putting the frame just over 1 kilo. The new carbon gravel bike has 700 x 48mm or 650 x 53mm (2.1″) tire clearance and room for a mid-compact 52/36 road double crankset thanks to the dropped chainstay configuration carried over from their Boundary gravel bike.

Obed GVR all-new carbon gravel bike, chainstay protectors

It also features a stick-on chainstay protector, generous anti-chainsuck protection, and a down tube protector at the oversized tubing at the T47 threaded bottom bracket.

Obed GVR all-new carbon gravel bike, FSA ACR

The frame gets fully internal cable routing through an FSA ACR cockpit & 1.5″ headset, and a removable braze-on front derailleur mount for 1x or 2x build, with either mechanical or electronic shifting. The bike is built for flat mount disc brakes with 140 or 160mm rotors, 12mm thru-axles, and gets a 31.6mm seatpost.

Obed GVR all-new carbon gravel bike, detail

The GVR features two regular bottle mounts inside the main triangle with a three-bolt set on the down tube to optimize an aero setup with either one or two bottles. There’s also a third cage mount under the downtube, but no fork accessory mounts.

Obed GVR all-new carbon gravel bike, frame details

Getting a set of toptube bosses is also not standard, but a $55 upcharge you can select when configuring your bike.  Fender & rear rack compatibility is also an optional add-on, via an extra $30 removable brace across the seatstays.

Obed GVR gravel – Pricing, options & availability

Obed GVR all-new carbon gravel bike, Shimano GRX

Obed GVR GRX 810

The new direct-to-consumer GVR is available starting today with several customizable drivetrain, wheel & component options via Obed’s online bike configuration tool. The new GVR frames are offered in your choice of 9 colors, plus 9 fork color choices, 12 logo color & even 6 more accent color options.

All bikes are painted, assembled & shipped from Obed HQ in Chattanooga, TN.

Obed GVR all-new carbon gravel bike, semi-custom paint

Mix & match to get your own unique look.

Obed GVR all-new carbon gravel bike, Campy Ekar

Obed GVR Campy Ekar 1×13

A new Obed GVR frameset retails for $2449, and complete bike builds start from just $3795 with Shimano GRX. A lightweight GVR built up with Campagnolo Ekar 1×13 & alloy Spinergy GX wheels starts at $4945, or from $4595 with GRX Di2.

Obed GVR all-new carbon gravel bike, riding

S, M & L bikes are available now, but sizes XS & XL have a longer lead-time. Order consumer-direct from Obed and they’ll ship your custom-built bikes to you within a couple of weeks.

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6 months ago

$2449 for a open mold frameset that uses a fork clearly designed to suit some other frame, are you mental!!

James Walsh
James Walsh
6 months ago
Reply to  blahblahblah

Yo… the GVR is NOT an open mold frame. I know first hand as I have one on the way. It’s easy to hate but harder to to give credit to smaller US based brands I guess. I hope what bike/frames your riding have you stoked.

6 months ago

Likes: weight, customization, geometry, threaded BB. I previously looked at the Boundary/Baseline but was interested in something with ‘snappier’ geo. Also compatible with mechanical 2x drivetrain, too many recent gravel bikes say electronic only for 2x.

Dislikes: 31.6 seatpost, cable routing through the bar/stem. Although I do see on website they can arrange for cable routing through frame on request (kudos). Pricing seems on par with the bigger brands… but should it be less expensive?

I actually just ordered a Cervelo Aspero frame (also $2500), but glad to see Obed release this bike.

6 months ago
Reply to  John

huh, yeah 31.6 seat post is kinda dumb. But I’m hung-up on the really high top-tube. Length wise, I fit best on a medium, but I can barley stand-over even the small frame.
I do really like the geometry over all (especially the relatively low BB) and the ability to add a TT bag mount. If I could stand over one, I’d probably buy one… but the Aspero looks great also, only lacks the TT bag mounts.

6 months ago
Reply to  FrankTheTank

Aspero actually does come with TT mounts for bento box, and I believe 3rd bottle mount under downtube. No other mounts though.

6 months ago

I would recommend shimming down to a 27.2 post for most people, but I think OBED did a really good job here. It’s THEIR frame, not an open mold from what I can tell. Lots of options. Good geometry and tire clearance. Some might want a touch more BB drop, but it’s still in the normal range. It’s competitive pricing vs. most of the industry when looking at the weights, features and customization.