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Pelago Stavanger gets modern, more agile geometry and has more room for bikepacking gear

Pelago Stavanger side view complete
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The newest iteration of the Pelago Stavanger just hit the streets, and it looks like a head-turner. For those unfamiliar, Pelago — is a Helsinki-based bike and gear manufacture with eyes on gravel, randonneuring, and exploring fun on two wheels.


The Stavanger — one of the company’s cornerstone offerings just got a refresh (the most significant to date), and the results are great for those who want to explore gravel and cover more ground.

Pelago Stavanger side view complete front end

Pelago Stavanger — whats new?

The newest version of the Stavanger boasts a tighter geometry, making it easier to maneuver, but it still stays true to its randonneuring roots. The updated frame can easily fit tires up to 50mm (57mm if you’re running 650b) and fit a wide range of riders with frame sizes from 42 cm to 63 cm.

Pelago Stavanger side view complete loaded

Pelago’s randonneuring workhorse is still CrMo steel, but the newest version is lighter, and the tubes are oversized to fit modern components like tapered carbon forks. The wall thickness of the CrMo is 0.5-0.8-05 on the main triangle, yet still claims to be super strong. Pelagos boasts that the Stavanger easily passes all the MTB test standards, definitely something you want if you plan to do any fully loaded riding over rough terrain.


Adding more modern twists to the steel build, the Stavanger comes with 12mm thru axels and a detachable/replaceable rear derailleur hanger. The Stavanger frame is dropper post-compatible and can easily route Di2 wires discreetly for those looking to get ultra-modern.


Keeping to the touring and exploring roots of the Stavanger, the updated version features more mounts for bottles, gear, and everything you can get rolling. The complete bike arrives with Shimano GRX RX600 1X11, hydraulic brakes, and set up with a mindful 40T/11-42T gearing — enough for commuting and climbing the steep gravel punches.

Pelago Stavanger side view complete rear mech

Pelago states the revised design scheme takes much inspiration from navigation from the stars; a fitting image for a bike can take you off the grid.

Pelago Stavanger side view complete headtube

Pelago Stavanger Geometry

Pelago Stavanger tube layout

Pelago Stavanger frame key features

Pelago Stavanger side view completeaction items

  • Wide range of sizes
  • Multi-purpose geometry
  • Tons of tire clearance — up to 50-57mm
  • Mounts for fenders and all touring fittings
  • Di2, dropper post, and carbon fork capable (comes with CrMo fork stock)

Pelago Stavanger complete bike spec

Pelago Stravanger Full build spec

Price: $2800 (as a complete bike with GRX) $1180 as a frameset


The Pelago Stavanger comes as a complete bike or frameset with pre-orders happening now, with deliveries happening in late November 2021.

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2 years ago

O.8 – 0.5 – 0.8 I would assume…

2 years ago

40t ring is too big. Loaded gravel bikes often times ride steep loose terrain where being seated is a must. Shimano blew it by not making GRX in a direct-mount design. And without mullet capability, their gearing is too big for loaded gravel touring.

2 years ago

I’ve thought the same what mudrock said about 40t chainring. I had 32t on Surly Ogre and the biggest at rear was 42 – this combo was pretty ok with all the bags and things in the steepest hills. Now on Cannondale Topstone 30t front and 34t rear feels a bit harsh. 1x-gravel bikes with 40t front and 42t rear might make me walk too much…

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