Maybe you want to test out gravel without getting too deep. Or perhaps you just don’t have a grand or more sitting around for the purchase of a new bike. Whatever the reason, if adventure road riding may be in your future, Pure Cycles will help you get there on a budget.
Their two newest bikes fall squarely into the gravel/adventure category, and neither will break the bank. At the high end, you’ll find the Adventure Pro – a chromoly steel frame with a 1 1/8″ chromoly steel fork.
Equipped with 700c x 38mm Hutchinson Overide tires, Pure says that the frame will also fit 650b wheels and tires for even more cushion. As far as frame spec, the Adventure series is pretty basic with standard quick release axles front and rear, a threaded 68mm BB shell, and standard 1 1/8″ headset. But the frame and fork do offer extra braze ons for fork mounted bottles, fenders, or a rack.
The Pro features a slightly upgraded 2×9 speed Shimano Sora drivetrain along with a few other improvements like a semi-cartridge bearing FSA headset. Combine that with a WTB STP i23 wheelset, FSA Vero Pro Adventure 48/32 crankset, Promax mechanical flatmount (!) disc brakes, and a host of Pure Cycles components, and you have a pretty solid build for just $799 in Abbot Blue, or a special People For Bikes Edition in white.
However, for even fewer dollars you can pick up the standard Adventure model which uses the same frame and fork. To get the price down another Benjamin, the bike drops to a 2 x 8 speed Shimano Claris drivetrain, an FSA Tempo Adventure 48/32t crankset, and a loose ball headset. The bike sells for $699 and comes in Floyd Green or Carmichael Black.
Both bikes are offered in six sizes from 46cm to 60cm frames, and are available now in most sizes and colors.