Since their introduction, Thesis has been focused on creating the ultimate consumer-direct gravel bike. That meant sourcing as many of their own components as possible to offer a complete carbon bike with carbon wheels at an impressively low price. That complete bike still starts at just $2,999 in your choice of colors. But if you’re the type who would rather piece together your own build with parts you already own, that is finally an option.
Instead of going the traditional frameset route though, Thesis is still helping you get rolling with many of the components you’ll need to build up your bike. Calling it their frame module, the kit will include the frame, and fork (with all bolts and spare hardware), their Hollow-Light thru axles, a headset with stainless bearings, a thread-together bottom bracket with stainless bearings, their hollow forged alloy cranks and your choice of chainring, their Ultralight stem, 3D forged rigid seatpost, Compact Ergo Flare handlebar, and a spare derailleur hanger. All of this is included for $1,499 in your choice of five colors. Note that their bike builder also allows you to hand pick the sizing of all the components including handlebar width, stem length, crank length, and chainring size. It also give you the option of upgrading to a dropper post for an additional $149.
What doesn’t the frameset include? In order to build up your bike, you’ll need to provide a wheelset, tires, a drivetrain (minus the cranks), brakes, saddle, and some bar tape. The OB1 frame module takes care of most of the components that are frame-specific, allowing you to add things that might already be hanging around your spare parts bin.
What if you have everything except wheels and tires? Well, there’s an option to add on a wheel package too. An additional $1,199 will land your choice of 650b or 700c carbon Thesis wheels with DT Swiss hubs, an 11-42t Sunrace cassette, and choice of multiple WTB or Goodyear tires. Honestly, at this point, you might as well buy the whole bike for $200 more, unless you want to run a drivetrain other than SRAM Rival1.
RidersClub Crash Replacement
The other bit of news from Thesis is their new ‘RidersClub’ program. Reflecting the already low pricing on their bikes, the RidersClub will provide Thesis owners with at-cost crash replacement should your bike suffer the worst whether in a crash or driving it into your garage. This is provided to all Thesis owners, with help available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.