Gravel bike for Mike S.

Reno local Dr. Mike S. asked me to make him a gravel bike with clearance for the fabulously comfortable and fast Rene Herse 700x55 tires.

Baby blue gravel bike

These are my favorite types of gravel bikes. A combo of big tires and a dropper post allows you to more comfortably tackle the rough and loose dirt roads in the Sierra Nevada.

The Sram Eagle mullet setup with the E-thirteen cassette and White Industries crank provides a great gear range: low enough to climb the steeps but high enough to keep a brisk pace on the occasional paved segments.

For this build we designed the bike around the Paul Boxcar stem at 70mm. I like designing gravel bikes with shorter stems. This allows me to make the front end longer to avoid toe overlap and to add some desecending confidence. This isn't a tight and whippy race rig. It's meant to cruise the back roads in comfort.

If you'd like me to make you something similar, feel free to reach out.

1x12 Eagle mullet drivetrain White Industries crankset Paul Klamper flat mount rear brake in black Paul Klamper flat mount rear brake in black The Manzanita Cycles double arch seat stay bridge View of the head tube with Wolftooth headset in black Dropper post and Selle Anatomica leather saddle Battle Born graphic painted in a slightly lighter shade of baby blue Manzanita Cycles gravel bike painted baby blue