Mike's gravel bike
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.
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.