NAHBS 2013: Independent Fabrication’s Prototype OSXS, Steel Gravel Royale Bikes
The Gravel Royale is a new bike made for gravel road riding, based on the club racers they’ve been selling in Europe for a while.
They were getting so many requests for bike like this, they decided to make it a standard model. It’s essentially a steel road bike but with very generous tire clearance (can be built to fit whatever you want, they’re all custom) and a bit more relaxed geometry.
They’ll be disc brake only. This one’s steel, but they can build it out of Ti also, and to fit other forks. Framesets will start at $2,295 for custom geometry, paint and fork. Ti would be around $4,100.
Note the new seat tube logo on the bike, it represents the building they moved into after leaving Boston. Check out the factory tour here.
Prototype OSXS uses oversized everything. It gets a 44mm headtube to accept a tapered fork, PFBB30 and 1-3/4″ downtube.
Basically, they wanted to make the XS stiffer and bring it up to modern standards. This one’s owner Gary Smith’s personal bike and uses new (prototype) carbon tubes from ENVE.
The PlanetX steel cyclocross bike with discs.
Corvid (background) remains unchanged, but this one has the new Michelin Pro4 tubulars and CK PFBB. Both looked very nice.