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"One Ring(ring) to rule them all" gravel

Three years ago I bought a Canyon Inflite AL that I had since then rebuilt as an all-around commuting/touring bike by adding some racks, a dynamo hub and lamps. Unfortunately, it has been stupidly stolen in my lobby last February and I've immediately been missing it dearly. Luckily for me, my friend Thomas from Cycles Rouge Gorge/Deroy wanted to try building the bike that would make me forget every other bike I rode until now. The goal was to have a bike that would be the perfect compromise between a commuter, a gravelgrinder, a cyclocross and a touring bicycle : light, responsive and fun enough to enjoy short rides, comfortable enough to enjoy long haul travels, allowing me to fit wide tyres without looking like a fat bike, with a sleek but yet practical design that could welcome racks or bags, dynamo equipped for non-hassle lightning,.. ... a Swiss-Army knife of a bike. The One Ring(-ring) that would rule them all. Six months later, I'm so excited to say that we've succeeded. The bike is perfect, the frame is gorgeous and exactly how I wanted it, the wheels built by Gilles at Karma Wheels spin like hell and light my route at the same time. I can't wait to pile up the miles on it.

Frame:
Columbus Zona custom built gravelgrinder frame by Cycles Rouge Gorge/Deroy in Liège, Belgium.

Fork/Headset:
Linksey Endurance carbon / Cane Creek Forty

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
SRAM Rival / Truvativ GXP

Pedals:
Shimano PD-M520

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
SRAM XG 1150 10-42 cassette / SRAM Force 38t chainring

Derailleurs/Shifters:
SRAM Rival

Handlebars/Stem:
Salsa Cowchipper / Zipp SL Service Course custom painted

Saddle/Seatpost:
Ergon SM 30 / Ergon CF 3 carbon double blade suspension seatpost (Canyon branded for stock reasons)

Brakes:
SRAM Rival Hydro / Hope disks

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Velocity A23 rim / SP PD8 dynamo hub / Compass Bon Jon Pass 35mm AND Velocity A23 rim / Hope Pro 2 front hub / Compass Bon Jon Pass 35mm (All custom built by Karma Wheels in Liège)

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Velocity A23-OC rim / Hope Pro 2 / Compass Bon Jon Pass 35mm

Accessories:
Supernova E3 lights / King Cage iris stainless steel bottlecages

More Info:
Custom bikepacking bags by Manufacture Type Deux ans full-covering fenders are coming. Stay tuned. Follow Cycles Rouge Gorge and Karma Wheels on FB. ;)

Added by sebpep. Last updated about 3 years ago.

18 Comments

deepinfiniteye

deepinfiniteye says:

How's the gear ratio treating you?

Posted over 1 year ago

sebpep

sebpep says:

Very well. I’m servicing the transmission right as we speak : 6000km and the cassette/chain/chainring need some replacement. However, I’m keeping the 38 chainring and the 10-42 cassette. I’ve climbed the Alpe d’Huez, and other mountain passes without issue (and god knows I’m not nuit for such climbs, weighing 100kg), done gravel and cyclocross, ridden road brevets (300km in 12hrs, 630km in 29hrs...).
I ride comfortably on flat and well enough on climbs. In other words, I don’t regret my choice.

Posted over 1 year ago

deepinfiniteye

deepinfiniteye says:

Awesome, i am building a Gorilla Monsoon and ending up going with the same ratio you’re using. Unsure if i’ll spin out on flats. Your response is reassuring.
Cheers

Posted over 1 year ago

sebpep

sebpep says:

If you don’t plan on pushing at 45km/h on flat you’ll be ok. ;)

Posted over 1 year ago

40degreerake

40degreerake says:

What water bottle cages are those?

Posted about 3 years ago

sebpep

sebpep says:

King Cage Iris stainless steel (like indicated under the "accessories" section). ;)

Posted about 3 years ago

MouseR

MouseR says:

Fucking guy stands right in the photo!

Posted about 3 years ago

sebpep

sebpep says:

And?

Posted about 3 years ago

MouseR

MouseR says:

oh, I meant it in jest. Solid bike, looks like a hoot to mash on

Posted almost 3 years ago

CUMBOT

CUMBOT says:

nice one, but that seatpost is scary.

Posted about 3 years ago

sebpep

sebpep says:

Scary ? Why that ? It's one of the most comfortable seatposts there is and Canyon has been using it in hundreds of thousands of bikes for years.

Posted about 3 years ago

outofstep

outofstep says:

this thing is perfect

Posted about 3 years ago

ghostridethewhip

ghostridethewhip says:

+1

Posted about 3 years ago

AZXB

AZXB says:

WOAH!

Posted about 3 years ago

Jaap

Jaap says:

really nice build, how are the Velocity rims handeling?

Posted about 3 years ago

sebpep

sebpep says:

I'm a pretty heavy rider (220lbs) and I wanted rims that wouldn't feel too elastic. The rear OC in 32 holes feels stiff while the front is pretty light (the non dynamo one weighs just 1kg in 28 spokes+hope pro2 hub+hope 160mm disc. I'm really happy with my choice.

Posted about 3 years ago

Flatik

Flatik says:

Stunning !

Posted about 3 years ago

sebpep

sebpep says:

Cimer. ;)

Posted about 3 years ago