This catagory is where
GRAVEL Bikes cross over to Monster Cross.
Gravel Riding has evolved form its early days of disc's brakes on road bikes to a mature adventure racing scene. Everything blurs at the edges, so we are looking at everything from the mud of Cyclo Cross to the fire roads of Gravel riding. You might want a bit of comfort over a multi-day Gravel event, so we have several Monster Cross bike builds to choose from.
Cyclo Gravel upto 700 x 35c-50mm tyres:
Punakaiki has been designed a drop bar geometry fitting up to 50mm tyres
It is at home on gravel roads with a sprinkling of gravel
It is part commuter part adventure. You can ride this bike fixed or single speed.
Great for shouldering up cyclo-cross climbs or built into a an Alfine or Rohloff hub to load up.
The Punakaiki can run 415mm A-C Lauf suspension forks
Multi-day Gravel upto 29x2.25 inch tyres:
The Karapoti has a longer When your body is suffering from a gruelling day of riding you will need wider tyres for comfort.
Balloon tyre comfort made mountain bikes popular in the 1990's for this very reason.
The Karapoti geometry is designed for comfort, it can run dropbars with a shorter stem.
With a higher bottom bracket height than the Punakaiki, the Karapoti has better pedal clearance over rough terrain.
The main reason for choosing the Karapoti over the Punakaiki, is the larger tyre clearance, comfort and being able to move around the frame more. Also available with a Pinion Gearbox